January 2023


For more information or to register for events, go to www.ely.lib.ia.us

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

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Finals Study Night

Saturday, January 7th


Join us to study for finals! From 4-8pm the library will be open to only high school students. There will be quiet and noisy rooms with yoga, popcorn, and free fidget toys! We will also have a visit from a therapy dog. We hope you can join!

Take Home STEM Kits: Pasta Bridge

Monday, January 9th

Engineering is all about solving problems. Today, we have a problem for you to work on: how to build the strongest bridge - using pasta!

STEM Workshop: Penny Shine

Tuesday, January 10th


Our young chemical engineers will investigate the best tools and chemicals to successfully clean a dirty penny.

Lego Challenge

Thursday, January 12th


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 December 6th. 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!


Friday, January 13th

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) February 10, March 10, and April 14

Chocolate Bingo

Monday, January 16th


Join us at the library on Monday January 16 from 2-3 pm for Chocolate Bingo! All players get a piece of chocolate just for showing up. Bingo winners will receive even more chocolate! Games are free and all ages are welcome to play.

Book Club

Monday, January 9th

6:00 p.m.

This month Book Club participants will be reading books with an animal as the main character.

Chatty Crafters

Tuesday, January 17th


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.

Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

Wednesday, January 18th


Learn more about detection, causes, risk factors, stages, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease from Meagan Wagner, a community educator with the Alzheimer’s Association. Available in-person and through Zoom. Please register here.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 819 3797 4673

Passcode: 777231

Kid Connect Play Group

Saturdays January 21st-March 11th



Take Home STEM Kits: Polymer Bouncy Balls

Monday, January 23rd

Connecting molecules together makes larger chains called polymers. Today we’ll make polymer chains by mixing ingredients to create our own bouncy balls!

Pinterest Party- Touch Screen Gloves

Wednesday, January 25th


Cookies and coffee while you craft! Adults and teens are welcome to join us and turn a pair of gloves into touch screen gloves. We will be providing all materials, but if you are welcome to bring your own gloves.

Banned Books Club

Join us to peacefully discuss banned/challenged books! Our next selection will be "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury.

When: Thurs January 26th, 2022 at 7pm.

Where: Ely Public Library OR via Zoom

Join Zoom

STEM Workshop: Fantastic Fossils

Saturday, January 28th


For our final event of this Girls in STEM initiative, our young paleontologists will investigate how fossils are formed, then create their own. The final event will be acknowledged with a pasta lunch and dessert.


Geri-Fit Exercise Classes

Mondays and Wednesdays

8 a.m.

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.

Please note there will be no Geri-Fit on January 2nd.

Tai Chi with Tom

Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m.

Tai Chi will be only virtual January-March.

Join us through Zoom!

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

Please consult your physician before beginning an exercise program.



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.

Please note there will be no Babygarten on January 2nd.

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!

Please note there will be no Toddler Time on January 2nd.

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: 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
  • 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

Email: rachel@elyiowa.com

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 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.


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, January 4th 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, January 11th 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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