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Gail Borden Public Library District

Rakow Branch 2751 W. Bowes Rd. Elgin, Illinois 60124 847-531-7271

Studio 270 Programs Page 4

Preschool & Childcare Information Fair January 22 Page 2

Winter Reading Program Page 2

Second Sunday Concert Series 2011/2012

Night Songs

Megan Bell and Sarah Cushman January 9 Page 7 The Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy February 13 Page 7



Main 270 North Grove Ave. Elgin, Illinois 60120 847-742-2411

January - February, 2011

New for Teens! Studio 270 on the second floor Sneak Preview for All Ages Sunday, January 16 1:30 – 5 pm Grand Opening Just for Teens in Grades 9 – 12 Monday, January 17 9 am – 9 pm It’s the newest and coolest place for teens to create, geek out, or just hang out and play games in a center designed especially by and for them. Everyone in the community is invited to attend the sneak preview, while the grand opening is for teens. Look for fun entertainment and activities, chances to win prizes and some great surprises!


African-American Visual and Performing Arts: A Unifying Experience Saturday, February 5 2 – 5 pm

Experience dancing, storytelling and art as this annual festival continues its efforts to empower, strengthen and unite. Muntu, the largest African dance company in the country, will perform at 4:15 pm in the Community Rooms. In the Bantu language, “muntu” means the essence of humanity. Through its performance, Muntu strives to create an atmosphere of communal participation, encouraging and inspiring audiences to join in the celebration! No tickets or registration.

Check out Studio 270 teen programs on page 4.

StoryTubes 2011 Books! Camera! Action!

Enter Your Video January 19 – February 28

The “My Favorite Book” video project that originated at Gail Borden Public Library is back for more fun and prizes! And this year, we’ll welcome entrants from England and Canada. It’s simple to enter: • Make your video two minutes long (or shorter) • Enter as an individual or in a group • Upload your video to YouTube or TeacherTube • Be creative and have fun! You can make your video at home or at the Main Library or Rakow Branch. See Page 2 for more details.

Discovery 2011

Science Exposition Fermilab’s Mr. Freeze to Kick Off Discovery 2011 Science Exposition Thursday, February 10 7 – 8 pm Community Rooms Please register.

Mr. Freeze is back and better than ever with cryogenics featuring geysers, compressed gas and fascinating particle physics. Get some great ideas and pick up information about the second annual Discovery 2011 Science Expo to be held April 16 at the library, in partnership with School District U-46. Students of all ages from public, private and home schools in the library and U-46 boundaries can participate in this free, nonjudged fair that is sure to stimulate interest in science.

youth programs

Three ways to register: • Online at gailborden.info/register • In person at the Early Learning or Youth Center Help Desk • Call 847-429-4595

All programs take place at the Main Library unless otherwise noted.

www.storytubes.info Team Video Event

Team up with other kids to make a movie about one of these books: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, Frindle, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Among the Hidden, The Last Olympian, Babymouse: Queen of the World, or The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. After your team gets tips about planning out your video, use your creativity to write and direct a video that will get other kids excited about your book! Your video will be entered into the international StoryTubes contest. Sign up for one of the dates below. A signed parental permission slip is required. Main Library, Community Rooms Friday, January 14 3:30 – 5 pm Saturday, January 15 3:30 – 5 pm Saturday, February 12 2:30 – 4 pm

Solo Video Drop-in Sessions

If you would rather make a StoryTubes video by yourself, that’s cool too! You can make your video at home or drop in at one of these open sessions to make a video about the book of your choice. You will need a signed parental permission slip, the book you want to promote and any props you will need. You will be entered into the international StoryTubes contest! Main Library, Youth Center Saturdays, January 22, 29, February 19 2 – 4:30 pm Rakow Branch Tuesdays, January 11, 18 6:30 – 7:30 pm Saturday, February 12 1 – 5 pm

Preschool & Childcare Information Fair

Saturday, January 22 10 am – noon Community Rooms No registration. Representatives from preschools and daycare centers and homes will answer questions and provide information about their programs. A list of participants will be posted after January 12 at www.gailborden.info.

