Sun, 08/02/2020 - 20:09
cover of the girl who drank the moon


Hello Everyone! 

Central Library’s middle school book group is meeting online while we are closed. Want to join us? Read on for details! 

We will be meeting via Zoom. You can participate on your computer, tablet or phone. I will invite people to the event with a link through their email. This link will not be made public. To obtain this code, you must email me,, sometime before the start of the meeting date and time to let me know you’re interested. 

At this point, you may be wondering who I am. My name is Maria and I am the teen services librarian at the Central Library. It's nice to meet you. Now that we’ve got the nuts and bolts out of the way, on to the fun stuff! I am happy to meet you and/or a parent before the group, in a short Zoom meeting, if that makes you more comfortable. 

Reader’s Quest Book Group

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 11:49
Textile Art

Need a fun craft idea that you can do with a wide age range of kids?  Why not try making some of these Textile Art Circles! 
Textile arts are very popular these days and this version is very easy to make.  It's a great way to keep little hands busy.  And what to do while the kids are weaving, you ask?  Why not read them some beautiful picture books about kids learning, weaving, and dreaming.  Video instructions for the craft are below. Scroll down for book ideas, with links to our library catalog. Don't forget you can always request a book if it isn't available at your local library. 

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:20
Goody Bag

Attention kids!  Believe it or not we are approaching the halfway point of our summer reading contest!  On July 17th, 2020 we will choose 6 lucky participants who will receive a goody bag full of summer fun!  Prizes will include a coloring poster, dragon gliders, bubbles, crowns, fairy wands and, of course, some books to help you have an awesome summer!  Participants must be 12 years of age or under, residents of Erie County, and signed up for our online summer reading contest to win!  Sign up is free- visit to enter! Please note that you do NOT have to have a library card to participate!

Winners will be contacted and the prize bags will be sent to the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library of your choice for pick up!

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 15:29
Summer Reading Activity Calendar



Need reading inspiration for the summer? Here is our reading calendar for July!

Every day features a new book and many days have activity ideas to go along with the book. If you do the activity be sure to take a picture and share it with us using #becplsummerreads and be entered to win a basket of books! You can also enter book reviews for all the books in our summer reading contest for more chances to win great prizes!  Sign up for our summer reading contest at reading!


Fri, 06/26/2020 - 14:18
Read Down Your Fines

Books + Read Down Your Fines


Read Down Your Fines

July 1 – December 31, 2020

Our annual Read Down Your Fines program for children age 16 and under has been extended! 

This year, Read Down Your Fines will run from Wednesday, July 1, 2020 through Thursday, December 31, 2020. 

Also new this year: children can read whatever and wherever they want!  Read at home, the library, summer camp, etc.  Read a book, eBook, magazine, a newspaper, instructions, a cereal box…  List what is read and minutes spent reading on the Read Down Your Fines READING LOG!

Completed reading logs can be:

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 15:10
Family Art Break

Hang out with Ms. Susan and get some fun arts and crafts ideas to keep you busy all summer long!  Here are some of our recent ideas, what will you create?

Rainbow Ribbon Wands and Cupcakes!


Make a Mini Notebook
Mini Notebook

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 14:14
Social Justice


At this momentous time in our history, we here in the Children's Services Department have been reminded that that it is never too early to read books about fairness, justice, and civil rights. Here are some of the books we have available to introduce the concept of social justice to your children!

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 14:29
Jack Reading on Beanstalk


Imagine Your Story Banner

This summer, participate in the library's Summer Reading Program, "Imagine Your Story!" The easiest way to get involved is to sign up for our program online!  Create an account and record all the books that you read this summer.  Create book reviews, play games, or go on a series of fun missions.  Every time you complete an activity, you earn a chance to win some awesome prizes.  See below for a video on how to use our site:

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 11:42
Ms. Jessie Knows STEAM


Children's Librarian Ms. Jessie has been sharing weekly STEAM challenges every Saturday to help you explore different Science, Engineering, Art, and Math concepts.  Take a look at some of her recent ideas:


STEAM Challenge #1
Air Powered  LEGO Vehicles.  And look out for Ms. Jessie's awesome gecko!

Supply List
A ramp (use a board, wood, book)
Ribbon, yarn, or string to make lanes

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 15:49
children's book week logo 2020

Children’s Book Week is May 4th-10th, 2020 and even though Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries are not physically open, we still have many ways to celebrate virtually and at home!