Ellsworth Public Library

Ellsworth Public Library is located at 312 W Main St. Republican Eagle file photo

Calling all book lovers! Ellsworth Public Library is gearing up for National Library Week April 4-10 with library-themed book covers in the windows of Ellsworth businesses.

The well-established community hub won the Best Nonprofit/Civic Group of the year award from the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce.

Tiffany Meyer, director of the Ellsworth Public Library, talked about the award, her organization’s goals, how the library was affected by the pandemic and more.

Did you think you’d win this award?

Frankly, we'd been so busy with our library building campaign and the annual report that we didn't get the word out about the first round of voting until a couple of days before voting closed, so I was surprised we even made it to the second round. We clearly have a terrific support system.

How was your business impacted by the pandemic?

Over the past year, we have implemented a doorside service option for materials pickup and assistance with copies, faxes, new cards, etc., we've developed an in-person appointment system for computer use and browsing the stacks and we've provided a variety of options for virtual programming. We've been able to continue providing library services to the public throughout the pandemic, but have really been missing the daily face-to-face interactions with people. We're looking forward to getting back to that.

What goals and hopes do you have for your business in 2021?

In 2021, we plan to continue our reopening process, gradually resume in-person programming, make some changes related to inclusive services and move forward with the building project.

What do you want to share with the Ellsworth community about your business?

Ellsworth is undergoing some exciting changes in leadership and development. There are some fun projects in the works -- trails, public art, dog park -- and some really cool specialty shops.

Drive on over and check it out sometime! While you’re in town, you’ll be sure to pass by the library. It is currently located in a building that used to be a movie theater, the history and architecture are great, but it's far too small for our community and our vision. We are thrilled to be in the midst of a building campaign that will result in four times more space. If you'd like more information about the project or if you'd like to know how you can help, please visit ellsworthlibrary.org or friendsofepl.org.

Do you have any exciting events planned for the spring and summer?

We are offering a community scavenger hunt for National Library Week from April 4-10, inviting participants to search for library-themed book covers in the windows of area businesses. And we plan on participating in the Summer Fun series, sponsoring a few music nights in East End Park next to the farmers market. The scavenger hunt and music series are family friendly, outdoors and open to all.

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