In This e-Newsletter
  • Check Out Our Magazines
  • The Long Shadow Documentary Discussion
  • Winter Reading Challenge for our Food Pantry
  • Fine Forgiveness Program Ends March 1st
  • Ella's HotShots Photo Challenge is Back!
  • Upcoming Programs
  • Community News - AARP Tax Aide Assistance Locations 
  • Community News - Kane County Forest Preserve Programs
  • We're OPEN Monday - Saturday
Did You Know?
Our Magazines Are Available for
Check Out

Want to read the latest issue of HGTV, House Beautiful, Martha Stewart's Living, or People magazines? We've moved our most popular magazines from the Community Room and placed them along the window ledge by the Adult DVD's.

You are welcome to check out up to 10 magazines at a time for a three week period.

Join Us for a Shared Discussion on The Long Shadow
Watch
February 19th - 26th

The Long Shadow
Documentary Viewing

Discuss
Wednesday, February 24th, 7 PM
Q & A

In collaboration with 30 libraries in our area, the Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District is offering a week-long screening of the documentary The Long Shadow (PBS) followed by a Q&A with its director, Frances Causey.

Friday, February 19 - Friday, February 26, view The Long Shadow documentary HERE. No need to register to view the film.

Register to "attend" the Q&A on Wednesday, February 24 at 7 PM HERE. You must register for the Zoom Q & A.

The Long Shadow follows former CNN Senior Producer, TED contributor, and Emmy-Award Winning Director Frances Causey as she traces her family’s legacy of white privilege, placing it in the context of the history of anti-black racism in the United States that began with slavery and continues to impact our society today.

Frances Causey and Producer Sally Holst passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories of how America—guided by the South’s powerful political influence—steadily, deliberately and at times secretly, established white privilege in our institutions, laws, culture and economy.

Fulfilling our mission to promote diversity, inspire curiosity and creativity, support inquiry, and build community.
Reading is Snow Much Fun!
Winter Reading Challenge
Two Weeks to Reach 100,000 Minutes!
We've reached 70,000 minutes! Way to Go!
 
Can I still participate? Absolutely! Virtual "logbooks" are available from Beanstack.
Register for the first time or sign in HERE.
Whether you're reading to a toddler, following along with a pre-schooler, reading a hand-held book, or listening to an audio book, you can count up your minutes on Beanstack.
 
Can anyone join in? Yes. The program is open to all - kids, families, teens & adults.
 
We need your help to reach 100,000 minutes! We're so close! When we reach our goal, a monetary donation will be made to the Burlington Hampshire Area Food Pantry.
Fine Forgiveness Program Expires Monday, March 1st

Since we reopened on July 6th:
We've been waiving all overdue fines on returned materials except for replacement item costs.

Overdue materials will accrue fines:
Overdue materials returned beginning Monday morning, March 1st will incur fines.

What about the quarantine period?
We continue to quarantine returned materials for 72 hours/3 days. When material is checked in, we will back date the return date to allow for the 3 day quarantine period.

Have a question? Ask us. We're happy to help.
Ella's HOTSHOTS Photo Challenge is Back!
February Photo Challenge
"In the Kitchen!"

One Week Left to submit your photo! This month's challenge is to immortalize a fun memory of all the cooking and baking we've been doing in our kitchens.
Submit one photo to
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
15
Monday
Drawful 2 Game Party - Zoom
4 PM Join us for the hilarious game by Jackbox Games, Drawful 2. Draw the most ridiculous picture you can based on the given prompts. Players and the audience get to vote on the best and worst ones.

A zoom link will be emailed the morning of the game. This event is for 8-12 yrs and families can play as a team. If you would like to watch and not play, please register to get the link to be an audience member. Register HERE.
FEBRUARY
16
Tuesday
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 while supplies last. This month is a STEAM challenge to clean up an oil spill. YoutTube channel uploaded 10 AM today HERE.
FEBRUARY
17
Wednesday
Move and Groove Family Storytime
Virtual - YouTube
10 AM, Music based storytime perfect for children of all ages (birth – 5 years old).
FEBRUARY
18
Thursday
Virtual Storytime w/Miss Janelle
Virtual - FaceBook
10 AM Join Miss Janelle for this virtual storytime of books, songs, and fun rhymes. YouTube video uploaded at 10 AM today HERE.
FEBRUARY
20
Saturday
Tree Climbers
Virtual - Zoom
3 PM. This month's meeting of Tree Climbers will focus on marriage certificates, and other kinds of important documents. These documents are invaluable, providing primary resources to locate relatives. We will be exploring different types of records, where to locate those records, and other resources to locate primary source materials. 
FEBRUARY
22
Monday
Library Board Meeting via Zoom
FEBRUARY
24
Wednesday
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. Register HERE.
FEBRUARY
24
Wednesday
The Long Shadow Documentary
Conversation w/Director Causey
Virtual - Zoom
7 PM. Register HERE for a Zoom Q&A with Director Frances Causey on Wednesday, February 24th at 7 PM.

