So You Want to be a… Sushi Chef

sushiOn Sat., Feb.27, ECPL presents “So You Want to be a. . .  Sushi Chef.” The program will take place at 1 p.m. in the Storytime Room of the Blasco Library.

What does it take to be a Sushi Chef? Come find out from one of Erie’s own, Ashley Sayre de Rivas, Sushi Chef at 1201 Kitchen! Learn about the tools of the trade and how to make a roll!

“So You Want to Be a….” is a monthly series.  The series targets the curious and those looking to change careers.  Sessions are open to all ages as a career program or as a behind the scenes look.  Local professionals open up about the paths they took to do the unusual jobs that they do.

For more information, please call (814) 451-6927 or email

Free eBook One on One Workshops

ebook for fbFree eBook One on One Workshops will happen every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from Feb. 9 to Feb. 25 in room 219 at 3 the Blasco Library.  There will be no session on Feb. 10.

These individual workshops are for patrons who need one-on-one help to get library ebooks and e-audiobooks onto a Kindle, Kindle Fire, tablet, or smartphone. A library staff member will guide the patron in installing and configuring the proper app, and then demonstrate how to check out digital items.

Please email or call 451-6927 for more information and to register.

InnovationCollaborative_Logo_2014 idea shareOn the first Saturday of every month in 2016, Blasco Library will host IdeaShare Sessions.  The free, drop-in sessions will be from 1 p.m. to 2 Fiction Seating Area.

The dates for the sessions are:
Feb. 6
March 5
April 2
May 5

Aspiring entrepreneurs can drop in for a guided conversation on business or product ideas with  Moderator Bill Scholz, the Innovation Collaborative’s Operations and Communications Lead. Patrons will be encouraged to connect, network, and be inspired with the help of this Community Partner.

For more information, please call (814)451-6927 or email

Great Books with Great Music Concert: The Color Purple

the color purpleOn Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 the public is invited to the Great Books with Great Music Concert: The Color Purple at the Blasco Library. The free event is at 7 p.m. in the H.O. Hirt Auditorium.

The event is part of the Blasco Concert Series and features Eugene Perry, Baritone and the Edinboro Chamber Players.

The Blasco Library is located at 160 E. Front St., Erie, Pa, 16507. For more information, please call (814) 451-6927 or email

Winter Storytime

toddlerThe Erie County Public Library announces new Winter Storytime sessions at the branch libraries. The sessions will run from Feb.14 to March 31, 2016. The new sessions at the Iroquois, Lincoln Community Center and Millcreek branches will include a Toddler Storytime and a Preschool Storytime. The Edinboro branch will continue to offer a Family Storytime. All sessions are free and open to the public without registration.

Edinboro Branch
413 Plum St, Edinboro, PA 16412
Every Monday
Family Storytime 10 a.m.

Iroquois Branch
4212 Iroquois Ave, Erie PA 16511 (814)451-7082
Every Tuesday
Toddler 10 a.m.
Preschool 11 a.m.

Millcreek Branch
2088 Interchange Rd, Suite 280, Erie PA 16565
Every Wednesday
Toddler 10 a.m.
Preschool 11 a.m.

Lincoln Community Center Library
1255 Manchester Rd, Erie PA 16505
Every Thursday
Toddler 10 a.m.
Preschool 11 a.m.
The Toddler Storytimes are designed just for toddlers ages 18 months to 36 months. The program features interactive books, songs, fingerplays, crafts and games designed to reach this specific age groups abilities. Preschool Storytimes are designed for children ages 3 years to 5 years. Preschoolers will enjoy stories, fingerplays, songs, and crafts that will spark their curiosity and inspire a love of learning. The Edinboro Family Storytime is for ages 0 to 5 years.

Please email or call 451-6936 for more information.