Clarence Public Library

Clarence Public Library
Library Info

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 (including Mobile 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 of the month at 6:00 pm. The September meeting has been cancelled.  Please check back for future meeting dates.

"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

 

New carpeting coming soon! In preparation, we will be unable to accept material donations beginning Monday, October 25. No exceptions!

Autumn Book Sale - sponsored by the Friends of the Clarence Public Library. 

The Clarence Public Library is open to the public!  We look forward to seeing you! 

Until further notice, properly worn facial coverings are required while in the Clarence Public Library, regardless of vaccination status.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

Hours of Operation 

Monday - 10-9

Tuesday - 10-9

Wednesday - 10-6

Thursday - 10-9

Friday - 10-5

Saturday - 10-5
 

Clarence Public Library Micro-Cluster Curbside Service Plan

Clarence Public Library Micro-Cluster Plan - Updated-12-21-2020

 

Paper HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) application packets available at the Clarence Library from the Erie County Department of Social Services..  Call 716-741-2650 to reserve a packet (while supplies last).

 

 

 

Do you shop through Amazon?  You can help support the Clarence Public Library through AmazonSmile!

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

 

 

 

STEM Kits at the Clarence Public Library!

 

STEM Kits are available to check out from the Clarence Public Library! The STEM Kit Circulation Guidelines and Agreement are linked below. Please call the library at 741-2650 with any questions! 

STEM Kit Circulation Guidelines and Agreement

STEM KIT PDF with links to the kits in the catalog.  Click here to download.

 

If you have never been to the Clarence Public Library see our Children's Reading Garden and view from the

library below. Children's Reading Garden and an interior view of the Clarence Public Library.

 

October

Newsletter

 

D&D: Gamespace: New and experienced players alike are welcome. For adults and young adults ages 13 and up. On Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm (all except the first Thursday.)  The first Thursday of the month will be dedicated to tabletop games. This tabletop gamespace will feature elements of strategy, light role play, and cooperative gameplay. The remaining three Thursdays will be devoted to the play of Dungeons & Dragons.  This program is currently full. Please email cla@buffalolib.org addressed to our librarian Jeremy for further information. 

Crafternoon is a creative making program geared towards children. Make and decorate a skeleton diorama, a scene of a flying witch, or a bat and ghost mobile. This event will be held on October 26 at 4:00 pm. Space is limited. Physical distancing and masks are required. Register online or call 716-741-2650. If registration online is full, please call the library for availability.

Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper:  Tuesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm.  Special event presented by A Study in Sherlock.  The program will feature special guest Michael Hawley author of The Ripper's Haunts as well as several other well-received fiction and nonfiction books and articles on Jack the Ripper.  Also participating will be Kevin Gallivan, a lifelong scholar on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes.  The discussion will delve into the connections between the world-famous fictional detective and the infamous real-life serial killer.  Call 716-741-2650 to register.  Masks required for all attendees.

 

 

Clarence School Reading Lists

Clarence Center Elementary

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Clarence Public Library Board Info

Annual Report


Board of Trustees

President
Judith Hilburger

Secretary
Joseph Zinni

Treasurer
Marjorie Ebersole

Trustees
Marlene Arno
Stacey Jafarjian
Dawn Olczak
Susanne Powers

 


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.

2021 Clarence Library Board Meeting Schedule

  • January 25* - via Zoom
  • February 22
  • March 22
  • April 26
  • May 24
  • June 28
  • July - No Meeting Scheduled
  • August 23 - *Special Meeting
  • September 27
  • October 25
  • November 22
  • December - No Meeting Scheduled

Next Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 25 at 7 pm.

 

2021 Minutes

 

2020 Minutes

 

 

 

 

2019 Minutes

2018 Minutes

2017 Minutes

2016 Minutes

2015 Minutes


Bylaws

  • Clarence Public Library Bylaws, amended September 22, 2014

Budget

 


Strategic Plan

  • Clarence Public Library Long Range Plan (2016-2021)