UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

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All programs are free and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Programs for Children

Build A Better World

Join us for Build a Better World, a series of summer programs for children.
We've planned many wonderful children's programs to be held at both the Main Library (1425 Main Street) and LaSalle Branch (8728 Buffalo Avenue).

Programs listed by location and date. Scroll down or click here to view programs at LaSalle.

PROGRAMS @ MAIN LIBRARY

Summer Reading Challenge
Image of children reading a bookJune 26  - August 12 * For kids entering grades K - 6
Build a Brag Chain by reading. Get started by signing up for a reading log. (The first day to get a log is June 26, but you may sign up at any time during the program.) Then read, read, read to earn a chain and cool stuff to add to it. The more you read, the more awesome your chain will be. Complete the challenge by reading for 25 days and get a paperback book for your home library!

 

Building and Construction Magic Show @ Main
Building and Construction Magic Show Be amazed as magician Cris Johnson presents an array of fun, interactive magic involving buildings, construction and a hilarious segment with Cosmo, The Amazing Mind-Reading Monkey.
Wednesday, July 5 @ 2:30pm
Registration not required.

 

Weekly Programs @ Main
Registration required.  Call 286-4902 for Main, 283-8309 for LaSalle

TINY TOT TIME For children through age 3
Image of children playing with blocksWhy should the big kids have all the fun?  Join us for stories, rhymes, music, movement and other activities designed just for our littlest library visitors.
Wednesdays @ 10:30am * July 12—August 9
Registration required. Call 286-4902.

 

LIBRARY EXPLORERS Ages 4—8
Image of children building with craft sticksJoin us each week for an adventure in a new "world" - it could be the past or present, real or imaginary. Each "destination" will be a surprise - see if you can figure out where in the world we are! At every stop we'll have fun with stories, games, science, building, art and more!
Tuesdays @ 2:30pm * July 11—August 8
Registration required. Call 286-4902.

 

LIBRARY CHALLENGERS Ages 9-12
Image of children buildingBuilding an earthquake-proof structure, designing and mapping your own perfect world, creating and racing your own sea-worthy vessel and creating things to help others in our world are a few of the fun activities we have planned for you this summer.  Join us each week for a fun new challenge!
Tuesdays @ 2:30pm * July 11—August 8
Registration required. Call 286-4902.

Family Movie Nights @ Main

Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm
Main Library Auditorium. No registration required.
Ages 16 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Adults must remain in the auditorium.

Image of Lego Batman movie posterJuly 12—Cars
July 19—Lego Batman
July 26—Monster Trucks
August  2—Beauty and the Beast (2017)
August 9—The Nut Job
August  16—Boss Baby
August 23—Smurfs: The Lost Village

Note: Schedule is based upon DVD release dates, which are subject to change. If we are unable to obtain a film in time for its scheduled screening, a substitute movie will be shown. We will post substitutions as soon as we are aware that a change must happen.  Feel free to call the library to confirm which movie will be shown.

 

 

Build a Beautiful Neighborhood @ Main
Saturday, July 15 - 11:00am—12pm (Program cancelled in the event of rain.)

Children collaborating to draw picture of a neighborhood.Create beautiful music and art outdoors in our garden.  Children can help beautify our city by painting a colorful banner inspired by the children’s book Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy, plus enjoy a singalong with Mrs. Driscoll and Ms. Nori.

This event is part of Garden Walk Niagara 2017.  Visit us, then take a free trolley ride to enjoy activities at other sites around the city!

Pokemon Club @ Main
Image of hand holding Pokemon cardAges 5-12. Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Bring your trading cards and other Pokemon gear! We will have some cards to play with if new trainers want to join in. Come play, train, or show off your best Pokemon!
Monday, July 17 @ 2:30pm
Registration required. Call 286-4902.

 

Build with Legos @ Main
Image of children building a structure.Ages 4-12
Join us for an afternoon of free-play building with our huge collection of Lego bricks.  Don’t forget to bring your imagination!
Friday, July 21 @ 2:30pm
Registration required. Call 286-4902.

 

Nickel City Reptiles Show @ Main
Image of Jeff Musial holding snake over child Animal educator (and Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon regular) Jeff Musial will be here to entertain and educate with his live animal ambassadors from all corners of the world.
Monday,  July 24 @ 2:30pm.
Registration not required.

 

Steam Stories @ Main
Image of cover of The Invetion of Hugo CabretA Book Club for Ages 9 -12
We're starting a different kind of book club this summer! Come to the library and get a copy of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick to read. (Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the desk.) At the book club, we will talk about the story and do an engineering challenge together!
Wednesday, July 26 @ 2:30pm
Registration required. Call 286-4902.

 

 

Niagara University Repertory Theater @ Main
Image of N.U.R.T. PerformersThe N.U.R.T. troupe brings dozens of favorite children’s book characters to life in this fast, furious and fantastically funny show. Here comes Lilly with her purple plastic purse...and Alexander, as usual, having a "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.”
Wednesday, August 9 @ 2:30pm
No egistration required.

 

 

PROGRAMS @ LASALLE BRANCH LIBRARY

Summer Reading Challenge
Image of children reading under a treeJune 26  - August 12 * For kids entering grades K - 6
Build a Brag Chain by reading. Get started by signing up for a reading log. (The first day to get a log is June 26, but you may sign up at any time during the program.) Then read, read, read to earn a chain and cool stuff to add to it. The more you read, the more awesome your chain will be. Complete the challenge by reading for 25 days and get a paperback book for your home library!

