June Issue

Do your eyes need a break from all that reading? Then grab your library card because the library has more than just books! This month, we’re highlighting the DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks, Playaways, videogames, and more that make up the Erie County Public Library’s audiovisual collection.

New Arrivals

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

New DVDs

If you’re looking to get your hands on new DVD releases, look no further than your local library! Check out this list of on-order DVDs and place holds on hot titles like Dog, The Batman, and Uncharted before they’re even in the building.

Staff Spotlight: Audiovisual

You may have checked out a book or two from your library, but have you ever explored our collections of audiobooks, movies, and video games? Read on for staff recommendations and visit your library to find your own favorite.
Scribblenauts Mega Pack
Did you know that the library has video games? Pick up the Scribblenauts mega pack for Nintendo Switch to play Scribblenauts Unlimited – a fun linguistic puzzle game – as well the superhero spinoff Scribblenauts Unmasked. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Looking for more mind-bending puzzle games to bake your noodle? Try Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker or the Professor Layton series.
Essentrics Age Reversing Workouts for Beginners: Posture & Pain Relief Mobility 
Try out the many DVDs at the library featuring Miranda Esmonde-White and her daughter, Sahra, to increase strength and tone up your body. The 30-minute work-outs help relieve joint pain and gain mobility and improve posture. You can also check out Essentrics: Miranda's Fan Favorites.
Binge Box: Conversations about LGBTQ+ Experiences
If you’ve never checked out a Binge Box before, you should! Each box contains a selection of DVDs with a central theme (from Sports Legends of the Great Lakes to Sequels Better Than the Original). We recommend kicking off Pride Month with the Conversations About LGBTQ+ Experiences Binge Box, featuring six documentaries that highlight the diversity of LGBTQ+ history and experiences: Stonewall Uprising, The State of Marriage, Between the Shades, Lady Valor, Kiki, and The Pearl.
Me Talk Pretty One Day | David Sedaris
Absolutely any audiobook by David Sedaris is a winner. Sedaris, first heard on public radio, has been writing books for years. Me Talk Pretty One Day is one of his older titles, written when he moved to Paris. It is a laugh out loud collection of essays about his adventures doing seemingly mundane tasks, including learning French.
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told |
Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
I just got done with The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and it’s as entertaining as the authors are. The book on CD has a secret extra chapter and the book has hilarious pictures. I recommend getting both out to enjoy one along with the other.
Classic Williams: Romance of the Guitar
Take a listen to the music of the other John Williams, not of movie composing fame but a master of classical guitar. You'll get swept away by the gorgeous sounds of guitar along and accompanied by an orchestra. The music is both exciting and relaxing, perfect for summer!

Special Events

Summer Reading Challenge 2022
Monday, June 13 – Saturday, August 13

Dive into this year’s Summer Reading Challenge: Oceans of Possibility! Readers of all ages can earn accomplishment badges by logging reading time, writing book reviews, and trying activities. Collect all of the virtual badges to complete the challenge and be entered for prizes! Participants can register for this challenge and track their progress online, by downloading the app, or by picking up a paper form at their local library.
Children ages birth through pre-k can also participate in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. This year-round literacy effort encourages caregivers to share 1,000 books with their child before the first day of kindergarten.

Featured Programs

Stop by the Erie County Public Library this month for a plethora of fun, family-friendly events. You can also join us on Zoom for the culminating event of our NEA Big Read series: a virtual visit from United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, author if this year’s NEA Big Read book: An American Sunrise
All library programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. State and County Department of Health guidelines will be followed during all programs. Programs are made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Erie County Public Library.

NEA Big Read: Joy Harjo
Virtual Visit

Monday, June 20
6:00 PM, Virtual
Join us via Zoom as Joy Harjo does a virtual reading and answers questions from the audience in the culminating event of the NEA Big Read Erie. Seats are limited, so please register for Zoom link. The NEA Big Read is sponsored by the National Endowment of the Humanities in partnership with Arts Midwest. Sponsored by The Friends of Erie County Public Library, The Erie Regional Library Foundation, the NEA, and Arts Midwest.