January 3 – February 25

Stories, music and more!

Wonderful Ones

9 – 23 months with an adult Registration required. Mondays 6:15 pm Tuesdays 10, 11:15 am Thursdays 11 am, 6:15 pm Fridays 9:15, 10, 10:45 am

Rhymes and Rhythms Read to Rover

School-age kids Main Library Saturdays, January 8, February 12 10, 10:30, 11 or 11:30 am Registration required. Kids practice their reading skills by cuddling up with a good book and reading aloud to a fully trained and certified therapy dog.

Read Like a Rock Star!

Winter reading program for the entire family Through February 26 Registration through February 12. Families read for a combined ten hours this winter to earn some great prizes and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a grand prize.

Family Valentine Tea

Age 3 – 6 with adult guests Saturday, February 12 9:30 or 11 am (choose one) Community Rooms Registration begins January 24. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with stories, songs and a craft.

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Winter Story Programs

Age 2 with an adult Registration required. Tuesdays 6:15 pm Wednesdays 9:15, 10, 10:45 am Thursdays 10:15, 10:45 am

1, 2, 3, Go!

Ages 1 – 3 with family members No registration. Wednesdays, January 12, 26 February 9, 23 10 am Community Rooms

Picture Book Program

Age 3 – kindergarten with a parent in the building No registration. Mondays 9:30 am, 3:30 pm Tuesdays 9:15, 10:30 am, 7 pm Thursdays 10:15 am

Family Storytime All ages No registration. Mondays 7 pm

Stories and More Age 6 – Grade 2 No registration. Mondays 4 pm

Cuentos para la Familia Miércoles 7 pm Spanish Family Storytime Wednesdays 7 pm (in Spanish)

Three ways to register for Youth: • Online at gailborden.info/register • In person at the Youth Center Help Desk • Call 847-429-4685

No School Day Specials

youth programs Fun for Young Teens

Grades 6 – 8 Please register for these programs.

Magnet Mania



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Monday, January 17 (No School Day) Meeting Room 2 3:30 – 5 pm Create designer magnets to showcase your style and interests. Give your locker or fridge a new look for the New Year.

Manga and Anime Club Portrait Drawing Workshop

Grades 3 – 6 Thursday, January 6 7 – 8 pm Community Rooms Registration required. Bring a photo and learn how to draw a face in the proper proportions with artist tricks to make it come to life. All drawing supplies will be provided.

The Comics and Gaming Event

Grades 3 – 8 Tuesday, January 11, February 8 6 – 8 pm Community Rooms No registration. Play Pokémon™, Yu-Gi-Oh™, Magic the Gathering™ and other games. Bring your cards to play or trade and get the latest news on comics and graphic novels.

The Children’s Deep Freeze Flea Market

Grades 2 – 8 as sellers; all ages can buy. Monday, January 17 1:30 – 3 pm Community Rooms Register in person only at the Youth Center Help Desk with a signed parental permission slip.

Beach Party!

Grades 3 – 6 Friday, February 25 1 – 2 pm Community Rooms Required registration begins February 7. Surf’s up, dudes and dudettes! Dig out of the snow and party with games, food, music, prizes and more.

Tuesdays, January 18, February 15 4 – 6 pm Meeting Room 2 Fans of Japanese cartoons, unite! Come to discuss your favorite series, try a manga-themed craft, or learn a little Japanese.

Youth Advisory Board

Tuesday, February 1 4 – 5 pm Meeting Room 2 Do you have ideas about books, events and online stuff you want to see at the library? Join the Youth Advisory Board and make your voice heard.

Cardmaking Spectacular

Wednesday, February 9 4 – 5:30 pm South Story Room Valentine cards, un-Valentine cards, friendship cards, trading cards—if you can think of a card, you can make it here. We provide the art supplies, you bring the creativity.

