THE NEXT CHAPTER www.elyrialibrary.org February-May 2024 Newslet t e r Elyria Public Library

IN THIS ISSUE 2 A Note from the Director 3 Library News 4-5 Central 6-7 West River 8 Keystone 9 South 10 Outreach 11 EPL Foundation UPCOMING CLOSINGS 2 www.elyrialibrary.org DEAR COMMUNITY, Staff Development Apr. 26 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (All EPL locations will be open 2 - 5 p.m.) Memorial Day May 27 Welcome to the Winter/Spring edition of The Next Chapter! We are excited to present this new guide of programs that we hope you will love. We planned a special focus on space sciences leading up to the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024. EPL will be handing out eclipse viewing glasses to people who attend related programs over the coming months. We also hope you will stop into a library and browse the latest books and movies; we have new items coming in just about every day! I would like to introduce EPL’s new Fiscal Officer Debby Perkins! Debby is rooted in our community and brings extensive experience and knowledge of finance and enthusiasm to help the library serve the community. We also bid a fond farewell to Miss Kim, a librarian who has recently retired from the Central Library. Her work has positively impacted so many families, especially the babies and toddlers who have had fun at her story times while learning early literacy skills. We wish Miss Kim a happy retirement! The Board of Elyria Public Library is pleased to welcome three new trustees in service of the public: Koneake Lawrence, Scott Serazin, and Margaret Leglise. Board members volunteer their time and valuable perspectives to assure that the library is well run on behalf of the people of Elyria and LaGrange. We thank them for their commitment in service of the community. This time of year when it’s cold and gray outside, EPL focuses on the connect component of our mission to connect, engage and inspire. In the Ohio winter, people spend more time alone and indoors, and our general well-being tends to languish with the change of seasons. A 2023 report by the US Surgeon General “Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation” acknowledges a general uptick in loneliness apart from seasonal factors, exacerbated by the pandemic. The report also provides a pathway forward and plenty of optimism, sharing research that documents the healing effects of social connection. EPL is proud to share these opportunities to connect. As the mural on our EPL South location says: “We all shine brighter together.” I hope you make a point to seek opportunities for social connection and visit your library! Warmly, Jen Starkey PROGRAM REGISTRATION With feedback from our team and community , EPL opens program registration at various times according to age group. Adult Programs: Registration opens simulatenously on January 5. Kid Programs: Registration opens four weeks prior to program date. Family Programs: Registration opens four weeks prior to program date. Teen Programs: Registration opens four weeks prior to program date.

3 ECLIPSE 2024 Discover what’s happening at EPL this season

4 KIDS Maker Mondays Mondays, Feb. 5 - May 13 @ 4 p.m | Ages 6 - 12 Let’s explore the wonderous world of being a maker. Each session you will be given a STEM challenge to complete. Adapted Story Time Saturdays, Feb. 10, Mar. 9, May. 18 @ 2 p.m. | Ages 3 - 7 Join us for a story time designed for children who may not be successful in a typical story time experience. Registration is required. Snacking and Crafting Thursday, Feb. 22 @ 4 p.m. I Ages 6 - 12 Drop in after school and enjoy a snack while you make a craft. While supplies last. Galaxy in a Jar Tuesday, Mar. 12 @ 4 p.m. I Ages 6 - 12 See page 3 for details. Kids Create Saturdays, Mar. 16 & May 18 @ 2 p.m. | Ages 6 - 12 Drop-in craft session for creative kids! Baby Play & Learn Tuesdays, Jan. 9 - Feb. 27 and Mar. 19 - May 7 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 0 - 3 For our youngest library friends. Come for stories, rhymes, and songs; stay for play! Wiggles & Giggles Baby Play Time Wednesdays, Jan. 10 - Feb. 