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Chess Nights
With the help of our chess master (Mark Papenhausen) and other club members, you can learn new strategies, face new opponents, and see which rung you will dominate in our ongoing ladder tournament. For grades 6-12. New members are welcome. Refreshments are provided. You do not need to register for this event: you can just show up.
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Anime Club Thursdays
We've moved the anime club to Thursday evenings. Join us for Japanese culture, films, graphic novels, and more. For teens in grades 7-12 only. Refreshments are provided. Cosplay is optional. New members are welcome. There is no need to register: you can just show up.
Monster Mash Bash for Kids
Join us for spooky, silly, and funny monsters everywhere - in stories, crafts, and games. Create your own monsters to take home and design your own special monster sweet treat. For grades K-2. Sign up now. Sat, Oct 6th, 2-3:30pm.
Halloween Science
We may need your help with some of these creepy, slimy, and strange experiments. It may get messy, so dress appropriately. For grades 3-6. Sat, Oct 20th, 2-4pm.
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Stuffed Animal Sleepover
You and your stuffed animal friend are invited to the library for pajama-party fun, and afterward your stuffed friend can stay and spend the night. We'll have a teddy-bear-themed story, craft, and games. All participants will get pictures of their stuffed friends having fun at the library after hours. Animals will need to be picked up on Saturday (between 9 and 5). For children in grades K-2 and their stuffed companions. Fri, Nov 16th at 4:30pm.
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Life-Sized Clue Game
Do you enjoy the board game Clue? It's even more fun when it's life sized. Join us and find out who done it, where, and with what. Refreshments will be served. For grades 3-6. There is no charge for this program, but registration is required. Sign up in the children's room. Sat, Nov 17th, 2-4pm.
National Library Card Sign-Up Month
Your library card is the most important school supply and card in your wallet because it opens doors to free Internet access, books, magazines, social media, eBooks, movies, music, programs for all ages and so much more! Have you lost your library card? No problem! Come to the library during the month of September for a free replacement card. Plus...show us where you take your library card. Post your picture on our Facebook Wall and be entered to win a library prize pack.
Book Chat
Book Discussion
Contact Cyndi for details.
Used Book Sale
The Friends of the Library will be holding their Fall Book Sale.
Holiday Crafts Program
Make traditional crafts as well as some out-of-the-ordinary ones. Registration is required.
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It Came from the Library: Teen Read Week 2012
Join us for a week of special events just for teens, October 14th-20th. We'll show off what's lurking in the library. Let your voice be heard about library services to teens: fill out our survey, and be entered in a drawing for prizes. Stop by the Teen Area for special displays, book suggestions, contests, and more.
Monster Book Cafe
Get to know the newest additions to your YA collection of books, magazines, audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels, and more. (Materials are selected by our Teen Volunteer League.) We'll have contests, Book Speed Dating, Banned Book Bingo, video book trailers, monster cupcakes, door prizes, and more. Call or stop by the main desk to sign up. Mon, Oct 15th, 6:30-8pm.
Zombie Prom
It doesn't take a lot of brains to know that this is going to be a night of creepy fun. Dress up in your best formal zombie attire and join us for a night of dancing, refreshments, crafts, zombie apocalypse survival skills, and more. A prom king and queen will be crowned, and there will also be awards for the best costumes. Registration is required. Sat, Oct 20th, 7-10pm.
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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. Learn how to use a web browser, find websites, get information, manage tabs, make bookmarks, participate in online discussions, and more. Includes a Q&A session. Cost is $2 per person. Sign up at the main desk. Mon, Oct 1st, 5:30-8pm and Sat, Nov 3rd at 10am.
Resume Workshop
Frustrated with your resume? Need to create a resume for the first time? Want help making your resume stand out? Join us at the Galion Public Library as we welcome representatives from Crawford County Job and Family Services Jobs Plus Unit. Learn about resume formatting, how to self-assess your skills and abilities, and how to make your resume stand out! Bring your resume if you have one! Mon, Sep 10th, 6:30-7:30pm.
