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

Central Library - Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System

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 Launch Pad MakerSpace also features innovative technology such as laser cutting, computer programming, 3D printing, media production, sewing machines and collaborative work spaces.

The Library is within walking distance of other downtown destinations including the  ball park, Shea's Performing Arts center, Braymiller Market and many restaurants. Evans Bank Station @ Lafayette Square of the NFTA Metro Rail line is one block west of the Washington Street entrance to the Library -- you can take a trip to Buffalo Waterfront Canalside and/or Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum! A visit to the Central Library is definitely worth a stop downtown! Oh, and parking meters are free on Saturdays!

A little about Children's Services & Outreach...

The Central Library Children's Department hosts free children's events on a regular basis including seasonal programs, performers and activities all centered around celebrating and promoting literacy. We have thousands of children's books, DVDs, audiobooks, and early reading materials. There is even a reference desk just for the Kids' Space!

Open hours: 
Sunday: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
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: 
08/02/2022
08/03/2022
08/04/2022
Time: 
Open during all Library open hours

Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Summer Reading Contest for Kids, Teens and Adults

Dates: 
08/02/2022
08/03/2022
08/04/2022
Time: 
8:00AM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Thinking Money for Kids Exhibit

Dates: 
08/02/2022
08/03/2022
08/04/2022
Time: 
9:00AM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-332-4100

Storytime at Canalside (presented by EPIC)

Dates: 
08/03/2022
08/10/2022
08/17/2022
Time: 
10:30AM-11:30AM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Maker Camp (ages 8-12)

Dates: 
08/03/2022
08/10/2022
08/17/2022
Time: 
2:00PM-3:00PM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Bubble Show!

Dates: 
08/04/2022
Time: 
11:00AM-12:00PM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Baby/Toddler Storytime

Dates: 
08/05/2022
08/12/2022
08/19/2022
Time: 
11:00am-11:30am

Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Battle of the Books Winner Announced!

Dates: 
08/06/2022
Time: 
12:00PM

Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Checkers Library TV - Deep Sea Readers

Dates: 
08/08/2022
08/15/2022
Time: 
10:00AM-10:15AM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Bollywood Dance Performance (featuring Gaitrie Subryan)

Dates: 
08/11/2022
Time: 
11:00AM-12:00PM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Sensory Stay n' Play (ages 3-5, with caregiver)

Dates: 
08/13/2022
Time: 
10:00AM-11:00AM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Hawk Creek - Lord of the Wings

Dates: 
08/18/2022
Time: 
11:00AM-12:00PM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Teen Anime/Manga Club

Dates: 
08/20/2022
09/03/2022
10/01/2022
Time: 
1:30PM-3:00PM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Music for kids by “The Floor is Lava!”

Dates: 
08/20/2022
Time: 
10:00AM-11:00AM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Oceans of Fun (with the Wondermakers)

Dates: 
08/25/2022
Time: 
11:00AM-12:00PM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Saturday Storytime (ages 3-6)

Dates: 
08/27/2022
Time: 
10:30AM

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