28 and Mar. 20 - May 8 @ 10 a.m. | Ages 0 - 3 A play group for little ones and caregivers. Come have fun while increasing your child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being through play. Ready-to-Read Story Time Thursdays, Jan. 11 - Feb. 29 and Mar. 21 - May 9 @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 3 - 5 Get ready for preschool with an interactive story time, filled with songs, rhymes, and a craft! Explosive Science Thursday, May 23 @ 4 p.m. I Ages 6 - 12 Get mixed up with some hands on science fun. Experiment with volcanoes, Mentos, and more to discover the eruptive chaos you can cause. Registration is required. FAMILY Sharon’s Signers presents: Scooby-Do! Thursday, Feb. 8 @ 6 p.m. | Rotary Room Sign language choir, returns to present their newest show, “Scooby-Do!” using a combo of sign language and music. Registration is required. Paw Patrol Party Friday, Feb. 16 @ 2 p.m. I Ages 3 - 7 Join us while we make our own puppets, have a paw treat, and play some Paw Patrol games! Math in Space Tuesday, Feb. 20 @ 1 p.m. I Ages 6+ See page 3 for details. Eclipse Movie Matinee Friday, March 29 @ 2 p.m. I Ages 3+ See page 3 for details. Dino-Roar! Saturday, April 20 @ 2 p.m. I Ages 3+ Come meet some of the Jurassic period’s cutest herbivores and carnivores! Registration is required. TWEEN Edible Science Select Thursdays @ 4 p.m. I Ages 9 - 12 Let’s experiment with food! Feb. 15: Drinkable Science Mar. 7: Candy Science May 16: Ice Cream Science Smash Bros. Tournament Saturday, Feb. 24 @ 2 p.m. I Ages 9 - 12 Can you beat your friends and become the Smash Bros. champion? TEEN TAB 1st Wednesday of the month @ 4 p.m. I Ages 13 - 17 Use your voice and take part in planning programs, suggesting crafts, recommending books, and otherwise influencing Teen Services here at the library. To join, ask for an application at the Central Ask Me desk. Registration is required. Delicious Desserts Select Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. I Ages 12 - 18 Join us for a tasty challenge for you and your friends! Feb. 6: Cheesecake Tacos Mar. 5: Dirt Cups May 14: Brownie Batter Dip Registration is required. Select Start Gaming Club Select Fridays @ 3:30 p.m. I Ages 13 - 17 Video games at home getting boring? Come play at the library with friends instead! Feb. 16: Mario Cart Tournament Mar. 1: Mario Party Apr. 12: Occulus Quest May 24: Smash Bros. Mad*factory Thursday Apr. 11 @ 4 p.m. I Ages 12+ Join Mad*Factory Theater Co. and learn the art of improv. Registration is required. CENTRAL 211 Second Street | Elyria, Ohio 44035 | 440.323.5747

5 ADULTS Read Around the World in 90 Days Feb. 1 – Apr. 30 Sign up and get a special map with the book list at the Central Reference Desk for this exciting challenge. Prize for the top “Reading Traveler.” Larry Doby: Indians Player Tuesday, Feb. 6 @ 6 p.m. | Rotary Room Explore the life and career of Cleveland Indians player Larry Doby as he became the first African-American player in the American Leauge of MLB. Presented by the Western Reserve Historical Society. Registration is required. Handmade Cards 1st Wednesday of the month @ 6 p.m. | Founder’s Room Spend the evening at the library creating a unique handmade card. All supplies provided. Registration is required. Feb. 7: Sliding Heart Valentine Mar. 6: Luck of the Owl-ish Apr. 3: Spring Chicken May 1: Pop-Up Flower Garden And Ya Don’t Stop | 50 Years of Hip Hop Tuesday, Feb. 13 @ 6 p.m. | Rotary Room Who doesn’t enjoy hip-hop? Learn about the origins of hip-hop and the history of the artists who helped shape the genre. Registration is required. Book Speed Dating Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 6 p.m. | Rotary Room Join us for another fun evening of meeting new books you might like to “date.” Enjoy fancy Valentine’s Day refreshments as you move around and meet interesting and attractive new dates! Registration is required. Beginning Watercolors 3rd Monday of the month @ 5 p.m. | Founder’s Room Lisha Nasipak is returning to offer more watercolor classes. Beginners welcome! All supplies provided. Registration is required. Books