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September - October 2017

Starting September 8, the South Elgin Branch will be open on Fridays! See back page.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Nuestra Casa, Our Community

Saturday, October 7 2 – 5 pm Main Library

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with our 8th annual celebration in a warm and

welcoming “casa” where we will celebrate Latino culture and traditions new and old.

Enjoy cuentos in the kids’ room, crafts in the family room, música in the den and

more throughout the home. All are bienvenidos! ES

Library Card Sign-Up Month

September 1 – 30

Show your Gail Borden Library Card to participating

businesses like Al’s Cafe & Creamery, Elgin Public

House, Herb’s Bakery and Escapade 360—Elgin’s

new Escape Room—during September to receive

great discounts. You will be supporting literacy

and local businesses at the same time. Don’t

have a library card yet? Sign up at any Gail Borden Library

location! Visit gailborden.info/deals for a full list of participating

businesses and discounts.

Come say


to Jobaria!






Thank you sponsors!

6th Annual Gail Borden Public Library Foundation

Book Sale & Art Fair

Main Library

September 14 – 17

See page 8.

Gail Borden Library Community Job Fair

Thursday, September 21 2 – 5 pm

See page 10.

Dinosaur Giants

An Exhibit from the Sereno Fossil Lab

Through September 24

The Dinosaurs are going extinct on September 24!

Visit the Main Library to say goodbye to the giants

like two-story-tall Jobaria, Suchomimus, the

crocodile-like dino and more. gailborden.info/giants


Little Dinos 2: Library Hunt

Take the Challenge!

Through September 15

Twenty new Little Dinos

are visiting all three

Gail Borden Library

locations. The Main

Library is hosting twelve

Little Dinos, the Rakow

Branch five and the

South Elgin Branch three.

Find 13 secret passwords for

a prize. Fill out all 20 secret passwords,

as well as a special back-to-school

secret password, and submit your

entry at any location for a chance

to win a dinosaur backpack and a

one-year family membership for

DuPage Children’s Museum.

Little Dinos Scavenger Hunt maps are

available at any Library location.

For more information, go to




After School Adventures

Main Library Story Room South

Mondays, September 11, October 23

4 – 5 pm

Grades K-5. After-school fun with the

Imagination Playground blocks, games

and crafts. R

The Gaming Event

Mondays 6 – 8 pm

Main Library Youth Center

September 11

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB

October 2

Grades 2-12. Play card-based role-playing

games like Yu-Gi-Oh or trade your cards

with other beginners or experts.

Hermione Granger’s

Birthday Party

Tuesday, September 19

3:30 – 5 pm

Main Library Meadows

Community Rooms

All ages. Join us for a fun-filled event

celebrating the iconic Hermione Granger.

Kids Explore

Thursdays 5 – 6 pm

Main Library Story Room South

September 7 Fossil Dig*

September 14 Artist Pablo Picasso

September 21 Baking Sugar Cookies

September 28 Nature Art

October 5

Cardboard Challenge

October 12

Artist Henri Matisse

October 19

Architecture of Ancient Egypt

Grades 1-5. Learn and explore new topics

each week like amazing structures, art

and tons more. R *Support for this project has

been provided by the Kane County Board, through its

Office of Community Reinvestment, with funds from

the Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino.

Cartoon Monsters

Main Library Grove Room

Monday, October 9

©Warner Bros. Pictures

11 am – Noon

South Elgin Branch

Monday, October 9 2 – 3 pm

Grades K-5. Learn how to draw cartoon

monsters from artist Mark Anderson. R

Goodnight Stuffed

Animal Sleepover

South Elgin Branch

Thursday, October 12 7 – 8 pm

Ages 5-12. Come in PJ’s for bedtime

stories and tuck in your stuffed animal.

Return the next day for animal pick-up. R

Doctor Who Day

All Libraries

Saturday, September 2 10 am – 4 pm

All ages. Fans of Doctor Who are invited to

celebrate with photo ops, scavenger hunts

and more.

Escape Room: Escape from

Planet Skaro!

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 pm

Grades 3-8. You are trapped on the planet

Skaro! Work with a team to solve puzzles

so that you can escape before time runs

out. Register for only one session. R

Doctor Who Costume Parade

Main Library Lobby

3:15 – 3:30 pm

All ages. Show off your love for Doctor Who

by parading through the library with other

costumed fans.

Chess for Kids

Kids and teens of all skill levels are invited

to practice and play.

ChessMaster Junior

Chess Club

Main Library Meadows Community Room C

(location may vary)

Wednesdays 4 – 5 pm

Grades 2-12.

Rakow Rooks Chess and

Games Club

Rakow Branch

Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Grades 3-8.

South Elgin Sentinels

Chess Club

South Elgin Branch

Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Grades 3-8.

No-School Day




Build, Play,


Rakow Branch

Monday, October 9 1 – 2 pm

Grades 1-5. Build something awesome

using cardboard, recycled materials

and imagination.



Explore the wonders of the universe

through experiments with STEAM in a fun,

hands-on way. R

Main Library

Story Room South Mondays

Grades K-2 4 – 4:45 PM

Grades 3-5 5 – 6 pm

September 18 Chariot Challenge

October 2, 16, 30 Kitchen Science

At the Branches

Grades 1-5


4 – 5 pm

Rakow Branch

September 13, October 11

South Elgin Branch

September 20, October 18

Creativity Lab

Rakow Branch


4 – 5 pm

South Elgin Branch

Thursdays 4 – 5 pm

Grades 1 & Up. Art, tinkering activities and

games will be available for creative play.

