The library has been closed but management staff continue to work behind the scenes. If you have a suggestion on how we can serve our fabulous library community while following the Governor's Executive Order, please let me know. Don't forget we have our 24/7 Digital Library as well as other services like:

  • Wi-Fi around the building has been left on 24/7. No need to wait for our regularly scheduled hours to enjoy FAST Wi-Fi access with your smartphone/laptop/ etc.
  • M, W, F from 10 AM - 1 PM, weather permitting, the paperback book exchange is outside our Front Door for You! Take 2-3, pass them on or bring them back. Just remember to practice social distancing at all times.
  • Our targeted e-newsletters are delivered 3x/week:
Mondays - Library and Other News
Tuesdays - Parents, Kids, and Families
Thursdays - Adults, Teens and Seniors
Open whichever e-newsletter best serves you!

SPECIAL PROGRAM - Chef Susan Maddox shares recipes from the pantry on Tuesday, April 21st. Get all the details in Thursday's Adults, Teens and Seniors e-newsletter!

Nancy Ashbrook, Executive Director
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Let's make the
Ella Johnson Library District a
Complete Count!

You can respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
Count Everyone Living With You
If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone—related or unrelated to you—who lives and sleeps at your home most of the time.

Please be sure to count roommates, 
young children, newborns , and anyone who is renting a space in your home. If someone is staying in your home on April 1 and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your response to the 2020 Census.

If someone, such as a college student,  is just living with you temporarily due to the COVID-19 situation, they should be counted where they ordinarily would be living on April 1, 2020.

Please count everyone living in your home. Where there are more people, there are more needs. An accurate count helps inform funding for hospitals, fire departments, schools, and roads for the next 10 years.
We've tried to give you the most accurate information available, but it's always wise to call first!
Support Our Local Restaurants Updated 4/3/20
In an effort to encourage people to support local businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic, we’re providing a list of restaurants that are open for take-out and delivery.
Federal REAL ID Deadline Extended to Oct. 1, 2021
Current Illinois driver’s licenses or ID cards will continue to be accepted at airports, military bases and
secure federal facilities until Oct. 1, 2021 . Once Driver Services facilities reopen, IL Secretary of State Jesse White is suggesting that people who want a REAL ID wait until their current driver’s license or ID card is about to expire before visiting a facility to apply for a REAL ID. For those whose driver’s license or ID card expires after Oct. 1, 2021 and want a REAL ID, they can use their valid U.S. passport or other TSA-acceptable documents to fly domestically until they must renew their current card.
“The decision to extend the REAL ID deadline to Oct. 1, 2021 – a year past the old deadline – is the proper and necessary action during this time of uncertainty and crisis,” said White . “I urge Illinoisans with valid driver’s licenses and ID cards not to rush to our facilities to obtain a REAL ID once they reopen.”
As a reminder, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, White closed all offices, including Driver Services facilities statewide to the public, through April 30, due to the health and safety recommendations by experts endorsing social distancing efforts to minimize transmission of the virus. Many other states have followed with similar actions.
White is reminding residents that many transactions with the Secretary of State’s office may be conducted online at Some Secretary of State employees continue working to process these transactions as efficiently as possible.
Talking Book Program Suspended
Braille Service Still Available

The Talking Book & Braille Service (TBBS) through the Illinois State Library was interrupted during the Secretary of State’s Office’s closure from March 17-April 30 due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Patrons’ requests for new titles and reader’s advisor services will be addressed as TBBS resume operations.

Patrons registered for the free Braille and Audio Download (BARD) service may continue to download Braille and audio books, magazines, and music scores to IOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices. More information about the BARD service is at