Cooks for Books

Mark your calendars! Our 10th annual Cooks for Books charity auction will be on Thurday, May 23rd. It will once again feature great food from top chefs, excellent items to win in the live and silent auction, and a great time had by all. More details will be posted shortly.

Event Highlights At Brighton Place

Michael Hawley: Jack the Ripper Part 2

Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 pm

Michael Hawley returns to continue his wildly popular talk on everyone’s favorite cold case, Jack the Ripper! What will he make of the new DNA discoveries?

Limited to 50 seats. Call 332-4375 to reserve your spot.

Monthly Senior Luncheon with Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein


Wednesday, April 10 at 12:00 pm

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, April 19 - April 27, 2019. Learn all about Passover origins, observances, and traditions in this informative talk by Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein.

This will be a Potluck lunch. Please bring a dish to pass. Limited to 25. Call 332-4375 to sign up.

Kids Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 13 at 10:30 am

Decorate your own special bag to hold all the eggs you find! If the weather is nice, we can hunt for eggs outside. If not, the hunt will still be fun indoors. We’ll have yummy spring-themed donut holes from Donut Kraze and juice for snacks!

Limited to 25 kids. Call 332-4375 to sign up.

Jay Skurski “NFL DRAFT”

Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 pm

Buffalo News Sports reporter, Jay Skurski will give his predictions for the upcoming NFL Draft. Will you agree with his choices? Join this lively discussion!

Limited to 50 seats. Call 332-4375 to register.

Disaster Preparedness Program with Sgt. Adam Winters

Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 pm

Do you know what to do if you have to evacuate your home? Are you prepared for a real weather emergency? Learn what to have ready in case disaster strikes in this presentation put together by the National Guard.

Call 332-4375 to register.

Homeschool Special: The Anne Frank Project

Theatrical Performance and Workshop

Wednesday, April 24 from 9:15 – 10:30 am

“Level Up”

After a family tragedy, the oldest sibling, Charlie, must take on the new role of a parent while balancing a hectic work schedule. Meanwhile, the younger sibling, Perry, escapes into video games to deal with their loss, stress and grief. Fueled by their fierce independence both stubbornly refuse to need each other, until one day they are magically thrust into the video gaming world where they must decide to work together or perish. Will Charlie and Perry become warriors? Will they become a family again?

Performance: Approx. 30 minutes Post-Performance workshop: 30-40 minutes

The post-performance workshop is an example of the Story-Based Learning curriculum

Call 332-4375 to register.

WNY Players “Radio Plays”

Tuesday, April 30 at 7:00 pm

Western New York Players presents a series of radio plays. The radio plays are a combination of memorable favorites from the 1930’s through 1950’s.

Limited to 40. Call 332-4375 to register.

Eclectic Book Club

The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan River

Tuesday, April 9 at 2:00 pm

When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband’s three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away? A love story, a story of racial divide, and a story of the South as it fell in the war.

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.

Toddler Time will have two special visitors this month!
April 10 - Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein. Learn all about Passover!
April 17 - Kathy Brown and famous therapy dog, Hurley! Kathy will bring copies of Hurley’s book, “Where’s Hurley” to sell.

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

Anime Meet-Up

Thursdays, 6:30 – 8pm

In this club we watch and talk about anime and related topics like Japanese culture, cosplay, and manga.

Limited to 35. Call 332-4375 to sign up.

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 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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Brighton Place now has free wireless Internet capabilities! Bring your laptop to do homework and research, or just sit and relax while surfing the net in our cafe!

Brighton Place Fines
(Due at time of check-in)

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

Loan Periods

21 Days
7 Days
Audio Books
(Adult & Children's)
7 Days

Checkout Limits

5 per card
Total Items Per Card


For your convenience, there is a dropbox outside of the library. To prevent damage to books and magazines, please place all print material in a plastic bag before placing it in the dropbox.