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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    What's new in the library?


    Ongoing Spring Programs

    • Toddler Time - Tuesdays at 10:30am & 11:30am from May 3rd to June 7th.  From 18 months to 2 years old.  Treat your toddler to some songs and stories!  Toddlers must bring an adult lap to sit on.  Registration required.
    • Preschool Story Time - Thursdays at 10:30am from May 5th to June 9th.  For ages 3-5.  Prepare your child for school with our Children's Librarian, Jessi!  We'll be doing stories, games and crafts!  Please register by calling 652-2719. 

       ​​​​​  May

    • Scrapbooking Club - Saturday, May 21st from 10:30am-3:30pm.  Join us at the library for a day of fun & creativity with friends and neighbors as you work on your scrapbooking projects and albums!  Have dedicated time to work on those stacks of pictures, projects and gifts!  Bring your supplies and plenty of tape runners.  Please sign up at the front desk or by emailing carolynmh_99@yahoo.com.
    • Mindfulness Monday: Knitting & Craft Night - Monday, May 23rd at 6:30pm.  Calling all crafters!  Do you like to knit, crochet, craft or color?  Come enjoy a relaxed evening in the library with a community of friendly crafters & knitters.  Use the time to relieve some stress by coloring or working on a project in a peaceful setting.  We have coloring supplies, or feel free to bring your own.  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • Olmsted form Every Angle: A Fresh Look at Buffalo's Olmsted Park System & the Olmstedian Influence - Wednesday, May 25th at 6:30pm.  Most people know that Buffalo's park system - the first such in the nation - was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture.  This presentation will examine the history and legacy of the system, including the current movement to restore the parks and parkways to their full glory.  We will also address Olmsted's lasting influence on town planning and American culture, perhaps even shedding some new light on both the positive and negative aspects of his vision.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • The Gardens of Emily Dickinson - Thursday, May 26th at 2:00pm.  We all learned in high school or college English classes about the shy spinster poet Emily Dickinson; but in all probability, we didn't learn that besides being our country's finest poet, she was an outstanding master gardener.  In fact, during her lifetime she was best known in her hometown of Amherst, MA for her amazing flower gardens rather than her poetry.  In this presentation, we will pay homage to Miss Dickinson by exploring both of her impressive skills.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • Elma Lego Club - Saturday, May 28th at 1:00pm.  For ages 6-12.  Join us for some Lego-building fun!  We provide the Legos, and you build!  Call 652-2719 to register.

    June

    • Early 1900s Society & Culture - Wednesday, June 1st at 6:30pm.  In this presentation, we'll cover people involved in education, politics, entertainment, sports, religion and social welfare, while also exploring the white-collar companies of the WNY area, including retail, newspapers, hospitality, and other businesses that benefitted our community.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • IRA Distributions - Thursday, June 2nd at 2:00pm.  Learn how to handle your nest egg when it's time to stop saving it up and start withdrawals.  Most people focus on accumulating assets for retirement and ignore the importance of planning for the distribution phase.  Our generation will live longer into retirement than any other in history, yet most of us are making costly errors when it comes to the payout phase of our IRAs.  We will address those potential mistakes and discuss how to avoid them.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • Computer Class: Book a Technology Trainer - Friday, June 3rd from 1:00-6:00pm.  Need computer assistance?  We can help!  These free 45 minute sessions are designed to assist with software support or Internet training.  Topics include training on the Microsoft Office suite and even how to download books onto your tablet or iPhone.  Pre-registration required by calling 652-2719 or by stopping in.
    • "Let's Get Graphic!": Graphic Novels for Kids - Saturday, June 4th at 10:30am-12:00pm.  Create your own graphic novel!  For ages 6-12.  Learn about different kinds of graphic novels (like biography, fantasy, history, mystery & more!).  Supplies will be provided.  Please register by calling 652-2719.
    • The Latest Installment in the "Orphans & Inmates" Series - Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30pm.  Let's go back to the 1920s, when the Colored Musician's Club was the hotspot for the jazz greats of the era, Prohibition was the law of the land, and the Ku Klux Klan was trying to infiltrate Buffalo.  Learn about the Klan's failed attempt to gain traction in Buffalo, and about the vibrant African American community during one of the city's most fascinating periods.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • How to Grow Perennials That Last - Thursday, June 9th at 2:00pm.  Perennials are long lasting plants in the garden when planted in the right place.  Find out how the right combination of soil, sun, water, and your care can lead to plants that come back year after year.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • Saturday Storytime! - Saturday, June 11th at 10:30 am.  Join our Children's Librarian, Jessi, for a special Saturday Storytime!  We'll have stories, songs and crafts for ages 3-5.  Please call 652-2719 to register.
    • Elma Library Book Club - Wednesday, June 15th at 6:30pm.  This month's book club selection is Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank.  Sign up by calling 652-2719 or stop in at the library.  We'll provide you with a copy of the book!  All are welcome!
    • Elma Lego Club - Saturday, June 18th at 1:00pm.  For ages 6-12.  Join us for some Lego-building fun!  We provide the Legos, and you build!  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • The Irish in WNY - Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:30pm.  From the very beginnings of Western New York, the Irish have been integral to the development and growth of the region.  The first wave of Irish immigrants came with the digging of the Erie Canal, followed by a larger wave during the Great Hunger of the potato famine.  This presentation examines the rich Irish heritage of Buffalo and Western New York.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • Mindfulness Monday: Knitting & Craft Night - Monday, June 27th at 6:30pm.  Calling all crafters!  Do you like to knit, crochet, craft or color?  Come enjoy a relaxed evening in the library with a community of friendly crafters & knitters.  Use the time to relieve some stress by coloring or working on a project in a peaceful setting.  We have coloring supplies, or feel free to bring your own.  Call 652-2719 to register.

    Individuals in need of an accommodation for any program listed above may contact the ADA Coordinator at access@buffalolib.org within 7 days of a program.   


    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, June 14th 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
    Paul E. Schwiegerling, Treasurer
    Nathan Clinard, Secretary                                                                                                                                                    Eileen R. Holden                                                                                                                                                                            Ellen B. McGreevy 

    The Elma Board of Trustees meets at 6:30pm the second Tuesday of every month, except for January and July of 2022. 


    Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes

    2022 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 2022-2024