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- Audio Books -Listen to your favorite books on CD or MP3 (must have a library ebook account)
- Book Club in a Bag- Gather up a few friends and start your own book club, it’s in the bag!
- Ebooks- Load your Kindle, Nook, iPad, tablet or computer for free. How to get started.
- Large Print Books- Available at every library location.
- Learn a Language kits- No computer? No problem. Learn a new language while listening on CD
- Movies, documentaries and TV series on DVD Who says you need to pay for cable or dish? Borrow all your favorite movies and TV shows for free.
- Music on CD- Listen to old favorites, explore world music, learn about the symphony, all for free.
- Travel guides- Plan a trip or just travel in your armchair.
- Bistro Bookers – Interested in a casual, uncomplicated, stimulating night out? You're invited . . . Open to all. No reservations are required. Join us for a downtown after-hours book review/discussion forum held at 5:30pm in Chef’s Restaurant.
- Book-a-Librarian – Make an appointment to meet one-on-one for up to an hour with a reference librarian at the Central Library
- Book-a-Technology Trainer – One-on-one help at Central Library setting up your tablet or e-reader so you can enjoy free ebook downloads from the library. Get help setting up an email or social media account. Branch and town libraries offer opportunities to meet with a trainer. Contact your nearest branch library to find out when.
- Bookmobile- The Library on Wheels will be at locations and events throughout Erie County.
- Computer Classes- Free classes offered at Central Library, city branch and town libraries.
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- Exhibits at Central Library
- Grosvenor Room- at the Central Library. Explore Genealogy and local history. You may also like the Genealogy and Local History Blog
- Launch pad- Explore the recording studio, circuits or augmented reality. Try your hand at these creative offerings in a low-stress, friendly environment. Special demonstrations and events are listed on the library events calendar.
- Lectures at Central Library
- Literally Speaking- Downtown’s lunchtime book discussion group. Check the link for dates and titles.
- Local History -Explore our Digital Collections
- Online language courses – Take advantage of your free time by learning a language in the comfort of your home or even on the go via your smart phone or tablet. All you need is an Internet connection, a library card and a desire to learn. Pronunciator lets you choose from 80 languages and many levels.
- Older Adult programming kit in-a-bag -(Bi-Folkal) Program kits are designed to be used by activity directors working with frail Seniors.
- Reading contests- Read a book, write a brief review. It’s fast and easy. Each review increases your chance of winning the grand prize of a Kindle FireHD.
- Subject Guides- contain websites, databases and books chosen by librarians to help you explore new and interesting topics. Subject Guides especially for Older Adults
- Assistive Technology Room (ATR) at Central Library contains technology to help make reading easier. Usage Guidelines
- Audio Described Movies are designed for use by persons with visual disabilities.Many are currently in the library's collection. To learn more about this feature, visit A Voice is Worth a Thousand Pictures or The Audio Description Project
- Proxy card If you are unable to visit the library yourself to apply for a library card, you may give permission to someone else to act on your behalf. Print and fill out this application or have your proxy pick up a proxy application at your nearest public library. Fill it out, sign it and return it to your library. The card will be mailed to you. Your proxy can then use this card when using the library on your behalf.
- Talking Book and Braille Library program- The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) lends audio and Braille books and magazines to eligible residents of upstate New York who have a qualifying print disability.
And that’s not all… each of our 37 locations throughout Erie County offer a unique variety of opportunities for learning and enjoyment. Visit their individual web pages for more details.