Intro to 3D Design

2 – 3:30 pm

South Elgin Branch

Saturday, September 23

Main Library Computer Center

Monday, October 9

Friday, October 27

Grades 3-5. Learn how to make your

own 3D designs and leave with a

3D–printed object. R

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Welcome Baby!

Baby’s First Library Visit

Birth-6 months and parents. Learn about

programs and resources to support baby's

early literacy development. Receive a

special gift! R

Main Library Story Room

Fridays 1, 3 pm

September 15, October 20

Saturdays 9:30, 10:30 am

September 16, October 21

(10:30 session in Spanish)

Rakow Branch

Saturdays 1, 2 pm

September 2, October 7

South Elgin Branch

Saturdays 1, 2 pm

September 30, October 28


h o m e w o r k

Homework Heroes

Main Library Youth Center

Tuesdays 5 – 8 pm

September 19 – October 24

Grades K-8. Students who need help

with homework assignments can drop

in to meet 1:1 with

a volunteer.

Did You


There is no age

restriction for getting

a Gail Borden Library

Card—even babies can get one! Having

a Library Card helps youngsters learn

responsibility. Visit any Library location

to start registering your child for a

Library Card today.

Story Programs

Birth – 6 years

Story Programs Boost Language Skills

and Reading Readiness!

Fall I Programs September 5 - October 13

Registration begins August 21

Fall II Programs October 30 - December 8

Registration begins October 16

Baby Rhyme Time

Main Library Story Room South

Thursdays 6:30 pm

Fridays 9:15 am

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Mondays 10 am

Birth-11 months with adult. Singing,

clapping, simple stories and playtime at

this ½-hour program. R

Wonderful Ones

Main Library Meadows Community Room C

Mondays 6:15

Tuesdays 9:15, 10, 10:45 am

12-23 months with adult. 15 minutes

of short stories, fingerplays, rhymes,

and a music and movement activity

and a 15-minute play time. No program on

September 12 at 10:45 am. R

Terrific Twos

Main Library Meadows Community Room C

Tuesdays 6:15 pm

Wednesdays 9:15, 10, 10:45 am

Age 2 with adult. 20 minutes of stories,

interactive fingerplays and large-muscle

activities. R

1, 2, 3, Go!

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Thursdays 9:30 am

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Tuesdays 10:15 am

Ages 1-3 with adult. Families are invited

to share stories, rhymes and musical

activities together. No program September 14.

Story Mix for Three to Six

Main Library Story Room North

Mondays 9:30 am, 3:30 pm

Tuesdays 10 am, 7 pm

Thursdays 10:15 am

Rakow Branch


10:30 am

South Elgin Branch

Mondays 6 pm

Ages 3-6. 30 minutes of stories,

fingerplays and songs; the first “on my

own” library experience for children.

Parents must remain in building.

Pediatric Therapeutic


Main Library Story Room South

Tuesdays 11 – 11:45 am

Preschoolers with adult. This unique

playgroup offers opportunities for

children who receive or may benefit

from therapeutic play to focus on

“developmental” play while families

meet and find support. Siblings welcome.

Presented by a Licensed Speech and Language

Pathologist from Elgin Pediatric Therapy, Inc. R

Sensory Storytime

Main Library Meadows Community Room C

Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19

6 – 6:30 pm

Ages 4-8 with special needs with adult.

30 minutes of stories and music (with an

experienced special educator) in a small

group setting. Siblings welcome. R

Library on the Go

Panera Milk &

Cookie Storytime

Panera Bread, 369 Randall Rd., South Elgin

Tuesdays 9:30 – 10 am

September 5, 19, October 3,17

Preschool stories read by a ReaderShip

team member followed by a milk and

cookie snack, compliments of Panera. R

Elgin Harvest

Market Storytime

Main Library Kimball & Grove parking lot

Thursdays Noon – 1 pm

All ages. Enjoy a craft and listen to stories

read by a ReaderShip team member.

September 7 Historic Day

October 5 Fall Stories

ES = descripción en español

Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver.

www.gailborden.info 3


Family Book Club

Main Library Story Room South

Saturdays 11 am – Noon

A fun program all about the joy of

reading aloud and talking about books

with your children. R

September 2 Goldilocks and the

Grades K-2 Three Dinosaurs

by Mo Willems

October 14 Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale

Grades 3-5 of Mystery by Deborah

and James Howe

Healthy Families Fun Fair

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Thursday, September 7 5 – 7 pm

Learn about healthy eating and exercise.

Children who complete their “passport to

health” will receive a gift. ES Presented by

Advocate Sherman Hospital and community partners.

No-Shushing Film Series

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

2nd Fridays

10 am

A movie in a family-friendly, casual

setting. Chatting and snacks from home

are welcome.

September 8

October 13

Muppets Most Wanted

(2014, PG)

The Secret Life of Pets

(2016, PG)

Puzzle Club

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Meeting Room

Saturdays, September 9, October 14

2 – 4 pm

Drop in and join us for word puzzles,

Sudoku, kids’ floor puzzles and adult

jigsaw puzzles.

So Long Summer Family Event

South Elgin Branch

Sunday, September 17 1 – 3 pm

Listen to stories that welcome the fall

season, make a family garden stone and

create a fall family bucket list. R

Families Explore

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Saturday, September 16 2 – 4 pm

Main Library Story Room South

Saturday, October 28 10 am – Noon

All ages. An active program all about

unplugging, playing and spending quality

time together. Dress for mess.

Rake-O Family Fall Festival

Rakow Branch

Saturday, September 23 1 – 4 pm

Round up the family and kick up your

heels for an afternoon of downhome fun.

