Clarence Public Library

Clarence Public Library

Three Town Place
Clarence, NY 14031
United States

Fax: 716-741-1243
Monica Mooney, Director

The library is located on Old Goodrich and is next to the Clarence Town Hall. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot available. Drop box available.

Public Access Computers: 19 computers, networked.  Microsoft Office applications and Internet access.  Printing from computer: B&W 10¢ per page, color 25¢ per page.  "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"

Copy machine available: B&W 15¢ per page for letter size.

A Meeting Room is available as a location for community informational services and for programs or meetings of established and recognized groups and associations whose purposes are educational, cultural, civic, or of general community interest.

Assistive technology for the visually impaired:

  • An Optelec Clearview 300 Low Vision Magnifier is available for use in the library. Donated by the Lion's Club of Clarence.
  • The Aladdin Classic is available for use in the library.  Purchased with funds donated by the Lion's Club of Clarence.
  • Pebble HD Hand-Held Magnifier is available for use in the library. This item was purchased with funds donated by the Lion's Club of Clarence.
  • Digital Talking Book Players from the New York State Talking Book & Braille Library are available for in-house use by eligible patrons.

What's Special About the Clarence Library:

The library opened at its current location in September 2001 and is one of the largest community libraries in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

A special toddler and preschool area promotes reading with parents. Adults have a relaxing area in which to read newspapers and magazines. Free WiFi is available and the Clarence Library regularly offers a variety of computer classes through its "Clarence Library Cyber-Train."  The library is well known for the variety of Summer events and programs for children and their families and also provides quality programs throughout the year.  Situated in a park-like setting, the library affords many new opportunities to its community and is a state of the art library for both adults and children. 

Also of note:

A large Classic Movie collection featuring films from the silent era through the 1960s
A monthly Senior Activity Day at the Clarence Library in partnership with the Clarence Senior Center
The Clarence Bee Newspaper: Bound volumes (1965-1982) and microfilm (1983-2014)

Flight 3407 Memorial - Designed by Hadley Exhibits and dedicated in October 2017, this informational touch-screen kiosk provides biographies of the loved ones lost in the tragic crash of Flight 3407 that took place in Clarence Center on February 12,  2009 and provides a history of all facets of the tragedy including a tribute to first responders and to the work of family members who have campaigned tirelessly in Washington D.C. to ensure adequate pilot training and have helped bring about improved airline safety and pilot training regulations.

Some Ways to Support the Clarence Library:

The Friends Place Book Store, operated by the Friends of the Clarence Public Library, Inc., is a great place to shop for quality used and donated books and materials.  Proceeds support the programs and services of the Clarence Public Library.

Fowler's Candy Bars are on sale for $1 per bar.  Proceeds support the programs and services of the Clarence Public Library.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Clarence Library. To register, use the smile.amazon.com link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/16-0820093

A percentage of your Amazon purchases will be donated to benefit the Clarence Public Library. 

Become a member of the Friends of the Clarence Public Library.

Friends of the Clarence Public Library, Inc.

The Friends of the Clarence Public Library is a non-profit group of citizens who believe that an excellent library is essential to a community.  They work to promote and assist the library and are responsible for raising money to add to the basic collection and provide for special needs.

The Friends of the Clarence Public Library generally meets at the library on the fourth Monday at 6:00 pm of each month.  The next scheduled meeting is Monday, January 27.

"The Friends Place" book store, located off the lobby, is a great place to shop for used and donated books and other material.  The book store is scheduled to be open during regular library hours but is staffed entirely by volunteers.  If you're available to help out, please consider filling out an application and volunteering your time.

Clarence Public Library Policies

System-Wide Policies

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

Clarence Public Library Calendar of Events

English Conversation Circle:  A place for tea and English conversation. Non-native speakers welcome! Held at 2:00-3:00 PM on January 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Gamespace

Tabletop GameSpace: Meet and connect with others in a safe and social environment to play tabletop games featuring elements of strategy, light role-play, and cooperative gameplay. For adults and young adults ages 13 and up. Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm: January 9 & 23. No registration required.

