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Holiday Bingo for Books
Play bingo to win fiction and non-fiction books by popular authors (including several Christmas titles) and other prizes. This bingo event is for adults only. (A family bingo event will be held on another date.) Refreshments will be provided. Tue, Dec 15th, 6-7:30pm.
Family Bingo
Join us for a fun afternoon of family Bingo for Books (and other prizes). All players must be accompanied by a child under 12. Registration is required. Call or stop by the Children's Room desk to sign up. Sat, Jan 16th, 2-3:30pm.
Life Sized Candyland
Travel the rainbow path and make your way to the candy castle. Meet your favorite Candyland characters and collect some sweet treats along the way. Registration is required: call or stop by the children's room to sign up. Sat, Feb 6th, 2-3:30pm.
Candy Science
Try some of our super-sweet science experiments, all featuring some of your favorite candy. For grades 3-6. Registration is required: call or stop by the children's room to sign up. Sat, Feb 20th, 2-3:30pm.
Family Movie
Join us for a PG movie about a vampire's grandson.
Planned Power Outage - Again
[closed] The library will be without electrical power again for much of the day on Monday, January 18th. Due to the outage, we will be closed on the day of the outage. Thanks for your patience, bearing with us through this. As usual, any items returned in the book drop while we are closed will count as having come back the previous evening.
Early Closing, New Year's Eve
The library will be closing at 5pm on Thursday, December 31st. We will return to regular hours starting on Saturday, January 2nd.
Annual Library Association Meeting
The library association will meet. Mon, Apr 11th.
Movie Showing
Join us to watch a children's horror movie on our big screen. All ages are invited, but children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Call or stop by the library to sign up and reserve your seat. Fri, Feb 12th at 2pm.
Family Movie Day
The children's department will be showing a PG-rated feature film. Popcorn and punch will be provided. Remember to bring your blanket and pillow. Call or stop by the library to sign up now. Sat, Mar 5th at 2pm.
Spring Make-It Take-It Craft
Come in any time during library hours for spring crafts that you can make and take home. You do not need to register for this, just come. Ask at the children's desk for more information.
Meet the Therapy Dog
Children and families are invited to meet Gracie, a TDI-certified therapy dog. Gracie will be accompanied by her owner, Marcia Yunker, who will be available to answer questions. Please join us if you would like to read with Gracie, have an interest in therapy dogs, or simply want to meet our lovable canine friend. This is a drop-in program: you do not need to register, just stop by. Thu, Feb 11th, 4-5pm.
Fancy Nancy Tea Party
Join us for our ever-popular annual tea party. We'll read fancy stories, make fancy crafts, and end the afternoon with a fancy parade and, of course, a fabulously fancy tea party. Fancy attire is encouraged but not necessary. For grades K-2. Registration is required: call or stop by the children's room to sign up. Sat, May 7th, 2-3:30pm.
I Survived: Grades 3-6
We'll have activities based on the popular I Survived book series. Can you survive too? Come and find out. Registration is required: call or stop by the children's room to sign up. Sat, May 21st, 2-3:30pm.
Family Movie Day
Join us for a movie featuring classic comic characters. Popcorn and punch will be provided. Remember to bring your blanket and pillow. Call or stop by the library to sign up now. Sat, Apr 16th at 2pm.
Teen Board Meeting
5:30pm on the third Thursday each month. The teen board will meet to discuss teen matters and plan future events.
Friends of the Library Used Book Sale
The Friends will be holding their spring used book sale. All sales are by donation. Thu, May 12th, 9-8pm, Fri, May 13th at 9am, and Sat, May 14th at 9am.
Closed for Power Outage
[closed] The library will once again have its electrical power shut off by the power company on Tuesday, March 8th. As before, we will be closed for this outage. As usual, any items returned in the book drop while we are closed will count as having come in the day before. Thanks for bearing with us through this inconvenience.
Build a Kite
Not sure what to do with your extra days off? Drop in to our Makerspace and build a kite. Supplies will be made available in the Children's Room, but all ages are welcome to participate. There is no need to register for this program: you can just drop in any time all day. Mon, Mar 21st, 9-8pm, Tue, Mar 22nd, 9-8pm, and Wed, Mar 23rd, 9-8pm.
Electronics Open House
Interested in how electronics work? Want to try some great hands-on projects? Students in grades K-12 and their parents are invited to try out the following educational toys: You do not need to register for this program. You can just drop by. Thu, Mar 24th, 3-5pm.
