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Kenmore Branch

 

The Kenmore Library is open:

Please note: There was a slight adjustment to our hours of service starting in 2024

Hours in 2024

Mondays from 9:30 am - 6 pm, 
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 am - 8 pm, 
Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 am - 5 pm and Sundays* from 12-5 pm 

*Sunday hours run from January 7 through June 9 2024 with the exceptions of March 31(Easter) and May 26 (Sunday before Memorial Day)


Our street address is 160 Delaware Road, Kenmore NY 14217

You can call us at 716-873-2842 during our service hours

Our public Wi-Fi service is always available and the signal range extends to our parking lot

The Network ID is BECPL2

The password is librarywifi


A note about donations of books and media:

The Kenmore Library asks that if you have a large amount of donations (more than a box worth) that you please drop them off to our Ken-Ton friends of the library group who has a dedicated collection spot across the street at the Kenmore Jr/Sr High School at 155 Delaware Road (Door #8) on Saturdays from 10 am - 12 pm.  This helps keep our library spaces clean and uncluttered, so thank you!  For more information about what material donations are accepted by our friends group please refer to this  information sheet

Friends of the Library Summer 2024 Book Sale (at the Kenmore Middle School)

Come support the Kenmore and Kenilworth Libraries by coming to the Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale!

Dates/times of sale:

  • Thursday, June 27th from 11 am - 7 pm
  • Friday, June 28th from 11 am - 7 pm
  • Saturday, June 29th from 9 am - 12 pm

Location:

155 Delaware Road (Former Kenmore Middle School, Door #8)

List prices:

  • All books $1 each (except children's books which are priced from .50 - 1.00)

Free Admission |  Credit Cards accepted


 

EVENTS

Weekly Drop in Programs

Stem Toy Tuesdays: Tuesdays from 4-6 pm.  Tinker with some STEM toys! Play and learn with Bee-Bots, Ozobots, Brackitz, Snap Circuits Extreme, and more! No registration is necessary. Open to ages 5-16. 

Build-A-Button Wednesdays: Wednesdays from 5-7 pm. Make a personalized button or magnet! All supplies provided and program is for all ages. No registration necessary- drop in anytime between 5-7pm.

Board Games All Day Saturday: Bring family or friends to the Kenmore Library, take a break from devices, and discover the good old-fashioned fun of board games! Games available for all ages. No registration necessary.


Hooray for Story Time! 

Registrations for our Summer 2024 Story Time Programs open on Monday, June 3 at 9:30 am 

and can be made by phone or in person at the library help desk.

Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5

Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5  (Registration Full)

Tuesday Mornings at 10:30 July 9 - August 6

Enjoy stories, finger plays, and songs!

Story time meets Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am, July 9 - August 6

For children age 3-5.

Registration required..


Toddler Time for 2 year olds

Toddler Time for 2-year-olds (Registration Full)

A special story time just for 2-year-olds and their caregivers!

Thursday mornings at 10:00 am July 11- August 8

Registration required 


Baby Time for ages 3-23 months

 

Baby Time for ages 3-23 months & their caregivers :Registration Full

Thursday mornings at 11:15 am July 11 - August 8

Come enjoy songs, books, and lap bounces with your baby! Each child will also get a board book to hold

 


Monthly Kids programs and special events

Card Creation Station: June 7-15th

Our card making station is back!  Make a card for Father's Day or any other occasion.  All materials provided.  Just drop in any time the library is open between June 7th through the 15th.

 


Battle of the Books Kenmore Library 2024 Team Meetings

Informational Meeting:  Wednesday, June 26 @ 5 pm

Regular meetings will be on Wednesday from July 3 through August 28 @ 5 pm

Do you like to read?  Do you love trivia and competition? Are you in grades 5-8

TRY BATTLE OF THE BOOKS!

Battle of the Books is a county-wide book trivia competition for current 5-8 graders (rising 6-9 graders) where we'll read three books and answer trivia questions about them.  There is also an artistic challenge where team members can create a 2D or video representation of one of the books.

We'll hold weekly meetings to practice our trivia and talk about the books.  At the end of August, we'll participate in a virtual competition.  Can Kenmore win Battle of the Books for a second year in a row?

Call  716-873-2842 or stop in the library for more information.  


The Kenmore Branch Library's 2024 Summer Specials 

Registration for all events begins on Monday, June 24th

Contact or visit the library to sign up or learn more

 

  • Stuffed Animal Hospital: Friday, July 12th at 11 am (Ages 3-8) - Bring a stuffed animal for a check-up, crafts, and stories.

     

  • Paleo Art : Wednesday, July 17th at 1 pm (Ages 5-10) - Create prehistoric drawings using fossils. Presented by Penn Dixie Fossil Park

     

  • Glow in the Dark Party: Friday, July 19th at 11 am (Ages 8-12) - Enjoy crafts, music, and dancing.

