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Posted on: June 30, 2021

Mayor Brown is First Guest Reader For The 2021 ‘Storytime at Canalside’ Series

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today kicked off “Storytime at Canalside” 2021 as guest reader for the first session. The theme of this summer’s live reading series is Erie County’s Bicentennial Celebration, with a focus this week on U.S. presidents

“Today I read from Teddy: The Remarkable Tale of a President, a Cartoonist, a Toy Maker, and a Bear by James Sage, a book that tells the story of a man thrust into national prominence following great tragedy,” Mayor Brown said. “The story of our 26th President Theodore Roosevelt is a great way for our youth to learn how the City of Buffalo’s history played a critical role in our nation’s history.”

Mayor Brown encouraged the youngsters and their families to visit the historic Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site on Delaware Avenue.

A long-time advocate of retaining and increasing youth literacy, Mayor Brown also issued a reminder to all Buffalo students that it’s not too late to participate in the 20th Anniversary Mayor’s Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge.

“It’s so easy to be part of Reading Rules! Now that school is out, kids in grades K thru 12 can use some of their free time to read great books, keep their reading skills strong, and win super prizes,” Mayor Brown said.

Here’s how Mayor Brown’s 2021 Virtual Reading Rules! Challenge works:


Read 5 books + Submit 5 Written Book Summaries between June 1 - July 9, 2021 to be eligible for a prize drawing during the week of July 12th!


Read 5 books + Submit 5 Written Book Summaries between July 12 - August 20, 2021 to be eligible for a prize drawing durin g the week of August 23rd!

Champion Readers who complete BOTH Challenge #1 and Challenge #2 will be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing which will take place during Mayor Brown’s Virtual Reading Rules! Awards Ceremony which will take place on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

Prizes include: bikes, laptops, gift cards and academic scholarships

For the full book list and to upload book summaries visit:

Buffalo’s Police Athletic League (PAL) is staging a Big Book Giveaway Thursday, July 1 and Friday, July 2 at its office on the 21st Floor of City Hall. Readers can receive up to 10 FREE books from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PAL offices.

Operation Clean Sweep at Work Today in the Ellicott District

 The City’s award-winning Operation Clean Sweep program hit the streets in the Ellicott District today, focusing on the neighborhood bounded by Main, E. Utica and Northampton streets and Michigan Ave. The Sweep, which is coordinated by the Office of Citizen Services, and includes staffers from a range of City departments and community organizations, made contact with 113 households with outreach services.

Clean Sweep is organized and implemented through a three-pronged approach: Beautification and Restoration, Outreach and Education, and Codes and Law Enforcement. Over a six-month period, teams descend on target neighborhoods in all nine Council Districts, on a rotating basis each week.

Beat the Heat and Enjoy the Upcoming 4th of July Weekend at the City’s Splash Pads!

Mayor Byron W. Brown today reminded residents that 10 of the City’s splash pads are open every day, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., through Labor Day, weather permitting.

Here’s the list of City of Buffalo Splash pads now open:

  • Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park - foot of Porter Ave.
  • Allison Park - Reese St., adjacent to Asarese Matters Center
  • Masten Park - Best St., adjacent to Johnnie B. Wiley Sports Pavilion
  • MLK Jr. Park Basin - Best St. and Fillmore Ave.
  • Lanigan Park - South Park Ave., west of Louisiana St. Lincoln Park - foot of Quincy St.
  • Cazenovia Park - behind the park casino Houghton Park - foot of Spahn St.
  • Schiller Park - Sprenger St. side of park Roosevelt Park - foot of Roosevelt Ave

The Kensington Park splash pad is closed while pool is under reconstruction. Swimmers can cool down at two of the City’s indoor pools. The Cazenovia-

Connors, Kait, Harrity Memorial Pool and Lovejoy pools are now open for lap swimming. Both pools are open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Swimmers are required to make a reservation and the total number of swimmers in each pool will be restricted in accordanc e with COVID safety guidelines. To make reservations for the Cazenovia Pool, 626 Abbott Road, call: (716) 825-1326.

The number for the Lovejoy Pool, 1169 E. Lovejoy St., is (716) 895-5651.


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