and Banter Last Wednesday of the month @ 6:30 p.m. | Founder’s Room Drop in and banter about some eclectic fiction selections! Copies of the monthly read available at Ask Me desk. Secret Garden Garden Planner Thursday, Mar. 7 @ 6 p.m. | Founder’s Room Create a garden planner to keep your seed packets, notes, drawings, planting guide and calendar. Registration is required. Don’t Burn Your Eyes Out Tuesday, Mar. 26 @ 10:30 a.m. | Rotary Room See page 3 for details. Total Eclipse of the Sun Tuesday, Apr. 2 @ 6:30 p.m. | Rotary Room See page 3 for details. Retirement Basics Thursday, Apr. 11 @ 6 p.m. | Rotary Room Achieve Credit Union will be in to discuss making the most of planning your retirement. Registration is required. Mini Hidden Zen Garden Thursday, Apr. 25 @ 6 p.m. | Founder’s Room Create a miniature garden with a hidden zen garden in the middle. Registration is required. Kumi Klub Thursday, May 9 @ 5:30 p.m. | Makerspace Open to anyone who has taken the Beginning Kumihimo Class and wants to learn more advanced Kumihimo skills. Registration is required. Beadweaving: Herringbone Bracelet Saturday, May 11 @ 9:30 a.m. | Makerspace Learn beadweaving skills as you make a beautiful patterned bracelet. Beginners welcome. Registration is required. Rose Moriarty, Elyria Suffragette Tuesday, May 21 @ 6 p.m. | Rotary Room Elyria’s “Petticoat Mayor” tells about her struggles in 1917 to help women get the right to vote. Presented by the Lorain County Historical Society. Registration is required. Beadweaving: Chenille Stitch Necklace Saturday, May 25 @ 9:30 a.m. | Makerspace For those who have taken a beadweaving class, come and learn a new beadweaving technique. Registration is required.

6 KIDS Fables and Fun! Mondays, Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 and Mar. 18 - May 6 @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 5 & under Join us weekly for some story time fun and crafts! Little Adventures Wednesdays, Jan. 10 - Feb. 28 and Mar. 20 - May 8 @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 3 - 5 Adventure with us into fun stories with songs and crafts! Playdough Playtime Thursdays, Feb. 8, Mar. 14, Apr. 11, May 9 @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 2 - 5 Drop in for playdough fun! Valentine’s Drop-In Day Tuesday, Feb. 13 All day | All ages Love, fun, and crafts at the Library! On Theme: Kids Book Club Select Wednesdays @ 4 p.m. | Ages 8 - 12 Read a book based on the monthly theme. Then, bring your book to have a chat, a snack, and complete an activity. Feb. 14: Biography Mar. 13: Classics Apr. 10: Poetry & Novels in Verse May 8: Mystery Registration is required. Homeschool STEM | Ages 10 - 14 Homeschool STEM Jr. | Ages 7 - 9 Weather and Climate Select Mondays @ 2 p.m. Learn about various aspects of weather and do fun hands-on activities! Feb. 19: Space Weather Mar. 11: Earthquakes & Volcanoes Apr. 15: Precipitation May 20: Severe Weather Registration is required. Tea-Rex Tea Party! Tuesday, Feb. 20 @ 10 a.m. | Ages 3 - 7 Have a dino-tastic time with tea and dinosaur crafts! Registration is required. Lego® Club 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 4 p.m. | Ages 5+ Show off your Lego building skills! Warm and Cozy Story Time Wednesday, Mar. 6 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 2 - 6 Stay cozy inside with wintery stories, crafts, games, and cocoa. Registration is required. A to Z Day Thursday, Mar. 7 @ 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Ages 3 - 6 Drop in and work your way through games and activities for each letter of the alphabet! Registration is required. Wildlife in Winter Friday, Mar. 22 @ 2 p.m. | Ages 4 - 8 Investigate animal adaptations and winter survival strategies of local wildlife species. Presented by Lorain County Metroparks. Registration is required. Space Week March 25 - 29 See page 3 for details. Stories and Stretches Friday, Apr. 12 @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 2 - 5 Join us for a relaxing story time with stretching, songs and snacks. Registration is required. Scrabble Tile Art Saturday, Apr. 13 @ 2 p.m. | Ages 