2023 January Digital Newsletter

Elyria Public Library System THE NEXT CHAPTER J a n u a r y 2 0 2 3 N e w s l e t t e r MEET LIBBY Borrow ebooks, audio books, magazines, and more from your local library for free! There are thousands of titles, hand-selected by EPLS, available for your reading and listening pleasure. Libby is the newer library reading app by Overdrive, loved by millions of readers. To download Libby, go to your device’s app store and search “Libby by Overdrive” and install. Once opened, you will be prompted to provide your library card number and PIN (last four digits of your phone #) in order to proceed. WHAT ’ S ALL THE HOOPLA? The Hoopla Digital mobile app can be found in the App Store, Google Play Store, or Amazon App Store. Search for “Hoopla Digital” and download the app. With Hoopla, you’ll have instant access to audiobooks, ebooks, comics, music, movies, and TV shows. Stream via internet connection or download items to enjoy later. All you need is a valid email and library card. Kanopy grants users anytime access to films that entertain, educate, and inspire. Its 30,000+ titles include critically acclaimed films, popular TV series, classic cinema, and more! Kanopy Kids is a curated collection of age-appropriate content featuring the best children’s programming, including favorites from PBS Kids, Sesame Street, and so much more. Visit kanopy.com/en/elyria and sign up with your library card. DID YOU KNOW. . . In 2020 alone, U.S. residents spent $1.1 billion on ebooks? When you use your library card to access emedia, your total comes to $0 every time. KANOPY & KANOPY KIDS

KIDS Baby Play & Learn Tuesdays, Jan. 10 - Feb. 28 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 0-36 months This program is for our youngest library friends. Come for stories, rhymes, and songs - stay for play! Ready to Read Story Time Thursdays, Jan. 12 - Feb. 23 @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 3-5 Help your child get ready for preschool with our morning Story Time! Be prepared for a morning of stories, crafts, rhyming, and songs! Kids Create Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 2 p.m. Drop-in craft session for creative kids! Supplies provided. Indoor Snow Day! Saturday, Jan. 21 @ 1 p.m. Ages 5-9 Come have some snow fun in the library! We will have snow related activities such as making snowflakes and possibly an indoor snowball fight with friends! Registration is required. FAMILY Family Film Night Wednesday, Jan. 18 @ 6 p.m. Grab your popcorn! Stop by the library for a snack and a family friendly movie. Registration is required. TEEN Select Start: Video Game Club Jan. 5 & 19 @ 3:30 p.m. Want to hang out, play, and talk about games with like-minded individuals? Join this club because that is exactly what we intend to do! [Write Here] Mondays, Jan. 9 & 23 @ 4 p.m. Come one, come all! Let’s do some writing. Illustrators are welcome, and so are new members, so come join us! Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.) Wednesday, Jan. 11 @ 3:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to 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. Toasty Tuesday Tuesday, Jan. 31 @ 3:30 p.m. Come warm up from the cold! You’ll be able to make some homemade hot cocoa and have some sweet treats. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required. ADULTS Blockbuster Movie Night Wednesday, Jan. 4 @ 5:30 p.m. Want to watch some new movies? Each movie will be selected the month before, so check our website for what movie will be next! Drop in, grab a snack, and enjoy the latest and greatest! Handmade Cards Thursday, Jan. 5 @ 6 p.m. Spend the evening at the library creating a unique handmade card! Every month will feature a new design with this month’s being “Melted Snowman Card.” All supplies provided. Registration is required. Yoga for EVERY Body Saturdays @ 10 a.m. Start your weekend off right with a morning yoga session! Dress comfortably, as well as bring your own mat and water. Registration is required. Computer Basics & Northstart Introduction Monday, Jan. 16 @ 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 @ 2 p.m. Learn how to go online to access Northstar Digital Literacy self-paced online learning. Registration is required. Crafter Hours Thursday, Jan. 19 @ 6 p.m. Come to the library for an evening of flexing your crafting skills! Each month will feature a new crafty challenge, with this month’s being a “Felt Owl Ball.” All supplies provided. Registration is required. Shelf Awareness Banned Book Club Wednesday, Jan. 25 @ 6 p.m. What makes a banned book banned? Stop by the library for an evening of discussion and reading dangerously. 4 C EN T RA L 211 Second Street | Elyria, Ohio 44035 | 440.323.5747

