Audubon Branch

Audubon Branch

350 John J. Audubon Pkwy.
Amherst, NY 14228
United States

Fax: 716-689-6116
Roseanne Butler-Smith

One mile north of the University at Buffalo North Campus on John James Audubon Parkway between North Forest Road and Dodge Road.

We are in the same complex as the Amherst Police Station, Courthouse and Senior Center.  Plenty of parking is available. 

Features

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wi-fi available
  • Public Access Computers:
    For Adults, 13 desktop computers and 6 laptops -- with Microsoft Office Applications (2016), Internet Access, etc.;
    Flatbed scanner available;
    3 computers dedicated for Catalog; 
    8 computers dedicated for children;
    Printing charges: B&W 10¢ per page, color 25¢ per page.
  • Self check-out machines using RFID technology
  • Meeting Room, with capacity for 100 people -- used for Library Programs; available for use by nonprofit organizations (registration required)
    meeting room
  • Study Rooms are available for small groups (reservations recommended)
    study room sample
  • Children's Playroom --  for children 6 and under with adult supervision
  • Copy machine, black & white only, 20¢ per copy
  • Outdoor Drop Box attached to building, for returned library material, open 24/7. This is the first automated drop box in Western New York, discharging materials as soon as they are inserted.
  • Display Cases -- large showcase, 88 inches wide, 43 inches high, and 13.5 inches deep -- smaller case for flat wall-mounted display -- both cases are available for groups.
  • Optelec ClearView Video Magnifier -- is easy to use and will help the visually impaired maintain their independence in everyday tasks such as reading books and magazines, viewing photographs and writing. Thanks to the Amherst Lions Club for donating this to us. 

The Collection

Audubon has a wide assortment of materials, housing books and other materials for all ages.
We offer an extensive collection of nonprint materials, including popular and family movies on DVD and Blu-Ray, a large foreign film and documentary collection, and all genres of music CDs.
DVD collection
We carry a rotating array of audiobooks and large print books, as well as a small foreign language book collection, with titles in Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean & Russian. 
We subscribe to some unique Health & Fitness newsletters.
Local documents and the Amherst Flood Collection are housed here.


What's Special About the Audubon Library

John James Audubon portrait

Named after John James Audubon (pictured above), we are situated in an idyllic setting, a short walk away from the Walton Woods hiking trail and bike path. In good weather, the tables and benches in front of the Library provide an attractive place to sit and read, talk with friends or watch the geese.

The Amherst Main Library at Audubon opened in 1987 within the Audubon New Community in Amherst, and has become B&ECPL's largest and busiest community library, home to among the most diverse populations in Erie County.

We host a wide variety of vibrant programs, and provide a safe, relaxing place to sip a cup of coffee, read magazines & newspapers or surf the web.

We have a beverage and snack vending machine.

We are a participant in the Abitibi Paper Retriever Recycling Program, which benefits the Library and the environment.

Audubon is also the home of the Western New York Seed Library:


Bookstore

Here you can purchase gently used books. The Store is run by volunteers. We are always looking for more volunteers to help. 
The following schedule is subject to change at any time, based on volunteers' availability, so if you were planning a special trip just for the Bookstore, we recommend calling ahead first at (716) 689-4922 to make sure it will be staffed when you arrive.   

Mondays 1-8
Tuesdays 10-3
Wednesdays 10-12
Thursdays 10-3
Fridays 10-4

Audubon Branch Policies

System-Wide Policies

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

Audubon Branch

BEGINNING FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20
THE LIBRARY WILL BE OPEN ONLY FOR WALK-UP SERVICE 

 

Audubon Branch

Monday            10-8

Tuesday             10-8

Wednesday       10-8

Thursday          10-8

Friday               10-6

Saturday           10-6

Closed Sundays

 This revised schedule is to due to staffing limitations, and the safety of our staff and public.

Please direct all public concerns regarding this matter to the director via e-mail: butlersmithr@buffalolib.org

 


DOCUMENTS RELATED TO COVID:

 

 


Due to the spike in COVID in Erie County, the Book Sale originally scheduled for Nov 18-21 has been postponed!!!

 

 


 

Audubon book club

AUDUBON BOOK CLUB
(click or tap for details)
 

 


 

Since the COVID outbreak, the WNY Seed Library has been temporarily moved to the shop of Brenda Snyder, the founder of WNY Seed Library:
Happy Shack CBD Oils & More

 


 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all library programming is taking place online. See below for upcoming and archived Virtual Programs. Also, you can visit our Calendar page  or  Facebook page


 



FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

 

Trunk or Treat

Photo contest!


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AMHERST PUBLIC LIBRARIES

“VIRTUAL” FALL PROGRAMS!

 


Visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/AmherstPublicLibrary/events/ to view upcoming programs. To watch premieres, you probably need to be a member of Facebook.

 

Visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/AmherstPublicLibrary/videos/
for access to the past virtual programs we have been doing. You do not need to be a Facebook member to view these.


