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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

      Frozen Movie Matinee

      Thursday, February 22nd starting at 1:00 PM

      1:00: Crafts and activities!

      1:30: Movie with sing-along and interactive script!

      This program is open to all ages, but children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

      Left: Illustration of an owl. Middle: "Weekly Programs". Right: Illustration of two children.

      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!


      Left: Illustration of a stack of books. Middle: "Monthly Programs" Right: Illustration of a watercolor set.


      Saturday, February 3rd at 1:00 PM

      All ages! Play for fabulous prizes!

      LEGO Club

      Saturday, February 3rd 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, February 6th at 6:00 PM

      For adults. We will be making no-sew fleece hearts. Registration strongly encourage. Call 716-823-0630.

      Community Book Club

      Wednesday, February 28th at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

      January's book is The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray.

      Spice Explorers

      Spice of the Month Club

      February's spice of the month is thyme. 

      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

      February's craft is paper quilling emoji art!

      For ages 12 - 18. Stop in and grab a craft kit from our Young Adult Fiction area. 1 kit per person, while supplies last. Glue and scissors not included. Please see a staff member if you need to borrow supplies.


      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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