We hope that everyone will give a warm welcome to Lyssa Mattson, our new children’s librarian. Lyssa has been working at the library for the past two years. She is married and has three children. She has been coming to the library in El Paso for the last 17 years. She has always loved reading and being around children. She loves books and wants to share that love with the children of the community. Her favorite books are children’s books. Lyssa had the idea for the story time pumpkin decorating that we have done in the fall. She has lots of wonderful ideas and is very good with children.
The theme for summer reading this year is “Dig Deeper – Read, Investigate, and Discover”. The program will start June 1st and end July 10th. Our children’s story hours will be available online, or as a Story Walk through the park outside the library (Jefferson Park) every Tuesday. As you walk down the sidewalks by the library, you will come across the pages of the story book attached to boards on posts stuck in the ground. As you continue on the walk, you can read the story. The library is trying to accommodate those who do not have an Internet connection. If you have an Internet connected device you can listen to Lyssa, the children’s librarian read the story, page by page by page. You will need to go to the El Paso District Library website to see Lyssa reading the story on your device. There is a special link on our website to summer reading and that is where you will find the video of Lyssa reading the book.
Crafts will be available as “take it from the library and make it at home” this year instead of “make it at the library and take it home”. And we will be posting fun activities each week on our website or inside the entryway. Visit our website and click on the Summer Reading tab for more information.
There is not a sign-up this year. If you have an Internet connection, go to the website and download the log to get started on June 1st. There will be a printed log available in the entryway for those who do not have Internet access.
The "entryway" library is open from Noon to 4 pm for holds pickup each day this week - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
The "entryway" library will be open for holds pickup next week each weekday - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from Noon to 4 pm.
There will be an article in the El Paso Journal this week about Courtney, our children's librarian, I hope you will read it. She will be leaving her job at the library at the end of May. She will leave a big hole in our hearts when she leaves, but we wish her the best of luck in her new adventures!
COVID-19 has made it very hard to say "goodbye" to people who are leaving. If you would like to thank Courtney for all her hard work here at the library and wish her good luck you can mail her a card or letter here at the library, our address is 149 W First Street El Paso, Illinois 61738. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass it along to her. Or you can enter something in a special post we created on our Facebook page.
Starting this Monday, the "entryway" library will again be open. Patrons can enter to only the entryway part of the library to pick up items they have put on hold. The hours of operation will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 12 to 4. Patrons are not allowed to enter the actual library. Please take the proper precautions when entering the "entryway" library.
Patrons can place holds using the link to RSACAT on our website, by calling the library during operating hours, or by emailing their holds to email@example.com.
Please note that when using RSACAT, take note of the owning library of the item being placed on hold. It may be best to only look for items owned by El Paso District Library. The delivery between libraries has not resumed and you may have a long wait if you are putting a hold on an item from another library.
Returning Items you have checked out:
You can return items in the Dropbox outside anytime. We do check it quite often, but if it seems full when you go to return your items, please wait until next time you are by the library. I doubt that would happen, but we are covering all bases.
Harry potter and the sorcerer's stone available for unlimited simultaneous access use via eread illinois axis 360
eRead Illinois Axis 360 members, you now have unlimited access to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This title can be viewed by multiple users simultaneously and is offered in multiple languages, including Spanish and Polish. These e-books will be available in the eRead Illinois Axis 360 collection through May 31.
To use eRead Illinois you will need your library account number and your password. Please let us know if you have problems logging into eRead Illinois.
Pictures and details of some of our recent programs