To ensure the safety of all of our patrons and staff, Brighton Place will NOT be open to the public, likely for the next several weeks. Due dates have been extended through April 30th. We are not taking any returns or book/material donations until we re-open. Please take care of any Brighton Place materials you have checked out so that they are not lost or damaged. Sorry for any inconvenience.

We are planning to transition several of our programs to an online format in the interim!

More details to come shortly.

Event Highlights At Brighton Place

The Spiral of Political Polarization: Why it continues and what you can do about it James Campbell, UB Professor of Political Science

Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 pm

"Many continue to believe that the United States is a nation of political moderates. In fact, it is a nation divided. It has been so for some time and has grown more so." This talk, based on the author’s book, Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America, provides a new and historically grounded perspective on the polarization of America, systematically documenting how and why it happened. Join Professor Campbell as he shines a light on the divisions we are experiencing in these turbulent times and offers some solutions.

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

Tesla in North Tonawanda with Dr. Francis Lestingi

Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 pm

Dr. Francis Lestingi, professor emeritus history of science and physics at SUNY Buffalo State College, will present an illustrated projection on Nikola Tesla. Learn how and when Tesla electrified the nation by using hydroelectric power from Niagara Falls.

Limited to 50. Call 332-4375 to sign up.

Dianne Baker Art Exhibition

March 29 – June 4

Opening - Sunday, March 29 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We are thrilled to present an exhibition of the work of Dianne Baker. Ms. Baker is a well-established, mixed media and fiber-related sculptor working out of Buffalo. Her sculptures incorporate fiber with other textually rich elements, such as weathered wood and oxidized metal. She is a member of the Buffalo Society if Artists, WNY Artists Group and is represented by Benjamin Art Gallery. Her work is in many public and private collections.

Call 332-4375 for more information.

Rules Matter in Politics as in Sports with Kevin Hardwick

Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 pm

Erie County Legislator, Kevin Hardwick, is passionate about government and politics. He says, “I am of the belief that the problems facing county government today are many and varied, but they are by no means unique. As such, we can gain insights from the past experiences of our own county and those of counties around the country.”

Register to hear Kevin Hardwick’s latest presentation by calling 332-4375. Seats are limited to 50.

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.

Silver Sneakers

Wednesdays at 1:00 pm

For the active senior, this class incorporates agility, balance and coordination, power and speed into a balanced fitness program. Routines work on cardio/ endurance, muscle strength and flexibility. The class is led by Silver Sneakers certified instructor, Rose Alaimo. Please bring weights and water.

Suggested donation $2 - $5 per session. Call 332-4375 for more information.

Exercise for Strength and Balance

Thursdays at 10:30 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 12:00

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.

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

Tuesday, March 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 Wurlitzer Pharmacy: CBD Oil

Wednesday, March 11 at 12:00 pm

There's no question that CBD is the buzzy wellness product of the moment. You might feel like CBD has gone from being sort of around to absolutely everywhere all at once. But even though it's infiltrating pretty much every corner of the wellness many people still find CBD a little confusing—especially when it comes to figuring out the right way to use it and how to make sure the stuff you're buying is actually legit. A rep from Wurlitzer Pharmacy will do a presentation that will answer these questions and many more.

This is a potluck luncheon. Please bring a dish to share. Limited to 25. 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

999 Brighton Road
Tonawanda, NY 14150

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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


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