6+ with an adult Create your own wall art with Scrabble tiles! Registration is required. Star Wars Day Thursday, May 2 All day | All ages It’s almost Star Wars Day! Celebrate at the Library with fun crafts, games and activities! Teddy Bear Picnic Friday, May 3 @ 11:30 a.m. | Ages 2 - 5 Pack your lunch, your teddy and your picnic blanket for our mostly indoor picnic! Registration is required. FAMILY Family Movie Night Wednesdays, Feb. 21, Mar. 13, Apr. 17, May 15 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room Join us for popcorn and a fun, family movie! Family Trivia Night 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 6 p.m. | Ages 10+ Test your smarts in themed trivia! Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place! Feb. 20: Disney Trivia Mar. 19: Superhero Trivia Apr. 16: Pop Culture Trivia May 21: Star Wars Registration is required. Mario Escape Room Saturday, Mar. 2 @ 1 - 4:30 p.m. | Families Do you have what it takes to help me defeat Bowser and rescue Princess Peach? Please call the Children’s desk at 440-324-9823 to request your 30-minute time slot. Passport to: Scotland Thursday, Mar. 21 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room Dance with the bagpiper and enjoy some Irish and Scottish themed activities! Registration is required. Balloon Olympics Monday, Apr. 1 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room Join us for some fun and friendly competition in our balloon Olympic Games! Registration is required. Homemade Seed Paper Thursday, Apr. 18 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 6+ Make homemade seed paper with wildflower seeds. Plant the paper and watch it grow! Registration is required. Passport to: Japan Thursday, May 2 @ 5 p.m. | Miller Room Visit Japan to enjoy Children’s Day! We will make veggie rolls and enjoy some Japanese themed activities and crafts. Registration is required. The Barnyard Petting Zoo Tuesday, May 28 @ 4 - 6 p.m. | Outdoors Enjoy viewing and petting these cute barnyard babies at this walk through exhibit! TEEN Sew Cool Select Tuesdays @ 6 p.m. | Ages 10 - 17 Make various crafts using fabric and learn how to sew! Feb. 6: No-Sew Heart Pillow Mar. 12: Fleece Bunny Apr. 9: Duck Softie Registration is required. Dungeons and Dragons! 2nd and 4th Thursdays @ 5 p.m. | Ages 10 - 17 Join us for fantastical shenanigans! Don’t forget your spellbooks! Registration is required. Cozy Reading Day 2nd Saturday of the month @ 2 p.m. | Ages 12+ Relax, discuss books, read, and enjoy refreshments in a calm atmosphere. ACT Bootcamp Saturdays, Feb. 17, Feb. 24 @ 12 - 4 p.m. | Miller Room Get a leg up on ACT prep! Presented by CollegeNow in Partnership with Lorain County Urban League. Registration is required. Super Simple Soups Tuesday, Feb. 27 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 10 - 17 There’s no better way to warm up than with some easy to make and tasty soups! Registration is required. Will It Waffle? Tuesday, Mar. 5 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 12 - 17 Let’s use a waffle maker to determine if various things will in fact, waffle! Registration is required. WEST RIVER 1194 West River Road North | Elyria, Ohio 44035 | 440.324.2270

7 Taco Tuesday! Tuesday, Apr. 23 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 12 - 17 Learn how to make tacos, just in time for Cinco de Mayo! Registration is required. Pompom Daisy Wall Art Tuesday, May 21 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 10 - 17 Learn how to make pompoms and create a daisy to hang up! Registration is required. ADULTS West River Knitting Club 1st Wednesday of the month @ 10 a.m. | 2nd Floor Conf. Room Meet fellow knitters. Bring your own project. Beginners welcome. Tiny Art 1st and 3rd Wednesdays @ 5 p.m. | 2nd Floor Conf. Rm. Make time for yourself to relax and paint among new friends! Crochet Collective 1st and 3rd Thursdays @ 6 p.m. | 2nd Floor Conf. Rm. Spend an evening stitching, chatting, and sharing! All skill levels are welcome! Page Turner’s Book Club 2nd Monday of the month @ 6 p.m. | 2nd Floor Conf. Rm. A monthly popular fiction club. Feb. 