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Gail Borden Public Library District

Gail Borden Public Library District Amazing Castle

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

June 1 – September 2

Here Ye, Here Ye!

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

Table of Contents Summer Reading Pages 2 and 3 Youth Programs Pages 4 and 5 Middle School Zone Page 5 Studio 270 High School Programs Page 6 Adult Programs Discover Gold-- Education! Page 7

May - June, 2011

Calling all Readers of the Realm to step into the Medieval World of Knights and Fair Maidens!



Gail Borden Public Library Summer Reading 2011

Registration for summer reading begins May 24! Come hither all good people of the Gail Borden Realm and pay heed to knights of chivalry, dragons and fairies, castles of olde, a Medieval Fair and summer reading quests for all! See pages 2 and 3 to make your summer a crowning success.

Visit blacksmith and tailor shops, a banquet hall, a garden shed, a puppet theatre and even a tower with a sleepy dragon! All eight interactive areas in this castle community highlight storybook characters and offer activities for children and families. Try on a costume, put on a puppet show, learn about gardening and even wake up a dragon! A visit to the Amazing Castle will inspire imaginations and creativity! This is a traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Children’s Museum. Sponsored by the Gail Borden Public Library Foundation and the Grand Victoria Foundation.

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©2010 Minnesota Children’s Museum. All Rights Reserved. The Amazing Castle was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum with funding from Curtis & Marjorie Nelson and The Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation. Graphic support provided by 3M.

Job Hunting Page 8

Download FREE music from the library!

Authors on the Fox Page 9 Book Clubs Page 9 Technology Now! Page 10 Spring and Summer “Sustainabilities” Page 8 Rakow Branch Page 10 Programs in English and Spanish Page 11 THE EXPLORER IS THE GAIL BORDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BI-MONTHLY ISSUE NO. 2011-03 MAY 1, 2011

Your Gail Borden Public Library card allows you to download Mp3 songs to your computer or portable device at no charge. The entire Sony Music catalog is available via Freegal Music. Go to www.gailborden.info or call the Information Services Desk at 847-429-4680 for more information.

Library Earns Elgin Image Award Along with many deserving organizations, people and projects, the Gail Borden Public Library District was awarded a 2011 Elgin Image Award on March 10 for significant contributions to the community including receiving the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest recognition for libraries. Once again, we thank people and organizations in this area for partnering with us on wonderful events and programs. We are honored that you chose your library as a partner. Although projects such as the Tapestry of Freedom, GIANTS: African Dinosaurs created by Project Exploration, SPACE: Dare to Dream and the Dr. Torres Library Card Challenge are often mentioned, we want to reiterate that we are honored to be asked to highlight a local author, display an artist’s work or help with an Eagle Scout project. You are what makes us your community library. Thank you!

Gail Borden Public Library Executive Director Carole Medal receives an Elgin Image Award from Mohammad Iqbal, a member of the Elgin Image Advisory Commission.



Gail Borden Public Library Summer Reading 2011

summer reading 2011 For the Good Families of the Gail Borden Realm Build a Fairy House at the Rakow Branch

Tuesday, June 7 6 pm A Midsummer Knight’s READ 2011 Registration required. Summer Reading Program Join the Green Man and Sprite Register May 24 – July 23 from the South Elgin Two Ways to Register: Fairy Festival to hear • In person at the Main Library or stories outside and build Rakow Branch and receive a reading fairy houses out of natural log and coupons, or materials. Leave your fairy house • Online at gailborden.info, print out on the garden path of the Rakow Branch the reading log at home, then pick for the fairies to enjoy throughout the up coupons at the Main Library or summer. Rakow Branch

Pre-Readers (Infants – Grade 1) will be on a quest to complete different listening and activity challenges as they complete their chosen “path.” Readers (K – Grade 5) and Middle Schoolers (Grades 6 – 8) will have their own quest challenges, including reading options and library activities. PreReaders, Readers and Middle Schoolers who complete the summer reading program will receive their choice of a paperback book (or bundle of comic books), coupons and entry into the grand prize drawing. Teens (Grades 9 – 12) read a book, attend a Studio 270 program or create a work of art. After completing five summer reading quests, teens will be entered into a drawing for an iPod Touch or a gift certificate from a local restaurant. Adults can take the challenge to read six books this summer for a prize and entry in a grand prize drawing for a NOOK eReader. 2 www.gailborden.info

Medieval Meals

Sunday, June 5 2 – 3 pm Community Rooms How did our ancestors dine during Medieval times in Europe? Savor a taste of the royal feast straight from the castle court as chef Michael Niksic prepares Blancmange (poultry and rice pudding/ paste), Medieval Meat Stew served on a Trencher (bread) and Honey Apples. A Gail Borden Public Library card is required for registration.

Knights of Yesteryear and Today: Fearless Foolery & Fun!

With renowned storyteller and dulcimer player Beth Horner. All ages Wednesday, June 8 7 – 7:45 pm Community Rooms Enjoy tales of knightly escapades! Stories of adventure with fearless knights full of bravery and stories of silliness with fearful knights full of laughter! Please register.

Adventures of a Good Knight

With Author Shelley Moore Thomas Ages 4 – 7 with one adult guest Saturday, June 18 Two Performances: 2 and 3:15 pm At Heritage Woods of South Elgin, 700 N. McLean Blvd., South Elgin Registration required. With a parent or grandparent, children can experience all things magical from author and storyteller Shelley Moore Thomas. Book sales and autographing will follow the event. Only one adult per child, please, due to space limitations.

Here There Be Dragons Magic Show School-age children Tuesday, June 28 7 – 7:45 pm Magician and Wizard Ron Clayton will explore the world of dragons, including the awesome magic associated with them. A dragon or two may even be present. Will their magic interfere with that of the wizard? Children ages 5 to 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver of at least 14 years of age.

Medieval Faire

Families Monday, June 20 3:30 – 8 pm No registration. Drop in or stay for the entire event. Listen to Shelley Moore Thomas, author of the Good Knight books, at 3:30 pm. At 7 pm, meet Eleanor of Aquitaine, a feisty and fascinating Medieval queen. In between, meet a knight, make a craft, talk to Jane the Phoole and enjoy Olde Tyme performances! Pick up a schedule at the library after June 1.

Amazing Castle

summer reading 2011 Children register for summer reading programs that are for the grade they will enter this fall.

For Young Lords and Ladies

Castle Capers

Grades 1 – 2 June 13 – July 27 Mondays 2 pm Wednesdays 10 am No registration. Explore the world of knights, dragons, princes and princesses through stories, crafts, games and more.

Medieval Mania!

Grades 3 – 5 June 15 – July 27 Wednesdays 10 am No registration. Party like it’s 1399. We’ll play amazing games, make fabulous crafts, and hear tales of olde about knights, dragons, princesses and castles!

Heraldry: Creating Your Own Coat of Arms

June 1 – September 2

Young Teens Grades 6 – 8 Tuesday, June 21 2 – 4 pm Community Rooms Sign up at gailborden.info or at the Youth Services desk. Shields aren’t just for knights anymore. Learn how to “read” a Medieval coat of arms, then design your own.

Summer Reading Program Volunteers

For Adult Gentles and Nobles A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

(1949, NR) – Film Adults Monday, June 27 1 – 2:50 pm Meeting Room 1 Bing Crosby stars as a Connecticut lad who receives a bump on his head and wakes up in sixth century Camelot, where he introduces such modern conveniences as the wink, the safety pin and the lariat, which adds new dimension to jousting tournaments. No registration.

Adults and teens entering grade 9 and up. Applications available May 1. Volunteer in the library’s summer reading booth for one or more hours a week. Get an application at the library, by emailing jbueche@gailborden.info or via the library’s website, gailborden.info. Contact Jennifer Bueche at 847-429-5973 for details.



youth programs Free Comic Book Day!

Saturday, May 7 Noon – 3 pm Main Library lobby Jesse Buck, owner of Modern Age Comics in Elgin, will have new comics for you to choose from. One comic book per person.

The Comics and Gaming Event Grades 3 – 8 Tuesdays, May 10, June 14 6 – 8 pm Community Rooms A & B No registration. Drop in and play Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh! Magic the Gathering and other roleplaying games.

Sports Card Trading Club

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

Bullies! What’s a Kid to Do? Grades 3 and up Friday, May 13 2 pm Community Rooms NO No registration. SCHOOL DAY Children younger Spe ci al than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The Traveling Theatre Troupe from Elgin Community College will perform a show highlighting the problems that children face when dealing with bullying. Volunteens

Grades 7 – 10 June 13 – July 25 Work one hour a week helping with behind-the-scenes tasks. Sign-up forms will be available at the Youth Desk May 15. For more information, call Judy Hayner at 847-608-5010.

Read to Rover

School age Saturdays, May 14 and June 11 10, 10:30, 11 or 11:30 am Story Room Registration required. Kids practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a certified therapy dog.

Grade 1 and up Thursday, May 12 3:30 – 5 pm Thursday, June 9 3 – 4:30 pm South Story Room

Monday Morning Movies

10 am Community Rooms No registration, but seating is limited. Children under 12, please bring an adult.

