Author Visit With

Thrity Umrigar

And Community Read

Community Read Beginning March 1.
Author visit on March 30

Avon Lake Public Library, in partnership with Avon Lake City Schools, is honored to present a month-long special programming event inspired by the January 2022 Reese’s Book Club pick book, Honor, by best-selling Indian-American journalist, critic, and novelist, Thrity Umrigar.

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Community Environmental Education

The EAAB has partnered with the Avon Lake Public Library to bring programs tailored to your environmental concerns identified through our survey.

Family Programs

Beach Glass Drop Necklace

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 10am-12pm.
Come create a unique drop necklace with Lake Erie beach glass. Fee $38.

Outside the Spotlight: The Female Guitarists’ Influence on Popular Music

Wednesday, Mar. 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Take an interactive musical journey through the past century to discover the styles of influential, and often overlooked, female guitarists. Registration begins Dec. 20.

Model Railroad Train Display

Saturday, Mar. 4, 10am-5pm.
Sunday, Mar. 5, 1pm-4:30pm.
Join us for this exciting model train display by the National Model Railroad Association Mid-Central Region Division 4.

Beach Glass Sterling & Copper Earrings

Tuesday, Mar. 7, 10am-12pm.
Come create a pair of unique sterling silver and copper earrings. Fee $38.

Beach Glass Banner Wrap Necklace

Tuesday, Mar. 14, 10am.
Create a beautiful one-of-a-kind necklace with Lake Erie beach glass and Swarovski crystals. Fee $38.

Adventures in Sled-Dog Racing & Meet a Sled Dog!

Sunday, Mar. 19, 1:30pm.
Join us for an exciting program presented by the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland, where you’ll learn about Siberian Huskies, Balto, and the Iditarod.

Beaches Kick Glass!

Tuesday, Apr. 25, 9am OR Thursday, Apr. 27, 6pm.
Veterans Memorial Park Beach/Folger Home, 32756 Lake Road, Avon Lake. Find hidden treasures along the shores of Lake Erie, and learn more about the passion for glassin’.

Adult Programs

Winter Reading Challenge

Jan. 3-Feb 28.
Pick up a reading log at the Information Desk. Return your completed entry tickets for a chance to win gift cards.

Stitch Niche

Mondays, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 13,Apr. 10, 7pm-8:30pm.
Bring your knitting or crocheting project and enjoy the company of fellow needlework enthusiasts.

Bookin’ & Cookin’

Tuesdays, 1pm-2pm.
Jan. 10: Super Bowl Tailgating Treats
Feb. 14: Appetizers
Mar. 14: Indian Food
Apr. 11: Meatless Menu
Prepare a themed recipe (8-10 servings) from the Library’s cookbook collection,
and we’ll sample our culinary creations.

Cuppas and Coppers

Wednesdays, Session A, 2:30pm-3:30pm.
Session B, 4pm-5pm.
Jan. 11: His & Hers by Alice Feeney
Feb. 8: The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman
Mar. 1: The Dinner Lady Detectives by Hannah Hendy
Apr. 5: Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
Enjoy a “cuppa” with us at Rio Coffee Brewery, 33388 Walker Rd., while discussing mystery books by British authors.

Discover Your Past

Thursdays, Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, Mar. 16, 23, 7pm-8pm.
Join us as we explore a variety of genealogical research topics led by professional genealogists. Via Zoom.

Avon Lake Historical Society

Mondays, 1pm-2pm.
Jan. 16: Nursing during the Civil War
Feb. 20: Lorain County Underground Railroad
Mar. 20: Women’s Aviation Month
Apr. 17: Johnny Appleseed
Local historians present a variety of engaging programs to enlighten our past.

Take and Make Paper Crafts

Week of Jan. 17: Valentine Pop-up Card
Week of Mar. 21: Book Folded Tree
Take home supplies to make a themed paper craft.

Spice of the Month Take and Make

Pick up a “spice of the month” take-home kit that includes a spice sample and recipes.