Live music, dancing, games and more!

Family Fall Festival

Main Library Outdoor Stage

Thursday, October 26 2 – 4 pm

All ages. An afternoon of fall fun with

games, crafts, activities and Halloween

stories by storyteller Linda Gorham.

Latino Crafts for the Family

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Wednesday, October 11 6:30 pm

Come and create fun crafts from different

Latin American countries. ES

Robin’s Dog Stars for Families

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Tuesday, October 17 10:30 am

Come watch unbelievable circus dogs

do tricks, jump through hoops and even

climb a ladder!

October Family Movie:

Hotel Transylvania!

South Elgin Branch

Sunday, October 22 1 – 3 pm

Dress up as Dracula or a Hotel Guest

for this fun movie party; popcorn and

refreshments included.

Halloween Happening

Wear your costume for a parade through

the library.

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Wednesday, October 25

10 am, 3:30 pm

Birth-Grade 2

Rakow Branch

Tuesday, October 31

10:30 – 11:30 am


Day of the Dead Mini-Fest

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Saturday, October 28 2 – 4 pm

Celebrate with crafts, stories,

face-painting, traditional sweet bread

and more. ES

Parent Meetings

Parents of children from birth-5 years. ES

Presented by Two Rivers Head Start.

Tuesdays Main Library Elgin Room

9/19 Literacy 10 – 11 am

10/3 Domestic Violence 10 – 11 am

10/17 Medical Health 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Summer Reading Family

Grand Prize Winners

The Arastu/Jafri (left) and Salazar/Perez

(right) families won a 1-year membership

to the Field Museum of Natural History

for completing the Reading is Gigantic!

Summer Reading program together!


=In case of inclement weather, this will be held indoors. ES = descripción en español, ver página 11.

Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver.


Middle School Zone

Grades 6-8

Duct Tape + Paper Toys + You

Main Library Middle School Zone

Wednesday, September 20 7 – 8 pm

Construct a duct-tape wallet, make a rose

or assemble a cute paper toy.

Introduction to 3D Printing

Main Library Computer Training Room

Mondays, September 25, October 9

4 – 5:30 pm

See a 3D printer in action and use

Tinkercad to create your own 3D model.

Pick up a printed version of your model

one week after you complete it. Please

register for one date only. R

First Look Book Club

Main Library Conference Room

Wednesday, October 11 7 – 8 pm

Celebrate Teen Read Week by meeting

new friends and “tasting” new books

– including some that haven’t been

published yet!

Escape Room: One Afternoon

at Freddy’s

South Elgin Branch

Thursday, October 26 2 – 3 pm

You are trapped in a pizzeria full of

murderous robots! Work with others to

solve puzzles and escape before time

runs out. R


Grades 6-8

Are you interested in

becoming a volunteer for

KidSpace? Stop by the

Youth Center Reference

Desk to find out more!

Studio 270

Grades 9-12

Teen Read Week 2017

October 8 – 14

Avengers Movie Mania

South Elgin Branch

Monday, October 9 4 – 6 pm

Vote on which Avengers film you’ll watch

while enjoying snacks, making superhero

crafts and competing in a trivia contest

Turtles all the Way Down

John Green Release Party

Main Library Studio 270

Tuesday, October 10 4 – 6 pm

Excited for the new John Green Book?

Join us for snacks, nerdfighter crafts,

cookie decoration and more.

Independent High School Fair

Main Library Studio 270

Wednesday, October 25 6 – 8 pm

Learn more about Independent and

Parochial High Schools in the Elgin area;

representatives will be available.

Grades 6-12

Manga and Anime Club

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB

Saturdays, September 23, October 14

2 – 3:30 pm

Watch anime, share fan art and enjoy

Japanese snacks.


At Main Library unless otherwise stated.

(SEB) = South Elgin Branch

9/6 6 – 7 pm Logic Pro X Audio

Recording Tutorial

9/12 7 – 8 pm Open Mic Night

9/18 4 – 5 pm Teen Writers Club

9/19 5 – 6 pm Pizza and Books

9/20 5 – 6 pm Vinyl to USB


9/25 4 – 6 pm Mouse Trap Magnets (SEB)

9/26 4 – 6 pm NBA 2k Tournament

9/27 6 – 7 pm Video Editing and

YouTube Posting

10/11 5 – 6 pm Pizza and Books (SEB)

10/12 4 – 6 pm Book to Screen:

Fantastic Beasts and

Where to Find Them

10/17 6 – 7 pm Audio Lab

10/18 5 – 6 pm Karaoke

10/19 6 – 7 pm Teen Poetry Slam

10/23 4 – 5 pm Teen Writers Club

10/25 6 – 8 pm Video Lab: Lighting

10/31 4 – 7 pm Cosplay Creation

Grrrl Power

Main Library Studio 270

Fridays in October 4 – 6 PM

Power up by staying safe, strong and

sassy. Local women will be coming

to lead discussions in safety, healthy

relationships, self-esteem and more.

Snacks, crafts and

great convo included.


Help at the


October 10, 29

Noon – 2 pm

Teen Writing and

Art Showcase

Become a published author or artist –

submit your work today! For details, visit

gailborden.info/teenwriting or ask at the

Main Library’s Youth Help Desk.

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Technology Classes & Programs

Computer Basics

Computers 101 Series

Wednesdays, October 11 – November 1

New! Learning Circles

7 – 8:30 pm

Circles meet once a week for 6 weeks to take free online classes

together. Participants must have a valid email address and bring

their library card to the first day of class.

