Boston Free Library

Boston Free Library
    Library Info

    9475 Boston State Rd.
    Boston, NY 14025
    United States

    Fax: 716-941-0941
    Lydia Herren, Director

    Located on Boston State Road, (Route 391), between Boston Cross and Boston Colden Road. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot available

    Public Access Computers: 6 computers, networked (printing 10 cents per page B&W, 25 cents color) Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access, Misc. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?" We now also offer Mobile Printing.

    Meeting Room available. Click Here for Community Meeting Room Rules

    Yard Games

    The Boston Free Library now has yard games available for a 7-day loan period. We have Corn Hole, Bocce, Giant Jenga, Volleyball/Badminton, Croquet, Kubb, Can Jam, and Ladder Ball. Stop in to check them out for your next party!

    Did you know when you shop on Amazon.com, you can donate a portion of your sale to the Boston Free Library?  When shopping, be sure to follow the link below to get to our "Amazon Smile" page. Thank you for supporting your library! 

    http://smile.amazon.com/ch/16-0792859 

    The Boston Free Library is a member of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

    Boston Free Library

     

    Hours for 2022: 

    Monday 10-7

    Tuesday 12-8

    Thursday 10-7

    Friday 12-5

    Saturday 10-2 

    Everyone who enters the building is ENCOURAGED to wear a mask at this time. 

    Safety Plan

    Special Events

    Battle of the Books 2022

    Information Meeting - Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 PM

    Meetings on Tuesdays at 6:00 PM from June 7th - August 9th

    Battle of the Books Team Boston

    We are preparing for the 2022 season and are hosting an information meeting on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 PM. Information about this year's selections is available at https://www.buffalolib.org/books-movies-music/battle-books

    Meetings will take place in person but the final battle will be virtual like last year.  We will be answering trivia on 3 titles and submitting a creative project for the 4th Kids' Choice title.  Meetings are planned for Tuesdays at 6:00 PM from June 7th - August 2nd.  

    If you are interested in participating please respond by email bos@buffalolib.org or call us at 716-941-3516 to sign up.

    Battle of the Books Meeting Schedule

    Summer Preschool Story Time

    Thursdays at 11:00 AM from June 16th - August 18th

    For ages 2 - 6. Call 716-941-3516 to register.

    Summer Preschool Story Time

    Craft Fridays: 

    June 24th, July 8th, July 22nd and August 5th from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Join us for fun guided craft projects for all ages. All supplies provided for free for pre-registered attendees. Call 716-941-3516 to register. Registration is required prior to the day of the event so we can plan accordingly. We will have multiple versions of the projects offered to accommodate all levels from children to adults and seniors.

    Craft Fridays

    Kids Yoga with Blue Sky Wellness

    Saturdays at 11:00 AM: June 18th, July 23rd, August 13th

    Enjoy all the wonderful benefits of yoga. Recommended for ages 3 to 10. Call 716-941-3516 to register - space is limited.

    Kids Yoga

     

    Summer Concerts:

    Grace Lougen: Thursday, June 23rd from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

    Summer Concert - Grace Lougen

    Join us for the Boston Free Library's summer concert series featuring the talented Grace Lougen at 6:00 PM.  Grace is an award-winning guitar player and songwriter from Buffalo, NY.  https://www.gracelougen.com/

    Enjoy an evening of music at the Boston Free Library -  Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic if you would like! 

    Registration is encouraged so we can plan accordingly.  Call 716-941-3516 to register.    

    Cricut Maker Class

    Monday, June 27th or Thursday, June 30th from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

    Call 716-941-3516 to register for this fun instructional class using the Cricut Maker Machine to create a vinyl iron-on monogram.  Supplies to complete the project will be provided for free to all pre-registered attendees.  Registration is required as space is very limited.  

    Cricut Maker Class

    Book Club: First Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:00 PM 

    Join us to read and discuss popular titles from the Young Adult and Adult Genres. Recommended for ages 18 and up. Call 716-941-3516 to register.

    Vote for your favorite book selections at https://forms.gle/FJPhP5riw8FnSNAm7

    Adult Book Club

     

    Painting En Plein Air

    Tuesday, July 12th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Come paint with the Holland Tuesday Painters en plein air at the Boston Free Library! Call 716-941-3516 to register - recommended for teens, adults and seniors. Rain Date will be Tuesday, July 19th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

    Painting En Plein Air

    Bubble Day

    Thursday, July 14th from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Make your own bubble wands and test out different bubble solutions.  A free, fun all ages program!  Call 716-941-3516 to register today.  

    Bubble Day

    Library Summer Fundraiser

    Thursday, July 21st from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    *At the Boston Town Hall Lions Shelter

    Join us for the biggest library event of the summer! Over 20 local craft vendors, a guided Square Dance with live music, $2 hot dogs with a bottle of water and chips (while supplies last), crafts and activities for the kids, and a basket raffle. Come support the Boston Free Library at the Boston Town Hall Lions Shelter.  

    Library Summer Fundraiser

    Fossils, Fossils, Everywhere with Penn Dixie

    What are fossils? What can fossils tell us about the creatures that lived long ago? What did they eat? How did they live? Become a paleontologist and examine the fossils of plants and animals that lived long ago.  Recommended for kids in Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  Call 716-941-3516 to register.  

