In the News


ECPL celebrates makers of all ages during the inaugural Erie Makes day at library and community locations throughout Erie County. Read more.

Erie County’s COVID-19 “Book of Remembrance” rotates to all library locations. View media release here.

Friends of the Erie County Public Library scale down their annual Great American Book Sale to host at Blasco Library: Erie Time News article

Erie County Public Library wins 2 National Association of Counties awards for innovative solutions during COVID-19 pandemic. Read about all Erie County’s awards Here

We’re celebrating National Library Week! Join the fun from April 4-10 and learn more here.

The Library will work with Bostwick Design Partnership to plan for the future of the Millcreek Branch Library. View the media release here.

Maker kits are now available to check out at the library! Bring Idea Lab projects into your home; learn more here.

Erie County Public Library locations will reopen to the public on Monday, March 8. All locations will follow COVID-19 guidelines and adhere to practices approved by the Erie County Department of Health. Read the media release here.


Erie County Public Library partners with Community Health Net to offer open enrollment presentations under ALA’s “Libraries connecting you to coverage” grant. View the media release here.

The Library has partnered with Community Health Net to offer information on open enrollment health insurance coverage options and processes. Read more: MediaRelease_ECPL_OpenEnrollment_11.24.2020

All library locations will shift to a curbside pick up only model beginning Saturday, November 21. Read more about details about curbside and additional services: MediaRelease_ECPL_Curbside_11.18.2020

The Erie County Public Library is seeking nominations for new stops on the Bookmobile service route. Read more: MediaRelease_ECPL_Bookmobile_11.17.2020

The Blasco Library will no longer be providing Sunday hours, effective July 19 through the end of 2020. Read on for more details: MediaRelease_ECPL_Sundays_7.14.2020.

The Library is reopening on Monday, July 13. Read about changes you’ll notice and how we’re reopening in our press release: PR_ July 13 reopening. View additional coverage here.

The Library’s 2020 Summer Library Challenge kicks off on Monday, July 13, in digital format! Readers of all ages will be able to register and track their reading progress online. Read on for more details: MediaRelease_ECPL_SummerLearningChallenge_7.6.2020

The Library announced the second phase of reopening, Lobby Service, to start June 26. Read more in the press release: MediaRelease__ECPLlobbyservice_6.26.2020

The Library announced phased plans for reopening, beginning June 1. Read more in the press release: MediaRelease_ECPL_Reopening Plans begin June 1_5.27.2020

Restoration work on the Minerva statue has begun! Read and watch more about the efforts here.

ECPL announced a call for interested artists to submit their qualifications to design the pedestal for our recently returned Minerva Statue.  All interested parties are invited to apply by February 28th.  Full information is available in the RFQ Packet.

Library Director Blane Dessy, Librarian Rachel Stevenson, and Library Assistant Courtney Baran presented on the library’s Minerva statue at the Jefferson Educational Society. Read more on the statue here.

Erie-area book clubs, both library run and otherwise, were featured in Meg Loncharic’s column in January. Read the article here! And check out our list of Book Club in a Bag kits here.

The public libraries in Erie County, including all ECPL locations, began offering automated renewals on January 1st. Eligible items are automatically renewed, lessening worries about due dates and late fees! Read GoErie’s coverage here.


The Blasco Library’s Peninsula Room was featured in Deborah Fallows’ ‘A Portrait of Public Libraries‘ article in the Atlantic.

The Erie County Public Library was awarded Gold Star status in the PA Forward program from the Pennsylvania Library Association. Learn more about PA Forward’s star program here.

The Erie County Public Library and Public Libraries of Erie County now offer automatic renewals for eligible items. Read more at Erie News Now.

The Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper proclaimed Friends of Libraries week from October 20th through October 26th in Erie County. Watch YourErie’s coverage or read more on GoErie.

The Blasco Memorial Library is happy to welcome back an over 100-year-old statue of Minerva. The statue once welcomed visitors to the old library on Perry Square and was recently donated back to the library after a 77-year absence. Read an article for more information: News Break,, Erie News Now,, and

By partnering with Edinboro University, the Mental Health Association, and the Erie County Department of Human Services, the Library will be offering social work interns and peer navigators at the Blasco Library. Read more here and watch’s Newsmaker interview on the program.

Through a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Blasco Library presents Teen Reading Lounge, an interactive book club for teens to read, discuss current topics, and take action in their community. Read about their accomplishments here.

The Library launched a new e-Card to make online library services available to individuals throughout the county. Read the Media Release here.

The Edinboro Branch Library, in partnership with the Erie County Department of Health, opened a seed library. Read the Media Release here.

Erie County Public Library has a new director; learn about his vision for the library: Click here to read the GoErie article or here to watch his NewsMaker interview at The Erie County Connection featured Mr. Dessy in their summer newsletter, read a bit about him here.

The annual Library Comic Con, produced in partnership with the GeekERIE, returned for a fifth year to the Blasco Library. Read more here.

The four branch libraries held open houses to celebrate Love Your Library Month in February and to introduce new branch managers at each location. Click here to read the article.


Click to read recent articles on Blasco Library’s Idea Lab:

Erie art show displays more than 500 works at the Blasco Library. Click here to read the GoErie article.

Click here to read about the expansion of programs at the Erie County Public Library.

Blasco Idea Lab partners with Maritime Museum for Monday Makers program. Click to read the media release.

The Erie County Public Library will host the Erie Economic Exchange on Saturday, February 17 at 11 a.m at the Blasco Library. Click here to read the press release.

County Director Kathy Dahlkemper mentions the Erie County Public Library and the Idea Lab as part of Erie County ‘sharing one vision’ for the future. Click here to read the GoErie article.

GoErie published a piece on tablets for your toddler and mentioned ECPL’s popular LaunchPad program that allows tablets for kids to be checked out by patrons. Read the article here.


Read the latest news about the Idea Lab opening on October 28th. Click here for the Erie Reader article.

Former Erie-Times News reporter will speak for two evenings on Shakespeare’s “Richard II” in the Peninsula Room of the Blasco Memorial Library. Read the press release here.

Idea Lab opening day was announced by the Erie County Public Library. Click on this GoErie article to find out more. Read the press release here.

Click these articles to learn more about Erie County Public Library’s new director:

Friends of Drake Well MEET-U will visit the library. Read the press release here.

Library welcomes author William Kowalski for an evening reading and signing of his new book, “The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo.” Read the press release here.

Erie County programs honored by National Association of Counties. Read the press release here.

ECPL’s Summer Reading Program for 2017 begins in June. Click here to find out more.

GoErie article on ECPL director’s retirement and renovation update: Library director steps down as Blasco’s renovation ramps up

Two Erie County Public Library sites will be designated as Literary Landmarks by United for Libraries. Read about it here.

Blasco Memorial Library is adding a renovated Teen Space in 2018. Click here to find out more about it.

GoErie’s article on Erie Makerspaces: Erie Makerspaces Provide Tools and Room to Dream, Build


Deborah Fallows of The Atlantic visited the Blasco Memorial Library and wrote a piece for the publication on her experience. Read it here.

GoErie article on Blasco Memorial Library’s 2017 renovation: Blasco Library Expansion to Start in Early 2017

GoErie article on hotspots available at ECPL: Home Internet Access an Issue in Erie

GoErie article on new integrated system software for Erie County libraries: Technology upgrade coming to Erie County libraries

Travel and Leisure article about Blasco Memorial Library: A Stunning Waterfront Library Sits in a Lake Erie Harbor


Articles published by on Blasco Memorial Library’s upcoming renovation and future plans: