Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Sunday, November 11 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

At Banchetti 550 N. French Road

To benefit Brighton Place Library! Enjoy a delicious dinner of salad, spaghetti & meatballs with Italian bread, dessert and choice of drink at Banchetti. We will have wonderful baskets to raffle off too! Tickets are on sale now at Brighton Place for $10 in advance or at Banchetti for $12 at the door. Banchetti is located at 550 N. French Road in Amherst.

Event Highlights At Brighton Place

Superhero Smash Minicon for All Ages

Saturday, November 10 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come dressed as your favorite superhero to show your love of all things comic book! Panel talks by Collector’s Inn and the Superhero Alliance of WNY, and the Tonawanda Anime Meetup. Meet comic book artists Will Rodriguez and Jeff Perdiziak. More activities including rock painting and mask making! Photo booth so you can have your picture taken with members of the Superhero Alliance. Free comic books too! Art and costume contests in three categories – little kids (6 and under) older kids (7 – 13), and adults (14+). Artwork must be submitted by Saturday, November 10 at 11:00 am. This event is free and open to the public.

Call 332-4375 for more information.

Bestselling Author Sandra Block

Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30 pm

Native Buffalonian, Sandra A. Block is a best-selling author, Harvard graduate and practicing neurologist. She is the author of four highly acclaimed novels featuring heroine Zoe Goldman. Lisa Scottoline says I am a forever-fan of the Zoe Goldman series and will read anything Block writes. You should too.” The New York Times Book Review also has high praise for Sandra ~ “A psychological suspense story smartly narrated…Zoe has a quick wit that emerges in wickedly unexpected ways.” Sandra will stay after her book talk to sell and sign her books.

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 each day. 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 pm

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

Tai Chi with Master Manuela Ceglinski

Tuesdays at 1:00 pm

Learn to do Tai Chi in this weekly class.

Limited to 12 participants. Call 332-4375 to register.

United Healthcare Medicare Q&A

Tuesday, November 13 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A representative from United Healthcare will be here to answer your questions about Medicare.

Call 332-4375 with questions.

Monthly Senior Luncheon with Real Estate Broker Michael Olear

“Downsizing: Where Do I Even Start?”

Wednesday, November 14 at 12:00 pm

Most seniors know that there will come a day when they’ll have to downsize, either to simplify their lifestyle, to cut costs, to be closer to grandchildren, or to address medical needs. It’s often a stressful and tolling process – both emotionally and physically. But it doesn’t have to get overwhelming. Real estate broker Michael Olear has some tips to make your downsize easier. Mr. Olear will kindly provide lunch this month.

Call 332-4375 to sign up.

Adult Rock Painting Club

Saturday, November 17 at 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

This club meets on the third Saturday of each month. Bring your own rocks, acrylic paints and brushes. This fun, trendy new craft requires no previous art experience.

Call 332-4375 for more information.

Eclectic Book Club

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Tuesday, November 20 at 2:00 pm

Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight. Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

Call 332-4375 for more information.

Brighton Place Library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. We will be open on Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24. Gobble, gobble!

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
716-332-4375

Library Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00AM - 8:00PM
Wednesday
10:00AM - 4:00PM
Thursday
11:00AM - 8:00PM
Friday
10:00AM - 2:00PM
Saturday
10:00AM - 1:00PM
Sunday
Closed

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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)

Books
$0.25/day
Children's Books
$0.10/day
Video/DVD
$1.00/day
Audio Book (Adult)
$0.25/day
Audio Book (Children's)
$0.10/day

Loan Periods

Books
21 Days
CD/Video/DVD
7 Days
Audio Books
(Adult & Children's)
7 Days

Checkout Limits

DVD/VIDEO
5 per card
Total Items Per Card
12

Dropbox

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.