THE NEXT CHAPTER www.elyrialibrary.org September-December 2023 Newslet t e r Elyria Public Library

IN THIS ISSUE 2 A Note from the Director 3 Library News 4-5 Central 6-7 West River 8 Keystone 9 South 10 Outreach 11 Library Friends UPCOMING CLOSINGS 2 www.elyrialibrary.org DEAR COMMUNITY, Labor Day Sept. 4 Staff Development Sept. 22 Thanksgiving (EPL closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 22nd) Nov. 23 In Observance of Christmas Dec. 23 - 26 New Year’s Day Jan. 1 As the Director of Elyria Public Library, it is a pleasure to welcome you to our fall newsletter. With the fall season upon us, the colors of autumn inspire us to reflect on the beauty of change and renewal. First and foremost, I want to express my sincere gratitude to each and every one of you. Your participation in library services and programs has contributed to making EPL library locations vibrant places for community, learning, creativity and connection. There is a little bit of magic in being together with people and sharing an experience that deepens our ties in the community. From music to science, technology to history, we are excited to share programs that span a diverse range of interests for all age groups. From insightful book clubs to interactive technology workshops and engaging story times for children, we aim to create an environment that inspires learning and personal growth. In September, we look forward to the Que Bueno Concert, a musical performance by the Victor Samalot Duo that will take us on a journey through Latin music. Later in September, a scientist from NASA’s John Glenn Research Center is coming to talk about upcoming moon missions and recent discoveries. Take a look inside to see what other interesting events are coming up! The trustees of Elyria Public Library are now seeking volunteers to apply to serve as board members. In this newsletter you will find a link to an interest form and questionnaire to apply. I would also like to share that Friends of Elyria Public Library and Friends of the EPL Keystone are seeking members and volunteers to help with a variety of efforts that support EPL. Many thanks to the trustees and the members of both Friends groups who support the library on behalf of the community! As EPL continues to grow and adapt, we value your feedback and suggestions immensely. Your ideas inspire us to explore all that a library can be and to better serve you. Warmly, Jen Starkey Jennifer.Starkey@elyrialibrary.org

3 LIBRARY NEWS Discover what’s happening at EPL this season

KIDS Maker Monday’s Mondays, Sept. 11 - Dec. 18 @ 4 p.m | Ages 6 - 12 Let’s explore the wonderous world of being a maker. Each session you will be given a STEM challenge to complete. Baby Play & Learn Tuesdays, Sept. 12 - Nov. 14 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 0-3 For our youngest library friends. Come for stories, rhymes, and songs-stay for play! Wiggles & Giggles Baby Playtime Wednesdays, Sept. 13 - Nov. 15 @ 10 a.m. | Ages 0 - 3 A play group for little ones and caregivers. Come have fun while increasing your child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being through play. Playtimes on September 27 and October 25 will include caregiver tips on Meeting Milestones and Sleep from a registered nurse and mom herself. Ready-to-Read Story Time Thursdays, Sept. 14 - Nov. 16 @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 3 - 5 Get ready for preschool with an interactive story time, filled with songs, rhymes, and a craft! Adapted Story Time Saturdays, Sept. 16, Nov. 18, Dec. 16 @ 2 p.m. | Ages 3 - 7 Join us for a story time designed for children who may not be successful in a typical story time experience. Registration is required. Kids Create Saturdays, Sept. 16 & Nov. 25 @ 2 p.m. | Ages 6 - 12 Drop-in craft session for creative kids! Boo!