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Gail Borden


2019 Newsletter

Public Library District

Look for the Community Scavenger

Hunt in the next newsletter!

Exhibition produced by the Elmhurst History Museum,

a department of The City of Elmhurst, Illinois.

Sox vs. Cubs:

The Chicago Civil Wars

Main Library

Tuesday, May 28 – Sunday, August 25

Slide into the national pastime and discover Major League

Baseball’s oldest city rivalry: the White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs.

This interactive exhibit will let you explore ballparks, the

history of this epic rivalry, the teams’ logos and uniforms,

and more. Also learn about the women's professional team

Rockford Peaches! Visit gailborden.info/soxcubs.

Pick a side!

Main Library Lobby • April 15 – 26

Monday – Friday • 3:30 – 4:30 pm

We'll take your photo to be included in

the grandstands behind home plate of

our giant photo backdrop! ES

Table of Contents

Gail Borden 1-12

City of Elgin A-D

City of Elgin pages are only

included in newsletters

delivered to Elgin residents.

Kids 2

Story Programs 3

Families 4

Bike Walk

Move Week 5

Teens 6

Technology 7

Adults 8-10

En Español 10-11






2019 Construction

Projects & FAQs C-D

Library News 12

Sum Rad • 2019


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Éntrale al juego, ¡LEE!


Summer Reading

Kick-off Party

Main Library

Friday, May 31 • 2 − 5:30 pm

Play games, meet sport mascots, make

crafts and sign up for the 2019 Summer

Reading Program. Those who sign up may

enter into a drawing for Great America

tickets, thanks to a generous donation by

KCT Credit Union.

Asian-Pacific Heritage Celebration

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Saturday, May 4 • 11 am − 2 pm

Explore Asian-Pacific American culture through

sounds, dance, desserts and art. Keynote

Speaker Sufia Azmat will present “Harnessing the Power of

Diversity to Grow Healthy Communities.” Then, continue the

celebration by visiting iFest across the street.

2019 Summer Reading Challenge

May 31 – August 3

Pick up a summer reading log at the Main Library,

South Elgin Branch, Rakow Branch, Bookmobile or

start logging at home with our online reading log:

gailborden.beanstack.com. Visit gailborden.info/read2019

for more summer reading details.

Birth to Grade 8

Read all summer and log your minutes to earn a book

and prizes! Start picking up prizes on July 1.

Prizes include: choice of a paperback book or a

mini-bundle of comic books (while supplies last), pass

for one free swim at Wing Park Pool or Lords Park Pool,

and coupons from local businesses.

Teens and Adults

Read and log your books to enter

the drawing for fabulous prizes!

Family Adventure Prize

Families that finish the summer reading program together

will earn a chance to enter a drawing for a fabulous

sports-themed adventure. Watch for more details to come!


Gail's Sales

children's books

half-off during

Summer Reading!

See page 5.

ES =Descripción en español, ver página 10 y 11.

The Gail Borden Public Library District Newsletter | Published Bi-Monthly ISSUE NO. 2019-03 | May 1, 2019


Homework Heroes

South Elgin Branch

Mondays and Wednesdays

3:30 – 5:30 pm (Through 5/22.)

Grades K-8. Drop-in for one-on-one

homework help.

Creativity Lab

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Thursdays • 4 – 5 pm

Grades 1-5. Art, tinkering activities and

games will be available for creative play.

5/2 Kitchen Chemistry

5/9 Mother's Day Gift and Card

5/16 May Day Baskets

5/23 Mary Pope Osborne's

Magic Tree House Fun

5/30 Making Kindness Rocks

Read It! Paint It!

Rakow Branch Corridor West

Grades 4-6

Tuesday • 4:30 – 5:30 pm

5/7 A Series of Unfortunate Events

by Lemony Snicket R

Grades 1-3

Saturday • 10 – 11 am

5/11 Babymouse by Jennifer Holm R

South Elgin Sentinels

Chess Club

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Tuesdays in May • 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Thursdays in June • 4:30 – 5:30 pm

All skill levels welcome.

Preschool Music Party

with Lenny Zieben

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Tuesday, May 14 • 10 − 10:45 am

Preschoolers. This concert

features cutting-edge electronics,

ukulele and percussion to

create an engaging and

dynamic environment.

Who Was…? Series

Grades 4-6. Bring history to life! Create

portraits of inspiring and impactful icons.

Rakow Branch

Tuesday • 4:30 – 5:30 pm

5/14 Cesar Chavez & Sonia Sotomayor R

Mini Masters Preschool

Art Class

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Thursday, May 16

4:30 – 5:15 pm, 5:30 – 6:15 pm

Explore art, creativity and self-expression.

Presenter: Sandy Misner, Young at Art. R

Sign Language Club

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Thursday, May 23 • 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Grades 3-5. Learn American Sign

Language and increase awareness,

knowledge and respect of Deaf culture.

Presenter: Mrs. Deborah Potts. R

Messy Play

Main Library* and Rakow Branch Patios

Fridays in June • 9:30 − 10:30 am

Preschoolers. Cultivate new sensory

experiences each week with messy fun.

*Drop-in patio play may be available other weekdays.

Call 847-429-4685 for more information.

Summer Kids Explore

Grades 1-5. Celebrate summer and

explore a new topic each week with a

"splash" of literature!

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Tuesdays • 11 am − Noon

6/4 Making Ice Cream

6/11 Father's Day Gift & Card

6/18 For the Love of Baseball

6/25 Celebrating Eric Carle's Birthday

Rakow Branch

Wednesdays • 10:30 − 11:30 am

6/5 Making Ice Cream

6/12 Father's Day Gift & Card

6/19 For the Love of Baseball

6/26 Celebrating Eric Carle's Birthday

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms


6/20 Pioneer Kids R

2 − 3 pm Rooms AB

6/27 Make Your Own Comic R

5 − 6 pm Room C

Writing Club

Grades 3-8. Enhance your writing with

new topics each week.

