Along with April showers, our patrons will enjoy celebrating poetry month, pouring over the latest staff recommendations, and getting a sneak peek at upcoming releases.
Remember: All ECPL locations are closed Friday, April 2.
Erie County Public Library celebrates National Library Week during the first full week in April. Find more about the virtual programs at events.erielibrary.org.
Bookcase busting at the seams? Movies no longer sparking joy? Cozy mystery collection getting more cozy than mysterious?
Bring those gently used books, CDs and DVDs to the Friends of the Erie County Public Library! They are holding a no-contact, drive-thru book drive on Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blasco Library. Simply drive up to the library’s east side garage, and our awesome volunteers will unload your items.
Donated items help support Erie County Public Library’s many programs.
Diversity in Stories: Homelessness
“You live several lives while reading” – William Styron
A magical benefit of reading is an increased empathy toward people of different backgrounds that you may not normally encounter. This selection of fiction and nonfiction books in our catalog are written by, and about, people experiencing homelessness. The full list was made by Jenny Ryan and the team at the Saskatoon Public Library and can be viewed here.
View upcoming releases and place holds on some of the top new books we have ordered that are being released next month.
Mid-March to mid-April is observed as National Deaf History Month to mark some big events in deaf cultural history. April is also Autism Acceptance Month. In honor of these, our staff have highlighted books by authors who are deaf or have autism. These authors help us understand what it means to accept differences and what a better, kinder world looks like.
El Deafo | Cece Bell (book and e-Book) El Deafo is an autobiographical graphic novel about a young girl who finds her childhood superpower after illness leaves her deaf. Good for both children and adults, this story is a great example of how we can view differences as strengths and be inclusive.
Calling All Minds and The Outdoor Scientist | Temple Grandin Temple Grandin is a renowned scientist and champion for people with autism. Her children's book, Calling All Minds, explores how to experiment and think about science – a great book for future scientists of all abilities, ages 8-12. The Outdoor Scientists is another great book for kids with 40 fun outdoor activities to help budding scientists, inventors, and creators understand the world. Adults may be interested in Temple Grandin, a dramatic portrayal of her life.
I’ll Scream Later | Marlee Matlin
Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin talks about growing up deaf, her roles in TV and film, and the adversity she’s faced in this memoir for adult readers.
Planet Earth is Blue | Nicole Panteleakos Can You See Me? | Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott
Both Planet Earth is Blue and Can You See Me? are told from the perspective of a child with autism, something authors Nicole Panteleakos and Libby Scott know firsthand. In Planet Earth isBlue, Nova eagerly awaits the space launch and the return of her sister as her foster parents and teachers struggle to understand her. In Can You See Me?, 11 year-old Tally tries to be just like her friends and gets frustrated when they misunderstand her autism.
You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! | Alex Gino
In this touching book for middle schoolers, Jilly P. realizes how much she doesn’t know when her baby sister is born deaf. She learns about all the ways in which people are treated differently and learns to take responsibility for educating herself to be a better ally. This is a wonderful book for exploring social justice and personal responsibility with kids.
The Erie Regional Library Foundation revitalized their Facebook page! Check them out at facebook.com/erfl.org.
ECPL's Lib-Con (or library comic convention for our new enthusiasts) returns virtually May 8! Get ready with these two upcoming cosplay demos to accessorize your custom costume.
Join us on Monday, April 19, at 6 p.m. to learn how to make a pouch out of EVA foam using the new Cosplay Maker Kit, and make a glowing orb along with Idea Lab staff at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 29. Both programs will stream live on Facebook, and you can watch the videos even after the event.
Senior Seminar: Navigating Social Security Online
Thursday, April 22
Did you know you can manage and monitor your social security account online? In this webinar, you will learn what you can do on the social security website, including setting up an account, filing for benefits, getting estimates and more. Register online here or call (814) 451-6927 to receive the link to the program.
Square Foot Gardening (Self-Reliance Series)
Wednesday, April 28
Square foot gardening can be a good way to make the most of the space you have. Heather Zimmerman, manager of "Garden of Edin" in Edinboro, Pa. will be sharing information on growing with raised beds, less space, and less work. Register here to receive the link to our virtual meeting.
Poetry Month Celebrations
Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Erie County Public Library's virtual Poet in Residence, Lora Zill, as she shares weekly videos exploring the art and craft of poetry. Catch these videos every Thursday of the month on the library's Facebook page. Poets who write something with the help of Lora’s videos are invited to read their works at any Poetry Live! event, recurring weekly on Tuesdays.
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.