12: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty Mar. 11: Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano May 13: The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley Tasting Tuesday 2nd Tuesday of the month @ 5:30 p.m. | Miller Room Have a wild tasting adventure. Feb. 13: Winter Salads Mar. 12: Winter Smoothies Apr. 9: Asparagus May 14: Peas Registration is required. Mysteries in the Morning 2nd Wednesday of the month @ 10 a.m. | 2nd Floor Conf. Rm. Elevate your morning with a book discussion. Feb. 14: A Most Agreeable Murder by Julia Seales Mar. 13: The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb Apr. 10: Mother-Daughter Murder Night by Nina Simon May 8: Dog On It by Spencer Quinn Genealogy Workshop 3rd & 4th Tuesday of the month @ 6 p.m. | 2nd Floor Conf. Rm. Work on your family tree with fellow genealogy enthusiasts. Registration is required. Crafting on a Budget Select Mondays @ 2 & 5:30 p.m. 2nd Floor Conference Rm. It’s so fun we do it twice a day. Feb. 19: Refrigerator Magnets Mar. 18: Clothespin Bunnies Apr. 22: Playing Card Earrings May 20: Geometric Art Registration is required. Experiencing the April Eclipse Monday, Mar. 4 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room See page 3 for details. Spring Equinox Myths & Folklore Wednesday, Mar. 20 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room See page 3 for details. Don’t Burn Your Eyes Out Monday, Mar. 25 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room See page 3 for details. Garden Squad Mondays, Apr. 1 - Sept. 30 @ 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Outdoor Maintain and create garden decorations and work together to grow herbs and veggies. National Library Week Open House Tuesday, Apr. 9 @ 10 a.m. | All Ages Welcome Celebrate a week dedicated to libraries with a behind the scenes tour of EPL West River, how to’s for eMedia, available updated services and a peek inside the moblie Elyria Workforce and Outreach Center (EWOC) vehicle. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Annual Library Tea Friday, Apr. 12 @ 2 p.m. | Miller Room Bon appetit! Sip on tea and savor bites with Women in History’s Julia Child. Bring your teacup. Tickets will be available at West River starting March 18. Tickets required for entry. Credit Basics Monday, Apr. 22 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room Learn tips to manage your bills, credit, and emergency funds. The Cleveland Indians of the 1990s Tuesday, Apr. 30 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room Longtime sports columnist Jim Ingraham talks the powerhouse Indians teams of the 1990s that went to two World Series with Albert Belle, Jim Thome, Kenny Lofton, and manager Mike Hargrove. Heart Health Thursday, Feb. 1 @ 1 p.m. | Miller Room During the holidays, you showed the kindness in in your heart. Now it is time to show kindness TO your heart! Learn how to treat your heart right with a registered dietician. Registration is required. Belly Dance Fusion Fitness Feb. 6 and Mar. 5 @ 10 a.m. Feb. 20 and Mar. 26 @ 6 p.m. Unlock your core with the ancient art of belly dance! Suitable for all fitness levels. Registration is required. Mental Health & Well-Being Wednesday, Feb. 28 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room Learn about your mental health and tips and hands-on coping skills to increase well-being. Presented by MHARS Board. Registration is required. Nutrition For Families Thursday, Mar. 21 @ 1 p.m. | Miller Room A registered dietician teaches us how to squeeze in some good nutrition while you keep up with your busy calendar! Registration is required. Seed Starting Wednesday, Mar. 27 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room Come learn all about starting seeds early for your garden. Registration is required. 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Monday, Apr. 29 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room Learn the early warning signs and the importance of early detection. There will be time for questions. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration is required.

