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In-person
Programs
Are Back

And We are so
excited to see you

We are offering both in-person programs and programs that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Conveniently sign up for your favorites down below. We are also so excited to announce that DiscoveryWorks will open back up September 7!

in-person
programs
are back

And We are so
excited to see you

We are offering both in-person programs and programs that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Conveniently sign up for your favorites down below. We are also so excited to announce that DiscoveryWorks will open back up September 7!

Fall Into Autumn On
Our New Book Bike

peddling to parks, cruising to the beach, and into the community during September and October. All visits by the book bike are weather permitting! Schedule TBA.

 

Portico Peddlin’ Pop-Ups!

This fall, join us outside under the portico
for quick pop-up programs! Chalk It Up and show off your creative chalk skills on September 21. Then, POP in for books and bubbles on October 5.

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OhioMeansJobs Orientation

Workforce Development, this orientation will show you the path to improve your chances, connect with career experts, and qualify for tuition support. Evening sessions September 15, October 20, and November 8.

BOO
BY The
Woods

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16 5PM

BOO is back and bigger than ever!

Find us back at our old haunting place, the Avon Lake Public Library and Kopf Family Reservation woods and trails, for a BOO-TASTIC time.

Walk through the family-friendly Trail of Haunted Tales for “PG” rated spooky stories, traverse an inflatable obstacle course, meet a princess or a super hero, pet a dinosaur, and so much more!

*NEW*  If you’re brave enough, venture on down to the much scarier Basement BOO experience for mature audiences.

For tickets and information, contact the City of Avon Lake Parks & Recreation Department at by clicking here.

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READ
WRITE
LOCAL

Saturday, November 6

Meet local authors, make connections, and purchase some awesome books!

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Lakeshore Writers Group

Writer Tina Bartish welcomes aspiring writers and authors to meet, and share work on a monthly basis. Mondays at 7pm beginning September 20. Virtual option available.

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READ
WRITE
LOCAL

Saturday, November 6

Meet local authors, make connections, and purchase some awesome books!

Lakeshore Writers Group

Writer Tina Bartish welcomes aspiring writers and authors to meet, and share work on a monthly basis. Mondays at 7pm beginning September 20. Virtual option available.

Author Visit and Craft

Author Visit and Craft

Mythological and Fairy Tale Craft For Adults and Teens

October 9 at 10am $5 material fee.

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ENTER THE WOODS OF IMAGINATION
with dynamic storyteller Karly West, author of The Scholarly Banana series, as you make a polymer clay craft inspired by classic fairy tales and myths. $5 materials fee.

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Can't Stop The Music

Can't Stop The Music

Adult Beginner Guitar Lessons

Learn basic steps with Brad Gendics from Ron Zehel Guitar Center September 25, October 23, November 20, and December 18. Lessons also available on our YouTube Channel every second Monday.

Winter Tunes

With Music Therapist Hannah Gonzalez
On December 4, 11am fight away the winter blues with an active music-making class for families!

Registration begins November 20

Christmas Carolers

Join us Sunday’s in December, 2pm-3pm as local choral groups fill the Library with sounds and songs of the Christmas Season.

December 5: Christ Church West Shore
December 12: St. Joseph Parish
December 19: Avon Lake United Church of Christ

CRAFTING

CRAFTING

Winter Drop-In Crafts

Drop in December 6-December 22 and help decorate the Children’s department by crafting a paper ornament or a card. One per person, while supplies last.

Family Gingerbread House Fun

Sugar abounds at this December 11 holiday event for the whole family! Choose a 10am, 1pm, or 3pm time slot and join your child as they create a gingerbread masterpiece.
Sign up beginning November 27.

Stitch Niche

On Mondays at 7pm, beginning September 13, bring out your knitting or crocheting project and enjoy the company of fellow needlework enthusiasts.

Paper Crafts for Adults

Create and fashion unique paper craft treasures.
Join us in person or request a Take and Make craft kit.

Beach Glass Jewlry Classes

Teens & Adults
Come create a unique and lovely crisscross pattern necklace on October 12 at 10am or October 14 at 6:30pm with a real piece of Lake Erie beach glass.

Or, create unique pair of beach glass earrings November 9 at 10am or November 11 at 6:30pm.

$35 Class Fee Each Class
Tools and materials provided.

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DiscoveryWorks Needs Your Help

Be a part of DiscoveryWorks’ future and let us know your thoughts and opinions on our exhibits and overall environment as we look at updating the space. We would love to hear your feedback! CLICK HERE to fill out our short survey.

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Energy Bike

Ages 6&7

Hop on the Energy Bike September 4, October 2, and November 27 from 1pm-3pm to see how mechanical energy is transformed into electrical energy.

Harry Potter Science

Ages 6&7

Brew up some bubbling potions and discover the secret of disappearing ghost eggs. Join us Thursday December 9 from 6:30pm-8pm for an evening of spellbinding fun as we explore the science of Harry Potter.
Registration required beginning December 2

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Jr. Tree House Club

Ages 6&7

Hands-on-science and art activities for graduated wee explorers. Meet us on September 28, October 12, October 26, and November 9 at 4pm. Sign up one week prior to each meeting.

