In This e-Newsletter
Community Survey
Let's Get Cookin' Food Club
Chat w/Author John Sandford
Save the Date - April Events
What are Wonderbooks, LaunchPads & Playaways?
Upcoming Programs
April 6th - Voting Day!
Library Hours Mon - Sat
Work @ the Library
We Want to Hear From You!
Community Survey Open
Til Friday, April 30th

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.
Food Club for April
Let's Get Cookin'

STIR FRY
Tuesday, April 13th

6 PM via Zoom
Register HERE

Zoom link will be emailed to registered patrons on Monday, April 12th.

What veggies and flavors do you like? Do you like Mediterrean, Chinese, Thai, or some other version of stir fry? I'm hoping to do some on camera cooking so come enjoy the show!
Even if you don't have time to make a dish, please join us for the discussion.
This program is NOT RECORDED for later viewing.
Talk with John Sandford, Author of "Prey" Series
Ella Johnson Library District
Presents

A Fireside Chat With
Author John Sandford

Wednesday, April 14th
7 PM via Zoom

Been a long-time fan of Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers?
Ever wanted to question the writing process of a well-published author?
Have a burning question that only John Sandford can answer?

Submit all questions for the author to aflores@ellajohnsonlibrary.org before April 7th!

Join us for a virtual conversation and Q&A with author John Sandford on April 14th as he discusses his latest Lucas Davenport & Virgil Flowers novel Ocean Prey. John Sandford is the pseudonym for the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of twenty-nine Prey novels; four Kidd novels; twelve Virgil Flowers novels; three YA novels coauthored with his wife, Michele Cook; and three other books.
A limited number of copies of Ocean Prey will randomly be given out to patrons that attend the Zoom presentation. Questions must be submitted by April 7th.
Register HERE.
This program will NOT be RECORDED for later viewing.

SAVE THE DATES! Rockin' APRIL Events!

SHRED Day!
Saturday, April 17th, 10 AM - 1 PM
Clear your files and protect your identity. Drop off old, no longer needed documents for shredding. Limit two boxes per household.

Bi-Annual Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange
Saturday, April 17th, 1:30 PM
Donate your "already done, no missing pieces, 500+ piece" jigsaw puzzles to the library no later than Saturday April 10th. Then on Saturday, April 17th, at 1:30 PM stop by to pick up "new-to-you, FREE" jigsaw puzzles to enjoy after Tax Day! You do not have to donate puzzles to pick up "new-to-you" puzzles.
Wonderbooks, Launchpads, Playaways, Oh My!
Wonderbooks are a fun and exciting new format for the library! This collection of picture books have a built in audio book. Our youngest readers, and listeners, open the book and simply press play. The book will then be read to them, complete with page turn indications. Headphones can be plugged directly into the book to eliminate background noise and distraction. At the end of the book there are narrator lead questions that encourage deeper engagement and help foster a conversation about the stories. This newest collection is on the right side of our front desk counter.

Launchpads are a tablet full of pre-loaded and safe content. No download or Wi-Fi needed to allow access to fun learning apps and games. Topics include Science, Math, Early Kindergarten Skills and fun games with favorite characters for PreK - K, Grades K-2, 3-5, and 5+. Simply turn on the tablet and get started playing and learning.

Playaways can be found in the Youth, Teen and Adult collections. These MP-3 type one book units are audiobooks that fit in your pocket, and are great for listening at home or on the go. Plug in a pair of headphones or an auxiliary cord and start listening right away. You provide the battery; we provide the story!
Upcoming Events
APRIL
5-30
Hear a Punny Yoke From Us! Celebrate National Humor Month
Knock Knock
Who's There
Radio 
Radio Who
Radio or Not it's National Humor Month

Throughout April, we'll be celebrating National Humor Month by posting funny, punny yokes on Facebook. So bookmark the Ella Johnson Library District facebook page to hear a funny joke from us. Have one you'd like to share? Let us know!
APRIL
5 & 12
Mondays
Dungeons & Dragons
Virtual - Zoom
5:30 PM. Sign up for virtual D&D sessions in March. Please register to receive the Zoom meeting link.
For April 12th, Register HERE.
APRIL
7 & 14 Wednesdays
Move and Groove Family Storytime
Virtual - YouTube
10 AM, Music based storytime perfect for children of all ages (birth – 5 years old).
APRIL
8 & 15
Thursdays
Virtual Storytime w/Miss Janelle
10 AM Have fun with Miss Janelle for this storytime with books, songs, and fun rhymes. YouTube link/video will be available at 10am.
APRIL
13
Tuesday
Let's Get Cookin' Food Club
Stir Fry Virtual - Zoom

