If April (snow) showers bring May flowers, we should have lots of blooms. We're welcoming the blossoms of May with gardening programs, at-home maker guides, an all virtual LIBCON, and much more!
On Thursday, May 20, all branches will be open only from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. for library-wide staff safety training in the morning.
The library will also be closed Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day.
Spring Book Sale
The Friends of the Library and the Bayfront Bookshelf are excited to present their Spring Book Sale! Drop by for hundreds of new and gently used titles at great prices. Find cookbooks, gardening, crafting, mysteries, fiction paperbacks, children's books, and a variety of CDs and DVDs. You'll find everything in the Admiral Room of the Blasco Library.
View upcoming releases and place holds on some of the top new books we have ordered that are being released next month.
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
Celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage and read one of our book selections. You'll find titles for all ages and interests!
Mental Health Awareness
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Browse through our curated list of books for memoirs, self-help titles, and more.
Despite the late April snow, the weather is finally turning in Northwest PA! Make the most of this fair weather by reading these books on outdoor activities like fishing, gardening, hiking, biking, and more!
As part of LIBCON, we proudly present a graphic reading novel challenge! If you’ve never read a graphic novel before or are looking for recommendations, here is a list of suggested titles from our staff:
The Complete Maus | Art Spiegelman
The first graphic novel to ever win a Pulitzer Prize, Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story. Maus is a haunting tale within a tale, the author’s tortured relationship with his father woven into his father’s survival.
Erased | Kei Sanbe
Twenty-nine-year-old Satoru Fujinuma is floundering through life. Amid his daily drudgery, he finds himself in the grip of an incredible, inexplicable, and uncontrollable phenomenon that rewinds time, a condition that seems to only make his drab life worse. But then, one day, everything changes.
Adulthood is a myth: a “Sarah’s Scribbles” collection | Sarah Andersen Adulthood is a myth confronts head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the eye-watering pain of eating too-hot pizza because one cannot stand to wait for it to cool down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all.
Primer | Jennifer Muro
While living with her latest set of foster parents, Ashley Rayburn mistakenly applies some found body paints, which give her a wide range of special powers, but soon the military discovers what happened to their secret weapon and this puts Ashley and her newfound family and friends in danger.
Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they've worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. They say goodbye every Halloween, and they're reunited every September 1. But this Halloween is different -- Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last goodbye.
The Promised Neverland| Kaiu Shirai
The orphans at Grace Field House lead a comfortable life under the care of "Mom," but Emma and Norman uncover a dark truth that is going to change their lives completely.
My Brother’s Husband | Gengoroh Tagame
Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it's been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.
Erie’s virtual comic convention is almost here! LIBCON Erie is a free, family friendly convention with panels, workshops, cosplay, escape rooms, reading challenges, and more! Click here to view the slate of events and be sure to check out the different contests you can enter.
How to Download e-Books or Use Library Databases
Thursday, May 20
Did you know that the library has e-books, e-audiobooks and databases that are all available to you without you having to leave your home? If you need help or want to learn how to use these library resources, register for a one-on-one appointment. Appointments are available at 1 PM, 1:30 PM, 6 PM, and 6:30 PM.
Health Research Matters in Erie
Tuesday, May 11
The library is working with All of Us Pennsylvania to raise awareness and participation in research-based medicine. This exciting, collaborative initiative is being directed by the National Institute of Health, and has one goal: to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs.
There will be many more, dynamic speakers on a range of topics about research, genetics, and how to get involved in local research opportunities in the future!
We’ve got two great gardening programs in May to get you ready for the growing season. On May 19, Erin Young will discuss avoiding aches and pains while gardening and draw on her experience as both a board-certified Hand Therapist and a former garden nursery manager. On May 26, the department chair for 4-H Poultry in Crawford County, Kim Munden, will share information on selecting, purchasing, housing, and raising chickens. Both events require registration at the links above.
Finding Your Furever Friend
Thursday, May 27
Join us via Zoom as we welcome Emily Danskin of the Anna Shelter. Emily will discuss finding a companion animal and the adoption process. Don't want to adopt but still want to help? Emily will also share how to get involved in fostering animals that are waiting for their forever families.
Want to learn to 3D print? Take better photography? Record a podcast or sing? The Idea Lab has Maker Guides to teach you how to do different projects and use the equipment in the Idea and Media Lab. Click here to see what you can learn so far and check back as we add more!
Did you know that your Amazon purchase can support library improvements, collections, and programs? Select your charity and begin every purchase at smile.amazon.com. Choose "Erie Regional Library Foundation" or "Friends of the Erie County Library" to benefit library activities.