-k Tasting Tuesday, Oct. 10 @ 4 p.m. | Ages 6 - 12 Stop in to get a taste of books that are spooky! Spooktacular Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 21 @ 2 - 4 p.m. | Ages 3 - 12 Dress up in your costume and play Halloween games, make a treat, and do some crafts! Dino-vember Storytime Friday, Nov. 24 @ 2 p.m. | Ages 3 - 7 At this special Dino-riffic story time, listen to a story, do crafts, and play some dino games! Registration is required. Squishy Creators Tuesday, Dec. 12 @ 4 - 5:30 p.m. | Ages 6 - 12 Do you love to collect squishies and want to make one of your own? Let’s mix up our own batch of Squishies! Registration is required. FAMILY Wands at the Ready! Saturday, Sept. 9 @ 1:30 p.m. | Families Journey into the Harry Potter Universe with a magical performance by a master magician and comedian. Registration is required. Que Bueno Concert Tuesday, Sept. 19 @ 5:30 p.m. | All Ages Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Victor Samalot Duo’s musical performance to take the listener on a rhythmic roadtrip featuring Latin music. Registration is required. Let’s Go Fly a Kite: Telling the Story of Mary Poppins Thursday, Sept. 21 @ 6 p.m. | All Ages Sign language choir Sharon’s Signers presents the story of Mary Poppins combining sign language and music. Registration is required. The Stew Story Monday, Oct. 23 @ 2 p.m. | Ages 6 - 12 Help the Cooking Caravan on their ridiculous journey as they try to put together a story. Registration is required. Bubblemania Tuesday, Nov. 7 @ 1 p.m. | Families Fill your no-school day with some science fun. Become a “bubbleologist” and investigate molecules, shapes, and colors. Presented by Great Lakes Science Center. Registration is required. Life-Size Candy Land Wednesday, Dec. 20 - Friday, Dec. 22 | All Day | Ages 3+ Can you reach King Candy’s castle in this life-size version of the classic board game. Sign up for a timeslot at the Central Information Desk. TEEN Dessert Disasters 1st Tuesday of the month @ 4 p.m. | Ages 12 - 17 Come to the Library to test your culinary abilities. Registration is required. Sept. 5: Snickerdoodles Oct. 3: Spooky Brownies Nov. 7: Pumpkin Pie Pops Dec. 5: Ornament Cookies Teen Advisory Board (TAB) 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 4 p.m. | Ages 13 - 17 Have an influence on programs and materials. See a librarian to join! Select Start 2nd & 4th Friday of the month @ 3:30 p.m. | Ages 13 - 17 Video games at home boring? Play at EPL with friends instead! Bookmark Bonanza Wednesday, Sept. 27 @ 4 p.m. | Ages 13 - 17 Tired of using random objects as bookmarks? Choose from various models and materials. Registration is required. Frankenstuffies Tuesday, Oct. 31 @ 4:30 p.m. | Ages 13 - 17 Craft a cursed creation or design your own creature companion! Registration is required. Off the Hook Shrinky Dinks Tuesday, Nov. 28 @ 4:30 p.m. | Ages 13 - 17 Make a your favorite character or meme into a keychain. Registration is required. “Just Dance” Dance Off! Wednesday, Dec. 13 @ 4 p.m. | Ages 13 - 17 Put your dancing skills to the test. The tournament winner will receive a prize. Registration is required. 4 CENTRAL 211 Second Street | Elyria, Ohio 44035 | 440.323.5747

ADULTS Tech Tuesdays Tuesdays, Sept. 5 - Dec. 5 @ 2 - 4 p.m. | Ask Me Desk Need help with computer basics? Drop in for one-on-one help with your devices or basic skills. Computer Basics: Word Friday, Sept. 15 @ 2 p.m. | Rotary Room Learn the basics of Microsoft Word for document creation. Registration is required. Handmade Cards 2nd Thursday of the month @ 6 p.m. | Rotary Room Create a unique card each month. Supplies provided. Registration is required. Sept. 14: Loving Owl Cards Oct. 12: Spinning Bat Nov. 9: Thankful Pie Dec. 14: Red-Nosed Reindeer Kumi Klub* 2nd Thursday of the month @ 5:30 p.m. | Makerspace Share your joy of this braiding art with other Kumi enthusiasts. *You must complete a beginner Kumihimo class to attend. Registration is required. Beadweaving 2.0 Saturday, Sept. 23 @ 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Makerspace Artist Barb