Wed, 03/31/2021 - 13:24
open book in front of bright yellow background "April is National Poetry Month"



April is National Poetry Month

"Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and, of course, poets, marking poetry's important place in our lives. In 2021, the Academy of American Poets looks forward to celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of this annual celebration!"

Celebrate National Poetry Month by checking out some children's poetry books today!  Here are just a few of the books available at your local library:

Thu, 03/25/2021 - 09:20
child colors holi


Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors will be celebrated on March 29, 2021.  According to The Times of India, Holi is celebrated to mark the beginning of Spring, and involves the entire community coming out and smearing each other with beautiful colored powders.

colored powder holi

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:42
Books for Women's History Month


Celebrate Women’s History Month with these children’s titles that can be found in our Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries!

Thu, 02/04/2021 - 10:51
Virtual Winter Campout



We are doing something a bit different this year for
Take Your Child to the Library Day.
We are bringing the event to you!  

This year we are celebrating community, family, and literacy with a Virtual Indoor Winter Campout.  Children's Librarian Ms. Susan will be your camp counselor for the day!  Pick up your "camping" kit from the Central Library starting February 6th, while supplies last.  Contents include a winter scavenger hunt, supplies to make a woodland friend necklace, ideas to set up a blanket fort, a book to read, a campout snack, and directions to turn your paper bag into a backpack. Whew! It's gonna be a busy day! 

If you are unable to pick up a kit, no worries! Read on for campfire stories and songs, as well as how-to videos that are easy to replicate at home.  Printables, including the scavenger hunt, are also available below!

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 12:40
Clack History Month 2021



The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the group responsible for creating a celebration of Black History in 1926, has called for a focus on the Black Family for this year's celebration of Black History Month.  What better way to celebrate than by reading books about black families in the past, the present and beyond?  Here are some children's books you might like to read with your family:

Picture Books about Black Children and Families set in the Past:

Wed, 12/30/2020 - 15:08
Kids Reading



Thu, 12/10/2020 - 15:15
Stars and Candle holders



Need a few easy craft ideas this winter?  Ms. Susan shows us how to make easy yarn stars and frosted candle holders. Perfect gifts for this festive season, or something to brighten up your space!






Mon, 11/23/2020 - 14:59
bitmoji children's library


Children's Services Librarian Ms. Susan has developed a new way to view our library services for kids with this bitmoji library!  Click on the images to sign up for a library ecard or access our ebook catalog, participate in our winter reading contest (starting Jan. 1st), or watch video storytimes all from one place!  Have fun exploring all the resources the library has available for you online! 



Wed, 11/04/2020 - 13:48
Every Child A Reader


Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.
Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect!

We are celebrating Children’s Book Week, (, #BookWeek2020) by sharing some of our favorite new children's books with you! See the videos below for some great ideas of new books to read!

Mon, 10/12/2020 - 10:29
indigenous Peoples day

Are you a member of the American Indian community and want your children to see themselves reflected in the books they read? Do you want to learn more about the American Indian experience with your kids, but don't know where to find books that are reliable and culturally appropriate? The American Indian Library Association has developed the American Indian Youth Literature Awards to "identif[y] and honor.. the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. Books selected to receive the award present Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity." (from the AILA website).  What better way to celebrate Indigenous People's Day than by reading books created by people from the vastly diverse and beautiful communities of indigenous people in this county:

Take a look at the 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Awards and Honorees list.  These books are on the shelves at a B&ECPL library near you..  Check them out!

2020 Award Winners: