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Gail Borden Public Library District

November – December, 2015

Frozen Extravaganza ELGIN Friday, December 4 5:30 – 7:30 pm

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Welcome Elgin’s Home for the Holidays with Sarah the Singing Princess and her sister Gretel. Come in costume to hear favorite Disney tunes sung by these famous princess sisters. Look for other glacial goings-on like indoor snowball fights! Bring your camera!

More Frozen Fun for the Whole Family:

• Games and scavenger hunt, refreshments, drawing, face-painting and more. • Hands-on crafts including kids’ gifts for mom and dad. • Holiday shopping made easy with gifts for sale and information about

discounts from businesses with Keep Your Local Dollars Home for the Holidays. (See insert inside for discounts.) • The fun continues Saturday from noon to 5 pm at Downtown Elgin’s Window Wonderland, followed by the city’s Tree Lighting at 5 pm. • Go to for more information. In partnership with the City of Elgin, the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin.


Welcome Baby! Baby’s First Library Visit

For babies up to 6 months old and their parents. Bring baby and baby’s new library card to this class and learn about programs and resources to support your baby’s early literacy development and receive a special gift! See page 12 for more information.

Join us for a unique experience at Gail Borden Public Library a two piano performance!

EStrella Piano Duo

Sunday, November 15 2 pm Meadows Community Rooms See page 11 for more information.


Tattered Covers and All-Night Reads: The Great Childrens Books Our Parents Loved December 18, 2015 – January 31, 2016 Explore the books and characters that took your parents and grandparents on adventures. Readers of all generations will enjoy this exhibit of 75 iconic children’s and young adult books. Memorabilia, vintage film clips and original radio broadcasts are also included! See page 15 for more information on this exhibit and Steven Brezzo’s program, Tattered Books: Notes From a Baby Boomer.

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Special Events Playful Learning Centers

S torming The Library

All ages* Thursday, November 5 6 – 8 pm Meadows Community Rooms No registration. Families are invited to explore the wonders of weather through hands-on activities. Presented in cooperation with Northern Illinois University STEM Read.

Family Reading Night

All ages* Thursday, November 19 6 – 7 pm Youth Center No registration. Celebrate Family Reading Night with educators from The Fox Valley Reading Council. Hear stories, win prizes and choose books to read together as a family from the Illinois Reads selections.

Movie Poster Exhibition

All ages* Saturday, November 21 10 am – 5 pm Youth Gateway No registration. Enjoy movie posters from popular children’s films and have your family take a short quiz to be eligible for a prize.

Ages 3 – Kindergarten with an adult Monday, November 30 9:30 – 11 am & 3 – 4:30 pm Tuesday, December 1 9:30 – 11am & 6:30 – 8 pm Wednesday, December 2 6:30 – 8 pm Thursday, December 3 10 – 11:30 am Story Room No registration. Drop in for fun, interactive activities that encourage reading readiness while exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) discoveries. In English and Spanish.

Children’s Art Project With Art For All

All ages* Saturday, December 12 1 – 3 pm Story Room South No registration. Drop in for some creative fun with the community group Art for All. Project and materials will be provided.


Saturday, December 12 1 – 3 pm Meadows Community Rooms sábado, 14 de diciembre 1 – 3 pm Salones de la Comunidad Meadows Este programa será en español. See page 19 for more information.

Tinsel Time

Preschoolers and their caregivers Thursday, December 10 10 – 10:45 am Meadows Community Rooms No registration. Mrs. Claus will welcome Ken Schultz, the Holly Folly Elf, who will dazzle you as he juggles everything around the holiday tree.

*Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult. * Los niños menores de 8 años deben estar acompañados por un adulto.


Centros de Aprendizaje y Juego

3 años – kínder con un adulto Lunes 30 de noviembre 9:30 – 11 am & 3 – 4:30 pm Martes 2 de diciembre 9:30 – 11am & 6:30 – 8 pm Miércoles 2 de diciembre 6:30 – 8 pm Jueves 3 de diciembre 10 – 11:30 am Salón de Cuentos No hace falta inscribirse. Pasa para participar en actividades divertidas que ayudan a preparar a los niños para leer mientras exploran descubrimientos de STEAM (ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería, artes y matemáticas). En inglés y español.

2015 Trivia Party with Kahoot! Grades 3 and up Wednesday, December 30 1 – 2 pm Computer Training Room Registration required.

Come test your knowledge of news and pop culture from the past year using the newest gaming craze, Kahoot!

Happy Noon Year Party

Preschool – Kindergarten with an adult Wednesday, December 30 11:30 am – 12:30 pm No registration. Come join us as we ring in the New Year with fun stories, games, holiday food and even a little dancing.

Snowflake Art Studio

Grades 1 & Up Monday, January 4 10 – 11 am Meadows Community Rooms Registration required. Create snowflakes using a variety of art techniques. All materials provided.

Three Ways to Register: • Online at • Call 847-429-4597 • In person at Registration Desk

Special Events

Winter Film Festival

Cardboard Challenge

All ages* Monday, November 23 10 – 11:30 am Meadows Community Rooms No registration. What could you build if you had a mountain of cardboard? Come stretch your imagination and exercise your creativity!



All ages* Tuesday, November 24 10:30 am – Noon Meadows Community Rooms No registration. Whether you love football or fútbol, this is the program for you! We will be playing games and sharing our love of the game. With sports trivia and collector cards presented by Jeff Allison.

Holiday Craft-O-Rama All ages* Wednesday, November 25 2 – 3:30 pm Meadows Community Rooms No registration. Kids can kick off the holiday season by making four different crafts to take home. All materials supplied.

Mom Can Shop Movie:

Inside Out (2015, rated PG) All ages** Friday, November 27 Two showings: 10 am & 2 pm Meadows Community Rooms No registration. Hey, moms! Need time for all your holiday shopping? Drop off Dad with the kids to see the movie (unless you want to stay, too!). After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions conflict on how best to navi- gate a new city, house and school.

All ages** Meadows Community Rooms No registration.

Happy Holidays!