Apron-Free Cooking Class & Book Signing
Join Noel Lizotte for this 1 hr. cooking demonstration. Noel's point of view is simple and easy convenience cooking. Need some new ideas? Want to learn how to get good meals out quickly? Noel will demonstrate how to make 3 simple foods and SAMPLES will be provided. After class, Noel will have copies of her newly published cookbook available for purchase and signing. Call 419-468-3203 to register. Thu, Sep 13th, 7-8pm.
Astronomy: Meteorites!
It's true that a meteorite was found in Crawford County this year. Want to learn more about them? Our favorite astronomer is back. This year Dan Everly will be teaching us all about meteorites and will even have some on display. You won't want to miss this discussion. Call 419-468-3203 to register. Wed, Nov 7th, 7-8pm.
General Patton Comes to Life!
It goes without saying that General George Patton was one of the most complicated military men of all time! He was born in November 1885 and died in December 1945...but he'll come to life at the Galion Public Library. The Library once again welcomes back Ken Hammontree with Living History Productions. Ken will portray General Patton and the Third Army as they move across Northern France into Germany during the Battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944. It's an evening you won't want to miss! Call 419-468-3203 to register. Mon, Sep 24th, 6:30-8pm.
Job Opening: Children's Librarian
The library is now accepting applications for the position of Children's Librarian.
Joe the Coupon Guy
Learn how to consistently save 70% and more grocery shopping and over 90% toiletry shopping. Find ways to save on utilities, cell phones, restaurants, travel, gas, prescriptions, and much more! Joe Daugirdas, otherwise known as Joe the Coupon Guy, will teach you to become a saver instead of a spender! Call 419-468-3203 to register. www.joethecouponguy.com Wed, Oct 3rd, 7-8:30pm.
"Fall Favorites" Cooking Club
Join the Galion Public Library Cooking Club for an evening of fall favorites. Whether it's a favorite soup recipe, bread recipe, Halloween treat, etc., bring your dish and the recipe and enjoy an informal evening all about FOOD. This is a great way to get new recipes and ideas! Call 419-468-3203 to register. Tue, Oct 9th, 6-8pm.
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Halloween Make-Up Workshop
Learn make-up techniques for this year's Halloween Costume. Local theater students will teach horror, glamor, and fantasy make-up tricks that you can use at home. Registration is required. Call or stop by the main desk to sign up. Wed, Oct 17th, 6:30-8:15pm.
How to Self-Publish Your Work!
Have a dream of getting your work published? Join Noel Lizotte as she shares her dream with you and provides her insight and tips along the way. This 45 minute presentation will take you through 3 main steps. Defining your dream, Picking the right publisher for you and Working with your publisher. Question and Answer time will follow. Call 419-468-3203 to register Thu, Oct 11th, 7-8pm.
Ghost Haunt at Brownella Cottage
2012 marks the 75th anniversary of Bishop Brown's passing. What a great time for the library to partner with the Galion Historical Society for a ghost haunt at Brownella Cottage. Those 18 and older can join us for an evening with the paranormal team at Brownella. Will we see or hear anything from beyond the grave? This ghost haunt is FREE, but registration is required. Please call 419-468-3203 to register. Limited spots available. Wed, Oct 17th, 7:30-9:30pm.
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Night Before Christmas Open House
Join us at the library from 1-3pm on Saturday, December 1st for our annual holiday open house event. There will be music performances throughout the afternoon, crafts that you can make here and take with you, prize drawings, refreshments, an art show, a visit from a famous mouse, and more.
Spooky Stories
There is something for everyone for Halloween this year! If you've done the trick-or-treating, corn mazes, and haunted house...it's time to try something new. Come to the Galion Public Library to enjoy the holiday...book style. The library welcomes Spoken Images! This Ashland/Richland County based readers theatre troupe has performed publicly throughout Ohio since 1997. As the narrator sets the framework for the dramatic presentation, other actors use their voices, facial expressions, and hand gestures to interpret characters in the stories. On tap for the evening...SPOOKY GHOST STORIES. Come if you dare! Mon, Oct 29th, 7-8pm.