Digital Scrapbooking

Fridays, September 15 – October 20

Intro to PC Security

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Tuesdays September 19 – October 17

Resume Writing

Tuesdays, September 19 – October 17

Job & Career

Resume Series

Thursdays, September 7 – 21

NEW! Job Searching 101

Thursdays, September 28 – October 5

LinkedIn Series

Thursdays, October 12 – 26

Classes open to district residents

and held in the Main Library

Computer Training Room unless

otherwise noted.

Register online, by phone or in

person beginning three weeks prior

to scheduled class date.

Visit gailborden.info/learn for

more information.

1 – 3 pm

7 – 9 pm

9:30 – 11:30 am

7 – 8:30 pm

7 – 8:30 pm

7 – 8:30 pm

Software & Apps

Microsoft Excel 2013

Wednesdays, September 6 – October 4

WordPress Series

Saturdays, September 9 – 23

Coding Series

Saturdays, October 7 – 21

Photoshop Elements Series

Saturdays, October 28 – November 4

Google Tools

Tuesdays, October 3 – 24

Internet Essentials

The following classes are open to both district

and non-district residents thanks to the generous

support of Comcast. For more information on the

Comcast Internet Essentials program, visit www.internetessentials.com.

Microsoft Excel 2013

Wednesdays, September 6 – October 4

Google Tools

Tuesdays, September 5 – 26


Mondays, September 11 – October 16

5 – 6:30 pm

10 – 11:30 am

10 – 11:30 am

10 – 11:30 am

7 – 8:30 pm

9/12 NEW! Mobile Music Basics 7 – 8:30 pm

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Explore options for music on-the-go with your Apple or

Android device.

9/13 NEW! Mobile Cybersecurity Basics 6 – 7:30 pm

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Learn tips and tricks for keeping your Android or Apple

mobile devices safe and secure.

10/25 Cut the Cable Cord 7 – 8:30 pm

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

7 – 8:30 pm

7 – 8:30 pm

7 – 8:30 pm

Device Advice

1:1 drop-in help with your device.

Main Library Studio 270

Thursdays, 9/14, 10/12

Rakow Branch Computer Café

Thursdays, 9/7, 9/21, 10/5, 10/19

South Elgin Branch

Thursdays, 9/28, 10/26

9:30 – 11:30 am

9:30 – 11:30 am

10 am – Noon

Quiet Lab

Main Library Computer Training Room


9 am – 4 pm


Noon – 4 pm

Computer Classes in Spanish

See page 11.

= Series requires attendance at all classes or participant may be dropped.

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Yes, You Can! One Woman’s

Journey from Dinosaur Fanatic

to the Paleontology Field

Main Library Elgin Room

Thursday, September 7 7 – 8:30 pm

Jackie Cooney’s journey to success in

Paleontology/Geology has not been a

smooth one. Cooney hopes to demystify

these fields and make them more

accessible to all. R

Our Hazardous Universe

Main Library Elgin Room

Wednesday, September 13 7 – 8:30 pm

Michelle Nichols from the Adler Planetarium

will highlight the ways Earth could be

bombarded, irradiated and sizzled in the

near and far future. R

The Tully Monster: The Unique

Fossil Only Found in Illinois

Main Library Elgin Room

Monday, September 18 7 – 8:30 pm

Learn the analysis and story behind the

unique Illinois State Fossil, Tullimonstrum

gregarium, the "Tully Monster." Specimens

will be on display. R

Kane County Sheriff Series

Main Library Elgin Room

Tuesdays 7 – 8:30 pm

Kane County Sheriff Donald E. Kramer and

a panel of community leaders will address

some pressing social issues affecting our

community. R

September 12 Suicide Awareness

& Prevention

October 10 Domestic Violence

Home-Buying Workshop

Main Library Grove Room

Saturday, September 16 9 am – 6 pm

Please register by calling NHS at

847-695-0399. Presented by Neighborhood Housing

Services (NHS) of the Fox Valley.

Earth Archives

Elgin Hunger Summit:

Facts, Impact, Action

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Wednesday, September 20 6 – 8:30 pm

Hunger impacts your neighbors and

community every single day but you can

make a difference. Partners: Elgin Cooperative

Ministries, Food For greater Elgin, Community Crisis Center,

Senior Services and Northern Illinois Food Bank

Essential Oils: Go Back to

School Focused and Healthy

Rakow Branch

Wednesday, September 20 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Join presenters Laura Principato and Jennifer

Poett to explore uses of Essential Oils.

Those Beautiful, Pesky

Undesirables in Your Garden

Main Library Elgin Room

Wednesday, September 27 7 – 8:30 pm

Trish Beckjord of The Conservation

Foundation and Midwest Groundcovers will

discuss invasive species, potential invaders

and share ideas to enhance your garden and

remove pests. R

The History of the Beatles

in One Hour

Main Library Elgin Room

Monday, October 9 7 – 8:30 pm

Presenter Gary Winstrup will discuss the

arc of the Beatles' career: development,

Beatlemania, their psychedelic phase and

their dissolution. R

The Art of Making the Right

Decisions Seminar

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Thursday, October 19 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Tom Wendt, certified DreamBuilder coach,

will provide proven techniques to assist

attendees in making the right decisions. R

W.R.A.P.® for Personal

Wellness panel discussion

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Saturday, October 21 1 – 3 pm

Destress and learn from a panel of experts

about how to create a W.R.A.P. (Wellness

Recovery Action Plan) for everyday wellness.

Listen, Learn and Lead

Toastmasters Club

Main Library Grove Room

2nd and 4th Thursdays Noon – 1 pm

Become the speaker and leader you want to be.