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Monday, December 21 10 am: LEGO® DC Comics Super-Heroes: Attack of the Legion of Doom (2015, not rated) The Justice League starts to fall apart while the world’s super villains are plotting to destroy the League once and for all. 2 pm: Tomorrowland (2015, rated PG) A teen and a former boy-genius embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. Tuesday, December 22 10 am: Looney Tunes: Rabbit Run (2015, not rated) Lola Bunny invents a perfume that turns people invisible, sending her and Bugs Bunny on the run from the FBI, while another group seeks the formula. 2 pm: Minions (2015, rated PG) Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by a villainess and soon they must face their biggest challenge: saving all of Minionkind from annihilation. Wednesday, December 23 10 am: Thomas & Friends: Legend of the Lost Treasure (2015, not rated) Thomas is on the hunt for lost treasure on an old pirate ship when trouble rushes in. Will Thomas track down the treasure in time? 2 pm: Cinderella (2015, Rated PG) Suddenly fatherless, Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters but Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger. Monday, December 28 10 am: Scooby-Doo: Moon Monster Madness (2015, not rated) Scooby and the gang are off to space! It’s all fun until a mysterious alien begins destroying the ship! They land on the dark side of the moon and unravel a mystery. 2 pm: The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015, rated PG) When a pirate above the sea steals the secret Krabby Patty formula, SpongeBob and his nemesis Plankton must team up in order to get it back. Tuesday, December 29 10 am: Barbie Rock N Royals (2015, not rated) Barbie stars as Princess Courtney, whose world is turned upside down when she switches places with a famous rock star and makes new, unexpected friends. 2 pm: Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, rated PG) Shaun gets more than he bargained for when a day off leads to an epic adventure in the big city, and Shaun has to return his farmer and flock safely back home. Movies are subject to change based on availability.


*Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult. **Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


KidSpace Programs

Minecraft for Grades 3 – 5

ChessMaster Junior Chess Club Grades 2 – 12 Thursdays 4 – 5 pm Youth Center No registration. Kids and teens are invited to hone their chess skills. Beginners are welcome—we will teach you how to play!

Wednesdays, November 11, December 9 4 – 5 pm Computer Training Room Registration required. All ability levels are welcome! Beginners can learn to play and experts can show off their amazing skills by competing in a building challenge with friends.


Read to Rover

Elementary age students* Saturdays, November 14, December 12 10, 10:30, 11 or 11:30 am Story Rooms Registration required. Cuddle up with a good book and read to a fully trained and certified animal therapy dog for 20 minutes.

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STEAMology STEAMologists

Grades 1 – 5 Mondays, November 9, December 14 4 – 5 pm Meadows Community Rooms Registration required. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math! We will be exploring, experimenting and creating.

Sew Much Fun!

Grades 3 and up* Mondays, November 16, December 21 4 – 5 pm Story Room South Registration required. New to sewing? We’ll help you get started with simple beginner projects. Already know how? Come polish your skills. All materials provided.

*Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult.


Grades 1 & up* Wednesdays, November 18, December 16 4 – 5 pm Storyroom South No registration. LEGO® building blocks will be provided for this fun-filled, creative building program.

Games & Gadgets

The Gaming Event

Grades 3 and up Mondays, November 2, December 7 6 – 8 pm Meadows Community Rooms B&C No registration. Play various card-based role-playing games such as Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh. Beginners are welcome—we will teach you to play! Bring your cards to play or trade.

Build It Up! with LEGOS®

Grades 1 & Up* Saturdays, November 21, December 19 2 – 3:30 pm Story Room South No registration. Drop in for some free family play! An assortment of board games, chess, Legos®, Wii video games, or iPads will be available.

Young Writers Group Grades 3 & Up Wednesdays, November 18 , December 16 4 – 5 pm South Elgin Room Registration encouraged. Play writing games, meet others who love to write, and get a chance to share and receive peer feedback on your work.

Three Ways to Register: • Online at • Call 847-429-4597 • In person at Registration Desk

KidSpace Programs Story Programs Boost Language Skills and Reading Readiness! Fall I Programs October 19 – November 27 Registration begins October 5. Winter Programs January 4 – February 26 Registration begins December 14.

Baby Rhyme Time

Birth – 11 months with an adult Thursdays 6:15 pm Fridays 9:15 am Story Room South Registration required. 15 minutes of singing, clapping and simple stories followed by a short playtime.

Wonderful Ones

12 – 23 months with an adult Mondays 5:30 or 6:15 pm Story Room South Tuesdays 9:15 am Meadows Community Room C Thursdays 9:30 am Fridays 10 am Story Room South Registration required. 15 minutes of short stories, fingerplays, rhymes, and a music and movement activity with a parent or caregiver followed by a short playtime.

Terrific Twos

2 years with an adult Tuesdays 6:15 pm Story Room South

Thursdays 9:15, 10 or 10:45 am Meadows Community Room C Registration required. 20 minutes of stories, fingerplays and large-muscle activities.

1, 2, 3, Go!

1 – 3 years with an adult Wednesdays 10 am Meadows Community Rooms No registration. Families are invited to share stories, rhymes and musical activities together.

Story Mix for Three to Six

Three Ways to Register: • Online at • Call 847-429-4597 • In person at Registration Desk

Sensory Storytime

Ages 4 – 8 years

3 – 6 years Mondays 9:30 am or 3:30 pm Tuesdays 10 am or 7 pm Thursdays 10:15 am Story Room North No registration. 30 minutes of stories, fingerplays and songs. This is the first “on my own” library experience for children. Parents must remain in the building but don’t need to attend the class.

Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17 6:30 pm Meadows Community Room C Registration required starting October 19 Families are invited to 30 minutes of stories and music specifically chosen for children ages 4 to 8 with developmental delays and sensory needs. Space is limited.

Family Jam

Tuesdays, October 20 – November 24 11 – 11:45 am Story Rooms Registration required. An inclusive playgroup for children who currently receive therapy services or may benefit from therapeutic play. For children ages birth to 5 with an adult. This unique playgroup offers opportunities for children to focus on “developmental” play while families meet and find support. Siblings welcome. Please contact the library if your child requires any special accommodations. Presenter: Emily Zegar, Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist, Elgin Pediatric Therapy.