Harris returns to share her beadweaving expertise. Program is not introductory and attendees should have experience. Registration is required. NASA’s Return to the Moon Thursday, Sept. 28 @ 6:30 p.m. | Rotary Room Learn about plans to put the first woman on the Moon, current and future missions, and incredible recent space discoveries. Provided by the John Glenn Research Center. Registration is required. Shelf Awareness Last Wednesday of the month @ 6 p.m. | Rotary Room Read dangerously with these banned books. Sept. 27: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez Oct. 25: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult Nov. 29: Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez Medicare 101 Thursday, Oct. 5 @ 6 p.m. | Rotary Room Patient-advocate Robert St. Clair explains Medicare benefits and answers questions. Registration is required. Computer Basics: Email Wednesday, Oct. 11 @ 2 p.m. | Rotary Room Set up and learn to use email to send messages and attachments. Registration is required. Eliot Ness & the Torso Murders Wednesday, Oct. 18 @ 6 p.m. | Rotary Room Western Reserve Historical Society discusses Cleveland’s Eliot Ness and the 1930s murders. (Note: May include graphic content.) Registration is required. Kumihimo Beginner Class* Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Makerspace Learn the art of Kumihimo braiding in this class. *Class is required to attend Kumi Klub. Registration is required. All About Your Newborn Monday, Nov. 6 @ 6 p.m. | Rotary Room Registered nurse and mama coach will provide an indepth look at topics on your newborn. Registration is required. Scam Prevention Wednesday, Nov. 8 @ 2 p.m. | Rotary Room Learn about common internet scams and online safety tips. Registration is required. Paper Bows & Gift Boxes Thursday, Nov. 16 @ 6 p.m. | Rotary Room Learn how to make a paper bow to dazzle up your wrapped presents. You will also make a unique and fun gift box. Registration is required. Secret Box Gift Tuesday, Nov. 28 @ 6 p.m. | Rotary Room Make a special secret gift out of a recycled audiobook box. Registration is required. Treat Yourself: Hygge Wednesday, Dec. 13 @ 6 p.m. | Rotary Room Hygge: (n) a cozy quality that makes a person feel content. Escape holiday stress with cocoa, crafting, and meditation. Registration is required. 5 The Golden Age of Hollywood Thursday, Sept 7. @ 6 p.m. | Rotary Room So much gossip! So little time! Women in History brings you the renown Gossip Mavens, Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, as they take you on a journey through the Golden Age of Hollywood. Registration is required.

KIDS Story Time Stars Mondays, Sept. 11 - Nov. 13 @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 5 and under Join us weekly for stories, songs and a craft! Little Adventures Wednesdays, Sept. 13 - Nov. 15 @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 5 and under Adventure with us into exciting stories with songs and crafts. On Theme: a Book Club 2nd Wednesday of the month @ 2 p.m. | Ages 8 - 12 Read a book based on the monthly theme. Then, bring the book to chat, have a snack, and complete an activity. Registration is required. Sept. 13: Reader’s Choice Oct. 11: Spooky Stories Nov. 8: Fantasy Dec. 13: Award Winners Playdough Playtime 2nd Thursday of the month @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 2 - 5 Be hands-on with a doughy mess. Homeschool STEM Jr: Chemistry 3rd Monday of the month @ 2 p.m. | Ages 7 - 9 Visit stations and do activities to learn about chemistry. Registration is required. Sept. 18: States of Matter Oct. 16: Physical vs. Chemical Changes Nov. 20: Acids and Bases Homeschool STEM: Chemistry 3rd Monday of the month @ 2 p.m. | Ages 10 - 14 Learn about areas of chemistry and complete an activity. Registration is required. Sept 18: States of Matter Oct. 16: Physical vs. Chemical Changes Nov. 20: Acids and Bases Lego® Club 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 