Special Summer Events Family Picnic With Circus Boy

Monday, June 13 7 pm Bring a picnic supper to the library’s west lawn at 6 pm. Beverage and dessert will be provided by the library. No registration. Entertainer Bobby Hunt, best known as “Circus Boy,” combines good-natured wit with physical comedy and lots of audience participation. In case of inclement weather, tickets for the 7 pm performance will be handed out beginning at 6 pm at the Greeter Desk.

Justin Bieber Appreciation Night Grades 3 – 5 Thursday, June 23 7 – 8:30 pm Community Rooms Answer Justin Bieber trivia questions, have your picture taken with a life-size cardboard cutout and create pictures or poems to contribute to a Wall of Bieber. One lucky participant will win the cutout!

June 6 Care Bears to the Rescue Movie (2011, Not rated, 65 minutes)

Pro Wrestling Fan Fest!

June 20 Tangled (2010, PG, 100 minutes)

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

Grades 3 – 5 Thursday, June 30 7 – 8:30 pm Community Rooms Participate in a wrestling trivia challenge, then design your own pro wrestler costume and signature moves for a YouTube video.

middle school zone Summer StoryTimes Wonderful Ones

Children 9 – 23 months with an adult June 13 – July 28 Mondays 9:15, 10 and 10:45 am Tuesdays 10:15 am Thursdays 6:15 pm Registration required. Short stories, fingerplays, rhymes, music and movement activity.

Once Upon A Storytime 2 years – Kindergarten June 13 – July 26 Mondays 2 and 7 pm Tuesdays 9:30 and 11 am No registration. Join Sir Readsalot and his friends for a fun castle adventure this summer. 30 minutes of stories, puppets, music, movies and more. On June 13 and July 11, the Family Picnic replaces the 7 pm storytime.

Érase una vez un cuento

Un programa para las familias 15 de junio – 27 de Julio Miércoles a las 7 de la noche No se requiere registración. Únete al caballo cuentista y a sus amigos para una divertida aventura este verano en la Biblioteca Pública Gail Borden. 30 minutos de cuentos, títeres, música, películas y más.

Spill the Beans

Tuesday, May 3 4 – 5 pm Community Room C Tuesday, June 7 4 – 5 pm Community Rooms A & B Tell us your thoughts about the library, help plan future activities, and add to the library’s middle school web page.

Blogging Books Brigade

Tuesday, May 3 5 – 6 pm Community Room C Tuesday, June 7 5 – 6 pm Community Rooms A & B Bring a favorite book to discuss, then post your review of the book online. We might play a few writing games, too!

Tech Team – Make Your Own Computer Game Thursday, May 12 4 – 6 pm Computer Training Room Ever wanted to create your own computer game? We’ll build computer games using a program called Scratch.

Manga and Anime Club Tuesday, May 17 4 – 6 pm Community Rooms A & B Thursday, June 23 2 – 4 pm Meeting Room 2 For fans of Naruto, Pokémon and more. We’ll watch Dragon Ball Z or Bamboo Blade, try a Japanese craft and post reviews of our favorite series online. Game On!

Thursday, May 26 4 – 6 pm Community Rooms A & B Board games, card games, video games—play one of ours or bring a favorite from home! Tuesday, June 28 2 – 4 pm Community Rooms Play board games including chess and Carcassone, take a turn at Just Dance 2 on the library’s Wii, or find fellow Pokemón and Yu-Gi-Oh! fans to challenge.

Young Teens Grades 6 – 8 Sign up for these free events at gailborden.info or at the Youth Services desk.

Justin Bieber Appreciation Day

Thursday, June 9 2 – 4 pm Community Rooms Answer trivia questions about Justin Bieber and create pictures or poems to contribute to a Wall of Bieber. Pose with a life-size cardboard cutout of the singer. One lucky participant will win the cutout to take home!

Pro Wrestling Madness! Tuesday, June 14 2 – 4 pm Community Rooms Take a trivia challenge, play a “Wrestling Challenge” game to decide who truly rules the ring, then design your own pro wrestler with costume and signature moves for a YouTube video.

Tech Team—You Make the Movie

Thursday, June 16 2 – 4 pm Meeting Room 2 Don’t just watch summer movies—make one of your own! The team will work together to script, shoot and edit a short movie, then upload the movie to YouTube.

World Odyssey: Russia Thursday, June 30 2 – 4 pm Meeting Room 2 Watch Russian music videos, hold a 200-year-old coin, see pictures of famous sites, and learn how to write your name in Russian. Contribute art or writing to a YouTube video about Russia.



