Enjoy movie and TV streaming at home with one of our two popular Rokus available for checkout.

Free channels include You Tube, PBS, PBS Kids, Cartoon Network, Crackle and more. Watch Netflix and Hulu
through the library's accounts.

SETTING IT UP - If you are using a high-definition TV, you'll need high-speed internet (like DSL or cable), a wireless router and an HDMI cable; otherwise all cables are included.

CHECKING IT OUT - The Roku can be borrowed for one week by any patron, age 18 and over, who has an Ella Johnson Library District card, in good standing, with no history of delinquency or material damage. Please bring a copy of your valid driver's license or state ID when checking out the Roku. The Roku is non-renewable and the late fee is $5.00 per day.

RETURNING THE ROKU - The Roku must be returned to an Ella Johnson Library District staff member at the circulation desk. If the Roku is returned to another library or placed in the book return, a minimum charge of $25 will be charged. If the device is lost or damaged, a $100.00 replacement fee will be charged. 
What is Explore More Illinois?
This cultural pass program allows our library card holders to get tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theaters, and other fun and local cultural venues. Explore More Illinois is free and can be accessed 24/7 from any
computer, tablet, or smartphone.

How do I get a Pass?
Log in with your library card barcode number here and browse for passes by date or attractions. Make your reservation and print or download your pass shortly before your visit. You can have two active reservations per library card. Please cancel your reservation(s) if unable to attend, otherwise the reservation will count as being used. Remember that once you print or download your pass you cannot cancel your reservation.

Participating Attractions- as of December 3, 2019

The list of participating attractions and their offers are subject to change. 
Museum Adventure Pass

Compliments of the Ella Johnson Library District, this program gets you free admission or a special discount to many local attractions such as the Cernan Earth & Space Center, Chicago Botanic Garden, Illinois Railway Museum and so much more.


1) Come into the library and present your library card. Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved or checked out online or on the phone.
2) One Museum Adventure Pass per family, per 7 Day loan period.

IT's that simple! To get the 411 on this program, click here.
Just for Fun!
Ella Johnson Library District's
Memory Kits

Launched in October, 2019, our Memory Kits are available for a 3-week checkout. Originally designed for Alzheimer and Dementia sufferers' unique needs, these kits can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone!

The Launch Pad included in each kit has memory games perfect for all ages. And each themed kit has books and DVD's that can be used in trivia games, or make up your own family activity. The six kits include Food, Cars, Fox River Valley, Route 66, Chicago, and Family Road Trip.
So get your kicks, on ______ ___! Check out a Memory Kit today!


Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.
Respond to the 2020 Census to shape the future.
Responding to the census helps communities get the funding they need and helps businesses make data-driven decisions that grow the economy. Census data impact our daily lives, informing important decisions about funding for services and infrastructure in your community, including health care, senior centers, jobs, political representation, roads, schools, and businesses. More than $675 billion in federal funding flows back to states and local communities each year based on census data.
Your census responses are safe and secure.
The Census Bureau is required by law to protect any personal information we collect and keep it strictly confidential. The Census Bureau can only use your answers to produce statistics. In fact, every Census Bureau employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life. Your answers cannot be used for law enforcement purposes or to determine your personal eligibility for government benefits.
By law, your responses cannot be used against you.
By law, your census responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), not by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), not by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and not by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The law requires the Census Bureau to keep your information confidential and use your responses only to produce statistics.

