August 2022


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

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

1 on 1 Computer Help

Do you need help with something on your computer, phone, tablet, or e-reader? Schedule a time to come in, and we can help you with it!

Phone: 319-848-7616


New Library Cards!

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.

Sesquicentennial Movie Showing

Friday, August 12


We will be showing "The Bad Guys" movie on the South Slope Greenspace behind the library. Please join us for this family friendly movie to finish the first day of the Sesquicentennial celebration.

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:

Kids Connect Play Group

September 10-October 29

Saturdays 9-10:30am

Every Saturday 9-10:30am from September 10- October 29, Kids Connect Play Group will be at the Library! This is an event you must register for. Here is the sign up link.

Book Discussions

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.

Banned Books Club

Join us to peacefully discuss banned/challenged books! Our next selection will be "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson.

When: Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 7pm.

Where: Ely Public Library OR via Zoom

Join Zoom

Book Club with Paula

Tuesday, August 9th

6:00 p.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

This month Book Club participants will be reading books published on or around the years 1872-1900 in order to gain a better understanding of the world in which Ely was founded.


Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit

August 8th- September 2nd

Come see the art of the Junior Duck Stamp Competition!

The Junior Duck Stamp Program uses art and science to teach students the wonders of our natural world. It allows students to go out and explore using investigative biology and wildlife management principles. Congratulations to this year's winners, which will be on display in the library.


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.

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!

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.

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.


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 and access LearnNow.


JobNow - Did you know that with your library card you can get FREE job coaching? Visit 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 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.


Library Board Meeting

There will be no Library Board Meeting in the month of August.

Friends Membership

Friends will meet on Wednesday, August 10 @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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