News from the Public Libraries!
Our annual Read Down Your Fines program for children ages 16 and under is back AND has been extended to run through December 31, 2020. Read Down Your Fines is a fun way for children to erase library overdue fines. For every 15 minutes of reading, at least $1 in fines will be removed. Older children can read to younger children and they can each get fines erased from their library card accounts. Reading can take place anywhere – at home, at the library, at a park, inside or out! Here are all of the details: https://www.buffalolib.org/kids/books-read-down-your-fines.
Cookbook clubs, origami making, Dungeons & Dragons games, book discussion groups, health and wellness talks, genealogy programs, LEGO creations, family art, short story times, reading with dogs, checkers matches, job fairs and a lot more – all of our virtual programming can be found on our libraries’ Facebook, YouTube and/or Twitter pages. More details here: https://buffalolib.libcal.com/calendar/events/?cid=12898&t=d&d=0000-00-00&cal=12898&inc=0.
Looking for resources to learn more about the current protests?
Check these out:
Talking to students about Racism & Violence resources (K-12, adult)
A wide variety of links, videos, and resources to prompt discussions (middle school and up)
And see the link on the left for more!
Reading (and listening to books) Remotely!
Use these resources to access thousands of eBooks and Audiobooks while school is not in session. See below for resources for EVERY age, for fun and for school.
Not sure what to read next? Fill out this short form & we can recommend some titles!
SORA - Log in with your West Seneca google account. Borrow eBooks and audiobooks immediately! East Senior students will see every book the district owns, K-12.
SORA instructional video - New to SORA? Watch this 4min 20 sec video for all the important things to know to get started. Includes how to add public library resources. The public library card does NOT need to match the student name.
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library eBooks - Anyone 13+ can apply for an E-card to access books, music, and more. Materials for every age!
Brooklyn Public Library eCard - Free to any NYS resident. This can be added to your SORA account for thousands of additional choices.
SimplyE app - New York Public library offered over 300,000 eBook and audiobook choices on their own app. Any NYS resident can apply. Download the app and work through the short steps. NOW FOR BOTH ANDROID and APPLE! Be sure to watch their short video on how to access the complete collection for the New York Public Library. Under the 3 lines on the left, go to SimplyE collection, then the PLUS sign, select New York Public and fill out the information. Then, you can take the 14 digit # they provide and feed it back into SORA for one-stop searching of West Seneca, Buffalo Public Library, and New York Public! Or, stay in their app and enjoy there.
Other ways to read/listen to books & articles:
Audible - A generous selection of FREE audiobooks for adults, teens, tweens, and younger readers, all high quality and some featuring professional actors such as Meryl Streep reading Charlotte's Web. Multiple language options as well.
BookBrowse - Find books, great rec's for book clubs, reviews, literary games and more! Best for teens and adults. Free until the end of May. If prompted for a login, use staysafe.
Kids Discover - Non-fiction science, social studies, and ELA resources for ages 6-14. Click "log in" and enter ERIE1TRIAL for both username and password.
Time for Kids: K & 1st grade // Time for Kids: Grade 2 // Your $: Grades 3&4 // Your $: Grades 5&6.
Unite for Literacy- Many picture books here. Click "english" to have it read to you. Spanish, French, and several other languages also available. Best for younger readers.
Please reach out at email@example.com with any questions about:
passwords (email, google, etc)
eBooks & audiobooks (SORA)
Use the links on the left for additional resources.
Use your school Google log in.
Be sure to add in ANY public library card you have. Log into SORA at soraapp.com. Find menu on right hand side. Select ADD public library. Search up the library system by zipcode (could be Buffalo, could be your Grandma's in Florida!) and enter in the account number ONCE. This will DRAMATICALLY increase your choices for reading & listening.
Mrs. Michele Pava - Librarian
Mrs. Sherri Gerardi - Library Clerk