Tea Time Book Club

Tuesdays, Session A, 2pm-3pm.
Session B, 3:30pm-4:30pm.
Jan. 17: Honor by Thrity Umrigar
Feb. 21: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Mar. 21: The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni
Apr. 18: The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams
You are invited to join us for an afternoon of tea, and a friendly book discussion.

Nonfiction Readers’ Circle

Thursdays, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 20, 7pm-8pm.
Bring a couple of your favorite nonfiction books to share.

Spirits with a Twist

Tuesdays, Session A, 4pm-5pm.
Wednesdays, Session B, 2:30pm-3:30pm. Session C, 4pm-5pm.
Jan. 24 & 25: The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
Feb. 21 & 22: Take Your Breath Away by Linwood Barclay
Mar. 28 & 29: The Maid by Nita Prose
Apr. 25 & 26: The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell
Join us at Old School Pizza & Wings, 445 Avon Belden Rd., to discuss stories with an unexpected twist.

Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club

Thursdays, Feb. 2, Mar. 2, Apr. 6, 1pm-2pm.
Feb. 2: History of the ALGC Civic Gardens
Apr. 6: Master Gardeners of the ALGC
Connect with local garden enthusiasts.

Iditarod Trail Talks

Sunday, Feb. 19, 1:30pm-2:30pm.
Learn about the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Iditarod enthusiast Eleanor Csizmadia.

Weird Moments in Cleveland Sports: Bottlegate, Bedbugs, and Burying the Pennant

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7pm-8pm.
Local author Vince Guerrieri discusses Cleveland sports and his newest book.

The Extraordinary Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 7pm-8pm.
Performer Susan Cannavino recounts the highlights and little-known facts of the life of the famed civil rights leader. Via Zoom.

Lakeshore Writers Group

Mondays, Jan. 16 , Feb. 20, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, 7pm-8:30pm.
Writer Tina Bartish welcomes aspiring writers and authors to meet.

An Afternoon with the Royals: Princess Diana

Sunday, Apr. 16, 2pm-3pm.
Presenter Julie Koenig will discuss the life and legacy of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Teens & Tweens


Ages 12-17
Get your own personally tailored book box each month.

Teen Open Play Afternoon

Grades 7-12
Wednesdays, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, Mar. 1,
Apr. 5, 3:30pm-6pm.
The teen area and our large meeting room are yours on the first Wednesday of each month.

Art Club: Tape Resist Painting

Ages 10-13
Monday, Mar. 20, 7pm-8pm.
Create your design using tape and paint. Registration begins Mar. 6.

Children Programs

Winter Reading Challenge

Jan. 3-Feb 28.
Pick up a reading log at the Children's Desk. Return your completed entry tickets for a chance to win gift cards.

Pokemon Open Play

Wednesdays, Jan. 4, Feb 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 5, 3:30pm-6pm.
Bring your cards to play or trade with other Poke-enthusiasts.

 Winter Wonderland Week!

Monday, Jan. 16-Friday, Jan. 20.
Stop by and pick up winter-themed preschool crafts to
take home while supplies last.

Paws to Read

Grades K+
Thursday, Jan. 19, 6:30pm-7:30pm.
Monday, Feb. 20, 6:30pm-7:30pm.
Saturday, Mar. 25, 10am-11am.
Sign up for a 15-minute time slot to read with a dog from Therapy Dogs International or Pet Partners. Registration begins two weeks before each event.

Magic Tree House Book Club

Grades 2-3
Monday, Jan. 30, 7pm-7:45pm OR
Monday, Feb. 27, 7pm-7:45pm.
Pick up a copy of Winter of the Ice Wizard, and join us at the Library for a book discussion and winter-themed fun. Registration begins one month before each event.

Valentine Make-N-Take Craft

Grades K+
Friday, Feb. 10-Sunday, Feb. 12.
Drop in any time to make a paper valentine for your sweetie. One per person, while supplies last.

Family Fort Night FUN!

