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NovemberDecember 2017

The South Elgin Branch is now open on Fridays! See back page for hours.

Celebrate the Holidays at the Library!

Holiday Singalong with Mrs. Claus!

Jingle and jangle at this family event as we sing holiday favorites, old and new and take

photos with Mrs. Claus.

Main Library Lobby

Wednesday, December 20 4 – 5 pm

Featuring John LaBorn.

Rakow Branch

Thursday, December 21 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Featuring Josh McClure.

See pages below for more holiday events!

5 - Kids and Family including Kwanzaa and Hanukkah

7 - Adult

11 - Español

Live Music!

All Library Locations

See page 8.

Festival of Trees

Main Library

November 1 – 10 at Noon

Traditional and whimsical holiday trees

and wreaths will be on display. Each

is sponsored by a local business or

organization to benefit the

Ecker Center for Mental Health,

which provides services to

thousands. eckercenter.org

Art for All Annual Winter Show

Main Library Lobby

December 1 – 31

Talented local artists will display their

work presented in a variety of media.

For more information visit


Art for All

Mrs. Claus photo from 2015 program.

School District U-46 STEM Expo


Rakow Branch

Tuesday, November 14

6 – 8 pm

Main Library

Wednesday, November 15 6 – 8 pm

Families. Engage with cutting-edge

technologies that will blow your mind,

experiment with next-generation

science and check out live chemistry

and physics demonstrations.



Big Idea

Live Tour


November 16

See back page.



Kids Explore

Main Library Story Room South

Thursdays 5 – 6 pm

11/2 Fairytale Stories

11/9 Pop Art

11/16 Skyscrapers

11/30 Baking Bread

12/7 Water Coloring

12/14 Gingerbread Wars

Grades 1-5. Get curious with us and

explore a new topic each week.

Dress for mess. R

After School Adventures

Main Library Story Room South

Mondays 4 – 5 pm

November 6, 20, December 18

Grades K-5. Join us for some after-school

fun with games, building or crafts. R

The Gaming Event

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms BC

Mondays 6 – 8 pm

November 6, December 4

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

games like Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh or

trade your cards with other beginners

or experts.

Homework Heroes

Main Library Youth Center

Tuesdays 5 – 8 pm

November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12

South Elgin Branch

Mondays and Wednesdays 3 – 5 pm

No meeting 12/25.

Grades K-8. Students who need help with

homework assignments can drop by to

meet one-on-one with a volunteer.

Camp NaNoWriMo

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Meeting Room

Wednesday, November 22 1 – 2 pm

Grades 3-8. Calling all creative writers!

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month

as we play interactive writing games

and learn how to begin writing your

own novel. R

Chess for Kids

Kids and teens of all skill levels are invited

to practice and play.

ChessMaster Junior Chess Club

Main Library (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.


Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and

Math! Explore the wonders of the universe

through STEAM in a fun, hands-on way. R

Main Library

Meadows Community Room B

Grades K-2 4 – 4:45 pm

Grades 3-5 5 – 6 pm

11/13, 11/27 Tech-it-to-the-limit

12/11 Rollercoaster challenge

At The Branches

Grades 1-5

Wednesdays 4 – 5 pm

11/8, 12/13 Rakow Branch

11/15, 12/20 South Elgin Branch

STEAMing Into Space

Rakow Branch

Thursday, November 2 4 – 5 pm

Grades 1-5. What is a constellation? Is the

sky falling? Why do stars move? R

NEW! Crazy 8s Math Club

Rakow Branch

Tuesdays in November and December

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Grades K-2. Join Bedtime

Math’s Crazy 8s for an entirely new kind

of math club where you’ll build, run, jump

and make a mess! Please register once for

series. Attendance at all 8 sessions is required. R

Family Tech Play

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms BC

Saturday, November 18 10 – 11 am

Grades 1-5. Families will play and

create with robots, stop motion

animation, iPads and more. R

Tiny Tech for Preschoolers

Main Library Story Room

December 27, 28, 29 10:30 – 11:30 am

Preschoolers. Engage with your child

through technology with a variety of

drop-in stations including STEM-based

games like Start-Up Circuits and Robot

Mouse and interactive iPad apps like

Tiggly Shapes.

Creativity Lab

Grades 1 & up. Art, tinkering activities and

games will be available for creative play.

Rakow Branch


4 – 5 pm

South Elgin Branch

Thursdays 4 – 5 pm

3D Design

Registrants must have an email address

or Tinkercad.com account.