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

Monday, February 21 (No School Day) 1 – 3 pm Meeting Room 2 Learn about the world of ATCs, then create and share your own trading-cardsized works of art. Whether you draw sports cars, paint dragons, or glue together weird bits of string and paper, ATCs are for you!

Young Teens Go Green!

Friday, February 25 (No School Day) 2 – 4 pm Meeting Room 2 How “green” are you, your family and community? Join us for quizzes, eco-friendly activities and brainstorming about ways to live green.

No School Day Movies

Monday, February 21

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration. Community Rooms Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (2011) (Rated G, 84 minutes) 10 am Alpha and Omega (2010) (Rated PG, 88 minutes) 2 pm www.gailborden.info


teen programs Teens in grades 9 – 12

- beginning January 18 Monday - Thursday 3 – 9 pm Friday 3 – 5:30 pm Saturday 9 am – 5:30 pm Sunday 1 – 5:30 pm Four ways to register for Studio 270 programs: • Online at gailborden.info/register • Second Floor Information Desk • Studio 270 beginning January 17 • Call 847-429-4680

6R Crafts

Saturdays 3 – 5 pm January 15 Magazine Beads Conference Room February 19 T-Shirt Renovations Get crafty and stay environmentally conscious with the 6R’s; reduce, reuse, reclaim, redesign, recycle, and renew. Please register.

Study Session

Wednesdays beginning January 19 3:30 – 5:30 pm Stop by Studio 270 for a chance to work on your homework or start that next school project. Librarians can help you find the right answers and get you started.


Share Your Secret at Studio 270’s Grand Opening

Monday, January 17 1 – 5 pm Check out Studio 270 at the grand opening and create your own Post Secret postcard. Make your own unique postcard with a secret and we’ll send it anonymously to www.postsecret.com.

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Make Your Own Books

Saturdays 3 – 5 pm January 29 Japanese Bookbinding February 26 Single Signature Pamphlet Learn techniques to create one-of-a-kind books and journals. Please register.

Teen Flicks Snack on some popcorn and watch a movie in Studio 270. Wednesday, February 2 6 – 8 pm Groundhog Day (PG)

Open Mic Night

Thursdays, January 20, February 17 7 – 8 pm Share your talent at Studio 270’s Open Mic Night. We are looking for musicians, poets, comedians, story tellers and more to perform. Please register.

Zine Scene

Saturday, January 22 3 – 4 pm Calling all writers, artists, and zinesters. Have you ever written, drawn, or created something you would like to have published but have no idea where to start? Help us create the first library zine, for teens by teens. Please register.

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Saturday, February 12 3 – 5 pm The Wedding Singer (PG-13)

Locker Decorations

Monday, February 21 and Friday, February 25 3 – 5 pm Spend your No School Days creating unique and useable decorations for your locker. Please register.

Lyric Opera

3 WAYS TO REGISTER: • In person at the Adult Services Information Desk • Call 847-429-4680 • Online at www.gailborden.info, Calendar

Lyric Opera of Chicago Lecture Series

Abraham Lincoln in Song with Folksinger Chris Vallillo

Whether you are a life-long aficionado or novice listener of Lyric Opera, these lectures are sure to enhance your opera experience. Please register. Thursdays

Music to Your Ears

7 – 8 pm

January 6 The Mikado Meeting Room 2 February 17 Hercules Administration Meeting Room

Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Inauguration and the Start of the Civil War Friday, January 7 3:30 – 4:45 pm Community Rooms This program is made possible in part by an award from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly. In partnership with the Elgin Area Historical Society. From his days as a flat-boater, his years as a circuit lawyer and on up through his presidency, Lincoln’s life is a microcosm of the development of Illinois during that period. Award-winning folksinger Chris Vallillo uses historic narratives, contemporary folk music and period folk songs Lincoln may well have known and sung to bring Illinois’ favorite son and his times to life. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. Please register.

