Dog Ears Bookstore is offering a free literary and art program for senior citizens. Those 55 and older are invited to participate in the “Around The World & Back Home Again” Literary & Art Program that explores different countries around the world and their authors, artists and culture as well as local authors, poets and artists. 

On Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., participants will explore Brazil! A literary instructor will explore the works of Brazilian author Paulo Coelho and the poetry of Carlos Drummond de Andrade. Various works from the authors and poets will be read, discussed and reflected upon.  

Following the literary discussion, a local glass artist will guide participants in creating their very own work of art. In this workshop, participants will harness the colors of Carnival to create beautiful floral- and feather-inspired works.

The program is limited to 15 participants per session and is completely free for senior citizens.  All class materials are provided. In addition, a book of the highlighted author’s work will be raffled off among those in attendance.

The program will be held at Dog Ears Bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, near Mercy Hospital. Street parking is available along Abbott Road and on surrounding side streets.  The café will be open for food and beverage purchases.

Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling the bookstore at 823-2665.  Participants are expected to stay for both the literary and art portion of each program.

The “Around The World & Back Home Again” Literary & Art Program is a monthly series made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Arts Services Inc.

Dog Ears Bookstore is offering a free literary and art program for senior citizens. Those 55 and older are invited to participate in the Around The World & Back Home Again Literary & Art Program that explores different countries around the world and their authors, artists and culture as well as local authors, poets and artists. 

Following the literary discussion, a local glass artist will guide participants in creating their very own work of art.

On Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 12:30 to 3 p.m., participants will explore Germany! A literary instructor will explore the works of German author Franz Kafka and the poetry of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Rainer Maria Rilke. Various works from the authors and poets will be read, discussed and reflected upon.  

Following the literary discussion, a local glass artist will guide participants in creating their very own work of art. German artists have a long history of combining glass with copper to create functional and decorative works of art. The workshop will explore the effects of copper sheet encased in colorful glass.

The program is limited to 15 participants per session and is completely free for senior citizens.  All class materials are provided. In addition, a book of the highlighted author’s work will be raffled off among those in attendance.

The program will be held at Dog Ears Bookstore, which is located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, near Mercy Hospital. Street parking is available along Abbott Road and on surrounding side streets. The café will be open for food and beverage purchases.

Pre-registration is required for each session and can be made by calling the bookstore at 823-2665. Participants are expected to stay for both the literary and art portion of each program.

The Around The World & Back Home Again Literary & Art Program is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Arts Services Inc.

Dog Ears Bookstore will be offering free after school youth programming during October, November and December. Three different days of programming will be offered by grade group.  Tuesdays will feature programming for youth in 1st and 2nd grades, Wednesdays will be targeted towards youth in 3rd-5th grades, and 6th-8th graders will have the opportunity to attend programming on Thursdays. 

Programming will start the week of Oct. 10 and conclude Thursday, Dec. 15.

Programming will start the week of Oct. 10 and conclude Thursday, Dec. 15.

All sessions will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and are limited to 20 students per day.  Programming will start the week of Oct. 10 and conclude Thursday, Dec. 15. 

All sessions will be taught by literacy specialists and New York State Certified English Language Arts teachers. Tuesday sessions for 1st and 2nd graders will be themed around the different fall holidays and will feature story time, read alouds, and activities that will focus on introducing youth to the love of reading. Wednesday sessions for 3rd-5th graders will feature a guided book club where youth will learn tips and strategies on how to become better readers in a fun and interactive way. On Thursdays, 6th-8th graders will take part in Reader & Writer Workshops where they will read different short stories and learn strategies on how to become a short story author themselves. Special presentations will also be scheduled. All class materials will be provided along with a small snack.

All sessions will be held at Dog Ears Bookstore, which is located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, near Mercy Hospital. Sessions will be held upstairs of the bookstore (enter through the front entrance). Adults do not need to attend with their child but must be mindful of the drop off and pick up times. Parents are welcome to wait for their children in the café, which will be open for food and beverage purchases.

Pre-registration is required and youth are expected to attend each week. Parents can sign up their children by calling the bookstore at 823-2665. When signing up, please make sure to indicate which day your child will be attending.

The free after school program is made possible through funding by the Erie County Youth Bureau.

We would like to thank Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County for their ongoing support of the arts in WNY, including programs offered here at Dog Ears Bookstore. Please know that your support is greatly appreciated!

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