Event Highlights At Brighton Place

Nan Hoffman and Joe Tumino

"Celebrations of the Heart" A Holiday Concert and Carol Sing

Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 pm

Join us for a delightful musical performance by Nan Hoffman and Joe Tumino to ring in the season.

This event is limited to 40. Call 332-4375 to reserve your seat.

BlazeVox Books: Book Launch and Poetry Reading

Diane Christian and Wade Stevenson

Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm

Poet and documentary filmmaker, Diane Christian, is well-known for her work in both the Department of English and the Center for Studies in American Culture as SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. She has both produced and written about much about documentary filmmaking. She and her husband, Bruce Jackson, host the Buffalo Film Seminars, a film series that invites the public to join in on "conversations about great films."

As a poet, Christian has authored several collected works Her new book, Occasion Poems, comes from an idea suggested by colleague, friend, and poet Robert Creeley, who thought it would be a good idea to have poems for various occasions made up as ink stamps, ready to imprint on a postcard and send off for occasions.

Wade Stevenson is a Buffalo poet and fiction writer. Past works include Dear You and The Electric Affinities. His latest book, Going Head to Head, "reflects the madness of the modern world in a style and diction from a long-ago age, with unerring aim, and memorable refrains."

Call 332-4375 to sign up.

Creative Metaphysics: Reiki Healing, Guided Meditation, and Body Readings

Tuesday, December 10 at 6:30 pm

Facilitator Mia Cara, RM, DM Alternative Medicine, will conduct Reiki sessions along with guided mediation and body readings. Reiki is a form of alternative medicine called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a "universal energy" is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.

Cost is $10. Call 332-4375 to sign up.

Monthly Senior Luncheon with Lori Duvall-Jackson

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

Tuesday, December 10 at 2:00 pm

El-Ambassador, Lori Duvall-Jackson will give a presentation on The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Since 1995, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee has provided elephants retired from performance and exhibition with a safe refuge and the companionship of other elephants. The facility has grown from 110 acres to 2,700 acres and has provided sanctuary to 27 elephants, making it North America's largest natural habitat refuge for captive elephants.

This is a potluck lunch. Please bring a dish to share. Feel free to bring some holiday-festive foods!

Ukulele Holiday

Tuesday, December 17 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Join us for a fun musical performance and holiday sing-along with our Brighton Place Ukulele Players.

Call 332-4375 to reserve a seat.

Kenmore East High School Young Democrats Club Presents

WNY Against Gun Violence

Wednesday, December 18 at 2:30 PM

The Young Democrats of America motivates young people to participate in the electoral process, influence the ideals of the Democratic Party, advocate for progressive issues, and train the next generation of progressive leaders. We are pleased the YDA Club at Kenmore East HS are bringing the WNY Against Gun Violence group to Brighton Place for an informational presentation on gun violence, one of the biggest problems facing our communities today.

Call 332-4375 to reserve a seat.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 21 at 10:30 am

Santa Claus is coming to Brighton Place! We will have juice, and donut holes provided by Donut Kraze. Kids can do a holiday-themed craft, visit with Santa to tell him their holiday wishes, and pose for photos.

Seats are limited to 25 kids. Call 332-4375 to reserve a seat.

Eclectic Book Club

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

Tuesday, December 10 at 2:00 pm

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane? When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing.

Call 332-4375 for more information.

Knitting Club

Tuesdays 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Fridays 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

This club is for the most experienced knitter or a beginner. We knit, crochet, and chat, or come with questions and materials. You do not need to attend every meeting; this club is very informal. Crocheters are welcome!

Call 332-4375 for more information.

Adult Coloring

Tuesdays 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Our Adult Coloring Club is a great way to relax and meet new friends. This is not a class and is very casual.

Call 332-4375 for information.

Toddler Time

Wednesdays at 10:30 am

Stories, Songs, Movement, and Activities for children 2 - 5 years old.

Limited to 12 children. Call 332-4375 for more information.

Cardcrafter's Club

Thursdays at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Create beautiful, handmade greeting cards. Experienced and beginning crafters are welcome. This is not a class; we share ideas and techniques.

Call 332-4375 for more information.

Exercise for Strength and Balance

Thursdays at 12:00 pm

Learn tips and exercises from Mary Ann Linkowski to stay strong and safe.

Limited to 10. Suggested donation $2. Call 332-4375 to sign up.