Intro to 3D Design

Main Library Computer Center

Saturday, December 30 1:30 – 3 pm

Grades 3-5. Learn how to make your own

3D designs and leave with a 3D-printed

object. R

Intermediate 3D Design

Main Library Computer Center

Saturday, November 4 1:30 – 3 pm

Monday, December 18 6 – 7:30 pm

Grades 4-8. Take the next step in 3D

printing and create your own designs to

pick up later. You must have completed Intro

to 3D Design in order to attend this class. R

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Welcome Baby! Baby’s First

Library Visit

Main Library Story Room

Fridays 1, 3 pm

November 17, December 15

Saturdays 9:30, 10:30 am

November 18, December 16

(10:30 session in Spanish)

Rakow Branch

Saturdays 1, 2 pm

November 4, December 2

South Elgin Branch

Saturdays 1, 2 pm

November 25, December 30

Birth-6 months and parents. Learn about

programs and resources to support baby's

early literacy development. Receive a

special gift! R

Baby & Me Playgroup

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Tuesday, December 12,

Friday, December 15

10 – 11 am

Babies up to 23 months. Join us for

this hands-on playgroup with a variety

of activities.

Library On The Go

Panera Milk & Cookie


Panera Bread, 369 Randall Rd., South Elgin

Tuesdays 9:30 – 10 am

November 7, 21, December 5

Enjoy preschool stories read by a

ReaderShip team

member followed by a

milk and cookie snack,

compliments of Panera. R


No-Shushing Film Series:

Sing (2016, PG)

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Friday, November 10 10 am

All ages. Enjoy a movie in a family-friendly,

casual setting. Chatting and snacks from

home are welcome.

Black Friday Family Film:

Cars 3 (2017, G)

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Friday, November 24 10 am

Interactive Movie:

Beauty and the Beast (2017, PG)

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Friday, January 5 10 am

Join us as we come to life in the

Enchanted Kingdom with Belle and her

friends. Costumes encouraged. R

Story Programs

Baby Rhyme Time

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Mondays 10 am

Main Library Story Room South

Thursdays 6:30 pm

Fridays 9:15 am (No program 12/8.)

Birth-11 months. Singing, clapping, simple

stories and playtime. R

Wonderful Ones

Main Library Meadows Community Room C

Mondays 6:15 pm

Tuesdays 9:15, 10, 10:45 am

12-23 months. Join us for short stories,

fingerplays, rhymes and a music and

movement activity followed by a short

playtime. R

Terrific Twos

Main Library Meadows Community Room C

Tuesdays 6:15 pm

Wednesdays 9:15, 10, 10:45 am

2 years. 20 minutes of stories, interactive

fingerplays and large-muscle activities. R

1, 2, 3, Go!

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Tuesdays 10:15 am

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Thursdays 9:30 am

Ages 1-3. Families will share stories,

rhymes and musical activities together.

Winter Film Festival

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

10 am

11/26 The Boss Baby (2017, PG)

12/27 Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017, PG)

12/28 Despicable Me 3 (2017, PG)

12/29 Descendants 2 (2017, Not Rated)

1/2 Captain Underpants: The First Epic

Movie (2017, PG)

1/3 The Emoji Movie (2017, PG)

1/4 Diary of a Wimpy Kid:

The Long Haul (2017, PG)

Story Programs Boost Language Skills

and Reading Readiness!

Fall II Programs October 30 – December 8

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

South Elgin Branch


6 pm

Rakow Branch

Wednesdays 10:30 am

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. 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

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

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Family Book Club

Main Library Story Room South

Saturdays 11 am – Noon

11/4 Grades K-2

Herbert: The True Story of a Brave

Sea Dog by Robyn Belton

12/9 Grades 3-5

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Enjoy reading aloud and talking about

books with your family. R

Storytime with a Firefighter!

Main Library Story Room

Friday, November 10 10:30 – 11 am

Best for ages 3-6. Let's celebrate

community helpers with firefighter

stories and activities, then meet a real

firefighter. R

Puzzle Club

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Meeting Room


2 – 4 pm

November 11, December 9

Drop in for word puzzles, Sudoku, kids’

floor puzzles and adult jigsaw puzzles.

Winnie-the-Pooh and

Christopher Robin


All Library Locations

November 11 All Day

Build a Winter Birdhouse

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Meeting Room

Sunday, November 12 1 – 2 pm

Make a homemade bird feeder to take

home as a fun way for the whole family

to learn which birds are native to the area

and help them out in winter. R

Family Reading Night

Main Library Youth Center

Thursday, November 16 4 – 9 pm

Come build a book nook fort together,

grab a snack and snuggle up with some

good books with your family!

Families Explore

Main Library Meadows Community Room C


2:30 – 4 pm

November 18, December 16

Stay active as you unplug, play and spend

quality time together. Dress for mess.