8 KIDS Morning on the Go Story Time Tuesdays, Jan. 9 - Feb. 27 and Mar. 19 - May 7 @ 10 a.m. | Ages 2 - 5 Make the Library a part of your little one’s morning routine with a story, craft, and activity. Preschool Picnics 1st Saturday of the month @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 2 - 5 Bring your favorite blanket and snack to enjoy a preschool show! Each month features a show followed by open play. Registration is required. Lego® Club Tuesdays, Feb. 6 - May 7 @ 4:15 p.m. | Ages 4+ A new brick challenge each week. Spring Egg Hunt! Saturday, Mar. 30 @ 10 a.m. | Ages 4 - 8 Join us for our first egg hunt here at the Library. Bring a basket or bag to collect your eggs! Registration is required. Bingo for Books Friday, May 31 @ 12 p.m. | Ages 4 - 7 Kick off summer reading with a round of Bingo for a chance to win a book to keep! Registration is required. FAMILY Life-Size Candy Land Mar. 22-23 All Day | All Ages Play this life size board game! Call ahead and reserve your 15-minute game play! Registration is required. Pizza with Police Thursday, Mar. 28 @ 12 p.m. | All Ages Get to know your community first responders while enjoying a slice of pie. Registration is required. TWEEN & TEEN Just Desserts 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 4:15 p.m. | Ages 10 - 17 Like sweet treats? Learn how to make these no bake desserts. Registration is required. Feb. 21: No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Mar. 20: No-Bake Cereal Cookie Bars Apr. 17: S’more Pops May 15: Strawberry- Peach Milkshakes Tween Diamond Painting 4th Wednesday of the month @ 4:15 p.m. | Ages 8 - 12 Create a sparkling gem of an artwork to take home with you! Registration is required. Feb. 28: Keychains Mar. 27: Bookmarks Apr. 24: Coasters May 22: Full Drill Bingo for Books Friday, May 31 @ 1 p.m. | Ages 8 - 12 Join us for bingo and a chance to win a book to keep! Registration is required. ADULT Open Crafting Hour Wednesdays, Jan. 31 - May 29 @ 6:30 p.m. | Meeting Room Catch up on your diamond painting, stitching, crocheting, or any other work. Mysteries & Muffins Select Dates @ 2 p.m. | Conference Room Come for muffins and discussion of a classic or cozy mystery! Registration is required. Feb. 5: As Gouda as Dead by Avery Aames Mar. 4: Spirits and Sourdough by Bailey Cates Apr. 1: Blood Orange by Susan Wittig Albert May 6: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith Lorain County Historical Society Speaker Series Select Dates @ 6 p.m. | Meeting Room Registration is required. Learn about different topics each month. Feb. 8: History of Valentine’s Day Apr. 4: All Aboard the Titanic May 2: The Wright Sister Writer’s Guild 2nd Saturday of the month @ 11:30 a.m. | Conference Room Calling all writers! Join us monthly to share your current projects and work on your craft Registration is required. Book Nook 3rd Monday of the month @ 6:30 p.m. | Meeting Room Join us for a mix of fiction genres that will spark interesting conversation and lead to exploring genres that you typically do not read. You do not need to have read the book to attend. Registration is required. Feb. 19: The House in the Pines by Ann Reyes Mar. 18: Sam by Allegra Goodman Apr. 15: The River Runs South by Audrey Ingram May 20: The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak Music Trivia Nights 4th Thursday of the month @ 6 p.m. | Meeting Room Listen to a variety of songs from the 70-00s and see if you can name the title and artist! Whoever guesses the most correct answers will win a prize! Don’t Burn Your Eyes Out Monday, Mar. 25 @ 2 p.m. | Meeting Room See page 3 for details. Recycling “Right” In Lorain County Thursday, Mar. 7 @ 6:30 p.m. | Meeting Room Learn how to recycle the right way to reduce contamination in your curbside recycling bin. PCs for People Community Drop Off April 1 - 30 Recycle your tech the right way. Everything from laptops, routers and other accessories. Drop off items during the month of April. Call EPL Keystone at 440-322-0119 for more details. A Simple Pollinator Garden Thursday, Apr. 11 @ 6:30 p.m. | Meeting Room Learn how to start a simple pollinator garden for beginners and those who have limited space. Librarian Shari Bowers will share her journey starting a garden. Free seed packets will be distributed. Presented by the OSU Extention of Lorain County. KEYSTONE 133 East Commerce Drive | LaGrange, OH 44050 | 440.322.0119