All ages with an adult Mondays 6:30 – 7 pm Meadows Community Rooms A&B No registration. Take a break as a family after a busy day with 30 minutes of active movement, stories and fun!

Spanish Family Storytime

All ages* Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 pm Story Rooms No registration. Families who speak or are learning Spanish can enjoy stories, crafts, and songs together at our Spanishlanguage storytime. This is also a great opportunity for children in the Dual Language Program to practice using Spanish outside of the classroom. This program is conducted entirely in Spanish.

Cuentos para la Familia

Todos los miércoles a las 6:30 – 7 pm Story Rooms No necesita registrarse. ¡30 minutos de cuentos, música, rimas, y más para el disfrute de toda la familia!

Pediatric Therapeutic Playgroup

Panera Milk & Cookie Storytime

Preschoolers Tuesdays, November 3,17; December 1 9:30 – 10 am Panera Bread, 322 Randall Road, South Elgin Registration required. Enjoy stories read by a library staff member, followed by a milk and cookie snack, compliments of Panera.

*Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult.


Middle School

The Programs meet in the Zone unless otherwise noted.

For teens in Grades 6 - 8!

Minecraft for Grades6–8

Duct Tape Workshop Wednesday, November 4 7 – 8 pm No registration. Learn how to make a wallet, construct a rose or develop your own unique duct tape design.

Paper Toy Workshop

Wednesday, December 2 7 – 8 pm Middle School Zone No registration. Cut and construct a Minecraft block, zombie, panda, Adventure Time character and more! We have patterns for beginners and for more advanced paper engineers.

Monday, December 21 1 – 2 pm (No School Day) Computer Training Room Registration required. All ability levels are welcome. Beginners can learn how to play; experts can show off their amazing skills by competing in a building challenge with friends.

Design a Duckie Monday, November 23 2 – 3 pm (No School Day) Meadows Community Room C Registration required. Turn a plain white plastic duckie into the duckie of your dreams by decorating it with markers, sequins and other craft supplies.

KidSpace Volunteens Volunteer opportunities with KidSpace are availab le for teens in grades 7 – 8. Sign-up forms for the win ter sessions are available at the Youth Center Help Desk.

Hunger Games Photo Opportunity

Commemorate the release of the final Hunger Games movie by getting your picture taken with Cardboard Katniss! She’ll be in the Middle School Zone during the month of November.

All Teens Teen Writing and Art Showcase

Manga and Anime Club Saturday, November 14 2 – 3:30 pm South Elgin Room Have you seen every episode of Attack on Titan or My Neighbor Totoro? Here’s your chance to watch anime, share fan art and enjoy Japanese snacks while socializing with other fans. Students entering grades 6 to12 are welcome. Bring a friend!


Grades 6 – 12 Teens are invited to share their best writing and art with the Gail Borden community. All submissions that meet the entry requirements will be published online, with selected entries published in a print booklet. For details, pick up an entry form at the Youth Help Desk, Studio 270, the Rakow Branch or online at zone.

TEENS Grades 9 – 12 Hours:

Monday – Thursday 3 – 9 pm Friday 3 – 6 pm Saturday Noon – 6 pm Sunday 12 – 5 pm Open at noon during winter break

Holiday Movie Marathon

Spoken Word Workshop with Real T@lk

Monday, November 9 5 – 7 pm Don’t miss storyteller and slam poet Brandon “Real T@lk” Williams speak and perform. A native of Peoria and graduate of University of Illinois at Carbondale, Real T@lk is a conscious artist that touches on themes including society, relationships, love and life in general. He has worked with both Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast.

Video Game Tournaments

Tuesday, November 3 6 – 7 pm

Stop by Studio 270 for a slice of pizza and join in on the conversation. We will be talking about books that we are currently reading.

Audio Lab 4 – 6 pm Thursday, November 12 Monday, November 30 Video Lab

4 – 6 pm Tuesday, November 10 Monday, November 16

Come join us for our annual holiday movie marathon! Escape the cold and enjoy some hot chocolate. Noon – 6 pm Monday, December 21 Wednesday, December 23 Tuesday, December 29

Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament

Monday, December 14 6 – 8 pm Meadows Community Rooms B-C Registration required. Duelists in grades 3 – 8 are welcome to join us for this free 2-hour tournament. Banned and restricted card list will be observed. Bring your best “can duel” attitude! Registration required.

Finals Feeding Frenzy

Madden 16 Wednesday, November 11 5 – 7 pm NBA 2k16 Monday, December 7 5 – 7 pm FIFA 16 Tuesday, December 22 5 – 7 pm Think you’re the best? Come show off your skills and have fun in one of our videogame tournaments.

Teens can learn how to create and edit a professional quality audio recording in our state-of-the-art digital media lab.

December 14 – 17 3 – 9 pm Drop by Studio 270 to enjoy some snacks to help you cram for those finals.

Open Mic Night

Tuesday, November 17 7 – 8 pm Share your talent at Studio 270’s Open Mic Night. We are looking for musicians, poets, comedians, storytellers and more to perform.

Be Creative! DIY Crafts

3 – 9 pm Day of the Dead Skull Masks Sunday, November 1 DIY Holiday Cards Monday, November 23 DIY Ornaments Wednesday, December 23


Wednesday, November 4 4 – 6 pm Join other teen writers and staff to help you through the creative writing process. Learn how to develop ideas into finished stories, poetry, lyrics or any other kind of writing that interests you. Feel free to bring any of your own writing with you.


Rakow Branch Baby’s First Library Visit

Family Programs

For babies up to 6 months old and their parents Saturdays, November 7, December 5 1 – 3 pm (Drop in) Registration preferred. Bring baby and baby’s new library card to this class to learn about programs and resources to support your baby’s early literacy development and receive a special gift!

Wonderful Ones

9 – 23 months* Mondays, November 2 – 30 Session I: 9:15 am Session II: 10 am Registration required for each session. 15 minutes of short stories, fingerplays, rhymes and music followed by a short playtime.