Parenting Class: Life with Baby

Monday, June 6
5:00 PM, Edinboro Branch
Parents with children under 12 months are invited to join Heather Brooks, Executive Director of the Union City Family Support Center, for Life with Baby. This class helps answer parents’ questions about bringing home their new baby and gives them tips for this crucial period of child development. Given the duration and subject matter, this class is for the parents only so that they can focus on the material.

NEA Big Read: Contemporary Native American Art in America

Tuesday, June 7
6:00 PM, Virtual
John Haworth served as Senior Executive and Director at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. He will be discussing Contemporary Native American Art, issues, trends, and players in the field. This event will be hosted virtually; please register for Zoom link. The NEA Big Read is brought to you by the National Endowments for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Parenting Class: Life with Toddler

Monday, June 13
5:00 PM, Edinboro Branch
Parents with children from 2 to 6 years old are invited to join Heather Brooks, Executive Director of the Union City Family Support Center, for Life with Toddler. This class teaches parents how to help their toddler learn and grow in a healthy, encouraging environment. Given the duration and subject matter, this class is for the parents only so that they can focus on the material.

Land Book Club + Free Maritime Museum Tour

Saturday, June 18
1:00 PM, Blasco Library

LAND! It's one of the biggest reasons for war and something most people strive to own. Why is it so important? A free tour of the Maritime Museum will be included as many battles for land started with battles on water. Space is limited to 15 people. Attendees get to keep the book provided. Please note that this program is for participants ages 15 and up. 

Pirates at the Library

Saturday, June 18 at 2:00 PM
Lincoln Branch

Tuesday, June 21 at 4:00 PM
Iroquois Branch

There be pirates in ye library! Drop in for this fun family event full of shenanigans filled with storytelling, songs of the sea, an ocean craft, scavenger hunt, and more. Dressing and talking like a pirate are a must unless ye want to walk the plank. Walk-ins are welcome. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Spinechillers: A Book Club for Young Horror Fans

Thursday, June 23
6:30 PM, Blasco Library

Do you like scary stories? Come learn about some of the creepiest books on the library's shelves, play games, and decorate shark attack ice cream sundaes. We'll also craft glow-in-the-dark bookmarks. You'll need one: these books will keep you up at night! All featured titles will be available to check out or place on hold after the event. This program is for ages 9-11. Registration is required and will open two weeks before the day of the event.

Youth STEM: Solar Cooking S'Mores & Marshmallow Shooters

Thursday, June 23
3:00 PM, Iroquois Branch

Friday, June 24
3:00 PM, Lincoln Branch

Celebrate summer with your library friends by making your own solar cooker and then cooking your own s'mores. Leave your s'mores to cook outside while you make your own marshmallow shooter. All materials are provided, but space is limited so register today. Note: Only the children need to be registered for this event. Parents and caregivers are welcome to participate. Recommended for school aged children, tweens, and teens. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Resource Showcase

Hoopla offers a vast library of digital materials – from e-books and comics to audiobooks, movies, TV, music, and magazines – for instant streaming or temporary downloading to smart devices and computers. Make 6 borrows per month (including BingePass) and get quarterly access to monthly bonus borrows. To get started, just download the hoopla app on your smart device.
Does the Dog Die? is an online resource that offers “crowdsourced emotional spoilers for movies, TV, books and more.” The site, which began as a way to avoid tragic animal deaths in movies, now tracks over 80 content categories – from the seemingly mundane (Is Santa spoiled?) to more sensitive topics (Is there excessive gore? Is domestic violence portrayed? Is someone misgendered?). Users can contribute content warnings for media they’ve seen, or request new categories for the site to cover.
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Honorariums & Memorials

In Memory of Catherine Hartleb Smelser
Given by Mary Ellen Lieb

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In Memory of Cecil Plouse
Given by Lee Nissle Garde

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