Watch the documentary The Long Shadow
Friday, February 19th - Friday, February 26th
Live Link Click HERE
FEBRUARY
26
Friday
Little Stitches
Virtual - YouTube
11 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 look at patchwork quilts and make a patchwork house. Instruction will be provided through YouTube and kits will be available for pick up the day of the program while supplies last.
MARCH
9
Tuesday
Food Club via Zoom
6 PM Who's got the BEST Chili recipe? Mine is pretty spectacular and super easy in a slow cooker!
Join us on Tuesday, March 9th at 6 PM ** NEW TIME ** via Zoom to discuss recipes, beans, and more in our efforts to eat healthier this year! What type of beans do you use? When it's time to dig in, what fixings do you put on top?
Even if you don't have time to make a pot of Chili, join us for the conversation.
Zoom link will be emailed to registered patrons on Monday, March 8th; Register HERE. Let's get Cookin' 
AARP Foundation Tax Assistance Near Us
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides in-person and remote tax assistance free of charge to anyone, with a special focus on taxpayers who are 50 or older or who have low to moderate income. 
Tax-Aide volunteers are located nationwide, and are trained and IRS-certified every year to make sure they know about and understand the latest changes and additions to the tax code. Tax help is provided in safe environments using a variety of methods based on a number of factors, including where you are located, COVID-19 spread, and volunteer availability. 

It appears that the closest sites which still have appointments for this year are:

OPEN 2/8/2021 - 4/9/2021
HANOVER TOWNSHIP SENIOR SERVICES
DROP OFF SERVICES OFFERED MONDAY/WEDNESDAY 9 AM- 2 PM
CALL FOR APPOINTMENT
(630) 483-5600
240 S IL ROUTE 59, BARTLETT, IL 60103-1648

OPEN 2/16/2021 - 4/13/2021
ELDER CARE SERVICES
DROP OFF SERVICES OFFERED TUESDAY/THURSDAY 12 PM- 3 PM
For appointment, call Donna Harvey, 815-751-5763.
1701 E LINCOLN HWY, DEKALB, IL 60115-3956

OPEN 2/23/21-3/31/21
POTTAWATOMIE COMMUNITY CENTER
VIRTUAL SERVICES OFFERED MON-SAT 9 AM-4PM
CALL FOR APPOINTMENT
(630) 513-4323
8 NORTH AVE, ST CHARLES, IL 60174-1251

OPEN 2/23/2021 - 4/15/2021
GENEVA TOWNSHIP SENIOR CENTER
VIRTUAL SERVICES OFFERED TUESDAY/THURSDAY 10 AM- 4 PM
CALL FOR APPOINTMENT
630) 232-3602
400 WHEELER DR, GENEVA, IL 60134-1454
Winter Wonderland @ Kane County Forest Preserves
There's plenty to do outdoors even in the cold weather. Check out Kane County Forest Preserve's calendar HERE. Enjoy unique programs such as Exploring by Snowshoe, Birding in the Winter Rivershore, or Trek with a Naturalist. Try Trailside Nature Smartphone Apps on Sunday, February 21st at 9:30 AM or Wednesday morning storytimes at Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles. Registration is required, and severe weather cancels most programs.

COVID-19 EXPECTATIONS
Masks are required for all programs.
Maintain a minimum of 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.
Group sizes will be limited to 25 people inside and 50 people outside, effective Jan. 26, 2021.
Stay home if you are sick, or if you have been in contact with someone who is ill.
We're OPEN Monday - Saturday
Mon - Thu 9:30 AM - 8 PM

Friday & Saturday 12 - 6 PM
Sunday Closed
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