Rakow Read to Rover Lego® Build It Up!



Rakow Rooks Chess Club

Grades 3 to 8** Tuesday, November 3, 10,17 Tuesday, December 1, 8 , 14 4:30 – 5:30 pm Registration required. Kids are invited to hone their chess skills. Beginners are welcome. Intermediate or advanced players can play opponents or work on chess puzzles. Chess sets available or bring your own.

Grades 1 and up* Tuesday, November 24 1:30 – 2:30 pm No registration. Kids in Grades 1 and up will be provided with LEGO® building blocks for a funfilled, creative building program.

Drop-In Fall Story Time

Trivia Party with Kahoot

Ages 3 – 6* Wednesdays, November 4 – 25 10:30 am No registration. Join Ms. Angela for 30 minutes of stories, songs and finger puppets.

Holiday Fun with Mrs. Claus

Families* Saturday, December 12 1 – 2 pm No registration. The Rakow Branch will welcome children and adults of all ages to story time with Mrs. Claus, who will share several timeless holiday classics. Create a craft and have a picture taken with Mrs. Claus. Light refreshments will be served.

Elementary age kids* Saturday, November 28 (No Read to Rover in December) 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.

Grades 3 – 8 Monday, December 28 1:30 – 2:30 pm Registration required. Come test your knowledge of news and pop culture events from the past year using the newest gaming craze, Kahoot!

Kid's New Year’s Eve!

Families* Wednesday, December 30 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Registration required. Hey Kids! Can’t stay up until midnight this year? Come celebrate the New Year early with our first ever Kid’s New Year’s Eve at an early celebration. Come make a party hat or a noise maker. Listen to a story and help us count down to noon. Don your fancy outfits (optional) and join the parade.

*Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult. **Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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Rakow Branch NOVELS @ NIGHT

6:30 – 7:30 pm Shales Living Room No registration.

Thursday, November 19 All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Thursday, December 17 My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh

Rakow Readers

1:30 – 2:30 pm Shales living Room No registration.

Device Advice

Thursdays, November 5, 19, December 3, 17 9:30 – 11:30 am No registration. Drop by the Rakow Branch for hands-on learning. You are welcome to bring your own devices.

Monday, November 23 All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Monday, December 28 My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh

DIY Greeting Cards

Homework Help for Parents

Adults over 17 Saturday, November 21 1 – 2:30 pm Registration required. Try your hand at card making and create wonderful greeting cards.


Holiday Craft Day

Parents and guardians Thursday, November 12 6 – 7 pm Registration required. Parents and guardians, take the hard work out of homework! Learn how to access free, around-the-clock reliable research tools. Connect your students to high-quality, relevant content to help them make the grade.

Grades 2 – 8 Monday, November 23 Registration required. Come and make crafts to give as gifts. Show your appreciation for friends or loved ones during the Thanksgiving Season.

4 – 5 pm

Teens and adults Saturday, December 12 2:30 – 4 pm Registration required. Join us at Rakow Branch for a relaxing afternoon making simple holiday crafts and sharing ideas for winter decorating. (glitter included).

Moon Gazing All ages* (under 6 may not be able to use the telescope) Saturday, November 7 10 – 11 am Monday, November 23 6:30 – 7:30 pm Monday, December 7 11:30 am – 1 pm Tuesday, December 22 6 – 7 pm Drop by the Rakow Branch for a look at the moon with the possibility of seeing some planets. On December 22, Winter Solstice, we will have a special night of moon viewing, a story and hot chocolate.

Moon Gazing on the Winter Solstice All ages* (under 6 may not be able to use the telescope) Tuesday, December 22 6 – 7 pm Drop in. December 22 is the Winter Solstice and we will have a special night of moon viewing, a story and hot chocolate. Drop by the Rakow Branch for a look at the moon with the possibility of seeing some planets. We will have a telescope set up for your viewing pleasure. If the weather is uncooperative, come anyway for the story and hot chocolate.

Three Ways to Register: • Online at • Call 847-429-4597 • In person at Registration Desk


family &adult programs This series is designed to help people spark their imaginations, ignite their creativity and bring their innovations to life!

Creativity and Social Justice

Thursday, November 12 6:30 – 8:30 pm Meadows Community Rooms All ages Great social justice leaders from Mahatma Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr. have been creative and innovative in addressing challenging issues that confront our society. This provocative panel will share their personal stories as to how creativity and innovation support their efforts to address civil rights, economic disparities and human dignity. Come and be inspired! Panel: Moderator: Michael Murschel, MA, SD, CH, Funeral Celebrant/Spiritual Director, Caring Farewells Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Edmond, Second Baptist Church of Elgin Aloun Khotisene Retired Police Sergeant Gary Neal Sr., Simply Redeemed Reentry Initiative Eric R. Nelson, Executive Director, Administer Justice Rabbi Margaret Frisch Klein Dr. Karen Maloney, Carein’ Connections Director of The Salvation Army, Promise Program and founder of Anne’s House

Creative Gratitude

All ages Tuesday, December 8 6:30 – 8:30 pm Meadows Community Rooms Has the hustle and bustle of the season already gotten to you? Do you promise every year to slow down and appreciate what you have? Participants will get connected by creating a gratitude lapel pin and create “sneaky art” to give to others. This evening will make a great beginning to a Family Night or Friends Get-Together!

Mark Your Calendars Now

Create, Innovate, Ignite Summit March 2, 2016 Elgin Community College, Business Conference Center Designed to bring together thought leaders and decision-makers from different fields to discuss the economic, social and cultural impact of creativity and innovation on our region and develop strategies for supporting its growth.


Three Ways to Register: • Online at • Call 847-429-4597 • In person at Registration Desk

Sponsored in collaboration with the Elgin Community Network and ECCO. No registration.

