Friends of the Library meeting
The Friends of the Library meets at the library on the first Tuesday each month.
- Tue, Sep 6th at 8:45am
- Tue, Oct 4th at 8:45am
Fri, Oct 7th at 8:45am
- Tue, Nov 1st at 8:45am
- Tue, Dec 6th at 8:45am
Tecumseh - A Living History Production
Ken Hammontree of Living History Productions will portray Tecumseh. Tecumseh was born in 1768, probably at Old Piqua, along the Mad River in Ohio. He was a Shawnee Indian and eventually became one of their greatest leaders. Known as the
Panther Crossing the Night Sky
, Tecumseh fought against the expansion of the United States into the Midwest Indian lands.
Join us for this one-hour presentation followed by a question and answer period. Registration is required. Please call 419-468-3203 to register.
Mon, Aug 8th, 6:30-8pm
Front Stairs and Bookdrop Will Close for Repairs
The library's front stairs and the front book drop will be unavailable while some repair work is done on the stairs. This will start soon. The lower entrance (from the library parking lot) and downstairs bookdrop will remain open during regular hours.
Thanks for bearing with us. We hope to have both entrances and both book drops back in operation before too long. We were told the repairs would start on August 17th
, so that should be happening any time now. We hope they will be finished by the end of September.
Family Story Time
Tuesdays at 6:30pm starting September 6th
through October 18th
Join us in the Community Room for songs, stories, crafts, and fun! These activities are designed for preschoolers, their parents, and older siblings to share together.
Preschool Story Time
Wednesdays at 10:30am starting September 7th
through October 19th
Join us in the Community Room for stories, crafts, and activities. All preschoolers are welcome.
Used Book Sale
The Friends of the Library will be hosting their fall book sale in October
Proceeds will benefit the library.
Tue, Sep 27th, 10-8pm
Wed, Sep 28th, 10-5pm
Thu, Sep 29th, 10-Noon
- Thu, Oct 27th, 9-8pm
- Fri, Oct 28th, 9-5pm
- Sat, Oct 29th, 9-Noon
Picture It: Teen Read Week
Picture this: millions of teens all across the country gathering at libraries to celebrate reading, October 17th-22nd
We'll be hosting special events all week, aimed at encouraging area teens to read for the fun of it. Thousands of libraries across the country will hold similar events centered on this year's theme, Picture It!
, which encourages teens to check out a variety of materials, including graphic novels, movies, books about photography, and more.
Take a Better Photo - with Mark Blum
Don't miss out on capturing some great end of summer pictures this year. Join local photographer Mark Blum as he provides his tips and tricks for capturing the best pictures. Remember to bring your camera!
This is a hands-on workshop. The workshop will begin with a walking tour of the library grounds and around the block. During this time, Mark will aid you in trying to capture great pictures. Then, come inside where you can upload your photos on our laptops (or bring your own). You'll be able to critic your photos and get pointers on what could be improved upon. Registration is required and limited to 10. Call 419-468-3203 to register.
Sat, Aug 20th, 10-Noon
The library will be closed in observance of the holiday.
- Mon, Sep 5th,
- Thu, Nov 24th,
- Fri, Nov 25th,
- Sat, Dec 24th,
- Mon, Dec 26th,
- Mon, Jan 2nd,
Top Ten Voting
, or I am Number 4
? Clockwork Angel
or Hex Hall
? Which book was your favorite of 2011?
You have until September 16th
to make your choice count in the National
Teens' Top 10 Vote, and you could win some prizes doing it. Here's how:
- Starting Monday, August 29th, Come in to the lower level of the library and pick up a paper ballot, which will be your ticket in the prize drawings and the Galion Teens' Top 10 vote.
- Then go online at the library to participate in the National
Teens' Top 10 vote.
- During Teen Read Week, October 17th-22nd, the results will be posted, and we'll draw names from the ballots for $10 gift cards for local shops and restaurants and iTunes cards.
Kids in grades K-6, come watch a movie projected on our big screen. The movie is rated PG.
(We're not supposed to say what movie it is, but one of the characters has really long hair.) This program is free, but you must register. Popcorn will be provided.
Sat, Sep 17th at 2pm
Come help us celebrate fall.
- Sat, Oct 1st, 2-3:30pm,
- Sat, Oct 15th, 2-4pm,
It's a Skippyjon Jones Party
Join us for a story, crafts and a life-size game of SkippyJon Jones Memory and Bingo.
For grades K-2. The program is free, but registration is required.
Sat, Nov 5th, 2-3:30pm
Hugo Cabret Day
Join us for activities based on the Caldecott Award winning book
of Hugo Cabret
, by Brian Selznick.
Create your own clock and a special notebook to take home. For grades 3-6. There is no charge for this event, but registration is required.