Teens in grades 9 – 12

STUDIO 270 Hours

Monday – Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

3 – 9 pm 3 – 5:30 pm 9 am – 5:30 pm 1 – 5:30 pm

Four ways to register for Studio 270 programs: • Online at gailborden.info/register • Second Floor Information Desk • Studio 270 • Call 847-695-7577

TAB: Teen Advisory Board

Saturdays, May 14, June 11 1 – 2 pm Are you opinionated? Are you creative? Do you want to earn volunteer hours? Do you like snacks? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and you’re in grades 9 to 12, you’re perfect for TAB.

Craft for Mom

Friday, May 6 3 – 5 pm Make your Mom a one-of-a-kind card or gift for Mother’s Day.

Book vs. Movie: I am Legend

Saturday, May 7 2 – 5 pm Join our new teen book club where you read the book, watch the movie, then decide which is best.



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Open Mic Night Tuesdays, May 17, June 21 7 – 8 pm Registration required. Share your talent at Studio 270’s Open Mic Night. We are looking for musicians, poets, comedians, story tellers and more to perform.

Teen Flicks

Hang out and watch a movie in Studio 270. Saturdays 3 – 5 pm May 21 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13) June 25 A Knight’s Tale (PG-13)

T-Shirt Renovations

Saturdays 3 - 5 pm May 28 Tie-Dye June 18 Silk Screening Registration required. Add a little style to your boring t-shirts with a t-shirt renovation.

Get a Job

Wednesday, May 11 3 – 5 pm Get tips and tricks to help you get a summer job from Business Librarian Melissa Ziel.

Karaoke Night Every other Wednesday 6 – 8 pm Become a rock star at Studio 270’s Karaoke Night.

Scrumdiddlyumptious: Candy Making

Friday, May 13 3 – 5 pm Registration required. Experiment with Candy Melts while enjoying Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (G).

Jewelry Design

Saturdays 3 – 5 pm May 14 Hemp Bracelets June 4 Beading Registration required. Become a fashion icon by making your own unique jewelry.

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Study Session

Wednesdays through May 25 3:30 – 5:30 pm Stop by Studio 270 for a chance to work on your homework or start that next school project.

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

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Discover Gold - Education!

Learn about educational and leadership opportunities and honor our talented and committed educators during National Teacher Appreciation Week May 1 – 6.


Sunday, May 1 2 – 4 pm Community Rooms 2:15 – 3:15 pm An Afternoon with Elizabeth Harrison. Celebrate NationalLouis University’s 125th year with a presentation about the institution’s founder and pioneer of kindergarten education. Teachers will earn CPDUs for attending the presentation. 3:15 – 4 pm College Presentations Learn about the Harrison Fellow Scholarship, sponsored by National-Louis University, which awards up to $50,000. Representatives from Elgin Community College, Judson University, National-Louis University and Robert Morris University will provide an overview of the programs they offer. Lobby 2 – 4 pm Local College Fair and Exhibits Elgin Community College, Judson University, National-Louis University and Robert Morris University will have information on programs, scholarships and financial aid. Artifacts from National-Louis University and the Elgin Historical Museum will be on display.

Making Your Camera Work for You

Presented by Konrad Hack, Robert Morris University Monday, May 2 7 – 8:30 pm You don’t have to be a photographer to take amazing pictures. Make pictures work for you when exhibiting school projects, bringing life to your bulletin boards and keeping journals with pictures. Any type of camera is acceptable for this session. Please register.

Foreign Cultural Interchange: Host a Foreign Exchange Student

May is Preservation Month: Celebrating America’s Treasures Marshall Field and Co.

Monday, May 2 6:30 – 8:30 pm Meeting Room 2 Presented by the Center for Cultural Interchange, a not-for-profit organization that promotes cultural understanding through foreign exchange. Learn about the benefits of hosting a foreign exchange student. Teens and tweens are encouraged to attend with their parents. Please register.

Presented by Historian and Museum Educator Dr. Leslie Goddard Thursday, May 12 7 – 8 pm Community Rooms A & B Learn about Marshall Field and Co.’s beginnings as a dry goods store in 1852, transforming into a world-class fashion and service trendsetter with the famous Walnut Room Christmas tree, legendary window displays and, of course, Frango Mints. Please register.

