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 see if 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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    Ongoing Fall Programs

    • Toddler Time - Two sessions on Tuesdays at 10:30am & 11:30am from September 20th to October 25th.  From 18 months to 3 years old.  Treat your toddler to some song and stories!  Toddlers must bring an adult lap to sit on.  Please register by calling 716-652-2719.
    • Preschool Story Time - Thursdays at 10:30am from September 22nd to October 27th.  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. 

    October

    • Adult Craft: Fall Wreath - Saturday, October 8th at 1:00pm.  Make a fall leaf wreath with old book pages!  Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring any supplies you would personally like to use.  For ages 18+.  Please register by calling 716-652-2719.
    • Hardly Haunted Halloween - Wednesday, October 12th at 6:30pm.  For children in grades K-3.  Join us for a not-so-scary storytime for Halloween!  We'll have games and crafts as well.  Please call 716-652-2719 to register.
    • Jazz in Buffalo - Thursday, October 13th at 2:00pm.  We'll look back at some of the big names that came through Buffalo, and look ahead to what's in store at the Colored Musicians Club.  Be prepared for a toe-tapping good time!  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • Saturday Storytime - Saturday, October 15th at 10:30am.  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, October 19th at 6:30pm.  This month's book club selection is True Grit by Charles Portis.  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!
    • The Basics of Medicaid & Long-term Care - Thursday, October 20th at 2:00pm.  This class focuses on strategies to preserve and protect assets in the event that there is a need Medicaid, skilled nursing home care, or care in your home.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • Elma Lego Club - Saturday, October 22nd 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.
    • Yoga For Teens - Monday, October 24th at 6:30pm.  For ages 11-17.  Join us for a peaceful & relaxing yoga session for all skill levels.  Yoga mats will be provided, or feel free to bring your own, if you wish.  Please register by calling 716-652-2719.
    • The Retirement Transition - Wednesday, October 26th at 6:30pm.  Are you planning for retirement?  We all focus on saving money, but what about managing your time?  Transitioning from a career to retirement is one of the biggest challenges in most peoples' lives.  Join us as we discuss how to plan for retirement, some of the common issues people face, and how to make the most of your retirement time.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • Getting the Most Out of Ancestry Library Edition - Thursday, October 27th at 2:00pm.  This course gives an overview of the library version of Ancestry.com.  Track your ancestors in U.S. census records and discover new family members, migrations, loves, losses, and hardships.  Unlock foreign origins using immigration records.  Honor your veteran ancestors by discovering their military service using enlistment records, draft records, and pensions.  Plus, much more!  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • Spooky Magic with Magician Cris Johnson - Saturday, October 29th at 1:00pm.  For school age children.  Join us for spook-tacular magic show presented by magician Cris Johnson.  See a "ghost" fly around the room!  A mysterious table floats in the air!  A drawing of Frankenstein's monster comes to life!  There will be laughter, magic, music and more!  Please call 716-652-2719 to register.  

    November

    • The Day the Buffalo River Burned - Thursday, November 3rd at 2:00pm.  Join John Zach, author of "The Day the Buffalo River Burned," as he recounts environmentalist Stanley P. Spisiak's crusade to end pollution and clean the Buffalo River of chemicals, sewage and other contaminants.  Spisiak is recognized as a true pioneer in bringing awareness to the conservation of America's waterways.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register. 
    • Family Movie Matinee: "Lightyear" - Saturday, November 5th at 1:00pm.  Join us for a free viewing of the new family film "Lightyear" at the Elma Public Library!  We'll have free popcorn and snacks!  Rated PG.  No need to register.
    • Styles of Beer - Monday, November 7th at 1:00pm.  What separates an IPA from a Lager?  How is a Sour Ale made?  Learn about what makes each beer style unique, and about the beer culture that made it popular.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • Celebrate the Thanksgiving Day Parade! - Wednesday, November 9th at 6:30pm.  For children in grades K-3.  Join us for a Thanksgiving Parade-themed storytime!  We'll have games and crafts as well!  Please call 716-652-2719 to register.   
    • USS The Sullivans: Moving Forward with Her Sinking - Thursday, November 10th at 2:00pm.  The sinking of USS The Sullivans in April, 2022 was a catastrophic event, not just for the Buffalo Naval Park, but can be used as a warning for all museum ships across the country.  Come and learn the theories as to her sinking & the extraordinary team assembled to get her righted again.  In addition, you'll learn about the future for USS The Sullivans in terms of a tour-able artifact and what's being done to prevent this from happening again.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • Scrapbooking Club - Saturday, November 12th from 10:30am to 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.
    • F. Scott Fitzgerald & Jay Gatsby's Gold Coast - Thursday, November 17th at 2:00pm.  The mansion in this novel is based on the extravagant estates of Long Island's famed Gold Coast.  Mother and son will paint a picture of what inspired Fitzgerald's masterpiece.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.
    • Elma Lego Club - Saturday, November 19th 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.  

    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, October 11th 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 August 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