Cookies and Crafting Wednesday, Jan. 25 @ 6:30 p.m. Ages 6-10 Join us for hot chocolate and something sweet, plus make your own no-sew stuffed animal! Registration is required. Music and Motion Story Time Friday, Jan. 27 @ 10:30 a.m. Ages 2-5 We’ll have lots of fun with music and dancing during this monthly story time! Registration is required. FAMILY Family Movie Night Wednesday, Jan. 11 @ 6 p.m. All Ages Welcome Join us for popcorn and a fun family movie! Registration is required. Coloring Club Tuesday, Jan. 17 @ 4 p.m. Families, Ages 3+ Join us for a relaxing creative session of coloring and art activities for the whole family! TEEN Game Time! Every Wednesday @ 3 p.m. Ages 13-17 Destroy your friends in tabletop and video games, provided by us. Just Write! Jan. 5 & 19 @ 5 p.m. | Ages 12+ Come write with us to express yourself creatively through various writing activities! Teen Dungeons & Dragons Jan. 12 & 26 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 12-17 Have fun with new and old friends in a fantasy adventure of your own making. If this is your first time, please arrive 10 minutes early. Registration is required. KIDS Story Time Stars Mondays, Jan. 9 - Feb. 27 @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 5 & Under Join us weekly for stories, songs, and a craft! Coding Without Computers Tuesday, Jan. 10 @ 6 p.m. Ages 8-12 In this session, we will be Debugging Mazes. Learn how to fix code to successfully complete mazes! Registration is required. Preschool Pals Story Time Wednesdays, Jan. 11 - Mar. 1 @ 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 @ 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. Homeschool STEM Jr. Monday, Jan. 16 @ 1 p.m. Ages 7-10 Visit various stations and complete interactive activities about each of the six types of simple machines. Registration is required. Homeschool STEM: Cool Contraptions Monday, Jan. 16 @ 1 p.m. Ages 11-14 Learn a bit about simple machines! Then, working with others, use the materials provided to create a contraption that will complete a specific task. Registraiton is required. Lego Club Wednesday, Jan. 18 @ 4 p.m. Ages 5-12 Drop in to show off your Lego building skills and creativity! Magic: The Gathering Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 10:30 a.m. Ages 13-17 We’ll provide basic decks to this classic card game and teach you the rules. All skill levels welcome. Registration is required. Library Loot Box Every Month, Grades 6-12 Sign up for a free box filled with goodies, a craft, and a library book. Our theme this month is “Librarian’s Choice.” Limit two boxes per household. Registration is required. ADULTS Tiny Art Wednesday, Jan. 4 @ 5 p.m. Make some time for yourself to rest, relax, and paint. Crochet Collective Thursday, Jan. 5 & 19 @ 6 p.m. Join fellow crocheters, of all skill levels, as we share and stitch! Registration is required. Page Turners Monday, Jan. 9 @ 6 p.m. Join our popular fiction book club. We have books reserved for YOU at our Patron Services desk, just come in the month before to check it out. This month’s book is The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett. Registration is required. Tasting Tuesday Tuesday, Jan. 10 @ 5:30 p.m. Learn about different foods with recipes and tastings. This month’s topic will be Syrup. Registration is required. Crafting on a Budget Monday, Jan. 16 @ 2 & 5 p.m. Make friends and a craft. It’s so much fun we do it twice a day! This month we will be making Button Earrings. Registration is required. 5 WE S T R I V ER 1194 West River Road North | Elyria, Ohio 44035 | 440.324.2270 Too Good to be True Book Club Wednesday, Jan. 18 @ 6 p.m. Welcome to a non-fiction book club, where every story is the real deal! With every book we will learn something new, gain a new perspective, and then enjoy an evening of discussion at the library. Be sure to pick up a copy of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer at the Patron Services desk. Registration is required. American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, Jan. 20 @ 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Please sign up to donate blood today. For more information or to make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call the American Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767). Genealogy Workshop Tuesday, Jan. 24 @ 6 p.m. Share information, experiences, and research tips with fellow genealogy enthusiasts. Registration is required. Iditarod Trail Talks Wednesday, Jan. 25 @ 6 p.m. Join Eleanor as she shares the history of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race as well as trivia that makes the race special. Registration required. GARDEN SQUAD Got a green thumb? Or maybe you’re looking to develop one? Our Garden Squad is open to new registrants at any time! Sign up now to be notified when we’re ready to get our hands dirty early this coming spring. Call 440-324-9825 for more information.