English Country Dancers and Old Fezziwig’s Band

ESO Master Classes These Elgin Symphony Orchestra guest performers will share their music on specified Saturdays from 2 – 4 pm in the Community Rooms. No registration. Alisa Weilerstein, Cello January 8

Inon Barbatan, Piano February 5

2nd Sunday Concert Series 2010/2011 The one-hour performances begin at 2 pm the Community Rooms. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments after each concert. Free tickets are available at the Greeter and Second Floor Information Desks two weeks prior to each concert.

Night Songs

Soprano Megan Bell and Pianist Sarah Cushman January 9 A voice recital of songs about Night including works of Debussy, Fauré, Strauss, Schubert, Marx, Barber and Bernstein.

The Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy

Megan Bell

February 13 Highly gifted young musicians will perform.

Sunday, January 30 2 – 4 pm Community Rooms Fermilab’s newest dance group will present music and dance from English historical sources and more modern choreographers in historical style. These dances have been performed since the 16th century but are perhaps best known through book and film as the dances of Jane Austen novels. After performing, the dancers will teach some moves to those who would like to try out this elegant social dancing. Please register.

Freedom Songs with Dr. Risé Jones Sunday, February 20 2:30 – 4 pm Community Rooms Sponsored by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission. Join us for a sing-along and interactive arts activities about the Underground Railroad. For all ages. Please register.



adult programs Forum on Nonbinding Advisory Referendum--Modified Ward System For Elgin

Job Hunting IDES Re-employment Services Workshop

Wednesdays January 5, 19, February 2, 16 1:30 – 3 pm Meeting Room 1 Presented by Christine Wojcik from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. This workshop provides job seekers with networking, resume writing, job search and interviewing techniques. For more information, contact the Illinois Department of Employment Security in Elgin at 847-888-7900.

Elgin Job Seekers

Wednesdays January 12, 26, February 9, 23 1:30 – 2:30 pm Meeting Room 2 Share your job-hunting experiences and learn from others at these opendiscussion meetings.

Sponsored in collaboration with the Elgin Community Network and ECCO. 6:30 pm Meeting Room 1 No registration. Tuesday, January 18 Economic Development Tuesday, February 15 Health and Wellness


Sunday, January 16 2 – 4:30 pm Community Rooms In partnership with the Elgin Climate Change Organization (ECCO), Izaak Walton League and League of Women Voters of the Elgin Area. This award-winning documentary is a comprehensive and entertaining look at energy in America. It explores the history of where we have been, our present predicament and a solution to our dependence on foreign oil. A discussion will follow the film.

Free Programs for Cook County Senior Residents

Stitch ‘N’ Bee

Every Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 pm Bring your crafts, crocheting, crossstitching, knitting, needlepointing, quilting or just come to be inspired. No registration.

Jane Austen Fan Club Emma Book Discussion

Tuesday, January 4 7 – 8:30 pm Meeting Room 2 No registration.

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Monday, January 24 10 am – noon Community Room C A Social Services caseworker from Hanover Township Senior Services will meet with Cook County residents, 55 and older, during this drop-in program to assist in filing for many government programs that are available and provide information about local services and programs. No registration.

English Country Dancers and Old Fezziwig’s Band Sunday, January 30 2 – 4 pm Community Rooms Please register. See page 7 for more details.

Monday, January 10 6:30 – 8:30 pm Community Rooms In partnership with the League of Women Voters of the Elgin Area. What is that petition that’s circulating throughout Elgin? What’s a nonbinding referendum? What’s a modified ward system? These questions and more will be answered by area experts. This advisory referendum, if passed, would result in just that - a conversation on the subject.

Brown Bag Lunch Classic Films Held on Mondays in the Community Rooms. Coffee and tea will be served. No registration. Some Like It Hot (1959) January 10 11 am – 1 pm On the Town (1949) February 14 11 am – 12:45 pm

Reel Women for Real Women Co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women Elgin Area Branch. A film and discussion focused on women’s issues. No registration. Mrs. Brown (1997, PG) Tuesday, January 25 6 pm Meeting Room 1 Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961, Not Rated) Tuesday, February 22 6 pm Community Rooms

adult programs

Book Clubs

Authors on the Fox Book sales and signing follow the talks, which take place in Meeting Room 1. Please register.