Dungeons & Dragons GameSpace: New and experienced D&D players alike are welcome to join us for the original fantasy tabletop role-playing game. All supplies are provided. Participants interested in playing D&D must come to regular Tabletop Game Space the week prior to their first D&D session. This time will be used to discuss game premise and character creation. For adults and young adults ages 13 and up. Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm: January 2 & 16. No registration required.  

Storytimes

  • Wee Explore Storytime (with Mr. Jeremy): Mondays at 10:30 AM. For infants ages birth to 24 months.  Each session includes storytime and sensory play activities designed to stimulate your child's motor skills, cognitive growth & social development. January 6, 13, and 27. Registration begins December 23.
  • Tinker Storytime for Preschoolers: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Recommended for ages 3-5 years. The child must be able to attend the program independently. Adult caregivers must remain in the building.  Includes stories, songs, chants and a craft or a hands-on tinkering activity. The hands-on activity is a joint child and caregiver activity. January 7, 14, and 21. Registration begins December 23.
  • Read-2-Me: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Recommended for ages 2-3 years. Caregivers must remain with the child and participate in the program. Includes stories, songs, chants and a craft. January 8, 15, and 22. Registration begins December 23.

Clarence Knitting Club: For knitters and crocheters. Meets one Tuesday per month at the Clarence Public Library from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Upcoming meeting dates: January 14.  No registration required.

Craft Club @ CPL:  This program is for ages 6 and up. . Thursday, January 16, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Registration begins January 2.  

Paws for Love A program of the Erie County SPCA visits the Clarence Public Library.  Register to read to a therapy dog from the SPCA's Paws for Love

  • Saturday, January 18: 10:30 am, 10:50 am, 11:10 am & 11:30 am
  • Wednesday, January 22: 4:00 pm, 4:20 pm, 4:40 pm & 5:00 pm

LEGO Club: A program for LEGO lovers between 5 and 12 years old. Tuesday, January 21 at 4:00 pm. Registration begins January 7.

Destination Health: Are you struggling to meet your wellness goals? Have you ever wanted to try a Wellness Bullet Journal? Meet weekly with a group and share your health goals. The group is to be guided by Life Coach Kate Whitlock who will attend a monthly meeting. In January she will attend both meetings. January 23 and 30 5:30-7:30 PM.  Registration begins January 9.

Census Recruiting Event - Saturday, January 25, 2020, 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm.  Be A Census Worker - Extra Income - Flexible Hours - Weekly Pay - Paid Training.

Take Your Child to the Library Day: Take your child to the Library on February 1st.  Attend a special storytime, make a craft and maybe win a prize. A special storytime with Miss Amy will be at 11:00 AM.

Chess Clinic: A free four-week chess clinic for all ages will begin from 10:15-11:30  a.m. Saturday, February 8, 15, 22 and 29. Attendees are encouraged, though not obligated, to attend all four sessions. Registration covers all Saturday sessions. Registration begins January 25.

Wolfe Pack: A book discussion group for author Nero Wolfe. February’s selection is Trouble in Triplicate (1949). Monday, February 3 at 6:00 PM. No registration required.

Clarence Public Library Classic Film Series: A monthly screening and discussion of classic movies from the silent era through the 1960s.  In 2020, the focus of the film series will be the Film Noir genre. This genre preceded and followed through World War II inspired by a seemingly unlikely combination of hardboiled American crime fiction and German “expressionist” cinema. Tuesday, February 4 at 6:00 PM –Double Indemnity). Starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson. Registration begins January 21

English Conversation Circle

English Conversation Circle:  A place for tea and English conversation. Non-native speakers welcome! Held at 2:00-3:00 PM on February 6, 13, 20 and 27. No registration required.

GameSpace

  • Tabletop GameSpace: Meet and connect with others in a safe and social environment to play tabletop games featuring elements of strategy, light role-play, and cooperative gameplay. For adults and young adults ages 13 and up. Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm: February 13 and 27. No registration required.
  • Dungeons & Dragons GameSpace: New and experienced D&D players alike are welcome to join us for the original fantasy tabletop role-playing game. All supplies are provided. Participants interested in playing D&D must come to regular Tabletop Game Space the week prior to their first D&D session. This time will be used to discuss game premise and character creation. For adults and young adults ages 13 and up. Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm: February 6 and 20. No registration required.  