Main Library Computer Training Room

Wednesdays • 5 − 6 pm

6/5 World Builders R

6/12 Sassy Narrators R

6/19 Happy Tails R

6/26 Time Travelers R

Drop-In Collage Creations

Main Library Creation Station

Thursday, June 6 • 5 − 6 pm

Grades K-5. Create collage art with scrap

papers, magazine pictures and glue.

Read to Rover

Grades K-5. Kids will practice their reading

skills by cuddling up with a good book

and reading aloud to a fully-trained and

certified therapy dog. R

South Elgin Branch

Sundays, 5/19, 6/16

Register for one 15-minute time slot from 1 − 2:15 pm.

Main Library Story Room South

Saturdays, 6/8, 6/22

Register for one 30 minute time slot from 2 − 3 pm.

Preschool Dance Party

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Mondays, June 10, 24 • 11 − 11:30 am

Recommended ages 2-6. This dance

party includes music, movement and

interactive fun.

Yoga for Kids

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Wednesday, June 12

1:30 − 2:30 pm, 3 − 4 pm

Grades 1-5. Learn basic poses and

experience the empowering, calming

effects of yoga. R

Sew Much Fun

Main Library Meadows Community Room C

Monday, June 17 • 5 − 6 pm

Learn how to hand-sew simple projects. R


R=Registration required • Three ways to register: Online at gailborden.info/register • Call 847-429-4597 • In person


Grades 1-5. Explore the wonders of the

universe in a fun, hands-on way. R

Wednesdays • 4:30 − 5:30 pm

Rakow Branch

5/8 Biomimicry

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

5/15 Biomimicry

Family Tech Play

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Wednesday, June 5 • 2 − 3:30 pm

Play and create with robots, tech

and more.

Science • Technology • Engineering • Arts • Math

{ = Classes with this symbol are sponsored

by Comcast Internet Essentials. See page 7.

3D Design • Main Library Computer Training Room

Please have an email address or a Tinkercad.com login set up before the program.

Mom & Me 3D Design {• Monday, 5/6 • 6 − 7:30 pm • Ages 8+

Spend quality time working together on a special 3D-printed project for

Mother’s Day. Creations will be printed for later pickup. R

3D Design Freestyle { • Saturday, 6/1 • 2 − 3 pm • Grades 4-8

Design something new or tweak an old design for later pickup. Participants must

have previously completed Intro, Intermediate and Advanced Design 3D Design classes. R

Dad & Me 3D Design {• Tuesday 6/4 • 6 − 7:30 pm • Ages 8+

Create a special Father's Day gift together using the 3D printer. Creations will be

printed for later pickup. R

Intro to 3D Design {• Friday, 6/7 • 1:30 − 3 pm • Grades 3-8

Learn how to make your own 3D designs. R

Family Style STEAM

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB

Mondays, June 10, 24 • 5 − 6 pm

Get hands-on with STEAM together.

Coding Club Series {

Main Library Computer Training Room

Tuesdays • June 11 − 25

9:30 − 11 am, 11:30 am − 1 pm

Learn the basic concepts behind

computer programming by learning

BBC Micro:Bit. Each date will involve a

different challenge. R

Dance Storytime Series

Explore ballet, jazz, hip hop and lyrical

dance with stories and games. R

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Saturdays • 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1

Ages 2-4 10:30 − 11:20 am

Ages 5-7 11:30 am − 12:20 pm

Storytime with a

Basketball Player

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB

Thursday, June 13 • 2 − 2:45 pm

Ages 3-8. Hear stories, make a craft

and ask your questions about dribbling,

defense and dunking. Presenter: Rick Williams,

Head Coach of Elgin Academy’s Boys JV

basketball team. R

Story Programs

Summer Session

June 3 - July 26

Join us for age-specific story programs as a way to boost language skills and reading

readiness. Adults will participate with little ones in a variety of activities such as fingerplays,

singing, clapping and more.

Birth -

6 months

2 years -


3-6 years

Intermediate 3D Design {• Saturday, 6/15 • 1:30 − 3 pm • Grades 3-8

Learn how to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) to create 3D Designs. You must

have completed Intro to 3D Design before attending this class. R

Advanced 3D Design {• Friday, 6/21 • 1:30 − 3 pm • Grades 4-8

Take your 3D design and printing skills to the next level with our next challenge.

You must have completed Intro and Intermediate 3D Design in order to attend this class. R

Welcome Baby R

Rakow Branch 5/4 1 − 1:30 pm

Main Library 5/17 1 − 3 pm

South Elgin Branch 6/1 1 − 2 pm

Tiny Tales

South Elgin Branch

Main Library

Mondays 6 pm

6/5, 6/12, 6/26 10 am

Preschool Puppets & More! R

Main Library Mondays 7 pm

6/4, 6/11, 6/13, 6/18, 6/20, 6/25, 6/27 10 am

Little STEAMers

Main Library Mondays 6/3, 6/17 11 am

Grand Slam Storytime

South Elgin Branch Tuesdays 11 am

Rakow Branch Wednesdays 10:30 am

Books and Badges

South Elgin Branch Mondays, 5/20, 6/3 11:15 am

A partnership with the Village of South Elgin Police Department's Operation Book'Em.

Storytime with a

Softball Player

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB

Thursday, June 27 • 2 − 2:45 pm

Ages 3-8. Hear stories, make crafts

and hear from softball player Amber

Godinsky about pitching, catching and

grand slams. R

Panera Milk &

Cookie Storytime

369 Randall Rd., South Elgin, 60177

Tuesdays, June 4, 18 • 9:30 – 10:30 am

Preschoolers. R

Stories Under the Hickory Tree

Lords Park Zoo • 325 Hiawatha Dr., Elgin, 60120

Thursday, June 13 • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver.




Family Art: Open Studio

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Friday, May 3 • 11 am − Noon, 2 − 3 pm

Let your artistic creativity soar and see

what you can make together. Supplies

provided. Dress for mess.

Cinco de Mayo

Family Celebration

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Sunday, May 5 • 2 − 4 pm

Have fun celebrating Mexican traditions

of piñatas, tacos and great stories at this

bilingual program. ES

Garden Party

Rakow Branch Gardens

Saturday, May 11 • 1 − 2 pm

Enjoy a storytime and plant in our garden.