4 p.m. | Ages 5 - 12 Drop in to show off your block building skills and creativity! Cookies and Crafts Select Wednesdays @ 6 p.m. | Ages 6 - 10 What’s better than crafting? Crafting with a cookie! Join us for a different craft and a sweet treat each month. Registration is required. Sept. 27: Paper Quilled Fall Tree Oct. 25: Halloween Silhouette Art Nov. 29: Book Page Animals Bluey Party Friday, Sept. 29 @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 2 - 5 Celebrate everyone’s favorite Blue Heeler puppy, Bluey! Registration is required. Greater Cleveland Aquarium: Creature Science Investigators Friday, Oct. 13 @ 11 a.m. | Ages 6 and older Fill your no-school day with some science fun. See below for details on this virtual event. Halloween Party Friday, Oct. 20 @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 2 - 5 Wear your costume and join us for some preschool pint-sized Halloween fun! Registration is required. Pokéthon Monday, Oct. 23 | All Day Trivia at 2 & 6 p.m. | Ages 6 - 12 Stop by the Children’s Room for various Pokémon crafts and activities! If you want to test your knowledge, join us for trivia at listed times above. Dinovember Story Time Friday, Nov. 3 @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 3 - 6 Roar into November, and enjoy some dino songs, stories, crafts, and more! Registration is required. Holiday Story Time & Singalong Friday, Dec. 8 @ 10:30 a.m. | Ages 2 - 5 Join us for festive stories, songs, and crafts! Registration is required. FAMILY Coloring Club 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 4 p.m. | All Ages Join us for relaxing creative sessions of coloring and art activities for the whole family! Family Movie Nights Tuesdays, Sept. 19 | Oct. 24 | Nov. 21 | Dec. 19 @ 6 p.m. | Families Come for a family fun movie and a popcorn treat! Super Spooky Party Tuesday, Oct. 17 @ 6 p.m. | Families Come for scary-good Halloween fun with crafts, activities and a ghostbuster as well! Registration is required. Stranger Things Escape Room Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 1 - 4:30 p.m. | All Ages Strange things have been happening around Hawkins, IN. Can you and your friends solve the puzzles and escape in time? Call 440-324-9823 to register for your 30-minute slot. Registration is required. Elf Workshop Tuesday, Dec. 5 @ 6 p.m. | All Ages Get into the holiday spirit and celebrate the season with family by making some festive crafts! Registration is required. \ TEEN Mario Kart Relay 2nd Thursday of the month @ 6 p.m. | Ages 12 and older Test your skills and race against others in a friendly Mario Kart Relay! Snacks will be provided. Freestyle Art Night Tuesday, Sept. 26 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 10 - 17 Express yourself making collages out of old magazines! Registration is required. Nail Art Tuesday, Oct. 3 @ 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7 @ 2 p.m. Ages 10 - 17 Learn the basics of painting your nails, along with how to use nail stickers. Registration is required. Honey Heist Saturday, Nov. 11 @ 2 p.m. | Ages 10 - 17 You and your friends are bears at a honey convention, and you have one goal: steal the honey. Work together in this RPG, and see if you can successfully complete the heist! Registration is required. Pom-Pom Cactus Tuesday, Nov. 14 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 10 - 17 Make a cute pom-pom cactus you can touch without fear! Registration is required. WEST RIVER 1194 West River Road North | Elyria, Ohio 44035 | 440.324.2270 6 Greater Cleveland Aquarium Creature Science Investigators Friday, Oct. 13, 11:00am, ages 6 and up, registration required Join us for the Greater Cleveland Aquarium’s Virtual - CSI program! Animals look different from each other because of how and where they live. Explore how the Aquarium’s wide array of animal residents get oxygen, find food, use water and seek shelter. Recommended for ages kindergarten-2nd grade.

