2023 EPLS Spring Newsletter Digital (1)

THE NEXT CHAPTER JUSTIN REYNOLDS Elyria native Justin A. Reynolds always wanted to be a writer. His debut YA novel, Opposite of Always, was an Indies Introduce Top Ten Debut, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2019, translated in 17 languages, is being developed for film by Paramount Players, and was recently adapted into a popular webtoon. His second YA novel, Early Departures, published to critical acclaim and was a Kirkus Reviews best of 2020. His Marvel graphic novel debut featuring Brooklyn’s Spider-Man, Miles Morales: Shock Waves, was an ABA Indie Bestseller. ANNUAL L IBRARY TEA Celebrate National Library Week with our annual library tea on April 28 at 1 p.m. where we’ll sip our tea and join in on a lively discussion with Women in History’s Jackie Kennedy. Bring your favorite tea cup to show off at this fan-favorite event at EPLS West River. Tickets are required for entry. Tickets will be available for FREE starting on April 1st. For more information, call 440-324-9825. www.elyrialibrary.org F e b r u a r y - M a y 2 0 2 3 N e w s l e t t e r Elyria Public Library Program details on Page 4. Coming to West River April 5

IN THIS ISSUE 2 A Note from the Director 3 Library News 4-5 West River 6-7 Central 8 Keystone 9 South 10 Outreach 11 Library Foundation 12 Special Services UPCOMING CLOSINGS 2 www. e l y r i a l i brar y. org DEAR FRIENDS , We hope you’re making the most of this cold but cozy time of year! The winter season often means more time indoors and more time to read good books and see new movies. There’s no better place than the Library to come stock up for a snowy day in! We have a lot of great things happening at the Library this winter and spring. We are excited for a talk with author Justin Reynolds who is coming to EPL West River! He spent part of his youth growing up in Elyria and is now a popular author who writes heartfelt and adventurous middle-grade and young adult fiction, including stories of the Marvel superhero Miles Morales. We are also looking forward to hosting a new teen & tween event, ElyCon, in April at EPL South for an evening of gaming and cosplay and all things anime, for grades 6-12. EPL is nearly ready to share a new Strategic Plan with the community! Our EPL team is excited to get started working on new goals for the coming years. We developed the plan using data and comments from hundreds of community members who provided valuable input. One especially exciting new initiative is the Mobile Elyria Workforce & Outreach Center (EWOC) vehicle. We will be showcasing it on April 24 at our National Library Week Open House event along withmany other Library services. There will be opportunities for conversation over refreshments and desserts, and I hope to see you there! As we keep a pulse on what our community is asking for, EPL is partnering with Achieve Credit Union to present a new series on personal finance topics including a session on Economy Basics that discusses current U.S. economic trends and projections, and other sessions on Fraud Protection, Retirement Basics, and Personal Debt Management strategies. We also are looking forward to a visit by Rachel Krych, the coupon lady. With rising prices of necessities, the Library remains, as always, a place for free access to books, (we do not charge overdue fines), digital media, events, experiences, entertainment, ideas, and community. I hope you will use this newsletter to circle interesting events and go to the website to sign up. We hope to welcome you again to one of our locations very soon! Warmly, Memorial Day May 29 Jennifer Starkey

3 ON THE ROAD AGAIN EPL Begins New Mobile Service to Community This spring, EPL is excited to introduce the Mobile Elyria Work & Outreach Center (EWOC). The EWOC will begin services to those looking for assistance with workforce, technology, social, and community needs. In 2021, EPL was awarded $100, 000 of grant funding by The State Library of Ohio’s Library Services and Technology Act as part of the American Rescue Plan Act to support workforce development outside of the library’s doors. The EWOC will increase the availability of electronic resources and staff assistance among geographic areas throughout the library’s service district. The Mobile EWOC is an outfitted vehicle designed for travel and one-on-one educational assistance. “The EWOC will enable EPL to bring technology and workforce development programming to the community; this will afford individuals opportunities to learn and grow that may not be possible otherwise,” said Community and Social Services Manager Matt Bahnsen. The vehicle will seek to engage individuals who have limited experience with technology. “A basic understanding of technology and access to computers is not something afforded to everyone,” continued Bahnsen. “It is our hope to be an inviting and safe place for all to experiment and learn.” Post COVID, the Library has seen a need for more support with government assistance documentation and submissions. The EWOC can reach our community when transportation issues may be a barrier to reaching a Library location. “Beingmobile and providing one-on-one assistance with needs regarding a more technology-focused world can open doors for many individuals within our community,” Community Engagement Director Jennifer Harmon said. “We hope the EWOC and our team can engage with individuals to connect them to the resources they need.” Other organizations supported EPL and the EWOC concept, including Horizon Education Centers, Lorain County Urban League, Lorain County Workforce Development Agency, and OUR F.A.M.I.L.Y.

