Author Archives: Gowanda Free Library

Tuesday, January 21st at 6:00 pm: Tri-County Developmental Disabilities Outreach and Information Program

Kate Steigerwald, the Developmental Disabilities Outreach and Information Coordinator at Directions in Independent Living in Olean will be at the library to give a short presentation that focuses on engaging individuals and families of individuals with developmental disabilities that are living in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties, in order to inform individuals and families about, or connect them with programs and services that are available through The New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).  These programs address the challenges associated with providing care and support for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Closed Monday, Jan. 20th

The library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Closed due to weather

The Library will be closed Monday, January 6 due to weather. It is likely we will be closed on Tuesday as well. Please call the Library to check if we are open. If you call during open hours and we do not answer, we are likely closed.

There will be no fines charged for books due during days we are closed.

Sorry for any inconvenience!

Computer Classes Scheduled

Intro to Email – Monday, December 9th from 6 pm til 8 pm.

Intro to the Internet – Tuesday, December 10th from 6 pm til 8 pm.

Intro to Word Templates – Monday, December 16th from 6 pm til 8 pm.

Intro to Excel – Tuesday, December 17th from 6 pm til 8 pm.

Please stop by or call the library to register. Classes are free of charge.

Job Readiness Classes from E2CC BOCES

Friday November 8th at noon in the meeting room at The Gowanda Free Library.

This series will prepare those unemployed or underemployed to enter or re-enter the workplace.  Basic skills, computer navigation, and other job readiness classes will be taught over the next month.  If you are in need of these services it is imperative that you attend this class, or, if you absolutely can not attend, call the library to schedule an evaluation date.

Career & Job Readiness Seminar

Career & Job Readiness Seminar: to discuss the needs of the unemployed in our area, and the services they offer as part of the E2CC BOCES outreach. If you are unemployed or underemployed, please stop in to see what we can offer.
When Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:30am – 12pm EST
Where GFL Meeting Room (map)

Did you hear that there’s going to be a Scarecrow Contest in Gowanda on the weekend of the 18/19th? There’ll also be a storytime, food crafts (marshmallow popcorn!), regular ol’ food and drink and pumpkin painting on Friday the 19th at the Gowanda Free Library! Storytime at 11:30, and crafts at 12pm!

GFL Career Resource Center

The Gowanda Free Library would like to announce the completion of our Career and Job Resource Center, a project made possible by an Outreach Services grant from the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System.

Our prime initiative in our career center project was to develop a permanent library area dedicated to resources for job seekers, career exploration, college and trade school options, self-employment resources, career assessment, job and career tool resources (resume building, cover letters, interviews), and related exam preparation books. We have also implemented one-on-one staff assistance for those patrons who may require additional help in using the career computer workstation to apply for jobs, complete FAFSA applications, or do job searches. The current hours for this assistance are: Tuesdays: 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm and Fridays: 10:30 am until 1:30 pm, September through December.

Although the first stage of this project is complete, we are currently working on providing in-house career and job placement services including computer literacy classes, GED assistance, and job readiness training.  We are also planning on hosting a job fair for local area businesses.  Look for updates here, as we progress with this project.

All Ages Puppet Show!


All Ages Puppet Show at the Gowanda Free Library
Thursday, August 15th 6:30-7:30PM

“Gumshoe McMonocle and the Strange Case of Rumpelsomething”

(Based on the story of Rumpelstiltskin)

Presented by Omnipresent Puppet Theater!

Winner of the NYS and Collaborative Summer Library Program Teen Video Program

Congrats to Amanda Hebblethwaite, Penny Lane, Nicholas Peta, Emily Stott, and Lexi Brueningfrom the Liverpool Public Library, Liverpool, NY who won with their video, “Alice in the Maximum Potter Games.”

To see all the finalists, and who won in other states… click here.


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