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.
Looking for a social outlet paired with healthy lifestyle choices? The Fitness & Fun program might be for you! Sign up for Yoga with CJ at noon Sept. 7 and 21, or join in a group walk with Florence at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14. Eat Well on Four Dollars a Day featuring guest speaker Kathryn Feuerhelm is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at and includes a healthy meal. All events within the program are free thanks to funding from Allina Health. Fun & Fitness will continue into October.