Thursday, Feb. 16, 7pm-8:30pm.
Wear your jammies and have some old-fashioned fort-night fun.
Registration begins Feb. 2.

Super Mario Bros. Bash

Ages 6-9
Saturday, Mar. 4, 10am-11am.
Let’s celebrate the new Super Mario Bros. movie with games and activities. Registration begins Feb. 18.

Sensory Creations

Pick up Thursday, Mar. 9-Sunday, Mar. 12.
Make your very own spring flower sensory bottle. Registration begins February 23.

Beginning Reader Book Club

Grades K-1
Wednesday, Mar. 22, 7pm-7:45pm.
Pick up your copy of Dino Detectives: The Slime Attack!, and join us at the Library for a book discussion and some awesome slimy fun! Registration begins Feb. 22.

Children’s Garden Planning

All Ages With a Caregiver
Tuesday, Apr. 4, 6:30-7:30pm.
Dust off your seed catalogs and join us to help plan the Summer 2023 Children’s Garden. Registration begins Mar. 21.

The Wonderful World of Bubbles Show

Tuesday, Apr. 11, 11am-12pm.
Join Sue Durante from Zap Entertainment for an all ages bubble extravaganza!

Mischief Factory Creates!

Ages 8-12
Thursday, Apr. 13, 1pm-2:30pm.
Join David Spencer, illustrator of The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick, as well as chief mischievian at the Mischief Factory, to hear a little about how he creates his art; then use your imagination to create a story. Registration begins Mar. 30.

Earth Day Adventures

Thursday, Apr. 20, 5pm-6pm.
Saturday, Apr. 22, 10am-11am.
Meet the Lorax and make a recycled Truffula tree! On Saturday, join the Lorax on the Storybook Trail, and read the story.

Story Times

No registration. A limited number of tickets are available at the Children’s desk, beginning 15 minutes before each scheduled time. Tickets are picked up on a first-come, first-served basis each week. You may only take tickets for you and your child(ren). Please attend only one session per week.

Family Story Time

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with participating adult
Monday, Jan. 23-Wednesday, Mar.29.
Mondays: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am
Tuesdays: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 7pm
Wednesdays: 9:30am,10:30am,11:30am
Enjoy stories, fingerplays, music, and crafts with the Children’s Department staff. 30 minutes.

Step-Up Club

4, 5, and 6 year-olds on their own
Jan. 26-Mar. 30, 10am and 1:30pm.
No Step-Up Club on Nov. 24.

Join Ms. Nicole for stories, songs, and crafts just for the big kids. 30 minutes.

Baby Time

Non-walking infants ages 5 months and older with a participating adult.
Fridays, Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Mar. 24, 9:30am.
Join Ms. Kim for 20 minutes of bubbles, lap bounces, movement songs, and instrument play perfect for cuddly babies.
20 minutes. No siblings please.

Toddler Time

Walkers up to 2 1/2 year-olds with a participating adult.
Fridays, Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Mar. 24, 10:30am. Join Miss Kim for an active movement time full of fun bubbles, songs, instrument play, and parachute time perfect for on-the-move toddlers. 20 minutes. No siblings please.


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DiscoveryWorks Programs

Saturday Scouting

Grades K-5
Saturdays, Sept. 10-May 21.
Come join us for an hour of hands-on activities that help meet scouting requirements. Certificates of completion will be presented. (Physical badges/patches are not included.)
By appointment only. Please call to schedule at least two weeks before your desired program date.

DiscoveryWorks Energy Bike

All Ages
Saturdays, Jan. 7, Feb. 4, Mar. 4,
Apr. 1, 1pm-3pm.
Hop on the Energy Bike to see how mechanical energy is transformed into electrical energy. Use your legs to power up light bulbs, a fan, and more! No registration required.

DW Tinker Time

Ages 5+
Monday, Jan. 16. Fridays, Feb. 17, Mar. 10, Apr. 14, 10:30am-12pm OR 2:30pm-4pm.
Kids, families, adults - try your hand at solving our makerspace challenge of the day! Drop in anytime during our open sessions.

