I think it was the last issue of Library Update when I declared that winter was almost over. Turns out that I was mistaken. In my defense, I can only say that I am a lifelong Erieite, and we are notorious for being hardy souls. Optimistic too.
Now of course we are well into March and “springing ahead” with our clocks. Spring is nearly here, full of the promise of new beginnings. Here at the Erie County Public Library we are celebrating by making a number of improvements to library policies and services—designed to make your life easier. You will want to check out our latest issue of Library Update (attached here) to see what that’s all about.
Also in this month’s newsletter—jobs, jobs, jobs—(and how our Library can help you find one), FREE access to local museums, and upcoming appearances by Ken Springirth and Corrine Egan. Let’s not forget Consumer Reports online—FREE access for Erie County residents, as well as our Artist-in-Residence, Jude Shingle, who is offering classes in animation at all outlets of the Erie County Public Library during the month of March.
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All Artist in Residence Programs are FREE and open to participants ages 12 and up.
For all Blasco classes, call 451-6927 to sign up.
All classes are on Monday evenings from 6-8 PM on the second floor of the Blasco Library
March 10 – Brick Films Class
March 17 – Found Object Animation Class
March 24 – Cel Painting Class
Classes at Branch Libraries:
Millcreek Branch, 2088 Interchange Rd: Brick Films Class
Saturday, March 8 1-3 PM
Edinboro Branch, 413 Plum St, Edinboro: Claymation Class
Saturday, March 29 1-3 PM
Each class is two hours long. We will first watch examples of films that use the techniques to be discussed in class. Then, Artist in Residence, Jude Shingle will model how that technique is accomplished. The rest of the class is open for students to explore the animation technique by completing a specific challenge. Each class is limited to 20 participants, but all materials are provided (cameras, materials, computers, etc. provided)
The GED test is brand new, effective January 2, 2014. And, we have just the thing to help people who want to take the test.
Our Learning Express Library database was recently updated to version 3.0, which features the brand new GED test preparation. The GED test now has a new format, different content, and it tests new skills. The test also is completely computerized. No pencil and paper tests will be given now.
Learning Express Library has practice tests for the new GED test in both English and Spanish. The practice tests simulate the content, timing, and format of the new 2014 GED test.
The Erie County Public Library, with generous support from the Friends of the Erie County Library, welcomes Fine Artist, Videographer and Director of Box of Light Studios, Jude Shingle as its very first Artist in Residence. Jude’s residency will begin in late February and will last through March with classes being offered at Blasco and all four Library Branches located throughout Erie County.
The focus of this first Artist Residency will be Animation. Jude Shingle will offer classes in Claymation, Found Art Animation, LEGO (Brick Film) Animation, and Cel Painting. All equipment is provided and classes are FREE, but registration is required as materials are limited.
In addition, Jude is our featured artist in our new Art Display Space at the Blasco Library. You can see his work hanging along with a display of Claymation and LEGO movies that can be checked out with your library card.
For more information about classes offered, class schedules, and how to sign up, call 451-6927, check our website, watch for Facebook updates, or, simply pick up a brochure at the Library nearest you.