Tactical Urbanism

Tuesday, November 17 6:45 – 8:30 pm Meadows Community Rooms A&B Short-term, community-based projects from pop-up parks to open streets initiatives have become a powerful and adaptable new tool of urban activists, planners and policy makers seeking to drive lasting improvements in their cities. These often low-cost and creative projects are the essence of the Tactical Urbanism movement. They offer a way to gain public and government support for investing in permanent projects and inspiring residents and civic leaders to experience and shape urban spaces in a new way. Enjoy a 45-minute video presentation about Tactical Urbanism. Then share your ideas to activate and add value to some under-utilized spaces in Elgin.

Screening of Happy Feet (2006, PG)

Tuesday, December 15 6 – 8:30 pm Meadows Community Rooms A&B In the world of the emperor penguin, a simple song can mean the difference between a lifetime of happiness and an eternity of loneliness. When a penguin named Mumble is born without the ability to sing the romantic song that will attract his soul mate, he’ll have to resort to some fancy footwork by tap dancing his way into the heart of the one he loves.


Sunday Afternoon Concert Series

The one-hour performances begin at 2 pm in the Meadows Community Rooms. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments after each concert. Free tickets will be available at the Main Library and Rakow Branch three weeks prior to each concert.

The EStrella Piano Duo Two Pianos!

Svetlana Belsky and Elena Doubovitskaya Sunday, November 15 The EStrella Piano Duo will present a program of original compositions and transcribed masterpieces for piano duo from three centuries, concluding with Gershwin’s ever-popular Rhapsody in Blue.

ESO Concert: Brass Music from Around the World

Sunday, December 6 Brass instruments were first used in Europe but are now played all around the world. Listen to the ESO Brass Quintet play music from all over the globe and learn how much fun it is to travel using your ears. No passport needed!

Sunday Afternoon Concerts

Sunday Gail Borden Public Library District

Elgin Symphony Orchestra Listeners Club Wednesday, November 18 1 – 3 pm Meadows Community Rooms This free, interactive lecture/discussion series led by Jim Kendros meets before the ESO’s Classics Masterworks performances to broaden your understanding of the music to be performed that week. Study the music “from the inside out,” make new friends and enhance your concert experience. Please register at, or call 847-888-0404 ext. 238 to reserve your seat.

Embracing Dyslexia for Teachers and Parents

Sunday, November 8 1 – 4 pm Meadows Community Rooms Do you know a student who struggles with reading, writing and spelling? You have the power to help students who are never identified or get the help they need, suffer from low self-esteem and are at a higher risk of dropping out of school? Learn the facts about dyslexia - the symptoms, the importance of early intervention, testing, and the next steps after diagnosis. Learn about the many positive aspects of dyslexia, including the strengths and effective strategies that may help those with dyslexia in school and at home. CPDU’s will be provided to educators. Please register.

Money in Politics


Thursday, November 12 7 – 8:30 pm Elgin Room Join us for a panel discussion on recent Supreme Court decisions and their effect on money in politics and campaign finance. Panelists include Christian Goergen, PH.D., College of DuPage; David Melton, Executive Director of Illinois Campaign for Political Reform; and James Zukowski, Move to Amend. Moderated by Paula Lawson, Issues Specialist, LWV of Illinois. Provided in partnership with the League of Women Voters of the Elgin Area. Please register.


family &adult programs Leadership Lessons from the North Pole Tuesday, December 1 7 – 8:30 pm Meadows Community Rooms A&B John Huston has completed major expeditions to the North Pole, South Pole, Greenland and Canada’s fabled Ellesmere Island. In 2009, he and his expedition partner became the first Americans to reach the North Pole unsupported – a self-sufficient and self-powered journey of 55 days and more than 475 miles. A resident of Evanston, John works as a motivational speaker, safety and logistics consultant and wilderness guide. Using stories from his unsupported expedition to the North Pole, John will illustrate ways to achieve your goals and succeed while facing challenges. He will focus on the importance of a positive mental outlook and commitment to the team throughout the journey. Highlighted by stunning imagery and emotional accounts of extreme human endurance, this presentation will leave you energized to take on the challenges you face. Please register.


ZenDoodle! For the Holidays!

Baby’s First Library Visit Ken and Sandra Urias with daughter Sky

For babies up to 6 months old and their parents.

Main Library Friday, November 20 Saturday, November 21 Friday, December 4 Story Room South Registration preferred.

11 am & 1 pm 10:30 & 11 am 11 am & 1 pm

Rakow Branch Saturdays, November 7, December 5 Registration preferred.

1 – 3 pm (Drop in)

Bring baby and baby’s new library card to this class and learn about programs and resources to support your baby’s early literacy development and receive a special gift!


Thursday, December 3 7– 8:30 pm Meadows Community Rooms A&B Before the busy holiday season kicks in, get lost in the world of creative thinking while relieving stress as you doodle and design a set of holiday cards and an ornament. Deb Morton, local artist, designer and doodler returns to guide you in the power of doodling with lines, shapes and patterns. Learn the basics of ZenDoodling and how a pen and paper can be a useful tool in increasing brain power. It’s a relaxing gift you can give yourself, and you’ll be amazed at what you can create. Space is limited, so please register.

Listen Learn and Lead Toastmasters Club

Second Thursdays Noon – 1 pm South Elgin Room Become the speaker and leader you want to be. No registration.

FILMS Brown Bag Lunch Classic Films Mondays 11 am – 1 pm Meadows Community Rooms A&B Coffee will be served. No registration. November 9 Gentleman Jim (1942, NR) December 14 The Bishop’s Wife (1947, NR)

ReelWomenforRealWomen Tuesdays 6 pm Co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women Elgin Area Branch. A film and discussion focused on women’s issues. No registration. Tuesday, November 24 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, R) Meadows Community Rooms A&B

Poetry Alive!

Wednesday, November 18 7 – 8:30 pm Elgin Room Enjoy a reading of poems written by participants in our monthly poetry writers workshop, facilitated by Gareth Sitz. Local actors will help make a wide variety of poems come alive for the audience. Please register.