Corn Husk Crafts for


Rakow Branch West Corridor

Saturday, November 18 1 – 3 pm

Drop in to create cornhusk dolls,

flowers and more to decorate the

Thanksgiving table.

Featured Author Series

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Meeting Room


2 – 2:45 pm

November 19, December 17

Stop by for storytime fun featuring books

by favorite children’s authors Aaron

Reynolds (November) and Jan Brett

(December) followed by a craft to-go.

Week of Play

All Library Locations

December 26 – 30 All Day

Join us all week long as we transform our

youth areas into playful wonderlands with

games and many other activities!

For My Family

Main Library

Learning workshops to help parents and

caregivers navigate through family life.

11/14 Therapies for Your Child With ADHD R

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Representatives from Balance Stress

Management & Therapy, Active Medical Center

and ohmMother Yoga will lead discussion.

11/16 Child Nutrition 10 – 11 am

Presented by Two Rivers Head Start. In English

and Spanish. ES

12/7 Bullying 7 – 8 pm

Presented by Kane County Juvenile Justice



Middle School Zone

Grades 6-8

First Look Book Club

Main Library Conference Room


7 – 8 pm

November 8, December 6

Meet new friends and “taste” new books

—including some that haven’t been

published yet.

Duct Tape + Paper Toys + You

Main Library Middle School Zone

Wednesday, November 15 7 – 8 pm

Thursday, December 28 3 – 4 pm

Construct a duct-tape wallet, make a

rose, or assemble a nifty paper toy.

Iron Chef



Main Library Story Room South

Tuesday, December 5 7 – 8 pm

Construct a “gingerbread” house out of

graham crackers and candy.

Supplies provided. R

Roller Coaster Creator

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Meeting Room

Friday, December 29 2 – 3 pm

Flex your engineering skills—build and test

a cardboard roller coaster. R

Volunteens Grades 6-8

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer

for KidSpace? Stop by the Main Library’s

Youth Help Desk to find out more.

Grades 6-12

Manga and Anime Club

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB

Saturdays 2 – 3:30 pm

November 18, December 16

Watch anime, share fan art and enjoy

Japanese snacks.

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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Celebrate the Holidays

Dance and Watch

The Nutcracker!

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Saturday, November 11

Ballet Lesson 3:30 pm R Ages 6 & up

The Nutcracker Performance 4 pm

Take a ballet lesson with real dancers

and then get a sneak peek of Alma

Dance Theater’s annual The Nutcracker.

Performance will include Alma Dancers only.

Families are welcome to observe. Registration

required for lesson.


Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Wednesday, November 22 1 – 2:30 pm

Kick off the holiday season by making

four different crafts to take home.

Materials provided. Dress for mess.

Gingerbread House Workshop

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Meeting Room

Sunday, December 3

12:30 – 1:30 pm or 2 – 3 pm

Bring your imagination and create a

gingerbread house from milk cartons,

graham crackers and sweet treats! R

Kwanzaa Stories

and Celebration

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Saturday, December 9 1 – 3 pm

Learn about The Seven Principles in

this engaging family program featuring

stories, entertainment, crafts and

refreshments. Partner: City of Elgin Cultural Arts


Festival of Lights: Hanukkah

Stories, Traditions and Treats

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB

Sunday, December 10 2 pm

Learn about Hanukkah through stories,

music, food and the dreidel game. Partner:

Congretation Kneseth Israel.

Tinsel Time

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Thursday, December 14 10 – 11 am

Preschoolers. Celebrate the holidays by

singing and dancing with Mrs. Claus and

Shaun Whitley from Chicago’s Old Town

School of Folk Music. Mrs. Claus will be

available for photos after the show.

Happy Noon Year Party

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Meeting Room

Friday, December 29

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Saturday, December 30

Preschoolers. Can’t stay up until

midnight? Come ring in the New Year

early with fun stories, games, holiday food

and dancing. R

Save the Date!

Three Kings Celebration

Main Library Lobby

Saturday, January 6 2 – 5 pm

Meet Gaspar, Melchor and Balthazar and

take your picture with them. Stay for

stories and crafts. Partner: Organization of México

in Elgin (OME). ES

Studio 270

Grades 9-12 Main Library Studio 270

Grrrl Power

Fridays 4 – 6 pm

11/3 Self Esteem

Presenter: Rose Diaz of YWCA

11/10 Round Table Discussion

Stay safe, strong and sassy. Local women

will be coming to lead discussions in

safety, healthy relationships, self-esteem

and more. There will be snacks, crafts and

great conversations.

NaNoWriMo Write In

Tuesdays in November 4 – 6 pm

Show your progress, get feedback and

receive what every writer needs—snacks!

