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Adult Programs

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“The Color of Law” Book Discussion

WED, OCTOBER 6, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M

Join us at Obscurity Brewing for an informal discussion of Richard Rothstein’s book The Color of Law before the virtual Q&A event with the author on October 13th. Print copies of the book are available through the library.
The audio version is also available through Hoopla and Overdrive.
Program held in person.

“The Color of Law” & Reversing
Segregation Virtual Author Event

WED, OCTOBER 13, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.

This virtual event, cosponsored by libraries from all over Illinois, will feature author and researcher Richard Rothstein as he explains the policies that led to racial segregation across America and what can be done to reverse these practices and work towards racial equity.
Program held virtually.

Integrated Schools Without Integrated Neighborhoods

Tues, OCTOBER 19, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M

This presentation is based on Megan Klein’s dissertation research about the integration of Evanston’s public school system in the 1960s. It features information from Megan’s conducted oral histories with long-term African American residents of the city who had lived through periods of de facto segregation and discrimination in public institutions in Evanston leading up to the 1968 decision to integrate the public schools and who have subsequently lived through a period of integration.
Program available in person or virtually.

The Folded Map Project

TUES, OCTOBER 26, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M

Tonika Lewis Johnson’s Folded Map™ Project visually connects residents who live at corresponding addresses on the North and South Sides of Chicago. She investigates what urban segregation looks like and how it impacts Chicago residents. What started as a photographic study quickly evolved into a multimedia exploration with video interviews. The project invites audiences to open a dialogue and question how we are all impacted by social, racial, and institutional conditions that segregate the city.
Program available in person or virtually.

Chris Bohjalian Virtual Author Event

WED, OCTOBER 27, 6:30 – 8:00 P.M

This virtual author event, cosponsored by libraries from all over Illinois, will feature Chris Bohjalian, author of The Red Lotus, The Flight Attendant, and many more, as he discusses his latest novel The Hour of the Witch. This Q&A will be the perfect event to get you in the Halloween mood!
Program held virtually.

Film Club

FRI, Sept. 3, 6 – 9 P.M. All About Eve (Virtual)
FRI, Sept. 24, 6 – 9 P.M. Moulin Rogue (In Person)
FRI, Oct. 15, 6 – 9 P.M. Maltese Falcon (In Person)
FRI, OCT. 29, 6:00 – 9:00 P.M. The Sixth Sense (Virtual)
Fri, Nov. 5, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. V for Vendetta (In-person)
Fri, Nov. 19, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Matrix (Virtual)

Enjoy a movie night with friends as Film Studies instructor Joshua Casburn helps us to experience movies in a new way.
Virtual programs held virtually using Google Meets. 

Medicare Basics

TUES, SEPT. 28, 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
WED, OCT. 27, 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TUES, NOV 16, 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.

Anyone turning 65 or approaching retirement is welcome to attend this informative seminar on Medicare.  This program is being offered virtually. You will receive a reminder email before the scheduled date with instructions for accessing the program.
Program held in person.

Cutting the Cable Cord:
Exploring Streaming Alternatives

Wed, Sept. 22, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Is ditching Cable TV the right decision for you? Join us as we weigh the pros and cons, plus provide an overview of the latest streaming video platforms and equipment.
Program available in person or virtually.

Yoga

MONS, SEPT. 13 – NOV. 15, 9:30 – 10:30 A.M.

Grab your yoga mat and towel, put on comfy clothes, and come to the Library for a relaxing hour of yoga with seasoned instructor Sheila Kari. Remember to bring your mat, blanket/towel, strap, and block!
Program may fluctuate between virtual and in-person.

Dance Around the World-Hispanic Heritage

THURS, SEPT. 30, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

This program takes participants on an imaginative journey exploring several dances from Central and South America, while using authentic dance and music as a way to experience other cultures. Class starts with an Ice Breaker exercise that introduces the workshops cultural focus. This is followed by a physical warm-up and choreographic sequence that relates to a cultural dance.
Program held in person

Paranormal
Investigations

SAT, OCT. 30, 5:30 – 6:30 P.M.

During the Witches Walk, come to the library to learn about Paranormal Investigating. Learn about the equipment, the dos and don’ts, and how to do an investigation in an appropriate way. You will also experience learning about well-known haunted locations and hear evidence from some of those locations.
Program held in person.

Fall Fresh Flower Arrangement

TUES, NOV. 9, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.

Join Peggy Garvin of Garvin Gardens for her popular floral arranging class. The project will be a Fall Fresh Flower Arrangement! Participants will need to provide their own scissors/shears.

  • You must be a Town & Country patron to register for this program.
  • Non-patron registrations will be canceled and will not receive a refund.
  • Only 1 registration will be allowed per person.

Program held in person.

