July Issue

We're starting the second half of the year with computer classes inside and backyard ecology book lists for outside. We have resources to enhance your nature walks and, for our history buffs, celebrate Independence Day by perusing a recently digitized Civil War collection. Read on for more!

New Arrivals

View upcoming releases and place holds on some of the top new books we have ordered that are being released next month.

Summer Library Challenge

Our Tails & Tales Summer Library Challenge is in full swing! We challenge participants of all ages to read for a minimum of 12 hours before the challenge ends on August 15. Download the “Beanstack Tracker” app to log your reading time, complete fun at-home activities, and earn your virtual badges. Visit our Beanstack page or call our Youth Services department at (814) 451-6936 to learn more and sign up!
All library locations will be closed Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 6, at 9:00 AM.
Save the date! Support the Erie Regional Library Foundation on Erie Gives Day. Donate online at on August 10 or via check through August 9.

Program Spotlight

Computer Classes

Computer classes are back! Our instructor, Cindy Silvis, is offering a full slate of basic computer skills and Microsoft Office classes starting in July. Classes are located in Room 219 at the Blasco Library. A $5 fee is required to reserve a seat and classes are capped at 6 participants. Classes are made possible by the Friends of the Erie County Library. View the schedule and sign up here.

Backyard Ecology

Here in Erie, we don’t need to go far to experience nature. Check out these books to learn more about the wildlife we share our environment with, and what we can do to care for and conserve it in our own backyards.

Staff Spotlight

July is an outdoorsy month, whether you're enjoying the quiet buzz of nature or being dazzled by the spark of fireworks, it's a great time to get outside and adventure. Read on for staff picks highlighting titles that will nurture your child's (or your own) wonder about the natural world around us.
Look What I Found in the Woods | Moira Butterfield
Go on an adventure through the woods and see what there is to discover with this junior field guide style picture book. Gather treasures from the forest floor and learn facts about your woodland environment within these vibrantly illustrated pages.
Outside You Notice | Erin Alladin
What do you notice when you go outside? Use your senses as you explore a community garden, a hiking trail, a playground, a creek, and even your own backyard. Learn about the plants and animals that share your environment in this informational picture book.
Tucker and Ripley's Adventure on Presque Isle | Eugene H. Ware
A delightful, engaging story book about nature at Presque Isle where we follow the fun adventures of Tucker the turtle and Ripley the rabbit who meet many animals, birds, and insects. Heartwarming and educational for all ages! Check out Ware's many Presque Isle books for adults here.
Crinkleroot's Guide to Giving Back to Nature | Jim Arnosky
These delightful books draw you into the smallest details of the world around you. They are a true delight to any reader, young or older. Let this fictional character take you on an adventure right in your own back yard. You will be surprised at how much wonder the smallest parts of your backyard hold.
Be sure to check out the other Crinkleroot books in our collection, including "Crinkleroot’s Guide to Walking in Wild Places", "Crinkleroot's Book of Animal Tracks and Wildlife Signs", and other titles from the Crinkleroot series.
Outdoor Science Lab for Kids | Liz Lee Heinecke
Get to know the world around you, how things work, and why! This book of fun, guided experiments will appeal to anyone who loves hands-on learning, especially when it's outside. See the science happening in your own backyard with units like picnic table chemistry, garden hose science, playground physics, and more.
Sunflower Houses | Sharon Lovejoy
Whether you have a child, know a child, or wish to nurture the child within, this book's simple pleasures turn our attention to the personality, fragrance, and texture of the plants around us. And it's just plain fun.

Featured Resources

Looking for a fun, educational outdoor activity for the summer? Become a citizen scientist! Use these online resources to explore, observe, and document your local environment.
Walk local hiking trails with the Greater Erie Regional Trail Network.
"Do you like to hike in the woods, walk in a city park, and take a stroll on the waterfront? Erie County has a vast array of park and recreational opportunities for you to explore. Find a trail location near you, see maps of the trail routes, view photos of the venues and terrain and learn about upcoming activities and events.” (From
Identify the wildlife you see with the free iNaturalist app.
“One of the world’s most popular nature apps, iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of over a million scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! What’s more, by recording and sharing your observations, you’ll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature.” (From
Report invasive species you come across with Pennsylvania iMapInvasives.
“The mission of the Pennsylvania iMapInvasives program is to support the work of natural resource professionals by providing an online platform where invasive species sightings and management efforts can be recorded and shared. By providing data on invasive species distributions, the iMapInvasives program helps to facilitate both current and future endeavors to control and eradicate invasive species across Pennsylvania.” (From

Featured Programs

View our full calendar of events for July here.

The History of Presque Isle with DCNR

Wednesday, July 7
6:00 PM, Virtual

Help us celebrate Presque Isle’s 100th anniversary as a state park! Join guest speakers Brian and Alyssa from DCNR as they explore the history of recreation at Presque Isle — from boating to birding to beachgoing and more! Be sure to check out our companion exhibit on the second floor of the Blasco Library by the Heritage Room. This program will be hosted on Zoom, and registration is required. Come spend a day at the beach with us!
You can register for this event here.

Teen Reading Lounge

Monday, July 12 - Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything
Monday, July 26 - Agnes at the End of the World
6:00 PM, Virtual

This is not your average book club. Get to know more about yourself, others and the world around you through discussion and stories with a focus on the humanities. Register, then pick up the book and read it before we meet to discuss it on Zoom. The book is yours to keep. Registration is required, and space is limited. This club welcomes teens grade 8-12 (entering 8th grade - leaving 12th), ages 13-18 years old.  For more information, contact ECPL Teen Services by email at or call 814-451-6904.
You can register for the July 12 session here, and the July 26 session here.

How to Research a Home's History

Saturday, July 17
2:00 PM, Virtual 

Have you ever wanted to learn the history of a historic home or building, but didn’t know where to start? Join Erin Nemenz Phillips, from Preservation Erie and the popular social media account Old Erie On Foot, to learn tips and tricks of where to begin! You can learn how to use resources and tools that you can access from home, as well as different resources you have access to as an ECPL library card holder. This event will be held on Zoom, and registration is required.
You can register for this event here.

What is a Weed?: Nature Walk

Wednesday, July 28
5:30 PM, In-person 

"A weed is simply a flower looking for a good home." Rebecca Cole - Paradise Found: Gardening in Unlikely Places
Join Heather Zimmerman, Manager of Garden of Edin in Edinboro, PA, as she discusses weeds in the garden. Participants will take a weed walk around Garden of Edin and discuss what is a weed, and what is just in the wrong place. This program will be in-person and take place at Garden of Edin, 407 Rte. 6N Edinboro, PA 16412. Pennsylvania and County Department of Health Guidelines will be followed during this program. Registration is required.
You can register for this event here.

Resource Showcase

PA Photos and Docs: Civil War
The PA Photos and Docs database features seven Civil War collections, including the Erie County Public Library’s very own Grand Army of the Republic: Personal War Sketches of the Members of Strong Vincent Post No. 67. This two volume collection contains interviews with Civil War veterans and provides enlistment information, service locations, and injury and/or discharge information. Uncover Erie’s Civil War history or track down a Civil War ancestor within the pages of these historic volumes.
To view this collection, visit our eDatabases page, sort by ‘Local History and Genealogy,’ then choose ‘PA Photos and Docs.’ Once redirected to the PA Power Library webpage, select “Pennsylvania History – Civil War” to view the Erie County Public Library’s Grand Army of the Republic collection.
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Honorariums & Memorials

In Memory of Edward Mead
Given by Chester Schaal
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