Writing Workshop with Author Henry Perez

Sunday, January 16 2 – 4 pm Meeting Room 2 Learn about character development, plot structure, dialogue, setting and details, as well as the business side of writing, including targeting the right agent and writing a compelling query letter. This workshop will kick off a Writers Circle at the library (details available Jan. 16).

Henry Perez

Killing Red and Mourn the Living Tuesday, February 1 7 – 8 pm Meeting Room 1 Henry Perez’s thriller Mourn the Living was a number one Amazon Kindle bestseller about which Publishers Weekly said “Keeps the adrenaline pumping right through to the ending.”

Reggie Legend

Steel Waters Monday, February 21 7 – 8 pm Meeting Room 1 In 1996, Reggie Legend was led to write his first poem as he struggled with the academic and social aspects of collegiate life. That first poem became the gateway to over 3,000 written works that poetically chronicle Legend’s journey as a man and a writer.

Walking Book Club

Join us on Wednesdays at 7 pm for great reads, lively discussion and exercise. For more information, call Danielle or Nancy at 847-429-4680.

Great Books Discussion Group

Co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women Elgin Branch. Have you ever wanted to read some of the world’s greatest books of literature, philosophy, economics, political science, and psychology, but needed guidance to understand the content? Meetings are at 6:55 pm in Meeting Room 2. For more information, please call Rachel Bloomberg at 630-391-2966.

Business Book Club

You don’t have to be a business owner or manager to enjoy these great books at 7 pm in the conference room. For more information, please contact Melissa Ziel at mziel@gailborden.info or 847-2895836. January 20 Blink by Malcolm Gladwell February 17 Switch by Chip and Dan Heath

20’s and 30’s Book Club

Co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women Elgin Branch. The group meets at 7 pm in Meeting Room 2. Books are chosen by the group and are a mix of contemporary, fiction, nonfiction and classics. For more information, call Rachel Bloomberg at 630-391-2966.

January 10 Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson February 1 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver January 24 Emma by Jane Austen February 28 Guernsey Literary and Contemporary Fiction Book Group Potato Peel Pie Society The group meets one Wednesday a by Mary Ann Shaffer month at 7 pm in Meeting Room 2. For more information, contact Tish at 847-289-5838. January 19 Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen February 16 The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Rakow Branch Read to Rover at Rakow

School-age kids Saturday, January 29, February 19 10, 10:30, 11 or 11:30 am Registration required. Kids practice their reading skills by cuddling up with a good book and reading aloud to a fully trained and certified therapy dog in the cozy Shales Living Room.

Family Storytime

Tuesdays in January and February 6:30 pm No registration. Join us for fun stories and rhymes.

Three ways to register: • Online at gailborden.info/register • In person at the Rakow Branch or Main Library • Call 847-531-7271

Rakow Readers Book Group

Join the discussion on Mondays at 1:30 pm. Please inquire at the Rakow Customer Service Desk to receive a copy of the book. No registration required. January 24 Laura Rider’s Masterpiece by Jane Hamilton February 28 This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper



adult programs Computer Classes Internet Basics

3 ways to register: • Online at gailborden.info/register • In person at the computer center or • Call 847-429-4695 Each topic is covered in a single oneto two-hour session and is held in the Computer Training Room. Advance registration with a valid Gail Borden Public Library card is required.

Mouse program

Wednesday, January 5 10 am Tuesday, February 1 10 am For those who need practice using a mouse.

Internet I: Basics

Wednesday, January 12 10 am Tuesday, February 8 10 am Learn how to use the web and the basics of Internet terminology, then visit some websites. Basic mouse skills are required.

Internet II: Searching

Wednesday, January 19 10 am Tuesday, February 15 10 am Learn how to use the library’s search directory and the search engines Google and Yahoo. Basic mouse skills are required.

Internet III: Email

Wednesday, January 26 10 am Tuesday, February 22 10 am The basics of reading and sending email will be covered. Basic mouse and Internet navigation skills are required.


