PORT CLINTON – It’s not just the pandemic that is keeping more people home these days. Cold winter Ohio weather is enough to make snuggling under a blanket in the living room a great way to spend an evening. Ida Rupp Public Library and its branch libraries are making staying in more fun by offering a host of activities and online events that can be enjoyed in your pajamas.
Ida Rupp Public Library
Ida Rupp has planned a variety of online and in-home activities for all ages, including a Valentine’s Jingle Contest for teens. Teens in sixth-12th grades are encouraged to create and submit an original Valentine’s Day jingle that is “serious, funny or corny,” according to the Ida Rupp website. Entries must be submitted in written or video form by Feb. 26.
For those planning a long night on the couch, Ida Rupp has created Binge Bundles of similarly themed movies.
“These are DVDs that people can binge on in a certain category, like horror, comedy, and romance,” said Ida Rupp, fiscal officer and marketing manager Jan Beck. “Some we get from vendors in a set, and we also curate our own.”
All ages can participate in the Winter Reading Challenge by picking up a bingo card at the library. Participants complete a bingo by reading books or watching movies in a certain category.
Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library
“Readers and listeners” from toddler to sixth grade can pick up a Love Bug kit at the Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library for a chance to win a prize in the Love Bug Reading Challenge.
“This is an opportunity for people to read with their kids,” Beck said.
Couples or families can plan a special movie night at home with the help of the library’s Let’s Stay In Movie Night bundle. Each bundle includes a movie, a bag of popcorn, and chocolates.
“You don’t have to go out but can have a date night at home,” Beck said.
The library’s popular program, “Writer’s Group with Brenda Haas,” has been meeting by Zoom throughout the pandemic. Every first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., Haas gathers virtually with writers and perspective writers to answer questions and offer critiques. For information on joining the Writer’s Group, email Haas at [email protected]
Erie Islands Library
Winter is a great time to experiment with different interests, so the Erie Islands Library is offering “Blind Date with a Book,” to expose its patrons to different genres and different authors. Books are wrapped up and labeled with just a short synopsis so patrons can choose one at random with the hope of discovering a new favorite.
“You pick up a book on blind faith,” Beck said. “It’s a way to break us out of our comfort zone and introduce us to a different author we don’t know.”
One of the library’s most popular online programs is Kitchen Chemistry with Sue. Each month, Sue Duff live streams a science experiment on the Erie Island Library Facebook page using ingredients you can find in your kitchen. On Wednesday, Duff will talk about the fun kids can have with a simple penny.
Prior to the pandemic, the library’s Words & Wine book club was held in a local winery. Now, participants still meet virtually on Zoom, where they discuss books and enjoy beverages from their own homes.
“This book club is unique because you don’t have a book assigned each month,” Beck said. “Instead, they just ask people to talk about books they’re reading, books they’ve read, or authors they like.”
For a full list of library programs, visit idarupp.org. To access the library’s electronic resources, click on “Digital Media” under the “Read, Watch, Listen” tab on the website’s main page.
Contact correspondent Sheri Trusty at [email protected]