Wednesday , 18 May 2022

Your Library Could Change Your Life

You never know what your local library has in store for you – a new trade, a new hobby or even a new friend.

Visit the Lorain Public Library System’s South Lorain Branch for a free introductory sewing class, something that changed Olivia Okolue’s life.

Spectrum News 13 out of Orlando, Florida recently aired a story about how Okolue started her own business using skills she learned from a free sewing program offered at her local branch. Four years later, she launched her own line of totes, backpacks, key chains and jewelry.

She is quoted in the story as saying, “I didn’t realize I could come here, learn a trade for free basically.” Did you? When was the last time you visited your local library?

If sewing doesn’t interest to you, LPLS also offers “Gardening for Native Plants,” “Colorful Landscaping,” “All About Seeds” and even “Ready, Set, Grow” for budding landscape architects ages 3 and up.

Maybe you’re a simmering chef, in which case we offer a “Healthy Basic Cooking Series,” “Beginner Bento” and “International Food Celebration.” Teens are invited to join in the fun with culinary programs just for them that include making a Southwest Chicken Salad or salsa from scratch.

Is your teen more into anime and graphic novels? Join us for “Teen Anime Night” or “Anime Amigurumi.” There’s also “Free Comic Book Day” at all of our branches, as well as a tech club and a special celebration for Star Wars Day. Sparking a new interest in a specific genre can lead to a hobby, a passion and, perhaps down the road, a career choice.

Maybe it is not learning a trade but making a connection with someone who has a common interest and perhaps finding a lifelong friend. LPLS offers a multitude of book discussion groups, a chess club, a tabletop games club and several fiber arts groups.

All the programs mentioned are free, and incredibly, are just the ones offered at the branches of Lorain Public Library System in the month of May. We have an entire summer full of additional programs for all ages and skill levels. We hope that you find several that you like; and that after enjoying a few you join one of our Writers Groups and write a book about your experience. We even offer an “Intro to ePublishing” program.

To register for any program, visit For questions or more information, please visit your local LPLS branch in Lorain, Sheffield Lake, Avon, North Ridgeville or Columbia Station.

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