The law is clear—no personal information can be shared.
Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about individuals, households, or businesses, even to law enforcement agencies. The law states that the information collected may only be used for statistical purposes and no other purpose. To support historical research, Title 44 of the U.S. Code allows the National Archives and Records Administration to release census records only after 72 years. All Census Bureau staff take a lifetime oath to protect your personal information, and any violation comes with a penalty of up to $250,000 and/or up to 5 years in prison.
There are no exceptions.
The law requires the Census Bureau to keep everyone’s information confidential. By law, your responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way. The Census Bureau will not share an individual’s responses with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies, or allow that information to be used to determine eligibility for government benefits. Title 13 makes it very clear that the data we collect can only be used for statistical purposes—we cannot allow it to be used for anything else, including law enforcement.
It’s your choice: respond securely online, by mail, or by phone.
You will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone. Households that don’t respond in one of these ways will be visited by a census taker to collect the information in person. Regardless of how you respond, your personal information is protected by law.
Your online responses are safe from hacking and other cyberthreats.
The Census Bureau takes strong precautions to keep online responses secure. All data submitted online are encrypted to protect personal privacy, and our cybersecurity program meets the highest and most recent standards for protecting personal information. Once the data are received, they are no longer online. From the moment the Census Bureau collects responses, our focus and legal obligation is to keep them safe.
We are committed to confidentiality.
At the U.S. Census Bureau, we are absolutely committed to keeping your responses confidential. This commitment means it is safe to provide your answers and know that they will only be used to paint a statistical portrait of our nation and communities. Learn more about the Census Bureau’s data protection and privacy program at

Laws protecting personal census information have withstood challenges.
In 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that even addresses are confidential and cannot be disclosed through legal discovery or the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In 2010, the U.S. Justice Department determined that the Patriot Act does not override the law that protects the confidentiality of individual census responses. No court of law can subpoena census responses.

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census including census takers, assistants, office support and supervisory staff.

JOBS ARE AVAILABLE in Kane County NOW. Want to learn more?
Click here.
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 to learn more about joining this fun and rewarding group.
Who's Who of Owls
Saturday, January 25th
1:00 pm
No Registration
Ages 5 & up

Award winning naturalist Mark Spreyer, from Stillman Nature Center will be here to share humorous stories and fun facts about the wise old owl. He will be bringing several North American Raptors for everyone to see.
For Adults

Happy New Year!
(No book club meeting in January)

Our NEXT Meeting
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.
You Can Brew It!:
Hard Cider Edition
Saturday, January 11th 10:00 AM
Do you enjoy hard cider? Home cider making is a fun and rewarding hobby that is enjoyed by tens of thousands of people all over the world.

Scott Pointon, award-winning home brewer, discusses the joys of creating your own home brew. Scott will share the details on equipment, ingredients, and the brewing process itself to guide you on your path to becoming a would-be cider master!
Tech Help Tuesdays
Tuesday January 14th 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 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 January 29th
10:00 AM and 12:00 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, January 6 and Monday, January 13
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, January 16
6:00 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
Art Workshop- Printmaking
Tuesday, January 21
6:00 PM

Come explore your artistic side! Staff from Side Street Studio Arts will show us how to do basic printmaking. Each person will get to make their own stamp for printmaking. 
For grades 8+

Please register here . Registration opens 12/24/19.
For Children

Toddler Time: birth - 3 years (with adult)
@ 10:00 am
Preschool Storytime: 3 - 5 years old (without adult) @ 11:00 am
Thursdays January 9, 16 and 23

Toddler SOUNS: birth - 3 years (with adult)
@ 10:00 am
Preschool SOUNS: 3 - 5 years old (without adult)
@ 11:00 am
Fridays January 10, 17 and 24
Move and Groove Family Storytime
Music has be proven to help with speech and language development. Join us for this fun NEW storytime, w e will be singing and dancing so get ready to be silly.
This music based storytime is perfect for children of all ages (birth – 5 years old) and their favorite adult.

No School Movies
End of Winter Break Movie
January 3rd
12:00 pm
Abominable (PG: 1 hr 37 min)
After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family.

Lunch Break Movie
January 20th
12:00 pm
The Addams Family (PG: 1 hr 27 min)
The eccentrically macabre family moves to a bland suburb where Wednesday Addams' friendship with the daughter of a hostile and conformist local reality show host exacerbates conflict between the families.
Click here for more programs!
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