Greetings from your friends at the Ella Johnson Library!

February is Library Lovers’ Month!

In the day and age of Google, some may ask, “Why do we even need libraries anymore?” You may be surprised to hear that libraries are more important now than ever.

The internet is vast and contains mountains of information, and even then, that information is only a small percentage of what’s published at any given time. And while all of this information is free for the taking, it’s not organized, there’s no quality control, and sources can be hard to identify. This is where your trusty librarian comes in – to help you wade through all of that information, and find exactly what’s useful for your needs.

Libraries aren’t only about helping you navigate the internet, and they aren’t just about books (although books are still a core service that libraries provide). Libraries offer services that aren’t tangible, and these services provide a multitude of benefits for our communities.

Inside the walls of the Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library, you can find early childhood literacy initiatives including caregiver workshops and storytimes, adult computer and craft classes, concerts, SAT practice testing, book clubs, and much more. We are here to serve you, so what are you waiting for? Drop by the library today, and learn what we can do for YOU!

Please join us in celebrating the library this month, and throughout the year!

The library is a gathering place of intellect, entertainment, and enlightenment.

Thank you for being a part of the library community!
Upcoming Events
Entries accepted for judging from noon until 12:30 PM. $5 for adults, $1 for kids 10 and under. Those who enter a dish taste for free! 

Come sample delicious chocolate creations crafted by local community members! Prizes will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as for attendee's favorite! 

Entry is free! Categories are:
-Under 12 Baker
-Gluten Free

Entry forms are available at the library or can be downloaded  here .  Entry forms are due Friday, February 2nd, 2018. 
For Adults
This month we will be reading "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders
Please contact the library, or visit the Adult book club page  here for more information and obtaining your copy today!
Monday, February 19, 2018    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
For Teens
In partnership with Kaplan Test Prep, the Ella Johnson Library will be offering a free SAT practice test for 25 students, who are juniors or seniors, on Saturday, February 3 @ 10:00 am.   To reserve your spot, registration must be made at the library and a $5 deposit left to secure the spot. The money will be refunded to the student on the day of the test. No phone registrations accepted. 

February 3rd, 10:00 AM
Compete to create the most delicious and attractive mini no-bake pies! Our judges will select the top contestants in each category to receive prizes! We will supply the ingredients!
Middle School-- Ages 11-14, No registration required
No sewing skills needed! Create a cozy blanket for a homeless animal in need! We will provide all the supplies needed. 
High School-- Ages 14-18, No registration required
For Children
Join us for a no-school magic show where you will be absolutely astounded! Magician John Measner will float an audience member in mid-air, cut himself in half, and produce live animals out of thin air. You will not want to miss this amazing magic show! All ages are welcome and no registration is required!
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Saturday: 9:30am - 3:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
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