Registration is required for all programs. Call 716-286-4902 for Main, 716-283-8309 for LaSalle.
Y on the Fly for Elementary Aged Children Main Library Saturdays: 12:00 - 2:30pm December 16 & 30, January 13 & 27, February 10 & 24 YMCA staff will be here with fun and enriching activities for kids with an emphasis on STEAM, literacy and physical fitness.
Tiny Tot Storytime for Ages 2-4 LaSalle Library Thursdays: 10:30 - 11:15 am December 7-21, January 11-25, February 1-22 Early literacy fun and learning with stories, songs, movement and a craft.
After School Fun Club for Kids in Grades K-3 LaSalle Library Thursdays: 4:00 - 4:45pm December 7-21, January 11-25, February 1-22 After school adventures with new activities each week: arts and crafts, games, science experiments, engineering challenges and more.
Saturday Crafternoons in the Makerspace for All Ages Main Library Saturdays from 1pm - 3pm December 9, January 20, February 17 December 9: Snow Globes Perfect for celebrating the winter season or a cute gift, make a cute snowman themed snow globe and learn the tricks to making a perfect snowstorm in a jar. January 20: Learn how to make hot chocolate spoons! Stir one of these finished spoons into hot milk for a rich, delicious mug of warmth. February 17: Use paint, beads, glue, and your imagination to decorate a fun, wood-framed mirror - perfect for your wall, shelf or locker.
Tuesday Night Crafts in the Makerspace for ages 10+ Main Library Tuesdays - 6:30 - 8:00pm December 12, 19, January 9, 30, February 27 Beat cabin fever with an evening of creativity. December 12: Beginner’s Knitting: Mug Rugs December 19: Shower Steamers January 9: Intro to Machine Sewing January 30: Constellation watercolor notecards February 27: Macrame plant hangers
Jingle Bell Bingo & More Main Library Friday, December 22 - 2:30pm Fun and games for the whole family - get in the spirit with festive bingo and trivia games, jolly music and hot cocoa.
Movie Matinee: Frozen Main Library Tuesday, December 26 - 2:00pm Enjoy the classic Disney tale of sisterly love on the big screen in our auditorium. Popcorn will be provided. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Rated PG. Running time 108 minutes.
Frozen Party Main Library Wednesday, December 27 - 2:30pm LaSalle Library Wednesday, December 28 - 2:30pm Everyone’s favorite winter princess will be here to share stories, games, dancing and singing. She’ll be happy to pose for photos, too! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Frozen Science Main Library Friday, December 29 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm Explore the properties of polymers and crystals by making Icee Slime and Rock Candy Icicles.
Tween Tuesdays in the Makerspace for ages 10+ Main Library Tuesdays - January 16 & February 13 6:30 - 8:00pm If you like to make things, be sure to join us for cool crafts and activities. January 16: Bead Animals Hang out and make bead animals galore in this fun workshop. Decorate your keychains, locker, desk and more with these fun bead animals! February 13: Resin Coffee Drinks Keychains Obsessed with Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Dunkin, or boba tea? Recreate your favorite drink as a resin keychain and show off your go-to order!
STEM in the Makerspace for Ages 10 and Up Main Library Wednesdays - January 24 & February 21 2:30 - 4:30pm Come in after school for engaging hands-on science and technology activities. January 24: DIY Spectrometers Ever wondered what people mean when they say light is a “spectrum”? Have you ever seen the colors of light hidden all around you? Join us to make a simple spectrometer and check out the different wavelengths of light you can find around the library and your home! February 21: Kitchen pizza garden DIY self-watering planter Learn how to make self-watering planters from recycled two liter bottles and plant a small pizza-themed garden - perfect for a windowsill or tabletop.
Take Your Child to the Library Day Main Library Children’s Room Saturday, February 2 - 1pm - 3pm A nationwide celebration of all that libraries have to offer. Drop by the children’s room for fun, games, crafts and more.
The Makerspace is located at the Main Library - 1425 Main St. To register for programs, call (716) 286-4881 or sign up at the Information Desk
Making Mocktails - Age 21+ Tuesdays - 6:30 - 8:00pm - December 5, January 2 Whether you’re a host or a guest, chances are you or someone you know will be skipping alcohol this holiday season for any number of reasons. Learn how to make delicious mocktails for alcohol-free celebrations. This event includes both recipe demonstrations as well as opportunities to taste all the drinks. Please note that no alcohol will be provided and none is permitted on the premises. Though these drinks we will be demonstrating and tasting are alcohol free, you must be 21 or older to attend - please bring ID with you. December 5 - Mocktails Part 1 Learn how to make Mock Champagne, Booze-Free Bloody Mary, and Alcohol-Free Sangria! January 2 - Mocktails Part 2 Many people choose to participate in Dry January after a holiday season of parties and indulgence, for any number of reasons. Join us for more mocktail recipes to enjoy, including Lemon Ginger Not-Toddy, a Gin-less and Tonic, and a Mocktail Mule.