We are a College at War: Women Working for Victory in World War II

Mid-Century Modern: The Ranch Makes Its Debut as Historical Architecture

Dr. Christine Bruun and Dr. Catherine Forslund, Rockford College Tuesday, May 3 7 – 8 pm Meeting Room 1 The authors demonstrate in their book how women claimed the right to be everywhere—in factories and other traditionally male workplaces and even on the front lines. They will discuss how the war influenced women’s education and how the then all-female student body of Rockford College became involved in volunteerism and political activities to impact future generations. Book sales and signing. Please register.

Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers at National-Louis University

NLU will present free workshops during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 1 – 6: Using Differentiation Strategies for the ELL Learner; Communication Strategies to Develop Partnerships with Latino Families and Schools; and Technology Resources for Elementary Teachers. To register, call 847-905-8020. Teachers will earn CPDUs for attending the workshop(s).

Presented by Architectural Historian Rebecca Hunter Wednesday, May 18 7 – 8 pm Meeting Room 1 The architectural style known as the Ranch is 60 years old! Learn about local examples built during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Please register.

Celebrating Elgin’s Treasures — Past and Present

A Fireside Chat with E.C. “Mike” Alft and Jerry Turnquist Sunday, May 22 3 – 4:30 pm River Room Come share your memories or simply listen to others reminisce about Elgin’s treasures—special places where Elginites worked, shopped and gathered. No registration.

Circle of Time

Presented by City of Elgin Heritage Commissioner Bill Briska Monday, May 23 1 – 2:30 pm Meeting Room 1 This film explores the history of the Elgin Watch Company and its impact on the City of Elgin. Bill Briska, from the Elgin Historical Society, will answer questions. No registration. www.gailborden.info


Job Hunting Spring and Summer “Sustainabilities” Library’s Community Garden Kickoff! For families Saturday, May 7 2 – 3:30 pm South side of Main Library In partnership with the Elgin Community Garden Network. We’ll flip the soil and plant lettuce and onions. Wear gloves and bring a pitchfork if you have one. No registration. Rain date is Saturday, May 14 at 3:30 pm.

How to Run a Community Garden

For adults Presented by Donna Askins, Lead Gardener of the Elgin Community Garden Network Saturday, May 14 2 – 3:30 pm Meeting Room 2 Community gardens feed the hungry, introduce neighbors and save money. Learn about funding, recruiting volunteers and choosing the best crops for your site. Please register.

Meet Two Jolly Giants With Magic Dragon Beans

For families Saturday, June 4 2 – 3:30 pm South side of Main Library In partnership with the Elgin Community Garden Network. We’ll plant Magic Dragon Beans and special Magic Flowers to protect the beans in the Library’s Community Garden. Bring your camera! No registration. Rain date is June 11 at 2 pm.

Elgin Bike to Work Week June 12 – 19

Look for displays and special events.

Bicycle Maintenance and Commuter Education Clinic

Wednesday, June 15 7 – 8 pm Outdoor stage Co-sponsored by the Bicycle Garage of East Dundee, City of Elgin Parks and Recreation Department and Elgin Community Network. Ride or bring your bike for a how-to bicycle tune-up. No registration.

Check Out Do-It-Together Green Toolboxes

Build community conversations about sustainability! These toolboxes help scout troop leaders, teachers, librarians and neighborhood groups guide “green” discussions and lay the foundation for environmental awareness. Visit gogreenila.info to learn how Illinois libraries are starting conversations about sustainability.

ADIRONDACKS - Thrones of Summer 2011

Discover Adirondacks all over town June 1 and be entered into a drawing for prizes. Then see all 60 thrones at Gail Borden Library, where you can vote for the “community’s favorite.” The thrones will be auctioned off at Art & Soul on the Fox/ Passeggiata July 31, with proceeds to benefit sustainability programs in Elgin.

IDES Reemployment Services Workshop

Wednesdays, May 4, 18, June 1, 15 1:30 – 3 pm Meeting Room 1 Presented by Christine Wojcik, Illinois Department of Employment Security. Get networking, resume writing, job search and interviewing techniques. For more information, contact the IDES at 847-888-7900.

Get Hired!

Wednesday, May 18 7 – 8:30 pm Community Rooms A & B Presented by Christy Erbeck, founder of Metamorphic Consulting, Inc. Discover Eight Steps to a Personal Brand and the 1% Difference Attitude that will make you stand out. Please register.

Utilizing Social Media Networks in Your Job Search

Thursday, June 9 6:30 – 8:30 pm Meeting Room 1 Presented by Human Resource Management Consultant Tom Hovany. Use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to contact companies. Bring your Wi-Fi ready laptop to follow along. Please register.