KIDS Story Time Stars Mondays, Feb. 6 - Feb. 27, Mar. 20 - May 8 @ 10:30 a.m. Ages 5 & Under Join us weekly for stories, songs, and crafts! Preschool Pals Wednesdays, Feb. 8 - Mar. 1, Mar. 22 - May 10 @ 10:30 a.m. Ages 5 & Under Join us for this interactive program that includes stories, songs, and more! My First Story Time Thursdays, Jan. 12 - Mar. 2, Mar. 23 - May 11 @ 10:30 a.m. Ages 0 - 2 Join us for a lapsit story time with stories, songs, and rhymes! When we’re done, we’ll have some open playtime! Game Time! Wednesdays, Feb. 1 - May 31 @ 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Ages 8+ Destroy your friends in tabletop gaming and video games. 1001 Things to Do Before You’re 113/4! Thursdays, Feb. 2 - May 25 @ 4 p.m. | Ages 6 - 11 Try a fun, new activity each week! Get your own library card, decode a secret message, make a gift for someone, and more! Hearts and Hugs Party Friday, Feb. 10 @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 2 - 5 Join us for a fun morning celebrating LOVE! We will enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and even frost a tasty treat! Registration is required. Coding Without Computers Select Dates@6 p.m. | Ages 8 - 12 Learn basic coding concepts with fun hands-on activities that do not involve a computer! Registration is required. Feb. 14: Binary Code Pictures Mar. 14: Loops April 11: LEGO Mazes May 9: Conditionals Lego Club 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 4 - 5 p.m. | Ages 5 - 12 Drop in to show off your Lego building skills and creativity. Music & Motion Story Time Fridays, Feb. 17, Mar. 24, Apr. 14, May 26 @ 10:30 a.m. Ages 2 - 5 We’ll have lots of fun with music and dancing during this monthly storytime! Registration is required. Homeschool STEM Jr.: Biology Select Mondays @ 1 p.m. Ages 7 - 10 Each month, visit various stations and complete hands-on activities about different aspects of biology! Registration is required. Feb. 20: DNA Mar. 20: Heredity Apr. 17: Animal Classifications May 15: Animal Adaptations Homeschool STEM: Biology Select Mondays @ 1 p.m. Ages 11 - 14 Learn a bit about various aspects of biology and complete a hands-on activity. Registration is required. Feb. 20: DNA Mar. 20: Genetics Apr. 17: Taxonomic Systems May 15: Animal Adaptations Pet Rocks Tuesday, Mar. 28 @ 6 p.m. Ages 5+ These rocks need a home! Come and decorate a rock before it moves into our community garden. Registration is required. (Join the Garden Squad as a family for volunteer opportunities. Call 440-324-9825 for info.) Planting the Future Saturday, Apr. 22 @ 2 p.m. Ages 7 - 12 Celebrate Earth Day by decorating a pot and planting seeds in it! Registration is required. FAMILY Coloring Club 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month Feb. - May @ 4 p.m. | Ages 3+ Join us for a relaxing creative session of coloring and art activities for the whole family! Family Movie Night 2nd Wednesday of the month Feb. - May @ 6 p.m. | All Ages Join us for popcorn and a fun family movie! Registration is required. Family Dungeons & Dragons Thursday, Feb. 23 @ 6 p.m. Ages 10+ Play D&D with the whole family in a short fantasy adventure. Snacks and beverages provided. Registration is required. Escape Room: Legend of Zelda Saturday, Mar. 18 @ 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. | All Ages Solve the puzzles, defeat Ganon, and escape in time. Call 440324-9823 to register for your 30-minute slot. Author Talk: Justin Reynolds Wednesday, Apr. 5 @ 6 - 7:30 p.m. | All Ages Author of Opposite of Always, Spider-man Miles Morales, and numerous other works, Justin Reynolds will talk about his new book Shot Clock (written with Caron Butler), answer questions, and sign your books. Visit the West River Children’s desk or call 440-324-9823 to book your FREE ticket(s). Life-Sized Candy Land Tuesday, Apr. 11 @ 1 - 5 p.m. Come play a life-size version of the beloved children’s game, Candy Land! Call 440-324-9823 and register for your time slot to be played between 1 & 5 p.m. Butterfly Bash Thursday, May 18 | All Ages Enjoy butterfly crafts and fun all day. Join us at 4 p.m. when we release our butterflies in the garden, weather permitting! The Barn Yard Petting Zoo Tuesday, May 30 @ 4 - 6 p.m. Get up close and personal with these furry friends in this special walk-through exhibit. For the safety of animals and patrons, pet dogs or any other house animals are prohibited. TEEN Teen Dungeons & Dragons Starting Feb. 9, 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month, except Feb. 23 @ 6 - 7:45 p.m. | Ages 12 - 17 Have fun with new and old friends in a fantasy adventure of your own making. Registration is required. Magic: the Gathering Starting Feb. 11, 2nd Saturday of the month @ 10 - 11 a.m. Ages 8 - 17 We’ll provide basic decks to this classic card game and teach you the rules. All skill levels welcome. Registration is required. 4 WE S T R I V E R 1194 West River Road North | Elyria, Ohio 44035 | 440.324.2270