Tuesday Night Crafts in the Makerspace for ages 10+ Main Library Tuesdays - 6:30 - 8:00pm December 12 & 19, January 9 & 30, February 27 Beat cabin fever with an evening of creativity. December 12: Beginner’s Knitting: Mug Rugs Want to learn to knit, but never picked up a pair of knitting needles in your life? Coming back to the hobby after time away and need a refresher? Join us for Beginner’s Knitting: Mug Rugs and knit an adorable, easy mug rug for all your favorite drinks! December 19: Shower Steamers There’s nothing quite like being able to turn your own shower into a mini spa experience with bath products. Learn how to make these eucalyptus and peppermint shower steamers, perfect for unstuffing your cold-weather congestion! For those sensitive to scents, eucalyptus and peppermint are the only essential oils we will be using, but they are strong in scent. Feel free to contact ahead of time if you have any questions about the products used. January 9: Intro to Machine Sewing Want to learn how to use a sewing machine, but never had the chance? Come learn how with this easy baby burp cloths workshop. Perfect for use with your own family or great to give as a gift, they are an easy and practical first project! January 30: Constellation watercolor notecards Paint along with us as we explore resist techniques for paint and explore the use of watercolors to make beautiful, all-occasions notecards! February 27: Macrame plant hangers Learn the beautiful art of knot tying with this beginner’s macrame workshop! We will be making a plant hanger, perfect for a little indoor greenery when the world all looks a little gray and dreary.
Taylor Swift Birthday Bash for Teens and Tweens Main Library Wednesday, December 13 - 6:30 - 8:00pm Let’s party like it’s 1989! Calling all Swifties to celebrate Taylor’s birthday with music, crafts, dance party, snacks, and more. Show off your best Eras outfit and get ready to shake it off!
Tween Tuesdays in the Makerspace for ages 10+ Main Library Tuesdays - 6:30 - 8:00pm - January 16 & February 13 January 16: Bead Animals Hang out and make bead animals galore in this fun workshop. Decorate your keychains, locker, desk and more with these fun bead animals! February 13: Resin Coffee Drinks Keychains Obsessed with Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Dunkin, or boba tea? Recreate your favorite drink as a resin keychain and show off your go-to order!
STEM in the Makerspace for Ages 10 and Up Main Library Wednesdays: January 24, February 21 2:30 - 4:30pm Come in after school for engaging hands-on science and technology activities. January 24: DIY Spectrometers Ever wondered what people mean when they say light is a “spectrum”? Have youever seen the colors of light hidden all around you? Join us to make a simple spectrometer and check out the different wavelengths of light you can find around the library and your home! February 21: Kitchen window pizza gardens with DIY self-watering planters Learn how to make self-watering planters from recycled two liter bottles and plant a small pizza-themed garden - perfect for a windowsill or tabletop.
Programs for Adults
Registration required for adult programs. Main Library (716) 286-4881 or sign up at the Information Desk LaSalle Branch (716) 283-8309 or sign up at the Checkout desk
Family Yoga @ LaSalle (Registration required) Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30pm LaSalle Library December 4 (Chair Yoga), January 8 & 29, February 12 & 26 Ages 8 and up; children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Bring a mat or towel and an extra sweatshirt in case the room is cool. Many thanks Friends of the Library for sponsoring Family Yoga
Local History Department Speaker Series "Armenian Heritage in the Niagara Falls Area" by Edward Y.J. Millar, Curator of the Folk Arts at the Castellani Museum LaSalle Library Monday, December 4 - 6:30 - 7:30pm Drawing from interviews recorded with members of the Armenian Community in Niagara Falls as part of the Survive, Remember, Thrive: Armenian Traditions in Western New York short form documentary series, Millar will talk about the history of the Armenian Community, its changing relationship to the City of Niagara Falls, and the continuing of Armenian heritage in the city. As part of the talk, excerpts from the series will be screened. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Register at 716-283-8309 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NiogaMobile Computer Training Thursdays 2 - 4pm LaSalle Library Build your tech knowledge and skills with NiogaMobile's Sara Taylor. Registration required - call 716-283-8309 December 7 - Organize Those Pictures! Get your photos in order to easily create gifts, cards and calendars - in time for the holidays!
Ukelele Holiday LaSalle Library Tuesday, December 19 - 4:30-6:00pm Make it a ukelele holiday! The ukelele is one of the easiest and friendliest musical instruments around. Stop in at LaSalle Branch and try out one of NFPL's tenor ukeleles** on some familiar holiday tunes. Or just listen and sing along! **Ukes are limited, so call LaSalle ahead of time if you'd like to reserve one.
Spice-of-the-Month at Main & LaSalle Pick up your sample packet (recipes included!) at either circulation desk, while supplies last. December's selection is Gingerbread. Many thanks Friends of the Library for sponsoring Spice of the Month.
Library Weavers LaSalle Library Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00pm It takes 2 classes to complete a basket, so plan to attend both sessions. We supply the reeds, and you will need to bring basic basket making supplies: a dishpan or small bucket for soaking reeds, a small absorbent towel, kitchen scissors, a small flat screwdriver, a ruler or measuring tape, and a pencil. Candy Cane Basket - December 5 & 12 Powder Room Catchall - January 9 & 16 Letter Basket February 6 & 13 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Writing Club Main Library: Every 3rd Friday, 10 - 11 am LaSalle Library: Every 4th Thursday, 12 - 1pm Have the desire to learn to write? Or interested in honest feedback and helpful commentary on your writing? Come share your talents and ideas in a freewriting exercise - learn what works in your writing, and what doesn’t. No pressure to share - this is a welcoming space for all.