Wee Science - Winter Wonders

Ages 3-5 (with an adult)
Thursday, Jan. 19, 9:30am-10:30am OR 1pm-2pm OR 6pm-7pm.

Make a squishy snowman and discover how polar bears stay warm while exploring the wonders of wintertime. This one-hour hands-on science program is designed for children ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult.

DW Explorers

Ages 8-11
Wednesdays, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22,
Mar. 8, 4pm-5pm.
Come experiment, explore, and create! Join us for an hour of hands-on science and art activities in the Friends Room.


Ages 3-5
Thursdays, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 30,
Apr. 20, 9:30am-10am.
Drop in for our hands-on science program geared to let your 3-5-year-old explore and ask questions while performing simple tasks. Numbered tickets are available beginning at 9:15 am. Tickets are picked up on a first-come, first-served basis. You may only take tickets for your own child(ren).

DW Jr. Explorers

Ages 6&7
Tuesdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 14, Feb. 28,
Mar. 14, 4pm-5pm.
Come experiment, explore, and create! Join us for an hour of hands-on science and art activities in the Friends Room. Registration required beginning one week prior.

DW Adventurers - Stranger Things

Ages 10-13
Thursday, Mar. 23, 6:30pm-8pm.
Put on your favorite 80s clothing and join us for an evening of “Stranger” trivia, games, and waffle-inspired snacks. Registration required beginning Mar. 9.

Tech Help

New Year Resolution Tech

Tuesday, January, 3, 7pm-8pm.
Reviewing apps and technology that will help reach anyone’s new year goals.

Free Audiobooks on Smart Devices

Tuesday, January, 17, 7pm-8pm.
Access the library’s audiobook collection using Libby and Hoopla.

The Big Game TV Guide

Tuesday, February, 7, 7pm-8pm.
Reviewing the newest TV sets & options to watch the big game.

How to use Google Drive

Tuesday, February, 21, 7pm-8pm.
Basic intro on how to manage and use Google Drive.

How to use Windows 10

Tuesday, March, 7, 7pm-8pm.
Instructional lecture of Microsoft’s operating system Windows 10.

How to use Windows 11

Tuesday, March, 21, 7pm-8pm. 
Demoing Microsoft’s newest operating system Windows 11.

Internet Basics

Tuesday, April, 4, 7pm-8pm.
Lecture topics include how to connect to local wi-fi, use an internet browser, and visit websites.

Identity Theft & Cybercrime

Tuesday, April, 18, 7pm-8pm.
Providing insight about safeguards on preventing identity theft and cybercrime. How to protect your PC, social security, credit card, and digital identity.

Music Lessons Adults

ALPL Guitar Jam

Thursdays, Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, 23,
Mar. 9, 23, Apr. 13, 27, 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Bring your guitar and music stand and
jam with other guitarists.
Registration begins December 20.

ALPL Ukulele Jammers

Thursdays, Jan.-Apr., 7pm-8pm.
Bring your ukulele and music stand and jam with other ukulele strummers.
Registration begins December 20.

Adult Beginner Guitar I

Saturday, Jan. 14, 10am-11am.
Learn the basics of playing an acoustic guitar. Registration begins December 20.

Adult Beginner Guitar II

Saturday, Feb. 11, 10am-11am.
Learn the next steps to playing an acoustic guitar. Registration begins December 20.

Adult Beginner Guitar III

Saturday, Mar. 11, 10am-11am.
Learn some chords and play some songs on an acoustic guitar.
Registration begins December 20.

Adult Beginner Guitar IV

Saturday, Apr. 22, 10am-11am.
Learn more chords and play some songs on an acoustic guitar.
Registration begins December 20.

Music Lessons Children

Ukulele Lessons

Ages 9-12
Tuesdays, Feb. 21-Mar. 28, 6:30pm-7:15pm. Get started on the right note with a six- week course of beginner ukulele lessons.
Registration begins December 20.