11/9 6 – 7 pm USB Vinyl Sampling

11/13 6 – 7 pm Intro to Logic Pro X

11/14 7 – 8 pm Open Mic Night

11/20 4 – 5 pm Teen Writers Club

11/21 6 – 7 pm Video Lab: Storyboards

11/29 6 – 7 pm Video Lab:

Intro to Final Cut Pro

12/4 6 – 7 pm Photoshop 101:

Holiday Cards

12/14 6 – 7 pm Intro to Audio Recording

Finals Feeding Frenzy

Main Library

December 18 – 21

December 22

3 – 8 pm

3 – 6 pm

South Elgin Branch

December 19 3 – 6 pm

Get your study on! Refreshments will

be provided.

Holiday Flicks:

Elf (2003, PG)


December 27

2 – 4 pm

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

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Technology Classes & Programs

Classes are open to district

residents and held in the Main

Library Computer Training Room

unless otherwise noted.

Visit gailborden.info/learn for more information.

Computer Basics

Registration is required for each

class date unless otherwise noted.

Register online, by phone or in person

beginning three weeks prior to

scheduled class date.

11/14 Which Tablet is Right for Me? 11 am – 12:30 pm

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

11/15 Which Tablet is Right for Me? 7 – 8:30 pm

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

12/7 Windows 10: Basics 7 – 8:30 pm

12/14 Windows 10: Intermediate 7 – 8:30 pm

Software & Apps

12/5 Craigslist Basics 6 – 7:30 pm

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

12/12 eBay Basics 7 – 8:30 pm

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

12/19 Selling on eBay 7 – 8:30 pm

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Microsoft Tools

Microsoft Excel 2013

Mondays 11/6 – 12/11 7 – 8:30 pm

Wednesdays 11/8 – 12/13 10 – 11:30 am

Microsoft Word 2013

Tuesdays 11/7 – 12/5 7 – 8:30 pm

Device Advice

1:1 drop-in help with your mobile devices. No registration.

Main Library Studio 270

Thursdays 11/9, 12/14

9:30 – 11:30 am

Rakow Branch Computer Café

Thursdays 11/2, 11/16, 12/7, 12/21 9:30 – 11:30 am

South Elgin Branch

Thursday 12/28

10 – Noon

Quiet Lab

No registration.



9 am – 4:30 pm

Noon – 4:30 pm

We have Computer

Classes in Spanish.

Registration is required for each class date unless

otherwise noted. Activities for your little ones will be

available. Classes are open to the public.

Main Library Computer Training Room

1:30 – 2 pm

11/11, 11/21, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

Open Lab. Drop in to practice or get help.

2 – 3:30 pm

11/4 Buying Guide: Which Tablet or

Computer is Best for Me?

11/11 Microsoft Word 1

11/21 Microsoft Word 2

2 – 4 pm

12/2 The Internet to Get You Hired

12/9 Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets

12/16 Microsoft PowerPoint and Presentation

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

7 – 8:30 pm

11/16 Buying Guide: Which Tablet or

Computer is Best for Me?

12/7 Photos with Mobile Devices

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Saint John’s Bible

Celebrating Timeless Art

Main Library

Intermittently through January 3, 2018

In collaboration with Christ the Lord Lutheran

Church, Congregation Kneseth Israel, St. Mary's

Church and Zion Lutheran Church.

Commissioned by the monks of Saint

John’s Abbey, The Saint John’s Bible took

professional scribes and artists 11 years to

produce seven volumes. Replica volumes of

the Pentateuch, which contains the first five

books of the Old Testament, and the Gospels

and Acts, which includes the Gospels of

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, will be on

display intermittently.

These replicas are extremely detailed: the

paper is 100% cotton but has watermarks

to resemble the original velum, the leather

bindings are handstitched and both 24-karat

gold leaf and silver foils were added to the

art by hand.

For more information, go to


Interactive Reception

Main Library Lobby

Sunday, November 12 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Both volumes will be on display and trained

guides will help visitors engage with

these books, turn pages and explore the

illuminated art.

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 and how to get it at

home. Then see a demonstration of the

Oculus Rift.

One Smart Cookie –

Brain Health

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Meeting Room

Tuesday, November 7 6 – 6:45 pm

Nutrition and Kitchen Coach Joyce Lande

will share her best diet tips that will

motivate us to make mindful and tasty food

choices to promote brain health. R

The Great American Eclipse

Rakow Branch

Wednesday, November 8 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Teens and Adults. Michelle Nichols, Astroeducator

from the Adler Planetarium, will

discuss the Great American Eclipse with

images, video and more. R

Memory Wire

Bracelets and Rings

Rakow Branch

Saturday, November 11 1 – 3 pm

Ages 17 & up. Create exquisite jewelry with

memory wire. R

The Vanishing Woman

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Sunday, November 12 2 – 4 pm

Actress Jennifer Goran re-creates the daring

journey of Ellen Craft—the daughter of a

black slave who disguised herself as a

white man in order to escape to freedom. R

Partner: American Association of University Women Elgin

Area Branch.