ADULTS Tiny Art: Painting 1st Wednesday of the Month Feb. - May @ 5 - 7 p.m. Make some time for yourself to rest, relax, and paint. Crochet Collective Every other Thursday starting Feb. 2 @ 6 p.m. Stop at the West River branch for an evening of stitching, chatting, and sharing! The library can provide enough yarn for practice but not enough to complete a project. Please bring your own hooks. Registration is preferred. Tai Chi for Arthritis Every Monday Feb. 6 - May 15 (no class Apr. 10) @ 10 a.m. Easy to learn, enjoyable, and healthy! Open to all ability levels. Wear comfortable clothing. Registration is required. Mysteries in the Morning 2nd Wednesday of the month Feb. - May @ 10 a.m. Elevate your morning with a book discussion. We will sample different types of mysteries every month. Pick up your copy at the West River Patron Services desk. Registration is preferred. The Page Turners 2nd Monday of the month @ 6 p.m. Join us monthly for our popular fiction book club. We have books reserved for YOU. Come in the month before to check it out. Registration is preferred. Feb. 13: All That’s Left Unsaid by Tracy Lien Mar. 13: We are the Brennans by Tracy Lange Apr. 10: The Guncle by Steven Rowley May 8: The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundber Tasting Tuesday 2nd Tuesday of the month @ 5:30 p.m. Join us to learn about different foods with recipes and tastings. Registration is required. Feb. 14: Hot Chocolate Mar. 14: Olives Apr. 11: Honey May 9: Tea Too Good To Be True Book Club 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 6 p.m. Welcome to a non-fiction book club! With every book, we will learn something new and gain a new perspective. Pick up your copy at the West River Patron Services desk. Registration is preferred. Feb. 15: The Book of Delights: Essays by Ross Gay Mar. 15: We Carry Their Bones: the Search for Justice at the Dozier School for Boys by ErinH. Kimmerle Apr. 19: Conversations with People Who Hate Me: 12 Things I Learned from Talking to Internet Strangers byDylanMarron May 17: Why Didn’t You Tell Me?: a Memoir by Carmen Rita Wong Crafting on a Budget 3rd Monday of the month @ 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. Make friends and craft! Program offered twice per day. Registration is required. Feb. 20: Hobbit Door Wreaths Mar. 20: Origami Flower Wand Apr. 17: Succulent Pot Gnome May 15: Tin Wall Pocket Planters Genealogy Club 4th Tuesday of the month Feb. - May @ 6 p.m. This is a chance to share information, experiences, and research tips with fellow genealogy enthusiasts. It’s also a great opportunity to use the library’s computers and print materials to work on your family tree. Open to new and experienced genealogists. Registration is required. SNAP Overview Thursday, Feb. 23 @ 6 p.m. Lorain County Job & Family Services will provide information regarding eligibility for food, cash, medical, and child care assistance. Garden Squad Every Tuesday Mar. 7 - May 30 @ 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join us for a morning of garden maintenance! Dress for a mess and outdoor activity. Please bring a water bottle to stay hydrated and practice sun safety. Newcomers will be asked to fill out a waiver before they participate in the program. Save More at the Grocery Store with Rachel Krych Thursday, Mar. 9 @ 6 p.m. Discover new tips and tricks to save money on grocery shopping and other ideas to help stretch your shopping dollars. Space is limited! Registration is required. Living Well with Dementia Thursday, Mar. 16 @ 10 a.m. Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation’s Jerry Devis shares ways to use art, music, and storytelling to connect with patients suffering fromdementia and Alzheimer’s. Registration is required. Seed Starting Thursday, Mar. 23 @ 6 p.m. Did you know you can use an assortment of household items to start seeds in your home? Bring clothes you can get some dirt on, a pair of gardening gloves, and be prepared to have fun as we get ready for our spring and summer garden. Registration is required. 6 Word Short Story Contest Apr. 1 - 30 Celebrate National Poetry Month with an impactful short story to express yourself. Bring your submission to the West River Information Services Desk for your work to be displayed. Disorder Remedy: Dandelions Thursday, Apr. 6 @ 6 p.m. Learn the many uses and benefits derived from dandelions. Registration is required. Astronomy with Binoculars Thursday, Apr. 20 @ 6 p.m. Dan Walker, member of the Black River Astronomy Society and former NASA employee, will teach us about what you can see in the night sky with only binoculars. This introduction to sky-viewing is bound to be breathtaking! Registration is recommended. Gardening with OSU Extension Select Dates @ 6 p.m. Enjoy an informative presentation by a Master Gardener! Registration is preferred. Apr. 26: Vegetable Gardening May 31: Safe Food Facts for Community Gardens Erie Light & Lighthouse Lore Thursday, May 4 @ 6 p.m. Georgann and Mike Wachter take us on a romantic tour of lighthouses and their lore in this engaging program. Registration is required. Estate Planning and Advanced Directives Thursday, May 18 @ 6 p.m. This presentation will discuss common planning tools including a last will and testament and financial power of attorney; transfer on death tools including transfer on death affidavits for homes and automobiles; and advance directives including a living will and health care power of attorney. Presented by Legal Aid of Ohio. Registration is required. 5 FINANCIAL LITERACY WITH ACHIEVE CREDIT UNION Select Mondays @ 6 p.m. Registration is required. Feb. 6: Economy Basics What is going on in the economy and how does it affect you? Learn terms, trends, and insight on what is happening with our economy and what are some of the projections on where things are going. Learn about what you are hearing on the news and how this impacts us locally and overall. Mar. 6: Fraud in Today’s World Learn about different scams and fraud situations that are out there and how to avoid and protect yourself. Get insight to real life scenarios that people have fallen for, and what you can do to make sure you and your loveds ones don’t fall into the same situations. From con-men to hackers, know how to protect yourself in today’s world. Apr. 3: Retirement Basics Hear about different options to plan for retirement, what tools are available to help you save, how much you might need, and what you should have in place to pass along assets and make sure things are situated the best they can be during difficult times.