Then take home a plant for your mom or

loved one. R

Bilingual Family Yoga

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Wednesday, May 15 • 7 − 8 pm

Practice Downward-Facing Dog,

Tree Pose and other great yoga poses

for all experience levels. Wear comfortable

clothing and bring a mat or towel. Presenter:

Vida Yoga & Fitness. ES

Life Cycle of the Black

Swallowtail Butterfly

Rakow Branch

Month of June

Observe the different stages of this

butterfly as it grows all month long.

Shine A Light:

Eid Family Festival

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Saturday, June 8 • 2 − 4 pm

Join us for interactive stories, crafts,

music, henna, treats and cultural sharing

as we learn about and celebrate Eid,

marking the end of Ramadan in the

Muslim calendar. Sponsors: Hot Masala & Pit BBQ.

School’s Out: Can You DIG It?

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Sunday, June 9 • 2 − 4 pm

Join us to get your summer reading

program off to a great start and dig into

some archaeological fun!

Go Bilingual Family Craft:

Indigenous Art

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms BC

Thursday, June 13 • 6 − 7:30 pm

Make a decorative dot art piece while

exploring Latino cultural traditions. ES

Repair Cafe

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms BC

Saturday, June 22 • 1 − 4 pm

What do you do with a broken toaster or a

bike with no brakes? Bring your damaged

items and learn how to repair them.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Wednesday, June 26 • 1:30 − 3 pm

Celebrate the 50 th anniversary of

The Very Hungry Caterpillar with art,

activities and games.


Enjoy a movie in a family-friendly,

casual setting. Chatting and snacks from

home are welcome.

No-Shushing Movie Fridays

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Fridays • 10:30 am

5/3 Around the World in 80 Days (2004, PG)

5/10 National Treasure (2004, PG)

5/17 The Princess and the Frog (2009, G)

5/31 My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, PG)

6/7 Field of Dreams (1989, PG)

6/14 Angels in the Outfield (1994, PG)

6/21 We Bought a Zoo (2011, PG)

6/28 Disneynature Earth (2007, G)

Drive-In Movie!

South Elgin Branch

Friday, May 24 • 10:30 am − 12:30 pm

Decorate a cardboard car, pull up and

watch the movie Cars 3. Snacks will be

provided. Bring a stuffed animal to snuggle with. R

Family Picnics

Spanish Family Picnic - Canta y

Baila with Alina Celeste

Wednesday, June 5 ES

YMCA STEPS Dance Academy

Family Picnic

Rakow Branch Outside Lawn

Monday, June 10 • 6:30 − 7:30 pm

STEPS Academy will perform a variety of

dances. Bring a picnic dinner and lawn

chairs or a blanket. Dessert provided.

Dancing for all to follow.

June Family Picnic -

Magic Show by Gary Kantor

Main Library Outdoor Stage

Tuesday, June 11

Noon Picnic Lunch

1 − 2 pm Performance

Witness an entertaining magic show filled

with vanishing acts, mind-reading and a

variety of hilarious tricks.

= In case of inclement weather,

tickets will be handed out on a

first-come, first-served basis at noon

at the Youth Services Help Desk.

Magic Workshop

with Gary Kantor

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB

Tuesday, June 11 • 2 − 3 pm

Kindergarten-age 5. Learn card tricks,

vanishing effects and more. Each child will

receive a magic kit to take home. R

Informational Topics

Youth: Drinking and Drugs:

A Town Hall Meeting

Main Library

Elgin Room English Presentation

Grove Room Spanish Presentation

Wednesday, June 5 • 6 − 8 pm

Join in on a conversation focused

on preventing underage drinking

and substance misuse, specifically

prescription medication. Presenters:

The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Elgin and

affiliated organizations. ES


ES =Descripción en español, ver página 10 y 11.

R=Registration required • Three ways to register: Online at gailborden.info/register • Call 847-429-4597 • In person




Baby Drop-in Sensory Play

Birth - 2 years. Explore fun with textures,

sights, sounds and smells. Dress for mess.

Main Library Story Room

5/6 6 − 7:30 pm

5/7 9:30 − 11 am

5/8 9:30 − 11 am

Babywearing Disco

Dance Party

“Babywear” your little one to this disco

dance party featuring bubbles, pom-poms

and colored scarves. Siblings welcome.

South Elgin Branch

Tuesday, May 7 • 10:15 − 11 am

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Thursday, May 9 • 10 − 10:45 am

New Baby or Baby Bump


Main Library River Room

Tuesday, May 7

6 − 6:30 pm or 6:30 − 7 pm

For new or expecting moms with

babies up to 6 months old. Celebrate

the excitement of your pregnancy

or the arrival of your little one with a

complimentary photo opportunity! Photos

will be uploaded onto the Library's Flickr account for

viewing downloading. R

Parent + Baby Yoga

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Wednesday, May 8 • 10 − 10:45 am

For babies 3 weeks old to almost crawling.

Learn calming poses to soothe your little

one and techniques to help aid digestion

and promote healthy sleeping habits. R

Parent Boot Camp

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Wednesday, May 8 • 7 − 8 pm

Participate in a fun obstacle course

to learn what to expect when baby

comes home. R

Baby Safety 101

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Thursday, May 9 • 6:30 − 8 pm

Learn a variety of safety tips and

techniques from Infant CPR to car seat

safety to “babyproofing” your home. R

Empowering Your Birth:

Options for a Safe and

Satisfying Childbirth

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Friday, May 10 • 9:30 − 10:30 am

Experienced birth doula Kate Taylor, MA,

Mt-BC, of Creative Childbirth Concepts,

will share her expertise on using creative

arts in birth preparation and music during

labor and delivery. R

Baby Keepsake

Capture your baby’s foot or handprint in

clay, then bring it home to bake into an

ornament or keepsake.

Main Library Story Room South

Friday, May 10 • 10 − 11:30 am

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room R

Friday, May 10 • 1 − 1:30 pm

Creative Music for Children

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Friday, May 10 • 10:30 − 11:30 am

Birth - young children. Parents will learn

musical ways to bond with their children.

Presenter: Music Therapist Kate Taylor.