Sewing Machine 101

South Elgin Branch

Wednesday, September 6

10:15 am – 12:15 pm

This workshop will help adults know what to

look for when purchasing a sewing machine

and techniques to successfully use it. R

Survival Sewing

South Elgin Branch

Wednesday, September 13

10:15 am – 12:15 pm

Save money by learning clothing repair

and alteration tips for shortening, zippers,

buttons and rips. R

DIY Beaded Lanyard

Rakow Branch

Saturday, September 30 1 – 3 pm

17 & Up. Make a beaded lanyard using

macramé techniques. Supplies provided. R

Joel Sheesley: A Fox River

Testimony Through Art

Main Library

Tuesday, October 3

Partner: The Conservation Foundation

1 – 4 pm Pop-up Painting Outdoor Stage

Stop by and see Joel paint our backyard

landscape en plein air (outside).

7 – 8 pm Lecture Elgin Room R

Joel will discuss how landscapes

achieve meaning with various artistic

styles, give his reaction to seeing and

interpreting landscapes and show some

of his current work.

Knitting for Beginners

Rakow Branch

Saturday, October 14 1 – 4 pm

17 & Up. Beginners will learn how to

knit a small bag with button closure.

Supplies provided. R

Halloween Cupcake


Rakow Branch

Saturday, October 28 1 – 3 pm

17 & Up. Decorate cupcakes with mummies,

spider webs and more for Halloween.

Supplies provided. R

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Instrument Petting Zoo

Main Library Story Room South

Sunday, September 10 1 – 1:45 pm

Children will be given a “mini-lesson” to

spark an interest in music.

Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Listeners Club

Main Library Elgin Room

Wednesday, September 13 1 – 3 pm

This free, interactive lecture/discussion

led by Jim Kendros meets before the ESO’s

Classics Masterworks performances to

dive into the music that will be performed.

Register at elginsymphony.org

or call 847-888-0404 ext. 238 to

reserve your seat.

Music Business 101

Main Library Elgin Room

Thursdays 7 – 8:30 pm

Ages 16 & Up. Curious about the music

business but not sure where to start or

how to take it to the next level?

Talk with local professionals about

training, recording and marketing music.

October 5 Funding Your Album

October 26

Producing Your Album

Piano Music of the

Romantic Period

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Sunday, October 29 2 – 3 pm

Pianist David Nelson will perform

pieces by composers Schubert, Brahms,

Chopin, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Schumann

and Rubinstein.

Book Sale

Continued from page 1.

September 14 – 17

Preview Sale ($10 admission)

Thursday 6 – 9 pm

Regular Sale (free admission)

Friday 9 am – 6 pm

Saturday 9 am – 6 pm

Sunday Noon – 5 pm

Thousands of items for all ages

will be for sale at the Main Library,

including coffee table books,

cookbooks, new fiction, DVDs, CDs

and more. Most items are only

$1 - $2. Proceeds help fund exciting

exhibits like Dinosaur Giants and fun

events for the library community.

Sunday Afternoon

Concert Series

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

2 – 3 pm

Free tickets will be available at all

Library locations three weeks prior to

each concert. Meet the artists and enjoy

refreshments afterwards.

ESO Family Concert

String Quartet: Musical Tales

September 10

This Quartet will take you on a historical

journey, including the music of Bach,

Mozart, Webern and even a tune from

Disney’s musical “Aladdin.”

Guitarra Azul

October 15

This grammy-nominated, Chicago-based

ensemble consists of Spanish guitars,

conga drums, percussion and bass, mixing

rumba, flamenco and Latin jazz in its

all-original music.

Piano Performance

by Dinara Klinton

Main Library Lobby

Friday, September 15

4 – 5 pm


What the Health

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Wednesday, September 6

6:30 – 8:30 pm

A dramatic, thought-provoking look at the

U.S. food and drug industry. Partners: Shared

Harvest Educational Foundation, Shared Harvest Food

Co-op and the Physicians Committee for Responsible

Medicine, Member

Brown Bag Lunch Classic Films

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

2nd Mondays 11 am – 1 pm

Coffee will be served. No meeting September 11.

October 9 Dark Passage (1947, NR)

Each One, Reach One

Main Library Elgin Room

Saturday, September 23 3 – 5 pm

Film Screening of Each One, Reach One

Video Project.

Reel Women for Real Women

4th Tuesdays 6 pm

Film and discussion focused on women’s

issues. Partner: AAUW Elgin Area Branch

September 26 Sunset Boulevard

Elgin Room (1950, NR)

October 24 Wonder Woman


(2017, PG-13)


Rooms AB

Not in Our Town:

Camden’s Turn

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Thursday, October 26 7 – 9 pm

Camden’s Turn profiles the efforts of a

police department and a community

working to bridge the divide and

transform their relationship. A discussion

will be lead by EPD Commander Lalley.

Presented in cooperation with Elgin Police Department,

Elgin Community College MAGIC, Elgin Hispanic

Network, Elgin Human Relations Commission, Coalition

of Elgin’s Religious Leaders, Gail Borden Public Library

and Elgin City of Peace.

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Book Clubs and Discussion Groups

Reyna Grande Author


Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Wednesday, October 4 6 – 8:30 pm

Award-winning author and inspirational

speaker Reyna Grande. ES

Science Fiction Awards

Book Discussion

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Tuesday, September 12 6 – 7:30 pm

Discuss nominees and winners for Best

Novel of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

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Walking Book Club

The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way

Wednesdays 7 pm

A 45-minute walk on the track followed

by a 45-minute book discussion.