To register: • At the computer center with a $5 fee

Trojans, Viruses and Malware— Oh My! Internet Safety for Everyone Monday, January 31 7 – 8 pm Meeting Room 1 Presented by Abe Miller, IT Security Professional This presentation will de-mystify some of the threats and provide usable suggestions for anyone to help improve their family’s online experience. A question-and-answer session will take place and informational handouts provided. Any suggested products recommended are free and available via the Internet with directions. Please register.

Presenter Jeanette Via, Microsoft Office Specialist Certified and a Spanishspeaking assistant. Students may bring laptops. Classes are held in the Computer Training Room.

Beginning Computers

Saturday, January 8 10 am – noon MS Office 2007: Word Saturday, January 8 1 – 3 pm MS Office 2007: Import Excel Data into Word Doc Thursday, January 13 6 – 8 pm

Community of Readers For the Love of Books

Kickoff Wednesday, February 2 4:30 pm Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Road Tom and Sue Rakow, owners of IHC Construction Companies, LLC, and Honorary Co-Chairs for the 2011 Community of Readers collection, will kick off this program that provides new and gently read books for preschool and grade school children in School District U-46 who may not have home reading materials. Drop-off locations accepting donations during February are at First Community Bank Elgin offices, 165 S. Randall Road and at Big Timber and McLean Boulevard, 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am to noon Saturday. Books also can be dropped off at the Main Library and Rakow Branch during library hours.

Elgin Area Laughter Club: A Hysterical Society

Thursdays, 7 pm Meeting Room 1 Facilitated by Len Lempa, Social Worker. Come get happy! Learn some great laughing techniques to combat depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), reduce stress, relax muscles and shift your mood. The documentary film Laughology will kick off the first meeting. A water bottle and comfortable clothing is recommended. For more information, contact Norma at ncopes@gailborden.info or call 847-289-5829.

Laughter Workshop

Would you like to learn to lead a laughter club? World Laughter Tour is presenting a two-day workshop on March 31and April 1 at the library for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Laughter Leader. Please register at www.worldlaughtertour.com. www.gailborden.info


programs in english & español Programs in English and Spanish

Cinco Deseos para tus Seres Queridos

Go Bilingual Class

Wednesdays, January 12 – February 23 7 – 8 pm Meeting Room 1 English and Spanish lessons and conversation. No registration.

Programas en Español

Clase Futuros Bilingües

los miércoles, 12 de enero – 23 de febrero 7 – 8 pm Salón de Reuniones 1 Lecciones y conversación para aprender inglés y español. No hace falta inscribirse.

Two Rivers Head Start Bilingual Parenting Programs

Básicos de Computación para Principiantes Salón de Entrenamiento de Computación. Favor de inscribirse.

“Nuevo Año, Nueva Vida”

Tuesday, January 11 9 – 10 am

Introducción a la Meditación Martes, 18 de enero 6:30 – 8 pm Salones de la Comunidad B and C Comienza el 2011 aprendiendo a aclarar y enfocar tu mente a través de las técinicas de meditación básicas de yjoti. No hace falta inscribirse.

Creativity in Teaching and Importance of Reading

Vegetarianismo para Principiantes

Community Rooms (unless noted). No registration.

Financial Advice and W-2 Forms

Tuesday, January 25 9 – 10 am

Nutrition and Exercise

Tuesday, February 8 9 – 10 am

Preventive Health Care

Thursday, February 24 9 – 10 am

Programas Bilingües Head Start para Padres Salones de la Comunidad (a menos que se indique lo contrario).

Consejería Financiera y Formas W-2

martes, 11 de enero 9 – 10 am

Creatividad en la Enseñanza y la Importancia de Leer martes, 25 de enero 9 – 10 am

Nutrición y Ejercicio

martes, 8 de febrero 9 – 10 am

Cuidado de Salud Preventivo jueves, 24 de febrero 9 – 10 am

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Lunes, 7 de febrero 7 – 8 pm Salón de Reuniones 1 Este programa ayuda a las parejas, padres e hijos a entender lo que sus seres queridos quisieran como cuidado si se enfermaran de gravedad y les quita la ansiedad de tratar de adivinar. Para cualquiera de 18 años o menos. Favor de inscribirse.

