Tuesday, February 11th

Library Opens Noon 12:00 PM

Staff Training & Development
Library will be closed on

Monday, February 17th

for President's Day


In this e-Newsletter:

  • Census 2020 Questions
  • Exciting, NEW Storytimes
  • 6 PM Evening Storytime & Play
  • Art and Tech Programs for the Kids
  • LEAP Year Special Event
  • Adult Book Club
  • Answers @ Tech Help Tuesdays
  • Waffling 4 our Teens
  • Ella's Friends Festival of Chocolate

The Questions on the
2020 Census

Number of People at address on April 1, 2020

Any additional people living or staying there at that address - count people once, only once, and in the right place according to where they live on Census Day.

Do you own or rent at your address - helps with statistics about homeownership and renters. Homeownership rates serve as an indicator of the nation's economy and help in administering housing programs and informing local economic planning decisions.

Phone number for this address - only used for official Census Bureau business

Names - to ensure everyone in the household is counted. This also helps us to keep ancestry records.

Sex - used to create statistics about males and females. Census data about sex is used in planning and funding government programs equitably.

Age and Date of Birth - gathered to understand the size and characteristics of different age groups and to present other data by age. Local, state, tribal, and federal agencies use age data to plan and fund government programs that provide assistance or services for specific age groups, such as children, working-age adults, women of childbearing age, or the the older population.

Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin - used to create statistics about this ethnic group; used to monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as the Voting Rights Acts and the Civil Rights Act.

Race - creates statistics by race groups and used to monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as the Voting Rights Acts and the Civil Rights Act.

Whether a Person Lives or Stays somewhere else - goal is to count people once, and only once; asked to ensure individuals are not included at multiple addresses.

Relationship - how each person in a household is related to one central person; used to create estimates about families, households, and other groups. Relationship data is used in planning and funding government programs that provide funds or services for families, people living or raising children along, grandparents living with grandchildren, or other households that qualify for additional assistance. 

Why Participate? The distribution of more than $675 BILLION in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, libraries, hospitals, roads, public works, non-profits, government programs and other vital programs in your community.
Programs For Kids
Move and Groove Family Storytime:
birth - 5 years old (with adult)
@10:00 am
Wednesdays February 5, 12 and 19

Toddler Time :
birth - 3 years (with adult)
@ 10:00 am
Preschool Storytime :
3 - 5 years old (without adult)
@ 11:00 am
Thursdays February 5, 13 and 20

Toddler SOUNS :
birth - 3 years (with adult)
@ 10:00 am
Preschool SOUNS :
3 - 5 years old (without adult)
@ 11:00 am
Fridays February 7, 14, 21
*NEW* Storytime in Pingree Grove
Join us at the Pingree Grove Municipal Center, located at 555 Reinking Rd in Pingree Grove .
This storytime will be held the first Saturday each month for children of all ages (birth – 5 years old) and their favorite adult.
No registration required.

We Play
Tuesday, February 11th
6:00 pm
Ages 5 & up

If you missed our night at the circus in January, make sure you join us this month. Our theme is "Super Spy", but don't be too sneaky and make sure you register here .
Art Explorers
Wednesday, February 12th
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Ages 8 - 12

Come explore the world of Jackson Pollock. This month you will create wonderful abstract pieces using marbling and spin art methods. 
Tech Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, February 18th
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Ages (8-12)

This hands on program will give you a chance to experiment and play with various technology.
~~ Leaping Lizards ~~
It's Leap Day!
Saturday, February 29th
1:00 pm

Ages 5 & up

Leap on over as we celebrate this special day with an “Un” Birthday Party! There will be cookies to decorate, games to play and crafts to make.
For Adults

The book club will meet
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 6:00 PM

We'll be discussing:

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

A powerful story about circumstances, culture, and distance, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond of family.

Books are available for check out at the front desk .

What's Next?
Our Adult Book Club page gives a complete list on our reading selections for the upcoming year. We meet the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM.
Wednesday, February 5th 11 AM
KnitWits is Ella Johnson Library District's knitting/crocheting club. Whether you are just beginning, or an experienced knitter, you're invited to come meet other enthusiasts, work on and get help on your own projects, and have fun. Join us and let's knit! 

Other crafts are welcome!
Mandala Drawing
Saturday, February 8th 10 AM
Mandala designs are meant to remove irritating thoughts and allow the creative mind to run free as well as relaxation. Join Julie Engh of Prairie Henna as she teaches us more about mandalas and how to draw them. Bring a friend and spend a winter morning relaxing at the library. Please register here.
Tech Help Tuesdays
Tuesday, February 11th 5:30 PM

Whether its a smart phone, a laptop, an e-Reader, a tablet, or some other technological device, the second Tuesday of each month is the day for ANSWERS!

Call the library or email aflores@ellajohnsonlibrary.org to make an appointment, and we'll be sure to have a staff member available to answer your technology questions one-on-one.
Crafter's Circle
Wednesday February 26th
10 AM and 12 PM
We meet the last Wednesday of each month and make a different craft each meeting. All supplies are provided. Registration for next month's session will open at the end of the session.

For Teens

Dungeons and Dragons
Monday, February 3rd Monday, February 10th
5:30 PM
Join our Teen Advisory Board and assist with volunteer projects and help make decisions for our teen department! TAB counts as volunteer hours and pizza is always served! For grades 6+. No registration necessary
Teen Advisory Board
Thursday, February 20th
6 PM
Join our Teen Advisory Board and assist with volunteer projects and help make decisions for our teen department! TAB counts as volunteer hours and pizza is always served! For grades 6+. No registration necessary
Can You Waffle It?
Tuesday, February 25th
6 PM

Can you waffle it? We will be experimenting with cooking various foods in a waffle iron. It will get messy so don't wear your nicest clothes. For grades 8+.
Register here!

Note: the library is not a nut free facility.
Ella's Friends
Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 1-3 PM
Hampshire Township Building
We need makers and bakers for the annual Festival of Chocolate! Click here to get all the details to enter your best chocolate confection in this fun, and yummy! competition.

Join us on Sunday, February 9th to taste the s crumpdillyicious chocolate samples provided by our contestants. Who will win?

Love to bake? Are you an organizer extraordinaire? Volunteer with Ella's Friends and bring your time and talents to support the Library. Contact EllasFriends109@gmail.com to learn more about joining this fun and rewarding group.
Click here for more programs!
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