Tree House Club

Ages 8-11

Hands-on-science and art activities for our older explorers. Meet us on October 6, October 20, November 3, and November 17 at 4pm. Sign up one week prior to each meeting.

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Wee Science

Ages 3-5 with an adult

Drop in September 30, October 28, November 18, and December 16 for our hands-on science program geared to let your 3-5 year old explore and ask questions while performing simple tasks. Tickets are picked up on a first-come first-served basis starting at 9:15am. Only take tickets for your own child(ren).

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All About Your Body

Ages 3-5 with an adult

Drop in September 30, October 28, November 18, and December 16 for our hands-on science program geared to let your 3-5 year old explore and ask questions while performing simple tasks. Tickets are picked up on a first-come first-served basis starting at 9:15am. Only take tickets for your own child(ren).

Pick Up & Go Actvities

Brown Bag Science

Ages 3-5, 6&7, 8-11
Stop by the DiscoveryWorks Desk and pick up materials for hands-on science and art activities you can do at home. No registration required. One per child, while supplies last. Pick up Saturdays September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11.

Sensory Creations

All Ages
Stop by the Children’s desk and pick up supplies and instructions for some of our favorite all-inclusive, sensory activities. Register two weeks before pickup. Pick up the week of September 13, October 4, November 1.

Sustainability Kits

Ages 18+
If you’ve always wanted to start a compost, construct a rain barrel, or if you just want to know how you can be more sustainable at home, this kit is for you. Email lploenzke@alpl.org to sign up for your kit. Pick up at the Information Desk beginning September 7. 

 

Take and Make
Kitchen Projects

Ages 18+
Each food project kit contains ingredients and/or tools, along with instructions (you’ll need to add a few items from your own kitchen). Register two weeks before pickup. Pickup at the information desk the week of September 27, October 25, November 15.

 

Tell Your Story

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The Six Wives

The Six Wives of Henry the VIII

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On September 9 at 7pm, transport yourself to 16th century England during the most infamous Tudor monarchy.

With his six marriages and critical role in the English Reformation, King Henry VIII went down in history as one the most infamous British monarchs. However, the six Queens of England were more than just one word in their famous rhyme: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. Hop on Zoom to learn more about the personality of each of Henry VIII’s six wives, as well as the king himself.

Scary Lorain County

On October 28 at 7pm, local tour guides and authors Sherry Spenzer and Eric Defibaugh will take us through some of the spookiest sites in our region. You can also purchase a signed book.

Storytelling Hour

The Western Reserve Association for the Perpetuation and Preservation of Storytelling (WRAPPS) will present some of their best local tellers and best stories monthly on Tuesday evenings at 7pm beginning September 14. Attend in person or via Zoom.

Discover your past

Join us as we explore a variety of topics in our weekly virtual genealogy classes led by professional genealogists. Starting September 16, 7pm.

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Preparing a Winter Garden

On September 23 at 2pm, local organic gardener Marcia Coleman will teach you how to begin an indoor garden during winter.

Harvest Helpers

For kids of all ages with a caregiver
Drop in Thursdays in September from 5pm-8pm to pull weeds and take home veggies from Mary’s Children’s Garden. No registration.

Avon-On-The-Lake Garden Club at ALPL

Join the Avon-On-The-Lake Garden Club for presentations on a variety of gardening-related topics on September 2, October 7, and November 4 at 1pm.

Garden Clean Up

For kids of all ages with a caregiver
Join us on October 2 at 1pm to get the Children’s garden ready for winter. Help clear the beds and take home any remaining produce. No registration.

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Paws to Read

All Ages
Are you tired of reading to your mom or dad? Dogs make the best listeners. Sign up for a 15-minute time slot to read with a dog from Therapy Dogs International or Pet Partners. September 22, 7pm-8pm; October 23, 10am-12pm; and November 14, 2pm-3pm.

Tuesday Treat Days

Man’s best friend deserves some library love, too. Come visit our book bike in the Kopf Family Reservation at the intersection of Armor Road & Library Connector Trail September 14 and October 12 at 10am. Our four-legged library friends can get a dog treat while their human companions can pick up a book, and kids can make a quick craft. Weather permitting.

An Evening Out (or In)

Evening Programs for adults that are in-person or via Zoom.

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Cutting the Cord

Want to get rid of cable TV? Learn how to take advantage of free digital broadcasting with Maxx Mittelstadt on October 13 at 7pm. Attend in personor via Zoom.

“Catch Up” With Technology

Catch up with ALPL Technology Support Technician Maxx Mittelstadt on November 17 at 7pm as we navigate through current technology. Attend in person or via Zoom.

