INTRODUCING HOLDS PICKUP SERVICE
FOR OUR PATRONS

WHEN DOES IT START?
Monday, June 1st



WHAT MATERIALS CAN I REQUEST?
Only materials currently on the shelf at the library -- NEW books, all books, DVD's, music CD's, audiobook CD's, Hot Spots, Memory Kits, graphic novels, science kits, playaways, book launch pads ... If we've got it, we'll get it to you!
HOW CAN I MAKE A HOLD REQUEST?
Online Catalog MY ACCOUNT Feature - Log in to MY ACCOUNT on our online catalog with your library card number and PIN, search the catalog for titles of your choosing, and click REQUEST IT . We'll pull the material, and call or email you when it's ready.
EMAIL US - Send an email to us at holds@ellajohnsonlibrary.org with your name, your library card barcode, best way to contact you - email or phone number - and your title requests. We'll call/email when your material is ready for pickup.
CALL US - Our switchboard is open to receive calls during special hours below. Call us at 847-683-4490 and let us know what titles you'd like to have. We'll put them on hold for you, pull the materials, and call you back when you can pick them up. Expect this contact method to be our busiest, so you may receive a busy signal throughout the first few days.
WHEN CAN I LOG-IN, EMAIL, OR CALL?
Thru MY ACCOUNT - 9 AM, Monday, June 1st
Thru holds@ellajohnsonlibrary.org - 9 AM, Monday, June 1st
Thru 847-683-4490 - 10 AM, Monday, June 1st
Our Front Desk switchboard will begin receiving incoming phone calls:
Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 7 PM
Friday 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM
ARE THERE HOLD REQUEST LIMITS? At this time, yes. Per card, they are:
5 books (adult, junior or teen)
5 DVD's/music CD's/audiobooks/playaways
10 picture books/ER books
HOW SOON WILL I BE ABLE TO PICKUP MY HOLD REQUESTS?
We hope to have your requested materials available the next day, depending on the volume of requests we receive. Our vestibule/lobby will be open for hold pickups:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
10 AM - 1 PM
Tuesday and Thursday
4 PM - 7 PM
HOW WILL I KNOW WHICH MATERIAL IS MINE?
Your material will be wrapped in green paper with the first 3 letters of your last name and the initial of your first name. Materials will be on the Holds table for 5 days before being checked back in.
WHAT'S THE DUE DATE FOR THESE MATERIALS?
Normal due dates for materials will now be in effect.
CAN I RETURN MATERIALS TO THE LIBRARY?
The vestibule/lobby will have a table for holds pickup, and a wood bin for returned materials. Whenever the vestibule/lobby is open, you are welcome to drop off your previously checked out materials. Be aware that we are still quarantining materials for 3 days before checking in. We will, of course, waive any overdue fines up to June 26th.
PLEASE BE KIND TO YOUR NEIGHBORS
If you see someone in the library vestibule, please wait your turn to maintain social distancing.
As a courtesy, Ancestry.com is now available through our online catalog
MY ACCOUNT page. 
Available thru MY ACCOUNT
Once you log in with your library card number and PIN, click on My Account and you'll find a message from the library:
To Access the Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library Ancestry account, please click here.
Click on the button and receive temporary access to billions of genealogical records from the comfort of your own home. Enjoy!
June 8th Starts One Weekly e-Newsletter!
Our goal throughout this pandemic has been to keep you informed of local and library news without overwhelming you. The three weekly e-newsletters served a purpose where you could open the one that interested you the most. As we move forward with the "new normal," we believe one weekly e-newsletter will serve our library community the best. Delivered to your inbox on Monday morning starting June 8th, this e-newsletter will have the week's library activities and other news to share. Thank you so much for your phenomenal support of the library during this unprecedented time in our lives. We appreciate you and miss you.
Nancy Ashbrook, Executive Director
Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District
nashbrook@ellajohnsonlibrary.org
847-683-3216
Let's make the
Ella Johnson Library District a Complete Count!

You can respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
Census Bureau is bound by law to keep all information confidentail
The Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, will begin to dro p off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of 43,647 households in the state of Illinois on June 1st. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Temporary field staff from Illinois Area Census Offices have been trained to observe all social distancing protocols and will wear official government-provided personal protective equipment for their safety and the safety of the public. This operation is contactless and follows the most current federal health and safety guidelines.

School lunches. Plans for highways and roads. Support for firefighters and families in need. Census results affect your community every day.

BE SURE TO BE COUNTED!
PAPERBACK BOOK EXCHANGE

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
10 AM - 1 PM
In times of bad weather,
Paperback Book Exchange will be
in the Vestibule/Lobby.

One of the bottom shelves on our mobile Paperback Book Exchange is now devoted to children's books. Take one, two, or a handful to read at your own pace. Bring them back, pass them on, or keep them. It's up to you!