Main Library

Saturday, May 11 • 10 am − 1 pm

"Stroller in" to explore the latest

baby information, featuring health

and wellness resources, community

services and early childhood literacy

information. Specialty vendors will be

sharing their unique items.

Bike, Walk, Move Week

June 16-22


All ages. Stop by the Rakow Branch all

week long to learn about and pedal

the Bike Machine from Working Bikes,

Chicago, which can be used to harness

electricity to power water pumps, lights

and more.

There will also be bike-related crafts,

opportunities to walk or ride your bike

around the beautiful prairie area, see

wildlife, play games and more.

Yoga with Danae

South Elgin Branch

Tuesday, June 18 • 6 − 6:45 pm

Relax and stretch on your mat or in

a chair.

Bike, Walk, Stop and Read

Rakow Branch

Tuesday, June 18 • 6:30 pm

Ride, walk or drive to the Library. Then

sit outside and listen to stories about

bikes and outdoor activities. Lemonade will

be provided.


Rakow Branch Parking Lot

Wednesday, June 19 • 6:30 − 7:30 pm

Learn about BMX racing, talk with men

and women racers from The Hill BMX,

check out bikes and safety gear, watch

riders show off their skills and more.

Get in the Orange Zone R

Orangetheory Fitness

454 Redington Dr., South Elgin, 60177

Thursday, June 20 • 3 pm

Bike to the Library Day

Rakow Branch & South Elgin Branch

Saturday, June 22 • All Day

Ride your bike to either Branch and

get a prize.

Bike Drive

Rakow Branch Parking Lot

Saturday, June 22 • 9:30 am − Noon

Give your old bikes new life by donating

them for communities in need.








Youth & Teens

Grades 6-8

Pokémon Escape Room

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Tuesday, June 4

1 − 2 pm, 2:15 − 3:15 pm

Team Rocket has kidnapped your favorite

Pokémon! Find clues, solve puzzles and

rescue your friends before time

runs out. R

Duct Tape + Paper Toys + You

Main Library Meadows Community Room C

Thursdays • 2 − 3 pm

6/13, 6/20, 6/27

Construct an awesome duct tape or

paper craft. Supplies provided.

Fortnite Fan Party

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Tuesday, June 18 • 2 − 3:30 pm

Enjoy IRL (In Real Life) Fortnite crafts,

activities and a dance challenge for fans.

Sewing Cute Animals

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Tuesday, June 25 • 2 − 3 pm

Make your own stuffed animal using felt,

needle and thread. Supplies provided. R


Main Library

Make a difference this summer!

Stop by the Youth Center Reference Desk to learn

about and register for our Volunteen program.

Grades 6-12

Foundation Corner

Thanks to all the book lovers in our community who made our first

Pop-Up Sale a great success! Janet Pritza came forward with the idea of a

Pop-Up Sale and chaired the event. She was ably assisted by Jean Lamantia,

Sharon Lavalie and Candy Renard as well as her wonderful husband, Max!

The library staff also pitched in to make this sale a success. This Pop-Up Sale

is a perfect example of volunteers, staff and customers working together

to raise money for our library exhibits like Take Flight and programs like the

Youth Summer Reading Program.


Karen Schock, Gail's Sales Chair

Manga and Anime Club

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB

Saturday, June 29 • 2 − 3:30 pm

Calling all fans of Attack on Titan, My Hero

Academia, Sailor Moon, and more! Watch

anime, share fan art, and enjoy Japanese

snacks while socializing with other otaku.

Game Design Club

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Mondays • 6:30 − 7:30 pm

5/6, 5/20, 6/3, 6/24

Stop by to learn about designing board

games or computer games.

Teen Time

Teens can come hang out and learn

something new.

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Wednesdays • 2 − 4 pm

6/19 Book Binding

6/26 Writing with Teens

Teen Writing and Art


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.


Main Library

270 N Grove Ave.

Elgin, IL 60120




Thank you to the Kiwanis

Club of Elgin, the Gail

Borden Public Library

Foundation, EFS and

more for making the

Bookmobile happen.




Grades 9-12

Summer Hours start 5/30

Mon-Thu Noon – 9 pm

Fri-Sat Noon – 6 pm

Sun Noon – 5 pm

Events take place at the Main Library in

Studio 270 unless otherwise noted.

5/7 4 − 6 pm Elgin Teen Life:

Video and Audio Editing

6/4 6:30 − 8 pm Open Mic Night

6/11 12 − 1 pm Writers Camp: Songwriting

6/25 12 − 1 pm Writers Camp: Short Stories

Finals Feeding Frenzy

5/13 - 5/16 • 3 − 9 pm

Drop by Studio 270 to enjoy some snacks

and study for finals.

Media Arts: Audio Camp

5/17 − 5/21 • Noon − 2 pm

Learn the basics of audio recording

and editing. R

Paint Along: Still Life

Tuesday, June 18 • 3 − 5 pm

Explore your inner artist by participating

in a group painting or by creating your

own work of art. R

Sewing Camp

6/24 − 6/28 • 2 − 4 pm

Learn how to operate a sewing machine,

sew by hand and much more. R

Be a Summer Reading


Help families finish Summer Reading

at the Main Library, Rakow Branch and

South Elgin Branch. Students entering

grade 9 to adults can volunteer.

Applications will be available May 15 in person

at any Library location, by emailing

bmoffett@gailborden.info or via the

Library’s website. Call 847-695-7577 for details.


To see where the bookmobile stops,

visit gailborden.info/bookmobile.


R=Registration required • Three ways to register: Online at gailborden.info/register • Call 847-429-4597 • In person


Classes are held in the Main Library Computer Training Room unless otherwise noted.

R Register online, by phone or in person beginning April 15 for all May/June classes.

Registering for the first class in a designated series automatically enrolls you in all required

sessions. All other classes require separate registration.

Visit gailborden.info/learn for more information.


