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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)

      Game Day for Adults - Saturday, December 2nd 2:00 PM

      Join us for Game Day for Adult. Come play Bananagrams, Tsuro, Forbidden Island, and more! New and experienced players welcome! Snacks Provided! Registration Requested. Call (716) 892-8089 or sign up in person @ Anna M Reinstein Library.  

      Lego Club Banner - A child's hands are shown putting together small Lego bricks

      Y.E.S. Lego Club - Wednesday, December 13th 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.

      Y.E.S. Crafternoon - Saturday, December 16th at 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.


      Cris Johnson Magic Show and Holiday Event -   Wednesday, December 13th 6:00pm

      Join us for a magician Cris Johnson and a wonderful Christmas-themed magic show with an indoor Snowstorm, a drawing of the Grinch that comes to life, Christmas lights appear from thin air, comedy, music, and more! 

      Also, join us for crafts, games, and more! We will also have a special visit from Santa! Registration is required. Space is limited. Call (716) 892-8089 or stop in the sign up. 


      Movie Day: Disney's Haunted Mansion - PG 13 - Saturday, November 25th 1:00 pm


      Game Night - Wednesday, December 27th 5:30pm

      Enjoy games such as Uno, Ghosts of Christmas, Sorry, Hanabi, and more! Come as a group or by yourself! Snacks provided! (Age 8+) Registration Requested. Call (716) 892-8089 or sign up in person @ Anna M Reinstein Library. 


      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, Almond Toffee, Lava Cake, Peanut Butter, Sea Salt Caramel, Coconut Custard, 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 OverDrive!

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

      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. 

      Home School and Virtual Learning Help

      Introduction Guide


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      Kids Resource Lounge


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      Julia Boyer Reinstein Library

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