BOOK BINGE Readers Needed for National Project October 15 – November 15 Gail Borden Library has been chosen to participate in a nationwide initiative to show how libraries can be used for customers to discover authors and their works. Books by two independent authors will be available for checkout at the Main Library from October 15 to November 15. (Publishers and authors have provided 150 copies at no charge.) Readers are needed to check out the books then read and return them as soon as possible. Those who have read a book can submit a review of one or both of the books to a review site such as Amazon or Goodreads, although this portion of the project is optional. The project is being conducted by NYU Professor, branding expert and Forbes Magazine writer David Vinjamari in partnership with publishers. Vinjamari was the inspiration for the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project, an author award project in which Gail Borden Library is one of the founding partners.

Date! Save the

Black History Family Festival Saturday, February 6 1 – 5 pm


family &adult programs Financial

Your Own Home

Job Search and Resume Help

Tuesdays, November 3 – December 29 1– 4:30 pm Computer Training Room Drop in for one-on-one assistance with your job search. Receive help with your resume, cover letter, completing online applications and more. For more information contact the Kane County Workforce Development Division at 630-966-1435.

Job Training Information Session

Thursday, November 19 7 – 8:30 pm Elgin Room Are you considering buying your own home? Elgin State Bank will present information on renting versus owning a home, the home buying process and financially protecting your home. Learn how to identify questions to ask to determine your readiness to buy a home, identify the steps required to buy a home, learn basic terms used in mortgage transactions, different mortgage options and how taxes and insurance affect your monthly payment. Please register.

Veterans History Project with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Are you a veteran in the Gail Borden Public Library District? Would you like to share your story and have it archived in the Library of Congress’ digital collection? Unity Hospice of Skokie has partnered with Gail Borden Public Library to video record interviews of community veterans. Please contact Tracey Degnan, the library’s Life Enrichment Liaison, for more information at tdegnan@

Art for All Annual Winter Show

Wednesdays, November 3 – December 30 9 – 10:30 am Location varies Training grants are available to help you get a job! Learn about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act services and the application process. Attendance is required for the entirety of the session. This program is in partnership with the Kane County Workforce Development Division. For more information, please call 630-966-1435.

This Annual Exhibit will showcase the works of members of Art for All of Elgin. Each piece represents or is an example of the AFA artist’s work during the past year. These will be exhibited in the Main Library’s first floor lobby. Prizes will be awarded. The show will run through the month of December. Enjoy our local artists’ creativity, talent, and diversity! For more information visit the Art for All website at

Illinois DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services Information Session

Mondays, November 16, December 21 1 – 3 pm South Elgin Room The Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) serves individuals with disabilities in preparing for, finding and maintaining quality employment. Come and learn about these and other programs and services. Referrals for services will be accepted at the end of the information session.


Sharon Wiseman

Jennifer Ford

Congratulations to Three Gail Borden Retirees

Gail Lundgren

The Gail Borden Library community will miss the dedication and hard work of three employees who retired in October. Deputy Director Sharon Wiseman, Director of Information Services Jennifer Ford, and Coordinator of Early Childhood Services Gail Lundgren together have served the library for 58 years.

family &adult programs Manufacture Your Future 2015 Thank you to local manufacturers for taking

Thank you! Gail Borden Public Library Foundation Book Sale Thank you to the wonderful shoppers who helped make the book sale a success! The Foundation had the generous support of area businesses and organizations: The Elgin Symphony Orchestra Berna Moving & Storage Kirk Hodge School District U-46 Elgin Paper Company and Elgin Fresh Market which helped defray expenses and increase profits. The library staff provided creative ideas and sage advice that contributed to the success of the sale. Our volunteers were outstanding! Book sorters work all year long categorizing our patrons’ generous donations. The enthusiastic support of the people who set up the book sale, worked the actual sale days, and/or helped break it down when it was over made our jobs easy and the book sale fun. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all! Library exhibits like SuperCroc and programs such as the Summer Reading Challenge with Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog are supported by the book sale profits and only possible with this generous support!

Bonnie Kirmse and Linda Pollock Book Sale Co-Chairs

time to participate in this project to build awareness about innovation and opportunities in the present and future. ACME Design Inc. American NTN Bearing Bison Gear and Engineering Corp. Bucher Hydraulics Bystronic Inc. Custom Aluminum Products, Inc. Elgin Area MCIP (Manufacturing Careers Internship Program) Thank you to The Elgin Elgin Community College Development Group, The Elgin Elgin School District U-46 Area Chamber of Commerce, Elgin Elgin Sweeper Community College and Northern Fabric Images Kane EFE 110 for partnering with Hoffer Plastics Corp. the library to imagine and plan Otto Engineering Manufacture Your Future. Plasmatreat WITTENSTEIN

Tattered Covers and All-Night Reads: The Great Childrens Books Our Parents Loved December 18, 2015 – January 31, 2016 Explore the books and characters that took your parents and grandparents on adventures. The time when young readers stayed up past bedtime under the covers reading by flashlight. When reading took them from the Wild West with Daniel Boone and Laura Ingalls to thrilling mysteries with The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Readers of all generations will enjoy this exhibit of 75 iconic children’s and young adult books, illustrations, book plates, memorabilia, original radio broadcasts such as Tom Swift and Beatrix Potter, and vintage film clips from Davy Crockett, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, and Romper Room. Discover the children’s literature and culture that created readers for generations: Curious George, the Bobbsey Twins, The Wizard of Oz, Anne of Green Gables, The Hardy Boys, Eloise, Winnie the Pooh, Lassie, Madeline, Little Golden Books, Millions of Cats, Stuart Little, Dr. Seuss and more.

Tattered Covers and All-Night Reads Notes From a Baby Boomer

Thursday, December 17 7 – 8 pm Meadows Community Rooms Popular culture specialist and prolific teller of tales Steven Brezzo will bring his insight and spotlight the unforgettable books and characters that have meant so much to generations of readers. Brezzo, an author, curator and museum director who worked with Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak, will bring a holiday twist to this literary adventure. Please register.


book clubs

& Discussion Groups

Poetry Writers Workshop

Mondays, November 2, December 7 6:30 – 8:30 pm Conference Room Come share your love of poetry! This is a group for local poets to share what they have written. Gareth Mann Sitz, poet and songwriter, will facilitate. No registration.

