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Lackawanna Public Library

Lackawanna Public Library
    Library Info

    560 Ridge Rd.
    Lackawanna, NY 14218
    United States

    Fax: 716-827-1997
    Pamela Edholm, Director

    Located on Ridge Road between Route 5 and South Park Avenue. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot available.

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    Public Access Computers: 16 computers, networked (printing 10 cents B&W per page, 25 cents color per page, now with Mobile Printing) Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access, Misc. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"

    Meeting Room. Study Room. Copy machine, copies 15 cents each. Radio receiver for the visually impaired.

    What's Special About the Lackawanna Library

    The Lackawanna Public Library is a beautiful colonial style building with magnificent oak woodwork throughout the interior. Located on Ridge Road between Route 5 and South Park Avenue, the library was built in 1922 with money donated by Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie was a 19th Century steel tycoon who became one of the 20th Century’s most famous national philanthropists. The Lackawanna Library was one of the last Carnegie Libraries ever constructed.

    The Lackawanna Public Library also houses a Local History museum on our ground floor. Our collections cover maps, photographs, and artifacts from Bethlehem Steel as well as Lackawanna itself.  If you would like more information please call or stop on in and we will be happy to point you in the right direction.

    Lackawanna is rich in local history and just a short walk from the library you will find several local landmarks including Our Lady of Victory Basilica and Shrine and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The Library itself was built on a potter’s field and in 1994 a monument was added to honor the unknown buried there. In 2018 the PRONE Group (Paranormal Researchers of Niagara and Erie County) found evidence of paranormal activity at the Lackawanna Library and this "patron" is now affectionately known as Charlie.

    The Lackawanna Library provides something for every age group. Each month the library has story times, crafts, movie nights, book clubs, bingo, computer classes and much more. All of these programs are provided free of charge. The Staff at the Lackawanna Public Library kindly invite you to visit soon and experience everything the library has to offer.

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    • Lackawanna Public Library

      June Programs

      The Library is CLOSED on Wednesday, June 19th 

      in honor of the Juneteenth holiday

      Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables with FeedMore WNY

      Saturday, June 1st, 11:30 AM

      Join FeedMore WNY for a free workshop including a recipe demonstration, tasting samples, an educational and interactive discussion as well as a free kitchen tool or utensil as a thank you to all participants. Call 716-823-6030 for more information.

      Silent Reading Party

      Tuesday, June 25th, 6:00 PM

      Introverts rejoice! We have the perfect program for you. Join us for a Silent Reading Party in our beautiful, big backyard. Bring a book and a blanket or a lawn chair. See you there!

      Summer Reading Kickoff

      Friday, June 28th, 1:00 PM

      Join us for our Summer Reading Kickoff Party! Register for our Summer Reading Challenge, our great summer programs, play games, do crafts, and more! Call 716-823-0630 for more information.

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      Toddler Time

      Tuesdays and Fridays 10:30-11:30 AM

      Join us on Tuesday and Friday mornings to sing songs, make crafts and have fun with Miss Lisa and Miss Patti!

      ESL Help & English Conversations for U.S. Citizenship Test

      Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 PM

      Adults can gain skills for work, everyday communication, citizenship and more. Work to reach YOUR goals!


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      Saturday, June 1st at 1:00 PM

      All ages! Play for fabulous prizes!

      LEGO Club

      Saturday, June 1st at 2:00 PM.

      Come for BINGO. Stay and build!

      Recommended ages 5-12. Build your masterpiece and have it on display all month in the library.

      Adult Craft Circle

      Tuesday, June 4th at 6:00 PM

      For adults. We will be making Macrame Rainbows. Registration strongly encourage. Call 716-823-0630.

      Community Book Club

      Wednesday, June 26th at 6:00 PM.

      May's book is The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams. Following a disastrous first meeting with Mukesh, a widower grieving the passing of his beloved wife, Aleisha stumbles upon a mysterious list of book titles, which she decides she will recommend to Mukesh and read alongside him as a means of making amends. What begins as a whim soon transforms into a deeply enriching and gratifying experience. The books act as a lifeline for Mukesh and Aleisha as the two new friends navigate their personal tribulations. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. 

      Spice Explorers

      Spice of the Month Club

      June's spice of the month is jerk seasoning. 

      Stop in and take a spice packet and a brochure providing fun facts, recipes you can make at home, and cookbook recommendations to take your meals to the next level!

      Limit 1 kit per family, while supplies last.

      Teen Grab & Go Craft

      June's craft is friendship pins!

      For ages 12 - 18. Stop in and grab a craft kit from our Young Adult Fiction area. 1 kit per person, while supplies last. 


      Join the Friends of the Library

      Want to be more involved in your Lackawanna Library? Become a Friend of the Lackawanna Library. We'd love your input on various projects, events, and much more to make a difference in the Lackawanna Community. Stop by the library or call 716-823-0630 to sign up and receive more information.

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