9 KIDS Colors All Around Story Time Select Thursdays @ 11 a.m. | Ages 0 - 5 Celebrate our colorful world with stories, songs, & crafts. Feb. 8: Red Mar. 7: Green Apr. 4: Yellow Tiny Prom Thursday, May 2 @ 11 a.m. | Ages 2 - 5 Dance, shimmy, shake, and spin with all your friends. Registration is required. Slime Time Select Tuesdays of the month Feb. 20, Mar. 19, Apr. 16, May 21 Session One: 4 - 4:45 p.m. Session Two: 5 - 5:45 p.m. Ages 6+ So much ooey gooey fun, we offer two sessions each month. Registration is required. Lego® Legends 2nd Tuesday of the month @ 4 p.m. | Ages 5+ We will be getting out ALL of our Legos for a one-hour builda-thon. Participants are free to work on projects of their own creation or will be provided with a project to build. Come make new friends and create something awesome! One for the Books: Journaling for the Times 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month @ 10 a.m. | Adults, 20+ Learn the basics of keeping a journal as a wonderful and valid form of self-expression. No session Friday, April 26. Cozy Cat Book Club 3rd Saturday of the month @ 2 p.m.| Meeting Room Do you enjoy mysteries? And cats? Join us for both as we read and discuss a different catthemed mystery each session. Feb. 17: Death by a Whisker: a Cat Rescue Mystery by T. C. LoTempio Mar. 16: Buy a Whisker: a Second Chance Cat Mystery by Sofie Ryan Apr. 20: Cat Shining Bright: A Joe Grey Mystery by Shirley Murphy May 18: The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern by Lilian Jackson Braun Computer Fundamentals: AM Mondays in March @ 11 a.m. | Meeting Room This series is a four-week overview of the basics of computing designed for brand new computer users. Hooked on Yarn Select Saturdays Feb. 17, Mar. 16, Apr. 20, May 18 @ 10 a.m. | Meeting Room Whether you have a WIP (work in progress) or want to learn about crochet, this is the group for you! Computer Fundamentals: PM Mondays in April @ 4:30 p.m. | Meeting Room Computer Fundamentals is a four-week overview of the basics of computing designed for brand new computer users. And Ya’ Don’t Stop | 50 Years of Hip Hop Thursday, Apr. 18 @ 4:30 p.m. | Adults A presentation on the origins of hip hop and the people who helped to shape the genre. Eclipse Moon Dough Thursday Mar. 28 @ 3 p.m. | Family See page 3 for details. It’s My Story 2nd & 4th Thursday in Apr. and May @ 4:30 p.m. | Ages 13 - 19 Learn the basics of keeping a journal as a wonderful and valid form of self-expression. Pokémon Day Saturday Apr. 20 @ 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Families Catch & craft Pokémon all day long. Star Wars Day Saturday, May 4 @ 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Families Celebrate May the 4th with all things Star Wars. ADULTS Books and Bagels 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month @ 10:30 a.m. | Adults, 50+ Come for well-rounded fun as we eat bagels and have a roundtable discussion on what we’ve been reading. We will pass on what we loved, what we hated, if we’d recommend the book or series, and what titles we always circle back to. FAMILY & TEEN Hanging with My Gnomes Saturday, Feb. 3 @ 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Family All gnomes all day. Craft and color friendly gnomes to take home. Thursday Night Music Club Thursdays in February @ 4:30 p.m. | All Ages Participants will bring either an unplugged electric or acoustic guitar, and we will learn a song as a group and by the end of the class be able to play it from start to finish together. Feb. 1: Basic Chords Feb. 8: Power Chords Feb. 15: THE RIFF Feb. 22: Putting it All Together Feel Good Friday Last Friday of the month @ 3:30 p.m. | All Ages Come enjoy live and recorded ambient music in a dedicated space for relaxing and reflecting. Monday Movie Marathon Madness Monday, Feb. 19 @ 11 a.m. | Family Cocoa and cartoons, what could be better?! Don’t Burn Your Eyes Out Tuesday, Mar. 26 @ 2 p.m. | Family See page 3 for details. SOUTH 340 15th Street | Elyria, Ohio 44035 | 440.322.0190