Contemporary Fiction Book Club

Armchair Generals: A Civil War and Lincoln Brown Bag Lunch Interest Group

Join forces to commemorate events, share insights and discuss books or experiences during the 150th anniversary. Bring your own hardtack. No registration. Tuesdays 11:45 am – 1:15 pm November 10

Tragedy and Triumph, Elmira, New York 1835 – 65 South Elgin Room December 8

Civil War Trivia Game South Elgin Room

The club meets at 7 pm in the South Elgin Room. For more information, contact Tish at 847-289-5838. November 18 – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr December 16 – My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

Walking Book Club

Join us for a 45-minute walk followed by a 45-minute book discussion every Wednesday evening at 7 pm. We meet in the library lobby, walk through town, and return to the library for discussion. Contact Nancy at 847-289-5840 for more details. November All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Club will not meet in December but will read My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh to discuss January 6, 2016.

Conversation Groups


Mondays, November 16, December 21 6:30 – 8:30 pm South Elgin Room Refresh and enhance your knowledge of French language and culture in a conversational setting with former college language professor Dennis Schwank. No registration.



Thursday, November 19 7 – 8:30 pm Computer Training Room The group is led by John Schwartz, who has lived and traveled in Germany and taught German. John will present articles and videos to be discussed auf Deutsch in a friendly atmosphere. No registration.

Veterans Information Networking Session Representative from the Elgin Police Department Thursday, November 19 7 – 8:30 pm South Elgin Room Update on Veteran Benefits Thursday, December 17 7 – 8:30 pm South Elgin Room Coffee and tea will be served. No registration.

Great Books Discussion Group

Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 6:55 pm in the Conference Room. For more information, call Rachel Bloomberg at 630-391-2966. Co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women Elgin Branch. November 9 Nine Lives by Ursula Le Guin (Short story) December 14 Poetry Session

Writers on the Fox

Mondays, November 23, December 28 7 – 8:30 pm Conference Room This writer’s peer group will inspire with writing prompts and constructive critique. Writers of all writing genres are welcome. No registration.

technology classes Technology classes are open to all library district residents and require proficiency with a keyboard and mouse unless otherwise noted. Classes take place in the Computer Lab unless otherwise specified. Registration is required and opens two weeks prior to the scheduled class date. Register online at, by phone at 847-429-4597 or in person at the Registration Desk.


Microsoft Tools Microsoft Publisher 2010: Basics

Microsoft Excel 2010: Conditional Formatting

Wednesday, November 4 7 – 8:30 pm Learn how to use conditional formatting and advanced functions like PMT and VLOOKUP in multiple spreadsheets.

Microsoft Word 2010: Basics

Monday, November 9 7 – 8:30 pm Learn how to create new text documents, open and print existing ones and change document views.

Wednesday, November 11 7 – 8:30 pm Come and see how Publisher can help you create snazzy fliers, announcements, cards and more in this fun class!

Microsoft Publisher 2010: Enhancing Your Documents

Wednesday, November 18 7 – 8:30 pm Learn how to create your own designs using images, text boxes and special effects in this next-level class.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Basics Microsoft Word 2010: Formatting Tips & Tricks Wednesday, December 2 7 – 8:30 pm

Monday, November 16 7 – 8:30 pm Learn how to format and align text, apply bullets and numbers and adjust spacing in your documents.

Microsoft Word 2010: Editing Tools

Monday, December 7 7 – 8:30 pm Learn how to move content, check spelling, and suggest and accept changes within a document.

Microsoft Word 2010: Tables, Images & Graphics

Monday, December 14 7 – 8:30 pm Create custom document designs by applying tables, borders, backgrounds and WordArt.

Learn how to add/delete slides, change the layout, format text, apply a theme and more in this beginner class.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Special Effects

Wednesday, December 9 7 – 8:30 pm Learn how to add shapes, clip art, pictures and animate objects in this next-level class. Visit the new Technology Classes @ area of our website for info on all our class offerings and schedules! Services > Technology Classes

Clases de Tecnología

Las clases de tecnología están abiertas a todos los residentes del distrito de la biblioteca y requieren habilidad con el teclado y el ratón a menos que se indique lo contrario. Es necesario registrarse dos semanas antes de la fecha de la clase programada. Regístrese en línea en, por teléfono (847)429-4597 o en persona en la mesa de inscripción.

Introducción a Microsoft Word

Domingo, Noviembre 8 1 – 2:30 pm Aprenda cómo usar este programa para crear documentos.

Intermedio de Microsoft Word

Domingo, Noviembre 15 1 – 2:30 pm Aprenda a usar MS Word para diseñar páginas y editar documentos.

Which Tablet is Right for Me?

Tuesday, November 17 7 – 8:30 pm Learn about different types of tablets and how to decide which one fits your needs.

Software & Apps

Flickr Basics

Thursday, December 3 7 – 8:30 pm Come and learn how Flickr helps you organize, share and create using your personal photos.

eBay Basics

Tuesday, December 8 7 – 8:30 pm Learn eBay basics such as how to search for and watch items, bid and “Buy-it-now,” and set up and link a Pay-Pal account to pay for purchases.

Selling on eBay

Tuesday, December 15 7 – 8:30 pm Learn how to set up an auction, employ selling strategies to maximize profit and boost your seller rating on eBay.

Device Advice

Thursdays, November 12, December 10 9:30 – 1:30 pm Come by Studio 270 for one-on-one help with your device or computer along with a hot cup of coffee or tea. No registration. This program is for district residents only.

Programas en español

Introducción a las Tabletas

Domingo, Diciembre 6 1 – 2:30 pm Los participantes aprenderán funciones de la tableta básicas como ajustes, conexiones WiFi y mucho más en esta clase diseñada para el iPad, Android y usuarios de la tableta de Windows.

Introducción a Skype

Domingo, Diciembre 13 1 – 2:30 pm Aprenda a usar Skype para conectarse con personas de todo el mundo a través de llamadas telefónicas, mensajería instantánea y videoconferencia.


programas inglés y español

Grupo de Conversación para la Ciudadanía

English Conversation Group

Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:30 pm 2nd Floor Conference Room Practice everyday conversations in English, improve your pronunciation and gain confidence with a tutor from the Literacy Connection. No registration.