Bingo
Play for teen books and other pop culture prizes. Refreshments will be served. For grades 6-12. Registration is required: call the library or stop by the main desk to sign up and reserve your spot. Fri, Apr 8th at 4pm.
Closed Until 1pm for System Upgrade
Our main software vendor will be performing an upgrade to our library circulation and catalog software on Thursday, March 17th. Our system will be offline for most or all of the morning, and we will be closed until 1pm. Among other things, the new version will allow us to send out email notifications more promptly, when your items come in on hold. Thanks for bearing with us through this inconvenience. As always, items returned in the book drop while we are closed will count as having come in the night before.
Bingo for Books
If you are age 18 or older, come play for your chance to win free copies of fiction and non-fiction books. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free, but registration is required since space is limited. Call or stop by the main desk to sign up. Tue, Apr 5th, 6-7:30pm.
There will be no Preschool Storytime on Monday, April 11th due to the annual Galion Public Library Association meeting. Mon, Apr 11th.
Coffee and Coloring Night (offsite)
The library will be hosting an Adult Coffee and Coloring Night at The Candi Bar. Adult coloring pages and colored pencils will be provided. Patrons can feel free to bring their own coloring books and supplies, as well. Refreshments will be provided. Drinks will be available for purchase from the cafe. (The venue is located at 125 Harding Way East.) Registration is required since space is limited. Call or stop by the main desk to sign up. Thu, Apr 28th, 5-7pm.
National Library Week
April 10-16 is National Library Week
On Your Mark, Get Set, ... Read!
Summer Reading starts June 1st.
Children ages 0-12 can register starting June 1st and pick up a reading log. Use the reading calendar to mark any day that you read at least ten minutes. (Beginning readers and pre-readers may count days in which books are read to them.)
After you have read for five days and marked them on your calendar, bring your reading log back to the library to receive a prize and get your log stamped.
When you read: You will receive:
5 days temporary tattoo
10 days free book
15 days1 2016 reading button
20 days whistle keychain
25 days punch balloon / pool party invitation2
50 days free book
1 - Complete 15 days by June 30th for a chance to win King's Island tickets.
2 - Pool Party at Heise Park Pool, July 30th, 5-7pm.
Party on the Lawn
Join us for fun and games as we kick off the summer reading program. Registration is not required for this event: you can just show up. Wed, Jun 8th, 1:30-3pm.
Learn and Explore: Astronaut Fitness
The Armstrong Museum will present a program on Astronaut Fitness. Register at the children's room desk starting the Thursday before the show. Wed, Jun 15th at 1:30pm.
Learn and Explore: Camouflage
Bill Fisher will present a program on camouflage. Register at the children's room desk starting the Thursday before the show. Wed, Jun 22nd at 2pm.
Learn and Explore: Magic Show
Poof Daddy will present a magic show. Register at the children's room desk starting the Thursday before the show. Wed, Jun 29th at 2pm.
Learn and Explore: Balloon Show
Tess Shimko will present the Team Read Balloon Show. Register at the children's room desk starting the Thursday before the show. Wed, Jul 6th at 2pm.
Learn and Explore: Music and Dance Show
Joanie Calem will present a music and dance program. Register at the children's room desk starting the Thursday before the show. Wed, Jul 13th at 2pm.
Learn and Explore: Polynesian Dance Show
Donna Shepherd will present a Polynesian dance program. Register at the children's room desk starting the Thursday before the show. Wed, Jul 20th at 2pm.
Family Movie Fridays
Join us and watch a movie on our big screen.
Craft
Drop in to the Children's Room any time the library is open and make crafts. New crafts will become available each Monday afternoon. This program runs from May 31st through July 30th.
Touch a Truck
Watch this space for more information about this program.
Get in the Game: Summer Reading 2016
Summer reading starts June 1st. Read books, win prizes.
Here's how:
  • If you are finishing grades 6-12, you can participate in teen summer reading. You may only participate in one summer reading program. (Those finishing sixth grade may choose either the children's or the teen summer reading program, and graduates may choose either the teen or adult program.)
  • Register at the children's room desk to receive your bookmark, book bag, reading log, and book review forms.
  • After reading a book (or listening to an audiobook), fill out a review form and return it to the children's desk to enter the $10 gift card drawing of your choice.
  • Each time you submit a review, your reading log should be stamped. Review five books and receive a free book. Review ten books and choose between a second free book or a certificate worth $5 off library overdue fines.