10 EWOC EPL WORKFORCE & OUTREACH CENTER The EPL Workforce & Outreach Center (EWOC) is a vehicle designed for one-on-one/small group meetings for technology focused interactions with an emphasis on employment along with local community and government assistance programs. The EWOC is one of Ohio’s first mobile computer labs. It features three laptop workstations, wi-fi, and a full-service printer alongside staff that are ready to help you figure out your toughest tech needs, filling out and navigating difficult forms, or putting together a resume. The EWOC spring schedule begin the week of January 8. STORY STROLL STORY TIME LaGrange Community Park 2nd Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m. | 422 W Main St, Lagrange Join us for a story time along the Story Stroll Trail at The LaGrange Community Park. The story time will be cancelled for inclement weather. Mar. 13: T. Veg Apr. 10: Rabbits & Raindrops May 8: My Garden Registration is required. Carlisle Reservation 3rd Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m. | 12882 Diagonal Rd, Lagrange Join us as EPL and Lorain County Metroparks collaborate to bring you a story time along the Story Stroll Trail at Carlisle Reservation. The story time will be held inside in inclement weather. Mar. 20: Bear Goes Sugaring Apr. 17: Wolfie the Bunny May 15: Mama Built a Little Nest Registration is required. PROGRAMS 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. Story Time at Cascade Cascade Park Nature Center 387 Furnace St. Elyria Calling all preschoolers and their caregivers to join us for a spring themed story time series at Cascade Park Nature Center with stories, music, and fun. Registration is required. April 5: Think Spring April 12: Weather Watchers April 19: Recycling Rocks Wander & Wonder 2nd Tuesday @ 11 a.m. | Adults East Rec 1101 Prospect St. Join us at East Rec to “visit” a different country each month to learn about their culture, customs, and landscape. The EPL Bookmobile, EWOC & Community Events OUTREACH COMMUNITY BOOKMOBILE VISITS EWOC SPRING SCHEDULE TUESDAYS Cottages at Riverview @ 3 – 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 20 | Mar. 5, 19 Apr. 2, 16 | May 7, 21 550 Sommer Way, Elyria Kensington Square Apartments @ 3 – 3:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 27 | Mar. 12, 26 Apr. 9, 23 | May 14, 28 535 S Abbe Rd, Elyria THURSDAYS Harr Plaza @ 3 – 3:30 p.m. Feb. 1, 15 | Mar. 7, 21 Apr. 4, 18 | May 2, 16 15 Chestnut St, Elyria MONDAYS EPL South @ 10 - 1, 2 - 4 340 15th St, Elyria WEDNESDAYS Family Planning Services @ 10 – 1 p.m. 602 Leona St, Elyria South Park Elyria @ 2 – 4 p.m. 1864 Middle Ave, Elyria WEDNESDAYS RJ Gordon Manor @ 9:15 - 9:45 a.m. Feb. 14, 28 | Mar. 13, 27 Apr. 10, 24 | May 8, 22 511 Fuller Rd, Elyria Chadwick Place Apartments @ 11 – 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14, 28 | Mar. 13, 27 Apr. 10, 24 | May 8, 22 160 Ridge Cir Ln, Elyria Wilkes Villa @ 2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Feb. 14, 28 | Mar. 13, 27 Apr. 10, 24 | May 8, 22 199 Louden Ct, Elyria TUESDAYS Lorain County Office on Aging @ 10 – 1 p.m. 534 S Abbe Rd, Elyria Downtown Elyria @ 2 – 4 p.m. THURSDAYS East Rec @ 10 – 1 p.m. 1101 Prospect St., Elyria If you have any questions, would like to set up an individual or small group appointment, or are an organization looking to connect, email ewoc@elyrialibrary.org.

11 FOUNDATION The Elyria Public Library Foundation seeks funds to support library services and build an endowment to ensure the future financial stability of the library.

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