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From the Vault

Blasco Library, Heritage Room – 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Exhibit: Did you know that the Erie County Public Library has a rare book vault with items up to 200 years old? Come see a selection of these items in the Heritage Room. Some items will be available to touch, others will be showed by staff. This is a drop in event, with no formal presentation; just experience the wonder of first editions and beautiful antique book artistry.

December 5th – Odds and Ends

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.

December – New Books

Fiction Coming Soon

New NonFiction

New Teen Reads

New Children’s Books


Story Time

Blasco Library

Story Time for Babies: Baby Bounce
Mondays, September 14th through December.
10:00am to 11:00am.
Blasco Library – Storytime Room
For babies 6 to 18 months old. Babies will listen to stories, enjoy music and movement activities, and learn through play. Registration is required. Call 451-6936.
Pre-school Story Time
Wednesdays, September 16th through December.
10:00am to 10:45am.
Blasco Library – Storytime Room
Children ages 2 through 5 are invited to stories, finger plays, crafts, and films. Registration is required. Call 451-6936.
Pre-school Story Hour: Storynauts
Thursdays, September through December.
10:00am to 11:00am.
Blasco Library – Storytime Room
Children are invited to learn, create, and explore at a special story time designed for ages 3-6. Participants will listen to stories, enjoy music and movement activities, and learn through play. No preregistration necessary.


Branch Libraries

Edinboro Branch Library Family Story Times
Mondays, September through December.
November 16, 23, 30 – Lori Burke sing along
December 7, 14.
No preregistration necessary.
Iroquois Branch Library Family Story Times
Tuesdays, September through December.
November 17, 24.
December 1, 8, 15.
No preregistration necessary.
Millcreek Branch Family Story Times
Wednesdays, September through December.
November 18.
December 2, 9.
Pre-registration – call 451-7084.
Lincoln Branch Story Times
Thursdays, September through December.
November 12, 19.
December 3, 10, 17.
Pre-registration – call 451-7085.

Use Your E-Reader at the Library

One on One Sessions with a Librarian
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

These sessions are for patrons needing one-on-one help with their eReading devices. This workshop is designed to help you get library ebooks and e-audiobooks onto your Kindle, Kindle Fire, tablet, or smartphone. A library staff member will guide you in installing and configuring the proper app, and then demonstrate how to check out items.

December 8, 9, 15, 16, 17

Call (814)451-6927 to register.

Blasco Film Series

All movies start at 1:30pm in the Blasco Library Hirt Auditorium.
Free and open to the public.

November 29 Blazing Saddles
December 27 Jumanji
January 31 Leap Year
February 28 Groundhog Day


Library card holders can visit or download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. No waiting and hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees.

National Library Week

In Erie’s Vital Signs for 2014, the Times News identified early learning as the “linchpin” for Erie’s long term success. The analysis is right on the mark, but I would even take that one step further.

What is the one characteristic shared by cities all over the world that have been identified as “the best places to live?” Hands-down, it’s that they collectively embrace education and learning—not just for the very young, but for everyone. People who live in the “best places” embrace ideas. Innovation, imagination, curiosity and creativity figure importantly into their lives.

The best places to live in the world—also hands down—have the best libraries. This is not surprising, as the vitality of the public library has always been one of more reliable measures of any region’s quality of life.

This year’s National Library Week runs from April 13 through the 19th, and features the theme “Lives change @ your library.” Continue reading National Library Week

Learning Express Database Updated

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.

Erie County Public Library Welcomes Jude Shingle as Artist in Residence Program’s Inaugural Artist

jude_portraitThe 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.