Microsoft Access Series R {

Wednesdays • 7 − 8:30 pm

5/1 Basics

5/8 Tables

5/15 Queries

5/22 Forms & Reports

Microsoft Excel {

Mondays • 7 − 8:30 pm

5/13 Basics R

5/20 Charts & Graphs R

6/3 Formulas & Functions R

6/10 Tables R

6/17 Advanced Topics R

Microsoft Publisher {

Tuesdays • 7 − 8:30 pm

5/21 Basics R

5/28 Enhancing Your Docs R

Microsoft Word {

Wednesdays • 7 − 8:30 pm

5/29 Basics R

6/5 Formatting Docs R

6/12 Editing Tools R

6/19 Tables & Graphics R

Microsoft PowerPoint {

Tuesdays • 7 − 8:30 pm

6/18 Basics R

6/25 Special Effects R

Device Advice

Bring your questions and your tablet,

smartphone or device for some 1:1 help.

Rakow Branch Computer Cafe

5/2, 5/16, 6/6, 6/20 • 9:30 − 11:30 am

Main Library 2 nd Floor

5/9, 6/13 • 9:30 − 11:30 am

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

5/23, 6/27 • 10 am − Noon

Computer Classes in Spanish

Ver página 11. ES

QuickBooks Series R {

Thursdays • 7 − 8:30 pm (No class 5/16.)

5/2 Basics

5/9 Working with Items

5/23 All About Customers

5/30 All About Vendors

6/6 Wrap Up & Reports


Advanced Topics R

Thursday, June 13 • 7 − 8:30 pm

3D Design Series R {

Wednesdays • 11 am − 12:30 pm

5/8 Basics

5/15 Intermediate

5/22 Advanced

WordPress Series R {

Saturdays • 10 − 11:30 am

5/4 Creating Your Website

5/11 Designing Your Website

5/18 Adding Function to Your Website

Elgin Township Technology

Group Discussion

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Tuesdays • 7 − 8:30 pm

5/28 Learn how to download, use and

organize apps on your iPhone and iPad.

6/25 Learn tips and tricks that will help you

navigate through Windows 10 easier.

Build Your First Web Page

Series R {

Saturdays • 10 − 11:30 am

6/8 HTML Basics

6/15 CSS Basics

6/22 CSS Intermediate

Computer Maintenance

Basics R {

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Thursday, June 20 • 11 am − 12:30 pm

Learn simple tips to improve your

computer's performance and stability.


Google Gmail {

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room R

Tuesday, May 7 • 6 − 7:30 pm

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room R

Thursday, May 9 • 11 am − 12:30 pm

Google Calendar {

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room R

Tuesday, May 14 • 6 − 7:30 pm

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room R

Thursday, May 16 • 11 am − 12:30 pm

Google Drive {

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room R

Tuesday, June 4 • 6 − 7:30 pm

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room R

Thursday, June 6 • 11 am − 12:30 pm

Google Photos {

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room R

Tuesday, June 11 • 6 − 7:30 pm

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room R

Thursday, June 13 • 11 am − 12:30 pm

Cut the Cable Cord

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Monday, June 24 • 7 − 8:30 pm

Tired of paying for streaming

subscriptions like Netflix and Hulu?

Discover new options for streaming such

as Roku sticks, Kanopy and more.

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Instant Pot 101

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Thursday, May 2 • 1 − 2:30 pm

Learn the basics for using an Instant Pot

along with cooking tips and recipe ideas.

Presenter: Andrea Pracht, My Kitchen Clatter. R

Ornamental Concrete Block

in Residential Architecture

Main Library Elgin Room

Monday, May 6 • 7 − 8 pm

Explore the numerous Elgin buildings and

homes that incorporate this decorative

style. Presenter: Rebecca Hunter R

Global Neighbors: Germany

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Tuesday, May 21 • 6:30 − 8 pm

Enjoy a cultural dance performance by

Edelweiss Chicago, samples of German

treats from Herb's Bakery and experience

Germany’s history and its connection to

Elgin. Presenter: Sabine Woerner. R

Elgin During D-Day

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Thursday, May 30 • 7 − 8:30 pm

The impact of WWII and D-Day on Elgin

citizens will be re-told through newspaper

clippings and photos. Presenter: Jerry Turnquist,

Elgin History Museum. R

Grace Kelly

Rakow Branch

Wednesday, June 5 • 6:30 − 7:30 pm

Award-winning actress Leslie Goddard

will portray Grace Kelly, a woman who

transformed from a Hollywood star to a

real-life princess. R

Selecting Trees and Shrubs

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Wednesday, June 19 • 6:30 − 7:30 pm

Learn how to select the proper trees

and shrubs to provide year-long beauty.

Presenter: Bonnie Prokop, University of Illinois

Extension Master Gardener. R

Writer’s Corner

Main Library

Poetry Writers Workshop

5/6, 6/3 • 6:30 − 8:30 pm • Grove Room

Writers Critique Group

5/20, 6/17 • 7 − 8:30 pm • Conference Room

Writers on the Fox

6/24 • 7 − 8:30 pm • Elgin Room

Solarize Chicagoland

Main Library Elgin Room

Saturday, June 8 • 11 am − 1 pm

Hear about Solarize Chicagoland—a

grassroots program to make solar

power more accessible and affordable

throughout nearby communities.

Sponsors: Citizen Utility Board & Midwest Renewable

Energy Association.


Mother's Day Card

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Saturday, May 4 • 1 − 3 pm

Supplies provided. R

Sewing with Chris

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Wednesdays • 10:30 am − 12:30 pm

5/8 Table Runner R

5/15 Reversible Purse R

5/22 & 5/29 Dog-walking Bag R


Rakow Branch

Saturday, May 18 • 1 − 3 pm

Create a unique Japanese-inspired

braided bracelet. R

Crochet Club

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Tuesdays, 5/21, 6/18 • 6:30 − 8 pm

Get hooked on crocheting! Bring a

project to work on. All skill levels welcome.

Unique Earrings

Rakow Branch Corridor West

Saturday, June 8 • 1 − 3 pm

Make earrings with classy beads and

wire. Supplies provided. R

Bracelets Galore -

Wire Bracelets

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room

Saturday, June 15 • 1 − 3 pm

Supplies provided. R

DIY Ink Coasters R

Rakow Branch Shales Living Room

Saturday, June 22 • 1 − 2 pm, 3 − 4 pm

Mah Jongg for Beginners Series

Rakow Branch

Tuesdays in May • 1 − 3 pm

Learn how to play this Rummy-like game

in a small group setting. R

Elgin Area Tabletop Group's

Game Day

All skill levels and ages.

