In This e-Newsletter
  • Mobile Testing-Hampshire HS
  • Covid-19 Stories
  • Library Hours
  • Upcoming Programs
  • Helpful Digital Resources from Your Library
  • Furniture For Sale
Did You Know?
Free Mobile Testing Available in Elgin and Hampshire

Monday, December 7, 9 AM - 4 PM
Elgin Sports Complex
709 Sports Way, Elgin, IL 60123

Tuesday, December 8, 9 AM - 4 PM
Hampshire High School
1600 Big Timber Rd, Hampshire, IL 60140
Testing is free and open to all regardless of symptoms.
Illinois State Museum Collecting Stories About Covid-19 Pandemic
llinois State Museum Publishes COVID-19 Collecting Initiative on IL Digital Archives
In April, a few weeks into the “shelter in place” order, the Illinois State Museum launched “Share Your Story: Illinois in the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This digital collecting initiative asks the people of Illinois to share their pandemic experiences in any format that feels comfortable to them. The Museum's goal in collecting these submissions is to provide inspiration to the people of today and information for future generations.

To date the Museum has received hundreds of photographs, artworks, poems and stories from Illinoisans trying to make sense of a world turned upside down. These submissions are now accessible through the Illinois Digital Archives in the "Illinois Stories - COVID-19" collection:

The Museum continues to welcome submissions to this collecting initiative. Stories from healthcare workers, communities of color, people who have survived the virus and parents and students experiencing remote learning are especially welcome. To make a submission, visit and click on the button that says "Share your Story."
Our Hours Have Changed

Mon - Thu 9:30 AM - 8 PM

Friday & Saturday 12 - 6 PM
Sunday Closed
Upcoming Events
7 & 14
Dungeons & Dragons
Virtual - Zoom
5:30 PM. Sign up for virtual D&D sessions in December. Please register for the Zoom meeting link.
For Dec 7, Register HERE.
For Dec 14, Register HERE.
Art Explorers
Virtual - YouTube
10 AM For ages 8-12, explore the wide world of art with us! This session we will be making a paper mache flower ball inspired by artist Takashi Murakami.  Instruction will be provided through YouTube and kits will be available for pick up the day of the program while supplies last. 
Move and Groove Family Storytime
Virtual - YouTube
10 AM, Music based storytime perfect for children of all ages (birth – 5 years old).
Storytime Travels
Pingree Grove Municipal Center
Virtual - FaceBook
10 AM Join Miss Heather and Miss Janelle as they take storytime on the road. This week we visit the Pingree Grove Municipal Center! Follow the link to watch the video on our YouTube channel.
Grinch Kits @the Library
The Grinch has had enough with Whoville so he's keeping away. But you can pick up your Grinch kit on this day!
Each child must be signed up individually. Kits include a craft and a few surprises! Kits must be picked up December 12th, 1:00 - 6:00 pm. This Event is full.
Concert Series - Our Holiday Show
Virtual - Zoom
1 PM Enjoy a Holiday musical performance by the One Family Band from the cozy comfort of your own home.
Join us live HERE or enjoy the concert for two weeks after.
No registration required.
Minecraft Hangout for Ages 11-18
Virtual - Zoom
2:30 PM Come join this fun, inclusive group for some Saturday afternoon fun on our own private Minecraft Realms server.
Registration Required. More info
Science Fun w/Miss Janelle
Virtual - YouTube
10 AM Have some fun with Miss Janelle as she guides you through a science experiment. Instruction will be provided through YouTube and kits will be available from the library for pick up. This month we will make a paper plate greenhouse.  More info
Bedtime Story with Santa
Virtual - YouTube
7 PM. Snuggle into bed with some milk and cookies and enjoy a bed time story read aloud by our friend Santa. Story starts at 7pm; click HERE to watch!
Tree Climbers
Virtual - Zoom
3 PM. Fa la la la la! Happy holidays, Tree Climbers! December is finally here and it is our final Tree Climbers meeting of 2020. It's been a challenging year for all of us. Let's get together on Zoom and talk about the ups and downs of our genealogy research from 2020. We can also use this time to talk about what the library can do going forward to better serve the group!
Have You Tried These New Resources @
Ella Johnson Library District's 24/7 Digital Library?
With your Ella Johnson Library District card, you can access our 24/7 digital library from anywhere at any time! Not just for eBooks, this digital library offers all kinds of databases - educational, entertaining, and fun! Give it a go with these new resources:

Transparent Language Online - offers unlimited access to more than 100 online language courses, packed with pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary-building lessons. Patrons have the ability to write or speak their answers, practice pronunciation by slowing down the on-screen examples, and converse with native speakers though interactive videos. Patrons can learn on their own time, at their own pace in the library, in the comfort of their own home, or on the go with the Transparent Language app.

Creativebug - In a creative slump? Try our version of PInter... especially for you with your library card number and PIN! Creativebug is the number one inspirational resource for DIY, crafters and makers. With over 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists, you’ll find projects for every occasion. Enjoy easy and unlimited access to instructional videos and nourish your creative soul.

Brainfuse HelpNow - offers a comprehensive suite of online academic services designed to support many learning needs and styles. Providing live tutoring in our online classroom, the ability to upload assignments for review, and many more tools to help you master your classes. Access Brainfuse from home by logging in with your 14 digit Ella Johnson library card number.

Scholastic Teachables - gives you worksheets, lesson plans, learning games, and more! Find printable activities for any subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, and skill sheets for kids in any grade.
For Sale - Computer Desk/Display Unit
$25 Cash Donation
Previously used for our express computers, this unit measures 40.5-45" H x 61" W x 32" D.
Disassembly will be required.
Call 847-683-4490.
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