Thu, 09/30/2021 - 12:58
kids listening


Ideal for preschools, daycare centers, and homeschool groups, Storytime in a Bag is a book club for little ones.  Each Storytime in a Bag kit includes 15 board book copies of a beloved children’s picture book, along with a copy for facilitators to read aloud, so each child has their own copy to hold and explore!  Each kit comes with early literacy tips to get your group talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing -- the building blocks of early literacy that help get children ready to read!  Kits can be reserved through the library catalog and shipped to a Buffalo & Erie County Public Library near you!

Storytime in a Bag titles include:

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 14:33
National Hispanic Heritage Month 2021


National Hispanic Heritage Month was created to honor the diverse experience of Americans with ancestors from Spain,
Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The first day, September 15th, is especially significant as "the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua." Children's Library Assistant Ms. Lucylle has curated a selection of books, poems and activities to honor our Latinx community:

Thu, 07/22/2021 - 16:07
Animal stories and fables for young readers

Have a young non-fiction reader at home and need some reading inspiration? Why not explore some of these favorite fact-filled animal books available at your local B&ECPL location?

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 10:53



Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places under Confederate control. In the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as "Juneteenth," by the newly freed people in Texas. (from the National Museum of African-American Museum of History & Culture-

For the first time, Juneteenth will be celebrated as a National Federal Holiday.  This is the first new holiday to be created in the U.S. since President Reagan signed Martin Luther King Day into law in 1983.

Here are some children's picture books available through the Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries to read to celebrate this important holiday and this important moment in our history!

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 15:27
Tales & Tails lizard on a book

Summer is here and we have activities available for the entire family -- virtually and in person!


Fri, 05/28/2021 - 11:50
Rainbow books



Rainbow Book Month,™ is a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, and asexual community.  As of 2020, GLBT Book Month™ (celebrated by the American Library Association since 2015) has been renamed Rainbow Book Month™. Originally established in the early 1990s by The Publishing Triangle as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month, this occasion is an opportunity for book lovers and libraries with the very best in LGBTQIA+ literature. 

In honor of Rainbow Book month, here are some young children's books available at BECPL featured on the Rainbow Booklist, a bibliography consisting of quality LGBTQIA+ literature intended for readers from birth to age 18


Thu, 05/13/2021 - 10:22
Family bonding Photo by Keira Burton from Pexels


ILC LogoMay is National Mental Health Awareness month, and the library has partnered with the Erie County Infancy Leadership Circle to develop videos to support parents with young children.  The Erie County Infancy Leadership Circle is a group of professionals in local communities who work with infants and toddlers and their families to facilitate professional networking, development, and communication. The network also works on the state level to advance better policies and comprehensive services for babies and their families. The ILC represents a broad array of professionals from all fields who provide services to infants and toddlers and their families. 

Wed, 04/28/2021 - 08:52
Little girl dressed like superhero riding a flying book


Children’s Book Week is an annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Children's book week logo Yellow background with a stack of dark gray book iconsEstablished 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, and in homes — wherever young readers and books connect!

Presented by Every Child A Reader, the Children's Book Council's charitable wing, the aim of Children's Book Week is not only to celebrate great books, but also to celebrate connection. It is a vehicle to unite kids and adults with books, authors, and illustrators in order to foster a love of reading. (from

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