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Ellsworth Library: New year, new activities, new youth services librarian

The Mystery Quilt Program is back! Julie Belz has a new challenge for area quilters and it begins Jan. 9 with the release of the first Mystery Quilt clue. The three remaining clues will be available at the library starting Jan. 16, 23 and 30. Participants will have the month of February to complete their projects and the big reveal will happen March 6. Quilt projects will be on display in the library following the reveal. Belz shared that this would be a good project for quilters of all levels.

Middle and high school students, sign up for the EPL Wild Winter Challenge! We have a fun program this year with weekly scratch-off tickets and a chance to win the grand prize movie-themed basket. Also this month is the Fresh Start for Youth fine-waiving program, which is a one-time opportunity to remove library fines from participating libraries and to receive a free library card replacement. Also, soup-making and grilled cheese with Dianne on Jan. 11 and puzzle-making at the Teen Maker Meet-Up on Jan. 25.

Other highlights

Morning Book Club discussion: "Last Days of Night" by Graham Moore at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 1.

"New York, 1888: When electric light innovator Thomas Edison sues his only remaining rival for patent infringement, George Westinghouse hires untested Columbia Law School graduate Paul Ravath for a case fraught with lies, betrayals and deception." Open to new members — just read the book, show up at the Senior Center and discuss. Copies of the book are available at the library in standard, large print and audiobook formats.

80 percent Nutrition, 20 percent Exercise at 10 a.m. Jan. 16.

Join CJ Young, owner of Country Fit wellness and nutrition center in Ellsworth, to learn what the numbers in a health scan mean as well as what a good balance of nutrition and exercise might look like. This program is funded in part by Allina Health and will take place in the Senior Center. A meal will be served after the program courtesy of Ellsworth Senior Center and Friends of the Ellsworth Public Library.

The library will also be offering the usual slate of children's programs including Friday storytimes, PJ Storytime, Play & Learn, STEAM, Legos in the Library, Make and Take, and Family Movie Night. Stop by any of these programs and meet our new youth services librarian Elise Gregory!

For more information on programs and services, visit the Ellsworth Public Library at 312 W. Main St., call 715-273-3209, or visit