 

Chess Clinic: Want to hone your chess skills? These chess clinics are designed for players with basic game knowledge and taught by instructors from Kids Play Chess, LLC. Join us for a FREE clinic on Saturdays in February for all ages. (Teens and adults welcome too!) Saturday February 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 10:15 to 11:30. Registration begins Saturday, January 25.

Storytime

  • Wee Explore Storytime (with Mr. Jeremy). Mondays at 10:30 AM. For infants ages birth to 24 months.  Each session includes storytime and sensory play activities designed to stimulate your child's motor skills, cognitive growth & social development. February 10 and 24. Registration begins January 27.
  • Tinker Storytime for Preschoolers: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Recommended for ages 3-5 years. The child must be able to attend the program independently. Adult caregivers must remain in the building.  Includes stories, songs, chants and a craft or a hands-on tinkering activity. The hands-on activity is a joint child and caregiver activity. February 11,18 and 25. Registration begins January 28
  • Read-2-Me: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Recommended for ages 2-3 years. Caregivers must remain with the child and participate in the program. Includes stories, songs, chants and a craft. February 12,19 and 26.  Registration begins January 29

Destination Health

Destination Health: Are you struggling to meet your wellness goals? Have you ever wanted to try a Wellness Bullet Journal? Meet weekly with a group and share your health goals. The group is to be guided by Life Coach Kate Whitlock who will attend a monthly meeting. Registration begins January 23.

  • February 6 and 13 at 5:30 PM-7:00 PM
  • February 20 and 27 at 5:00 PM-6:00 PM 

Senior Activity Day Game play, including cards, Rummikub, Backgammon, and Dominoes, begins at 12:00 p.m on February 8. Other board games are available upon request. Classic film screened at 2:00 PM. Contact the Clarence Senior Center for further details and space availability at 716-633-5138.

Beat the Winter Blues Magic ShowA free family event of magic and family fun. February 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM.  Registration begins January 27.

Clarence Public Library Bookmarks: A book discussion group that meets one Tuesday each month at 7:00 PM at the Clarence Public Library. The February 11th, 2020 featured book will be on Trever Noah's Born a Crime. 

Kidding Around Yoga: Fun-filled yoga classes for children ages 3 to 5. Classes to be held on Thursdays @ 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. February 13 - Registration begins December 5

Craftclub

Craft Club @ CPL.  This program is for ages 6 and up. Thursday, February 13, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Registration begins January 30

LEGO Club: A program for LEGO lovers between 5 and 12 years old.  Tuesday, February 18 at 4:00 pm. Registration begins February 4.

American Red Cross

Red Cross Blood Drive: Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For an appointment, please call 1-800 RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-Ins Welcome!

Clarence Knitting Club - For knitters and crocheters. Meets one Tuesday per month at the Clarence Public Library from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Upcoming meeting date February 18.  No registration required.

Clarence Public Library Board Info

Annual Report


Board of Trustees

President
Judith Hilburger

Secretary
Michele Mogavero

Treasurer
Marjorie Ebersole

Trustees
Marlene Arno
Anita Ballow
Joan Schultz
Joseph Zinni

 


Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes

The Clarence Library Board of Trustees generally meets at the library on the fourth Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, September 23, 2019 at 7:15 pm.

2019 Clarence Library Board Meeting Schedule

  • Monday, January 28, 7:15 pm
  • Monday, February 25, 7:15 pm
  • Monday, March 25, 7:15 pm
  • *Tuesday, April 23, 6 pm* (note day and time change)
  • Monday, May 20, 7:15 pm
  • Monday, June 24, 7:15 pm 
  • *July (No Meeting Scheduled)
  • *August (No Meeting Scheduled)
  • Monday, September 23, 7:15 pm
  • Monday, October 28, 7:15 pm
  • Monday, November 25, 7:15 pm
  • *December (No Meeting Scheduled) 

2019 Minutes

2018 Minutes

2017 Minutes

2016 Minutes

2015 Minutes


Bylaws

  • Clarence Public Library Bylaws, amended September 22, 2014

Budget

 


Strategic Plan