August 2023


Amphibians and Lizards and Snakes and, Oh My!

Monday, August 7


Join Josh from Travel Exoticz to learn about his reptile family! Josh will introduce these cold-blooded friends and tell you about how they are cared for and fed. He will bring several to the library for you to see up close. Join us for this fun all-ages event on Monday, August 7th at 2 pm.

Autism Expert Info Session

Tuesday, August 8


How much do you know about Autism? Whether you don't know anything about the condition or know a lot about it and would like to inform others, this event is for you.

Another Summer Bites the Crust!- Back to School Pizza Party

Tuesday, August 22nd

11 am

Join us for a back-to-school sendoff the day before College Community heads back to school. We’ll have a piece of pizza and a pizza craft for the kids. While food and supplies last.

Morning Stretch with Paula

Thursdays at 8am

Paula is back with Morning Stretch on Thursday mornings. This group exercise will incorporate elements of yoga in a way that can be accommodated to any mobility level. Please bring your own yoga mat if possible as we have a limited number.

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

Well Read Book Club

Monday, August 14

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 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 "Out of Darkness" by Ashley Hope Perez.

When: Thursday, August 24, 2023 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.

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

There will be no Library Board of Trustees meeting in August, join us September 6th at 7pm for the next meeting.

Friends of the Ely Public Library Membership

Friends will meet on Wednesday, August 9 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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