Weekly Feature

2018-07-12 / Lifestyles

Library News

Library hours

The new library hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and closed on Sunday. Call 674-2928 or visit buffalolib.org/content/library-locations/westseneca for more information.


“Tween and Teen” librarian, Laura, is planning a return of the Saturday Lego Club and science-related STEAM crafts in the Makerspace for those who are 10 years old and older. Watch Facebook for dates coming soon, contact Laura at scottl@buffalolib.org, or call the library at 674-2928.

Chris Johnson’s Magic Show, “Mind Control: Fact or Fiction?” will be on display from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. Ages 12 to 17 are welcome to attend. Registration is required.

Kindness Rocks will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, for ages 12 to 17. Join the library for an evening of painting rocks with inspirational messages. One message at just the right time can changes someone’s entire day or even their outlook on life when they need it most. Registration is requested.

Dungeons and Dragons will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12. This Teen and Beyond club, designed for teens and adults, seeks all adventurers and welcomes all experience levels. Skills in strategic planning and quick thinking skills are emphasized. Two separate games will play simultaneously; one for adults and the other for younger players.

Teen Book Club will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12 to discuss “Midnight Sun,” by Trish Cook. Call the library at 674-2928 for more information. New members are always welcome to enjoy the informal discussion, with snacks and friends a part of every meeting.


Penn Dixie will provide two age-related interactive programs Friday, July 13. The first program will be held from 10 a.m. 11 a.m. for preschoolers and those who have completed second grade. The second program, for those who have completed grades three to six, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Books and Boom Whackers Sing Along with Jessica Wheaton for kindergarteners, first graders and children who have just completed second grade will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, July 17 and 24.

Open the Book and Read, Miss Emily’s book club, will visit “Words That Built A Nation, Voices of Democracy That Have Shaped America’s History,” by Marilyn Miller, Ellen Scardato and Dan Tucker, on top of the collection of the West Seneca Rotary Speaker Series for you to enjoy. The bookplate honors Jim Manley, administrator of the Veterans Memorial Park, who spoke to the Rotarians, Dec. 21, 2016. This selection for independent readers is a stirring patriotic collection of historical documents and speeches that will engage, inspire and equip children with the knowledge they need to change and shape their world. The design of the book presents the document or speech, a picture of its author, information about the author, related historical pictures and The Response, which is a summary of how the world changed because of what happened after it was published. For example, a representative excerpt has been selected from Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” published in 1962. The Response follows how the publication of this book generated so much public outcry that it led to the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 and a ban on DDT in 1972. A picture of Rachel Carson gives human credibility to the timeless message she prophetically announced.


Books and Barks will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, July 16. Library Director Kathy Goodrich invites all adults to join her book club and meet Miki, the friendly bichon frise therapy dog. Participants share their favorite books in friendly conversation as Kathy provides refreshments and suggestions for future discussion.

Hands-on Computer Training on eBooks and eReaders will be offered from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 13. It is a workshop designed as a practical, hands-on introduction to downloading eBooks from the library’s website for use on personal electronic devices. The focus will be on Nook, Kindle, iPad and Android devices. The skill level is advanced. Requirements: Current Buffalo and Erie County Public Library card, mouse and internet skills, eDevice and any user names and passwords associated with it. Device must be charged and registered. The workshop is free and open to library patrons age 17 and above. Registration required by calling the library at 674-2928 or stopping by the library circulation desk.

Save the Date for local author Aimee Molloy, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Her book, “The Perfect Mother,” is a thrilling New York Times Best Seller mystery. Registration is requested.

A patriotic collection of adult nonfiction, researched by Laura, the newest addition to the West Seneca staff, offers impressive suggestions including, “Founding Brothers, the Revolutionary Generation,” by Joseph J. Ellis. You will recognize all the names but to call them “brothers” is a unique spin on history. “City of Dreams, the 400 Year Epic History of Immigrant New York,” by Tyler Anbinder, provides ancestral discoveries of many of New York City’s renowned residents. Also included in this collection is “Our Declaration, A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality,” by Danielle Allen. The author, who was troubled by the fact that so few Americans actually know what this great document says, formed groups that looked much like book clubs to explore the arguments of the document.

The Scrabble Club will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. No experience is necessary; all letters and game boards are provided. Everyone is invited, no registration is required. Call the library in advance.

Volunteers are needed to paint 25 old metal chairs that need to be restored. We only need you to take one and give it your best creative effort. You must supply the paint and other applications. Patrons will vote on the best entry and a special prize awaits the winner. Stop down and take a seat.

Raffle baskets are back. Come to the library to see a porcelain doll, electronic globe with oversized World Atlas, a fitness collection with gift card to a local gym, and a garden tote and gardening books can be found on the table beneath the “Friends of the Library” sign.

Coming soon

New fiction — “Alaskan Holiday,” by Debbie Macomber; “The Dead Ringer,” by M.C. Beaton; “The Dream Daughter,” by Diane Chamberlain; “Christmas Cake Murd er,” by Joanne Fluke; “An Easy Death,” by Charlaine Harris; “Hippie,” by Paulo Coelho; “Red War,” by Vince Flynn; “Santa’s on His Way,” by Lisa Jackson; “Silver Anniversary Murder,” by Leslie Meier; “Something in the Water,” by Catherine Steadman; “A Spark of Light,” Jodi Picoult; “Transcrip- tion,” by Kate Atkinson; “War of the Wolf,” by Bernard Cornwell; “The Washington Decree,” by Jussi Adler-Olsen.

New nonfiction — “American Cookie: The Snaps, Drops, Jumbles, Tea Cakes, Bars and Brownies That We Have Loved for Generations,” by Anne Byrn; “From Heartbreak to Wholeness: The Hero’s Journey to Joy,” by Kristine Carlson; “In Pieces,” by Sally Field.

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