NaNoWriMo 2012 at the Galion Public Library
November is National Novel Writing Month and the Galion Public Library is celebrating in a big way! Ever had the desire to write a novel? We encourage and challenge you to do it in the month of November. Write 50,000 words in November and you can be a winner! Sara Gruen's bestselling Water for Elephants was written during NaNoWriMo. What's stopping you?! To help you reach your dream, the Galion Public Library along with Galion author, Rachel Mendell, will provide you with writing time, encouragement and support. Join us for our kick-off workshop on October 31st and write throughout the month at any or all of the 4 write-ins offered. Visit nanowrimo.org for more information about this national program.
Genealogy Workshops with Peggy Lauritzen
Are you intrigued by Genealogy? Want to know more about your family? Maybe you're not sure how to get started. Join us at the Galion Public Library for our 2-program genealogy workshop. Accredited Genealogist Peggy Lauritzen will be conducting the workshops. The theme for November 5th is Getting Started, and the theme for November 12th is Digging Deeper/Up in Smoke!. Please bring any information you have up to your grandparents. Mon, Nov 12th, 6-8pm and Mon, Nov 5th, 6-8pm.
Farewell Open House
Stop by the library and say farewell to Ellen, our departing Children's Librarian. Ellen and her family will be moving away, so don't miss your chance to say goodbye. Thu, Nov 15th, 5-6:30pm.
Board of Trustees
The board meets at the library at 4pm on the third Monday of each month.
Holiday Crafts
Children of all ages, come to the library and make holiday crafts that you can take home. Registration is not required: you can just come in at any time during the day. Thu, Dec 27th, Wed, Dec 26th, and Fri, Dec 28th.
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4th 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: 9 and under, 10 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 26th. Your creation will be put on display at the library. Patrons are encouraged to visit the library and vote for their favorite house during the week. Judging will take place on December 1st. Contestants do not need to be present to win.
Gingerbread Houses can be turned in starting November 26th. They must be here for judging before 10am on Saturday, December 1st. The earlier you get them in, the more chances you have to win the Best of Show Competition!
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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. 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.
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Traveling Ohio: Where Can the Two Lane Roads Take You?
Join Mike Hocker, President of the Ohio Byway Links and local Galion resident, for this 90-minute round-table discussion. Want to get away for a long weekend? Tell Mike where you want to go and he'll tell you what there is to see and do along the way! There is so much to see on the low roads. Call 419-468-3203 to register. Mon, Dec 3rd, 6:30-8pm.
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. We can only take ten people for this class, so sign up now. $2 reserves your seat.
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Holiday Bingo for Books
It's back. Our previous Bingo for Books games were so popular, we decided to do it again... just in time for the holidays. If you love books and Bingo, this is the place for you! Newly released books will be available to win, including much more non-fiction! If you're feeling lucky, call 419-468-3203 to register. Players are eligible to win a maximum of 2 books each. Thu, Dec 6th, 10-11:30am.
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Open House Photos
The pictures from our Christmas Open House and Gingerbread House Contest are up in the photo gallery.
Family Story Time
Join us Tuesdays at 6:30pm for stories, crafts, and lots of fun.
Preschool Story Time
Join us Wednesdays at 10:30am for stories, crafts, and lots of fun.
The library will be closed in observance of the holiday.
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Movie Day
Watch an animated feature film on our big screen. Popcorn and punch will be provided. Bring your own blanket and pillow. For grades K-6. Stop by the children's room to find out what movie we'll be showing (or maybe some will-o-wisps will lead you to it). Fri, Dec 28th at 3pm.
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Snow Day
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of snow-day activities: stories, crafts, games, and hot chocolate. For grades K-2. Sat, Jan 5th, 2-3:30pm.
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Tailgate Party
Come out and support your favorite team and enjoy football-themed crafts and games. Refreshments will be served. For grades 3-6. Sat, Jan 19th, 2-4pm.
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Fancy Nancy Tea Party
Dress in your fanciest and celebrate Valentine's Day with our 2nd annual Fancy Nancy Tea Party. For grades K-2. Sat, Feb 2nd, 2-3:30pm.
Cake Pop Decorating
Stop by and decorate a cake pop or two of your very own. We'll have other chocolatey-good activities as well. You can come any time between 2 and 4pm. Sat, Feb 16th, 2-4pm.