Greetings from your friends at the Ella Johnson Library! 

Summer is right around the corner and we're looking forward to all of the fun the warmer weather will bring, including our annual Summer Reading Program.

This year we'll be launching our new Summer Reading service, Beanstack. With Beanstack you'll be able to register for the Summer Reading Program right from home. Logs will be available for download on our website, so the only thing you'll only have to come to the library for is to stock up on reading materials and to pick up your prizes!

The Summer Reading Program will run from June 1-July 31 and we have lots of special programs and events going on all summer long. More information will be posted on our website soon, so check back frequently to learn about all of the great things we have in store for you this summer!

Thank you for being a part of the library community!
Upcoming Events
The Ella Johnson Library will be closed on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, May 29th at 9:30 AM.
What is Letterboxing? Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with "treasure-hunts" in parks, forests, and cities around the world. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by cracking codes and following clues. Small boxes are hidden in various locations--usually outdoors, though many are planted indoors as well--and the creator of the box will release clues so others can go out and find them later. 
Join us to learn more about this pastime!
Tuesday, May 15th at 10:00 AM
Please click here to register. For adults ages 18+.
Join our photography club to share your work and receive feedback from other amateur photographers. Whether you're new or experienced, this group will help you grow and improve your craft. Please click here to register.
For Adults
In this class, you'll learn how Microsoft Excel's cells, worksheets, and work books easily allow users to manipulate, calculate, and format numbers and other types of data.
Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 PM. Please click here to register.

This month we will be reading Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn
Please contact the library, or visit the Adult Book Club page   here for more information.

No registration is necessary.
For Teens
Make your own homemade spa treatments! We will make foot scrubs, face masks, and lip gloss! No registration necessary.
What can you create with duct tape? Flowers, wallets, bookmarks, or whatever you think up! For grades 6-8. No registration necessary.

Join us for this quarterly book club for teens in grades 9+. Extra copies will be available for check out at the Circulation Desk, so please read the book before the meeting. This month we will be reading Runaways by Rainbow Rowell & Kris Anka.
No registration necessary.
Check out the library’s free,
on-demand homework help!
Real people are
available 7 days a week, from
3-10 PM to help you with your homework. There are helpers available for all grades and subjects .
For Children
Please Note: Youth Services will be taking a break from the majority of our programming for the month of May, so that we can visit local schools to promote the library's Summer Reading Program. Check out our events calendar on our website for all of the fun programs we have planned for this summer!
Jim Nesci's Cold Blooded Creatures

Saturday, June 2nd at 1:00 PM

Truly Remarkable Loon

Monday, June 18th at 2:00 PM

Summer Reading Program Sneak Peak

Reading Takes You Everywhere!
June 1 - July 31

Elementary aged kids will be using our new reading program, Beanstack, where they will have the opportunity to read for digital badges and physical pins. The more they read, the more they will collect. Everyone will get a free book and coupon pack when they finish the program, and there will be a Grand Prize Drawing for a Kindle Fire!

Kids Birth-Kindergarten (entering Kindergarten in the fall) will have their very own special reading and activity program tailored to Every Child Ready to Read. Participants will receive a small prize for registering, and upon completion, they will receive a book, bubbles and a mini stuffed animal. They will also be entered into a Grand Prize Raffle.

Snacks and Stories
Book Club

Read the book before the meeting, then come to the library to have a discussion, enjoy an activity and a snack. Books will be available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. For grades 2 and 3.

We will not meet in May. In June we will be reading Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Lenore Look.

Thursday, June 14th at 4:00 p.m.
Click here to register.
Chat and Chew
Book Club

Read the book before the meeting, then come to the library to have a discussion, enjoy an activity and a snack. Books will be available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. For grades 4 and 5.

We will not meet in May. In June we will be reading Regarding the Fountain by Kate Klise.

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