In This e-Newsletter
  • Community Survey Last Two Weeks!
  • Ella's Friends Red Geranium Sale
  • Ella's HotShots Photo Challenge
  • What's the Deal w/MineCraft?
  • April is Poetry Month
  • Upcoming Programs 
  • Community News
  • We're OPEN Monday - Saturday
  • Work @ the Library!
We want to know what you think!
Last 2 Weeks to Complete our Community Survey

This survey includes questions about the library district's value to the community, it's services and programs, and it's future directions. Even if you don't use the Library, we'd like to know what you think.

The online survey takes about 5-6 minutes to complete, and is available HERE.
Or through the QR code pictured to the right. Simply hover over the code with your smart phone camera to open the survey.
Ella's Friends
Red Geranium Sale
$12.00 per Plant

Order by Monday, April 26th

Orders must be pre-paid by
cash or check made out to:
Ella’s Friends

Pickup: Saturday, May 1st, 2021
10 AM – 12 Noon

At Prairie View Nursery Parking Lot
48W130 IL-72, Hampshire, IL 60140

Order forms are available at
Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District
109 S. State Street, Hampshire, IL
Ella's HOTSHOTS Photo Challenge
April's Challenge: Stepping Into Spring

What does springtime mean to you? With the weather getting nicer, head outside and capture that perfect Spring time moment.

Submit your photo to by Tuesday, April 27th. Winner announced during Zoom session.

Zoom Meeting
Thursday, April 29th, 6 PM

Check out our Facebook Page Ella’s Hotshots to keep up with future meetings and challenges, as well as find other people who share a love of photography.
What's the Deal with Minecraft?
Minecraft Helps Build Social Skills

Played solo or as a team, Minecraft shines when kids work together as a team to create something amazing like a skyscraper or our current project in Hangouts a Zoo with all of the animals in game.
By working together with their friends to build something in game, they can feel the accomplishment of doing something with their peers all while having fun. Video games like Minecraft provide vital benefits to youth, helping them to express and control their emotions, build strong social ties, and spark creativity, imagination, peer engagement, and teamwork STEAM development. Register HERE and join us:
Saturday, May 1, 2 -4 PM
Pedro R, Staff Member EJMPLD
April Is World Poetry Month
Get your poetry jam on by checking out this collection of poetry available via the BiblioBoard Library of Illinois.
The BiblioBoard Library is available to everyone in Illinois regardless of whether you have a library card or not. Items on this platform have no holds, no waits, and can be accessed simultaneously.
Upcoming Events
Science Fun with Miss Janelle
Virtual - YouTube
10 AM Have some fun with Miss Janelle as she guides you through a science experiment. Kits will be available for pick up from the library while supplies last. This month's topic: bird beaks and how to make a bird feeder. Want to see more projects like this? Follow this YouTube link HERE.

Move and Groove Family Storytime
Virtual - YouTube
10 AM, Music based storytime perfect for children of all ages (birth – 5 years old).
Virtual Storytime w/Miss Janelle
Virtual - YouTube
10 AM Join Miss Janelle for this virtual storytime of books, songs, and fun rhymes. YouTube video uploaded at 10 AM today HERE.
Library Board Meeting, 7 PM
@Hampshire Township Park District
Community Room
390 South Avenue, Hampshire, IL 60140
Crafter's Circle From Home
Virtual - Zoom
10 AM Register to receive your supply kit for this month's Crafter's Circle. Do it on your own or follow along with Pam via Zoom today at 10 AM. This event is FULL.
Hots Shots Photo Club
Virtual - Zoom
6 PM April's Photo Challenge is Stepping Into Spring!
Email for Zoom link.
Little Stitches
Virtual - YouTube
10 AM Get inspired and learn about fiber arts and crafts. Students will work on guided projects while learning various skills, ages 8-12 years old. This month we will learn about:
tie dye techniques with powdered drink mixes.
Instruction will be provided through YouTube and kits will be available for pick up the day of the program while supplies last.
Minecraft Hangout via Zoom
2 PM Come join this fun, inclusive group for some Saturday afternoon fun on our own private Minecraft Realms server. (Now open to 6th graders!)

Register HERE to receive the Zoom link and server information.
Covid-19 Vaccination Update
April 12, 2021
Open Vaccination Eligibility
Everyone Age 16+

Q. All 102 counties in IL? Yes!

Q. What should I do to register for a vaccine appointment? Everything you can. Sign up with your county health department first. Then go to every pharmacy site you can think of, including Walgreens, CVS, Jewel-Osco, Meijer, Mariano’s and Walmart. Check with your primary care physician to find out how to register through their medical network. Also call your city, village or even township and ask if a vaccination clinic is being planned.
Boxes, Boxes and More Boxes

As you can imagine, the Library receives a lot of materials during the week. And, in an effort to minimize our recycling costs, we put the boxes out in the vestibule for you to use. We get large book boxes and a multitude of other sized boxes.
So if you need boxes for storing or moving, stop by the library and feel free to take as many as you'd like!
We're OPEN Monday - Saturday
Mon - Thu 9:30 AM - 8 PM

Friday & Saturday 12 - 6 PM
Sunday Closed

Adult/Tech Services Department Manager
Library Services Department Manager
For details, click HERE.
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