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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.

Another Way to Search for Jobs

The ReferenceUSA database has a new module which enables you to search for a job and prepare for a new career.

You can search by job type, keywords, geography, and estimated salary in the U.S. Jobs and Internships module.

The Business Records portion of the database provides information on company location, news updates, and key contact information.

You can also get valuable tips to help land your ideal job. Topics include: Interviewing; Job Searching; Aptitude and Continuing Education Testing; Resume Writing; and more.

Just in time for summer reading for kids: BookFlix

BookFlixA 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.

Fishing Tackle Loaner Program

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, For additional locations participating in the fishing tackle loaner program click here.

Perry 200 Parade Reprise

float pic from phoneThe 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.

Debut of new library catalog and parent/child Internet area

adultchildThanks 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.

Please take a test run of our new catalog (

Our current catalog is still available at

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.