7 ADULTS Garden Squad Tuesdays through Nov. 14 @ 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Look forward to late season vegetables and help us put the garden to bed. Hunter Safety Training Wed. Sept. 6 | Thurs. Sept. 7 | Sat. Sept. 9 @ Select Times Instructor-led course offered by Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Must attend all sessions. Register via ODNR website. West River Knitting Club 1st Wednesday of the month @ 10 a.m. | 2nd Floor Conf. Rm. Meet fellow knitters. Bring your own project. Beginners welcome! Tiny Art 1st Wednesday of the month @ 5 - 7 p.m. Make time for yourself to relax and paint at this drop-in program. Registration is preferred. Diabetes Empowerment Series Thursdays, Sept. 7 - Oct. 12 @ 12 - 2 p.m. | Miller Room Fairhill Partners teaches how those with diabetes/pre-diabetes can take charge of their health. Registration is required. Page Turners Book Club 2nd Monday of the month @ 6 p.m. | 2nd Floor Conf. Rm. Discover a wide range of fiction. Reserved books are available to check out the month prior. Sept. 11: The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell Oct. 9: Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow Nov. 13: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield Dec. 11: The Circus Train by Amita Parikh Tasting Tuesday 2nd Tuesday of the month @ 5:30 p.m. | Miller Room Join us in a wild adventure of tasting and the foods we eat. Registration is required. Sept. 12: Corn Oct. 10: Dried Fruit Nov. 14: Chili Oil Dec. 12: Toffee Organization Tips for Home Wednesday, Sept. 13 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room Happy Homes Organizing share their unique expertise regarding the art of organization. Registration is required. Mysteries in the Morning 2nd Wednesday of the month @ 10 a.m. | 2nd Floor Conf. Rm. Elevate your morning with a book discussion. Request our next read at the Circulation Desk. Sept. 13: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena Oct. 11: The Storyteller’s Death by Ann Davila Cardinal Nov. 8: Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson Dec. 13: The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P.D. James Crochet Collective Every other Thursday Sept. 14 - Dec. 28 @ 6 p.m. Stitch with friends, continue a current project, or learn how to get started. Bring your hooks. Know Your Rights: Student Loan Payments Resume Thursday, Sept. 14 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room This presentation by Legal Aid will provide borrowers with the tools needed to navigate the return to repayment. Registration is required. Crafting on a Budget 3rd Monday of the month @ 2 & 5:30 p.m. | 2nd Floor Conf. Rm. So much crafting fun that we do it twice a day. Registration is required. Sept. 18: Fall Flower Broomsticks Oct. 16: Scrubby Pad Pumpkins Nov. 20: Wine Cork Ornaments Dec. 18: Gallery Glass Boxes Beginner’s Genealogy 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 6 p.m. | 2nd Floor Conf. Rm. A hands-on beginner’s course on free genealogy resources. Bring family information and laptop or USB drive to get started. Registration is required. Science of Sasquatch Wednesday, Sept. 20 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room A bigfoot researcher discusses research going on in scientific circles across the country. Registration is required. Just the Facts Book Club 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 6 p.m. | 2nd Floor Conf. Rm. A club for non-fiction lovers! Sept. 20: A Fever in the Heartland by Timothy Egan Oct. 18: Quietly Hostile by Samantha Irby Nov. 15: Lab Girl by Jahren Hope Dec. 20: Any book Medicare 101 Thursday, Sept. 21 @ 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Miller Room Decide what plan is right for you as an insurance specialist explains the plan differences. Regional Wild Mushrooms Monday, Sept. 25 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room Learn about fungi species that thrive in northern Ohio. Presented by OSU Extenstion. Registration is required. Genealogy Club 4th Tuesday of the month @ 6 p.m. | 2nd Floor