Main Library

Saturdays • 1:30 − 5:30 pm

5/18 Grove Room

6/15 Meadows Community Room C


Genealogy Writers Group

Main Library Conference Room

Thursdays, 5/9, 6/13 • 6:30 − 8 pm

Learn from others with a similar interest

in writing their family histories.

Elgin Genealogical Society

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB

5/7 9:30 − 11:30 am Creating Books

from Genealogical Research

5/16 7 − 8:30 pm Canadian Family

History Research

6/4 9:30 − 11:30 am Great Websites

You Don't Know About

6/20 7 − 8:30 pm

How to Choose the Right

Genealogical Software

Demystifying the Estate Process

Main Library Elgin Room

Monday, May 20 • 7 − 8:30 pm

Learn the questions to ask and the

important issues to consider in the estate

planning process including wills, trusts,

health care decision making, insurance

and financial planning. Co-presenters: Jeff

Miller and Gretchen Spreitzer. R

Automotive Tips for Drivers

South Elgin Branch Parking Lot

Wednesday, June 26 • 5:30 − 7 pm

Learn basic skills such as how to change

a tire, how to check your oil and more.

Presenters: The Hjelm sisters from Wicked Wrench. R


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Book Discussion: Polarized

Main Library Elgin Room

Tuesday, May 7 • 7 − 8:30 pm

Hear authors Paris Donehoo,

Pastor Emeritus of First

Congregational Church in Elgin,

and Keith Parsons, Professor

of Philosophy at the University

of Houston – Clear Lake,

discuss their differing views on life and

the importance of honesty, civility and

community engagement at a time of

polarized politics. R

Discussion Groups

Elgin 360 Photography Club

Main Library Elgin Room

Thursdays • 7 − 8:30 pm

5/9 Flower Photography

6/13 Fireworks

Armchair Generals

Main Library Grove Room

Tuesdays • 11:45 am − 1:15 pm

5/14 "Spies of the Civil War" Presenter:

Bill Kolasinski. (Rescheduled from February.)

6/11 "'For Gud og Vort Land!': The

Scandinavian Regiment"

Presenter: Jerry Allen.

Government 101

Main Library Elgin Room

Thursday, May 23 • 7 − 8:30 pm

Find out how different elected offices

function and what they can do for you.

Led by Elgin Township Supervisor Franklin Ramirez.

Kane County Sheriff Series

Main Library Elgin Room

Tuesday, May 14 • 7 − 7:30 pm

Protect yourself and your children

against cyber-crimes on smart devices.

Partners: Kane County Sheriff's Office and

Elgin Police Department.

LGBTQ: Legal Rights

Information Session

Main Library Elgin Room

Saturday, May 11 • 11 am − 1 pm

The Hispanic Lawyers Association of

Illinois will be covering LGBT and family

law, sexual harassment at the workplace,

immigration issues, Know Your Rights, HIV

criminalization laws, domestic violence

and the law on the LGBTQ community.

Presented in English and in Spanish with Open Door

Clinic. To Register: text 847-508-9358 or email

Marcosb@odcil.org. ES

Book Clubs

Walking Book Club • The Edward Schock Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin

Wednesdays May The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

7 – 8:30 pm June Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

Great Books Discussion Group • Main Library Conference Room

For more information, call Jeanne Hebeisen at 847-741-6264. Co-sponsor: AAUW Elgin Area Branch.

Mondays 5/13 Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Discussion of the play)

7 – 8:30 pm 6/10 The River Between by Ngũgĩ Thiong'o

Contemporary Fiction Book Group • Main Library Grove Room

Wednesdays 5/15 Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

7 – 8:30 pm 6/12 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Rakow Readers • Rakow Branch

Mondays 5/20 Educated by Tara Westover

1:30 – 2:30 pm 6/24 American Hippo by Sarah Gailey

Rogue Reads from the Outer Edge • Rakow Branch

Tuesdays 5/28 Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

6:30 – 7:30 pm 6/25 Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James


The Hate U Give

Film Screening and Discussion

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Sunday, May 5 • 1 − 4:30 pm

Watch the 2018 film The Hate U Give,

based on the novel by Angie Thomas,

followed by a panel discussion moderated

by Reggie Kee.

Brown Bag Lunch

Classic Films

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

11 am

5/13 The Killers (1964, NR)

6/14 To Sir, With Love (1967, NR)

Reel Women for Real Women

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB

Tuesdays • 6 pm

5/28 The Wife (2017, R)

6/25 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018, R)

Elgin Alive: Where Have All

the Cows Gone?

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB

Tuesday, May 14 • 6:30 − 8:45 pm

Dairies to Prairies connects new

homeowners to the history of this land

while remembering Elgin’s remarkable

dairy heritage. Dairies to Prairies is a new

documentary and traveling exhibit project from the

Elgin History Museum. R



Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Listeners Club

Main Library Elgin Room

Wednesday, May 1 • 1 − 3 pm

This interactive lecture/discussion before

the ESO's Classics Masterworks series

will broaden your understanding of the

music to be performed that week. Led by Jim

Kendros. Please register at elginsymphony.org or call

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

Elgin Children's Chorus

Rakow Branch

Sunday, May 5 • 2 − 3 pm

The Elgin Master Chorale Children’s

Chorus will be taking the stage to

celebrate the 2018-2019 season through

music and performance and give a sneak

peek at the upcoming season.

ESO Percussion Masterclass

with Bobby Everson

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms

Saturday, May 18 • 2 − 4 pm

Observe this

masterclass with local

percussion students

as Mr. Everson gives

a mini lesson on

the timpani.

ES =Descripción en español, ver página 10.



Language & Citizenship

French Conversation Group

Main Library Grove Room

Mondays • 5/20, 6/17 6:30 – 8:30 pm Instructors: Michele Machowicz & PJ Brosmith.

