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Lancaster Public Library

Kits
We have a variety of kits available for a 7-day loan. Kits must be returned to the Lancaster Library information desk during open hours.

  • Accessibility/sensory Kits - Useful kits to help children develop skills in social/emotional management, fine/gross motor skills, and sensory/calming management. Kits include a social-emotional learning kit, emotional management toolkit and accessories, try before you buy fidget kit, basic gross motor skills kit, finger strengthening kit, oral-motor skills kit, sorting games kit, handwriting tools kit, wobble balance board, scooter board, step-a-forest, therapy balls, agility ladder, and a hair puller/skin picker fidget kit. In-library items include noise-cancelling headphones, a wobble cushion, a high contrast keyboard, and various fidget toys.
     
  • Citizen Science Kits - A citizen science kit holds everything needed to gather data for a specific citizen science project. Borrow Exploring Biodiversity, Firefly Watch, Lost Ladybug Project, Measuring Light in the Night, Monitoring Air Quality, Observing Pollinators, Project Squirrel, ZomBee Hunting, and Animal Tracks (in the Snow).
  • Empire Pass - An empire pass permits free vehicle access to New York State parks. Visit places such as Beaver Island, Niagara Falls, Letchworth, and more.
  • Garden Tools - Helpful tools to help you plant, grow, and harvest. Tools include pruners, trowels, hand seeders, cultivators, and more. 
  • Learning Kits - Borrow adult coloring, birdwatching, hiking, family gardening, advanced gardening, butterfly watching, scavenger hunt, and fishing rods.
  • Literacy Kits - Borrow The Hungry Little Caterpillar, letters, colors & shapes, knitting & crocheting, fairy tales STEM, numbers, handwriting, phonics, and sign language.
  • Memory Kits - These kits feature a variety of items to inspire memories, discussion, and interaction with people experiencing memory loss. Themes: animals, movies/tv, history, and games. 
  • STEAM-to-Go Kits - These kits enrich STEAM activities for educators, parents/guardians, and homeschool families. Kits include Ready, Set Kindergarten, Understanding our Universe, Trucks and Tools, and Biscuit® Phonics. 

Seed Library
Our seed library provides free seeds for our community to grow and share. We have a variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. Patrons/families are allowed up to 4 seed packets per year. Seeds have been donated by patrons and seed companies. Seeds can be donated to our library by completing a donation form and bringing the form and seeds to the information desk. It's our goal for the library to promote gardening, seed saving, and seed sharing. Happy gardening! View our selection of gardening books.

Yard Games
We have several yard games available for a 7-day loan. Borrow Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, Ring Toss, Bocce, Lawn Darts, Croquet, or Kan Jam for your next party! Yard games must be returned to the Lancaster Library information desk during open hours.

PROGRAMS

STEM Kits: Origami Jumping Frog Challenge
All May long
Create an origami jumping frog by picking up a free STEM kit to experiment with at home. For ages 7 and up. While supplies last. 

Tiny Art Show
In-library art show: May 20-31
Stop by the library and view all of the creative artwork painted by our patrons.

T'ai Chi Chih
Wednesday, May 22, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
T'ai Chi Chih movements are practiced softly with no impact. No particular level of physical fitness, coordination, special clothing or equipment required. Denise Miller is an accredited teacher who has been sharing this wonderful practice with students for many years. Registration required: Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Lapsit
Thursday, May 23, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Friday, May 24, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Join Miss Meg as she reads stories, has bubbles, and sings songs. For ages 3-23 months. Registration required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Toddler Time
Thursday, May 23, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Friday, May 24, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Join Miss Meg as she reads stories, has bubbles, and hands out a craft to make at home. For ages 2-3. Registration required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Lancaster Public Library: History & Current Services
Thursday, May 23, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
As part of the 175th anniversary of the Village of Lancaster, Library Director Kara Stock will give an overview of the library's history. In addition, learn how the library of today offers some much more in addition to books. No registration required.

Natcole Staskiewicz Author Visit
Saturday, May 25, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Join Author Natcole Staskiewicz will read her latest children’s book, The Great Grandma Buffalo, a heartwarming and enduring tale that transcends generations. A book signing will follow. Geared for kids, but all ages welcome. Registration required: Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Computer Coach
Tuesday, May 28, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 30, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Need a computer coach? We can help. A staff member can assist you with computer related topics in a one-on-one session. These free sessions are not designed to troubleshoot computer problems or repair hardware. Suggested topics: Tablet & cell phone devices, borrowing eBooks/Libby & hoopla apps, Microsoft Office, scanning, computer basics, internet searching, online library catalog, or email attachments. Please call 716-683-1120 or stop in to schedule your appointment.

Art-Y Time
Wednesday, May 29, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Tap into your artistic side and create a springtime scene with local art teacher Kimberly Strell. This is a free program for adults, but registration is required. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Bead Art
Thursday, May 30, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Create bead jewelry. Ages 6-12. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

 

Summer Reading Raffle- 4 BIG prizes
June 1 - August 22
Check out books to win! Kids 12 & under receive 1 raffle ticket for every 5 print books checked out. Teens 13 – 17 receive 1 raffle ticket for every 3 print books checked out. Prizes include: Squishmallows, games, grill play set, and a grand city station. Prizes are funded by contributions from our generous donors.

Summer Reading Log/Challenge and BINGO
June 26 - August 31
Kids: Read 10 books, color in a reading log or complete a reading challenge and turn it in for a fun prize. Ages 17 and under. 
Teens & Adults: Grab a BINGO board and read. Turn in your card at the information desk and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a giant Sorry® game or pickleball set.

STEM Kits: DIY Sundial
All June long
Create a DIY sundial by picking up a free STEM kit to experiment with at home. For ages 7 and up. While supplies last. 