    Fossils, Fossils, Everywhere

    Outdoor Summer Concert - Porcelain Train

    Thursday, August 18th from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Join us for the Boston Free Library's summer concert series featuring Porcelain Train at 6:00 PM.  Ralph and Tamala Fonda are a husband/wife duo who perform a unique blend of original folk & Americana music. Check them out on Facebook!

    Enjoy an evening of music at the Boston Free Library -  Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic if you would like! 

    Registration is encouraged so we can plan accordingly.  Call 716-941-3516 to register.    

    Porcelain Train

    Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body

    Thursday, August 25th at 1:00 PM

    Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement. Incorporate these recommendations into building a plan for healthy aging. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association WNY. Call 716-941-3516 to register.  

    Healthy Living

    Curbside/Walk-Up Services Continue to be Available:

    Call the library 716-941-3516 or email bos@buffalolib.org during open hours to request titles from items available at the Boston Free Library. Check the library's online catalog using the "Limit Search Results" selecting "Boston" to see currently available items. A staff member will record the titles requested and check them out on your library card. 

    Beyond Books at Boston

    Sports Equipment

    Sports Equipment Lending

    Now you can check out sports equipment through the library!

    Available kits include:

    • Kid's Sized Tennis Kits: 2 rackets and 4 tennis balls - courts open and free to use behind the Boston Town Hall and at Sprague Brook Park
    • Kid's Snowshoe Kits - perfect for a winter day at Sprague Brook or on any of the nearby trails! (Best for ages 5+).
      • Two sizes available: Small and Large Youth Sizes

    Also Kids under the age of 17 who have fees on their library card can get them removed when the sports equipment is checked out!

    Sponsored by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, and winner of the 2021 Penguin Random House Library award for Innovation. 

    * A parent or guardian must sign a waiver and be present the first time equipment is borrowed. Equipment must be borrowed from and returned to the Boston Free Library. 

    Library of Things

    Library of Things

    Check out what items are available through our catalog!

    Images of all items available here.

    The Boston Free Library has the following items available for 7-day loan period.  Must be checked out on a valid adult library card and picked up and returned at the Boston Library during open hours.

    • Sports Action Camera
    • Green Screen
    • Outdoor Projector and Screen
    • Telescope
    • Trail Camera
    • Ukulele
    • Portable Light Therapy Energy Lamp
    • Digital Radon Detector
    • Metal Detector
    • Karaoke System
    • Bubble Machine
    • Film Slide, Negative and Photo Converter
    • Super 8 and 8 mm Film Converter
    • Record Player - Converts Vinyl, Cassette and CD to USB Flash Drive
    • ClearClick Video Converter - Converts VHS or other video sources to digital
    • VHS-C Adapter
    • VCR 
    • HDMI Cloner Box
    • Osmo Genius Kit
    • Makey Makey

    Purchase of these items was made possible by funding generously secured by Senator Gallivan.

    Chromebook Kits

    Chromebook Kit

    Chromebook Kits (Chromebook + Hotspot) are now available to check out at the Boston Free Library.  

    Overview and Frequently Asked Questions

    Parent/Guardian Chromebook Kit Checkout Agreement

    Yard Games

    Yard Games

    The Boston Free Library now has yard games available for a 7-day loan period. Must be picked up and returned at the Boston Library; not eligible for reservations.

    • Corn Hole
    • Bocce
    • Giant Jenga 
    • Volleyball/Badminton 
    • Croquet 
    • Kubb 
    • Kan Jam
    • Ladder Ball

    3D Printing at the Boston Library

    • Lulzbot Taz 6 Printer available for use
    • stl files accepted by email, web link, or USB with approval based on the library's 3D Printer Policy
    • Fees based on weight of the finished project at $.05 per gram
    • PLA, ABS and PETg available; colors subject to change
    • Check out Thingiverse.com for ideas about what types of things can be printed 

    Cricut Maker Machine

    • Available for public use during library hours
    • Basic cardstock provided, patrons are responsible for providing any other appropriate materials for projects

     

    Boston Free Library Board Info

    Annual Report


    Board of Trustees

    Suzanne Borowicz, President

    Matthew Boyle, Vice President

    Linda Coniglio, Treasurer

    Catherine Osborn, Secretary

    Kami Callahan


    Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes

    2022 Minutes

    2021 Minutes

    2020 Minutes

    2019 Minutes

    2018 Minutes

    2017 Minutes

    2016 Minutes

    2015 Minutes


    Bylaws

    Boston Free Library Association Bylaws - Amended 


    Budget

    Association 2021 Budget

    Association 2020 Budget

    Association 2019 Budget


    Strategic Plan

    Boston Free Library Long Range Plan 2017-2021

    Friends of the Boston Library

    The Friends of the Boston Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  They generously support and fund a variety of things for the community to enjoy at the library - from furnishings and equipment to materials and programs.  Many Friends also volunteer at the library for events and programs. Funds are raised by the Friends primarily through the Annual Gala Fundraiser and Book Sale.

    • Material (books, dvds, cds, puzzles) donations are generally accepted by Friends at the library during open hours from April - October  Please call the library in advance at 716-941-3516 to verify the availability of storage space for donations.
    • Magazines, reader's digest condensed books, and books in poor condition are not accepted for the book sale.