KIDS Baby Play and Learn Tuesdays, Feb. 7 - 28, Mar. 21 - May 9 @ 6 p.m. Ages 0 - 36 months It’s story time with our youngest library friends! Stop by the library with your little one for an evening of stories, songs, and play. Ready-to-Read Preschool Story Time Thursdays, Feb. 2 - 23, Mar. 23 - May 11 @ 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 - 5 Help your child get ready for preschool with crafts, stories, singing, and rhyming! Bears: a School Age Story Time Saturday, Feb. 4 @ 10:30 a.m. Ages 5 - 8 Come out of hibernation for a souped-up school age story time with bear stories, songs, and crafts! All are welcome, but recommended for ages 5 - 8. Makerspace Mondays 1st Monday of the month @ 5 p.m. | Ages 8 - 12 Join up once a month as we show off a part of our ever growing makerspace! Registration is required. Food Fiends 2nd Wednesday of the month @ 5 p.m. | Ages 8 - 12 Roll up your sleeves, tie up your aprons, and try out some fun and super simple recipes! All supplies are provided. Registration is required. Kids Create Saturday, Feb. 11, Apr. 22, May 13 @ 2 p.m. Drop-in craft session for creative kids! Supplies provided. Grumpy: a School Age Story Time Saturday, Mar. 4 @ 10:30 a.m. Ages 5 - 8 Hmph. Join us or whatever for a souped-up school age story time featuring grumpy stories, grumpy songs, and grumpy crafts all about being...you guessed it...GRUMPY. All are welcome, but recommended for ages 5 - 8. Dancing Marionettes Tuesday, Mar. 14 @ 6 p.m. Ages 8 - 12 Make dancing marionettes to boogie to the beat with you and your friends. Registration is required. April Fools: a School Age Story Time Saturday, Apr. 1 @ 10:30 a.m. Ages 5 - 8 Join us for a VERY SILLY and souped-up school age story time as we celebrate April Fool’s Day featuring fun stories, songs, and crafts! All are welcome, but recommended for ages 5 - 8. Pants: a School Age Story Time Saturday, May 6 @ 10:30 a.m. Ages 5 - 8 Join us for a souped-up school age story time with fun stories, songs, and crafts all about pants! All are welcome, but recommended for ages 5 - 8. TEEN [Write Here] 1st Monday of the month @ 4 p.m. | Ages 12 - 18 It’s been said that all one needs to become a successful writer is to have a room of one’s own. The Library has a room, so stop in, and we’ll do some writing. Illustrators are welcome, too! Registration is required. Select Start: Video Game Club 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month @ 3:30 p.m. | Ages 12 - 18 Want to hang out, play, and talk about games? Join this club because that is exactly what we intend to do! Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.) See info desk at Central for details | Ages 12 - 18 Use your voice and take part in planning programs, suggesting crafts, recommending books, and otherwise influencing Teen Services here at the Library. Registration is required. Valenteens Monday, Feb. 13 @ 4 p.m. Ages 12 - 18 Come decorate some cookie hearts with us! Perfect for gifts to your loved ones or even yourself! Supplies are provided. Registration is required. Anti-Valenteens Friday, Feb. 17 @ 4 p.m. Ages 12 - 18 Are you over all themushy-gushy grossness of this season? Come make poppets with us! Registration is required. Faux Stained Glass Wednesday Mar. 22 @ 4 p.m. Ages 12 - 18 Make some art that resembles stained glass windows! Supplies are provided. Registration is required. Cricut Creation Monday, Apr. 10 @ 5:30 p.m. Ages 12 - 18 The Cricut has so many fun artistic opportunities! Let’s get creative! Registration is required. Sensory Buddies Wednesday, May 3 @ 5:30 p.m. Ages 12 - 18 The end of school is right around the corner. Do you need some time to wind down and create? Make a sensory buddy that can keep you company and relaxed in the next coming weeks. Supplies are provided. Registration is required. World Tarot Day Thursday, May 25 @ 6 p.m. Ages 14+ Use tarot as a self-reflecting and meditative tool. Learn some of these techniques from Elyria’s own metaphysical shop Crystal Era. Registration is required. FAMILY Compassion Crew 3rd Saturday of the month @ 2 p.m. | All Ages Give back to the community by making treats and gifts for those in need! Feb. 18: Cat Toys for Friendship APL Mar. 18: Shelter Gifts Apr. 15: Flowers for Seniors May 20: Pocket Heart Hugs for Veterans Retro Game Day Saturday, May 27 @ 12 - 3 p.m. Remember the good old days of gaming? So do we! Stop by the Library for a day of the classics. C E N T RA L 211 Second Street | Elyria, Ohio 44035 | 440.323.5747 6 1st Monday of the month @ 5 p.m. | Ages 8 - 12 Registration is required.