Great Books Discussion Group

Main Library Conference Room

2nd Mondays 6:55 pm

Partners: American Association of University Women

Elgin Branch.

September 11 “Dry September

by William Faulkner

October 9 Hekabe by Euripides

Contemporary Fiction

Book Group

Main Library Grove Room

7 – 8:30 pm

September 20 Commonwealth

by Ann Patchett

October 18 Hillbilly Elegy

by JD Vance

Rakow Readers

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

1:30 – 2:30 pm

September 25 Faithful

by Alice Hoffman

October 23 A Gentleman In Moscow

by Amor Towles

For more information on Book Clubs, visit


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Poetry Writers Workshop

Main Library

Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm

September 11 Elgin Room

October 2 Grove Room

A group for local poets to share what

they have written. Facilitated by

Gareth Mann Sitz.

Writers on the Fox

Main Library 7 – 8:30 pm

September 19 Meadows Community


October 23 Elgin Room

This writer’s peer group will inspire and

motivate you using prompts and exercises

for creative writing.

Armchair Generals: A Civil

War and Lincoln Brown Bag

Lunch Interest Group

Commemorate events, share insights and

talk about books or experiences.

September 12 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Main Library Grove Room

Movie: Stealing Lincoln’s Body (94 minutes)

October 10 7 pm

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

From a Birth of Freedom to a New Birth of

Freedom: Early history of the U.S. between

1776 and 1865 with Abraham Lincoln

(presenter Kevin Wood).

Evening Chess Club

Main Library Grove Room

Thursdays 5 – 7 pm

September 14, 28, October 12, 26

Ages 10 & Up. Free-play chess sessions

for players of all skill levels. Some boards

provided or bring your own.

Elgin 360 Photography Club

Main Library Elgin Room

2nd Thursdays

7 – 8:30 pm

Photo enthusiasts of all skill levels

are invited to learn, share, teach and


September 14 Autumn Photography

October 12 Mobile Phone


Illinois Speaks! Current Issues

Monthly Discussion Group

Main Library Grove Room

Tuesdays 7 – 8:30 pm

September 26 Fake News

October 24 Immigration

Share your viewpoint, understand a

different perspective and engage in fine

conversation. Partner: The Illinois Humanities Council

Elgin Alive

Fox River Water and

Bike Trail Initiatives

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Tuesday, September 19 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Karen Miller, National Water Trail Initiative

Advisor to the Fox River Ecosystem

Partnership, will discuss the Fox River

Water Trail Initiative—a trail stretching

from Wisconsin to Ottawa, Illinois. Partners:

ECN, Fox River Ecosystem Partnership, Bicycle Tourism

Network/Fox Valley Sustainability Network

The Mostly-Live 1938

Halloween Radio Show

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Tuesday, October 17

Audience seated beginning at 6:30 pm

Show 7 – 8:30 pm

This vintage 1938 Halloween broadcast

from “Dead On-Air” Radio with hosts

Michael Murschel and Judi Brownfield

will feature scary stories of murder and

mystery, creepy sound effects and "The

Nighmarish News."

Veterans Information

Networking Session

Coffee and tea will be served.

Main Library Elgin Room

3rd Thursdays 7 – 8:30 pm

September 21 RTA Mobility Services

Reduced Fares on Metra and

Pace for disabled veterans

and seniors.

October 19 Medicare 101

Medicare 101

Main Library Elgin Room

Thursday, October 19 7 – 8:30 pm

Medicare Solutions Network's David Wylly

will provide a Medicare overview: coverage,

out-of-pocket expenses, additional options,

cost-saving strategies and more. R

3D Printing Showcase

Main Library Information Services Desk

Wednesdays 5 – 7 pm

September 13, 27, October 4

Drop in and check out the Library’s new

3D printer in action, learn how it works

and ask questions.

When Virtual Becomes

Reality: Virtual Reality

Present and Future

Main Library Elgin Room

Thursday, November 2 7 – 8:30 pm

Learn about Virtual Reality (VR): what it

is, how it is being used, how to get VR at

home, then see a demonstration of the

Oculus Rift.

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Business, Career and Resume Assistance

Gail Borden Library

Community Job Fair

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Thursday, September 21 2 – 5 pm

Talk to local employers about permanent

or seasonal openings and fill out

applications. Computers will be available

for online applications.

VolunteerPalooza 2017

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Saturday, September 30 11 am – 2 pm

Community Volunteer Fair

Build Your Personal Brand

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB

Monday, October 9 7 – 8:30 pm

Learn how to develop a personal

brand with best practices, building

your authority, an online presence and

authentic identity.

IDES Unemployment and

Illinois Job Link Assistance

Main Library Computer Training Room

Tuesdays 1 – 4 pm

Drop in for help with filing for

unemployment benefits and

registering on the Illinois Job Link website.

Partner: The Illinois Department of Employment

Security. For more information, call 1-800-244-5631 or

visit www.ides.illinois.gov.

Job Search & Resume Help

Main Library Computer Training Room

Tuesdays 1 – 4 pm

Drop in for 1:1 assistance with your

resume, cover letter, completing online

applications and more.

Job Training

Information Session

Main Library Conference Room

Wednesdays 9:30 – 11 am

Training grants are available to help you

get a job! Learn about WIOA services and

the application process.

Partner: Kane County Workforce Development Division.

For more information, call 630-844-8768.