     

  • Hooping for Every Body: Friday, July 19th at 2 pm (Ages 6 and up) - Learn hoop dance with a live performance. Presented by Benjamin Berry

     

  • Dream Journal: Friday, July 26th at 11 am (Ages 5-12) - Decorate a journal and play games.

     

  • Insects Run the World: Wednesday, July 31st at 1 pm (Ages 5-10) - Learn about insects and arachnids. Presented by Mark Carra

     

  • Interactive Movie Time: Friday, August 2nd at 11 am (Ages 5-12) - Enjoy an interactive movie experience.

     

  • Ice Cream in a Bag: Friday, August 9th at 11 am (Ages 5-12) - Learn ice cream making science. (Dairy will be used)

     

  • Bubble Blast!: Wednesday, August 14th at 1 pm (Ages 5-10) - Explore soap science with bubbly experiments. Presented by the Buffalo Museum of Science

     

  • Circus for All!: Friday, August 16th at 2 pm (Ages 6 and up) - Learn circus skills and watch a performance. Presented by Benjamin Berry

     

  • Balloon Twisting Workshop: Wednesday, August 28th at 1 pm (Ages 7 and up) - Learn balloon twisting and enjoy magic. Presented by Cris Johnson

 

Balloon Twisting Workshop with Cris Johnson – Wednesday August 28th at 1 pm

Suggested for ages 7 and up

Kenmore Library Summer Concert Series 

for all ages

Join us upstairs in the library and hear some great local music.  No registration required, all are welcome!

  • Kody & Herren - Thursday, June 27 @ 6 pm

Based in Springville New York, Kody & Herren are multi-instrumentalists, performing on guitar, violin, harmonica, mandolin and more.  Nick and Lydia's original material is inspired heavily by roots music and their duets provide a strong chemistry on stage.

  • Schaefer & Tyler Bagwell - Wednesday, July 17 @ 6 pm

Buffalo-based acoustic folk duo Sally Schaefer (fiddle, vocals) and Tyler Bagwell (guitar, vocals) breathe fiery new life into a treasure trove of Celtic folk melodies, fiddle tunes, ballads, and tavern songs.  Sally is an ethnomusicologist and well-established musician around the  Western New York area, appearing with numerous bands representing an array of musical genres, including Creek Bend Bluegrass, Buffalo Bluegrass Allstars, Celtic rock outfit McCarthyizm, and alt rock band Stress Dolls.  Tyler is a songwriter and historian with a vast repertoire of songs and stories.  His original pieces are reflective of narrative folk writing styles melded with a fervent interest in local history.  Find the duo's new album, Irish Songs and Tunes, online via your favorite streaming platform, or pick up a copy at the show.

  • Vibrant Strings - Thursday, August 29 @ 6 pm

Buffalo-based sibling string trio Vibrant Strings is back for an encore performance!  The group embraces ALL genres of music on their violins; Classical, R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz, Gospel, Pop and more.  Vibrant Strings will captivate you with their unique sound, so be sure to come and enjoy a wonderful evening of beautiful music!

 

 

 

crafterday

Crafterday

The first Saturday of the month at 10 am is Crafterday at the Kenmore Library!

On Saturday, July 6 , we'll make a fireworks inspired painting!

Recommended for ages 5-12 (children younger than 5 can attend with a caregiver, children older than 12 can attend if interested).

Registration required. Call 716-873-2842 or stop in the library to register.

 

Lego Club

Lego Club 

Held the 2nd Saturday of the month from 11 am - 12 pm

Complete in our monthly challenges, or just enjoy some free building time.

No registration required. Recommended for ages 6-12.

upcoming dates:    

Saturday, July 13, 2024
Saturday, August 10, 2024
Saturday, September 14, 2024
Saturday, October 12, 2024
Saturday, November 9, 2024
Saturday, December 14, 2024

 

Free play for ages 2-6

Free Play at the Kenmore Library (ages 2-6)

Every 4th Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm. Ages 2-6. Enjoy an open-play experience allowing both you & them to socialize
Parents & Caregivers required to stay. No registration required.

Upcoming dates 
Saturday, June 22, 2024
Saturday, July 27, 2024
Saturday, August 24, 2024
Saturday, September 28, 2024
Saturday, October 26, 2024
Saturday, November 23, 2024
Saturday, December 28, 2024


Bricks to Go

Bricks to Go!  A Take home building challenge for kids 6-14

Can't make it to (or wait for) our next Lego Club? Try BRICKS-TO-GO! Come by the Kenmore branch library and checkout one of our BRICKS-TO-GO kits. Take it home and create your build before bringing it back to display! For kids ages 6-14. Kits are limited so stop by or call 873-2842 for details.

 

Programs for Teens and Adults

 

Weekly Programs


Knit & Crochet Club

Knit & Crochet Club 

Get together with friends to knit, crochet, or work on your other crafty projects!