Retirement Planning

Main Library Elgin Room

Tuesday, November 21 7 – 8:30 pm

Financial planner Keith Rauschenberger

will discuss the financial risks of retirement

and review steps for planning your

own retirement. R


South Elgin Branch Hoffer Meeting Room

11/4 10:30 am – Noon R

Main Library Conference Room*

11/6 6:30 – 8:30 pm

11/16 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room*

11/27 6 – 8 pm

Join a local author for a writing challenge

at this Come Write In event. *Featuring local

aspiring writer Margaret Keating.


Find a Golden Ticket

in your checked

out materials

starting November 6 and receive

½ off your fines (if the rest is paid

in full), a GBPL book bag or $3 off of

Gail’s Sales purchases.


Card-Making with Cricut®

and Cuttlebug®

Rakow Branch

Saturday, December 9 1 – 3 pm

Ages 17 & up. Learn how the Cricut® and

Cuttlebug® are used in card-making and

then create your own cards. R

Behind the Scenes at Marshall

Field's Holiday Traditions

Main Library Elgin Room

Monday, December 11 7 – 8:30 pm

Amy Meadows, former director of Windows

and Marketing Events for Marshall Field's

and Macy's, provides a sneak peek into

the design and execution of the famed

animated windows, Main Aisle decor and

the Great Tree. R

Cards, Candy Canes,

Candles and More!

Rakow Branch

Saturday, December 16 1 – 3 pm

Ages 17 & up. Make holiday crafts with

candles, candy canes, cards and more. R

Authors on the Fox:

Brett Weiss, Just Give Them

a Hug… and the Rest is Easy

Main Library Elgin Room

Tuesday, December 19 7 – 8:30 pm

Local author/educator Brett Weiss will

encourage readers to take their own

personal journies after sharing his moving

experience of visiting Kenya and deciding to

help children get an education through

a scholarship. R

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Sunday Afternoon

Concert Series

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

2 – 3 pm

Free tickets are available at the Main Library,

Rakow Branch and South Elgin Branch three

weeks prior to each concert. Meet the artists

and enjoy refreshments after each concert.

Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Listeners Club

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Wednesday, November 1 1 – 3 pm

This interactive lecture/discussion series

meets before the ESO's Classics Masterworks

performances to dive into the music that

will be performed that week. Led by Jim

Kendros. Please register at elginsymphony.org or call

847-888-0404 ext. 238 to reserve your seat.



Main Library Lobby


Join us for piano

performances by community

members. Check our online

calendar for times.


November 19

Under the direction of Dr. Steve Widenhofer,

OneVoice, the flagship vocal jazz ensemble

at Millikin University, is considered one of

the premier collegiate groups of its kind

in the country, traveling and performing in

numerous countries and winning awards.

Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Master Class with

Jennifer Frautschi, Violin

Saturday, November 4 10 am – Noon

World-class, two-time

GRAMMY® nominee and Avery

Fisher career grant recipient

Jennifer Frautschi will work

with local students

on technique and musicianship.

Music in the Stacks:

WWII Radio Hour

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Meeting Room

Saturday, November 4 2 – 3 pm

All ages. This piano-accompanied trio, Patti,

Maxine and Andrew, will reenact a 1940s

radio hour perfect with tunes, choreography

and more.

Music in the Stacks:

Random Ringers

Rakow Branch

Sunday, December 10 2 – 3 pm

The 13 members of The Random Ringers

Handbell Choir will perform renditions of

classic holiday carols new and old geared

towards all ages under the direction of

Beth McFarland.

Elgin Alive

Remarkable Women

of Elgin’s Past

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Tuesday, November 7 7 – 8:30 pm

This presentation will take a further look at

some of the women and women’s groups

that have shaped the city’s past. Presenter:

Jerry Turnquist, Elgin History Museum.

The Polar Express (2004, G)

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Tuesday, December 5 6:30 – 8:30 pm

All ages. Come in your pajamas! Based

on children’s author Chris Van Allsburg’s

modern holiday classic. Featuring: Books at

Sunset's Judi Brownfield as Mrs. Claus and Christina

Harshbarger as the Polar Express Conductor.

Films Screenings & Discussions

For more information and trailers, visit gailborden.info/films.


Main Library Elgin Room

Tuesday, November 7 6:30 pm

An in-depth look at the prison system

in the United States and its link to the

history of racial inequality. Featuring: Author and

Speaker Carl King.