Business Book Club

Thursdays 7 pm Community Room C For more information, contact Melissa Ziel at mziel@gailborden.info or 847-289-5836. May 19 The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey June 16 What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith

FILMS Brown Bag Lunch Classic Films

Community Rooms No registration. Coffee and tea will be served. The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) May 9 11 am – 1:05 pm The Court Jester (1956) June 13 11 am – 12:45 pm

Reel Women for Real Women

Co-sponsored by the AAUW Elgin Area Branch. A film and discussion at 6 pm focused on women’s issues. No registration. Rabbit Hole (2011, PG-13) Tuesday, May 24 Community Rooms The House of Sand and Fog (2003, R) Tuesday, June 28 Meeting Room 1

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Sponsored in collaboration with the Elgin Community Network and ECCO. Tuesdays 7 – 8:30 pm Meeting Room 1 No registration. May 17 Things Made in Elgin with the Elgin Historical Society Bring your own Elgin-made items for some old fashioned show and tell. June 21 Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer Discover fun, low-cost or free things to do with your kids locally this summer.

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

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Authors on the Fox Book sales and signing follow the talks. Please register.

Catherine Andorka

Fly Me to Paradise Sunday, May 15 2 – 3 pm Meeting Room 1

Catherine Andorka will discuss her new book, an engaging romance in which a mistake serves as the matchmaker between a widow and a remission cancer victim.

Double Thrillers: Raymond Benson and Henry Perez Wednesday, June 22 7 – 8 pm Meeting Room 1

Henry Perez

If you like thrillers you won’t want to miss this! Author, composer and stage director Raymond Benson is the fourth official author of the James Bond 007 novels. Henry Perez’s thriller Mourn the Living was a number one Amazon Kindle bestseller. Find out what they are writing now.

Jane Austen Fan Club Tuesdays Meeting Room 2 No registration. Mansfield Park Book Discussion May 3 7 – 8 :45 pm Mansfield Park (1999, PG-13) Film and Discussion June 7 6:30 – 8:45 pm

Book Clubs Great Books Discussion Group

Co-sponsored by the AAUW Elgin Branch. Meetings are at 6:55 pm in Meeting Room 2. For information, call Rachel Bloomberg at 630-391-2966. May 9 Hard Times by Charles Dickens June 13 Guests of the Nation by Frank O’Connor

Contemporary Fiction Book Group

The group meets at 7 pm in Meeting Room 2. For information, contact Tish at 847-289-5838. May 18 This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper June 15 The Help by Kathryn Stockett

20’s and 30’s Book Club

Co-sponsored by the AAUW Elgin Branch. The group meets at 7 pm in Meeting Room 1 (May) and Meeting Room 2 (June). For information, call Rachel Bloomberg at 630-391-2966. May 23 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See June 27 Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly

Walking Book Club

Every Wednesday 7 pm Contact Nancy Haggard or Danielle Henson at 847-289-5840.


Civic Literacy Understanding Your Credit History Seminar

Sponsored by State Rep. Keith Farnham and the Illinois Treasurer’s Office Monday, May 9 7 – 9 pm Meeting Room 1 No registration. Receive information on the importance of your credit, credit score and credit report, what is included in your credit report, what to do if you find an error in your report as well as steps to build or rebuild your credit and how to protect yourself from identity theft.

The Quality of Kane

Thursday, May 5 4 – 8 pm Community Rooms A public open house to promote the joint planning efforts of the Kane County Development, Health and Transportation Departments. No registration.

Immigration and Naturalization Tuesday, May 10 6 – 7 pm Meeting Room 1 No registration.

Senator Michael Noland’s 22nd District Satellite Office Hours Saturdays, May 14, June 11 10 am – noon Main Library Lobby

U.S. Congressman Randy Hultgren

Monday, May 16 7 – 8 pm Meeting Room 1 Find out first hand what’s going on in Washington, D.C. No registration. www.gailborden.info


adult programs Health and Wellness Day Wednesday, May 25 9 am – 4 pm No registration. Elgin Lions Club Free Hearing and Sight Screenings Lions of Illinois Hearing Bus at the Main Library Free screenings will identify hearing and vision loss as well as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Telephones for the Hearing and Vision Impaired Lobby Fighting for Independence Together by Empowering People with Disabilities (FITE) staff members will demonstrate telephones and explain how to obtain one at no charge. De-Stress Presented by Mike Murschel, MA, SD, CH 1 – 2 pm Community Room C Learn simple techniques to cope with stress. No registration.

Rakow Branch Ladybug Release Parties

Sundays, May 15, June 12, July 3 4 – 5 pm In partnership with the Elgin Community Garden Network. Learn how ladybugs can improve your garden. Families will help release hundreds of ladybugs onto the Rakow Branch’s natural prairie land then take some home to release in their own backyards. No registration.

