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.
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.
A new database has been added to our Power Library suite of resources, which is funded by the State Library of Pennsylvania. It is “BookFlix” produced by Scholastic.
BookFlix is geared towards children, ages PreK- grade 3. It is an online resource that pairs a fiction book with a nonfiction book. The child watches the fiction book online, just like a movie. Then, the nonfiction book (on the same subject) is available online to listen to or read. Plus, there are all kinds of accompanying puzzles, author info, resources, and more. Many of the books are available in Spanish, too.
It’s a great literacy resource, besides being just plain fun!
Click the BookFlix icon above and enter your library card number at the prompt.
Did you know you can borrow a fishing pole and tackle box from the Blasco Library? All you need is a library card (adults are responsible for obtaining a fishing license).
Many thanks to the donors who make this program possible:
Sons of Lake Erie, especially Ed Kissell
East End Angler, 4702 East Lake Rd, 898-3474
Battery Outlet, 2825 Liberty St, 868-7487
Presque Isle Angler Bait Shop, 34 State St.
For more information on fishing in Pennyslvania, see the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website, http://fishandboat.com. For additional locations participating in the fishing tackle loaner program click here.
The Perry 200 Parade was a success from our viewpoint aboard the library version of the “Book-Ship Niagara”. It was great to see so many of our loyal library supporters waving and cheering from the crowd. Many thanks to our talented staff who built the ship and to those who held it together in the wind on parade day.
Thanks to a generous grant from Dr. John M. Ferretti and Dr. Silvia M. Ferretti, we have updated the library catalog and established a Parent with Child Internet area.
The Parent/Child Internet area is made of 3 parent computers with 3 matching child computers so that both parent and child can work on a computer at the same time. The child computer contains a variety of educational games for learning levels of Pre-K to 4th grade. The parent computers have access to the Internet as well as typing and resume software.
The new Enterprise catalog includes easy to use search expanding or limiting features. Patrons can keep their own list of materials as a wish list or maintain a list of items they have already borrowed. There is even a Facebook “Like” feature so you can let all of your Facebook friends see your favorite reads.
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.