November 2022


For more information or to register for events, go to

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!

Halloween Leftovers?

Do you have too much candy sitting around in your house and you need it to be gone?!? Not sure what to do with your costumes from this year? Consider donating these items to the library! Costumes will be saved for our annual Halloween costume exchange and candy will be used in our upcoming annual Gingerbread House Event! Drop off your donations anytime. Thank you!

Big Library Read

Big Library Read begins on November 2nd! Visit Libby to borrow the featured title ‘A Snake Falls to Earth’ by Darcie Little Badger with no waitlists or holds.

*BONUS: Use #biglibraryread on social media for a chance to win Libby swag, a tablet, & a blanket.

Make Your Own Button! (Drop-in Activity)

Monday, November 7th

3-3:30pm Teens


All ages

Come try out our button maker! We will be making pin-back buttons that are 2.25". You can draw one, or we will have magazine pages to cut out. You can even bring your own photos! Everyone is welcome to make one.

Lego Challenge

Thursday, November 10th


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 from 4-6:30 on November 10. If you create something from on 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!

Girls in STEM Kick Off

Saturday, November 12th


We will be having a pizza lunch, doing a Sweet Kitchen Science experiment making our own ice cream, and hearing from a university student doing a degree in a STEM field!

This event is only for girls grades 4-8 so please sign up participants below.

Bingo at the Ely Legion

Saturday, November 12

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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! Doors open at 6:30pm and cards are $1.

Bingo dates (all Fridays): January 13, February 10, March 10, and April 14

Chatty Crafters

Tuesday, November 15th


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.

Pinterest Party

Saturday, November 19th


Cookies and coffee while you craft! Adults and families are welcome to join us and make a windchime out of silverware, beads, and other embellishments. Feel free to bring any extra craft decoration items to use for your project.

Charlie Brown Friendsgiving at the Library

Tuesday, November 22

5:00-6:00 pm

Get ready for your Thanksgiving dinner by learning what Charlie Brown and his friends found for their Friends Thanksgiving dinner. We'll serve a bonafide Charlie Brown Thanksgiving meal while watching this 25-minute cartoon. Afterwards, we'll do a Charlie Brown craft. Fun for the whole family!

Candy Donations Accepted

We are now accepting donations of candy (gum drops, skittles, M&Ms, etc.), cereals (Trix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch) mini marshmallows, coconut, pretzels and other edible items for our Gingerbread House Decorating party in December! For more information, please contact Sarah at 319-848-7616.

Gingerbread Houses! Celebrating 15 Years!

Our annual Gingerbread House kits will be available for pick-up on Saturday, December 3rd from 9am – 12 pm! Basic house structures, frosting and candy will be provided in each kit. Supplies are limited, so register today by calling us at 319-848-7616 or signing up at

One house per family will be provided and registration is required by 5pm on Wednesday, November 30th. This family fun event is sponsored by the Friends of the Ely Public Library.

Blood Drive

Wednesday, November 23rd


Call 319-848-7616 to sign up.

Adult and Teen Take and Make

Starting Tuesday, November 1st

We are having a mini art show! Participants will recieve a canvas, 3 colors of paint, and a painting utensil. They may use whatever they have at home to complete their project. When you're done, bring it into the library and we will have an art gallery up to display everyone's work!

These are only available as supplies last

All materials and instructions needed for this project are included.

Book Club with Paula

Monday, November 14th

6:00 p.m.

1595 Dows St., Ely, IA 52227

This month Book Club participants will be reading books set in the 1950s.

Banned Books Club

Join us to peacefully discuss banned/challenged books! Our next selection will be "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie

When: Thursday, November 17th, 2022 at 7pm.

Where: Ely Public Library OR via Zoom

Join Zoom

Ely Winterfest

Save the date - Saturday, December 10th for this annual festive event. Take part in our Holiday Market, Cookie Decorating, Sleigh Rides and more!

GeriFit Exercise Classes

Mondays and Wednesdays


We are excited to start providing Geri-Fit again! This is a FREE health and wellness opportunity that will be held on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 8 am. 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. Stop in or call us at 848-7616 to register.

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!

The only date for yoga this month will be Thursday, November 17th.

Please consult your physician before beginning an exercise program.

Events for the Kids




Come play Roblox at the library on Tuesdays at 3:30pm. Please bring your own device if possible since we have a limited number of computers.


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.


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 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


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

The Library Board of Trustees will hold their meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd 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, November 9th at 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 at 7:30pm. Join us and learn how you can be involved!

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 join us.

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