Organizing for the Holidays

WED, NOV. 10, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Does just the thought of the holiday season make you feel stressed? Would you like to start the holiday season on a good note – feeling more organized and in control? In this presentation we give you practical ways to decrease the stress and increase your organization during this crazy time of year
Program available in person or virtually.

Protecting Your Identity & Other Assets

THURS, SEPT. 23, 7:00-8:00 P.M

Your money is hard-earned, but do you know how to keep it safe? This workshop, presented by First Midwest Bank, will show you how to protect the money you’ve worked so hard for from threats like predatory lending, identity theft, and more. Learn your rights as a banking customer as well as how to financially prepare for emergencies.
Program held in person.

Credit Reports & Scores

THURS, OCT. 28, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Having good credit is important, but how do you actually build and maintain a good credit history? This workshop, presented by First Midwest Bank, will explain just that! Learn how to read a credit report as well as how to address credit deficiencies.
Program held in person.

Buying a Home

THURS, NOV. 18, 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Are you ready to purchase your own home? This workshop, presented by First Midwest Bank, will help you answer that important question. Learn the benefits and pitfalls of renting vs. owning, determine your readiness for home ownership, discover the steps involved in buying a home, and gain basic knowledge about mortgages.
Program held in person.

Youth Programs

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Silo Storytime

FRIdays, 10:00 – 10:30 A.M. & 11:00 – 11:30 A.M.

Storytime for babies and toddlers combines enjoyment and enrichment! Miss Nancy’s learning plan includes songs, flannel board activities, and stories that all work to enhance the development of early literacy skills. Bring your blanket and snack and meet us outdoors on the lawn. In case of inclement weather we will meet in the silo.
Program held in person.

Mixed-Age Storytime

TUESDAYS, 10:00 – 10:30 A.M.

Join Miss Nancy for an all-ages story time full of songs, stories, and a To-Go-Craft. Bring your blanket and snack and meet us outdoors on the lawn.
In case of inclement weather we will meet in the silo.
Program held in person.

Family Storytime with Mrs. Hansen

THURSDAYS, 10:00 – 10:45 A.M.

Join Mrs. Hansen for a family story time full of songs, finger plays, and stories. Bring your blanket and snack and meet us outdoors on the lawn. In case of inclement weather we will meet in the Meeting Room
Program held in person.

Storytime with the
Fox Valley Wildlife Center

MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1:00 – 1:30 P.M.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1:00 – 1:30 P.M.

Children ages 3-5 years old (and their favorite adult) are invited to join us for storytime, craft, and a special meet and greet with an Ambassador from the Fox Valley Wildlife Center.
Program held in person.

Moovin’ and Groovin’ Storytime

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1:00 – 1:30 P.M.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1:00 – 1:30 P.M.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1:00 – 1:30 P.M.

Dreams Dance Academy joins us for a special dance storytime! They will read dance themed stories followed by a fun, interactive, dance class. We will meet outside on the library lawn. In case of inclement weather we will go indoors.
Program held in person.

Insider’s Guide on the College Planning Process

THURS, SEPT. 9, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

This workshop focuses on the financial strategies that families can use to afford college and how the new FAFSA rules will impact them. Families will learn how to compare the net price of college instead of the sticker price and other important college planning techniques.
Program held virtually.

The Art of the Appeal:
College Planning Workshop

MON, OCT. 18, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Now more than ever, colleges are more willing to say “yes” to appeals for more financial aid and scholarship money for both new and returning students. This workshop provides detailed guidance for families on how to appeal for more financial aid and how to improve the likelihood of a successful appeal.
Program held virtually.

Grants, Scholarships, and Loans

THURS, NOV. 11, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

This workshop will uncover the best college cost-reduction strategies and reveal little-known asset, borrowing, and savings methods. Learn insider information on grants, loans, and scholarships to help make your college planning both successful and affordable.
Program held virtually.

Kindergarten Readiness

TUESDAYS, 10:00 – 11:00 A.M.

Prepare your child for kindergarten by enrolling them in our Kindergarten Readiness classes! These classes work on fine motor skills, early literacy skills, math skills, and social skills. Children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2022 are eligible.
Program held in person.

Kindergarten Enrichment

WEDNESDAYS, 1:00 – 2:00 P.M.

Enhance your child’s kindergarten experience by enrolling him or her in Kindergarten Enrichment! Mrs. Hansen’s classes will provide exciting learning opportunities that nurture cognitive, social-emotional, and creative development.
Program held in person.

Crafternoon

WED, SEPT. 29, 4:30 – 5:30 P.M.
WED, OCT. 27, 4:30 – 5:30 P.M.
WED, NOV. 17, 4:30- 5:30 P.M.

Join us at the library for seasonal crafting fun! Stop in and take part in our craft of the month!
September: Acorn Marble Necklaces and Button Bracelets
October: Halloween Luminaries
November: Pacific NW Art-Raven Collages
Program held in person.

