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Clarence Public Library

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Three Town Place
Clarence , NY 14031 Map
Phone: 716-741-2650
Fax: 716-741-1243
Monica Mooney, Director

 

Help our Garden Grow!
Support the Clarence Public Library's Children's Reading Garden.
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One Community One Book - The "One Community One Book" selection for May 2018 is Ernest Hemingway's moving and beautiful novel of love and war in World War I Italy.  Copies are available through your Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries.  Visit the One Community One Book page on Facebook.

Book Clubs in a Bag are now available for our "One Community One Book" 2018 selection.

Wireless Internet Access Available

The library is located on Old Goodrich and is next to the Clarence Town Hall. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot available. Drop box available.

Click here for a list of upcoming programs and events.

Public Access Computers: 19 computers, networked.  Microsoft Office applications and Internet access.  Printing from computer: B&W 10¢ per page, color 25¢ per page.  "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"
 

Copy machine available: B&W 15¢ per page for letter size.
 

A Meeting Room is available as a location for community informational services and for programs or meetings of established and recognized groups and associations whose purposes are educational, cultural, civic, or of general community interest.

Assistive technology for the visually impaired:

  • An Optelec Clearview 300 Low Vision Magnifier is available for use in the library. Donated by the Lion's Club of Clarence.
  • The Aladdin Classic is available for use in the library.  Purchased with funds donated by the Lion's Club of Clarence.
  • Pebble HD Hand-Held Magnifier is available for use in the library. This item was purchased with funds donated by the Lion's Club of Clarence.
  • Digital Talking Book Players from the New York State Talking Book & Braille Library are available for in-house use by eligible patrons.

 

What's Special About the Clarence Library:

The library opened at its current location in September 2001 and is one of the largest community libraries in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

A special toddler and preschool area promotes reading with parents. Adults have a relaxing area in which to read newspapers and magazines. Free WiFi is available and the Clarence Library regularly offers a variety of computer classes through its "Clarence Library Cyber-Train."  The library is well known for the variety of Summer events and programs for children and their families and also provides quality programs throughout the year.  Situated in a park-like setting, the library affords many new opportunities to its community and is a state of the art library for both adults and children. 

Also of note:

A large Classic Movie collection featuring films from the silent era through the 1960s

A monthly Senior Activity Day at the Clarence Library in partnership with the Clarence Senior Center

The Clarence Bee Newspaper: Bound volumes (1965-1982) and microfilm (1983-2014)

Flight 3407 Memorial - Designed by Hadley Exhibits and dedicated in October 2017, this informational touch-screen kiosk provides biographies of the loved ones lost in the tragic crash of Flight 3407 that took place in Clarence Center on February 12,  2009 and provides a history of all facets of the tragedy including a tribute to first responders and to the work of family members who have campaigned tirelessly in Washington D.C. to ensure adequate pilot training and have helped bring about improved airline safety and pilot training regulations.

Some Ways to Support the Clarence Library:

The Friends Place Book Store, operated by the Friends of the Clarence Public Library, Inc., is a great place to shop for quality used and donated books and materials.  Proceeds support the programs and services of the Clarence Public Library.

Fowler's Candy Bars are on sale for $1 per bar.  Proceeds support the programs and services of the Clarence Public Library.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Clarence Library. To register, use the smile.amazon.com link: 

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/16-0820093

A percentage of your Amazon purchases will be donated to benefit the Clarence Public Library. 

 

Become a member of the Friends of the Clarence Public Library.

 


Upcoming Events

 

November 2018

Calendar :: Newsletter

 

  • Autumn Storytimes
    • Wee Explore Storytime with Mr. Jeremy: For infants ages birth to 24 months and their caregivers.  Sessions include storytime and sensory play.  Mondays at 10:30 amOctober 22 & 29, November 5, 19 & 26. Registration begins October 8.
    • Once Upon a Preschool Storytime with Miss Sarah: Recommended for ages 3-5 years. The child must be able to attend the program independently. Adult caregivers must remain in the building. Tuesdays at 10:30 am. October 23 & 30, November 6, 20 & 27. Registration begins October 9.
    • Read-2-Me with Miss Sarah: For 2 year-olds. Wednesdays at 10:30 am. October 24 & 31, November 7, 21 & 28. Registration begins October 10.
       