7 ADULTS The Underground Railroad in Lorain County Wednesday, Feb. 1 @ 6 p.m. Learn about the history of the Underground Railroad right here in Elyria. Presented by the Lorain County Historical Society. Registration is required. Handmade Cards 1st Thursday of the month @ 6 p.m. Spend an evening at the library creating a unique handmade card. Each month features a new design. Supplies provided. Registration is required. Feb. 2: 3D Heart Bouquet Valentine Mar. 2: Spring is Coming Butterfly Apr. 6: Mother Hen & Chick May 4: Pearls & Hearts Mother’s Day Yoga for EVERY Body Saturdays, Feb. 4 - May 4 @ 10 a.m. Start your weekend off right with a morning yoga session! Please dress comfortable, as well as bring your own mat and water. Registration is required. The History of Valentines Tuesday, Feb. 7 @ 6 p.m. Why do we actually celebrate Valentine’s Day? Is it just for the cards or candy? Learn the history behind the holiday. Presented by the Lorain County Historical Society. Registration is required. “Looking at Elyria History Through Ebony Eyes” with Shirley Brown-Reeder Wednesday, Feb. 15 @ 6 p.m. Local author Shirley Brown-Reeder will be visiting the library to discuss Elyria’s Black history, as well as volume two of her “Looking at Elyria Through Ebony Eyes” collection. Registration is required. Computer Basics and Northstar Introduction Feb. 20, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 22 @ 2 & 6 p.m. Learn how to go online and access Northstar Digital Literacy for self-pased online learning. Laptops provided. Registration is required. Craft[er] Hours 3rd Thursday of the month Feb. 22 - May 31, @ 6 p.m. Visit the library for an evening of flexing your crafting skills! Each month presents a new crafty challenge. Registration required. Feb. 16: Wine Cork & Coaster Candle Holder Mar. 16: Pinecone Bird Apr. 20: Sock Bunny May 18: Grapevine Poppy Wreath Shelf Awareness Book Club Last Wednesday of the month Feb. 22 - May 31 @ 6 p.m. What makes a banned book banned? Stop by the library for an evening of discussion and reading dangerously. Scrumdiddlyumptious Gifts Last Monday of the month Select Dates @ 6 p.m. Make and decorate special foodie gifts to give to someone special or save for yourself. All supplies provided. Registration is required. Feb. 27: Hot Chocolate Mix Mar. 27: Soup Mix Apr. 24: Dip Mix May 30: Tea “Bags” Rest & Refresh: Restorative Yoga Mar. 14, Apr. 11, May 9 @ 6 p.m. Spend an evening to take pause at the library with a restorative yoga session. Classes are small to focus on alternate poses and one-on-one instruction time. Bring your own yoga mat and water. Recommended items include yoga blocks, yoga straps, and a thick towel/blanket. Registration is required. Notable Women of Lorain County Wednesday, March 15 @ 6 p.m. It’s Women’s History Month! Visit the Library and learn about some local notable women. Presented by the Lorain County Historical Society. Registration is required. Financial Literacy Wednesday, Apr. 5 @ 6 p.m. This class will help you to understand and effectively use various financial skills, including knowing how to create a budget, plan for retirement, manage debt, and track personal spending. Registration is required. All Aboard the Titanic Wednesday, Apr. 12 @ 6 p.m. Carrie Chaffee extends a cordial invitation to library patrons to join her for tea in the Cafe Parisienne on board the RMS Titanic in 1912. Presented by the Lorain County Historical Society. Registration is required. Computer Classes Select Dates @ 2 p.m. Need more help with e-mail and Microsoft Word? We will go more in depth with how to navigate through these programs during these focused classes. Laptops provided. Registration is required. Apr. 14: E-Mail May 19: Microsoft Word Eliot Ness: The Cleveland Years Wednesday, Apr. 19 @ 6 p.m. Happy 120th birthday, Elliot Ness! Ness historian Rebecca McFarland will discuss this iconic law man’s years in Cleveland and how he raised the city from a den of corruption to winning the “National Safety Award” in the span of a few years. Registration is required. Fairy Garden Monday, May 1 @ 6 p.m. Make a delightful garden for the fairies around your house to enjoy. All supplies provided. Registration is required. Kumihimo Klub Thursday, May 11 @ 5:30 p.m. An informal get-together for Kumihimo enthusiasts. Bring a Kumihimo project to work on. Session will begin with a short lesson on a new Kumihimo skill. All supplies provided. Note: Beginner level Kumihimo skills are required. Introduction to Kumihimo Thursday, May 25 @ 5:30 p.m. Artist Barb Harris introduces the art of Kumihimo braiding in the beginner class. All supplies provided. Note: This class is required to attend future Kumihimo Klub gatherings and other more advanced classes. Registration is required. All you need is a valid email address to begin as a Northstar Learner. Northstar Digital Literacy defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. Online, self-guided modules assess the ability of individuals to perform tasks based on these skills. Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in three main areas: Essential Computer Skills Basic Computer Skills, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows OS, Mac OS Essential Software Skills Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs Using Technology in Daily Life Social Media, Information Literacy, Career Search Skills, Supporting K-12 Distance Learning, Your Digital Footprint Want hands-on assistance? Register for: Computer Basics and Northstar Introduction Feb. 20, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 22 @ 2 & 6 p.m. Learn how to go online and access Northstar Digital Literacy for self-pased online learning. Laptops provided. Registration is required. Try this new learning tool today!

