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Anna Reinstein Memorial Library

Anna Reinstein Memorial Library
    Library Info

    2580 Harlem Rd.
    Cheektowaga, NY 14225
    United States

    Fax: 716-892-3370
    Dan Caufield, Director

    Located north of the Harlem Road and Walden Avenue intersection, across from St. Joseph Hospital. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot available.

    Computer Availability:

    Public Access Computers: 23 computers, networked (printing 10 cents per page black & white and 25 cents per page for color) Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access, Misc. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"  

    Wireless Internet access is available.

    Meeting Room & Copy Machine Information:

    Meeting Room, Capacity 60. Copy machine, copies 15 cents each.

    What's Special About the Reinstein Memorial Library

    The library houses the Reinstein Family Papers. The collection is comprised of letters, photographs and printed materials from 1880-1982. Viewing and consulting by appointment, for research purposes only.

    • Anna Reinstein Memorial Library


      Sunday - Closed   Monday - 12pm - 8pm   Tuesday - 9am - 5pm    Wednesday - 12pm - 8pm    Thursday - 10am - 6pm    Friday - Closed    Saturday - 9am - 5pm

      Book Sale

      Ongoing Book Sale - $2 Bag Sale (BYOB - bring your own bag)

      Family Game Night

      Family Game Night - Wednesday, May 15th 5:30pm
      Join us for family game night. Enjoy games such as Sorry, Uno, Yahtzee, and more! Come as a group or by yourself! Snacks provided! Registration Requested. Call (716) 892-8089 or sign up in person @ Anna M Reinstein Library. 

      Movie Day

      Throwback Movie Day: The Pagemaster - Saturday, May 18th 11:00am
      Join us for classic movie, The Pagemaster (1994, G) for our Movie Day.
      This film stars Macauley Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, and Leonard Nimoy.
      Snacks will be provided. Registration is required. Please give us a call at (716) 892-8089 or stop in to sign up.

      A magician reveals his trick, playing cards fly out of a brightly colored box.

      "The Great Reading Adventure" Magic Show and Summer Reading Kick-Off with Magician Cris Johnson - Saturday, May 18th 2:00pm
      Join us for our Summer Reading Kick-Off with "The Great Reading Adventure" Magic Show by professional magician Cris Johnson. This show features together-themed magic using join-in fun, comedy, fancy themed banners, costume, and lots more. Each child attendee will receive a FREE magic trick from Cris Johnson! Children in attendance will be the first to receive summer reading logs for this year's summer reading contest and may sneak preview all our amazing prizes for this summer! Get ahead of the competition by being the first to start summer reading.


      Jumpstart Your Genealogy - Monday, May 20th 4:30pm
      Jump-start your genealogy with this introduction to family history research. You will learn basic genealogy concepts, the types of records used, and an overview of the genealogy resources available through the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System. For ages 13+. Registration is recommended. Please call (716) 892-8089 or visit the Anna Reinstein Memorial Library to register.

      Kids Crocheting - Saturday, May 25th 10:00am
      Please join us for crocheting for kids. Kids can learn 6 basic crochet stitches. Classes will be held the 4th Saturday of the month from 10-11am. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. You must register for classes. Space is limited. 


      YES Crafternoon - Saturday, May 25th 1:30pm
      Please join the Cheektowaga Youth and Recreation Y.E.S. group for Crafternoon! Kids can create their very own craft.  Please stop in or call (716) 892-8089 to sign up. Registration is required.

      Puzzle Race

      Puzzle Race for Adults - Saturday, June 1st 2:00 pm

      Join us for a puzzle race for adults, ages 17+. Race to complete a 200 piece puzzle! Come as a group or team up with others! First place wins a prize! Give us a call at (716) 892-8089 or stop in at 2580 Harlem Rd. Cheektowaga, NY 14225 to sign up.

      Lego Club

      Y.E.S. Lego Club - Monday, June 3rd 6:00pm
      Please join the Cheektowaga Youth and Recreation Y.E.S. group for Lego Club! Kids can create a Lego build using Legos provided by the library. Their creations will be displayed in the library until the next Lego Club.
      Please stop in or call 716-892-8089 to sign up. Registration is required. 

      Gertrude Hawk Chocolate

      Gertrude Hawk Chocolates on sale at the Cheektowaga Public Libraries. There are 11 flavors to choose from including: Pretzel, Mint, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, Peanut Butter, Sea Salt Caramel, Crispy, Milk Chocolate, and Almond. 

      Only $2 or two for $3 

      Bike Lock

      Bike locks are now available for use at the library. Only intended to be used while visiting the library. 

      Can't make it in? Check out our eLibrary!

      Check out eBooks and eAudiobooks from Libby!

      Wondering how to check out books and audiobooks while our buildings are closed? We created a short tutorial series on getting started with Libby!

      Signing Up for an eLibrary Card 

      Getting the Libby App 

      eReader Questions and Answers 

      Reading Digitally During and After Library Closures 

      History of Anna M. Reinstein

      Anna Reinstein was born in 1866 to a family of minor Russian nobility near Kiev. Her interest in medicine was encouraged by her mother, who was an herbalist, and her family. Her parents sent her to a school in Berne, Switzerland and there she received her doctorate in medicine in 1891, and met her future husband, Boris Reinstein. By the time Anna emigrated to the United States in 1888, she spoke three dialects of Polish as well as French, Ukrainian, high Russian, German, Italian, Hebrew, Yiddish and English. She could also read and write Latin and Greek, which was required as a physician. She chose to settle in the Buffalo area because of its large Polish population, feeling a physician fluent in Slavic languages could establish a comfortable practice here. 

      Anna built her practice steadily. She worked as a midwife before passing her U.S. medical boards exams, and is reported to have delivered over 2,000 babies. Many times around the turn of the century she could be spotted on her bicycle, black bag in hand, driving the roads of East Buffalo and Cheektowaga to tend to her patients needs. In 1904, Anna moved to Cheektowaga and continued to practice medicine here until February 12, 1948. Her son Victor, born in 1894, joined her medical practice in 1916. 

      In the early 1900's, Anna Reinstein acquired much property in Cheektowaga and built homes in the area. One of the reasons she began in real estate was to provide rental housing for the railroad workers and other working class people who need shelter. 

      The library was made possible by a donation given by Victor Reinstein, her son, to memorialize Anna. A woman who came to Cheektowaga back in 1904, who practiced medicine in the area for more than 40 years, and became a part of the township. The Reinstein family has always known the value of education and books which recorded the experiences of men and women who lived before them. This belief became possible in the community where the Reinstein family once lived, where youth can recognize the benefits which man can find in his search for knowledge at the Anna M. Reinstein Memorial Library. 

      The Reinstein Family Archives is housed at the Anna M. Reinstein Memorial Library. This special collection contains documents that encapsulate the history of the family with focus on the lives of Boris Isaevich Reinstein, Anna Mogilova Reinstein, Honorine Reinstein, Nadina Reinstein Kavinoky, Victor Reinstein, and Julia Boyer Reinstein. Onsite access to The Reinstein Family Archives is by appointment only. Presently there are 102.25 cubic feet of records in the Archives with dates spanning from 1805-1998. Online access to a selected set of items from the Archives is made available in partnership with New York Digital Heritage Collections.

      NY Heritage

      Home School and Virtual Learning Help

      Introduction Guide


      7-8 Grade

      9-12 Grade

      Kids Resource Lounge

      Homeschool Picture

      Visual Aids

      Check out our sister library:

      Julia Boyer Reinstein Library

      Julia Boyer Reinstein Library