Lancaster Public Library

Lancaster Public Library
Library Info

5466 Broadway
Lancaster, NY 14086
United States

Fax: 716-686-0749
Kara Stock, Director

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Located in the heart of the historic village of Lancaster on Broadway (Route 20) east of Central Avenue. Recently expanded parking lot available behind the library off of School Street. Wheelchair accessible.

Entrances

The library has two accessible entrances, a walkable one on 5466 Broadway and a parking lot entrance behind the library off of School Street.

Bike Racks

The library has a bike rack located at the Broadway entrance and one located in the parking lot behind the library. Bikes should always be securely locked.

What’s Special about the Lancaster Public Library

Lancaster’s first library was organized in 1821 by veterans of the Revolution and the War of 1812. The current building was completed in 1975 and houses approximately 60,000 volumes including a large selection of children’s picture books. Special collections available to borrow include: local history, large print, graphic novels and manga, biographies, classic movies, and a range of TV series.

Read by our beautiful working copper fireplace.

Fireplace at Lancaster Library

Computers

The library has 19 public computers for adults, 2 with flatbed scanners, and 4 public computers for children. Adult computers have internet access and Microsoft Office 2016. 6 laptops are available to check out and use in the library.

Printing is 10 cents black and white per page, 25 cents color per page.

WiFi is also available throughout the library.

We now offer Mobile Printing from your phone or other devices.

Copy Machine

Black and white copies only. 15 cents per page for 8 ½ x 11, 30 cents per page for 8 ½ x 14.

Meeting Room

Please contact the library to inquire about availability and submit a completed application.

Donated Book Guidelines

Please read our guidelines before dropping off donations. Up to two (2) medium sized boxes or bags will be accepted once per day

Friends of the Lancaster Library

The mission of the Friends of the Lancaster Library is to provide funding for Sunday hours. They are a 501(c)(3) organization. Membership forms are available here and inside the library.

Amazon Smile

When shopping online, use Amazon Smile and 0.5% of your purchase will go to the Lancaster Public Library. Search for “Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Lancaster, NY” or click https://smile.amazon.com/ch/16-6002581.

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

Lancaster Public Library

Lancaster Public Library is open to the public. Curbside service is available by appointment. Please call ahead to schedule a pickup time.

Learning Kits
We have several learning and exploration kits available for a 7-day loan. Borrow an adult coloring kit, birdwatching kit, hiking kit, family gardening kit, and advanced gardener kit. Kits must be returned to the Lancaster Library information desk during open hours.

Literacy Kits
We have several literacy kits to enrich learning for children ages 2 and up. Borrow The Hungry Little Caterpillar kit, Letters kit, Colors & shapes kit, Knitting & Crocheting kit, or Fairy Tales STEM kit (theme changes monthly). Kits must be returned to the Lancaster Library information desk during open hours. 7-day loan, adult check-out only. These kits are funded from a Beacon grant from the Elks National Foundation.

Memory Kits
Do you have a family member or friend experiencing memory loss? Do you work in an assisted living facility or a nursing home? Memory kits feature a variety of items to inspire memories, discussion, and interaction with people experiencing memory loss. Each kit contains activities such as puzzles, games, books, DVDs, and CDs. Themes are: animals, movies/ tv, history, and games. Kits must be returned to the Lancaster Public Library information desk during open hours.

Yard Games
We have several yard games available for a 7-day loan. Borrow Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, Ring Toss, Bocce, Lawn Darts, or Kan Jam for your next party! Yard games must be returned to the Lancaster Library information desk during open hours.

Yearbook List | Library History

200 Book Recommendations for our 200th Anniversary

PROGRAMS
Did you miss an online program? Please check out our playlists at https://www.facebook.com/pg/LancasterLib/videos/ for archived videos.

Winter Reading Log
Now - March 19
Stop by the desk for a winter reading log. For every book you read, color in a mitten on the reading log. When you are finished, hand it in for a prize. For ages 17 and under.

Craft & Carry
Begins January 1
A monthly take home winter craft for kids ages 5 - 12. Limit one per child while supplies last. These kits are funded by the Friends of the Lancaster Library. 

STEM Kits: DIY Fake Snow
Begins January 1
Create your own fake snow by picking up at month-long STEM kit to experiment with at home. While supplies last. For ages 5 and up.

Storywalk® in the Library
Begins January 1
A take a walk and read the book The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel in a new way around the children's area of our library. Follow the numbers on the floor and discover a craft you can take home. *The Storywalk
® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. 

Preschool Storytime
Tuesday, January 25, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. (session 1) & 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (session 2)

Friday, January 28, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Join Miss Meg as she reads stories, has bubbles, and hands out a craft to make at home. For ages 3-5. Registration required and space is limited. Masks required. Please call 716-683-1120 or stop in to sign up. 

Drop-In Button Making
Sunday, January 23, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Stop in and create your very own button to take home. For all ages. No registration requir
ed. 

Kidding Around Yoga
Monday, January 24, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Come and enjoy yoga poses, fun music, storytelling, yoga games, and a very special guided relaxation time. For ages 3-6. Masks are required. Registration is required and space is limited. Please stop in or call to sign up. Class is taught by Donna Baia, certified KAY teacher. Please bring a yoga mat or towel. Parent/ caregiver must remain with their child. 