KIDS Lego Club Tuesdays, Feb. 7 - May 16 @ 4 - 5 p.m. | Ages 4+ Join us every Tuesday for fun Lego challenges. Mornings on the Go Story Time Wednesdays, Feb. 8 - May 17 @ 10 a.m. | Ages 0 - 5 Stop in Wednesday mornings for a story, craft, and activity. Dog Man Detective Agency Thursday, Feb. 9 @ 4:15 p.m. Ages 6+ Become a detective and solve the crime. Learn investigation skills and experiment with forensics and problem solving. Registration is required. Kindness Party Saturday, Feb. 11 @ 10 a.m. Ages 0 - 5 Celebrate being kind to others! Join us for a story, crafts, and games! Registration is required. 3 Little Pigs Construction Thursday, Apr. 13 @ 4:15 p.m. Ages 6+ We all know the story of the 3 little pigs and the big bad wolf. Use different materials to build a house for your pig. Then let’s blow it down. Registration is required. Eric Carle Celebration Saturday, Apr. 8 @ 10 a.m. Ages 0 - 5 He can be hungry, grouchy, or busy. Find out all the different sides of Eric Carle while you enjoy a story, crafts, and games. Registration is required. May the 4th Be With You Thursday, May 4 @ 4:15 p.m. Ages 6+ Do you have what it takes to become a Jedi? Test your skills at this Jedi training camp. Registration is required. Bluey Party Saturday, May 6 @ 10 a.m. Ages 0 - 5 Do you love Bingo, Bluey, Bandit, Chili and all their friends? Come read stories, dress up like grannies, and have a little tykes car race. Registration is required. FAMILY Mad Science of Northeast Ohio Friday, Feb. 17 @ 2:30 p.m. All Ages Welcome Join the Mad Science crew as we explore “Sounds Like Science.” This group will do different experiments with sound. Registration is required. Life-Size Candy Land Mar. 22 - 24 | All Day All Ages Welcome Come play life-size Candy Land in our children’s room. Superhero Party Saturday, Mar. 25 @ 2 p.m. All Ages Welcome Calling all superheroes, you are needed at the command center! Wear your best superhero outfit, and join us for a story, crafts, and games! Plus, a special guest. Registration is required. TEEN After School Gaming Club Wednesdays, Feb. 8 - May 17 Ages 10+ Join us after school for some friendly competition. Each week we will play a different game. Tech Thursday Select Thursdays @ 4 p.m. Ages 10+ Join us on select dates to play around with our tech toys. Feb. 16: Squishy Circuits Mar. 16: Stop Motion Animation Apr. 20: Bee Bots May 11: Ozobots ADULT Stitch and Share Wednesdays, Feb. 8 - May 31 @ 6:30 p.m. Bring your current knitting, cross-stitching, or hand-quilting project to work on while sharing tips and ideas with friends. DIY Home Decor 2nd Monday of the month @ 6 p.m. Join us to create a new piece of home decor to display this season. Registration is required. Feb. 13: Book Heart Wall Art Mar. 13: Button Bowl Apr. 10: Tile Planter Boxes May 8: Clay Pot Toadstools Book Nook 3rd Monday of the month @ 6:30 p.m. Join us for a book discussion with friends. Stop in to pick up a copy of this month’s book. Registration is required. Jan. 16: The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan Feb. 20: Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton & James Patterson Mar. 20: Midnight at Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber Apr. 17: The Book of Lost Names by Kristen Harmel May 15: The Maid by Nita Prose Writers Guild 2nd Saturday of the month (May’s session will be on the 6th) @ 11:30 a.m. Calling all writers! We are a group of writers looking to improve our skills. Bingo for Books Saturday, May 20 @ 1 p.m. Come join us for a round or two of bingo and a chance to win a book! Domino Club 4th Monday of the month @ 2 p.m. Pop on in and play a round or two of Mexican train dominos. Stories from Millionaire’s Row Thursday, Apr. 27 @ 6:30 p.m. Come learn all about Cleveland history from the experts at Cleveland Western Reserve Historical Society. Registration is required. Debt Management, Savings, and Budget Monday, May 1 @ 6 p.m. Learn some of the best practices and things you can do to mangage your bills, help your credit, save for a home, and make sure you have money set aside for those emergencies that pop up. Presentedby AchieveCredit Union. Registration is required. 8 K E Y S T ON E 133 East Commerce Drive | LaGrange, OH 44050 | 440.322.0119

