November 2021 Newsletter


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Got Leftover Halloween Candy? Donate it to the Library!

Donations will be used for our Gingerbread House kits. Drop off any time during open business hours.

Become a Library Board Member

Passionate about libraries? Looking for a great way to serve your community? Apply to become a library board member!

Trustees are required to:

  • Attend Monthly meetings and periodic Committee meetings at the library. Meetings are held at the library on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

  • Participate in the decision-making process for the library.

Applications are now available! Pick one up at the library or print one from our website. Completed applications must be received by the Ely Public Library or by the City of Ely.

Candidates running for our open trustee position must be residents of Ely, Iowa and at least 18 years of age.

Library Friends BINGO Fundraiser!

Friday, November 12th

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Ely American Legion

1545 Main St. Ely

You won't want to miss out on the fun! The Friends of the Ely Public Library will be hosting another BINGO fundraiser at the Ely Legion!


Pumpkin Smash

Saturday, November 6th

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

Register here!

Have some old pumpkins you're not sure what to do with? Bring them down to the library and join the smash party! Then learn about how soil is made as we turn the smashed pumpkins into compost.

Veteran's Day Crafting

Monday, November 8th

9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

All ages can stop by any time to make a card and/or craft to give to a Veteran. Cards and crafts will be delivered to the Iowa City Veteran's Hospital on Wednesday in time for Veteran's Day. Help send thanks to our Veteran's and make their day!

Family Rangoli Craft

Saturday, November 13th

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

Register here!

Bring your family to create a beautiful Rangoli print. The library will have 4x4 inch tiles to create on, or you can bring a canvas of your choice and use the library's art materials. Rangoli is an art form in which patterns are created using colored organic materials like sand and dry rice flour. This art form originated in India and is celebrated each year.

School Age Book Club - NEW!

Wednesday, November 17th

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

School Age kids are invited to a brand new book club! For the first meeting, bring your favorite book to share!


New School Age Book Club - Starting in November!

Chocolate Bingo!

Wednesday, November 24th

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

Register here!

All ages are invited to play bingo with us the day before Thanksgiving! The prize? Chocolate!

Friends of the Ely Public Library Barnes & Noble Book Fair!

Saturday, December 4th & Sunday, December 5th

11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

The Friends of EPL will be having a book fair and a donation based gift wrap station! Let us do your gift wrapping for you! Grab a coffee and snack in the café while you wait and be sure to mention the Book Fair and we will get credit for all purchases that day (including purchases in the café)!
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Gingerbread House Decorating Kit

We will be offering gingerbread house decorating kits again this year! To spread as much cheer to as many families as possible, only ONE gingerbread kit will be provided per family. Registration is required.

Register HERE!

Please note that the gingerbread houses will be put together ahead of time using hot glue. If you prefer to put the house together yourself using edible materials, please indicate that on the registration form.

Donations are gladly accepted! Pick up your kit at the library on Saturday, December 4th from 9am-12pm.


Babygarten - NEW!

Mondays at 9:00 a.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

Join us in person on Mondays! Babygarten is an educational curriculum for babies featuring songs, movement, literacy tips, and free play.

Toddler Time

Mondays at 10:00 a.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

Join us in person or through Zoom!

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!

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!


Description taken from the Mayo Clinic website

"Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.


Please consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program

Book Club with Paula

Tuesday, November 9th

6:00 p.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

Join the conversation in person or through Zoom!

Read a book this month that has been turned into a movie, then come on down to the library to share and discuss. The book can be an adult or children's book and of any genre.

Zoom Yoga with Paula

Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. -

PLEASE NOTE: Meeting just the 1st Thursday this month (November 4th)

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

Join us in person or through Zoom!

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


Article taken from the John Hopkins Medicine website

"Yoga offers physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages. And, if you’re going through an illness, recovering from surgery or living with a chronic condition, yoga can become an integral part of your treatment and potentially hasten healing."

Read more HERE!

Please consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program.

Preschool Story TIme

Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

Join us in person or through Zoom!

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.


Did you know?

The library offers a variety of movie Binge Boxes!

What is a Binge Box?

Perfect for movie lovers, a Binge Box is a collection of movies that follow a certain theme. We offer a variety of Binge Box themes including tear-jerking movies, comedies, family movies, war movies, and more!

Each box contains a handful of movies for you to binge watch. Perfect for snuggling up at home during chilly weather! Make a weekend out of it with your family or enjoy some alone time relaxed on the couch. Binge Boxes are located near the DVD collection on an end cap. Don't forget the popcorn!


Dates We Will Be Closed

Mark your calendars! The library will be closed on the following dates:

November 11th - Thank you veterans for your service!

November 25th - Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26th

Friends Membership

Friends will meet on Wednesday, November 10th @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!


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 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.


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.

Hot Spots

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.

Other Services

Check out other services we offer HERE!


About Us

The Ely Public Library is a community hub that connects people of all ages, nurtures young readers, and enriches our community by stimulating imaginations and satisfying curiosity.