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. Visiting us for the first time? Take a tour using our social narrative.

    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. Read the full history of our library here. 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, a range of TV series and a Seed Library.

    We also have a large non-circulating local history collection. Materials include: Lancaster & Depew, Lancaster Public Library, Yearbooks, WNY, New York State, and United States History

    Interested in visiting with your school or group? Drop off a completed Group Visit Request Form.

    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.

    Memorial Book Dedications

    Honor your loved one. Dedicate a book to the Lancaster community in their memory. A brand new book will be added to our adult or children’s collection and a bookplate will be inserted celebrating the life of your loved one. Complete our form and return it to 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

    Kits
    We have a variety of kits available for a 7-day loan. Kits must be returned to the Lancaster Library information desk during open hours.

    • Learning Kits - Borrow adult coloring, birdwatching, hiking, family gardening, advanced gardening, butterfly watching, and fishing rods.
    • Literacy Kits - Borrow The Hungry Little Caterpillar, letters, colors & shapes, knitting & crocheting, fairy tales STEM, numbers, handwriting, and phonics.
    • Memory Kits - These kits feature a variety of items to inspire memories, discussion, and interaction with people experiencing memory loss. Themes are: animals, movies/ tv, history, and games. 

    Seed Library
    Our seed library provides free seeds for our community to grow and share. We have a variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. Patrons/ families are allowed up to 4 seed packets per year. Seeds have been donated by patrons and seed companies. Seeds can be donated to our library by completing a donation form and bringing the form and seeds to the information desk. It's our goal for the library to promote gardening, seed saving, and seed sharing. Happy gardening!

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

    PROGRAMS

    Winter Reading Raffle: 4 big prizes!
    December 5 - February 24

    Checkout books to win. Kids 12 and under receive a raffle ticket for every 5 print books checked out. Teens 13-17 receive a raffle ticket for every 3 books checked-out. Bring your checkout receipt to the information desk to receive a raffle ticket. Prizes: (#1) dinosaur snow tube, (#2) mega science lab, (#3) arts and crafts kit, (#4) youth snowshoes. Prizes are funded by contributions from our generous donors.

    Winter Reading Log
    December 5 - February 24

    Stop by the desk for a reading log. For every book you read, color in a snowflake on the reading log. Next, draw a scene from your favorite book in the snow globe. Hand it in when finished for a prize. Ages 17 and under.

    Craft and Carry
    All December long
    Stop by and pick up a winter-themed craft. Ages 5-12.

    STEM Kits: Gumdrop Tree
    All December long
    Create your own gumdrop tree by picking up a STEM kit to experiment with at home. For ages 7 and up. While supplies last.

    LEGO® Club
    Saturday, December 3, 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. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. 

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesdays, December 6 - 20, 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. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. 

    Toddler Storytime
    Tuesdays, December 6 - 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Fridays, December 9 - 23, 18, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Join Miss Meg as she reads stories, has bubbles, and hands out a craft to make at home. For ages 2-3. Registration required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. 

    Computer Coach
    Tuesdays, December 6, 13, 20, & 27, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
    Need a computer coach? We can help. A staff member can assist you with computer related topics in a one-on-one session. These free sessions are not designed to troubleshoot computer problems or repair hardware. Suggested topics: Tablet devices, borrowing eBooks/ Libby & hoopla apps, Microsoft Office, scanning, computer basics, internet searching, online library catalog, or email attachments. Please call 716-683-1120 or stop in to schedule your appointment. 

    Tech Training: Digital Magazines
    Thursday, December 8, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    In addition to eBooks and eAudiobooks, the Library's app Libby offers digital versions of popular magazines. Learn how to get Libby, what magazines are available, and how to read them. Ages 17 and up. Please bring your fully charged device, any usernames/ passwords associated with it, and your B&CEPL library card. Registration required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. 

    YA Book Club
    Thursday, December 8, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Join us as we discuss An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.
     Registration required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

    Lapsit
    Fridays, December 9 - 23, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

    Join Miss Meg as she reads stories, has bubbles, and sings songs. For ages 3-23 months. Registration required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120.

    Manga/ Anime Workshop
    Saturday, December 10, 11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
    Join us for a free Manga art workshop (focus on faces and bodies) presented by award-winning cartoonist Tom Paul Fox. Ages 8-14. Registration required: Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. 

    Paws for Love: Read to a Dog
    Saturday, December 10, 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. Call 716-683-1120 or stop in to sign-up for a 15-minute reading session. 

    Christmas Crafts with the Lancaster Youth Bureau
    Wednesday, December 14, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Create fun Christmas crafts with the Lancaster Youth Bureau. For ages 5-12. Registration is required and space is limited.
    Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. 

    Gingerbread House Workshop
    Saturday, December 17,
    10:30 - 11:00 a.m. (session 1) & 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (session 2)
    Create and decorate a gingerbread house. Ages 5-12. Registration required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. 

    Kidding Around Yoga
    Monday, December 19, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Come and enjoy yoga poses, fun music, storytelling, yoga games, elf poses, and a very special guided relaxation time. For ages 3-6. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. 

    Happy Noon Year's Party
    Friday, December 30, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Countdown to the New Year in a new way for kids. Create crafts, read stories, and join in on a countdown to noon to celebrate the New Year. Recommended for children 6 and under, older siblings welcome to join us. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. Registration begins Friday, December 9.

    Kidding Around Yoga
    Monday, January 9, 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. Bring a yoga mat or towel. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. Registration begins Monday, December 12.

    Computer Coach
    Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, & 31, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
    Need a computer coach? We can help. A staff member can assist you with computer related topics in a one-on-one session. These free sessions are not designed to troubleshoot computer problems or repair hardware. Suggested topics: Tablet devices, borrowing eBooks/ Libby & hoopla apps, Microsoft Office, scanning, computer basics, internet searching, online library catalog, or email attachments. Please call 716-683-1120 or stop in to schedule your appointment. Registration begins Tuesday, December 13.

    LEGO® Club
    Saturday, January 14, 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. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. Registration begins Saturday, December 3.

    Paws for Love: Read to a Dog
    Saturday, January 21, 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. Call 716-683-1120 or stop in to sign-up for a 15-minute reading session. Registration begins Friday, December 9.

    Family Kidding Around Yoga
    Sunday, January 22, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
    Join us for a new yoga class. Come and enjoy yoga poses, fun music, mindfulness activities, and a very special guided relaxation time. For children ages 4-11 with adult participation. Bring a yoga mat or towel. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/lancasterlibrary or call 716-683-1120. Registration begins Monday, December 19.

    Free Math Help
    Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    NYS certified math teacher Catherine Thielmann will be available at the library by appointment. For grades 2-9. Sign-up for a free 20-minute appointment at the information desk or call 716-683-1120. 

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

     

    Lancaster Public Library Board Info

    Annual Report

    2021 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 4:15 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 

    February 10: Agenda | Documents | Minutes Transcript

    March 10: Agenda | Documents | Minutes

    April 14: Agenda | Documents | Minutes

    May 12: Agenda  | Documents | Minutes

    June 9: Agenda | Documents | Minutes

    July 14: Agenda | Documents | Minutes

    August 11: Agenda | Documents | Minutes

    September 8: Agenda | Documents | Minutes

    October 13: Agenda | Documents | Minutes

    November 10: Agenda | Documents |Minutes

    December 8:

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    Agendas 

    Documents - December 9

    Minutes

    Transcripts

    2020

    Agendas

    Minutes

    Transcripts

    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