KIDS Slime Time Select Tuesdays @ 5 p.m. Ages 6 and older Make fun ooey gooey slime each month. Registration is preferred. Feb. 14: ValenSLIME Mar. 21: Rainbow Slime Apr. 18: Clay Slime May 16: Bubblegum Fluffy Slime Piggie Pancake Party Thursday, Feb. 16 @ 9:30 a.m. Ages 2 - 5 Pancakes, stories, and barefoot piggie painting for some squishy sensory fun is sure to have your little ones squealing with delight! Magical Unicorn Party Thursday, Mar. 2 @ 10 a.m. Ages 3 - 5 Get ready to celebrate this majestic creature in this super sparkly story time. *Glitter Included* Earth Adventures Thursday, Apr. 20 @ 10 a.m. Ages 3 - 5 Wiggle like a worm at this wacky story time celebrating our wonderful world! Tiny Prom Thursday, May 4 @ 10 a.m. Ages 0 - 5 Dance the morning away and be carried home for nap time. Teddy Bear Picnic Friday, May 26 @ 2 p.m. Ages 0 - 5 Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic! Bring a favorite stuffed friend for a picnic at the Library. We will read stories, sing songs, and enjoy snacks with our beary special guests. ADULT Book Chats 2nd Tuesday of the month Feb. - May @ 10 a.m. Share your latest reads with your friends and neighbors over coffee and pastries. One-on-One Tech Help Navigating technology is hard. We’re here to offer you a one-hour personalized session to fit your schedule. Topics available include: eMedia, NorthStar, databases; email; basic cell phone (Android or iPhone); and basic social media. Call 440-322-0190 to request a session. FAMILY Crafternoons Select Dates @ 1:30 p.m. All Ages (children under 8 must be accompanied by adult) Learn new artistic styles together. All dates Elyria City Schools are closed. Registration is recommended. Feb. 20: Nautical Wall Art Mar. 20: Alcohol Ink Tiles Apr. 10: Hyacinth Painting Taste Buds Select Tuesdays @ 5 p.m All Ages (children under 8 must be accompanied by adult) Expand your taste buds with your tasting buds! Feb. 21: Jams & Jellies Mar. 28: Popcorn Apr. 25: International Sweets Pizza with Police Wednesday, Apr. 12 @ 1 p.m. Ages 5 - 17 Enjoy a slice with E.P.D. during Spring Break.. ElyCon Badge Contest Feb. 1 - 28 | Grades 6 - 12 Calling all artists -- We are searching for one badge to rule them all for the CON. The winning artwork will be the featured illustration on the ElyCon badges for all attendees. Submissions must be library-appropriate for all ages. Art with profanity and/or nudity will be disqualified. Submit your original artwork in PDF format to SouthStaff@elyrialibrary.org with your name, email, grade, and school. Include “ElyCon Badge” in subject line. ElyCon Friday, Apr. 14 @ 5 - 8 p.m. Grades 6 - 12 Celebrate your favorite fandoms with friends! Come dressed in cosplay and participate in gaming, tournaments, and vote for the best anime of all time. Registration and permission slip are required. 9 SOU T H 340 15th Street | Elyria, Ohio 44035 | 440.322.0190

FAMILY FUN @ LCCC Join the EPL staff in the Children’s Room of the Bass Library every fourth Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. for fun family activities. Registration is required. Ozobot Hour Thursday, Feb. 23 @ 6 p.m. Let’s code together using Ozobots, miniature robots that empower code and STEAM education for kids! Family Game Night Thursday, Mar. 23 @ 6 p.m. Let’s unwind and unplug for a fun family game night! Bingo, Giant Jenga, Cornhole, and more. Planet Impressions Thursday, Apr. 27 @ 6 p.m. Earth Day is a day to learn about and remember the importance of protecting the health of our planet. Let’s celebrate Earth Day together! This program will feature the importance of recycling and appreciating nature with activities and crafts. Plant a Rainbow Thursday, May 25 @ 6 p.m. Join us for a story time, music, and indoor gardening fun! PROGRAMS Story Time Stroll @ Carlisle 2nd Monday of the month @ 10:30 a.m. | All Ages EPL and the Lorain County Metro Parks collaborate to bring you a story time at the Children’s Nature Discovery Trail at Carlisle Reservation, 12882 Diagonal Rd. in LaGrange. Feb. 13: Love Is All Around Ohio by Wendi Silvano Mar. 13: : Maple Syrup from the Sugarhouse by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton Apr. 10: Rabbits & Raindrops by Jim Arnosky May 8: It Starts With a Bee by Aimee Gallagher Mondays at the Rec Feb. 13; Mar. 20; Apr. 17; May 15 @ 11 a.m. | Adults Seniors, join us at the Elyria Parks South Rec Center for a rotating monthly program including trivia, art, history discussions, and more! Books on Tap 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 6:30 p.m. | Adults Only Let’s get together at The Foundry Kitchen & Bar to talk about our latest and favorite reads! Find us at 525 Broad Street in Elyria. Graphic Novel Readers 2nd Tuesday of the month @ 12 p.m. | LCCC Bass Library Adults Only Calling all Graphic Novel readers! Newcomers, lifelong super-fans, and everyone in between are welcome to settle in each month as we discuss a wide variety of creations from this blossoming format. Registration is required. Feb. 14: Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware Mar. 14: Black Hole by Charles