LGBTQIA+Trivia Night

Ohio’s own Dr. Ken Schneck is your host on October 6, 7pm, for this fun-filled interactive trivia extravaganza of the past 50 years of Ohio’s LGBTQ+ activism. Attend in person or via Zoom.

Rightsizing Your Life

Join us September 22 at 7pm as Lee-Ann Spacek of North Coast Residential Relocation goes over the many options for seniors and their families. Attend in person or via Zoom.

Yoga For Everyone

Join yoga instructor Marcia Camino for this six-week series on Tuesday evenings September 7-October 12. Attend in person or via Zoom.

Financial E$$entials Workshops

Sign up for monthly workshops with financial advisor Reese Brooks for a presentation on important financial topics. Tuesday evenings, beginning September 21. Attend in person or via Zoom.

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Get Ready For StoryTime

Fall sessions will be smaller to allow for more space between participants. Please attend only one session per week. You may only take tickets for your child(ren) 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Family StoryTimes

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers
with participating adult
Mondays-Wednesdays 9:30am, 10:30am
Evening option on Tuesdays at 7pm

From September 20 to December 1, enjoy stories, fingerplays, and music with the Children’s department staff. Crafts may be done after storytime at the library or taken home. No storytimes the week of November 22.

Virtual StoryTimes

Watch the weekly story on the ALPL YouTube Channel, then pick up a craft bag each Monday at the Children’s desk or through our Curbside Service to continue the fun at home.

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Step Up Club

4, 5, and 6-year-olds on their own

Join Ms. Nicole Thursdays, 10am OR 1:30pm September 23-December 2 for stories and songs just for the big kids. Crafts will be taken home to complete this fall. 20 minutes. No Step-Up Club on November 25.

Baby Time Bags

Non-walking infants ages 5 months+ with a caregiver

Designed to help caregivers engage with their young children, these activity bags include supplies and instructions for an activity or craft to share. Pick-up at the Children’s Desk or Curbside the weeks of October 11, November 8, and December 6.  Registration required, starting 2 weeks before pick-up date.

 

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"Buggy" StoryTime

All Ages

Join Mike & Sophia Triska on Saturday, September 25 at 10am to listen to the book they wrote together, Bug’s Big Surprise. Dance to some buggy music and do a craft with the authors!

Registration begins September 11.

Outdoor Family Story Time

Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers with a participating adult—20 minutes No registration requiredred for ages 4-6 but all ages welcome

On Fridays starting at 10:30am September 24-October 15, enjoy stories, fingerplays, and music outside on the South Lawn Circle. Crafts will be sent home. Dress for the weather and bring a blanket. In case of inclement weather, this event will be canceled.

Book Clubs

Children’s books are available at the Children’s desk or through our Curbside Service. Adult book discussion books areavailable at the Information desk, Curbside Service, or through the Libby App.

Beginning Reader Book Club

Pick up A Pig, a Fox, and Stinky Socks by Jonathan Fenske at the Children’s desk or through our Curbside service to read at home. Then, on September 30 at 7pm join us in person for some stinky fun or pick up an activity bag to go.

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Magic Tree House Book Club

Pick up The Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve
at the Children’s desk or through our Curbside service to read at home. Then, join us in person on October 25 or November 1 at 7pm to share some spooky fun or pick up an activity bag to go.

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Bookworms Book Club

Need someone to talk to about Harry Potter? Prepping for the DiscoveryWorks program on December 9? Join us December 7 at 7pm to discuss Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone or pick up an activity bag to go.

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Tea Time Book Club

Monthly on Tuesdays at 2pm, you are invited to join us for an afternoon of tea, cookies, and a friendly discussion about a great book. Our first book discussion is on September 21: The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline. Attend via Zoom or in person.

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Bookin’ and Cookin’

Each month select and prepare a themed recipe (10-12 servings) from the library’s cookbook collection, and we’ll sample our culinary creations. September 7 (Bon Appetizer), October 5 (Mystery Book Menu), November 2 (Native American foods), December 7 (Jewish foods).

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Spirits with a Twist

Bet you didn’t see that coming! Join us as we explore books with surprising twists. Held monthly on Wednesdays at 4pm at Gitta’s Table (32457 Lake Rd., Avon Lake). Wine available for purchase. First discussion is on September 22: Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger.

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Cuppas and Coppers

Sit down and enjoy a “cuppa” while discussing books by British authors. Held on Wednesdays at 4pm at Rio Coffee Brewery (33388 Walker Rd., Avon Lake). Our first discussion is on September 15: Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce.

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T(w)eens

T(w)eens

Ages 12-17

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Celebrate your return and your birthday with cupcakes and pizza on September 8 at 3pm.

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Murder Mystery

Lock-in

October 30, 6pm

Do you like a good whodunit? Join us after hours at the Library for an interactive Murder Mystery Lock-in.

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Celebrate your return and your birthday with cupcakes and pizza on September 8 at 3pm.

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every third Tuesday of the month at 3:30pm

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Get your own personally tailored book box at the end of each month.

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September 15, october 13, November 10, and December 8