Sat, Nov 19th, 2-4pm
The chess club is the longest-running teen program at the library.
Whatever your skill level, join our ongoing
and find out which rung you will dominate.
- Thu, Sep 1st, 6-8:15pm
- Thu, Sep 15th, 6-8:15pm
- Thu, Oct 6th, 6-8:15pm
- Thu, Oct 20th, 6-8:15pm
- Thu, Nov 3rd, 6-8:15pm
- Thu, Nov 17th, 6-8:15pm
- Thu, Dec 1st, 6-8:15pm
- Thu, Dec 15th, 6-8:15pm
Video Game Night
Join us after hours for a night of gaming.
Showplace Rent-to-Own will provide big-screen TVs, and Stickman's will provide the games. For grades 7-12. Registration is required.
Sat, Sep 10th, 7-10pm
Hollywood High Mystery Night
Come to the
Club Banquet at Hollywood High School, assume the role of one of the colorful characters, learn their secrets, and solve the mystery while dodging suspicion yourself.
Guests include nerdy Duncan Flushwater, athletic Fletcher Bysepps, and glamorous Tanya Bunsoff. When the banquet is interrupted by a fire in the science lab, you'll have to figure out which one of the guests started it. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Please come in prior to the mystery to register and choose a character to play.
Sat, Oct 22nd, 7-10pm
Japanese culture, films, and manga.
For teens in grades 7-12.
Mon, Sep 5th, 6:30-8:15pm
- Mon, Sep 12th, 6:30-8:15pm
- Mon, Oct 3rd, 6:30-8:15pm
- Mon, Nov 7th, 6:30-8:15pm
- Mon, Dec 5th, 6:30-8:15pm
Take a Better Photo - with Marcheta Gibson
Don't miss out on capturing some great pictures during the school year! Join local photographer Marcheta Gibson as she provides her tips and tricks for capturing the best pictures. Remember to bring your camera!
This is a hands-on workshop. The workshop will begin with a walking tour of the library grounds and around the block. During this time, Marcheta will aid you in trying to capture great pictures. Then, come inside where you can upload your photos on our laptops (or bring your own). You'll be able to critic your photos and get pointers on what could be improved upon. Registration is required and limited to 10. Call 419-468-3203 to register.
Sat, Sep 3rd, 10-Noon
Interested in Astronomy and want to learn more? This workshop is for you! Following a successful 2010 workshop, local astronomy expert, Dan Everly is back! This workshop will focus on astronomy basics - stars, planets, comets, star clusters, meteors and galaxies.
You won't want to miss Dan's presentation! Call 419-468-3203 to register.
Thu, Sep 8th, 7-8pm
Hands-On Internet Class
Get hands-on experience using a web browser to find information on the internet. This course will start you off on the ground floor and rocket you into the online world.
Help us break in our laptop computer lab. We can only take ten people for this class ($2 reserves your seat), so sign up now.
Tue, Oct 11th, 2-4:30pm
Creating your Memoirs
Back by popular demand. Join Rachel Mendell for her 2nd fall workshop. Unlock memories as simple every-day objects are used to open doors that have long been shut.
Then, learn tips on making a memory into a story. Finally, get advice on creating a longer work - your memoirs. Registration is required. Please call 419-468-3203 to register.
Sat, Oct 1st, 9:30-11:30am
Picture It Workshop
Local photography expert Marcheta Gibson will show how to set up a scene with props, lighting, and people.
Design a poster using photographs and the Picasa software. A digital camera with an SD card is required. Registration is also required.
Mon, Oct 17th, 6:30-8:15pm,
Teen Book Chat
This isn't your grandma's book club. We'll be taking a look at book trailers on YouTube, author websites, and other sources that can help you find your next favorite book.
Try out an ebook reader to see what all the buzz is about. We'll have trivia contests, games, and door prizes. Bring the best book you've read lately to share with others.
Wed, Oct 19th, 6:30-8:15pm
Books-to-Movies Film Festival
There's no school for Galion, so drop by the library for a relaxing afternoon watching movies that have come from books.
Refreshments will be served. The movies will be rated from G to PG-13. Titles are TBA
(or you can stop by and ask Ellen if she has any inside information).
Fri, Oct 21st, Noon-5pm
Genealogy: Preparing for a Cemetery Research Trip
The Galion Public Library is thrilled to welcome back Peggy Lauritzen for 2 Genealogy programs this fall. Many might remember Ms. Lauritzen from her EXCELLENT programs in 2010. If you're interested in genealogy, want to learn more about your family, and enjoy history, this is the program for you.
This workshop will aid both those that haven't started their genealogy project yet and those who are well into their family history. The focus will be on how to discover the stories that are waiting to be discovered in the cemeteries. Please bring information up through your grandparents (date of birth, city of birth, marriage dates, date of death). Call 419-468-3203 to register.
