May 2023


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ UPCOMING EVENTS ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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Summer Reading 2023 Kick Off Event - Find your Voice

FREE fun and food for all ages!

Friday, June 2

FREE food served 6-7 pm

Summer Reading Sign-up 6-8 pm

Games and activities for kids 6-8 pm

Karaoke fun 6-8 pm

This will be held on the street outside the library (weather permitting). We will have food, games-including a dunk tank-and prizes.

A professional DJ will be hosting karaoke with lots of kids and family friendly songs to choose from as well as some standard karaoke favorites.This is free and everyone is welcome.

Ely Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

Friday, May 5th

5 -7 pm

Saturday, May 6th

8 am-3 pm

$5/bag of books, DVDs, or puzzles.

Friends will be selling their delicious cinnamon rolls on Saturday morning again!

Ely Garage Sales

Saturday, May 6th

8 am - 3 pm

Rain or Shine!

If you want your garage sale to be on the official sale map, stop in to the library to fill out the registration form and pay the $5 registration fee by Wednesday, May 3rd at 7pm. The forms are available at the library and on our website.

Forms turned in late are not guaranteed to be on the map and/or listing.

Alzheimer's Association- Dementia Conversations

Wednesday, May 10

6:00 pm

In Person and Zoom

This workshop offers tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about the challenging and uncomfortable topics of going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

Join Zoom Meeting

Lego Challenge

Thursday, May 11


Great for practicing planning, engineering and math skills, Lego Challenge can't be beat! We will give you a list of ideas to create with our Legos open-play style. If you create something from the list, we'll display your creations for the rest of the month! Free play with Legos is also welcome. Fun for the whole family!

Book Bingo

Monday, May 15


Join us in a game of book bingo on Prairie Student's No School Day.

Lost Linn County- Linda McCann

Wednesday, May 17


Linda McCann, Iowa author and historian, will share her research into the lost parts of Linn county.

Paws to Read

Monday, May 22


Every 4th Monday of the month

Please join us for Reading to Dogs! Therapy Dogs International will be joining us with 5 therapy dogs once a month. We hope to see you there!

Blood Drive

Tuesday, May 30


Call 319-848-7616 or email to schedule an appointment.

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Juneteenth Celebration

Monday, June 19, 6:30pm

For all ages!

A light meal will be served from 6:30-7:00 pm. Stay for the sharing of stories, partake in crafts and be sure to check out our Behind the Beat, a display on loan from the African American Museum. Behind the Beat tells a story deeper than the evolution of rhythmic patterns and vocal styles. It creates a soundtrack for our past. Words, in print or online, are usually our go-to for historical research. Yet in music, we can hear and feel history through lyrics, melodies, harmonies, and rhythms. For more than 400 years, African Americans have pioneered diverse musical styles that influenced, and were influenced by, historical events and cultural trends. From spirituals to the blues, jazz to soul, and funk to hip-hop, this music is a narrative about African American history and the American experience. Listen carefully and you’ll hear the agony of slavery, the frustration of post-Civil War reconstruction, the urban pulse of the Great Migration, the determination of the Civil Rights Movement, and the realities of contemporary life.

Teen Pride Party (Ages 14-18)

Sunday, June 25


Calling all teens! Drop in any time between 4-7 pm to hang out with your friends! Enjoy pizza and snacks! Make your own mini-buttons, key chains, and flag.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Summer Reading Program ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Mondays- Voices of Survivors


June 12-July 31


June 12- SPECIAL VISITOR- Tribal Exoticz, Voices of Reptiles

June 19- I survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871

June 26- I survived the Children's Blizzard, 1888

July 3- I survived the Galveston Hurricane, 1900

July 10- I survived the Shark Attacks of 1916

July 17- I survived the Great Molasses Flood, 1919

July 24- I survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79

July 31- End of Summer Reading Party

Talented Tuesdays


June 13-July 25


June 13- Dance class with Studio 360 (This class is for preschool and under, a separate activity will be offered for school-aged children.)

June 20- Building card houses and solving Rubix cubes

June 27- Appliances Autopsy

July 11- Architect for a day

July 18- Dance class with Studio 360 (This class is for 6year old's and older, a separate activity will be offered for younger children.)

JULY 25- STEM smash-up

Welcome Wednesdays


June 7-July 26


June 7- The Cold-Blooded Redhead shares snakes and reptiles

June 14- Animal Wonders- Blank Park Zoo visit

June 28- Bechtel's Critters from Wartburg College

July 5- Family Yoga for all ages

July 12- Bluey Visits the Library

July 19- Therapy Dogs International

July 26- Retro Open House- Explore devices from the way, way back

Arts, Crafts, and Activities on Thursdays


June 8- July 27


June 8- Stained Glass Sidewalk Chalk Activity

June 15- Make a Microphone

June 22- Tambourine Craft

June 29- Rock Painting

July 6- Create a Vision Board

July 13- Make Slime

July 20- Dancing Ribbons

July 27- Marbling Art Using Shaving Cream

Friday Flix


June 9-July 28


June 9- Lyle Lyle Crocodile (PG, 2022, 106 min.)