Meets every Monday from 12-2 PM.

No registration required. This is not a class, so make sure to bring your own yarn and projects.

Call 716-873-2842 or stop in the library for more information.


Computer Coach

Computer Coach 

 Interested in becoming a computer coach volunteer? Fill out an application and send to knm@buffalolib.org with Computer Coach Volunteer application in the subject line.

Current Computer Coach Schedule:

 

Tuesday from 10 - 11:30 am

Tuesdays from 6-7:30  pm

Wednesdays from 10 am - 11:30 am

Thursdays 10 am-12:30 pm

Get one on one assistance with our volunteers  to help you with your smartphone or tablet, email, Microsoft Word, using the Internet, scanning and more! Service based on volunteer availability, it is advised that you contact the branch beforehand for the current schedule. Call 716-873-2842 for more information.

notary

Notary Public - Wednesdays from 6-7 PM

A Notary Public volunteer will be available from 6-7 pm on Wednesdays. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are welcome. Call 716-873-2842 for more information.


Special Events


 


Resumes for Beginners : Thursday, July 18th at 6:30 pm

Do you need to create a resume but don't know where to start? Our expert-led resume workshop is designed just for beginners! Learn how to craft a compelling resume that stands out to employers, showcases your skills, and opens doors to new opportunities.


 

Jigsaw Puzzle Contest 

Saturday, July 20th 10 am - 12 pm

Gather your own team of 4 or get teamed up with other individuals at the Jigsaw Puzzle Contest!  Each team will receive a 200 piece puzzle, and the first team to complete it wins! Adults, teenagers, and kids aged 10 and up are eligible to participate.  Prizes for the winners! Registration is required and can be made by phone or in person during our service hours.


Credit & Money Management Workshop: 700+ Credit Score

 Thursday, July 25th  6:00 - 7:00 PM

Learn how to establish or improve your credit score, create a budget, read a credit report, and correct errors that could negatively affect your credit rating.

Topics Covered:

  • Establishing or increasing your credit score
  • Creating and managing a budget
  • Understanding credit reports
  • Correcting errors on credit reports
  • Consumer rights and how to use them

Instructor: HOPE Financial Wellbeing Coach

Cost: Free. No registration required.

For more information, call the library at (716) 873-2842.

This workshop is funded by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

BOOK CLUB

 


Kenmore Library Book Club

The Kenmore Library Book Club

Join Mary on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm for a monthly book discussion. 

email knm@buffalolib.org or call the library at 716-873-2842 during open hours for information about getting a copy of the book to be discussed.  

 

Our 2024 Selections!

January 16th – A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

 

February 20th – Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

 

March 19th – The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

 

April 16th – Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

 

May 21st – I Have Some Questions For You by Rebecca Makkai

 

June 18th – The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

 

July 16th – Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby VanPelt

 

August 6 - The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

 

September 17th – Normal People by Sally Rooney

 

October 15th – Good Night, Irene by Luis Alberto Urrea

 

November 19th – The Sun Does Shine: how I found life and freedom on death row by Anthony Ray Hinton

 

December 17th – The Half Moon by Mary Beth Keane


Our in-house publications!

 

The Checkout

The Checkout: A REVIEW SOURCE WRITTEN BY LIBRARY PATRONS FOR LIBRARY PATRONS

Want to submit your own review?  You can now do so with our online submission form.

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Kenmore Library News

Kenmore Library News, the premier kid-created newsletter for all things library returns at last!  Click the links below or stop by the library to get your copy.

Issue #23 JAN/FEB 2022

Issue #24 MAR/APR 2022

Issue #25 SUMMER 2022

Issue #26 FALL 2022

Issue #27 SPRING 2023

Issue #28 SUMMER 2023

Issue #29  FALL 2023

Issue #30 WINTER 2023/2024

Issue #31 SPRING 2024

KLN Zine

The KLN Zine- The Kenmore Library News Zine for young adults, with news and reviews and all the hottest pop culture takes.

Issue #12 JAN/FEB 2022

Issue #13 MAR/APR 2022

Issue #14 Summer 2022

Issue #15 FALL 2022

Issue #16 Spring 2023

Issue #17 Summer 2023

Issue #18 Fall 2023

Issue #19 Spring 2024

Connect with us

CONNECT WITH US

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Our X (formerly known as Twitter) handle is @BECPLKenmore for updates on any library changes as well as to promote our programs.

Need some reading inspiration? Our sister branch at Kenilworth has 90+  Pinterest Boards with thousands of suggestions for books available to request from the Buffalo & Erie County Library System which you can have sent to  Kenmore for pickup.  Check out their new & notable boards for items on order or recently received.

Remember, friending and following us on our social media sites, checking-in, liking, sharing our posts, and tagging us in your pictures, are all great ways to help promote your branch & libraries as a whole!