Lorain County Reads 2019 presents author James Renner on Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at Lorain County Community College’s Spitzer Conference Center.

James Renner is the local author of “Amy: My Search for Her Killer” (2006), “The Serial Killer’s Apprentice” (2008), “It Came from Ohio” (2012), and “True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray” (2016).

While he is mostly known for his true-crime journalism, he has also written two fiction novels and directed several short stories and documentaries. His new podcast is titled “The Philosophy of Crime.”

The program is free, but preregistration is required at lorainpubliclibrary.org/events/renner.

Chiropractic physician Dr. Jeremy Watson of Watson Wellness will present “Let Food Be Thy Medicine” at the Amherst Public Library on Monday, September 30th at 6:30 p.m. Learn about the healing properties of different foods and herbs, and how to incorporate them into your diet. The program will include a live cooking demonstration and samples!

For more information, call the library at (440)988-4230.

Join local historian Matt Nahorn at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 26 to learn about northeastern Ohio’s earliest human inhabitants. Prehistoric tribes once called this land home and the tools and other artifacts that they left behind offer a view of their distinct cultures and ways of life.

No registration is required for this program. Please call the library at (440)988-4230 with any questions.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and adventures await at Amherst Public Library. Sign up for a free library card to get access to books, magazines, movies, video games, graphic novels, downloadable books, and so much more. We have something for every age and every interest! Kids: Sign up for a new library card or renew an existing card for a special surprise. Adults: Sign up for a new library card or renew an existing card to be entered into weekly prize drawings.

For more information call the library at (440)988-4230.

Come to the Amherst Public Library and learn of all the ways you can volunteer for service hours or just for fun! We are looking for 5th graders and up who want to help with children’s program preparation and many activities where we can use some extra hands. Please join us at the library on Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30 p.m. for some pizza and to see how you can volunteer. Look forward to seeing you, and bring your friends!

Saturday morning Crochet Workshops with Vivian are back for 2019! Join us on Saturdays September 21, October 5, 19, & 26, November 2 & 16, and December 7 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. for a free workshop that welcomes all skill levels. Beginners and those who would like to start a new project should bring a “J” hook and a skein of Lily “Sugar and Cream” yarn for the first workshop. All attendees are welcome to bring their current projects.

No registration is required. Please call the library at (440)988-4230 with any questions.

Join Dr. Brendan Hales of Watson Wellness on Monday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. to learn about the vast medical science regarding early and late cognitive decline. Dr. Hales will discuss the functional medicine approaches to predicting the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and the latest research on the subject, as well as an overview of the natural medicine approach to the prevention, treatment, and potential reversal of mild to severe cognitive impairment. The approach to cognitive decline that will be detailed in the presentation can be translated for use by caregivers, doctors, therapists, and patients alike.

No registration is required for this program. Please call the library at (440)988-4230 with any questions.

Can’t wait for the Downton Abbey movie to open on September 20?  You don’t have to.  Come have some fun at the library on Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. as we celebrate the return of the Crawleys with treats, trivia and trailers of the movie. Period dress is encouraged, but not required.

Registration is required.  Please register online or by calling the library at (440) 988-4230.

Children and their caregivers are welcome to join us for Playtime at the Amherst Public Library on Friday, October 4th from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. No registration is required for this drop-in playtime that takes place in the Children’s storytime area. 

All ages are invited to the Amherst Public Library to read to a TDI or Bright & Beautiful therapy dog on the first Saturday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Our licensed Canine Reading Buddies are all ears waiting to be read to. Come with your favorite book or choose one of ours. No registration is required. For more information contact the library at (440)988-4230.



The Friends of the Amherst Public Library are now on AmazonSmile.  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Friends of the Amherst Public Library every time you shop, at no cost to you.  .05% of eligible purchases will be collected and sent in a quarterly check to the Friends.  To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.  You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Only purchases at smile.amazon.com, (not www.amazon.com or the mobile app,) support charity. To change your charity, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has come to Lorain County. Through the Lorain County Imagination Library, preschool children receive free books! The mission of the Lorain County Imagination Library is to foster a lifetime love of reading, empower families and increase kindergarten readiness to build a strong foundation for a community of children who view themselves as confident readers and writers in Lorain County. Each month, a brand new, age-appropriate book will be mailed to every child enrolled. Children from birth to age five in Lorain County are eligible! Register your child for the program at the library or online.

Looking for inspiration and calm in your busy life?  Are you an artist at heart?  Join our creative writing group, and meet other individuals who share a desire to write creatively. Yoga for the Mind Creative Writing Group will meet every other Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the community room at the Amherst Public Library.

Call the library at (440)988-4230 for more information.


Check out the random poetry of Yoga for the Mind at Spontaneous Corpses.


The Need for Glasses –153 Million Reasons Lions Recycle for Sight

According to The World Health Organization, 153 million people have uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). Most of these vision impairments are quickly diagnosed and easy to treat with corrective lenses.

Still, millions of people in developing nations are pushed deeper into poverty simply because they don’t have glasses. They can’t learn, because reading is difficult. They can’t work to the best of their ability, because they can’t see clearly.

It costs Lions less than US$0.08 to provide a pair of recycled eyeglasses and change someone’s life.

For children, clear vision means a better education, healthier development and a better quality of life. For adults, it means greater employment opportunity and economic strength. For seniors it means less dependence on others.

Free for You – Priceless to Them

Donate glasses and change someone’s life. Imagine if you could help a child read. An adult succeed in his job. A senior maintain her independence. And provide a community with more opportunities to grow and thrive.

Everyday, the Lion’s recycled eyeglass programs do all of this and more.

Drop Your Eyeglasses in Lions Collection Box
You can drop off your old eyewear at the Lions sponsored collection box at the Amherst Public Library.