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Make it Mondays

makeitmondaysTargeting those 13 and older and done in cooperation with our Community Partner, Erie Makerspace, Blasco Library will host Make It Mondays on October 19th and November 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Erie Makerspace is a local non-profit technology-oriented cooperative and communal workshop, focused on providing resources, facilities, and education, and bringing together creative, inventive minds. The library is excited to offer these sessions of experiential learning. Hands on creating will engage the body and mind to teach skills and expand experiences.

Monday, October 19th is How Conductive: Banana Pianos, Bare Paint and more!
Monday, November 9th is Upcycled: Holiday Ornaments.

The events are free and open to the public. Blasco is located at 160 East Front Street, Erie, PA 16507.

Please email or call 451-6927 for more information.

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.
October 5 – Lori Burke sing along, 12 – no story time due to staff training day, 19, 26.
November 2 – Lori Burke sing along, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Lori Burke sing along
December 7, 14.
No preregistration necessary.
Iroquois Branch Library Family Story Times
Tuesdays, September through December.
October 6, 13, 20, 27.
November 3, 10, 17, 24.
December 1, 8, 15.
No preregistration necessary.
Millcreek Branch Family Story Times
Wednesdays, September through December.
October 7, 14 – with Captain McFinn, 21, 28.
November 4, 18.
December 2, 9.
Pre-registration – call 451-7084.
Lincoln Branch Story Times
Thursdays, September through December.
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
November 5, 12, 19.
December 3, 10, 17.
Pre-registration – call 451-7085.

Fishing Contest Results

fishingResults from the July 18th, 2015 Blasco Memorial Library/SONS of Lake Erie children’s fishing contest:

24 youth between the ages of 4 and 15 participated.

The first grand prize went to a fifteen year old. He caught a nine inch perch.

The second grand prize went for the most fish caught. The most fish caught was five.

We would like to thank the many generous sponsors who made the contest possible. They are:
East End Angler, 4702 East Lake Road, Erie 16511
Presque Isle Angler, 34 State Street, Erie, 16508
Gander Mountain, 2088 Interchange Road, 16565
Edward John Perch Fishing, on Dobbins Landing, Erie
!O Danny O! perch Fishing, East Canal Basin , Erie
Gary’s Superette, 4703 East Lake Road, Erie 16511
My Dad’s Pizza and Deli, 4535 Buffalo Road, Erie 16510
Battery Outlet, 2825 Liberty Street, Erie 16508
Kmart, 4401 Buffalo Road, Erie 16510
Engraved Imaging Company, 4535 Buffalo Road, Erie 16510

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.

October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22

November 10, 17, 18, 19

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.

August 30 Jaws
September 27 Spirited Away
October 25 The Mummy
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.

ILL Form

Please submit only 2 requests at a time. If you have questions please contact us at (814) 451-6922 or

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.