Wed, Oct 5th, 6-8pm
Hands-On Documents Class
Get hands-on experience using a computer to create documents. This course starts you out on the ground floor with word processing and will teach you to create documents, edit them, format them to look just like you want, copy and paste, insert pictures, and more.
We have our laptop training lab now, so you'll have the chance to practice everything the instructor is doing on the big screen, following along at your own seat, using one of our laptops. Cost is $2 when you sign up.
Tue, Nov 1st at 2pm
Genealogy: Migration Trails into Ohio
Join Ms. Peggy Lauritzen for her 2nd workshop this fall. This workshop will focus on the Migration Trails that brought our ancestors into Ohio.
This workshop will aid both those that haven't started their genealogy project yet and those who are well into their family history. Please bring information up through your grandparents (date of birth, city of birth, marriage dates, date of death). Call 419-468-3203 to register.
Wed, Oct 12th, 6-8pm
Senior Workshop: Tackling Social Media
Are you a Senior who is curious about the buzz behind Facebook and our local website GalionLive!? Want to know more about these 2 social media sites? This workshop is for you.
This workshop is designed to introduce both social media sites to participants. Through the use of our Laptop Lab, participants can create their own Facebook page (if desired) and explore the GalionLive! website. Thomas Palmer, creater of GalionLive!, will be on hand to show us the in's and out's of the website.
Tue, Oct 18th, 10-11am
Holiday Card Making Workshop
Join local Stampin' Up demonstrator, Kerrie Zeuch for a Holiday Card Making workshop. Participants will get creative tips and ideas for making the perfect Holiday Cards.
Each participant will create 2 holiday cards and multiple holiday gift tags during this 2 hour workshop. This workshop is FREE but registration is required. Call 419-468-3203 to register.
Tue, Nov 1st, 6-8pm
Read with Our Friend Griff, the Reading Dog
Griff, an American Labrador Retriever, is a trained therapy dog as part of Therapy Dog International's
Tail Waggin' Tutors
program, and he listens to boys and girls read books. He'll be here on Wednesdays from 5-6pm starting September
Studies show that therapy dogs calm students so that they can practice, gain confidence, and improve their skills in a relaxing environment. Parents can sign their children up for a ten-minute session of reading with Griff.
Christmas Open House
Join us for music, refreshments, storytimes, and children's crafts. The wish tree will be up.
Sat, Dec 3rd, 1-3pm
New to using e-books and e-readers? Join Director, Vicki Eckenrod and Technology Specialist, Nathan Eady of the Galion Public Library for this instructional session offering hands-on training.
Participants will be instructed on how to utilize Galion Public Library's e-book lending program, OverDrive. All patrons have access to the e-book collection starting Monday, December 5, 2011.
Thu, Dec 8th, 6-8pm
Create Your Own Blog Workshop
Do you have the desire to blog? Want to learn how to share your daily stories and insights with your friends and family far and near? This workshop is for you.
Create Your Own Blog
will be lead by Rachel Mendell and Marcheta Gibson. We will use our laptop lab and by the end of class you will have your own blog. Limited availability. Call today to register! 419-468-3203
Sat, Nov 19th, 10-Noon
Join our lively book discussions.
- Thu, Sep 1st at 6:30pm
Sun, Oct 16th at 6:30pm
- Thu, Nov 3rd at 6:30pm,
- Thu, Dec 1st at 6:30pm,
Annual Gingerbread House Contest
Our annual Gingerbread House contest is back! Gingerbread houses this year can be constructed out of any edible ingredient, not only from gingerbread. Entries will be judged in three categories: 12 and under, 13 and up, and groups.
In addition to the first and second place prizes for each age group, we will also be having a grand prize for Best in Show. Gingerbread houses should be brought to the library during the week of November 28th
. Your creation will be put on display at the library. Patrons will be encouraged to visit the library and vote for their favorite house during the week. Judging will take place on December 3rd
. Contestants do not need to be present to win.
Sat, Dec 3rd
Board of Trustees
The board meets at the library at 4pm on the third Monday of each month.
Digital Camera Class: Point and Shoot
Do you have a Point and Shoot camera that you're not sure how to use? Join photography expert, Marcheta Gibson, for her "get-to-know-your-camera" class.
Bring your camera and your manual in order to take full advantage of her expertise.
Sat, Jan 7th, 10-Noon
Digital Camera Class: SLR
Do you have an SLR camera that you're not sure how to use? Join photography expert, Marcheta Gibson, for her "get-to-know-your-camera" class.
Bring your camera and your manual in order to take full advantage of her expertise.
Sat, Jan 14th, 10-Noon