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Boston Free Library

Boston Free Library
    Library Info

    9475 Boston State Rd.
    Boston, NY 14025
    United States

    Lydia Herren, Director

    Located on Boston State Road, (Route 391), between Boston Cross and Boston Colden Road. Wheelchair accessible, entrance ramp. Basement children’s, young adult, and community room areas accessible by chairlift and stairs.  Parking lot available.

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    Technology Access

    Wireless Internet Access Available
    Public Access Computers: 6 computers, networked (printing 10 cents per page B&W, 25 cents color) Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access, Misc. 
    2 free public scanners available.
    "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?" 
    We also offer Mobile Printing from your phone or other device.
    Black and white copies are available at 15 cents per page.
    Chromekits (Chromebook + Hotspot) available to check out for at-home internet access.


    Beyond Books at Boston

    The Boston Free Library offers many things beyond books, movies, and music

    Yard Games: Corn Hole, Bocce, Giant Jenga, Volleyball/Badminton, Croquet, Kubb, Kan Jam, Ladder Ball, Ring Toss

    Library of Things: 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

    Technology: 3D Printer (Lulzbot Taz 6) available for public use, fee of $0.05 per gram finished project weight, Cricut Maker Machine: patrons must supply their own materials for Cricut projects, i.e. vinyl, cardstock, etc.

    Sports Equipment: Kid’s sized Tennis, Lacrosse, and Snowshoe Kits, Adult Sized Snowshoes


    Community Meeting Room

    Contact the library at 716-941-3516 to inquire about schedule availability.
    Community Meeting Room Capacity is 50
    Community Meeting Room Policy
    Meeting Room Application 


    Exhibits and Displays

    Contact the library at 716-941-3516 to inquire about schedule availability for artist displays.
    Exhibits and Displays Policy 

    • Boston Free Library

      Hours for 2024: 

      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, January 4th - March 28th

      Winter Preschool story time for children ages 2-6. Stories, games, songs, and more! Call 716-941-3516 to register.
      Winter Preschool Story Time
       

      Ukulele Jam Session

      Thursdays from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

      Join us for an open ukulele jam session.  Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend!

      Ukulele Jam Session

      Solar Eclipse Science 

      with the Buffalo Museum of Science

      Saturday, March 2nd at 11:00 AM

      Learn about eclipse science, safety, history and more! All ages welcome! Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend. 

      Solar Eclipse Science

      Learn How to Use Canva

      Tuesday, March 12th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

      Learn how to use Canva to create posters, invitations, social media graphics, and so much more.  This class will include an introduction to graphic design and an overview of the features and functionality of the free version of Canva.  Basic computer skills necessary.  Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend - space is limited.  

      Learn How To Use Canva

      Eclipse Science and Safety

      with the Buffalo Astronomical Association

      Tuesday, March 19th at 6:00 PM

      Join us for an informative and fun program all about the upcoming eclipse! All ages welcome! Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend. 

      Solar Eclipse Science

      Internet Basics

      Monday, March 25th from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

      Learn about connecting to the Internet, navigating tools, the Cloud, searching, browser menus, clearing history and more.  For this class it is helpful to have basic typing and mouse skills.  Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend - space is limited.  

      Internet Basics

      Easter Bunny Crafts

      Thursday, March 21st at 5:00 PM

      All ages welcome! We will have a variety of Easter Bunny inspired crafts to make.  Call 716-941-3516 to register so we can prepare enough supplies for all attendees.  

      Easter Bunny Crafts

      Lego Club

      Tuesday, March 26th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

      Join us for Lego Club night! Spend the evening building a masterpiece at the library with our collection of generously donated Legos and your creation will be displayed until the following month's Lego Club.  Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend. 

      Lego Club

      Spring Preschool Story Time

      Thursdays at 11:00 AM

      Spring Preschool story time for children ages 2-6. Stories, games, songs, and more! Call 716-941-3516 to register.

      Spring Story Time

      Book Club - Annihilation

      Thursday, April 4th at 5:30 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. April's selection is Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer.

      Annihilation

      Lego Club

      Tuesday, April 23rd from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

      Join us for Lego Club night! Spend the evening building a masterpiece at the library with our collection of generously donated Legos and your creation will be displayed until the following month's Lego Club.  Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend. 

      Lego Club

      Spring Flower Crafts

      Thursday, April 25th at 5:00 PM

      All ages welcome! A variety of spring crafts for all levels.  Call 716-941-3516 to register so we are able to prepare enough supplies.

      Spring Flower Crafts

      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