German Conversation Group

Main Library Grove Room

Wednesdays • 5/22, 6/26 7 – 8:30 pm Instructor: John Schwartz.

English Conversation Group ES

Main Library Conference Room

Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:30 pm Presenter: The Literacy Connection.

Go Bilingual Conversation Group ES

Main Library Elgin Room

Wednesdays in May 6 – 7 pm All learning levels. Presenter: Betty Martinez

Spanish Café ES

Main Library Conference Room

Mondays Noon – 1 pm Intermediate level. Led by Pita Betancourt.

5/6, 5/12, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17

Citizenship Conversation Group ES

Main Library

Mondays & Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30 pm Presenter: The Literacy Connection.

5/2, 5/13, 5/16, 6/6, 6/10, 6/20, 6/24

Practice for the naturalization/citizenship test, the interview and the 100 questions from the history/civics test.

ES =Descripción en español, ver página 11.

en español

Consulado General de México

sobre Ruedas en la Biblioteca

Biblioteca Principal Salones de la comunidad

Miércoles 22 de mayo • 1 – 3 pm

Jueves 23 de mayo • 9 am – 4 pm

Viernes 24 de mayo • 9 am – 4 pm

Para trámite de matrículas consulares,

pasaportes y credencial electoral. El

consulado sólo verá personas con citas.

Puede hacer su cita llamando al 877-639-4835, a

través de internet en https://mexitel.sre.mx, o en

persona en la biblioteca.

Café Latino: Libros

y Conversación

Biblioteca Principal Salón Elgin

20 de mayo • 6 − 7:30 pm

¡Disfruta de libros interesantes, nuevos

amigos y un buen rato! En esta reunión

hablaremos de Los Árboles

Mueren de Pie por Alejandro

Casona. Comunícate con Nohora

Chacon para conseguir una copia al 847-

608-4673 o biblioteca@gailborden.info.

En asociación con el Centro de


Café de los Recuerdos:

en Honor a las Madres

Dream Hall 51 S. Grove Ave, Elgin 60120

13 de mayo • 4 − 5:30 pm



Temas Informativos

LGBTQ: Sesión Informativa

de Derechos Legales

Biblioteca Principal Salón Elgin

Sabádo 11 de mayo • 11 am − 1 pm

La Asociación de Abogados Hispanos de

Illinois cubrirá LGBT y ley de familia, acoso

sexual en el lugar de trabajo, asuntos de

inmigración, Conozca Sus Derechos, leyes de

criminalización del VIH, violencia doméstica

y la ley sobre la comunidad LGBTQ. El programa

sera presentado en inglés y en español con Open Door

Clinic. Para registrarse: Por texto 847-508-9358 o envíe

un correo electrónico a Marcosb@odcil.org.

Juventud: Bebida y drogas:

Reunion Comunitaria

Biblioteca Principal

Salón Elgin Presentación en inglés

Salón Grove Presentación en español

miércoles, 5 de junio • 6 − 8 pm

Únase a una conversación en prevenir

el consumo de bebidas alcohólicas y

el abuso de sustancias controladas,

específicamente de medicamentos

recetados, por menores de edad. Presentado

por el Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Elgin y

organizaciones afiliadas.


& Career

Job Search and Resume Help

Main Library Computer Training Room

Tuesdays • 1 − 4 pm

Drop in for assistance with your resume,

cover letter, online applications and more.

Job Training

Information Session

Main Library Conference Room

Wednesdays • 9:30 − 11 am

5/8, 5/22, 6/12, 6/26

Learn about WIOA services and the

application process.

The two programs above are in partnership

with the Kane County Office of Community

Reinvestment. For more information,

call 630-844-8768.

Smart Strategies for

45+ Job Seekers

Main Library Elgin Room

Wednesdays, 5/8, 6/12 • 10 am − Noon

Learn strategies and explore tools and

resources that will help you compete

for full time, in-demand jobs. Partner: Elgin

Communuty College. R

Sox vs. Cachorros:

Guerras Civiles de Chicago

Biblioteca Principal

28 de mayo al 25 de agosto

Descubre la rivalidad más antigua de

las Grandes Ligas: los White Sox contra

los Cachorros de Chicago. Esta exhibición

interactiva te permitirá explorar los estadios,

la historia detrás la gran rivalidad, los

logotipos y uniformes de los dos equipos y

mucho más. ¡También aprenderás

todo sobre los Rockford Peaches,

el equipo profesional femenino!

Visita gailborden.info/soxcubs.

¡Elige tu equipo! Pasa por el vestíbulo

de la Biblioteca Principal del 15 al 26 de

abril, de lunes a viernes de 3:30 a 4:30 pm.

¡Tomaremos tu foto para incluirla en

las tribunas detrás del plato de nuestro

gigantesco fondo fotográfico!

R=Registration required • Three ways to register: Online at gailborden.info/register • Call 847-429-4597 • In person

en español

Para la Familia

Picnic Familiar Canta y Baila

con Alina Celeste

Biblioteca Principal Escenario al Aire Libre

miércoles 5 de junio • 6 − 7:30 pm

6 pm Traiga una comida para comer

al aire libre. La biblioteca proveerá

postre y bebida.

6:30 pm Presentacion: Alina Celeste

Vamos a celebrar y aprender canciones

folklóricas y canciones originales. ¡Los

niños y sus familias no pueden resistir su

sonido alegre! = En caso de mal tiempo,

boletos serán necesarios para el evento. Boletos se

entregarán por orden de llegada—comenzando a las

6 pm en el vestíbulo.

Cuentos para la familia

¡Música, rimas, manualidades y más!

Biblioteca Principal

los miércoles • 6:30 pm − 7:15 pm

6/12 Salónes de la Comunidad

6/19 Salónes de la Comunidad AB

6/26 Salónes de la Comunidad

Yoga Familiar Bilingüe

Biblioteca Principal Salónes de la Comunidad

Miércoles, 15 de mayo • 7 − 8 pm

Familias con niños de todas las edades.

¿Sabe lo que es la postura del perro boca

abajo? Si usted es nuevo en el yoga o

tiene alguna experiencia, y está buscando

una actividad divertida para su familia,

entonces este es el programa para usted.

