Elma Public Library

Elma Public Library
Library Info

1860 Bowen Rd.
Elma, NY 14059
United States

Fax: 716-652-0381
Thomas Carloni, Director

Located on the corner of Bowen and Rice Roads, east of Route 400. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot and book drop available.

Public Access Computers: 14 computers, networked, including 3 laptops, printing 10¢ per B&W page, 25¢ per color page, flatbed scanner, Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access, Misc. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"

Wi-fi available.

Meeting Room, capacity 60. Copy machine, copies 15 cents each.  Click here for Meeting Room Policy & Application

We offer Notary Services. Please call ahead to confirm Notary is available.

What's Special About the Elma Library

Local History Collection


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You'll now be able to borrow a variety of non-traditional materials from the Elma Public Library!  We have a GoPro camera, a portable record player, musical instruments, robots, and more!  Click here to see the full list. 


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

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 The Elma Public Library is open for in-person browsing!  Facial coverings are required when in the library for all patrons, regardless of vaccination status.

 Our Open Hours are:

Monday 12 - 8pm

Tuesday 10am - 6pm

Wednesday 12 - 8pm

Thursday 10am - 6pm

Friday 10am - 6pm

Saturday 10am - 4pm

Closed Sunday


Ongoing Fall Events

  • Preschool Storytime at the Library - Thursdays at 10:30am on November 4th & 18th and December 2nd & 9th.  For ages 31/2 to 51/2.  Prepare your child for school!  We'll be doing stories, games and crafts!  Please register by calling 652-2719.  Children must abide by all current mask & social distancing guidelines.  
  • Virtual Storytime for Babies & Toddlers - Tuesdays at 10:30am from November 2nd through December 7th.  Treat your little ones to songs and stories!  Tune in to Facebook Live with Ms. Kate!  Click on the link and we'll see you there!

   ​​​​​    October

  • The Myths and Mystery of Bats - Monday, October 25th at 6:30pm.  Presented by Batphile Liz Thompson.  Learn about bats that live in New York and around the world!  For school age children and older.  Costumes are welcome!  We'll be giving out treat bags as well!  Call 652-2719 to register.  Please note, all attendees must observe all current mask & social distancing guidelines.
  • Violence Behind the Battle for Women's Suffrage - Thursday, October 28th at 2:00pm.  This presentation will give an overview of the lobbying for women's suffrage in the early 1900's.  Under the leadership of Alice Paul and the National Women's Party a fierce campaign of civil disobedience pushed for the vote.  The sacrifices of these women should encourage us all to value our precious right to vote.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.  Please note, all attendees must observe all current mask & social distancing guidelines.

November

  • Be an Educated Consumer - Wednesday, November 3rd at 6:30pm.  Learn how to be a well-informed consumer.  What are the Red Flags one should watch for to identify consumer scams?  What tips will prevent you from becoming a victim?  Join us to learn more.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.  Please note, all attendees must observe all current mask & social distancing guidelines.
  • Fall Tasks in the Garden - Thursday, November 4th at 2:00pm.  Cutting back perennials correctly, protecting plants and pots, overwintering geraniums, begonias and others, bringing in houseplants and general cleanup all help your garden survive and emerge in the spring.  We'll also talk about the "leave it be" philosophy of fall cleanup that leaves plant material to support overwintering by pollinators and beneficial insects.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.  Please note, all attendees must observe all current mask & social distancing guidelines.
  • Elma Lego Club - Saturday, November 8th at 1:00pm.  For ages 6-12.  Join us for some lego-building fun!  Our theme for this month is "Autumn".  Call 652-2719 to register.  Please note, all attendees must observe all current mask & social distancing guidelines.
  • "Stop Thief"!: A Storytime & Craft for Kids! - Wednesday, November 10th at 6:30pm.  For children in grades K-3.  Help solve a mystery, and join us for detective-themed stories, games and crafts!  Please register by calling 652-2719.  Please note, all attendees must observe all current mask & social distancing guidelines.
  • Elma Library Book Club - Wednesday, November 17th at 6:30pm.  This month's book club selection is The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.  Copies of the book are available for you to check out - just ask at the front desk!  All are welcome to this fun and lively gathering!  Sign up by calling 652-2719 or by stopping in at the library.
  • Anatomy of a News Story - Thursday, November 18th at 2:00pm.  Ever wonder where the news comes from that you read in the newspaper, see on TV or hear on the radio?  Ever wonder how journalists gather their stories and then decide how to present them?  This class will provide a lesson in the background of journalism seldom seen by the public.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.  Please note, all attendees must observe all current mask & social distancing guidelines.
  • Teen Book Club - Monday, November 22nd at 6:30pm.  For ages 11-17.  This month we'll be discussing Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez.  Copies of the book are available at the front desk!  Stop by and ask for a copy.  Attendees must observe all current mask & social distancing guidelines.
  • An Evening with Mason Winfield - Monday, November 29th at 6:30pm.  Join us for an engaging evening with published author & historian of the supernatural Mason Winfield, as he shares selected readings from his new book, and gives us a fascinating talk on the spooky folklore & haunted history of Western New York!  Call 652-2719 to register.  Please note, all attendees must observe all current mask & social distancing guidelines.   

A new Virtual Learning/Homeschooling subject guide has been added to the Library website.  This is a great educational resource for any families and children learning from home this fall!  It features learning resources for all grade levels, as well as virtual tours of museums, zoos, aquariums and historical sites!  Click here to check it out!

Elma Public Library Board Info

The next meeting of the Elma Public Library Board of Trustees will be on Tuesday, November 9th at 6:30pm at the Elma Public Library.  The meeting is open to the public.  For more information, please call 652-2719.


Annual Report


Board of Trustees

Susan Sudlik, President
Thomas E. Pirrung, Vice President
Ellen B. McGreevy, Treasurer
Nathan Clinard, Secretary                                                                                                                                                    Eileen R. Holden                                                                                                                                                                            Kelly J. Helbling 

The Elma Board of Trustees meets at 6:30pm the second Tuesday of every month, except for July of 2021. 


Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes

2021 Minutes

2020 Minutes

2019 Minutes

2018 Minutes

2017 Minutes


Bylaws

  • Click here for the By-laws of the Elma Public Library

Budget

 


Strategic Plan

  • Click here for the Elma Public Library's Three Year Plan 2019-2021