The Economics of Happiness

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Monday, November 13 7 – 8:30 pm

This film shows how we can get more

connected in our daily lives to help avoid

loneliness and isolation.

Brown Bag Lunch Classic Films

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

2nd Mondays 11 am – 1 pm

Film screening only. Coffee will be served.

11/13 The Absent-Minded Professor (1961, G)

12/11 White Christmas (1954, NR)

Heroes on Deck: World War II

on Lake Michigan

with Executive Producer

Harvey Moshman

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Monday, November 20 7 – 8:30 pm

Multi-Emmy® Award-winning producer and

editor Harvey Moshman will be here to

discuss and take questions about the film,

which highlights a bold and innovative

response to the Japanese attack on Pearl

Harbor and the brave pilots behind it.

The Vietnam War Film Series

An epic documentary telling the story of

The Vietnam War as it has never before

been told on film. We will be showing only

the first four of ten parts.

11/8 “Déjà vu” 1858-1961

Main Library Grove Room 7 – 8:30 pm

11/16 “Riding the Tiger” 1961-1963

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room 5 – 6:30 pm

11/29 “The River Styx” 1964-1965

Main Library Grove Room 6:30 – 8:30 pm

12/12 “Resolve” 1966-1967

Main Library Elgin Room

6:30 – 8:30 pm

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Book Clubs and Discussion Groups

Great Books Discussion Group

Main Library Conference Room

Monday 6:55 pm

11/13 The Loudest Voice by Grace Paley

Partner: American Association of University Women Elgin

Area Branch.

Contemporary Fiction Book


Main Library Grove Room

Wednesdays 7 – 8:30 pm

11/15 His Bloody Project by

Graeme MacCrae Burnet

12/20 Sons And Daughters Of Ease

And Plenty by Ramona Ausubel

Rakow Readers

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Mondays 1:30 – 2:30 pm

11/27 Underground Railroad by

Colson Whitehead

12/18 Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Walking Book Club

The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin

Wednesdays 7 – 8:30 pm

A 45-minute walk followed by a 45-minute

book discussion.

For more information on Book Clubs, visit


Poetry Writers Workshop

Main Library Grove Room

Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm

November 6, December 4

This is a group for local poets to share what

they have written. Facilitated by Gareth Mann Sitz.

Writers on the Fox

Mondays 7 – 8:30 pm

11/27 Main Library Community Room B

12/18 Main Library Community Room C

This writer's peer group will inspire and

motivate you using prompts and exercises

for creative writing of all genres.

Hillbilly Elegy & The Legacy

Of Poverty: Special Public


Main Library Grove Room

Wednesday, November 8 7 – 8:30 pm

A lively, in-depth discussion of JD Vance’s

book and the poverty issue. Partners: Gail Borden

Librarian Tish Calhamer and Women on the Brink.

Illinois Speaks! Current Issues

Monthly Discussion Group

Main Library Grove Room

Tuesday, November 28 7 – 8:30 pm

Poor Choices Or Poor Policies?

Share your viewpoint, understand a different

perspective and engage in the art of fine

conversation on timely topics. Partner: The

Illinois Humanities Council.

Kane County Sheriff Series

Main Library Elgin Room

Tuesday, November 14 7 – 8:30 pm

Race Relations

Kane County Sheriff Donald E. Kramer and

a panel of community leaders will address

some of the most pressing social issues

affecting our county and community. R

Armchair Generals: A Civil

War and Lincoln Brown Bag

Lunch Interest Group

Main Library Grove Room

2nd Tuesdays 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

11/14 “The Kentucky Fall Campaign

of 1862” Fred Reczkowicz

12/12 Holiday Trivia Game

Commemorate events, share insights and

talk about books or experiences.

Listen, Learn and Lead

Toastmasters Club

Main Library Grove Room

2nd & 4th Thursdays Noon – 1 pm

Become the speaker and leader you want

to be.

Evening Chess Club

Main Library 2nd Floor

2nd & 4th Thursdays 5 – 7 pm

(No club 11/23.)

Ages 10 & up. Free-play chess sessions for

players of all skill levels. Some boards will be


Elgin 360 Photography Club

Main Library Elgin Room

2nd Thursdays 7 – 8:30 pm

11/9 Christmas Lighting

12/14 Gear and Holiday Cheer

Photo enthusiasts of all skill levels

are invited to learn, share, teach and


Veterans Information

Networking Session

New place and time!

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

3rd Thursdays 5 – 6:30 pm

11/16 Screening of The Vietnam War:

E2: “Riding the Tiger” 1961-1963 (pg 8)

12/21 VA Benefits Update

Presenter: Jake Zimmerman, Kane County VAC.