  • Game Space (Autumn 2018 Sessions)
    • Tabletop Game Space: Meet and connect with others in a safe and social environment to play tabletop games featuring elements of strategy, light role-play, and cooperative gameplay. For adults and young adults ages 13 and up. No registration required. Thursdays, September 13, September 27, October 11, November 1 & November 15 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
    • Dungeons & Dragons: 

      New and experienced D&D players alike are welcome to join us for the original fantasy tabletop role-playing game. All supplies are provided. Participants interested in playing D&D must come to regular Tabletop Game Space the week prior to their first D&D session. This time will be used to discuss game premise and character creation. 

      For adults and young adults ages 13 and up. No registration required. Thursdays, 

      September 20, October 4, October 25, November 8 & November 29 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
       

  • English Conversation Circle: A place for tea and English conversation.  Non-native speakers welcome. November dates: November 1st and 15th.  No registration necessary.
  • Incredible India:

    This program is an Indian cultural workshop for families with children ages 4 and up. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in storytime and dance. This workshop is presented by Akruti Barbaria of Kulture Khazana. 

    Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 pm. Registration begins October 18.
  • Jump Bunch: Sports and fitness for children ages 3 to 5. Friday, November 2 at 11:00 am. Registration begins October 19.

  • Senior Activity DaySaturday, November 3 at 12:00 pm. Call the Clarence Senior Center at (716) 633-5138 for more information or to register.

  • Author Events

    • Downtown Gardenville: Join former Gardenville resident and author Nancy Tomchuck Barlow as she shares photos, written stories, poems, paintings, and woodcuts illustrating “Downtown Gardenville”. Monday, November 5 at 7:00 pm. Registration begins October 22. 
    • Brian Herberger: Join us as Herberger hosts a presentation about his new novel, Cross Country, a coming-of-age novel that delves into politics, racism, and the notion of patriotism in the late 1960s. Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 pm. Registration begins October 25. 
  • LEGO Club: For LEGO lovers between 5 and 12 years old. Tuesday, November 6 at 4:00 pm. Registration begins October 23.

  • Clarence Public Library Classic Film Series: A monthly screening and discussion of classic movies from the silent era through the 1960s. The Fall 2018 theme is “Silents are Golden”. Tuesday, November 6 at 6:00 pm. Registration begins October 23. Call the library at (716) 741-2650 for more information.

  • Paws for Love: Sponsored by the SPCA - Children ages 5-12 can sign up to read to a therapy dog, certified through the SPCA'a Paws for Love program.  Register for your personal 20 minute reading session. Saturday, November 10 at 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm & 2:30 pm.  Wednesday, November 14 at 4:00 pm, 4:30 pm & 5:00 pm. Space is limited. Call the library for more information!

  • Paying for College - 529 Plans and Strategies: Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30 pm.

  • Clarence Library Bookmarks: A book discussion group. November’s selection is Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 pm. No registration required.

  • Kidding Around Yoga: Yoga for children ages 3 to 5. Thursday, November 15 at 11:00 am. Registration begins October 11.

  • Diabetes Support Groups: Two groups meet on Monday, November 19 to discuss Diabetes - Type II at 1:00 pm, and Type I at 6:00 pm. No registration required.

  • Tech Know Lab Ancestry Library Edition: An introduction to tracing  your family's roots with an Ancestry database free at any Buffaloand Erie County Library location. Similar to the popular Ancestry.comwebsite, this database contains vital and original records. November 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Registrarion begins November 5.

