ELY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Pick up a costume for Halloween, or donate one for someone else to use!
If you’re not familiar with the library’s costume exchange, here are the guidelines:
1. We will not hold costumes
2. Costumes do not need to be returned after Halloween.
3. We can take costume donations (In good condition) any time.
4. People do not need to bring in a costume in order to take one.
5. You don’t have to have a library card or live in Ely to choose a costume.
Banned Books Week - October 1-7
Celebrating your Freedom to Read ALL month long!
Exercise your right to read! Stop in to check out a book from the library's display, and test your knowledge of Banned/Challenged Books with our trivia game! Participants will be entered into our drawing for a chance to win a gift card!
Cupcake party! Commemorate Banned Books Week for all families on Saturday, October 7 at 2 pm with a cupcake party, followed by a banned book storytime in which the concept of "Freedom to Read" is discussed by reading the picture books: "This book is banned" by Julia Patton and "And Tango makes three" by Justin Robertson and Peter Parnell. These stories are for all ages. We will conclude our party with a fun game/activity. We hope to see you there!
Kid Connect for young children
September 30-November 18
This fun playgroup series is designed for families with young children. Kid Connect is open to parents/caregivers and their young children (5 years and under). Sessions include playful learning opportunities for families, educational circle time, a snack, and meeting other parents of young children. Sign-up is required for this event.
Saturday, October 7
Gardeners, this one's for you!
As we take in the last of the harvest from our gardens, let's come together and discuss our successes, failures, happy accidents, and plans for next year. We'll provide coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, and you are welcome to bring preserves, seeds, or extra produce to swap.
Friday, October 13
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! $1/3 cards, doors open at 6:30pm, and drinks and concessions will be sold to support the Ely Legion.
Bingo dates: November 10, January 12, February 9, March 8, April 12
Friends of the Library Week
Behind every great community is a great library, so take the time to celebrate National Friends of the Library Week and your library! The library would like to thank everyone who has donated their time, talents and/or monetary support. You make a difference in the life of your library! We have a wonderful library and truly appreciate the support from our community! Thank you!
We Shall Be Monsters with Kathy Wilson
This program looks at Mary Shelly's life to learn more about her and understand why the fascination with "Frankenstein" continues.
The daughter of 18th-century radicals, Mary Shelly was disowned by her family and ostracized by 19th-century society when she ran off with a married man at the age of 16. Despite continued criticism of her morals, her husband’s philandering, and the death of loved ones, she still managed to write one of the most popular novels of all time while still a teenager.
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Well Read Book Club
Monday, October 9
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 summer.
Having 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 "All Boys Aren't Blue" by George M. Johnson
When: Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 7 pm.
Where: Ely Public Library OR via Zoom
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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 50 and over. Additional benefits include increasing flexibility, balance and mobility as well as helping prevent osteoporosis. No sign up required.
Tai Chi with Tom
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.
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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/
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
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!
Bridges E-Book and E-Magazine Collection
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You can access the collection by:
- Going directly to the Bridges website
- Clicking "Sign-In"
- Selecting "Ely Public Library" as your library
- Enter your Ely Public Library card number
You can access the collection by:
- Downloading the Libby App
- Open the app and follow the prompts!
- 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.
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.
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.
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Library Board Meeting
The Library Board of Trustees will hold their meeting on Wednesday, October 4 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
Friends of the Ely Public Library Membership
Friends will meet on Wednesday, October 11 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.