DIY Body Scrub & Bath Salts
Tuesday, January 25, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Learn how to create your own body scrub and bath salts. This free program is for adults and registration is required. Stop in or call to reserve your spot. Space is limited. 

Paws for Love: Read to a Dog
Saturday, January 29, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Pick out a book and practice reading out loud to a therapy dog in the library. Improve literacy skills and reading confidence! For ages 4 and up. Only one person or one adult/ one child can visit with the Paws for Love volunteer and dog at a time. Everyone must properly wear a mask and sanitize hands before petting the therapy animal. Call 716-683-1120 or stop in to sign-up for a 15 minute reading session.

Take Your Child to the Library Craft
All February long
Stop by the children's area and make a Valentine's Day card to take home or give to the library.

ART-Y Time
Wednesday, February 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Tap into you own artistic side and create a "Love" masterpiece with Kimberly Strell, a local art teacher. This is a free program for adults, but registration is required. Please stop in or call to reserve your spot. Masks are required.

Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays, February 8, 15, & 22, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. (session 1) & 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (session 2)

Fridays, February 11, 18, & 25, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Join Miss Meg as she reads stories, has bubbles, and hands out a craft to make at home. For ages 3-5. Registration required and space is limited. Masks required. Please call 716-683-1120 or stop in to sign up. Registration begins 1/25.

Young Adult Book Club
Thursday, February 10, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Join us as we discuss The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. For ages 10-14. Registration required and space is limited. Please call or stop in to sign up. Masks required.

LEGO Club
Saturday, February 12, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. (session 1) & 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (session 2)
Join us for an in-person 30 minute Lego Club. Each month we will have a theme to build your own creation to be displayed in the library. Children will have their own set of bricks. Ages 6-12. Masks are required. Registration is required and space is limited. Please stop in or call to sign up.

Ms. Melissa's Sprouts
Monday, February 14, 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Join Ms. Melissa in helping your little one learn and grow through music. For ages 3-6. Registration is required and space is limited. Please stop in or call to sign up. Masks required.

Tech Training: Libby App
Thursday, February 17, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Want to learn how to borrow eBooks from the library? In this training you will learn how to use Libby to access digital from your own phone, tablet, e-reader, or laptop. For ages 17 and up. Registration is required and space is limited. Please stop in or call to reserve your spot. Attendees should bring their B&ECPL library card, their fully charged device, and any usernames and passwords associated with it. Masks are required.

Painting with Friends
Wednesday, February 23, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Learn to create scrape painting art and take home your creations. For ages 12-17. Registration is required and space is limited. Please stop in or call 716-683-1120 to sign up. Masks required.

Winter Crafts
Wednesday, February 23, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 
Join the Lancaster Youth Bureau in creating free fun winter crafts. For ages 5-12. Registration is required and space is limited. Please stop in or call 716-683-1120 to sign up. Masks required. Registration begins 1/25.

Crafternoon
Thursday, February 24, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Join Ms. Meg to create sparkly snowflake slime and a winter scene suncatcher. For ages 6-12. Registration is required and space is limited. Please stop in or call 716-683-1120 to sign up. Masks required. Registration begins 1/25.

Paws for Love: Read to a Dog
Saturday, February 26, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Pick out a book and practice reading out loud to a therapy dog in the library. Improve literacy skills and reading confidence! For ages 4 and up. Only one person or one adult/ one child can visit with the Paws for Love volunteer and dog at a time. Everyone must properly wear a mask and sanitize hands before petting the therapy animal. Call 716-683-1120 or stop in to sign-up for a 15 minute reading session. Registration begins 1/28.

Kidding Around Yoga
Monday, February 28, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Come and enjoy yoga poses, fun music, storytelling, yoga games, and a very special guided relaxation time. For ages 3-6. Masks are required. Registration is required and space is limited. Please stop in or call to sign up. Class is taught by Donna Baia, certified KAY teacher. Please bring a yoga mat or towel. Parent/ caregiver must remain with their child. Registration begins 1/24.

Mahjong Club
Every Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Play the Chinese version of Mahjong. Masks required. No registration necessary.

 

Lancaster Public Library Board Info

Annual Report

2020 Annual Report


Public Health Emergency Operations Plan

Public Health Emergency Operations Plan


Board of Trustees

Suzanne Jacobs, President
Kenneth Graber, Vice President
Jan Yarborough, Treasurer
Barbara Tamol, Secretary
Gary Howell
Kristyn Wind

The Lancaster Public Library Board of Trustees meets the second Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the Lancaster Public Library's Community Room unless otherwise noted. 


Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes

2022

January 13: Agenda | Documents | Minutes I Transcript - This meeting was held on Zoom. Call (929) 205-6099. Meeting ID: 613 774 4639. Passcode: 052769.

2021

Agendas 

Documents - December 9

Minutes

Transcripts

Audio

2020

Agendas

Minutes

Transcripts

Audio

2019

Agendas

Minutes

2018

Agendas

Minutes

2017

Agendas

Minutes

2016

Agendas

Minutes

2015

Agendas

Minutes

2014

Agendas

Minutes

2013

Agendas

Minutes

Bylaws

By-Laws and Conflict of Interest Policy


Budget

2022 Budget


Strategic Plan

Long-Range Plan 2022 - 2024