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Library column: Library Lovers' Month

We all know that libraries are much more than just a place to borrow books. In fact, the use of eBooks, eAudiobooks, free Wi-Fi, and program attendance is higher than ever at the Ellsworth Public Library. How can you celebrate Library Lovers' Month? If it's been a while since you've been in the library, consider stopping in for a visit to see what's new. You will find a lot of boredom busters! If you have some time to spare, ask a staff member about volunteer opportunities. If money is your love language, consider making a tax-deductible gift to your library to support additional programs and materials.

Here is a sampling of what is going on at the library this month:

Adult Wild Winter Challenge — Pick up a bookmark and complete two (easy) activities per week to earn a scratch-off ticket. You might be a lucky instant prize winner! Every scratch-off card will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a basket full of coziness and entertainment.

Thursdays at 1 p.m. — Preschool Storytime at a new time! Youth services librarian Elise will continue Friday morning storytimes, but has added an afternoon option on Thursdays starting Feb. 1. This month, she will cover dinosaurs, love, the night sky and more!

Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. — Homeschool Meet & Mingle: Robots. All ages are welcome at this gathering geared toward homeschooling families where participants can meet, mingle, play and talk.

Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. — The Healing Power of Touch. Licensed massage therapist Erica Reiff will share why touch is such a powerful healing method. Reiff's clients have found healing and relief for many ailments, including migraines, concussions, ADHD and depression. This program is funded by Allina Health. A meal will follow courtesy of the Senior Center and Friends of the Ellsworth Public Library in the lower level of the library building.

Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. — Author Event: Paul Schaefer. Retired anthropology professor, writer, armchair philosopher, social activist and hobby farmer Paul Schaefer has released his debut novel. Riding Shotgun captures the best and worst of those road trips that last just a little bit longer than anybody wanted, as well as the importance of family, the resilience of the human spirit, and the magnificent diversity found across this country from one exit to the next. Refreshments will follow courtesy of the Senior Center and Friends of the Ellsworth Public Library in the lower level of the library building.

Participants in the Mystery Quilt program are working to complete their projects during the month of February for the big reveal at 6:30 p.m. March 6. There is still time to be part of it all by stopping in to pick up all four clues.

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