Rakow Readers Book Group

Mondays 1:30 pm Shales Living Room May 23 Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen June 27 Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon

Read to Rover

Saturdays, May 28, June 25 10, 10:30, 11 or 11:30 am Registration required. Kids can share a story with a certified therapy dog.

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

Technology Now! Internet Basics

eReaders Made Easy

Each topic is covered in a single oneto two-hour session and is held in the Computer Training Room. Advance registration and a Gail Borden Public Library card are required. Register online at www.gailborden.info/register, in person at the Computer Center or by calling 847-429-4695.

Tuesday, May 24 and Monday, June 13 7 – 8:30 pm Meeting Room 1 Bring your eReader, iPod or MP3 player and learn how to download free books and audiobooks from the library’s website. No registration.

Mouse program

Saturday, May 28 1 – 2:30 pm Computer Training Room Learn how to upload photos from a camera, edit using an online editor, organize pictures and share them online in this hands-on workshop. Please register.

Saturday, May 7 10 am Tuesday, June 7 2 pm For those who need practice using a mouse.

Internet Basics I: Basics

Saturday, May 14 10 am Tuesday, June 14 2 pm Learn how to use the web and the basics of the Internet terminology then visit some websites. Basic mouse skills are required.

Internet Basics II: Searching

Saturday, May 21 10 am Tuesday, June 21 2 pm Learn how to use the library’s directory and a couple of search engines. Basic mouse skills are required.

TechCamp’11 Expedition: Photo Sharing

Boogiemen of the Internet

Presented by Security Engineer Abe Miller Wednesday, June 1 7 – 8 pm Meeting Room 1 Ever wonder who is behind all of the spam, malware and computer viruses? The quick answer: organized crime. Learn about the bosses of computer crime and why their Internet ‘safe houses’ are called “bullet-proof.” Please Register.

Internet Basics III: Email

Saturday, May 28 10 am Tuesday, June 28 2 pm The basics of reading and sending email will be covered. Basic mouse and Internet navigation skills are required.


Jeanette Via, Lead Instructor, Microsoft Office Specialist Certified and Spanish lab assistant. 6:30 – 8:30 pm (excluding June 4 classes) Computer Training Room Laptops may be brought to class. To register in advance, bring your Gail Borden Library card and $5 fee to the Computer Center.

Word 2007

Part 1 Tuesday, May 10 Part 2 Thursday, May 19

Excel 2007

Part 1 Saturday, June 4 10 – 12 pm Part 2 Saturday, June 4 2 – 4 pm

english & español Programs in English and Spanish Battle of Mole

Saturday, May 7 2:30 – 4 pm Community Rooms Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Battle of Puebla. Enjoy hearing about and tasting different ‘mole’ sauces and help decide which one will emerge victorious. ¡Viva el Mole!

Batalla de Mole

Sábado, 7 de mayo 2:30 – 4 pm Salones de la Comunidad Vengan a celebrar el Cinco de Mayo y la Batalla de Puebla. Todos podrán disfrutar al escuchar sobre distintos tipos de mole y probar cada uno de ellos. ¡Viva el Mole!

The Kids are Cooking!

Saturday, May 14 2:30 – 4 pm Community Rooms Presented by the American Cancer Society and Provena Saint Joseph Hospital. Registered dietician Jackie Caul will teach young ones and their parents to work together in the kitchen to make healthy snacks. Bring the entire family and learn about ways to eat healthy!

¡Los Niños Están Cocinando!

Sábado, 14 de mayo 2:30 – 4 pm Salones de la Comunidad Presentado por la Sociedad Americana del Cáncer y el Hospital Provena Saint Joseph. ¡Traiga a la familia a la cocina! Padres y niños aprenderán y trabajarán juntos en la cocina para preparar botanitas ricas y saludables.

Programas en Español

Latin Music Lounge: Tango!

Sunday, May 22 2:30 pm Community Rooms Tango has been called “passionate and fiery,” “a language of embrace” and “a sad thought that you can dance.” Enjoy a discussion and demonstration.

Música Latina: ¡Tango!

Domingo, 22 de mayo 2:30 pm Salones de la Comunidad El tango ha sido descrito como “apasionado”, “el idioma de un abrazo” y “un pensamiento triste que se puede bailar”. Disfrute de una discusión y demostración.