LEGO® Club
Saturday, June 1, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. (session 1) & 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (session 2)
Join us for a 30-minute LEGO® Club. Each month we will have a theme to build your own creation to be displayed in the library. Children will have their own set of bricks. Ages 6-12. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Ms. Melissa's Sprouts
Monday, June 3, 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Join Ms. Melissa in helping your little one learn and grow through music. Birth - age 6. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays, June 4 - 18, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Join Miss Meg as she reads stories, has bubbles, and hands out a craft to make at home. For ages 3-5. Registration required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Toddler Time
Tuesdays, June 4 - 18, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursdays, June 6 - 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Fridays, June 7 & 14, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Join Miss Meg as she reads stories, has bubbles, and hands out a craft to make at home. For ages 2-3. Registration required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Computer Coach
Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, & 25, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays, June 6 & 13, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Need a computer coach? We can help. A staff member can assist you with computer related topics in a one-on-one session. These free sessions are not designed to troubleshoot computer problems or repair hardware. Suggested topics: Tablet & cell phone devices, borrowing eBooks/Libby & hoopla apps, Microsoft Office, scanning, computer basics, internet searching, online library catalog, or email attachments. Please call 716-683-1120 or stop in to schedule your appointment.

T'ai Chi Chih
Wednesdays, June 5, 12, & 26, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
T'ai Chi Chih movements are practiced softly with no impact. No particular level of physical fitness, coordination, special clothing or equipment required. Denise Miller is an accredited teacher who has been sharing this wonderful practice with students for many years. Registration required: Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. Registration begins Wednesday, May 22.

Lapsit
Thursdays, June 6 - 20, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Fridays, June 7 & 14, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Join Miss Meg as she reads stories, has bubbles, and sings songs. For ages 3-23 months. Registration required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Feelings Rock
Saturday, June 8, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Feelings Rock is a kids' music and movement class that is geared for infants through age 5. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Kidding Around Yoga
Monday, June 10, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Come and enjoy yoga poses, fun music, storytelling, yoga games, and a very special guided relaxation time. For ages 3-6. Bring a yoga mat or towel. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Father's Day Crafts with the Lancaster Youth Bureau
Wednesday, June 12, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Create fun crafts for Father's Day with the Lancaster Youth Bureau. For ages 5-12. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Battle of the Books Informational Meeting
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Join our Battle of the Books team. For students entering grades 6-9 in the fall of 2024. Registration required: Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Comic Book Club
Saturday, June 15, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Comic book club is the place for kids who love to read, draw, write and learn about new comics and graphic novels. Discuss and draw your own comic book and draw your very own comic keychain. Ages 8-14. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. 

Tech 360 Computer Class
Monday, June 17 and Monday, June 24, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Adults will learn basic computer skills (computer usage, Windows, internet basics, and email basics) with help from a trainer. Participants must attend both sessions. Once they complete both days, participants will receive a free desktop computer. Limited class size. To register and complete the preassessment, contact Mission: Ignite at (716) 823-7248 Ext 589. Sponsored by Mission: Ignite.

Tech Training: Libby App
Tuesday, June 18, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Want to learn how to borrow eBooks from the library? In this training you will learn how to use the app Libby to access digital materials for free from your own phone, tablet, e-reader, or laptop. Registration is required, space is limited. Please bring your B&ECPL library card, your fully charged device, and any usernames and passwords associated with it. Ages 17 and up. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Homeschool LEGO® Club
Thursday, June 20, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Come and create with LEGOS®. Each month we will have a theme to build your own creation to be displayed in the library. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-17. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

Summer Kick-off Party
Thursday, June 27, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Families are invited to celebrate the summer with hands-on crafts, sensory activities, popcorn, a duck game, and a rockin' reading concert by the Hills Brothers. Pout-pout Fish will make a special appearance. For all ages. Registration is required: register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. Registration begins Thursday, May 23.

Paws for Love: Read to a Dog
Friday, June 28, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Pick out a book and practice reading out loud to a therapy dog in the library. Improve literacy skills and reading confidence! For ages 4 and up. Call 716-683-1120 or stop in to sign-up for a 15-minute reading session. Registration begins Friday, May 31.

Bead Art
Friday, June 28, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Create bead jewelry. Ages 6-12. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. Registration begins Thursday, May 30.

Rib BBQ
Sunday, July 21, 11:30 a.m. 'til sold out
The Friends of the Lancaster Library invite you to a Rib BBQ. BW's rib dinner: $15 (cash only). Rib dinner includes potato salad, coleslaw, roll with butter, and a home baked cookie. All proceeds will help keep the library open on Sundays during the school year.

Digital Navigator Computer Help
Mondays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Need help with technology? Book a Digital Navigator. Adults can receive one-on-one technology help with a trained teacher. A Digital Navigator can assist you with the following: computer basics, organizing files, flash drives, setting up an email, online forms/applications, cellphone basics, printing/scanning, and borrowing eBooks (Libby). To sign up for a time slot use this link: Digital Navigation Appointments (office365.com) and select Lindsay on Mondays, or contact call the library at 716-683-1120 for us to help you book your appointment.

Free Math Help
Tuesdays thru June 11, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
NYS certified math teacher Catherine Thielmann will be available at the library by appointment. For grades 2-9. Signup for a free 20-minute appointment by calling the library at 716-683-1120 or by stopping by the information desk.

Mahjong Club
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Play the Chinese version of Mahjong. No registration necessary.

Baubles and Bling Jewelry Donations
May 1 - August 31
The Friends of the Lancaster Library are now accepting donations of jewelry (and cotton boxes) for their November fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit the library. Thank you for your support.