June 16- Sing 2 (PG, 2021, 110 min.)

June 23- Vivo (PG, 2020, 95 min.)

June 30- Soul (PG, 2021, 100 min.)

July 7- Coco (PG, 2017, 105 min.)

July 14- The Princess and the Frog (G, 2009, 97 min.)

July 21- Chicken Little (G, 2005, 81 min.)

July 28- Cars 3 (G, 2017, 102 min.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Teen Summer Reading Program Events ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Teen Cooking Mondays


June 19-July 24


June 12- Special Guest Tribal Exotics! No cooking today!

June 19- Mug Brownies

June 26- Ice Cream in a Bag

July 3- 4th of July Strawberries

July 10- Shark Float Attack

July 17- Kool-Aid Slushies

July 24- Yogurt Parfaits

Teen Tinker Tuesdays


June 13-July 25


June 13- DIY Bath Bombs

June 20- Mixed Media Portraits with EIAM

June 27- DIY Tic-Tac-Toe on the Go

July 11-Journal Smash Up

July 18- Pressed Flower Lanterns

July 25- Shrinky Dinks

Welcome Wednesdays


June 7-July 26


June 7- The Cold-Blooded Redhead shares snakes and reptiles

June 14- Animal Wonders- Blank Park Zoo visit

June 28- Bechtel's Critters from Wartburg College

July 5- Teen Yoga and Stretching

July 12- Teen Meditation Techniques

July 19- Therapy Dogs International

July 26- Retro Open House- Explore devices from the way, way back

Teen Arts Thursdays


June 8-July 27


June 8- Rock and Wire Photo Holder

June 15-Thumbprint Magnets

June 22- Flowers from Books

June 29- Rock Painting

July 6- Nail and String Art

July 13- Tie-Dye (bring your own white item to dye)

July 20- Modge Podge Coasters

July 27- Keychains

Friday Flix - for everyone!


June 9-July 28


June 9- Lyle Lyle Crocodile (PG, 2022, 106 min.)

June 16- Sing 2 (PG, 2021, 110 min.)

June 23- Vivo (PG, 2020, 95 min.)

June 30- Soul (PG, 2021, 100 min.)

July 7- Coco (PG, 2017, 105 min.)

July 14- The Princess and the Frog (G, 2009, 97 min.)

July 21- Chicken Little (G, 2005, 81 min.)

July 28- Cars 3 (G, 2017, 102 min.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ BOOK CLUBS ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Well Read Book Club

Monday, May 8

6:00 pm

Come join us for the Well Read Book Club! Every month we choose a new topic for participants to read from. This month Book Club participants will read a book about motherhood.

Trouble choosing a book? We have a display in the library that you can choose from.

Banned Books Club

Join us to peacefully discuss banned/challenged books! Our next selection will be "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher

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

Where: Ely Public Library OR via Zoom

Join Zoom

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ WEEKLY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Geri-Fit Exercise Class

Mondays and Wednesdays

8am and 1pm

This is a FREE health and wellness opportunity that will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8am and 1pm. Geri-Fit® classes improve strength, balance and arthritic conditions for people 60 and over. Additional benefits include increasing flexibility, balance and mobility as well as helping prevent osteoporosis. No sign up required.

In June and July this program will be at 8am only.

Tai Chi with Tom

Tuesdays at 8:00 am

Join us in person and through Zoom!

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

Please consult your physician before beginning an exercise program.

Chatty Crafters

Tuesdays from 5-7 pm

Crafters are invited to bring your own crafts and socialize with other crafters. We'll provide the tea and coffee! Not currently working on a craft project? No problem! We will have colored pencils, coloring sheets, and other crafting supplies available.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ EARLY LITERACY OFFERINGS ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~


Mondays at 9:00 am

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 am

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 am

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.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ LIBRARY RESOURCES ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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:

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.

1 on 1 Computer Help

Do you need help with a phone, tablet, kindle, or computer? Make an appointment with the Ely Public Library! We help with all sorts of issues: learning how to use technology, help sending emails, filling out forms, scanning and faxing, and more!

Phone: 319-848-7616


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.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Library Board Meeting

The Library Board of Trustees will hold their meeting on Wednesday, May 3 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 of the Ely Public Library Membership

Friends will meet on Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30 pm

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 at 7:30pm. Join us and learn how you can be involved in helping the library!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Take a minute to learn more about the library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program. Here’s why every child in preschool and younger should join!

1. Children who are read to at an early age become more successful in school.

2. Children’s brains develop most rapidly before the age of 4.

3. Reading together helps develop bonds with parents and caregivers.

4. Listening to stories helps children’s brains grow.

Incentives you’ll receive:

1. A reusable book bag

2. Stickers and reading logs for every 100 books read

3. A prize at the ½ way point of the program

4. Recognition at the library

5. A free board book and book plate in a library book when completed

How to sign up:

1. Go to the library and tell them you’d like to sign up. They’ll give you the details. It’s that easy! You don’t have to live in Ely to participate.

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May 2023

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