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 

    Safety Plan

    Special Events

    Preschool Story Time

    Thursdays at 11:00 AM from September 15th - October 20th, November 10th - December 22nd

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

    Preschool Story Time

    Boston Free Library Book Club

    Thursday, October 6th from 5:30 - 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. This month's title is The Silence of Bones by June Hur.

    October Book Club

    Craft Days - Painted Pumpkins

    Thursday, October 13th at 5:00 PM

    or 

    Friday, October 14th at 3:30 PM

    All ages welcome. October's craft is painted pumpkins!  We will have several different options available. All supplies provided for free to pre-registered attendees. Call 716-941-3516 to reserve your spot!

    Painted Pumpkins

    Kids Yoga with Blue Sky Wellness

    Saturday, October 15th at 11:00 AM

    and 

    Saturday, November 12th at 11:00 AM

    Recommended for ages 3-10. Danielle from Blue Sky Wellness joins us at the Boston Free Library to teach all about the wonderful benefits of yoga! 

    Call 716-941-3516 to register.

    Kids Yoga

    Family Story Time

    Tuesday, October 18th from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Join us for a special family story time all about Halloween! Listen to stories and songs, play games, and make a craft. Feel free to wear your costumes! 

    Recommended for ages 3-8 but all are welcome! Call 716-941-3516 to register.  

    Halloween Story Time

    Book Sale

    Saturday, October 22nd - Friday, November 4th

    The Friends of the Boston Free Library host their annual Book Sale.  Something for everyone - books, movies, music and more, all at low, low prices.

    Proceeds benefit the Boston Free Library. 

    Fall Book Sale

    Artist/Crafter Raffle

    Saturday, October 22nd - Saturday, November 19th

    A raffle featuring artwork and creations from local artists and crafters! All proceeds benefit the Boston Free Library.

    Artist/Crafter Raffle

    Painted Wine Bottle Lights

    Tuesday, November 8th at 6:00 PM

    Local artist Diane Sypniewski will lead a class on creating your own painted, lighted wine bottle to use as a gift or holiday decoration. Call 716-941-3516 to register, space is limited.  Please plan to bring your own empty, clean bottle with labels removed to use for the craft. We will have a limited number of additional bottles if you are not able to bring your own. All other supplies will be provided to pre-registered attendees. This craft is geared towards adult participants.  

    Painted Wine Bottle Lights

    Family Story Time

    Tuesday, November 12th from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Join us for a special family story time all about Thanksgiving! Listen to stories and songs, play games, and make a craft. 

    Recommended for ages 3-8 but all are welcome! Call 716-941-3516 to register.  

    Thanksgiving Family Story Time

    Craft Days - Pinecone and Acorn Animals

    Thursday, November 17th at 5:00 PM

    or 

    Friday, November 18th at 3:30 PM

    All ages welcome. November's craft will be pinecone and acorn animals.  We will have several different options available. All supplies provided for free to pre-registered attendees. Call 716-941-3516 to reserve your spot!

     

    Pinecone and Acorn Animals

    Holiday Villages Craft

    Saturday, November 19th from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    All ages welcome (younger children will require an adult to assist with this project). We will be making and decorating paper holiday villages. Call 716-941-3516 to reserve your spot. Space is limited and registration is required so we have enough supplies for everyone attending.

    Holiday Villages Craft

    Holiday Card Making Workshop

    Saturday, December 3rd from 11:00 AM - 12:30  PM

    All ages welcome! We will have all the supplies necessary to make your own holiday greeting cards to send to friends and family.  Create your own masterpieces to spread holiday cheer. Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend. 

    Holiday Card Making Workshop 

    Christmas Ornament Workshops

    Thursday, December 8th at 5:00 PM or Friday, December 9th at 3:30 PM

    All ages welcome. December's craft will be Christmas Ornaments.  We will have several different options available that are perfect for gifts or decorating your own tree. All supplies provided for free to pre-registered attendees. Call 716-941-3516 to reserve your spot!

    Christmas Ornaments

    Family Story Time

    Tuesday, December 20th from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Join us for a special family story time all about Winter! Listen to stories and songs, play games, and make a winter themed craft. 

    Recommended for ages 3-8 but all are welcome! Call 716-941-3516 to register. 

    Winter Family Story Time 

     

    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.