Burns Apr. 11: Blankets by Craig Thompson May 9: In by Will McPhail CHILD’S PLAY @ CASCADE PARK Join EPL staff in collaboration with the Lorain County Metro Parks’ Cascade Park for outdoor education and entertainment the whole family can enjoy. Cascade Park Nature Center is located at 387 Furnace St. in Elyria. Don’t miss out on the fun! Snow Days @ Cascade Park Saturday, Feb. 18 @ 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Explore winter with your family at Cascade Park for FREE! Come enjoy sledding, snowshoeing, warm refreshments, snow painting, a sasquatch hunt and more! Join the Elyria Public Library for story time by the fire from 11-12:30, followed by crafts from 1-3 in the Nature Center. Bring your own supplies and creativity to enter the Family Snowman Decorating Contest. For more information regarding this event, visit: loraincountymetroparks.com/ whats-happening Watch Your Garden Grow @ Cascade Park Nature Center Fridays, April 28 - May 26 @ 10:30 a.m. | All Ages Preschoolers and their caregivers can join us for a gardening themed story time series. Our garden will begin by planting sunflower seeds during the first session, then watching them sprout and grow each Friday until we plant them in the garden at Cascade Park during the last session. Each Friday, we will gather to listen to stories, music, and fun rhymes as well as check on our plants! Registration is required. Apr. 28: Seeds! Seeds! Seeds! May 5: It’s Raining. It’s Pouring! May 12: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! May 19: May Flowers May 26: In the Garden 10 COMMUNITY BOOKMOBILE VISITS Find access to the Library in a neighborhood near you! Cottages at Riverview at 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. 1st & 3rd Monday of the month 550 Sommer Way in Elyria Twin Lakes at 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month 42660 Albrecht Rd. in Elyria Wilkes Villa at 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. 1st & 3rdWednesday of the month 199 Louden Ct. in Elyria Harr Plaza at 2:15 - 2:45 p.m. 1st & 3rdWednesday of the month 15 Chestnut St. in Elyria Riverview Plaza at 3:05 - 3:35 p.m. 1st & 3rdWednesday of the month 310 East Ave. in Elyria Kensington Square Apartments at 2:40 - 3:10 p.m. 2nd & 4thWednesday of themonth 535 S. Abbe Rd. in Elyria Call 440-324-9831 or visit elyrialibrary.org for further information! OU T R E ACH The EPLS Bookmobile & Community Programming

EP L FOUNDAT I ON The Elyria Public Library Foundation is the fundraising arm for the Elyria Public Library. The mission of the Foundation is to build an endowment fund, invested to provide annual income for the Library, thus assuring the future of the Library. The principal of the Endowment Fund is not spent, but interest from the earnings is used to support the needs of the Library. The primary source of funding comes from planned gifts. Planned gifts are received when the Elyria Public Library Foundation is named as a beneficiary of a will, trust, pension plan, insurance policy, or a charitable gift annuity. Gifts to the Foundation may be unrestricted or designated for the following programs: unrestricted endowment, library materials, children’s programs, bookmobile, literacy program, Keystone-LaGrange Library Fund. Gifts may also be made in memory or honor of someone. Support for the Foundation also comes from fundraisers, annual gifts, memorial gifts, and special appeals. The Board of the Foundation is composed of Library patrons, representatives from the Board of Trustees of the Elyria Public Library System, and the Director of the Library. All gifts are tax deductible and checks should be made payable to and sent to: The Elyria Public Library Foundation 1219 Taylor Street Elyria, OH 44035 If you would like more information about making a gift to the Foundation please call the Library at 440-323-1078. A member of the Foundation Board is available for a confidential conversation. Foundation Securing the Library’s Future Elyria Public Library

Postal Customer NONPROFIT U.S. POSTAGE PAID ELYRIA, OH 44035 PERMIT NO. 468 1005 North Abbe Rd. Elyria, Ohio 44035 440.366.4919 Hours based on LCCC Bass Library schedule. 211 Second St. Elyria, Ohio 44035 440.323.5747 Mon – Thurs: 9 am – 8 pm Fri & Sat: 9 am – 5 pm Sunday: Closed 1194 West River Road North Elyria, Ohio 44035 440.324.2270 Mon – Thurs: 9 am – 8 pm Fri & Sat: 9 am – 5 pm Sun: Closed 340 15th Street Elyria, Ohio 44035 440.322.0190 Mon – Thurs: 9 am – 8 pm Fri & Sat: 9 am – 5 pm Sun: Closed 133 E. Commerce Dr. LaGrange, Ohio 44050 440.322.0119 Mon – Thurs: 9 am – 8 pm Fri & Sat: 9 am – 5 pm Sun: Closed CENTRAL WEST RIVER SOUTH KEYSTONE EPLS @ LCCC February 1