Conf. Rm. A chance to share information and research tips with fellow genealogy enthusiasts. Open to new and experienced genealogists. Registration is required. Garden Talks 4th Wednesday of the month @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room OSU Extension Master Gardeners present on gardening topics. Sept. 27: Fall Bulbs, Spring Beauty Oct. 25: Pollinators & Native Plants The Art of Henna Saturday, Sept. 30 @ 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Miller Room Learn about henna’s cultural importance. Attendees can enter a raffle to recieve a henna design during the presentation. Registration is required. Western Reserve Storytellers Thursday, Oct. 12 @ 6:30 p.m. | Miller Room Listen to historical and hysterical stories for adults! Insights Into the Unknown Thursday, Oct. 19 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room Take a trip into the world of ghosts, spirits, and hauntings with investigator Greg Feketik. Registration is required. Retirement Basics Monday, Oct. 23 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room Learn tools to help you prepare for this transition, and discover options to plan your retirement and passing along assets. Registration is required. Black Friday Shopping Secrets Thursday, Nov. 2 @ 6 p.m. | Miller Room Coupon Lady Rachel Krych will share her secrets for the biggest shopping day of the year! Learn tips, tricks to save money, and get the most bang for your buck. Registration is required. Gift Wrap Bonanza Saturday, Dec. 2 @ 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | 2nd Floor Conf. Rm. You provide the gifts; we provide paper, ribbon, bows, tape, scissors, and the room to wrap in. The Children’s Department will provide a craft to keep your little ones occupied.

KIDS Preschool Picnics 1st Saturday of the month @ 2 p.m. | Ages 2 - 5 Bring your favorite blanket and snack to enjoy a preschool show! Each month features a show followed by open play. Registration is required. Sept. 2: Paw Patrol Oct. 7: Fancy Nancy Nov. 4: Spidey and Friends Dec. 2: Mickey Racers Morning on the Go Story Time Tuesdays, Sept. 5 - Nov. 14 @ 10 a.m. | Ages 0 - 5 Make the Library a part of your little one’s morning routine with a story time, craft, and activity. Lego® Club Tuesdays, Sept. 5 - Dec. 19 @ 4:15 p.m. | Ages 4+ A new brick challenge each week. No session on Oct. 31. Sensory Circle Saturday, Sept. 16 @ 10 a.m. | Ages 4 - 8 Learn how humans and animals use their specialized senses to survive. Then, use your senses to feel your way through nature! Presented by Lorain County Metro Parks. Registration is required. Reptiles & Amphibians Saturday, Oct. 21 @ 10 a.m. | Ages 9 - 11 Reptiles and amphibians are important members of the ecosystem. Explore similarities and differences between these often-misunderstood creatures. Presented by Lorain County Metro Parks. Registration is required. Bingo for Books Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 2 p.m. | Ages 4 - 7 Join us for bingo and a chance to win a book of your choice. Registration is required. FAMILY Natural Ohio Saturday, Nov. 18 @ 10 a.m. | All Ages Explore a variety of native wildlife and habitats found throughout Ohio. Presented by Lorain County Metro Parks. Registration is required. 3rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Thursday, Nov. 30 @ 6 p.m. | All Ages Get into the holiday spirit with family and friends. Registration is required. This program is sponsored by EPLS Keystone Friends. TWEEN & TEEN Tween Crafting Club 1st Thursday of the month @ 4:15 p.m. | Ages 8 - 12 Join us each month to complete a new craft! Registration is required. Sept. 7: Friendship Bracelets Oct. 5: Pom-Pom Creatures Nov. 2: Carton Flower Wreath Dec. 7: Button Tree Ornament Just Desserts 3rd Thursday of the month @ 4:15 p.m. | Ages 10 and older Like sweet treats? Learn how to make some no bake desserts! Registration is required. Sept. 21: Cheesecake Oct. 19: Spooky Oreo Pops Nov. 16: Carmel Apples Dec. 21: Peppermint Bark Geology Rocks! Select Wednesdays @ 4:15 p.m. | Ages 10 and older Explore the science