In This e-Newsletter
  • Food Club
  • Winter Reading Challenge
  • HotShots Photo Challenge is Back!
  • Upcoming Programs
  • Community News - IL Regions Lower Covid-19 Restrictions
  • Library Hours Mon - Sat
Food Club for February
Chocolate
Tuesday, Feb 9

Our goal this year is to eat healthier, so we're talking recipes and CHOCOLATE.

How do you make your sweet, delicious desserts low calorie, or do you use sugar substitutes? And what kind?

Join us to discuss your fabulous creations, or just listen in to learn about chocolate,cocoa, and yummy treats you can make for your family and friends.
Even if you don't have time to make a dish, please join us for the discussion!

Tuesday, Feb 9
4 PM via Zoom
Register HERE

Zoom link will be emailed to registered patrons on Monday, February 8th.
Keep On Reading!
Winter Reading Challenge
For All Ages
Thru March 1, 2021

Reading is Snow Much Fun!

We're counting the minutes to reach our goal of 100,000! Watch our "fort" behind our Front Desk as it climbs higher and higher to reach our goal.

Once we reach our goal of 100,000 minutes, we'll be donating money to the Burlington Hampshire Area Food Pantry.

Not registered yet for the Winter Reading Challenge? Register HERE.

This program is sponsored in part by:
Resource Bank
Heartland Bank
Ella's HOTSHOTS Photo Challenge is Back!
February Photo Challenge
"In the Kitchen!"

Since the pandemic, we've been doing some cooking and baking in our home kitchens. Immortalize a fun memory by submitting one photo to prodriguez@ellajohnsonlibrary.org
Tuesday, Feb 23rd.

Join us via Zoom for tips and techniques
Thursday, Feb 25th at 6 PM
Winner announced during Zoom session.

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.
Upcoming Events
FEBRUARY
1-28
Flat Fido Adventures
@ Ella Johnson Library
Meet Flat Fido, he is a fun-loving pup who goes on all sorts of adventures, including going to the library. Pick up a copy of this cute guy and bring home to decorate. Make sure to return Fido to the library before February 15th. Your Fido will spend several days exploring the library. Pictures of your Fido's adventures will be available for pick up from the library after March 1st. Don't forget to fill out his dog tag so we can return him to the right owner. Copies of Flat Fido can be emailed upon request. 
FEBRUARY
1 & 8
Mondays
Dungeons & Dragons
Virtual - Zoom
5:30 PM. Sign up for virtual D&D sessions in December. Please register for the Zoom meeting link.
For Feb 8, Register HERE.
FEBRUARY
2
Tuesday
Ella's Friends Group via Zoom
7 PM Ella's Friends Group meets the first Tuesday of each month. Volunteer with this fun group; coordinate community-wide activities like Chocolate Festival, Pumpkin Decorating Contest, and Book Sales that generate income to support the Library. Simply email ellasfriends109@gmail.com to join!
FEBRUARY
3
Wednesday
Move and Groove Family Storytime
Virtual - YouTube
10 AM, Music based storytime perfect for children of all ages (birth – 5 years old).
FEBRUARY
4
Thursday
Virtual Storytime w/Miss Janelle Storytime Travels
10 AM Have fun with Miss Janelle for this storytime with books, songs, and fun rhymes. YouTube link/video will be available at 10am.
FEBRUARY
4
Thursday
Book Club via Zoom
6 PM Discuss The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica. Join Zoom discussion HERE.
FEBRUARY
6
Saturday
Minecraft Hangout for Ages 11-18
Virtual - Zoom
2 PM Come join this fun, inclusive group for some Saturday afternoon fun on our own private Minecraft Realms server.
Registration Required. More info
FEBRUARY
9
Tuesday
Food Club - Chocolate
Virtual - Zoom
4 PM Enjoy your home-made chocolate treats while discussing how you made them! Don't have time to bake/cook, join the discussion anyway! Registration Required HERE for Zoom link on Monday, February 8th.
FEBRUARY
9
Tuesday
Bedtime Story PJ Party
Virtual - Zoom
7 PM Join Miss Janelle for a fun filled bedtime story. Make sure you're in your PJ's and ready to snuggle! This storytime will include some stretching and breathing exercises to help prepare your children for rest. We encourage a blanket and stuffed animal too! This month we have a very special guest, Hans the Dachshund!
Registration Required HERE for Zoom link on Monday, February 8th.
FEBRUARY
10
Wednesday
Move and Groove Family Storytime
Virtual - YouTube
10 AM, Music based storytime perfect for children of all ages (birth – 5 years old).
FEBRUARY
10
Wednesday
Art Explorers
Virtual - YouTube
11 AM For ages 8-12, explore the wide world of art with us! This month we will learn about reductive sculpture methods with plaster tiles. YouTube and kits will be available for pick up the day of the program while supplies last. YouTube link/video will be available at 11 am.
FEBRUARY
11
Thursday
Virtual Storytime w/Miss Janelle Storytime Travels
10 AM Have fun with Miss Janelle for this storytime with books, songs, and fun rhymes. YouTube link/video will be available at 10am.
FEBRUARY
11
Thursday
Minecraft Hangout for Ages 11-18
Virtual - Zoom
6 PM Come join this fun, inclusive group for some Saturday afternoon fun on our own private Minecraft Realms server.
Registration Required. More info
Illinois Regions Lower Covid-19 Restrictions
Since November, most of the State had remained in Tier 3 which prohibited indoor dining among many other restrictions. Recently, the Governor loosened COVID restrictions for various regions in the State: some regions went to Tier 2, others to Tier 1 which opened up indoor dining, and still others are now in Phase 4 with no additional tier restrictions.

Not all of the State is currently in the same Tier, however, and things change rapidly so you should always consult the IDPH website for the current restrictions for your region. Also, the State recently modified the Tier mitigation measures, so you should consult the updated Tier restrictions (links below).

As of January 25th, here is an update on where all 11 regions are with respect to COVID-19 restrictions:

Regions 1, 2, 7, 10, and 11: Tier 1 (indoor dining now allowed at 25% capacity)
Regions 4, 8, and 9: Tier 2 (indoor dining still prohibited)
Regions 3, 5, and 6: Phase 4 (no additional tier restrictions)
In case you aren't sure which region you are in, you can view the map HERE.

Region 1 - Northwestern Illinois/Rockford area
Region 2 - Central Illinois/Bloomington/Peoria area
Region 3 - Springfield area
Region 4 - Metro East/St. Louis area
Region 5 - Southern Illinois
Region 6 - Eastern Illinois
Region 7 - Will & Kankakee counties
Region 8 - DuPage & Kane counties
Region 9 - Lake & McHenry counties
Region 10 - Cook County (except Chicago)
Region 11 - Chicago
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Sunday Closed
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