  • If you review five books by June 30th, you will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to King's Island. (Exceptions to the five-book minimum may be made for those who are actively reading longer books; please talk to the children's room staff.)
  • Attending a summer event or volunteering at a children's event will earn you a bonus ticket to enter into a weekly drawing of your choice.
  • No teen may win more than two of the weekly drawings.
Teen Weekly Gift Card Drawings:
Drawing DateGift Cards
Friday, June 10th Game Stop #1 Dollar General
Friday, June 17th Cinemark #1 Wendy's
Friday, June 24th Barnes and Noble #1 The Candi Bar
Friday, July 1st Amazon Subway
Friday, July 8th Cinemark #2 Pizza Hut
Friday, July 15th iTunes Taco Bell
Friday, July 22nd Barnes and Noble #2 Hot Topic
Friday, July 29th Game Stop #2 Dollar Tree
Saturday, July 30th (Grand Prize) Barnes and Noble ($25) Barnes and Noble ($25)
Movie Nights
Join us for a movie on our big screen.
Drop-In Papercrafting
Want to try scrapbooking, card making, or quilling? Drop in any time from 5-8pm. Use our paper punches, die cuts, stamps, and other tools. All supplies are provided. You do not need to register for this program: just drop in. Thu, Jul 7th, 5-8pm.
Life-Size Lawn Chess
All ages and skill levels are invited to play a game of chess where the players are the pieces. Weather permitting, this game will be held on the lawn. Ages 8 and up are welcome to participate, but registration is required. Call or stop by the library to sign up. Wed, Jul 27th at 6pm.
Summer Solstice Crafts
Join us for sun-themed crafts. Registration is required. Call or stop by the library to sign up. Mon, Jun 20th, 4-5pm.
Alice in Wonderland Party
Don your favorite Wonderland-themed costume and join us for croquet, a hat-making contest, games, and a tea party. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Registration is required: call or stop by the library to signup. Tue, Jun 28th, 5-7pm.
Bingo for Books
Play BINGO and win teen books or pop culture prizes. Registration is requested. Call or stop by the library to sign up. Thu, Jul 14th, 6-7:30pm.
Exercise Your Mind: Read
Summer Reading starts June 1st. It's super easy to participate.
Every book you read earns you a ticket for your choice of our weekly drawings
Weekly Prize List
Drawing Date
June 10th $20 Payne's Pizza $15 Liberty Mill $10 Wendy's
June 17th $20 Cinemark $15 M and S Pizza $10 Pizza Hut
June 24th $20 Poland's $15 DK's $10 Taco Bell
July 1st $25 Geyer's $15 Jade Palace $10 Taylor's
July 8th $25 The Candi Bar $20 Heritage Home Goods $10 Burger King
July 15th $25 Amazon $20 Phil's Deli $10 Papa John's
July 22nd $25 Rus-Men Farms $20 Big Plate Diner $10 Granny's Kitchen
Grand Prize
July 29th
$50 Barnes and Noble (two winners)

Additionally, the first hundred patrons to sign up will receive a free reusable book tote.

Summer Reading 2016
The Summer Reading program starts June 1st for all ages.
For the Spell of It
So, you think you can spell? Prove it. The library will host an adult spelling bee. Ages 13 and up are welcome to participate. The bee will be played in teams. Thu, Jun 2nd at 5pm.
Coffee and Coloring
The library will sponsor an adult coloring night at the Candi Bar. Colored pencils and coloring pages will be provided, but feel free to bring your own as well. Drinks will be available for purchase. Thu, Jun 30th, 5-7pm.
Fairy Gardening 101
Curious about the magical art of fairy gardening? Janet from Janet's Floral and Design in Ontario will be giving an informal talk on the basics, in the library's Community Room. Light refreshments will be served. Thu, Jul 28th, 6-7pm.
Preschool Storytime
Join us on Mondays at 6:30pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30am. In addition to stories, these times also feature crafts, games, and other fun.
Anime Club
Join us for anime, manga, cosplay, and Japanese culture. Note that we are switching to Tuesdays starting in January. Teens in grades 6-12 do not need to register for the anime club: you can just show up.
Closed
[closed] The library will be closed in observance of the holiday.
Games Club
The chess club has become a games club. We will still have chess available, but we also now invite others to join in and play other board games and card games. Bring your own game or play one of ours. New members in grades 6-12 are invited to join at any time. Refreshments are provided. You do not need to register for the games club: you can just show up.
Board of Trustees
The library board meets at the library at 4pm on the third Monday of each month.