Elgin During the Vietnam War

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Wednesday, December 6 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Elgin historian Jerry Turnquist recalls Elgin

during the Vietnam War as told through the

newspapers of the time and images from

the Elgin History Museum. R

Foundation Corner


Thank you for supporting the 6th Annual

Gail Borden Public Library Foundation Book Sale!

Special thanks to our talented local

artists, Tom Berna for moving assistance,

School District U-46 for lending tables, the

sale volunteers and all of the enthusiastic

shoppers! All proceeds from the Annual

Book Sale and the ongoing Gail’s Sales are

used to enhance the library’s exhibits and

events, such as funding the most recent

Dinosaur Giants exhibit.

-Jo Ann Armenta and Carla Walther;

Book Sale Co-Chairs

A special thank you to Stephanie Doran and Taffy Hoffer for assisting with Foundation activities.

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Business, Career and Resume Assistance

Start and Grow Your Business

Main Library Elgin Room

Monday, November 6 7 – 8:30 pm

Discover resources to help you start

and grow your business.

Presenter: Small Business Association.

Financial Management

Main Library Meadows Community Room C

Thursday, November 16 6:30 – 8 pm

Learn how to build a stronger financial

future for your business. Partner: Elgin State Bank.

Languages and Citizenship

German Conversation Group

Main Library Elgin Room

Thursday, November 16 7 – 8:30 pm

The group is led by John Schwartz, who

has lived and traveled in Germany and

taught German and other languages.

French Conversation Group

Main Library Grove Room

3rd Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm

November 20, December 18

Refresh and enhance your knowledge

of French language and culture in a

conversational setting with former college

language professor Dennis Schwank.

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

New dates! 2nd & 4th Wednesdays

9:30 – 11 am

Training grants are available to help you get

a job! Learn about WIOA services and the

application process.

In partnership with the Kane County

Office of Community Reinvestment. For

more information, call 630-844-8768.


Conversation Group

Main Library

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursdays 11/2, 11/16, 12/7

Mondays 11/13, 11/27, 12/11

No meetings 12/21 and 12/25.

Practice for the naturalization/citizenship

test, by reviewing English for the interview

and the 100 questions from the history/

civics test. Presented by The Literacy Connection. ES

English Conversation Group

Main Library Conference Room

Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:30 pm

No meeting 12/16.

Gain confidence as you practice having

everyday conversations in English and

improve your pronunciation. Presented by The

Literacy Connection. ES

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: Illinois Department of Employment Security.

For more information, call 1-800-244-5631 or visit


Did You


The Main Library

has an LCD

Projector and

portable screen

available for

check out!

Contact the

Information Desk at 847-429-4680

to reserve equipment in advance

or for more information.

Go Bilingual

Conversation Group

Main Library Elgin Room

Wednesdays 6 – 7 pm

No meeting 11/23, 12/20 and 12/27.

Meetings resume 1/10.

Learners of all levels will learn a new

language together with a native speaker. ES

Spanish Café

Main Library Conference Room

1st and 3rd Monday Noon – 1 pm

Practice structured and spontaneous

conversations and vocabulary in Spanish at

an intermediate level. ES





Hello English, Hello Elgin

A new website in English and Spanish with information and resources for adults who are

learning English and organizations that serve learners in the Elgin area.

Visit www.helloenglish.org for:

• Information on free classes, tutoring and conversation groups.

• Recommended websites with grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening,

citizenship, reading and writing lessons and activities.

• News on class registration and a calendar of program dates. ES


ES = Descripción en español, ver página 11.

Programas en español



Biblioteca Principal

Salones de la Comunidad Meadows

Sábado 16 de diciembre 1 – 3 pm

Para todas las edades. Celebra con

manualidades, ponche, cuentos, una

piñata y canciones con el coro de la

Iglesia Católica San José.

Cuentos para la Familia

Biblioteca Principal Salón de Cuentos

Todos los miércoles a las 6:30 – 7 pm

No habrá programa 11/22.

30 minutos de cuentos, música, rimas, y más

para el disfrute de toda la familia.

Por Mi Familia

Talleres para ayudar a padres y guardianes a

navegar la vida familiar. En inglés y español.

11/16 Nutrición de Niños 10 – 11 am

Presentador: Two Rivers Head Start.

Café Latino: La Distancia

entre Nosotros

Biblioteca Principal Salón Grove

Lunes 27 de noviembre 6 – 7:30 pm

¡Explora Latinoamérica a través de libros,

nuevos amigos y un buen rato! En Esta

reunión hablaremos del libro La Distancia

entre Nosotros de la autora Reyna Grande.

