July 2022 Newsletter


For more information or to register for events, go to www.ely.lib.ia.us

or give us a call at (319) 848-7616

All of our events are FREE and open to the public! You do not have to live in Ely to participate!

Gender Pronouns and Why They Are Important

Tuesday, July 26 @ 6:30 pm

This discussion is geared for adults to understand gender pronouns, their uses, and why they are important. Join Susan Kaliszewski, PA for General Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals, as she leads this discussion and more as the conversation develops.

New Library Cards!

Do you want to be one of the cool kids this summer? Then stop into the library to pick up our brand new library cards! All patron numbers will remain the same, but the design on the card has been updated to reflect our new logo.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Get FREE BOOKS for your child! Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails free high-quality, age-appropriate books to children from birth to age five! The Ely, Iowa, Friends of the Public Library partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library ensures all children in our community, with a mailing zip code of 52227, can have a great selection of books at home.

Sign up for this new partnership in-person at the library or online here: https://imaginationlibrary.com/usa/affiliate/IAELY/

Blood Drive

Impact Life will be collecting blood during our Blood Drive on Wednesday, July 27th from 3-6pm. Registration is required. Call Sarah at 319-848-7616 or register online here.


Summer Programs

It's not too late to sign up for Summer Reading, so stop by and get your reading logs! Completed logs must be turned in by August 1st to be entered into the Grand Prize Drawings. We have logs for all ages birth - 100+!

We also invite you to attend one of our awesome programs held every day at 2 pm. Each day has a different theme. Be sure to pick up a calendar or visit our website for details!

Our events are open and free to anyone.

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One Book One Community

August 3rd @6:30pm Book Discussion

This is our third year of providing a community-wide reading program centering around one title and chosen for the whole family to read together. On August 3rd, there will be an in-person and virtual opportunity for discussion and activities for the whole family focusing on the book. Families who register and participate are entered into drawings. This year we will be providing a copy (one per family please) of the title "The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane" by Kate O'Shaughnessy.

Stop by the library to pick up your book!

Discussion questions, activities, Meet the Author (virtual) is here!

Join the Zoom Meeting on August 3rd @6:30pm.

Indoor Fort Building and Family Reading

Tuesday, July 29 6-8pm

Bring your blankets, we are making indoor forts! Build your fort, get comfy, and READ! Enjoy walking s'mores for treats!


Bilingual Story Time (Spanish/English)

Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

We will be singing songs and reading stories in both Spanish and English. All ages and levels of Spanish are welcome to attend. The best way to learn a new language is to just start!


Mondays at 9:00 a.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

Babygarten is an educational curriculum for babies featuring songs, movement, literacy tips, and free play. Recommended for children under 3 years of age.

Toddler Time

Mondays at 10:00 a.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

Toddler Time features stories, rhymes, songs, and interactive activities designed to get babies and toddlers acclimated to loving the library. Big siblings are welcome to join the fun!

Preschool Story Time

Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

Designed for kiddos aged 3-5 but open to all, Preschool Story Time is a half hour of books, songs, and activities followed by a craft.

Power of Play

During the summer at 10am on Tuesdays, STEM toys will be in our conference room to play with independently. No librarians will be present. For all ages!

Book Club with Paula

Tuesday, July 12th

6:00 p.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

This month Book Club participants will be reading "The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane" by Kate O'Shaughnessy, the One Book One Community selection for this year. Copies are free, and located by the front desk in the library.

Banned Books Club

Join us to peacefully discuss banned/challenged books! Our next selection will be "Stamped" by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

When: Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 7pm.

Where: Ely Public Library OR via Zoom

Join Zoom

Tai Chi with Tom

Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

Join us in person or through Zoom!

Come gather with Tom for a relaxing morning session of Tai Chi!

Please consult your physician before beginning an exercise program.

Yoga with Paula

Thursdays at 8:00 a.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

Join us in person or Zoom!

Get ready for your day with a gentle morning yoga session with Paula!

Please consult your physician before beginning an exercise program.


Ely Food Pantry

The food pantry that we started for the derecho is continuing to serve the community through a partnership with HACAP. Items are available in the lobby for anyone who needs them. Neighbors Helping Neighbors!

We are accepting the following items:

  • Unexpired, non-perishable food items
  • No-heat meals
  • Peanut butter
  • Fruit in squeeze pouches
  • Diapers, wipes, formula,
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toiletries, paper towels, and cleaning supplies
  • Water

We are no longer accepting shoes and clothing.


Going on a trip? Know you will be without internet for a few days? We have hot spots available! Hot spots can be checked out for a week at a time, with an option for renewal depending on supply and demand.

DIY Depot

We have new crafts to pick up in the DIY Depot this month. Pick one up and lure your children away from their screens!

Help Now

HelpNow - Your library card is your ticket to learning. Get your Ely Public Library card and use HelpNow for free access to online tutoring, homework help, practice tests, writing reviews, study tools, and more!


LearnNow - Test anxiety is real! But it doesn't have to be. With your Ely Public Library card you can access practice tests, preparation guides, and study materials. Simply visit www.ely.lib.ia.us and access LearnNow.


JobNow - Did you know that with your library card you can get FREE job coaching? Visit www.ely.lib.ia.us to find JobNow for professional assistance with all stages of job hunting including online applications, resumes, interviews, and more!


VetNow (VetNow/JobNow) - Are you a veteran, or do you know a veteran, who is transitioning from military to civilian life? Visit www.ely.lib.ia.us to find VetNow to connect with a live veteran navigator and get free assistance from a veteran with your VA benefits. You can also get help with job hunting, resumes, interviews, and building your academic skills.


Digital Movies, Music and More – Instantly Available – 24/7 – Free with your Library Card!

We are excited to announce Hoopla Digital: a new digital media service provided to you through which you may access and enjoy nearly half a million titles, from six different formats: Movies, TV, Music Albums, eAudiobooks , eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or Smartphone!

This service is available for residents of Ely and Rural Linn County.

Stop in or give us a call for assistance.

Bridges E-Book and E-Magazine Collection

Check out magazines, audio-books, e-Books, and movies right from your smart phone, tablet, or computer using your Ely Public Library card!


You can access the collection by:

  1. Going directly to the Bridges website
  2. Clicking "Sign-In"
  3. Selecting "Ely Public Library" as your library
  4. Enter your Ely Public Library card number


You can access the collection by:

  1. Downloading the Libby App
  2. Open the app and follow the prompts!
  3. You will search for "Ely Public Library," enter your library card number, and click "sign in."

This service is available for residents of Ely and rural Linn County.

Stop in or give us a call for assistance.


Library Board Meeting

The Library Board of Trustees will hold their meeting on Wednesday, July 6th at 7:00 pm at the Ely Public Library. All are welcome to attend. Those wishing to attend virtually can use this zoom link:

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 826 1273 5222

Passcode: 502545

Friends Membership

Friends will meet on Wednesday, July 13th @7:30 p.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

We are looking for some good friends to help us plan some fun upcoming programs! We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month @ 7:30pm. Join us and learn how you can be involved!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Children who are read to at home are better prepared for school and continue to do well throughout their academic career. Every time you or another loved one read a book with your child you are providing early learning opportunities. We offer a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program to help you track the number of books read and provide little rewards along the way. If you would like to enroll your child in this free and fun initiative, give us a call 848-7616! You do not need to live in Ely to register!

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