Languages and Citizenship

Citizenship Resource Fair

Saturday, September 9 1 – 3 pm

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Learn how permanent residents can

become U.S. citizens and how children can

derive U.S. citizenship at a presentation by

USCIS. See a mock citizenship interview

and connect with local citizenship

class service providers. In English

and Spanish. ES

Citizenship Conversation


6:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursdays September 7, 21,

October 5, 19

Mondays September 11, 25,

October 9, 23

Practice for the naturalization/citizenship

test, review and practice English for the

interview and the 100 questions from

the history/civics test. ES Presented by

The Literacy Connection.

English Conversation Group

Main Library Conference Room

Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Practice having everyday conversations

in English, improve your pronunciation

and gain confidence. Presented by The

Literacy Connection.

Go Bilingual

Conversation Group

Wednesdays staring September 13

6 – 7 pm

Learners of all levels participate in the

sharing and exchanging of learning a new

language with a native speaker. In English

and Spanish. ES

Spanish Café

Main Library Conference Room

1st & 3rd Monday Noon – 1 pm

Intermediate-level participants will

practice structured and spontaneous

conversations in Spanish and learn new

vocabulary. No meeting September 4.

Did You


French Conversation Group

Main Library Grove Room

Mondays, September 18, October 16

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Refresh and enhance your knowledge

of French language and culture in a

conversational setting with former college

language professor Dennis Schwank.

German Conversation Group

Main Library Grove Room

Wednesdays, September 27, October 25

7 – 8:30 pm

Articles and videos will be discussed

auf Deutsch in a friendly atmosphere with

John Schwartz, who has taught German.

You can get live homework and career services assistance in

English and Spanish through Tutor.com with your Gail Borden

Library Card. Whether it’s help with school subjects, GED prep,

college courses, job-searching or more, these tutors are available

from 4 – 11 pm daily 361 days a year to assist you!

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Programas en español e inglés

Para la familia

Mes de la Hispanidad

Nuestra Casa,

Our Community

8va Celebración Anual

Biblioteca Principal


7 de octubre

2 – 5 pm

Disfruten y


el mes de la

hispanidad, con

actividades para

toda la familia,

música y

mucho más.

Festival de Familias


Biblioteca Principal Salones de la Comunidad

Jueves 7 de septiembre 5 – 7 pm

Aprendan cómo comer saludable y la

importancia de hacer ejercicio. ¡Niños

que completen el “pasaporte de salud”

recibirán un regalo! Presentado por Sherman

Hospital con organizaciones asociadas.

Cuentos para la Familia

Biblioteca Principal Salón de Cuentos

Todos los miércoles a las 6:30 – 7 pm

¡30 minutos de cuentos, música, rimas, y

más para el disfrute de toda la familia!

Manualidades Latinas para

la Familia

Biblioteca Principal Salones de la Comunidad


Miércoles 11 de octubre 6:30 pm

¡Vengan a crear divertidas manualidades

como papel picado, flores de papel y

mucho más!

Mini Festival del

Día de los Muertos

Biblioteca Principal Salones de la Comunidad

Sábado 28 de octubre 2 – 4 pm

Celebra con manualidades, historias,

pintura de cara, pan dulce y más.


Café Latino: Amor por

Isabel Allende

Biblioteca Principal Salón Elgin

Lunes 25 de septiembre 6 – 7:30 pm

Explora Latinoamérica a través de nuevos

amigos y el libro del mes, Amor por Isabel

Allende. Habrá refrigerios. En asociación con el

Centro de Información.

Reunión de Padres

Padres de niños desde recién nacidos

hasta 5 años. Presentado por Two Rivers Head Start.

Martes Biblioteca Principal Salón Elgin

9/19 Alfabetización 10 – 11 am

10/3 Violencia Doméstica 10 – 11 am

10/17 Salud Médica 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Presentación de la autora

Reyna Grande

Biblioteca Principal Salones de la Comunidad

Miércoles 4 de octubre 6 – 8:30 pm

Autora galardonada, oradora y motivadora.

Superando el Alcoholismo

Biblioteca Principal Salón Grove

Sábado 14 de octubre 1 – 3 pm

Infórmese sobre el programa de 12 pasos

y recursos locales de ayuda. Presentado por

Renz Center y Alcohólicos Anónimos.

Clases Gratis de Computación

Clases en español; la tarjeta de la

biblioteca no es requerida. Puede

registrarse para la serie completa o una

sola clase. Actividades disponibles para

sus pequeños. R

Biblioteca Principal

Salón de entrenamiento de computación

2 – 3:30 pm

9/9 Básicos de las Computadoras

9/16 Básicos del Internet

9/23 What’s App

2 – 4 pm

9/30 Computación para Padres

10/14 Windows

10/21 Microsoft Word Parte 1

10/28 Microsoft Word Parte 2

Idiomas y Ciudadanía

Feria de Recursos para la


Biblioteca Principal Salones de la Comunidad

Sábado 9 de septiembre 1 – 3 pm

Aprenda cómo residentes permanentes

pueden convertirse en ciudadanos de

E.E.U.U. y cómo los hijos pueden adoptar

esa ciudadanía; observe una muestra de

entrevista y conéctese con diferentes

entidades comunitarias para tomar clases

de inglés y ciudadanía.

Grupo de Conversación para

la Ciudadanía

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Los jueves 7, 21 de septiembre y

Los lunes

5, 19 de octubre

11, 25 de septiembre y

9, 23 de octubre

Practica para el exámen de ciudadanía,

revisa y practica el inglés para la

entrevista y las 100 preguntas de historia

y cívica. Presentado por The Literacy Connection.

Grupo de Conversación

en Inglés

Biblioteca Principal Salón de Conferencias

Mares 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Practica conversar en inglés, mejora tu

pronunciación y adquiera confianza.

