Library Raffle

Want to show off your American spirit?  The Elgin Public Library is raffling off a patriotic wreath (pictured below) to raise money for our summer reading program.  The raffle will continue until June 12 when we will draw the lucky winner.  Tickets are on sale at the library.  The cost for the raffle ticket is $1 for one ticket or 6 tickets for $5. What a better way to celebrate and decorate for holidays such as Flag Day, 4th of July or Veterans Day. You will also be helping the summer reading program and the kids of Elgin.

Norfolk Daily News Summer Reading Contest

Be part of the New Summer Reading Contest for children ages 5 to 12, sponsored by the Daily News and Elgin Public Library.

Each week in June, pick up a different contest card at the library and fill it out by finding six different things in a copy of the Daily News.  (For younger children, it’s OK for parents to help.)  Return the completed card to the library. Pick up and fill out all four cards and automatically have a chance at winning the contest’s Grand Prize!  

Free copies of the Daily News are available at the library each week of the contest.

Summer Reading Program

School will soon be out, and it will be time for the Elgin Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

The theme this year is “Build a Better World!”  Students of all ages are invited to read! We will keep track of the books they read this summer and have a program or two along the way! Last year we had some great prizes for those who read and will try to find some good prizes again this year. You do not need to sign up ahead of time. This year we are doing Summer Reading Bingo.  Just come to the library when school is out and get your Bingo card.


Young children from the ages of three to six are invited to story time on Monday and Wednesday mornings beginning June 5 and lasting until July 12. Story time will be from 10:00-10:45. If you have young visitors in your home they are welcome to come too!


Children in grades 1-5 are invited to come on Thursday afternoons at 1:00 for activities which may include plays, games, art projects, etc.  Activity time will last about 1 hour and will start on Thursday, June 8 and end on July 13.

Lego League

The Lego League met on April 24 with 28 children attending.  Each group drew a Lego challenge card.  Their task was to build whatever was on their challenge card.  Creations are on display at the library.  Stop by the library and some of the things you will see are robots, aliens, boats, airplanes, cars, houses, rockets, and gardens.

Sew Happy!

 Sew Happy!!  That’s what the Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts were on April 6th.  Ten girls from troops 50294 and 50292 along with leader Abby Evans and co-leaders Rita Kirstine and Tori Durre came to the library to learn some sewing tips.  After learning different parts of the sewing machine the girls practiced sewing patterns on paper. They worked on controlling the speed of the foot pedal and feeding the paper through the machine.  During the next lesson they will use these skills to sew a simple project. We would like to thank Jeane Johnson and Elaine Meyers for helping.

Lego Mania at the Library

    On Monday, March 27, the Elgin Public Library started their first Lego League.  Students in Grades K – 6 were invited to participate.  They only needed to bring their imagination and creativity.  The library supplied the legos.   We had 36 eager Lego builders attending.  They started out with building their name or initials and ended with building their own designs.  Their creations are on display at the library so come and see what these kids created.  If your child missed out on participating in Lego League, they still have a chance to join.  Just give us a call.  Due to the tremendous turnout, we are considering dividing it into two sessions.  One will be on the third Monday and the other on the fourth Monday of the month.  Thank you to the Bargain Box for the grant that made it possible for us to buy the Legos.

Jesse James in Nebraska

On March 13, Jeff Barnes of Humanities Nebraska, shared his knowledge of the infamous outlaw, Jesse James with students from Elgin Public School, St. Boniface, and Pope John as well as members of the community.  The audience was treated to the life of Jesse James and his connection to Nebraska.  Mr. Barnes was sponsored by Elgin Public Library.