of geology. Registration is required. Sept. 27: Rock Cycle Oct. 25: Layers of the Earth Nov. 29: Tectonic Plates Bingo for Books Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 1 p.m. | Ages 8 - 12 Join us for bingo and a chance to win a book of your choice. Registration is required. ADULT Open Crafting Hour Wednesdays, Sept. 6 - Dec. 27 @ 6:30 p.m. | Meeting Room Utilize our large meeting room to work on your craft projects with fellow crafters. Writer’s Guild 2nd Saturday of the month @ 11:30 a.m. | Conference Room Calling all writers! This group works to improve your writing techniques and storytelling skills. Registration is required. Afternoon Social Group 2nd & 4th Monday of the month @ 2 p.m. | Conference Room Meet new friends and play a fun round of dominoes or try your hand at a card game! DIY Décor Select Mondays of the month @ 6 p.m. | Meeting Room Sign up to make a fun and easy craft to display in your home. Each month will feature a new creative outlet. Registration is required. Sept. 11: Diamond Painting Oct. 9: Paper Roll Pumpkins Nov. 6: Pumpkin Pie Garland Dec. 11: Wrapping Paper Trees Intro to Fiber Arts 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month @ 6 p.m. | Conference Room Have knitting needles or crochet hooks and don’t know how to use them? We will go over the basics! Young learners welcome. Book Nook 3rd Monday of the month @ 6:30 p.m. | Meeting Room Join us and discuss a monthly read with friends new and old. Books are available to check out at the circulation desk. Registration is required. Sept. 18: Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz Oct 16: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus Nov. 20: Tiffany Girls by Shelly Noble Dec. 18: The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan Mysteries & Muffins Select Dates @ 2 p.m. | Conference Room Join us for muffins and discussion of a classic or cozy mystery! Books are available to check out at the circulation desk. Registration is required. Sept. 5.: Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark Oct. 2: Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier Nov. 6: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie Dec. 4: The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict Intro to Diamond Painting Friday, Oct. 13 @ 2 p.m. | Meeting Room Try a trendy, new hobby with diamond painting. If you missed the DIY Decor session, sign up for this special event. Registration is required. 8 KEYSTONE 133 East Commerce Drive | LaGrange, OH 44050 | 440.322.0119

KIDS Slime Time Select Tuesdays of the month Session One: 4 - 4:45 p.m. Session Two: 5 - 5:45 p.m. Ages 6+ So much ooey gooey fun, we offer two sessions each month. Registration is required. Sept. 19: Gold Slime Oct. 17: Monster Slime Nov. 28: Fluffy Slime Letter Little League Select Thursdays of the month @ 11 a.m. | Ages 2 - 6 Use your imagination at these fun-filled themed story times. Sept. 14: P is for Pirate Oct. 19: M is for Monster Nov. 16: D is for Dino FAMILY & TEEN Workinonit’: an Introduction to Music Production Thursday, Sept. 21 @ 4 - 5:30 p.m. | All Ages Learn computer-based music production basics and DIY recording techniques. Middle School Art Speak Select Tuesdays of the month @ 4:30 p.m. | Ages 12 - 15 Learn the basics of different forms of expression Sept. 26: Basic Drawing Oct. 17: Phone Photography Nov. 14: Collage ElyCON Saturday, Oct. 14 @ 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Teen Come visit the first ElyCon, a one-day short form comic and pop-culture celebration. Enjoy cosplay demonstrations, a MarioKart tournament, a cosplay contest, and to finish things off a cosplay disco. NanoWriMo Weekly Write-ins Mondays, Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 4:30 - 6 p.m. | All Ages Meet every week to discuss your project, have an accountability check-in, and write-ins where we all write together! Paint Without Brushes Saturday, Nov 25 @ 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Family Wear your messy clothes to paint without using a paint brush. 