    Nature Play: Program canceled -  Tuesday, November 20 at 4:00. Registration begins November 6.
  • Clarence Knitting Club: For knitters and crocheters. Bring your own projects! Tuesday, November 20 at 6:00 pm. No registration required.

  • Red Cross Blood Drive: Tuesday, November 27 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm.

 

December 2018

Calendar :: Newsletter

 

  • December Storytimes

    • Wee Explore Storytime with Mr. Jeremy: For infants ages birth to 24 months and their caregivers.  Sessions include storytime and sensory play.  Mondays at 10:30 amDecember 3 & 10. Registration begins November 19.
    • Once Upon a Preschool Storytime with Miss Sarah: Recommended for ages 3-5 years. The child must be able to attend the program independently. Adult caregivers must remain in the building. Tuesdays at 10:30 am. December 4 & 11. Registration begins November 20.
    • Read-2-Me with Miss Sarah: For 2 year-olds. Wednesdays at 10:30 am. December 5 & 12. Registration begins November 21.
  • Me and My Doll Yoga: Bring an American Girl Doll (or any favorite doll) to this unique yoga class for children ages 6 to 10. December 1 at 10:30 am. Registration begins November 17.

  • Senior Activity Day: Saturday, December 1 at 12:00 pm. Call the Clarence Senior Center at (716) 633-5138 for more information or to register.

  • LEGO Grand Prix: Monday, December 3 at 4:00 pm. Call the Youth Bureau at (716) 407-2162 by November 26 to register.

  • LEGO Club: For LEGO lovers between 5 and 12 years old. Tuesday, December 4 at 4:00 pm. Registration begins November 20.

  • Clarence Public Library Classic Film Series: A monthly screening and discussion of classic movies from the silent era through the 1960s. The late 2018 theme is “Silents are Golden”. Tuesday, December 4 at 6:00 pm. Registration begins November 20. Call the library at (716) 741-2650 for more information!

  • Game Space

    • Tabletop Game Space: Meet and connect with others in a safe and social environment to play tabletop games featuring elements of strategy, light role-play, and cooperative gameplay. For adults and young adults ages 13 and up. Thursday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm: December 6. No registration required.

    • Dungeons & Dragons: New and experienced D&D players alike are welcome to join us for the original fantasy tabletop role-playing game. All supplies are provided. Participants interested in playing D&D must come to regular Tabletop Game Space the week prior to their first D&D session. This time will be used to discuss game premise and character creation. For adults and young adults ages 13 and up. On December 20, in a special session of D&D, we will workshop a “one-shot” for you to run for your friends. New and aspiring dungeon masters welcome! Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm: December 13 & 20. No registration required.

  • Jump Bunch: Sports and fitness for children ages 3 to 5. Friday, December 7 at 11:00 am. Registration begins November 23.

  • Graham Cracker House: Children ages 5-12 are invited to join us for a morning of graham cracker house decorating! Saturday, December 8 at 10:30 am. Registration begins November 24.
     
  • Paws for Love: Read to a therapy dog from the SPCA’s Paws for Love program! Register your child for his or her personal 20 minute reading session. Registration for all December sessions begins November 24.
    • Saturday, December 8: 1:30 pm, 1:50 pm, 2:10 pm & 2:30 pm

    • Wednesday, December 12: 4:00 pm, 4:20 pm, 4:40 pm & 5:00 pm

  • Author Event - Investing for Retirement: Monday, December 10 at 6:00 pm. Registration begins November 27.
     
  • HEAP Outreach - Legislator Edward Rath announces HEAP assistance to help residents with the application process.  Tuesday, December 11 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Clarence Public Library.  For more information call 858-8676 or email Edward.Rath@erie.gov.
  • Kidding Around Yoga: Yoga for children ages 3 to 5. Thursday, December 13 at 11:00 am. Registration begins October 11.

  • Siberian Husky Club: The Siberian Husky Club of the Niagara Frontier will be bringing their dogs and sleds to show for this family program! Monday, December 17 at 6:30 pm. Registration begins December 3.