Por favor, use ropa suelta y cómoda, y

traiga una alfombra o toalla. Presentado por

Vida Yoga & Fitness.

Idiomas y Ciudadanía

Go Bilingüe Manualidades

para la Familia: Arte Indígena

Biblioteca Principal

Salones de la Communidad BC

Jueves 13 de junio • 6 − 7:30 pm

Diviértete con el arte mientras exploras

tradiciones culturales latinoamericanas.

Aprende a hacer una pieza decorativa

Indígena con arte de puntos. Habrá un cuento

y una manualidad para los niños pequeños.

Grupo de Conversación para la Ciudadanía Salón de Conferencias

los lunes y los jueves 6:30 – 7:30 pm Presentado por The Literacy Connection.

5/2, 5/13, 5/16, 6/6, 6/10, 6/20, 6/24

¿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.

Café en Español

Salón de Conferencias

1 er , 2 do y 3 er lunes de cada mes Noon – 1 pm Dirigido por Pita Betancourt y Nohora Chacon.

Participantes de nivel intermedio practicarán respondiendo o empezando conversaciones en español con fluídez y

hablando con gente que habla español como primer idioma.

Grupo de Conversación en inglés

Salón de Conferencias

los martes

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Practica conversar en inglés, mejora tu pronunciación y adquiera confianza con un tutor de Literacy Connection. No

nectesita registrarse.

Grupo de Futuros Bilingües

Salón Elgin

Los miércoles (última clase 22 de mayo) 6 – 7 pm Dirigido por la maestra Betty Martinez.

Estudiantes de todos los niveles practicarán con otras personas que hablan español o inglés como primer idioma.

Sum Rad • 2019


the in Get


Éntrale al juego, ¡LEE!

Reto de Lectura de Verano

31 de mayo – 3 de agosto

Todas las edades. Obtén tu hoja de

anotaciones de lectura de verano en la

Biblioteca Principal, sucursal South Elgin,

sucursal Rakow, Bibliobús o comienza

a anotar tu lectura desde casa con

nuestra hoja de anotaciones en línea:


Visita gailborden.info/read2019 para más

detalles acerca el reto de lectura de verano.

Clases de Computación

Biblioteca Principal Salón de Entrenamiento de Computación

Los sábados • Tiempo de Práctica: 1 – 1:30 pm • Clase: 1:30 – 3 pm

• Actividades para niños disponibles durante la clase.

• No hay costo ni hay que tener la tarjeta de la biblioteca.

Computación para el Trabajo

¿Buscando desarrollar tus habilidades de computación para el trabajo?

Este curso de 3 semanas cubrirá los programas que más se usan en el empleo.

Instructor: Fernando Medina.

5/1 Microsoft Word para el Empleo { Conoce herramientas de Microsoft Word y

cómo crear un currículum.

5/11 Internet para el Empleo { Aprendé cómo buscar trabajos en línea.

5/18 Excel para el Empleo { Aprende las claves para crear fórmulas en una

hoja de trabajo.

Sólo tiene que registrarse para la primera clase. Utilice las opciones de registro en la parte inferior de esta

página o llame a Stephanie Muro 847-429-6791 o Nohora Chacon 847-608-4673.

{ = Estas clases con están patrocinadas por Comcast Internet

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Internet Essentials, visite www.InternetEssentials.com.

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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

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Elgin, IL 60120








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Building Hours

10 am – 7 pm

10 am – 4 pm

Noon – 4 pm

Lobby Hours

9:30 am – 7 pm

9:30 am – 5 pm

11:30 am – 4 pm

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All visitors agree to be


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 paners,

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

all day May 25, May 26 and May 27

for Memorial Day.

Tour Your Library

Arrange a brief tour to discover what

you might have missed. Contact the

Information Desk at 847-429-4680 or

email gbplweb@gailborden.info to

schedule an appointment.

Thank You

Thanks to Larsen and Kenyon Woods

Middle Schools, and Larkin High School for

donations of yearbooks. These will fill a

gap in our archives collection.

Love Our River Day

Main Library Outdoor Stage

Saturday, May 18

9 am – Noon Fox River Cleanup

Noon – 2 pm River Celebration

This cleanup and celebration will feature

live music by Redhorse along with stories

and poems about the river. For information

about volunteering for the cleanup, please visit

friendsofthefoxriver.org. Co-hosts and sponsors:

State Rep. Anna Moeller and Friends of the Fox River.

Library of Things

Main Library


Now you can checkout useful items

like a karaoke machine, a digital film

scanner or a 3D printing pen from our

new collection! Discover a new hobby

and save money on buying items that

you’ll rarely use. All you need is your

Gail Borden Library card.

Mobile Retinal Screening

Main Library Parking Lot

Friday, June 7 • 9 am − 5 pm

The Lions Club mobile retinal screening

unit will be conducting free retinal

screenings. Sponsor: The Lions Club of Illinois.

Free Shred Event

Main Library Parking Lot

Saturday, June 8 • 9 am − Noon

Join KCT Credit Union, State Sen. Cristina

Castro and State Rep. Anna Moeller

to properly dispose of your personal

documents. Area residents may bring up to three

boxes, with each box not to exceed 12 inches wide x

12 inches deep x 10 inches high.

Lawyer in the Library

Main Library Grove Room

Thursdays, 5/23, 6/27 • 6 − 8 pm

A volunteer attorney, a Law Librarian

and an Illinois JusticeCorps Fellow will

be available for 15-minute meetings

to assist you with legal coaching,

document review, referrals to other

community services, e-filing court

documents and legal questions.

Bring paperwork that relates to your legal

matters. Partners: Kane County Law Library

& Self Help Legal Center.



Elgin Farmer's Market

Downtown Elgin, S. Grove Ave.

Second Fridays June − September

3 − 7 pm

Memory Café:

In Honor of the Mothers

Dream Hall 51 S. Grove Ave., Elgin 60120

Monday, May 13 • 4 − 5:30 pm ES

RS Ages & Stages Screening

Food for Greater Elgin

Thursday, May 23 • 6 − 8 pm

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