February Issue

Read on to learn about our newest database purchases and curated selections, and take a sneak peek at upcoming releases! 

In February we celebrate Black History Month, but you can find Black voices in our collections every day of the year. Read from some of our treasured Black authors, educate yourself on stories of Black heroes, and find familiar stories or a new-to-you favorite in this selection!  

Database Feature

Three new databases were just added at Erie County Public Library, all designed to increase readers' access to independent publishing, bolster our local author collection, and banish barriers that hold back diverse voices.  
Design your own books, newsletters, poetry, novels, and any other content in digital and print-ready formats using Pressbooks!  
Indie Author Project
You can be an author! Anyone can submit a book to the Indie Author Project to have it showcased. Format your e-book in Pressbooks and submit it here. The Indie Author Project lets you update or make changes as much as you need and offers exposure across the region.
Biblioboard Library
The library has collections of content from traditional publishers, indie authors, cultural institutions and more. There’s no waitlist or holds for any items. These collections are great for browsing new reads, new topics, or finding primary sources for school projects.

Staff Spotlight 

February’s cold weather means extra time indoors... and the chance to pick up new hobbies! Here are some of our staff’s favorite hobbies and books to help you get started. With warm days on the horizon, it's the perfect time to build your skills for outdoor activities, too!
Meathead: The science of great barbecue and grilling | Greg Blonder
Jude loves this book because of the clear, actionable directions backed up with the science of what’s going on. If you’ve always wanted to grill well and know the reasons why it works, this book is perfect for you to try on any hungry day.
Knitting Rules | Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Libby claims that this book has the “best sock recipe pattern,” and we have no reason to disagree! There’s still time in winter to knit up something warm, and this book will help you do just that. For knitters of all levels, also check out The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge as a reference guide.
Automate the Boring Stuff with Python | Al Sweigart
Britt recommends this book to anyone who’s ever wanted to learn coding because it is “so cool, practical and accessible.” You learn to automate progressively harder tasks and are introduced to the basics of Python with step-by-step guides. If you prefer reading on a computer, this book is also available on the author’s website for free!

Upcoming Bestsellers

Get a sneak peek at newly arriving bestsellers to begin planning your hold requests!

Featured Programs

Find these selected programs and more available virtually at!

Mental Health Programming

Wednesday, February 3   6:00 - 7:30 PM
Monday, February 8         6:00 - 6:30 PM

Join us for a week of programming around mental health!

A discussion on grief and depression will take place Wednesday, February 3, on Facebook Live.
Finally on Monday, February 8, we will demo on Facebook Live how to make a photo collage for free to help process and remember loved ones who have passed.

Resilient Communities: Climate Change and the Great Lakes

Tuesday, February 9
6:00 - 7:00 PM

Join Amber Stilwell, research coordinator of the Regional Science Consortium, for a presentation on climate change in the Great Lakes region using local examples and making the science understandable for all.  Register here to receive your participant meeting ID. 

Senior Seminars

Thursday, February 18   11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday, February 25   2:00 - 3:00 PM

Seniors can enjoy two specially tailored programs this month. Thursday, February 18, at 11 AM: Patti Cioccio will deliver a presentation on senior pet wellness and care Register here.
Thursday, February 25, at 2 PM: Watch a presentation on retirement income basics for seniors to make sure your retirement lasts: Register here.
Did you know that your Amazon purchase can support library improvements, collections, and programs?  Select your charity and begin every purchase at Choose "Erie Regional Library Foundation" or "Friends of the Erie County Library" to benefit library activities. 
In Honor of Brennen and Joanna
Given by Sue Chang
In Memory of Marge Bauer
Given by Laurene Nelson
In Memory of Margaret "Peg" Tenpas and Emerson Tenpas
Given by Barbara Meguro
In Memory of Mary Honor Rushe Stacer
Given by Patrice and John Rushe
In Honor of Francisca German
Given by Sue and John Shane
Make a Donation in Honor or Memory of a Loved One
All Erie County Public Library locations will be closed:

Monday, February 15

Visit our eDatabases to find plentiful online resources available 24/7.
Try out our newest online features– new book alerts and online book clubs! Never miss out on a recent arrival with a subscription to new book alerts. Participate in an online book club with others interested in the same book topics.
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