Presentado por The Literacy Connection.

Grupo de Futuros Bilingües

Clases comienzan el 13 de septiembre.

Todos los miércoles 6 – 7 pm

Aprendices de todos los niveles participarán

con otras personas que hablan epañol e

Inglés como primer idioma.

Grupo de Conversación en


Biblioteca Principal Salón de Conferencias

Primer y tercer lunes del mes

Mediodía – 1 pm

Participantes de nivel intermedio

practicarán conversaciones estructuradas

y espontáneas en español y aprenderán

nuevo vocabulario. No habrá session el

4 de septiembre.

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programas están abierto a las personas que residen

dentro y fuera del distrito de la biblioteca. Para más

información sobre el programa Comcast

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Board of Trustees:

Jean Bednar, President

Elizabeth Kruger, Vice President

Sue Moylan, Treasurer

Patricia Harkin, Secretary

Amanda Garcia

Herb Gross

Tiffany Henderson

Library Director - Carole Medal

Newsletter Editor - Denise Raleigh

Assistant Editor - Natalie Kiburg

Graphic Designer - Laura Espinoza

This newsletter contains recycled

paper and soy-based inks.

Main Library

270 N. Grove Ave.

Elgin, IL 60120




Building Hours

9 am – 9 pm

9 am – 6 pm

Sun Noon – 5 pm

Extended Drive-Up Window

Mon-Thu 8 am – 9 pm

Fri-Sat 8 am – 6 pm

Sun 11:30 am – 5 pm

Rakow Branch

2751 W. Bowes Rd.

Elgin, IL 60124




Building Hours

9 am – 8 pm

9 am – 5 pm

Sun Noon – 5 pm

Extended Drive-Up Window

Mon-Thu 8:30 am – 8 pm

Fri-Sat 8:30 am – 5 pm

Sun 11:30 am – 5 pm



South Elgin Branch

127 S. McLean Blvd.

South Elgin, IL 60177








Building Hours

10 am – 7 pm

10 am – 4 pm

Noon – 4 pm

New Lobby Hours!

Non-Profit Organization

U.S. Postage


Elgin, IL 60120

Permit No. 164

Carrier Route Sort

9:30 am – 7 pm

9:30 am – 5 pm

11:30 am – 4 pm

Photo Release

All program participants agree to be

photographed during library activities and

programs for use in future library publications.

Customers with Disabilities

The Library accommodates customers with

disabilities. Please call 847-742-2411 to discuss

arrangements at least seven days prior to a

scheduled event.

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.

Library Closings

The Main Library, Rakow Branch and

South Elgin Branch will be closed

Sunday, September 3 and

Monday, September 4 for Labor Day.

The Main Library will close early at 3 pm

on Friday, September 22.

Say Goodbye to

Overdrive/My Media Mall

Say Hello to Cloud Library!

To provide customers with shorter hold

times for eBooks and better respond to

customer requests, the Library will focus

its resources on Cloud Library and Hoopla.

The library will no longer offer Overdrive/

My Media Mall to customers beginning

October 1. The Library will be moving

some of the library-purchased titles from

Overdrive/My Media Mall to Cloud Library.

Cloud Library is easy to use and so is

Hoopla, which offers a large selection of

eAudiobooks along with eBooks.

Visit gailborden.info/elibrary, stop by the

Information Desk at the Main Library or

visit the Rakow Branch or South Elgin

Branch during the week to see a demo of

Cloud Library and Hoopla. You can bring

your device to learn how to download the

apps for easy eBook access.

St. John's Bible

Celebrating Timeless Art

September 27, 2017 – January 3, 2018

In collaboration with Christ the Lord Lutheran Church,

Congregation Kneseth Israel, St. Mary's Church and

Zion Lutheran Church

The Main Library will host two handbound

volumes of the Saint John's

Bible. Originally hand-drawn, this work

of art is a replica that features real

gold and silver leaf and was created on

15 different presses.

On display will be the artistry of two

volumes: Pentateuch, which is the first

five books of the Bible also known as the

Torah, and the Gospel & Acts volume. An

extraordinary piece of art, the library will

also display the many illustrations from

the entire edition.

Screening of The Illuminator:

Bible for the 21st Century

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Monday, October 23 6:30 – 8:30 pm

This BBC program will tell the story of

calligrapher Donald Jackson and his team

that spent eleven years creating this

masterwork. Light refreshments at 6:30; film at 7 pm.

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Thank you

Dino Docent and Base Camp Volunteers for

their dedication to the Giants Exhibit.

2017 Summer Reading Sponsors:

Wendy’s of Elgin • Blue Box Café • Giordano’s

South Elgin • Paul’s Family Restaurant • Original

Country Donuts • Bear Family McDonald’s • Terri

Lynn • Colonial Cafe • LEGOLAND® Discovery

Center • Kane County Cougars • Spring Hill

Gymnastics • Applebee's • Epic Air • Funway •

Dairy Queen • Buffalo Wild Wings • Brookfield

Zoo • City of Elgin Parks and Recreation

Department • Nick’s Pizza • Oberweis • Kuipers

Family Farm • Classic Cinemas

2017 Night at the Library Sponsors:

Gail Borden Public Library Foundation • U-46

Foundation • Get Fresh Produce, Inc. • Sam’s

Club • Woodman’s Market • Club PhotoBooth •

Aldi • The Centre of Elgin • Janet Riehecky

Night at the Library's

Dino Storytime was held in

honor of Kathleen Turnquist

(1957–2017) and her love

of reading.

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