Central Library - Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System | Kids Out and About Buffalo

Central Library - Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System

Address: 
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo , NY , 14203
Phone: 858-8900
42° 53' 7.2456" N, 78° 52' 18.4008" W
Contact name: 
Kristi Dougherty
Seasons in which we offer activities (select "All seasons" for all): 
Ages for which our activities are most appropriate: 
The Central Library, located at 1 Lafayette Square in Downtown Buffalo, is the headquarters of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

A little about the Central Library...

Extending two city blocks in length, encompassing more than 400,000 square feet of floor space and more than 58 miles of shelving, the Central Library in Lafayette Square in the heart of downtown Buffalo is headquarters of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system. Completed in 1964, this facility houses approximately 2 million volumes, special exhibition rooms for rare and valuable materials like the Mark Twain Room and the Rare Books Room. The Library is within walking distance of other downtown destinations including the  ball park, Shea's Performing Arts center and many restaurants. A trip to the Central Library is definitely worth a stop downtown! Oh, and parking meters are free on Saturdays!

A little about the Children's Department...

The Central Library Children's Department hosts free children's events on a regular basis including seasonal festivals, performers and activities all centered around celebrating and promoting literacy. There is a large collection of award winning books downtown for reference and for borrowing. We have thousands of children's books, DVD's, audio books, and early reading materials. There is even a reference desk just for the Kids Space!

Open hours: 
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Location:

Central Branch Buffalo & Erie County Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

B is for Book: Children's Stories Through the Centuries (Exhibit)

Dates: 
07/30/2021
07/31/2021
08/02/2021
Time: 
Open during all Library open hours

Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Online Library Summer Reading Challenge

Dates: 
07/30/2021
07/31/2021
08/01/2021
Time: 
All day

Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Virtual Maker Camp (ages 8-12)

Dates: 
07/31/2021
08/07/2021
08/14/2021
Time: 
9:00AM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Checkers Library TV

Dates: 
08/02/2021
08/09/2021
08/16/2021
Time: 
10 - 11 am, EST

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Kids' Crafts For Ages 9-12 at the Central Library

Dates: 
08/10/2021
09/14/2021
Time: 
3:30-4:30PM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-332-4100

EPIC's Annual Buffalo Baby & Toddler Expo

Dates: 
10/02/2021
Time: 
10:00AM-4:00PM

Organization learning resources

Title Description Cost
Library Resources for Educators
PUBLISHED
Academic - General
Reading
Writing
History / social studies
Science - STEM - General
Mathematics
STEM - Computers
Visual arts / crafts
Music
Misc
Babies/Toddlers
Preschoolers
Early Elementary School
Late Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Adults