 

Many of the videos created by the staff at the Amherst Public Library include playlists with themes, such as:

the Virtual Holistic Lecture Series for adults

and for kids and parents:
STEM Saturdays
Fairy Tale Fridays
Trekking through Nature
What's Cooking Wednesdays
Make Something Mondays
Checkers TV
Miss Angela (Story Time and Activities)
Crafting with Miss Carol
Virtual Story Times

 


HERE ARE SOME OTHER VIRTUAL PROGRAMS THAT WERE NOT DONE ON FACEBOOK :
 

Virtual Story Time with Abbey, Miss Beth's daughter, as she fills in for celebrating Mother's Day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDchWPnbptI&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwA… (May 12)
 

 


VIRTUAL GOOFY TRICKS from PUNKIN the CLOWN -- APRIL 25
Join Punkin as she does some goofy tricks to brighten up your day!   
https://youtu.be/IJ-UobJTRbg


 

ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION: VIRTUAL TREE TOUR -- APRIL 24
The Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens held a remote Tree Tour with their Director of Education, Kristy! This is a great way to #ConnectWithNature and learn from the comfort of your home. Here is the link:

 
 
VIRTUAL CRAFT with MISS CAROL (and KIDS): MAKE A RECYCLED CARDBOARD TUBE BIRD FEEDER -- APRIL 23
Join Miss Carol and her kids as they celebrate Earth Day this week by making a bird feeder using a cardboard tube, a bamboo skewer (or any stick like that), peanut butter, bird seed, and string.  
https://youtu.be/16omUikcN4o

 

 
VIRTUAL PAWS FOR LOVE READ-ALOUD WITH LILY -- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15th at 11am:
 
Read aloud of The Most Thankful Thing by Lisa McCourt pictures by Cyd Moore with permission of Scholastic Inc. Featuring Lily, the Paws For Love Therapy Dog and her video bombing cat friend Stormy.
 

VIRTUAL TURTLE BREAD BAKING DEMONSTRATION WITH MISS CAROL --THURSDAY, APRIL 16th at 2pm:
 
Miss Carol and her children will be making bread in the shape of a turtle.  The recipe is versatile.  Once you get the turtle shape mastered, you can make bears, hedgehogs, bunnies, whatever tickles your imagination.  You will need flour, quick acting dry yeast, sugar, salt, milk, water, margarine or butter, eggs, and raisins or craisins (just 2 - for the eyes).  
 

MARDI GRAS CRAFT BEADS WITH PUNKIN THE CLOWN -- FRIDAY, APRIL 17th at 1pm
Grab any extra Mardi Gras beads you may have lying around!  Punkin the Clown is here to show you how to make a dog and a star out of Mardi Gras beads.  
https://youtu.be/Q1xv2C1m11w

 


 

VIRTUAL BAKING: PEANUT BUTTER "KISS" COOKIES with MISS ANGELA -- SATURDAY, APRIL 18th at 2pm -
Join Miss Angela to learn how to bake an easy 5 ingredient cookie recipe!
https://youtu.be/soG0i2hY2qw
Here is the recipe she used:

Peanut Butter “Kiss” Cookies

1 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla
Milk Chocolate Kisses
(Recipe yields around 18-20 cookies)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
Roll into ¼ inch balls; place about 2 in. apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes. Tops of the cookies will be slightly cracked. Upon removing from the oven, immediately press “Kiss” into the center of the cookie. Let cookies cool 5 minutes.

 


ONLINE STEM CRAFT ON YOUTUBE WITH MISS CAROL
Join Miss Carol and her children as they make Moon Dough.  Moon Dough is like playdough and slime combined.  It is not sticky, it smells good, and is fun to play with (it can be very therapeutic for adults also)​.  All you need is cornstarch and hair conditioner.  Food coloring is optional.  
The session is recorded, so it will be available for viewing at your convenience.It was posted originally on Facebook, following this link to see it now:

https://youtu.be/Qyj2SDzIojA

 
 

 

VIRTUAL HOLISTIC LECTURE -- Librarian Rich Peters guest-lectured for Holistic Alliance of Western New York on Library Resources to use during (and after) the pandemic.
The Zoom meeting is no longer available, but you can 
click here for the hand-out.
 
 

 

VIRTUAL HOLISTIC LECTURE SERIES: Climate Change and Food Security in 2020 and Beyond
(Apr 21, 2020)

climate

 

ONLINE EVENT -- TUESDAY, APRIL 14 AT 7PM
John Martz is a multi-instrumentalist from Eggertsville, NY who specializes in fingerstyle guitar, slide guitar, and banjo. This performance will feature a variety of American folk styles, including blues, bluegrass, country, and some Hawaiian slack key guitar.

Join him online Tuesday, April 14th at 7 PM for a live-stream, social-distancing performance of the concert that was to be held at the Williamsville branch library at that time. He will be broadcasting live from my studio/office, and I hope to be able to chat with the audience in real time.

martz

Here is the link to the Youtube playback for the concert:
https://youtu.be/kINAW22SUUc

And visit his site: johnmartz.net

 


 

BOTB

 

Amherst Board Info

Annual Report

2019: the Year in Review


Amherst Public Library Board of Trustees

PRESIDENT
JEFFREY F. VOELKL
jvoelkl@robshawlaw.com
Term will expire 12/31/2020

VICE PRESIDENT
MICHELE IANNELLO-WARD
michele.iannello@gmail.com
Term will expire - 12/31/2019

TREASURER
MARJORIE FRANKNECHT
hipermarge@aol.com
Term will expire - 12/31/2021

SECRETARY
MARILYN FEUERSTEIN
librarylady@roadrunner.com
Term will expire  12/31/2022

PHILIP CASILIO
philc@casilioco.com
Term will expire 12/31/2022

CAROLYN GIAMBRA
carolyn.giambra@gmail.com
Term will expire  12/31/2021

CYNTHIA J. SELDEN
seldencj@yahoo.com

HON. PENNY M. WOLFGANG
pwolfgang@gmail.com
Term will expire 12/31/2023


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Meetings begin at 4:15pm and all meetings are open to the public.

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