Notice about hours: Sunday, May 29 is the last Sunday our North Ridgeville and South Lorain Branches will be open for the season. They will resume their Sunday hours in the fall. All branches of the Lorain Public Library System will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.
LPLS Programming May 17 to May 31
Information Station: Privacy and Security Online: Monday, May 2 to Tuesday, May 31; Avon Branch • Stop by the library to pick up resources about basic online privacy and security. Get tips on managing passwords, browsing anonymously and much more for the whole family.
Superhero Scavenger Hunt: Monday, May 2 to Tuesday, May 31; Avon Branch • Kids can search the library for superheroes! Complete the scavenger hunt during the month of May to earn a small prize.
Nature Story Time: Tuesday, May 17; 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.; Miller Nature Preserve • Join Avon Branch staff for a special story time at the Miller Nature Preserve, then take a short discovery hike. If there is inclement weather we will do an alternate activity. Register both caregiver and child at https://reservations.metroparks.cc/programs/.
Maker‑in‑Residence Open Studio Hours: Tuesdays, May 17, 24, 31; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Main Library • Stop in and visit with our current Maker‑In‑Residence, Carida Diaz, and learn about her techniques and methods as she designs, engraves, and cuts with the Glowforge in our Create Space.
ABCs of Art: Tuesday, May 17; 6 to 7 p.m.; Domonkas Branch • Take a hands‑on approach to exploring the world of art history through a child’s eyes. Covering everything from well‑known painters like Van Gogh and Picasso to different art styles like Pop Art and Pointillism. School‑age children should come dressed to work with paint, clay, glue and other messy mediums. Preregistration required.
Book Discussions: Tuesday, May 17; 6 p.m. at the South Lorain Branch “The Guide” by Peter Heller; Wednesday, May 18; 6:30 p.m. at the North Ridgeville Branch “The Wives” by Tarryn Fisher; Mondays, May 23; 2 p.m. at the Columbia Branch “Imagine Me Gone” by Adam Haslett; Monday, May 23; 6:30 p.m. at the Domonkas Branch – call branch for title • Spend time each month discussing a great book and making new friends. Copies of the books are available at the library. New members are welcome. Preregistration required. Hybrid.
Chess Club: Wednesdays, May 18, 25; 4 p.m.; South Lorain Branch • Open play sessions are for all levels, from beginner to expert.
Maker‑in‑Residence: Open Studio Hours: Wednesdays, May 18, 25; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; South Lorain Branch • Stop in and visit with our current Maker‑in‑Residence, author Raquel M. Ortiz, and learn about her techniques and methods as she works on multimedia storytelling, Kamishibai and more.
Keith Haring Art for Kids: Wednesday, May 18; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Main Library • Learn about the iconic art of Keith Haring in this art project for kids. Kids will make figures in motion with colorful backgrounds like Keith Haring’s graffiti style figures. Preregistration required.
Pajama Story Time: Wednesday, May 18; 7 p.m.; South Lorain Branch • Put on your PJs, grab your favorite stuffed animal and meet us for a bedtime storytime. We’ll share books, rhymes, and songs to help you settle down for the night so you’re ready to drift off to sleep. Pajamas are encouraged, but not required. Preregistration required. Hybrid.
Book Sale: Thursday, May 19, 26; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (May 26 is Penny Day); Friday, May 20; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 21; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Monday, May 23; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, May 24; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, May 25; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nickel Day; Main Library • Admission to the book sale preview is reserved for members of the Friends of the Lorain Public Library, Inc. New members may join, or former members may renew their annual memberships that evening.
Maker‑In‑Residence Workshop: Multimedia Storytelling Part 1: Thursday, May 19; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; South Lorain Branch • Create a puppet theater adaptation of author Raquel M. Ortiz’s book, “When Julia Danced the Bomba,” celebrating literacy, songs, dance, community and Afro Puerto culture. This two‑part workshop will cover creating scripts, lyrics, music, dance routines, scenery and props. Preregistration required.
Beginner Pilates: Friday, May 20; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Domonkas Branch • Posture is often the first thing people notice about a person, and those who carry themselves with poise display grace and confidence. This class will help teach the basic fundamentals of Pilates and establish proper form that will benefit you for a lifetime. Participants should bring a yoga mat or similar with them. Preregistration required.
Let’s Zumba®!: Friday, May 20, 27; 2 to 2:45 p.m.; North Ridgeville Branch • Have fun and get fit as we dance to Latin beats! Preregistration required.
Fiber Arts Groups: Friday, May 20; 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Domonkas Branch; Monday, May 23; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the North Ridgeville Branch • For new and long‑time knitters and crocheters. If you have a “UFO” (an Unfinished Object) that you would like to work on with us, bring it or start something new!
Shred Day: Saturday, May 21; 9 a.m. to noon; Sheffield Lake City Hall • Each household may bring up to five standard‑size copier paper boxes or five grocery‑size bags of documents. Staples are fine, but no paper clips, binder clips, binders, spiral‑bound notebooks, other metal objects, batteries or electronics. This free event is provided by the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District. The event may end early if the truck is full.