9 SOUTH 340 15th Street | Elyria, Ohio 44035 | 440.322.0190 ADULT Computer Fundamentals: AM Mondays, Sept. 11 - Oct. 9 @ 11 a.m. | Adult | Meeting Room A five-week course for folks just starting out with computers, designed to help users navigate basic computer and internet operations. Cozy Cat Book Club Third Saturday of the month @ 2 p.m. | Adult | Meeting Room Do you enjoy mysteries? And cats? Join us for both each month as we read and discuss a different cat-themed mystery each session. Sept. 16: Cats Allowed by Miranda James Oct. 21: An Instant Confection by Ruth Hartzler Nov. 18: Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass Dec 16: Cat Trick by Sofie Kelly Hooked on Yarn Select Saturdays | Sept. 23 | Oct. 7, 21 | Nov. 4, 18 | Dec. 2, 16 @ 10 a.m. | Adult | Meeting Room Whether you have a WIP (work in progress) or want to learn more about crochet, this is the group for you! Writer’s Group Select Thursdays, Sept. 14, 28 | Oct 12, 26 | Nov. 9 | Dec. 7 @ 4:30 p.m. | Teens & Adults | Meeting Room No matter the age, meet with fellow writers to discuss your craft, share your project, and get help from others just like you! Morning Readers Club Select Wednesdays | Sept. 20 | Oct. 4, 11 | Nov. 1, 15, 29 | Dec. 13 @ 11 a.m. | Adult | Meeting Room Get together with friends and neighbors and discuss what you’re reading over coffee and pastries! DIY Lace Light Craft Tuesday, Oct. 3 @ 2:30 p.m. | Adult | Meeting Room Craft a DIY lace light and have a new decoration to take home. Registration is required. Computer Fundamentals: PM Mondays, Oct. 16 - Nov. 13 @ 4:30 p.m. | Adult | Meeting Room A five-week course for folks just starting out with computers, designed to help users navigate basic computer and internet operations.

EWOC EPL WORKFORCE & OUTREACH CENTER The EPL Workforce & Outreach Center (EWOC) is a vehicle designed for one-on-one/small group meetings for technology focused interactions with an emphasis on employment along with local community and government assistance programs. PROGRAMS Mondays at the Rec 3rd Monday of the month @ 11 a.m. | Adults Seniors, join us at the Elyria Parks South Rec Center for a rotating monthly program including trivia, art, history discussions, and more! Books on Tap 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 6:30 p.m. | Adults Only Let’s get together at The Foundry Kitchen & Bar to talk about our latest and favorite reads! Find us at: 525 Broad Street in Elyria. FIND US @ COMMUNITY EVENTS Home Depot’s Family Safety Fair Saturday, Sept. 16 @ 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Home Depot located at 150 Market Dr. in Elyria Apple Festival Saturday, Sept. 16 @ 1 - 6 p.m. | Kids Zone FAMILY FUN @ EPL @ LCCC Join the EPL staff in the Children’s Room of the Bass Library every second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. for fun family story times. Registration is required. Apple Picking Time Thursday, Sept. 14 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 0 - 5 An apple themed story time with books, music, & activities. Down at the Pumpkin Patch Thursday, Oct. 12 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 0 - 5 Celebrate National Farmer’s Day with farm stories, songs, and pumpkins. Thankful Thursday Thursday, Nov. 9 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 0 - 5 Say thanks with stories, activities, and crafts on gratitude. Catch That Cookie! Thursday, Dec. 14 @ 6 p.m. | Ages 0 - 5 Gingerbread on the run! Stay for stories, music, and more! 10 Mondays EPL South Tuesdays Downtown Elyria 1st and 3rd Wednesday Exchange in Elyria 2nd & 4th Wednesday Rural King Follow EPL on social media to keep track of the EWOC this fall! EWOC VISITS The EPL Bookmobile, EWOC & Community Events OUTREACH Sept. 11- Nov. 17 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 2 - 4 p.m.

LIBRARY FRIENDS The Friends of the Library bring a greater awareness of the Library’s importance in our service communities of both Elyria and LaGrange. EPL thanks both groups of Friends for their support of this year’s summer reading program.

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