6 PM What veggies and flavors do you like? Do you like Mediterrean, Chinese, Thai, or some other version of stir fry? I'm hoping to do some on-camera cooking so come enjoy the show!
Even if you don't have time to make a dish, please join us for the discussion.
This program is NOT RECORDED for later viewing.

Registration Required HERE for Zoom link on Monday, April 12th.
APRIL
13
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, April 12th.
APRIL
14
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 another monoprinting technique using homemade gelli plates. Adult assistance is required for this activity. 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.
APRIL
14
Wednesday
Paying for College Without Going Broke Via Zoom
My College Planning Team's most popular workshop/webinar returns this season to explore the complex world of need-based and merit based financial aid. Parents and students will learn strategies for lowering their EFC (Expected Family Contribution), and tips for optimizing college admissions and scholarships. No registration required, just drop in! Zoom Link HERE.
APRIL
14
Wednesday
Fireside Chat w/John Sanford
Author of Ocean Prey
Virtual - Zoom
Join us for a virtual conversation and Q&A with author John Sandford on April 14th as he discusses his latest Lucas Davenport & Virgil Flowers novel Ocean Prey.

A limited number of copies of Ocean Prey will randomly be given out to patrons that attend the Zoom presentation.

Questions must be submitted by April 7th to
aflores@ellajohnsonlibrary.org

This program will NOT be RECORDED for later viewing.
APRIL
15
Thursday
DIY Crafting - Woven Paper Lantern
Virtual - Zoom
5:30 - 7 PM Join Helen Hiebert and create this Woven Paper Lantern. It looks complicated, doesn’t it? But it’s not! Helen will guide you through the steps in this project, and you will create a gorgeous paper weaving. Connect the two ends with a clever woven paper hinge and bring the lantern into the round. Illuminate your woven paper lantern with a battery operated tea light and enjoy the way the light filters through the woven panels.

Supplies will be provided. Register HERE to receive a kit.
APRIL
17
Saturday
SHRED DAY!
Post Office Parking Lot
10 AM - 1 PM Clear your files and protect your identity. Drop off old, no longer needed documents for shredding. Limit two boxes/grocery bags per household.
To ensure social distancing please place items to be shredded in trunk of vehicle and remain in vehicle during drop off.
No registration necessary! Just Stop By
APRIL
17
Saturday
Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange!
1:30 PM Donate your "already done, no missing pieces, 500+ piece" jigsaw puzzles to the library no later than Saturday April 10th. Then on Saturday, April 17th, at 1:30 PM stop by to pick up new-to-you, FREE jigsaw puzzles to enjoy after Tax Day! 
You do not have to donate puzzles to pick up "new-to-you" puzzles.
APRIL
17
Saturday
Tree Climbers
Virtual - Zoom
3 PM April is Scottish American History Month! Our focus for this month will be on records from the UK, areas with large populations of Scottish immigrants, and what last names can tell us about our ancestors. Zoom link HERE.
Vote on Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Local Elections Matter
Local government manages a lot of different things — and their decisions will directly affect your life.
There is no level of government that is more directly responsible for serving your community than your local elected officials. Local government can affect almost every aspect of your daily life. Here’s just a few of the things they’re responsible for:
  • Local school quality and school boards
  • Library board of trustees
  • Policing and public safety (and holding police accountable)
  • Rent costs and affordable housing
  • Road conditions and improvements
  • Alcohol and marijuana ordinances
. . . the list goes on and on, all the way down to your recycling options and waste collection.
To find YOUR voting location and/or to review YOUR Sample Ballot for the Tuesday, April 6th Election, Click HERE.


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Mon - Thu 9:30 AM - 8 PM

Friday & Saturday 12 - 6 PM
Sunday Closed

Work @ the Library
Hiring for Graphic Designer & Adult/Teen Services Manager

For details on these positions, visit www.ellajohnsonlibrary.org

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