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Read Down Your Fines

Beginning, January 1, 2021, the Read Down Your Fines program for children age 16 and under will be Year-round!

Children can read whatever and wherever they want!  Read at home, the library, 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:

  • Emailed to
  • Dropped off at any Buffalo & Erie County Public Library'
  • Mailed to any Buffalo & Erie County Public Library 

When the Library receives your READING LOG a staff member will review your account and then your outstanding library fines will be erased (based on the number of minutes you read).  Please give us a little time (up to 5 business days) to make this happen.  You can check your account online at My Account or call the Central Library at 716-858-8900 with questions. 

Who is eligible?
The Read Down Your Fines program is for children age 16 and under. 

How does Read Down Your Fines work?
Read Down Your Fines is a fun way for children age 16 and under to erase library overdue fines.  They can erase $1.00 in fines for every 15 minutes of reading.  A teen, age 13 – 16, who reads to a child is eligible to erase $2.00 in fines for every 15 minutes and the child being read to gets to erase $1.00 in fines for every 15 minutes of listening!   

Where do I get a READING LOG*?        

For more information, contact the Library at 716-858-8900 or at

Read Down Your Fines Flyer 2021


Storytime in a Bag: An Early Literacy Kit

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:

  • Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown 
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin 
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Eric Carle  
  • Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter
  • Flutterby Butterfly: A Slide-And-Seek Book by Emma Parrish  
  • Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
  • Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
  • Hoppity Frog: A Slide-And-Seek Book by Emma Parrish  
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
  • Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Three, Four, Five Fish by Dr. Seuss
  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
  • Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden
  • Press Here by Hervé Tullet
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Please note the following:

The loan period is three weeks -- No renewals are allowed

Bags may be returned to any Buffalo and Erie County Public Library location

Please do not return bag via a book drop; return to the in-person check-in desk

Borrower is limited to two bags per library card at any time

Overdue charges are $1.00 per day with a $10.00 maximum

When returning, please double check items’ condition and that everything is in the tote (including accompanying sheets). Charges will apply for lost or damaged items.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the Central Library Children’s Services & Outreach team via phone
(716) 858-7192 or email

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