Two Rivers Head Start Bilingual Parenting Programs Meeting Room 1 No registration. Immigration and Naturalization Tuesday, May 10 6 – 7 pm Gang Awareness and Prevention Monday, May 23 5 – 6 pm

Programas Head Start Bilingües para Padres Salón de Reuniones 1 No hace falta inscribirse. Abiertos a todo el mundo. Inmigración y Naturalización Martes, 10 de mayo 6 – 7 pm Conciente de las Pandillas y Prevención lunes, 23 de mayo 5 – 6 pm

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Hora de Cuentos: Leer = Diversión Familiar

miércoles, 4 de mayo 7 – 8 pm Salones de la Comunidad Padres, vengan a esta divertida hora de cuentos donde los bibliotecarios de niños compartirán cuentos para leer a sus niños e ideas para inventar cuentos y juegos divertidos. ¡Traigan a sus peques!

Grupo de Conversación en Inglés

martes 6:30 – 7:30 pm Salón de Conferencias del 2do Piso Practique conversar en inglés, mejore su pronunciación y adquiera confianza con un tutor del Literacy Connection.

Club de Lectura en Español

Sin Tetas no Hay Paraíso por Gustavo Bolívar Moreno jueves, 9 de junio 7 – 8 pm Lea y venga a hablar sobre la novela dramática que se convirtió en la telenovela popular. Se servirán café y galletas. Libros están disponibles para préstamos en el Escritorio de Información del 2do piso.

¡Película Familiar!: “Su Excelencia”

Sábado, 11 de junio, 2:30 pm Salones de la Comunidad Familias, disfruten de la divertida ‘Su Excelencia” de Cantinflas en español con palomitas y limonada.

Salón de Tecnología: Email y Chat

martes, 21 de junio 6:30 – 8 pm Salón de Entrenamiento de Computadoras. Favor de inscribirse.

Básicos de Computación para Principiantes

Salón de Entrenamiento de Computadoras. Favor de inscribirse. Martes, 6 de junio 6:30 - 8:30 pm Parte 1 - Introducción a la computadora, funciones del ratón y sistema operativo de Windows. Martes, 8 de junio 6:30 - 8:30 pm Parte 2 – Introducción al teclado, práctica de tecleado, y formateo de documentos con texto y fotos. www.gailborden.info



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The Main Library and Rakow Branch will be closed all day Friday, May 20 for a Staff Training Day and Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30 For Memorial Day

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Board of Trustees: Richard McCarthy - President Jean Bednar - Vice President Jo Ann Armenta - Secretary Lisa Knight - Treasurer Herb Gross - Trustee Randy Hopp - Trustee Sue Moylan - Trustee Library Director - Carole Medal



Monday - Thursday 9 am - 9 pm Friday - Saturday 9 am - 5:30 pm Sunday 1 - 5:30 pm

Monday - Thursday 9 am - 8 pm Saturday 9 am - 5:30 pm Sunday 1 - 5:30 pm

Newsletter Editor - Denise Raleigh Writer - Liz Clemmons Graphic Designer - Debby Huffman

On April 5, 2011, residents elected incumbents Jean Bednar, Herbert Gross, Lisa Knight and Richard McCarthy for four year terms on the Gail Borden Public Library District Board of Trustees. Penny Wegman was elected for a two year term. We thank all of them for their service. We also express our gratitude to Trustee Jo Ann Armenta as she leaves the Board, but continues service to the library as President of the Gail Borden Public Library Foundation.


Wednesday, May 11 7 – 8 pm Computer Training Room Learn how to promote your community group or nonprofits with photos and stories via the Chicago Tribune’s TribLocal. Please register.

Elgin Area Laughter Club: A Hysterical Society

Thursdays 7 pm Meeting Room 1 Facilitated by Social Worker Len Lempa and Norma Copes. Learn laughing techniques to combat depression and reduce stress. No registration.

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.

How to Get Started Boat Racing

Presented by Kris and Michael Shepard For Families Wednesday, June 15 6 – 7 pm Outdoor Stage Learn about boat racing, equipment, safety, fun and friendships in this hands-on demonstration by this Illlinois 14-year-old powerboat racer and his dad. In case of rain, the discussion with a boat display will take place in front of the library. No registration.

Father’s Day Weekend Fox River Boat Race

On Father’s Day weekend, June 17 and 18, there will be “Thunder on the Fox” with Formula Two® & Formula Three® Tunnel Boat Racing on the Fox River presented by the APR Superleague and McGrath Motorsports. This event will be taking place just north of the library. The library will be open for library business during the event. Please check our web site for further information about “Thunder on the Fox.”

Stitch ‘N’ B

Every Thursday at 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Listen Learn and Lead Toastmasters Club

Second and fourth Thursday of each month Noon – 1 pm Meeting Room 2 Become the speaker and leader you want to be. No registration.

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