 

Read S'More with Mr. Laurrie and Spike the Wolverine @ LaSalle
Image of Mark Laurrie and Spike the WolverineWe’re kicking off our summer programming with some very special guests: Niagara Falls City Schools Superintendent Mark Laurrie and his pal, Spike the Wolverine! Enjoy “s’mores in a cup” around the library campfire as Mr. Laurrie and Spike read some summer camping stories, followed by some cool camp activity stations. Bring your camera to take a photo with Spike!
Thursday, July 6 @ 2:30pm
Registration required. Call 283-8309.

 

Weekly Programs @ LaSalle
Registration required.  Call 286-4902 for Main, 283-8309 for LaSalle

TINY TOT TIME For children through age 3
Image of toddlers dancingWhy should the big kids have all the fun?  Join us for stories, rhymes, music, movement and other activities designed just for our littlest library visitors.
Thursdays @ 10:30am * July 13—August 10
Registration required. Call 283-8309.

 

 

LIBRARY EXPLORERS Ages 4—8
Image of children buildingJoin us each week for an adventure in a new "world" - it could be the past or present, real or imaginary. Each "destination" will be a surprise - see if you can figure out where in the world we are! At every stop we'll have fun with stories, games, science, building, art and more.
Thursdays @ 2:30pm * July 13—August 10
Registration required. Call 283-8309.

 

LIBRARY CHALLENGERS Ages 9-12
Image of children buildingBuilding an earthquake-proof structure, designing and mapping your own perfect world, creating and racing your own sea-worthy vessel and creating things to help others in our world are a few of the fun activities we have planned for you this summer.  Join us each week for a fun new challenge!
Thursdays @ 2:30pm * July 13—August 10
Registration required. Call 283-8309.

 

Primate Show @ LaSalle
Image of Capucin monkeyCome and learn all about these fascinating mammals as Carmen Presti introduces a
menagerie of live primates and speaks about their unique characteristics.
Monday, July 17 @ 2:30pm
Registration required. Call 283-8309.

 

 

 

Pokemon Club @ LaSalle
Image of hand holding Pokemon cardAges 5-12. Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Bring your trading cards and other Pokemon gear! We will have some cards to play with if new trainers want to join in. Come play, train, or show off your best Pokemon!
Monday, July 31 @ 2:30pm
Registration required. Call 283-8309.

 

Build with Legos @ LaSalle
Image of children building structure.Ages 4-12
Join us for an afternoon of free-play building with our huge collection of Lego bricks.  Don’t forget to bring your imagination!
Friday, July 28 @ 2:30pm
Registration required. Call 283-8309.

 

Steam Stories @ LaSalle
Image of cover of The Invetion of Hugo CabretA Book Club for Ages 9 -12
We're starting a different kind of book club this summer! Come to the library and get a copy of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick to read. (Copies of Hugo Cabret will be available for checkout at the desk.) At the book club, we will talk about the story and do an engineering challenge together!
Wednesday, August 2 @ 2:30pm
Registration required. Call 283-8309.

Programs for Adults

Crafting Jewelry @ LaSalle Library

Learn great tips and ideas for crafting your own jewelry and make a necklace to take home. Free! All materials provided. Class limited to 12 participants.

Saturday, July 8th @ 2:00pm
Registration required. Call 283-8309 to register.

 

Free Summer Craft Classes for Adults @ LaSalle Library

Registration required. Call 286-4892 or email wudy@nioga.org.

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons - Monday, July 10 @ 6:00pm
Make a button bouquet in a button-trimmed or sharpie-decorated recycled water bottle vase.

Watercolor Greeting Cards - Monday, August 14 @ 6:00pm
Make some small watercolor paintings. Choose the best one for a card.

All supplies provided. Funded by the Friends of the Niagara Falls Public Library.

 

BTOP Computer Classes @ Main Library
All classes are free. Registration required. Call 286-4881.

Tuesday, July 11
10am - 1pm: Gadgets and Gear (Open Access)
1pm - 4pm: Facebook Combo

Wednesday, July 19
10am - 1pm: Craigslist
1pm - 4pm: Internet Resources

 

The Main Library Building and Paul Rudolph's Architectural Vision @ Main Library
Designed in an earthy, rugged style by renowned architect Paul Rudolph, the Main library Building is unique and grand. Bryce Karcz, University at Buffalo Architecture student, will describe Rudolph's vision as expressed in the library's architecture.
Monday, July 17 - 6:00pm

 

Chair Yoga @ LaSalle Library
Designed for individuals with limited mobility, great for everyone!

Minimizes Hypertension
Reduces Anxiety
Strengthens Bones & Protect Joints
Builds Strength & Improves Balance
Sharpens the Mind & Improves Mood

Saturday, July 22nd  
2:00 PM
Registration required. Call 283-8309 to register today!

 

Build a Better Journal with Collage Art @ Main Library
Create a vision collage to cover your journal, and take home plenty of ideas and supplies to keep on journaling. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Monday, July 24 @ 6:00pm
Registration required, call 286-4881 or email nflref@nioga.org

 

Story and Song Celebration @ Main Library
Sing folksongs familiar and new, and hear folktales from around the world. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Monday, August 14 @ 6:00pm

 

Knitting & Crocheting Group @ LaSalle Library
Enjoy needlework? Join our informal group and make a cat blanket for the SPCA, or work on your own project! Knitters and crocheters should bring  #7, 8, or 9 needles, and/or a G or H hook plus one of any color skein of worsted wool yarn. 
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm
Call 283-8309 to register