Temporary Reduction in Hours at the Erie County Public Library beginning December 13, 2015

Erie, Pa. – Nov. 30, 2015 – The Erie County Public Library will temporarily reduce its hours
beginning the week of December 13, 2015 due to the Commonwealth’s budget impasse.

The temporary hours will be:
Blasco Library (Reduced hours: Closing on Sundays, No evening hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays)
▪ Sunday – Closed
▪ Monday and Tuesday – 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM
▪ Wednesday through Saturday – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Edinboro Branch Library (No reduction)
▪ Sunday – Closed
▪ Monday – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
▪ Tuesday – 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
▪ Wednesday and Thursday – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
▪ Friday and Saturday – 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Iroquois Branch Library (Reduced hours – No evening hours on Tuesdays)
▪ Sunday – Closed
▪ Monday – 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
▪ Tuesday through Thursday – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
▪ Friday and Saturday – 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Lincoln Branch Library (Reduced hours – No evening hours on Tuesdays)
▪ Sunday – Closed
▪ Monday – 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
▪ Tuesday through Thursday – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
▪ Friday and Saturday – 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Millcreek Branch Library (Reduced hours – No evening hours on Tuesdays)
▪ Sunday – Closed
▪ Monday – 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
▪ Tuesday through Saturday – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Bookmobile – (No reduction) (For hours, please visit the bookmobile schedule)

The Library will continue to provide 24/7 access to its digital resources which include ebooks,  downloadable audiobooks, music and movie streaming, language learning, online courses, and more.

For more information, please contact Mary Rennie, Library Director at (814)451-6914, or email mrennie@eriecountypa.gov.

Christmas Storytime and Craft at the Blasco Library

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On Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, the Blasco Library will host a Christmas Storytime and Craft from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mead Children’s Library at the Blasco Library. The event is free and open to families.

Families are invited to enjoy a Christmas-themed storytime at 10 a.m. The stories and activities will be designed for children ages 3 and up, but all families are welcome to attend. An open craft table will be available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Christmas with the Flagship City Chorus

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The Erie Chapter of Sweet Adelines International will perform favorite Christmas songs at Christmas with the Flagship City Chorus. The Flagship City Chorus has been pleasing audiences for over 40 years with their barbershop style harmony. Usher in the holiday season with this entertaining show!

The free concert is at 3 PM on Sunday, December 6th in the H.O.Hirt Auditorium at Blasco Library, 160 East Front Street, Erie, PA 16507.

Please email library-reference@eriecountylibrary.org or call 451-6927 for more information.

Employment Series

Beginning Resumes
Wednesday, December 2nd.
2:00pm to 3:30pm.
Blasco Library – Computer Training Lab. An introduction on how to review the different kinds of resume options and how to create a resume in a Microsoft Word template to achieve professional-looking results. Be prepared to enter your own data on the template. Registration is required. Call 451-6927.

Teen Reading Lounge

Teen Reading Lounge Logo Teen Reading Lounge is the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s interactive reading program designed specifically to get teens talking about literature that matters to them. The program is developed in collaboration with library staff, teens and a local educator, humanities professional or teaching artist and features teen-focused readings and creative hands-on projects. Throughout the program, teens sharpen critical thinking abilities and build interpersonal, literacy and communication skills. PHC believes that including teen audiences in the public humanities is the first step in building a community of well-informed, highly-engaged adults. While TRL is a fun learning experience, it is also closely connected to important Pennsylvania learning standards and outcomes, such as reading comprehension, speaking, listening and interpersonal relationship. Research by the U.S. Department of Education has shown that involving youth in quality out-of-school time experiences reduces delinquent behavior and can positively affect life and academic success. At Teen Reading Lounge participants have an opportunity to learn and engage the world of literature and art with other teens in a safe learning space.

Teen Reading Lounge is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Office of the Commonwealth Libraries, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. About PHC The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) is a non-profit organization and a federal-state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For the last 40 years, PHC has championed the humanities through original programming, advocacy, and humanities grants throughout the Commonwealth. For more information on PHC, visit www.pahumanities.org

Starting with a kick-off pizza party at Blasco Library, 160 East Front Street, Erie, PA 16507 on September 29, teens ages 10-16 and their facilitators will gather to select the three books they will read and discuss. They will then meet on Tuesdays this fall: November 10, December 1, and December 22 to have dynamic book discussions, fun, and hands on activities. The facilitators are Sean McGrath, of TheGeekErie and Jill Shubilla, ECPL Teen Librarian. TRL is free and in room 219. Please register at library-reference@eriecountylibrary.org or call 451-6927.

Ask Annie the Therapy Dog

Children can practice reading to Annie the Golden Retriever. Dogs are non-judgmental listeners who allow children to read at their own pace, without criticism or performance pressure. Children who participate in this type of program improve their reading ability, comprehension, vocabulary and reading fluency. As the child’s reading skills improve, so do his or her communication skills, self-esteem, and self-confidence. Karen, the owner/handler of Annie, has many years experience at Blasco Library with the reading to therapy dogs program.

Patrons are welcome to stop in and meet Annie at Blasco, 160 East Front Street, on the following Wednesdays at 6:30 pm:  November 18th and December 16th.

Please email or call 451-6936 for more information and to register.