In This e-Newsletter
  • KickOff for Winter Reading Challenge
  • PBS Documentary The Long Shadow
  • Open 'til 6 PM Fri & Sat
  • Upcoming Programs
  • Community News - Covid-19 Vaccines & Testing
  • Community News - DeKalb Data Center
Winter Reading Challenge KickOff - Monday, January 18th
Reading is Snow Much Fun!

What do I do to participate?
Virtual "logbooks" are available from Beanstack.
Register for the first time or sign in HERE.
Whether you're reading to a toddler, following along with a pre-schooler, reading a hand-held book, or listening to an audio book, you can count up your minutes on Beanstack.

Can anyone join in?
Yes. The program is open to all - kids, families, teens & adults.

What's this year's Goal? 100,000 minutes!
When we reach our goal, a monetary donation will be made to the Burlington Hampshire Area Food Pantry.
Winter Reading Program sponsored by Resource Bank & Heartland Bank

February 19 - 26

The Long Shadow
Documentary Viewing

February 24th, 7 PM
Q & A

In collaboration with 30 libraries in our area, the Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District is offering a week-long screening of the documentary The Long Shadow (PBS) followed by a Q&A with its director, Frances Causey.

Friday, February 19 - Friday, February 26, view The Long Shadow documentary HERE. No need to register to view the film.

Register to "attend" the Q&A on Wednesday, February 24 at 7 PM HERE. You must register for the Zoom Q & A.

The Long Shadow follows former CNN Senior Producer, TED contributor, and Emmy-Award Winning Director Frances Causey as she traces her family’s legacy of white privilege, placing it in the context of the history of anti-black racism in the United States that began with slavery and continues to impact our society today.

Frances Causey and Producer Sally Holst passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories of how America—guided by the South’s powerful political influence—steadily, deliberately and at times secretly, established white privilege in our institutions, laws, culture and economy.

Fulfilling our mission to promote diversity, inspire curiosity and creativity, support inquiry, and build community.
Library OPEN LATE on Friday & Saturday Until 6 PM

Monday - Thursday 9:30 AM - 8 PM
Friday & Saturday 12 - 6 PM

CLOSED on Sundays

Upcoming Events
Reading is Snow Much Fun!
Winter Reading Program
KickOff Today
Snowy Candle Holder
For teens and adults - Pick up a craft kit to make a tealight candle holder that looks like it's covered with delicate winter frost and evergreen branches. Register HERE for this event to receive a free kit and a link to a Youtube instruction video.

This event is On Demand and can be done any time
while supplies last.
Science Fun w/Miss Janelle -YouTube
10 AM Have some fun with Miss Janelle as she guides you through a science experiment. Instruction will be provided through YouTube and kits will be available for pick up from the library while supplies last. This month we will make a baking soda rocket!
Move and Groove Family Storytime-
10 AM, This is a music based storytime perfect for children of all ages (birth – 5 years old). We will be singing and dancing so get ready to be silly.
Virtual Storytime with Miss Janelle-
10 AM Have fun with Miss Janelle for this storytime with books, songs, and fun rhymes.
Minecraft Hangout - Zoom
Join us for a couple of hours of building and chilling with our Minecraft Club. Registration Required.
For 2 PM - Saturday, January 23rd, Register HERE.
Library Board Meeting - Zoom
7 PM
Crafter's Circle From Home - Zoom
10 AM Pickup your supplies for an interesting craft session. Do it on your own, or follow along from home via Zoom. Zoom link will be emailed to registered patrons the day before the program. Program is FULL.
Hot Shots Photography Club - Zoom
6 PM HotShots is the EJMPLD photography club. Join us on Facebook to share your photos, learn tips and tricks, and meet other photography enthusiasts!
More info HERE.
Little Stitches - YouTube
11 AM Get inspired and learn about fiber arts and crafts. Students will work on guided projects while learning various skills, ages 8-12 years old. This month we will learn about batik fabric painting techniques. Instruction will be provided through YouTube and kits will be available for pick up the day of the program while supplies last.
Covid-19 Vaccines & Testing Info
Covid-19 Vaccines:
The Kane County Health Department is currently providing COVID-19 vaccine to group 1a front line hospital workers and health care workers. As those groups are completed, we will advance to group 1b, which includes seniors 65+ and essential workers. 

Covid-19 Testing:
January Covid Testing Dates and Locations from Kane County Health Department. More Info

1/16/2020 Hampshire High School 1600 Big Timber Rd, Hampshire, IL 60140
1/17/2020 Elgin Sports Complex 709 Sports Way, Elgin, IL 60123
1/23/2020 Dundee Crown High School 1500 Kings Rd, Carpentersville, IL 60110 1/24/2020 Elgin Sports Complex 709 Sports Way, Elgin, IL 60123

IL Economic Development Project for DeKalb, IL
The Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, DeKalb Economic Development Council and Intersect Illinois, nominated Facebook, Inc. to Trade and Industry Development Magazine dedicated to site selection for a CiCi Award as a result of their coordinated efforts to bring the newest data center to DeKalb. 

Following a review of multiple sites in other states and the comprehensive package submitted on behalf of the DeKalb location, Facebook chose Illinois for its new 900,000-square-foot data center, its 12th in the United States. The $800 million, Facebook DeKalb Data Center will be supported by 100% renewable energy, among the most advanced energy efficient data center facilities in the world with plans to use 80% less water than the average data center, and will pursue LEED Gold certification. 

The project will bring at least 100 permanent jobs to DeKalb County, in addition to 1,200 construction jobs dedicated to this project. Over the last year, Illinois has attracted more than $2.2 billion in data center projects, including Facebook, due to the state’s robust fiber optic network, energy reliability and cost, renewable resources, low risk for natural disasters, strong and educated talent pool and supportive government.

Read more about each of the 30 winners featured in Trade & Industry Development’s “CiCi Awards Issue 2021 HERE.
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