Maker‑In‑Residence Workshop: Multimedia Storytelling Part 2: Saturday, May 21; 2 to 3:30 p.m.; South Lorain Branch • Create a puppet theater adaptation of author Raquel M. Ortiz’s book, “When Julia Danced the Bomba,” celebrating literacy, song, dance, community and Afro Puerto culture. This two‑part workshop will cover creating scripts, lyrics, music, dance routines, scenery and props. Preregistration required.
Ready, Set, Grow!: Saturday, May 21; 2 to 3 p.m.; North Ridgeville Branch • A presentation of backyard gardening, gardening tools, weather conditions, growth zones and more to teach children about gardening. Perfect for children ages 3 and up. Preregistration required.
50 Years of Magic: Walt Disney World: Tuesday, May 24; 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Domonkas Branch • A celebration of one of the world’s most popular theme parks, from its inception to plans for future attractions. Preregistration required.
Tabletop Games Club: Tuesday, May 24; 6 p.m.; Columbia Branch • Join us for a fun evening of card games and board games. Preregistration required.
Beginner Bento: Tuesday, May 24; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; North Ridgeville Branch • Portion control doesn’t have to be a drag! Learn how to prepare eye‑catching, healthy lunches in the style of Japanese bento. Preregistration required.
Maker‑in‑Residence Workshop: Tuesday, May 24; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Main Library • Adults, come and learn the basics of the Glowforge with our current Maker‑in‑Residence Carida Diaz. Each program will be hands‑on and participants will learn a new skill. Preregistration required.
Managing Photos Online: Wednesday, May 25; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Columbia Branch • Learn how to upload, edit, share, and delete photos on iCloud and Google Photos. Preregistration required. Hybrid
The Lakeview Pen: Wednesday, May 25; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Domonkas Branch • Would you like to try your hand at creative writing but need some inspiration? Join us for monthly meetings to sharpen your writing skills and share ideas with other novice writers. Bring drafts of your work and be prepared to critique as well as have others review your writing. Preregistration required. Hybrid.
Bad Art Night: Thursday, May 26; 6 to 7:30 p.m.; North Ridgeville Branch • Let your imagination and sense of humor run wild and create the worst piece of art in the room. All materials will be provided. Intended for ages 18 and up. Preregistration required.
Teen Anime Night: Thursday, May 26; 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Domonkas Branch • Join fellow fans for an evening of anime and light refreshments. Perfect for those in sixth to 12th grade. Preregistration required.
Story Time in the Woods: Friday, May 27; 10:30 to 11 a.m.; Every Child’s Playground, 36265 Detroit Road • Offered 2 Fridays per month April to October. Music, movement activities and play will accompany nature‑themed stories. Dress for the weather and bring a blanket. Weather permitting.
Eating the Rainbow: Saturday, May 28; 2 to 3 p.m.; Domonkas Branch • A fun story and a creative art project will introduce children to the importance of eating a variety of fresh food. We will learn about the health benefits and vibrant flavors of different colored fruits and vegetables. Preregistration required.
Summer Lunch for Kids: Beginning Tuesday, May 31; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the South Lorain Branch; 1 to 2 p.m. at the Main Library • The Lorain Public Library System is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Ages 18 and under are invited to come to lunch Monday through Friday all summer long, with the exception of Monday, July 4 when the branches are closed.
Friends of the Lorain Public Library, Inc. Meeting: Tuesday, May 31; 5 to 6 p.m.; South Lorain Branch • Join a fun group of library enthusiasts who host book sales and volunteer at various programs in support of our beloved branch.
Book to Table: Tuesday, May 31; 6:30 p.m.; Main Library • We will recreate a popular children’s book with a food reference in the kitchen. Preregistration required. Hybrid
Intro to ePublishing: Tuesday, May 31; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Domonkas Branch • A brief overview of Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, which includes creating an account, navigating the user features and the first steps of drafting a book. Preregistration required. Hybrid
Grab & Go Bags: Avon Branch • Throughout the month, the Avon Branch will off a variety of Grab & Go crafts and activities for every age range for you to enjoy at home. Stop in during regular library hours and see what we have for you!
Patrons can register for events at LorainPublicLibrary.org/events. Events listed as “Hybrid” can be attended in person or virtually. Preregistration is required for both options.
Lorain Public Library System Branches: Main Library, 351 W. Sixth St. Lorain, OH 44052 (440) 244-1192 • Avon Branch, 37485 Harvest Dr. Avon, OH 44011 (440) 934-4743 • Columbia Branch, 13824 W. River Rd. North Columbia Station, OH 44028 (440) 236-8751 • Domonkas Branch, 4125 E. Lake Rd. Sheffield Lake, OH 44054 (440) 949-7410 • North Ridgeville Branch, 35700 Bainbridge Rd. North Ridgeville OH 44039 (440) 327-8326 • South Lorain Branch, 2121 Homewood Dr. Lorain, OH 44055 (440) 277-5672