En asociación con el Centro de Información.

Clases Gratis de


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.

Biblioteca Principal

Salón de entrenamiento de computación

1:30 – 2 pm

11/11, 11/21, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

Salones abiertos. Tiempo de

práctica con asistencia en español.

2 – 3:30 pm

11/4 Guía de Compras: computadoras

y tabletas

11/11 Microsoft Word 1

11/21 Microsoft Word 2

2 – 4 pm

12/2 El Internet para Conseguir Empleo

12/9 Microsoft Excel

12/16 Microsoft PowerPoint y


Salón Hoffer en la Sucursal South Elgin

7 – 8:30 pm

11/16 Guía de Compras: computadoras

y tabletas

12/7 Fotos con Aparatos Móviles:

¡Las mejores formas de

guardar, editar, y compartir!

¡Aparta la Fecha!

Celebración de los

Reyes Magos

Biblioteca Principal Vestíbulo

Sábado 6 de enero 2 – 5 pm

Ven a conocer a Gaspar, Melchor, y

Baltasar, tómate una foto con ellos.

¡Quédate para cuentos y manualidades!

En asociación con la Oganización de México en Elgin


Idiomas y


Hello English, Hello Elgin

Un nuevo sitio web en inglés y español

con información y recursos para adultos

que están aprendiendo inglés y las

organizaciones en Elgin que ayudan a los

estudiantes. Visite www.helloenglish.org

para encontrar:

• Información sobre clases gratuitas,

tutorías y grupos de conversación.

• Sitios web recomendados con

actividades para practicar gramática,

vocabulario, pronunciación, compresión

auditiva, ciudadanía, lectura y escritura.

• Noticias sobre cómo inscribirse para

clases y un calendario de eventos.

Grupo de Conversación

para la Ciudadanía

Biblioteca Prinicpal

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Jueves 11/2, 11/16, 12/7

Lunes 11/13, 11/27, 12/11

No habrá reunión el 12/21 y el 12/25.

Practica para el exámen de ciudadanía,

revisa y practica el inglés para la entrevista

y las 100 preguntas de historia y cívica.

Presentador: The Literacy Connection.

Grupo de Conversación

en Inglés

Biblioteca Prinicpal Salón de Conferencias

Martes 6:30 – 7:30 pm

No habrá reunión el 12/16.

Adquiere confianza teniendo conversaciones

de cada día en inglés y mejora tu

pronunciación. Presentador: The Literacy Connection.

Grupo de Futuros Bilingües

Biblioteca Principal Salón Elgin

Miercoles 6 – 7 pm

No habrá reunión el 11/23, 12/20, y 12/27.

Las reuniones resumen el 1/10.

Estudiantes de todos los niveles practicarán

con otras personas que hablan español e

inglés como primer idioma.

Grupo de Conversación

en Español

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.

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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 visitors agree to be

photographed/videographed during library

events/activities for future marketing purposes.

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:

• closing at 6 pm on Wednesday,

November 22 and closed Thursday,

November 23 for Thanksgiving

• closed Sunday, December 24 and

Monday, December 25

• closed Sunday, December 31 and

Monday, January 1 for the New Year

Thank you

Local businesses for offering incentives during

September's Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Rake-O Family Fall Festival: Lou Malnati's Pizza,

Culver's, Elgin Community Garden Network


Big Idea Live Tour

Thursday, November 16

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Do you have a big idea? Join us for this

fun-filled, interactive live performance

that will allow children to expand upon

their own natural desires to learn.

The WTTW Kids BIGIDEA "Lab Guy" will

bring an interactive travelling lab and

help visitors explore the recipe for a

BIGIDEA: wonder, watch and learn more.

Now available!

GoChip Beam Movie Tv/Hotspot

Watch movies and TV shows anywhere

offline on multiple WiFi-enabled devices

with the new GoChip Beam for kids and

adults. Each device is pre-loaded with a

full season of a TV show or 5 movies. Just

download the GoChip Player App, enter

the key on your device and get instant

entertainment. No connection to the

internet necessary.

GoChip Beams are available at the Main

Library and can be checked out for 7 days.

Save the Date!

Black History Family Festival

Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 1 pm

Main Library


Purchases at Gail’s Sales

Valid: Saturday, November 25

Small Business Saturday at

Gail Borden Public Library

Main Library - 270 N. Grove Ave.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 25

Shop Small by shopping at Elgin-area

small businesses. Use the coupon on the

left to receive half off your purchases at

Gail’s Sales at the Main Library.

Small Business Saturday is a

registered trademark of American

Express Corporation and is being

promoted locally by Gail Borden

Library, the Elgin Area Chamber

and the Downtown Neighborhood


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