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Find Your Ancestors At The Blasco Library

Do you need something to do with your free time this summer? Why not search for your family roots? Genealogy research is one of the most popular hobbies in America today. The Blasco Library Heritage room has a large amount of material that will assist you in your search for ancestors that lived in the Erie or northwestern Pennsylvania areas. Old city directories, year books, Erie County censuses and microfilms of Erie newspapers are available. Also, access to many online databases are available from the computers located in the Heritage Room.

The Heritage Room may be chilly, especially in the summer! Our paper artifacts require temperature and humidity control. The temperature is maintained at 70 degrees, which can seem cool. Please dress accordingly; a sweater or light jacket will help.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover At Blasco Library

Reading stories by the campfire

A Stuffed Animal Sleepover was held in the Children’s Library on Monday, June 18th. Children brought their favorite stuffed animals to the Blasco Library on Monday night for stories and lullabies. The children went home to sleep and the stuffed pets had all sorts of fun during the night. The “stuffies” toasted marshmallows at a campfire, road the conveyor belt in the book return, did crafts, climbed the lighthouse, and so much more! Owners picked up their pets on Tuesday afternoon. Our Children’s Department has lots of fun activities planned for the summer. Take a look at the Children’s Program web page for an activity your child might like to attend!

Stuffies toasting marshmellows
Playing on the computers
So many movies…which one should we watch?
All tucked in for the night.

Playaway View

It’s new! Several Playaway Views have been added to the Children’s library at the Blasco Memorial Library.

A View is a self-playing, hand-held, all-in-one media player. Each View is preloaded with multiple videos.

The Playaways check out for one week. Limit: one View per person at a time.

Playaway Views are durable as they are designed with kids in mind. They are portable, with a built-in speaker. Charger included in the box. No rental fees. No DVDs to put into a player. No downloading. Just press play and view!

Playaway View - The All-In-One Video Player

Get REAL Magnification Equipment Available At Blasco

The Blasco Library was the recipient of a “Get REAL-Regional Education Assisting Life Long Learning” grant. A collaborative effort supported by the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS), the Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, the “Get REAL” grant project provided a magnification units and a computer to make reading easier. This exciting program for individuals with disabilities is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The library received a video magnifier (also known as closed circuit TVs) . When you use this CCTV “Topaz” device you can magnify documents, books, magazines, newspapers,
letters and more so that you can read them more easily.  This vision aid lets you adjust the brightness and select different colors. 

Blasco and the bookmobile also received portable hand-held magnification devices called Rubies that perform many of the same functions as the larger “Topaz” unit. The portal units will be available for use in the Blasco Library Reference and the Heritage rooms as well as on the Bookmobile.

Topaz Magnifier in use at Blasco
Topaz Magnifier in use at Blasco

Who Do You Think You Are?

Do you watch the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? The NBC show is a documentary about American genealogy.  Each week, a different celebrity traces his or her family tree. 

We have two online resources which make it easier for people to trace their roots.  Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online are databases that help with genealogy searches. 

HeritageQuest Online is available on the library’s website 24/7.  It has coverage back to the 1700s of U.S. Federal Census records, Revolutionary War pension files, and Freedman bank records, just to name a few.  It also has a catalog of over 28,000 eBooks on genealogy and local history.

Ancestry Library Edition is available online in the Heritage Room only.  It includes:  census records;  birth, marriage, and death records;  military records;  immigration and naturalization records;  court, land, and tax records;  and more.

Practice Makes Perfect With Learning Express

Enjoy free, unlimited access to a broad range of over 770 practice tests based on official exams such as the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB Core, and EMT Basic. The list of practice exams on Learning Express includes firefighter, police officer, paramedic, U.S. Citizenship, postal worker, cosmetology, real estate exams, commercial driver’s license, medical assistant, and dental assistant, just to name a few.

Learning Express has interactive skill-building courses in math, reading, and writing for elementary, middle, and high school students.

You also have the option of selecting from more than 130 ebook titles to help learners of all ages prepare for success in such areas as workplace skills and career tools, civil service, math skills, writing skills, and academic test prep.

Check out Learning Express today!

Erie Rock Bands

Remember the Erie rock bands Arkay IV, the Pulse, Dirty Looks or Brother’s Keeper?

Be sure to check out the display at the Blasco Library, which features a picture of Train’s Pat Monahan, who had long, flowing hair when he sang for X-it. There are also pictures of Pistol Whip performing in the Children’s Room at the old Perry Square library. The display, which runs thru May 7th, also includes photos, CDs and press clippings of Clockwise, the Stabilizers and other local bands.