Stuck in a creative rut? The Creative Live blog offers three tips to reclaim your creativity: get out of the house, support others and practice self-care. The library has a variety of creative programs lined up this month that will get you out in a social environment where you can do something nice for yourself while learning new things and providing encouragement to others. We've got you covered!
What a whirlwind fall has been. At the Design Ellsworth community workshop, it was exciting to see so many requests mentioning a larger library, space for seniors, space for teens, space for everyone. In fact, the Design Ellsworth project and the Nov. 6 referendum both showed support for additional community space. This is feedback the library has been hearing for a long time. So, what happens now?
Outreach is all about connecting with community members by bringing programs and services outside the walls of the building. Our library recently had some opportunities to make connections across the country!
A referendum is coming up on Nov. 6 on the Village of Ellsworth ballot. The Friends of the Ellsworth Public Library have sent a mailing to Village residents and the library will have additional information related to the referendum on the library website ( www.ellsworthlibrary.org ) by Oct. 5. If there are further questions, please contact the library at 715-273-3209 or email email@example.com . The library wants voters to feel informed when they head to the polls.
School is back in session and it's a great time to sign up for a library card. Parents, caregivers and students are encouraged to obtain a free library card that will save them money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning. Stop in for details. Sep. 6 at 10:30 a.m. — Knit & Natter is a brand new adult knitting program open to all levels of knitters. Bring projects new or old and enjoy creating and socializing with others.
On July 9, the Ellsworth Village Board approved placement of a non-binding referendum regarding library space on the Nov. 6 ballot. The referendum is intended to gauge community support of the Village of Ellsworth borrowing up to $3 million to create additional public library space in the village.
Readers of all ages will explore topics ranging from music to geology this summer as Ellsworth Public Library presents "Libraries Rock" as the theme for the summer library program. Activities include scavenger hunts, musical guests, art projects, science experiments and guest speakers, just to name a handful. For those participating in the two-month scavenger hunt, there will be weekly prize opportunities, as well as drawings for larger prizes on July 30. Registration begins June 2!
With spring having barely made an appearance, it's hard to believe that summer is just around the corner. Library staff have been working on plans for a fun summer library program for all ages. Elise is promoting the youth program with performers at Ellsworth Elementary and St. Francis schools, and details for the teen and adult programs are being fine-tuned and finalized. Last year, 399 individuals participated in the summer library program. This year, we are hoping for even more! Save the kickoff date: June 7 at 6 p.m.
It's no April Fool's Day joke. As of April 1, the Ellsworth Public Library will be fines free. Why? The number one reason, and one of the goals stated in the library's long range plan, is to increase accessibility to library materials and services. Almost 20 percent of EPL cardholders have blocked accounts due to fines exceeding $10. Of these, more than 13 percent are under the age of 18. Going fines free will unblock some of those accounts, allowing checkout of materials and access to public computers.
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.