Martes, 15 de febrero 6:30 – 8 pm Salones de la Comunidad B y C Ven para todo lo que quieres saber sobre una dieta vegetariana y recetas. No hace falta inscribirse.

Parte 1

lunes, 11 de enero 6:30 – 8 pm lunes, 21 de febrero 1:30 – 3 pm Introducción a la computadora, aprenda y practique las funciones del ratón y conozca como funciona el sistema operativo de Windows.

Parte 2

lunes, 18 de enero 6:30 – 8 pm lunes, 28 de enero 1:30 – 3 pm Introducción al teclado y oportunidad para aprender y practicar mecanografía y formateo de documentos con texto y gráficas.

Club de Lectura en Español

Selección del Mes del Amor: Doña Bárbara por Rómulo Gallegos martes, 10 de febrero 7 – 8 pm Salón de Conferencias Lee y discute la novela clásica que inspiró la telenovela popular de Telemundo con el mismo nombre. Se servirán chocolate caliente y galletas. Favor de inscribirse.

Cantinflas y Chocolate Caliente

sábado, 19 de febrero 2:30 – 4 pm Salones de la Comunidad ¿Qué pasa cuando Cantinflas se une al circo y se enamora? Ven para que veas, pero sabes que va a ser graciocísimo. Se servirán palomitas y chocolate caliente. Las familias están bienvenidas. No hace falta inscribirse.

The Three Kings are coming to the Library on Wednesday, January 5! Bring your camera to take a picture with them at the Library lobby from 5 – 8 pm. Presented by Organization of Mexico in Elgin (OME.) ¡Los Reyes Magos visitarán la Biblioteca el 5 de enero! Traiga su cámara para tomarse un retrato con ellos en el vestíbulo de 5:00 a 8:00 p.m. Presentando por la Organización de México en Elgin (OME).


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Gail Borden Public Library District

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Photo Release - All program participants agree to be photographed during library activities and programs for use in future library publications. This newsletter contains recycled paper.

City of Elgin Sustainability Master Plan Overview & Opportunity for Comment MyMediaMall Monday

Downloading Audiobooks Monday, January 10 6 – 7:30 pm Rakow Branch Get the most value from that new reading “toy” you received over the holidays. Bring your ebook, iPod or MP3 player and learn how to download books and audiobooks from the library’s website. No registration required—drop in anytime during the session.

Thursday, January 13 6:30 - 8 pm. Join us for a COMMUNITY CONVERSATION to review the draft document and offer input into the CITY OF ELGIN SUSTAINABILITY MASTER PLAN (SMP). This plan was developed and written by residents who participated in Elgin’s nine sustainability working groups over the last 18 months and is meant to help lead our community forward to create a self sustaining community. As part of the plan, the SMP work groups evaluated current practices and policies to find ways to lessen our environmental footprint and identified opportunities to preserve, minimize and restore our natural resources for future generations to enjoy. The community is encouraged to come and give comments and suggestions about the plan before it is officially presented to the City Council for formal adoption. Offered in partnership with the City of Elgin.

Become a Volunteer Literacy Tutor in 2011 The Literacy Connection is seeking volunteers to tutor adults in Basic Reading or English as a Second Language. An orientation for prospective tutors will take place on Saturday, January 8 from 9 – 10:30 am at the library. Tutor training will be held January 15, 22 and 29. For more information, call The Literacy Connection at 847-742-6565, email at info@elginliteracy.org or visit www. elginliteracy.org.

Super Couponing 1 with Coupon Queen Jill Cataldo Thursday, February 3 7 – 8:30 pm Community Rooms Discover the secrets of couponing. Find out about multi-stacking coupons, tracking sales and finding discounts online. Please register.

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