Pumpkin Painting Workshop

THURS, OCT. 21, 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.

Join us for a fun family evening of painting and decorating pumpkins. We will provide all the materials!

Program held in person.

Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2:00 – 3:30 P.M.

Join us for an early celebration of Dia de Muertos. Academia Cultural Xilotl will teach us about this special celebration and will provide sugar skulls to be decorated.
Academia Cultural Xilotl is a nonprofit and family oriented organization. Their mission is to preserve the Mexican and Latin American culture through history, art, music, and dance appreciation.
Program held in person.

Spanish Immersion

MONDAYS, 6:00 – 6:30 P.M.

Join Señora Silvana for a weekly Spanish Immersion Zoom class. We will go over practical language to learn how to introduce yourself, order food at a restaurant or buy at the grocery store, and hold a basic conversation.
Program held virtually.

Zooming into
Advanced Spanish

WEDNESDAYS, 1:00 – 2:00 P.M.

This class focuses on conversation emphasizing pronunciation, fluency, and vocabulary. It also, provides the knowledge, vocabulary, and linguistic structures necessary for you to use Spanish immediately for communication, as well as an introduction to the Spanish language and culture.
Program held virtually.

Storytime with the
Firefighters

MON, OCT. 11, 10:00 – 11:00 A.M.

Join us for a special story time! Meet the firefighters, enjoys stories and try the Hazard House! We will meet outside on the lawn.
Program held in person.

Elburn & Countryside Fire Station #1 Tour

MON, OCT. 25 1:00 – 2:00 P.M.

Meet at the Elburn and Countryside Fire Station #1. We will meet the fire fighters, tour the fire station, and participate in fire safety activities.
Program held in person.

Read Aloud with Mrs. Hansen (6-8 years old)

Afternoons, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Join Mrs. Hansen as she shares a different Chapter Book each month. Enjoy listening to the first few chapters and receive a To-Go-Activity that goes along with the book. We will meet at the park under the Gazebo. In case of inclement weather we will meet in the Meeting Room.

WED, SEPT. 8: THE MAGICAL MS. PLUM BY BONNY BECKER
WED, OCT. 6: IVY AND BEAN BY ANNIE BARROWS
Wed, Nov. 3: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew-THANKSGIVING THIEF BY CAROLYN KEENE

Program held in person.

Read Aloud with Mrs. Hansen (9-11 years old)

Afternoons, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Join Mrs. Hansen as she shares a different Chapter Book each month. We will meet at the park under the Gazebo. In case of inclement weather we will meet in the library.

WED, SEPT. 15: BOB BY WENDY MASS AND REBECCA STEAD
WED, OCT. 13: LONG LOST BY JACQUELINE WEST

Program held in person.

History & Genealogy

All History & Genealogy programs will take place virtually.  Please sign up to receive webinar information.  Register by clicking on the day and time of the event.

Genealogy Seekers:Thanks to Her:
Finding Power & Inspiration in Your Family Photos

THURS, SEPT. 9, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Join Kathleen Geraghty, author and former photojournalist, as she shares how her book “Thanks to Her” came to be and what it all means. This is a story that began with a humble garage sale and morphed into a multifaceted research project.
Sponsored by Comfort Keepers of Elgin
Program available in person or virtually

Genealogy Seekers: Writing Your Story

THURS, OCT. 7, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Who would you trust to tell your story after you’re gone? Genealogists tend to jump into researching our parents or grandparents. Few of us think to start with ourselves. No one knows you, better than YOU! You don’t need to be Ernest Hemingway to write down your memories.
Program available in person or virtually

Genealogy Seekers: Native American Records

THURS, NOV. 4, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Attendees at this month’s Genealogy Seekers will learn about Native American Tribes past and present. We will go over the different records that are available and how to locate them.
Program available in person or virtually

Family Heritage:
Stitching Together Memories

WED, OCT. 20, 2:30- 3:30 P.M.

As a new grandmother, Deb Lindahl thought it very timely and important to be able to tell the stories of their past In this interactive presentation, you’ll hear a sampling of these stories and learn how you can creatively tell your family’s history as well.
Program held in person.

FHIG – Study Hall

WED, SEPT. 15, 2:30 – 4:30 P.M.
WED, Nov. 17, 2:30 – 4:30 P.M.

Access books and other resources available through the library, or bring your favorite materials from home to share with others. After so long apart, we look forward to welcoming you back as we enjoy each other’s company and benefit from each other’s knowledge.
Program held in person.

Family History Writers

WED, SEPT. 8, 2:30 – 3:30 P.M.
WED, OCT. 13, 2:30 – 3:30 P.M.
WED, NOV. 10, 2:30 – 3:30 P.M.

Family History Writers is a group for those interested in writing down their family stories. Whether you are already working on a project or looking to get started, this is a place for you!
Program held in person.