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Sculpting Animals with Kathe Umlauf

sculpture 2Children ages 8 to 14 are invited to come sculpt animals with local animal sculptor, Kathe Umlauf. Students will work with air drying clay to create a different animal in each two hour session. Classes are stand alone, but you may attend as many as you want.

Kathe Umlauf is primarily a sculptor who focuses on the abstract forms in her subjects as the main vehicle for carrying her aesthetic vision. She thinks of herself as a poet and story teller who uses the visual arts to carry her message. She uses animals for this context because they are shared by everybody, reflect the human condition, and resemble human beings in many ways-we relate to animals on many levels and animals have played significant roles in human history and culture- they are rich with implications. Kathe is also an educator working as a Resident Artist in schools and other facilities in Northwestern, PA

The dates are at 10 A.M Saturdays: October 17th, 24th and 31st, and November 7th in the Mead Children’s Library Storytime Room at Blasco, 160 East Front Street, Erie, PA 16507. Please email or call 451-6936 to register for the free classes.

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 p.m. :  October 21st, November 18th and December 16th.

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

Applications Being Accepted for ECPL 2016 Artist in Residence

Residents of Erie County are invited to apply for the 2016 Erie County Public Library Artist in Residence. Artists must submit a completed application and be able to facilitate eight programs over two months at all outlets of the library. The Friends of the Library provide a stipend and a materials budget. The application deadline is Dec. 2, 2015.

Recognizing that active engagement in the arts is vital to the expansion of culture, the Erie County Public Library along with the Friends of the Erie County Public Library as its sponsor is undertaking a leadership role in creating an environment that nurtures and helps grow the artistic spirit in Erie County through our Artist in Residence Program. In accordance with advancing in this role, the Erie County Public Library is committed to the following principles:
• Encouraging interactive, artistic curiosity among young adults and adults within the community
• Providing free, high-quality, hands-on programming in a variety of artistic mediums that is accessible to all young adults and adults and is available at all library outlets
• Increasing public awareness and involvement in the arts
• Giving artists an opportunity to share their passions with the wider community
To these ends, the Artist in Residence Program serves Erie’s 15-year-old-and-up community to both encourage art and artists and to make art as accessible as possible to our patrons.
Contact Erin McCracken at for more information. ”

View the application.

Project Linus

Speaker JoAnn Burkhart of Project Linus Northwester PA Chapter will speak at Blasco.

project linus sqProject Linus is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization providing handmade security blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized or in need. The blanketeers make handmade blankets to give to these babies and children to keep. The goal is to help these little ones through whatever they are going through, be it an illness, hospital stay, surgery, tragedy, loss of a loved one, whatever the trauma with the love and comfort of a security blanket.

Ms. Burkhart will speak Room 219 at Blasco Library, 160 East Front Street, at 1:30 PM on October 14th.

The session is free and open to the public. Please email or call 451-6927 for more information.

What’s Cooking at the Library

What’s Cooking at the Library is a hands-on cooking class for children from 5 years old to 8 years old. Children help prepare healthy snacks on a fun theme. Once a child registers for the class, he will be attending all three one hour sessions. The sessions are on at 4:00 PM on Wednesdays in the Storytime Room at Blasco Library, 160 East Front Street, Erie, PA 16507.

On Wednesday, October 14, children will cook “Fire and Ice.” On October 21, the snacks will be “Sweet and Savory.” October 28th features “Spooky…but Scrumptious.”

Please email or call 451-6936 for more information.

October – New Books

Fiction Coming Soon

New NonFiction

New Teen Reads

New Children’s Books