  • TechKnow Lab - Book a Tech Trainer: Book a tech trainer for one-on-one assistance on the subject of your choice. Tuesday, December 18 at 1:00, 2:00 & 3:00. Registration is very limited and begins December 4.

  • Clarence Knitting Club: For knitters and crocheters. Bring your own projects! Tuesday, December 18 at 6:00 pm. No registration required.

  • CraftLab: Drop-in craft activities right in the library! Thursday, December 27 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. No registration required.

  • MakerLab: Drop-in STEAM themed activities right in the library! Friday, December 28 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. No registration required.


 

Clarence Library Board of Trustees

Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2015

Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2016

The Clarence Library Board of Trustees generally meets at the library on the fourth Monday of each month.  The next scheduled meeting is Monday October 22, 2018

2018 Clarence Library Board Meeting Schedule

January 22, February 26, March 26, April 23, May 21, June 25, *July (No meeting scheduled); *August (No meeting scheduled); September 24; October 22; November 26; *December (No meeting scheduled)

President - Judith Hilburger

Vice President - Michael Rockwell

Secretary - Anita Ballow

Treasurer - Marjorie Ebersole

Trustees -  Joan Schultz

                  Carey Shoemaker

                  Michele Mogavero

 

2015 Board Meeting Minutes

January 26 ♦ February 23 ♦ March 23 ♦ April 27 ♦ May 18 ♦ June 22 ♦ July 6 September 28 ♦ October 26 ♦ November 23

2016 Board Meeting Minutes

January 25 ♦ February 22 ♦ March 28 ♦ April 25 ♦ May 23 ♦ June 27August 4 ♦ September 26 ♦ October 24 ♦ November 28

2017 Board Meeting Minutes

January 23 ♦ February 27 ♦ March 27 ♦ April 24 ♦ May 22 ♦ June 12♦ September 25 October 23 ♦ November 27

2018 Board Meeting Minutes

January 22 ♦ February 26 March 26 April 23 May 21 June 25 July 23


Policies and Guidelines

Clarence Public Library Rules of Conduct amended February 22, 2016

Clarence Public Library Meeting Room Policy approved October 27, 2014

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Policy

Clarence Public Library Used Book Donation Guidelines June 2014

Clarence Public Library Tutoring Policy, approved February 26, 2018

Clarence Public Library Bylaws, amended September 22, 2014

Clarence Public Library Longe Range Plan (2016-2021)

Clarence Public Library Claims Audit Policy, approved November 28, 2016

 

 

Regular hours are
          Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
          Wednesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
          Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Clarence Public Library Opportunities

  • Clarence Library Volunteer Application for adults and Community Service students. This form is required for all Community Service volunteers and must be submitted in order to be considered for a volunteer placement at the Clarence Public Library. All applicants should be advised that while all applications will be reviewed, every applicant cannot be guarenteed Community Service hours. updated November 2015
  • Student volunteer opportunities at the library are also available through the Town of Clarence Youth Bureau
  • B&ECPL Employment Application
 
 

Friends of the Clarence Public Library, Inc.

The Friends of the Clarence Public Library is a non-profit group of citizens who believe that an excellent library is essential to a community.  They work to promote and assist the library and are responsible for raising money to add to the basic collection and provide for special needs.

 

The Friends of the Clarence Public Library generally meets at the library on the fourth Monday of each month.  The next scheduled meeting is Monday October 22, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

"The Friends Place" book store, located off the lobby, is a great place to shop for used and donated books and other material.  The book store is scheduled to be open during regular library hours but is staffed entirely by volunteers.  If you're available to help out, please consider filling out an application and volunteering your time.

 

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The next scheduled holiday for this location is 11/22/2018 (Thanksgiving Day)

Open Hours This Week
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Monday10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Tuesday10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Wednesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
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Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
 
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SundayClosed
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Tuesday10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Wednesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Thursday10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM


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