Grupo de Conversación en Inglés martes 6:30 – 7:30 pm Salón de Conferencias 2do Piso Practica conversar en inglés, mejora tu pronunciación y adquiere confianza con un tutor del Literacy Connection. No hace falta inscribirse.

Two Rivers Parent Meetings

Parents of children from birth to five years learn how to help children and families remain healthy in body and mind. No registration. Los padres que tienen niños entre recién nacidos y los 5 años pueden aprender a mantener a sus familias saludables en cuerpo y mente. No hace falta inscribirse.

Continuing With Education

Continuando la Educación

Dental Health

La Salud Dental

Stress Management

Manejando el Estrés

Tuesday, November 3 Elgin Room

4:30 – 5:30 pm Martes, 3 de noviembre Salón Elgin

1er y 3er jueves de cada mes 6:30 – 7:30 pm Salón de la Comunidad Meadows C ¿Necesitas practicar tu inglés para el exámen de la ciudadanía? Ven a este grupo gratis para repasar y practicar el inglés que vas a necesitar para la entrevista y las 100 preguntas del exámen de historia y cívica. El grupo es liderado por un tutor del Literacy Connection y cualquiera puede asistir. No hace falta inscribirse.

Citizenship Conversation Group 1st and 3rd Thursday 6:30 – 7:30 pm Meadows Community Room C Do you need to practice English for your naturalization/citizenship test? Review and practice spoken English you will need for the interview and the 100 questions from the history/civics test. Led by a Literacy Connection tutor and open to all. Presented by The Literacy Connection. No registration.

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Tuesday, November 17 10 –11 am Martes, 17 de noviembre 10 – 11 am Meadows Community Room C Salón de la Comunidad Meadows C Tuesday, December 1 10 – 11 am Martes, primero de diciembre 10 – 11 am Meadows Community Room C Salón de la Comunidad Meadows C

Go Bilingual Class

Wednesdays (No meeting on November 25, December 23 or 30) 6 – 7 pm South Elgin Room English and Spanish conversations and lessons taught by Betty Martinez, a native speaker. No registration.


Clase Futuros Bilingües

Miécoles (no habrá clase el 25 de noviembre, 23 y 30 de diciembre) 6 – 7 pm Salón South Elgin Ven y disfruta un ambiente acogedor al aprender el inglés y español con otras personas que lo hablan como primer idioma. La maestra Betty Martinez conduce las clases. No hace falta inscribirse.


Martes, 17 de noviembre 7 – 8 pm Salón South Elgin Jueves, 10 de diciembre 7 – 8 pm Salones de la Comunidad Meadows Acompáñanos para una tarde de yoga con Pita Betancourt. Será presentado en español. Join us for an evening of yoga with Pita Betancourt. Presented in Spanish.

¡Celebración !

programas inglés y español

Day of the Dead Mini-Fest

Sunday, November 1 1 – 3 pm Meadows Community Rooms Celebrate the Day of the Dead with crafts, face painting, traditional sweet bread and more! Families welcome. No registration.

Mini Festival del Día de los Muertos

Domingo, primero de noviembre 1 – 3 pm Salones de la Comunidad Meadows ¡Celebra el Día de los Muertos con manualidades, pintura de cara, pan tradicional, y más! Las familias son bienvenidas. No hace falta inscribirse.

Save the Date!

Kings Celebration


Saturday, December 12 1 – 3 pm Meadows Community Rooms

Bring your family and friends for crafts, Mexican punch, candy and traditional Christmas carols. This program will be in Spanish. No registration.


sábado, 12 de diciembre 1 – 3 pm Salones de la Comunidad Meadows

Traiga a su familia y amigo para una posado con canciones tradicionales, una manualidad, ponche, caramelos y una piñata. Este programa será en español. No hace falta inscribirse.

Saturday, January 2 2 – 5 pm Lobby and Meadows Community Rooms Experience the Latin American tradition of the Three Kings! Come meet Gaspar, Melchor and Balthazar, the Three Kings, and get your picture taken with them. Stay for sweet bread and children’s activities! In partnership with the Organization of Mexico in Elgin (OME). No registration required.

¡Aparta la fecha!

Celebración de los Reyes Magos

sábado, 2 de enero 2 – 5 pm Vestíbulo y Salones de la Communidad Meadows ¡Vive la tradición de los Reyes Magos! Ven a conocer a Gaspar, Melchor y Baltasar, tómate una foto con ellos, y disfruta de Rosca de Reyes, y actividades en español e inglés para niños. En asociación con la Organización de México en Elgin (OME). No hace falta inscribirse.


The Main Library and Rakow Branch will be closed: Thursday, November 26 for Thanksgiving, (closing at 6 pm on Wednesday, November 25) Friday, December 11 for Staff Training Day Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 for Christmas, and Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1 for New Years Main 270 N. Grove Ave. Elgin, Illinois 60120 847-742-2411 Rakow Branch 2751 W. Bowes Rd. Elgin, Illinois 60124 847-531-7271



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Jean Bednar, President Elizabeth Kruger, Vice President Sue Moylan, Treasurer Patricia Harkin, Secretary Herb Gross Donna Kline Penny Wegman



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Thank you community. Due to our work with many partners, your library received the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community: the National Medal for Museum and Library Services.

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Festival of Trees

On display at the Main Library November 2 – 13 Welcome holidays! View more than 25 trees and wreaths creatively decorated. Each tree is sponsored by a local business or organization to benefit the Ecker Center for Mental Health, which provides services to thousands with mental illnesses each year. For more information, visit

LEGO® Showcase for Kids

Monday, November 23 3 – 4 pm Lobby Do you have a LEGO creation you would like to share? Whether the project is an original design or from a kit, it’s fun to show off your LEGO creation. Participants will have an opportunity to say a few words about their projects to an audience and stand by their projects for the hour to answer any questions. To reserve a space, call Liz Clemmons at 847-429-4698 by November 16.

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