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Ellsworth Library Notes: Outreach, outreach, outreach!

By Tiffany Meyer, Ellsworth Library Director

So much has been happening in the library this summer and now it's time to turn outward! In addition to participating in National Night Out on Aug. 1 and attending a ribbon-cutting at St. Paul's United Church of Christ for one of our six Little Free Libraries on Aug. 2, here's what else is on the library calendar for the month of August.

Tiffany MeyerAug. 13 — Watch for the library book cart drill team in the Ellsworth Fire Department Community Parade starting at 1 p.m. Then find Darcy under the water tower behind the county buildings at 3 p.m. to participate in our first ever Cache In Trash Out (CITO) event. Participants will help with cleanup at the fairgrounds and can then explore using geocaching equipment or apps.

Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. — From a Western Wisconsin Farm to the Big Leagues. Watch a slideshow and enjoy memorabilia as author and researcher, Joe Niese, shares the stories of Wisconsin-born baseball players Burleigh Grimes and Andy Pafko. This program will be in the Senior Center. A meal will follow courtesy of the Senior Center and Friends of the Ellsworth Public Library.

Aug. 30 at 1:30 p.m. — Golden Memories: a short history of Little Golden Books. Lois Burnes will give a presentation on Little Golden Books, the publishing phenomenon which started in 1941 and continues to entertain children and adults today. Burnes, who lives in Red Wing, is a retired teacher with a special interest in children's books. This program will be in the Senior Center. Refreshments will follow courtesy of the Senior Center and Friends of the Ellsworth Public Library.

The Friends of the Ellsworth Public Library is hosting a Little Golden Books fundraiser through August. Books are on display at the library and are available for just $10. The adopted books will find a new home in a local Little Free Library this fall. 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Books.

Finally, keep your eyes peeled for library staff, trustees and Friends volunteers at the school open houses this month. Aside from library information, we'll have little freebies to start the school year right!

For a full listing of programs for all ages and information on library services, visit the Ellsworth Public Library at 312 West Main Street, call 715-273-3209, find us on facebook, or see the library's website at