Laughter for Health (Laughter Yoga)

Thursdays at 11:00

Come laugh your way to a healthier you! In Laughter Yoga we do laughing exercises to relax, boost immunity and feel great!

Call 332-4375 for more information.

Chair Yoga

Tuesdays at 10:00 am and Fridays at 10:00 am

Gentle yoga for people with physical limitations. Suggested donation is $2 - $5 per session.

Limited to 12 participants. Call 332-4375 to sign up.

Adult Ukulele Sing and Play

Tuesdays at 5:30 pm or Thursdays at 1:30 pm

Learn to play the ukulele and sing along to popular songs. This fun weekly meetup is for all ages. Ukuleles are provided. No experience is necessary to join.

Suggested donation is $5 per session. Limited to 12. Call 332-4375 to sign up.

Thanks to C.H.A.T. For Powering Our Network

We would like to thank C.H.A.T. for donating two APC C1500 UPS units. They condition the power running to the dual, redundant power supplies in our server and all of our network gear.

This will increase the reliability and lifetime of all of this equipment by protecting it from power outages, voltage sags, and other anomalies from the power grid.

Pat Farrell

We at Brighton Place are sad to report the passing of Pat Farrell on January 15, 2017. Pat and his wife Jan have been among our most faithful benefactors. Pat, who brought his children to events at Brighton Public Library, has supported our efforts at Brighton Place for many years.

The Farrells owned a unique business that published seldom seen antique images, many of old Buffalo. The Traveling Picture Show is a source of a continuing production of images on an astounding range of subjects. He and Jan have generously donated hundreds of prints and note cards for us to sell at the desk and at our Books and Bordeaux and Cooks for Books fundraisers. Pat was particularly insistent that we take extra prints so we could make more money for Brighton Place.

Pat and Jan have given lectures at Brighton Place and their work has been in our showcases. He was highly knowledgeable about the history of Buffalo and the surrounding communities and a master of his late-life vocation, making prints and cards. Those of us who visited with him in his shop know he could tell a story about each one of the thousands of postcards. We will miss his generous spirit and great sense of humor.

Lift For Charity

We would like to thank Julianna Colwell, a senior at Kenmore East High School, her dad Bruce, Vincent Magnione, and everyone at Kenmore Barbell & Fitness for organizing and participating in the "Lift for Charity" fundraising competition.

$755 was raised and donated to Brighton Place.

Thank you for your support, which allows us to continue our mission to provide a community place for the residents of the Town of Tonawanda and surrounding area where they can access books, magazines, computers, DVD's and other forms of educational and cultural opportunities that will enhance their lives.

Thank You to Kevin Hardwick

During its Breakfast with Santa event on Dec. 19, Brighton Place held a presentation to celebrate the $5,000 allocated in the 2016 Erie County budget for Brighton Place that Legislator Kevin Hardwick secured. Pictured from left to right, Library Manager Donna White, Santa Claus, Everett Herbeck, Legislator Kevin Hardwick and Brighton Place Board of Directors President Michael Rizzo.

The funding will be used to upgrade the technology at Brighton Place, which is a Community Resource Center. The Brighton Library was removed from the Erie County and Buffalo Library System in 2006 due to budget cuts, but thanks to the Town of Tonawanda, volunteers, the board of directors and donors, the building has remained opened as a fully operating community library.

"I was pleased to secure this funding for Brighton Place in next year’s budget. The volunteers and board do so much of the fund raising on their own and the community has proven this is a resource they want to have, and I think it is important for the county to invest in this much-needed center," said Legislator Hardwick.

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A Word of Thanks

We want to thank the following sponsors who provide continuous support to Brighton Place. Their generosity allows us to provide children and adult programming as well as our newspaper and portions of our magazine collection.

We greatly appreciate our sponsors' support. Our sponsors greatly appreciate your business.

C.H.A.T. of WNY

Raymond T, Miles III, Attorney

Kevin Hardwick, Erie County Legislature

Maureen Wells

Pat & Jennifer Hatfield

Tony Hurliman Family

Rosemary Rizzo

Ken & Kathy Young

Laura Rizzo

David & Nancy Gorski

Glenn & Karen Haley

Pat, Rose, Nikki & Alissa Schiske

Brighton Place

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Tonawanda, NY 14150

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Children's Books
Audio Book (Adult)
Audio Book (Children's)

Loan Periods

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Audio Books
(Adult & Children's)
7 Days

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