We have a lot to celebrate in June: the first day of summer (June 20), the start of the Summer Library Challenge, new books, and much more. Read on to learn about fun library resources and events this month.
Summer Library Challenge
To be, or not to be? That is equestrian! Join the ECPL as we hightail it into our 2021 Summer Library Challenge, Tails & Tales! Beginning on June 15, we challenge participants of all ages to read for a minimum of 12 hours this summer. Earn badges by logging reading time, writing book reviews, and completing at-home activities. Collect all of our Tails & Tales virtual badges to complete the challenge and be entered in our prize drawings!
This year, the Summer Library Challenge will be hosted on Beanstack, an interactive online platform used to track accomplishments and issue badges. You can install the “Beanstack Tracker” app on your smartphone or device to track your reading time. Paper tracking forms are available at all ECPL locations for readers not using the Beanstack platform. The 2021 Summer Library Challenge is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Erie County Library and Macaroni Kid Erie.
View upcoming releases and place holds on some of the top new books we have ordered that are being released next month.
Become a Crossword Pro!
Have you ever wanted to solve a crossword but just didn’t know where to start? Here's your chance: Use our patented reading list to become a crossword pro. Happy solving!
The fight for freedom and equality is long and grueling. For some enslaved people, the knowledge and news of freedom took years to spread. Juneteenth, the holiday celebrated annually on June 19, recognizes the 250,000 enslaved Texans who finally learned of their freedom nearly two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Everyone can celebrate one of our nation’s most historic days by learning about its history and present.
Juneteenth for Mazie | Floyd Cooper
Pick up this primer picture book to learn about Juneteenth through the eyes of a young child. This informative, beautifully illustrated narrative helps develop an early knowledge of Juneteenth’s origins and traditions.
Let's Celebrate Emancipation Day & Juneteenth | Barbara deRubertis
Don’t miss this non-fiction piece that serves as an ample introduction to the history of Juneteenth for late elementary school readers and beyond. This book will speak most to very visual learners with its comprehensive photography. Unlike many books on the topic, this volume differentiates between the two separate holidays of Emancipation Day and Juneteenth. This book is a recommended read for anyone ages 9 to 109.
On Juneteenth | Annette Gordon-Reed
This quick read from a Texas-born historian explores the history of Juneteenth, weaving in personal anecdotes as the author traces Juneteenth from the Reconstruction to Jim Crow. Beyond reflecting on Emancipation, this concise volume draws from ongoing history, reminding readers that our fight for equality has come so far, but has much further to go.
Join ECPL and Tamarack Wildlife Center as we get up close and personal with some of Pennsylvania's magnificent birds of prey including a live falcon, hawk, and owl. Learn about these birds' characteristic features, discover their adaptations and natural history, and explore their critical role in our environment. Find out what you can do to help birds of prey and the world we share.
Register for the event here.
All About Orangutans
Wednesday, June 16
11:00 AM, Virtual
Swing by this virtual program to learn all about orangutans! Join the ECPL and the Erie Zoo to discover what orangutans look like, where they live, what they like to eat, how they adapt, how people are working to conserve them, and so much more!
You can register for this event here.
"Love Makes a Family" Resource Packs
Reserve a free, LGBTQ+ inclusive resource pack for your family! These packs are recommended for LGBTQ+ families and their friends and allies. They are also a great starting point for parents who want to discuss family diversity with their children. Each pack comes with book lists, "My Family" booklets for children to complete, a photo frame to decorate, a free rainbow crayon, a game, and more. Recommended for children ages 3-8. One resource pack per household, please!
Reserve yours here.
LGBTQ Juried Art Exhibit
This Pride month, the Erie County Public Library is proud to house the 2021 LGBTQ Juried Art Exhibit! Curated by the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) and supported by a grant from Erie Arts & Culture, the exhibit features 57 artworks by 28 LGBTQ artists from northwestern PA, including painting, sculpture, photography, fiber, pastels, drawing, fine jewelry, mixed media, and more. The exhibit can be found on the second floor of the Blasco Library for the entire month of June. Stop by during regular library hours to take a look!
The Erie County Public Library is excited to announce that the entire run of the Erie Gay News is now digitally available for patrons to search and view! Through Pennsylvania Power Library and the PA Photos and Documents initiative, patrons can now access these records from anywhere. The collection features text-searchable issues of the Erie Gay News published from 1992 to the present day. Patrons can save and print issues of their choosing, or share them directly to social media platforms.
You can access this collection by visiting our eDatabases page, selecting “Local History and Genealogy,” and clicking “PA Photos and Docs.” Once redirected to the PA Power Library webpage, click “list by institution,” and you’ll find the Erie Gay News collection under the Erie County Public Library subheading.
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.