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Viewpoint: Libraries are for everyone

By Tiffany Meyer, Ellsworth Library Director

Inclusivity is a major buzz word in the library world these days. During the Wisconsin Library Association Conference in mid-October, several sessions focused on the topic of diversity, specifically creating a welcoming and inclusive environment in the library. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released a statement about inclusivity in May of this year. One of the key lines reads: "Wisconsin public libraries serve everyone, and it is the duty of everyone in the service of Wisconsin public libraries to foster inclusivity." The Ellsworth Public Library is addressing inclusivity as library policies are reviewed and updated, as training opportunities are considered, and as program offerings are evaluated.

New to the library is a regular meet-up opportunity for homeschool families called Homeschool Meet & Mingle. It will meet once a month with a different theme, and is intended to serve as both an educational opportunity and as a social gathering. There are currently 23 families registered from in and around our community, and more are certainly welcome. If interested, please contact the library to be added to an email list for communication regarding future homeschool family programs and services.

Here's just a bit of what the library is offering in November:

• Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. — Teen Pirate Party for middle and high school youth including snacks, games, a photo booth and a recently released movie (Teen Advisory Board meets at 4 p.m.)

Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m. — Homeschool Meet & Mingle featuring LEGO and Duplo play

Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. — STEAM for grades 1-4 with a focus on marbles

Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. — Family Matters: Advance Funeral Directives with Mahn Family Funeral & Cremation Services

Nov. 27 — Cyber Monday promotion, an opportunity to win 25 seasonal picture books by "liking" a specific EPL facebook post

Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m. — Ghosts of Christmas with paranormal investigator Terry Fisk

Nov. 30 at 3:30 p.m. — Teen Maker Meet-Up following the painted rock movement to spread positivity throughout the community in recognition of World Kindness Day

For more information on programs and 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