6 K E Y S T ONE 133 East Commerce Drive | LaGrange, OH 44050 | 440.322.0119 SOU T H 340 15th Street | Elyria, Ohio 44035 | 440.322.0190 Winter Wonderland Party Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 10 a.m. Ages 0-5 Come in from the cold to enjoy a snowy story, craft, and games! TEEN After School Gaming Club Wednesdays, Jan. 18-May 17 @ 3:30-5 p.m. | Ages 10+ Join us after school for some friendly competition. Each week we will play a different game. Tech Thursday Thursday, Jan. 19 @ 4 p.m. Ages 10+ Join us on select dates to play around with a variety of tech toys. KIDS Mornings on the Go Story Time Wednesdays, Jan.11-Mar. 1 @ 10 a.m. | Ages 0 - 5 Stop in on Wednesday mornings for a story, craft, and music! Lego Club Tuesdays, Jan. 10-May 16 @ 4 p.m. | Ages 4+ Are you the next Lego Master? Come complete challenges and have fun building with Lego. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Thursday, Jan. 12 @ 4:15 p.m. Ages 6+ Join us to learn how to create your very own comic book! KIDS Noon Year’s Party Tuesday, Jan. 3 @ 11:30 a.m. Ages 2-5 Didn’t quite make it until midnight? Celebrate the New Year with us as we shake our sillies out and toast with apple juice at noon. Polar Blast Week Jan. 9-13 | All Ages, but best suited to 2-5 These activities are available all day, all week - so stop by when it works for your schedule and enjoy a story walk, craft, themed snacks, photo booth, and more! ADULTS Book Chats Tuesday, Jan. 10 @ 10 a.m. Share your favorite reads with friends and neighbors over coffee and pastries. Pierogi Making Saturday, Jan. 21 @ 1:30 p.m. Learn to make this simple Polish pasta. OUTREACH Story Time Stroll Monday, Jan. 9 @ 10:30 a.m. EPLS and Lorain County Metro Parks collaborate to bring you a story time at Carlisle Reservation Nature Center, 12882 Diagonal Rd. in LaGrange, in the Black River Room. Join us to hear SnowGlobeWishes by Erin Dealy followed by a snowy activity. Registration is required. Mondays at the Rec Monday, Jan. 16 @ 11 a.m. Seniors, join us at the Elyria Parks South Rec Center for a program including trivia, art, history discussions, and more! Books on Tap Tuesday, Jan. 17 @ 6:30 p.m. Let’s get together at The Foundry Kitchen & Bar to talk about our latest and favorite reads! Find us at 525 Broad St. in Elyria. Graphic Novel Readers Tuesday, Jan. 10 @ 12 p.m. Calling all graphic novel readers and Batman fans! Join us at the LCCC Bass Library to discuss Batman: Zero Year by Scott Snyder! Registration is required. Snow Much Fun! Thursday, Jan. 26 @ 6 p.m. Join us in the warmth of the North branch children’s room for snowy stories, music, and rhymes. Stay to make a snow globe for more snow fun! Registration is required. Book Nook Monday, Jan. 16 @ 6:30 p.m. Join us for a book discussion with friends. Stop in to pick up a copy of this month’s book, The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kierman. Bingo for Books Saturday, Jan. 28 @ 1 p.m. Stop by for a few rounds of bingo and a chance to win a book! Crafternoon: Paint Pour Monday, Jan. 16 @ 1:30 p.m. Families, Ages 8+ Spend your afternoon off from school to learn a new art style together! Finished projects will be available to pick up January 17. Registration is required. Slime Time Tuesday, Jan. 17 @ 3 p.m. Ages 6+ Have a slimy good time making fun ooey gooey slime each month. Registration is preferred, drop-ins welcome. ADULTS Stitch and Share Every Wednesday @ 6:30 p.m. Bring your current knitting, cross-stitching, crocheting, or hand-quilting project to work on while sharing tips and ideas with friends. DIY Decor Monday, Jan. 9 @ 6 p.m. Create a new piece of home decor to display this season. In January, we will be making Wine Cork Bulletin Boards. Writers Guild Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 11:30 a.m. Calling all writers! We are a group of writers looking to improve our skills- the more the merrier!