In This e-Newsletter
  • Community Survey Launches Today at 1 PM
  • Exploring the Genealogical
Maternal LIne
  • Ella's HotShots Photo Challenge
  • Upcoming Programs 
  • Community News - Northwest Herald Article on Covid-19 Vaccinations
  • We're OPEN Monday - Saturday
  • Work at the Library! PT Circ Clerk Position Open
We want to know what you think!
Community Survey Launches Today at 1 PM

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 after 1 PM today. Or through the QR code pictured to the right. Simply hover over the code with your smart phone camera to open the survey.
Tree Climbers - Genealogy Chat
"Exploring the Maternal Line"
Zoom Meeting
Saturday, March 20th, 3 PM

In celebration of Women's History Month, we'll talk about the women in genealogical research -- your mother, aunts, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers! The records for woman are not as well documented as for men, making it harder to track maternal lines. Please do join us on Saturday, March 20th as we become super sleuths!
Ella's HOTSHOTS Photo Challenge
March Photo Challenge
"Stepping Into Spring"
Zoom Meeting
Thursday, March 25th, 6 PM

One Week Left to submit your photo!
With the weather getting nicer, it's a perfect picture time to capture what Springtime means to you.
So head outside to your favorite place and take that shot!

Submit one photo to
Tuesday, March 23rd
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.
SAVE THE DATES! Rockin' April Events!
Fireside Chat with Author
John Sandford
Tuesday, April 14th at 7 PM
Join us for a fireside chat with #1 New York Times-bestselling author John Sandford on Zoom. His newest book Ocean Prey features fan-favorite heroes Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers. You may submit questions for the chat until April 7th. Please email any questions for the author to aflores@ellajohnsonlibrary.org
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/grocery bags 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.
Upcoming Events
MARCH
15-20
Scavenger Hunt Bingo Cards
@ Ella Johnson Library District
Each Monday, a new scavenger hunt bingo card will be available for pickup at the library. Search your home for the items on your bingo card and return it between March 22 - 26 to win a small prize. Complete a blackout or cover all bingo on ALL 3 cards for a chance to win a Virtual Animal Experience with the Lincoln Park Zoo!
MARCH
15-31
Hot Chocolate Bombs
What is a Hot Chocolate Bomb? Your next obsession ;)
More specifically, it's a ball of chocolate with hot chocolate mix and various add-ins inside! Put it in a glass of hot milk and it'll melt into a fantastic cup of hot chocolate. 

Sign up for this fun event and you'll get complimentary ingredients and supplies (including a silicone mold) and a link to a Youtube tutorial. 

This event is On Demand and can be done any time while supplies last. Registration required to pick up supplies; register HERE.
MARCH
16
Tuesday
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: earthquakes. Want to see more projects like this? Follow this YouTube link HERE.
MARCH
16
Tuesday
Edible Gardening Month By Month
Virtual - Zoom
6 PM Beth Botts from The Garden Beat presents month by month gardening tips to get the most from your garden. She will tell you what to plan for and what to expect through the gardening year for your vegetable or herb garden. No registration necessary. Join Zoom meeting HERE.
MARCH
17
Wednesday
Move and Groove Family Storytime
Virtual - YouTube
10 AM, Music based storytime perfect for children of all ages (birth – 5 years old).
MARCH
18
Thursday
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.
MARCH
20
Saturday
Tree Climbers - Genealogy Chat
Virtual - Zoom
3 PM Exploring the Maternal Line. Zoom Link HERE.
MARCH
22
Monday
Library Board Meeting, 7 PM
Virtual - Zoom
MARCH
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.
MARCH
25
Thursday
Hots Shots Photo Club
Virtual - Zoom
6 PM March's Photo Challenge is Stepping Into Spring!
MARCH
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 learn about:
marker dyeing techniques.
Instruction will be provided through YouTube and kits will be available for pick up the day of the program while supplies last.
MARCH
29
Monday
Drawful 2 Game Party - Zoom
2 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.
MARCH
31
Wednesday
LIVE Sharks from the Shedd
Virtual - Zoom
10 AM Get up close and personal with some of our most popular Wild Reef residents: sharks! During this LIVE virtual field trip, witness how Shedd staff members feed these animals, design an identifiable tag for different shark species and even calculate how much food our sandbar sharks eat! Explore the Wild Reef habitat from behind the scenes and inside the shark habitat during this exciting program.
Registration is required HERE; please sign up per family for this event.
A link for this event will be sent via email the day before the event.
MARCH
31
Wednesday
Move and Groove Family Storytime
Virtual - YouTube ** 10:30 AM **
10:30 AM, Music based storytime perfect for children of all ages (birth – 5 years old). Get ready to be silly with fun singing and funny dancing! YouTube link HERE.
APRIL
1
Thursday
Virtual Storytime w/Miss Janelle
10 AM Have fun with Miss Janelle for this storytime with books, songs, and fun rhymes. YouTube link HERE.
APRIL
1
Thursday
Book Club via Zoom
6 PM We'll be discussing Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America by Eric R. Thomas. Books are available for checkout at the library. Zoom link HERE.
APRIL
3
Saturday
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.
Questions About Covid-19 Vaccination Process
from: Shaw Media, Northwest Herald, March 4, 2021
It’s been nearly three months since COVID-19 vaccine doses began arriving in Illinois, but getting an appointment for a shot hasn’t gotten any easier for most eligible residents, and the process certainly hasn’t become smoother, either.

Here are some frequently asked questions about the vaccination process.

Q. Why can’t I get an appointment even though I’m eligible?

The main reason most people are having a hard time scheduling an appointment is there aren’t enough vaccine doses in the state. There are more than 4 million people eligible for the vaccine in Illinois currently, which would require more than 8 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to immunize all of them. The state has received a little more than 3.8 million doses as of Wednesday. The recent approval and release of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine may expedite the backlog.

Q. Why aren’t vaccine providers scheduling appointments weeks in advance?

When the vaccines first started coming to states in mid-December, the federal government soon reneged on promised doses. Fearing hundreds of people would show up for shots they couldn’t get, state health officials urged vaccine providers to schedule appointments only for the doses they knew they’d have. States are receiving notice of shipments about three weeks in advance from federal officials.

Q. Why are larger segments of downstate counties vaccinated than in the suburbs?

Disbursement of vaccine doses throughout the state has not been proportional to the population of the counties. That has made it harder for suburban residents to get a shot. Many suburban counties border other states where workers who live in Indiana or Wisconsin, but work in the suburbs, are eligible to receive a vaccine here if they qualify. About 50,000 of Illinois’ doses have gone into the arms of out-of-state workers, according to state health figures.

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.
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