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Summer Reading | Adult Programs | Youth Programs | History & Genealogy

On June 1, the Library lifted the majority of its COVID restrictions. We returned tables and chairs to the public area; allowing patrons to stay and read or work. Study Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while our Conference Room and Meeting Room can be reserved starting on June 1. We will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and the Illinois Department of Health and will inform the public of any additional service updates.

This year, the theme of Summer Reading is “Reading Colors Your World!”
Summer Reading is open to all ages, and prizes will be awarded throughout the summer!

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Adult Programs

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

 “The Long Shadow” Streaming and Live VIRTUAL Q&A

Thursday, June 24, 7 – 10 P.M.

In recognition of Juneteenth, Town & Country Public Library is partnering with other libraries in Illinois to bring you this special viewing and discussion of the film The Long Shadow. Stream the film any time between June 21 – 28 and join us for a live Zoom Q&A with the director on June 24th. For more information, to view the trailer, or to register for the Q&A, visit
This Program to be held via ZOOM

Legal & Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease

Thursday, June 17, 6:00 – 8:30 P.M.

Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease is an interactive program where you will learn about important legal and financial issues to consider once a diagnosis has been made. Topics covered include: making legal plans that fit your needs; legal documents you’ll need and what they mean for you; how to find legal and financial assistance; practical strategies for making a long-term plan of care; tax deductions and credits; and government programs that can help pay for care.
This Program to be held via ZOOM

Virtual International Panel Discussion

Tuesday, July 13, 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in another country with a different culture and language? Especially during COVID? Here’s your chance to find out! We’ll hear from several international students as they discuss their experiences of leaving home, coming to the United States, and studying at NIU during the pandemic.
This Program to be held via ZOOM

Virtual Yoga

Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. starting July 1

Grab your yoga mat and towel, put on comfy clothes, and log on to Zoom for a relaxing hour of yoga with seasoned instructor Lynn Meredith right from your very own living room.
Remember to grab a strap and block!
This Program to be held via ZOOM.

Virtual Chair-Assisted Yoga


Join yoga instructor Lynn Meredith via Zoom for gentle, non-strenuous chair exercises. Chair-assisted yoga provides all the health benefits of yoga without the need to get down on the floor. The class consists of seated and standing exercises using the chair for balance and stability. So grab a chair and join us from your very own living room!
This Program to be held via ZOOM

Film Club: Summer of hitchcock

FRIDAY, June 4, 6 – 9 P.M. Vertigo
FRIDAY, June 18, 6 – 9 P.M. Rear Window
FRIDAY, July 9, 6 – 9 P.M. North by northwest
FRIDAY, July 23, 6 – 9 P.M.
FRIDAY, August 13, 6 – 9 P.M.

Join us this summer as we watch some of Hitchcock’s greatest films together from our own living rooms while Film Studies instructor Joshua Casburn helps us to experience his movies in a new way. Pop some popcorn, change into your pajamas if you’d like, and join us from your couch to learn something new about a great film.
Program held virtually using Google Meets. 

Medicare Basics

Tuesday, June 15, 6 – 7 P.M.
Wednesday, June 30, 10 – 11 A.M.
WEDNESDAY, July 14, 6 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 29, 10 – 11 a.m.
MONDAY, August 9, 6 – 7 P.M.
Saturday, August 28, 10 – 11 A.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.
These programs will be held virtually.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Club

Wed, June 23, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
WED, July 28, 10:30 – 11:30 A.M.
WED, August 25, 10:30 – 11:30 A.M.

Join us for this informal, monthly gathering of book lovers. The group will meet outside at the park on 3rd Street, across from the library. Bring a lawn chair and a book recommendation to share with the group. Participants will receive a list of the books that were recommended following each meeting. Got kids? Feel free to bring them along to play at the park while we discuss!
This program held outdoors.

Every Color Has a Story: History on the Palette

Wednesday, July 21, 7 – 8 P.M.

Do you know the history of the colors in your world? All they tints, hues, dyes, and shades of the colors around you can be traced back to a specific point in history – and the stories they tell are amazing! Which came first – the fruit orange or the color orange? Was Lincoln Green named after Mary Lincoln? This Illustrated Lecture will share with you the powerful – and colorful! – history of color.
This Program to be held via ZOOM

Trivia Night

WEDNESDAY, August 25, 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.

Join us for a fun evening of friendly competition. Put all the useless knowledge you’ve collected to good use as you battle against other teams to determining who is the true Trivia Master!
This program held virtually.

Youth Programs

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

Virtual Painting Workshops

Join us for a monthly workshop featuring projects and books inspired by the topic of color. Participants will learn about color, color theory, primary/secondary colors, art styles, how cultures use color, and famous artists known for their work with color.
Material kits are provided.

Primarily Mondrian

Thursday, June 10, 2 – 3 p.m.

This month we will make a Mondrian inspired project using felt.
Book: Coppernickel Goes Mondrian by Wouter van Reek.
Participants will need pair of scissors for cutting felt.
This program held virtually.

Color Down Under

Thursday, July 15, 2- 3 p.m.

Join us as we make a colorful paper collage of a bird in the style of Cromer.
Book: I’m in Charge of Celebrations by Byrd Baylo.
Participants will need pair of scissors for cutting.
This program held virtually.

Festival of Color

Tuesday, august 3, 2 – 3 p.m.

In this workshop, explore bright vibrant colors and cultural art forms. Indian culture/art, and Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto will be highlighted. Join us as we make a Rangoli design.
Book: Festival of Colors by Surishtha Sehga
This program held virtually.


If You Drew the Zoo

Wednesday, July 21, 4 – 5 p.m.

Join professional cartoonist and super fun teacher, Mark Anderson, for a virtual cartooning class over Zoom. Students play a series of fun drawing games and invent their own silly animals. And at the end they get to share their funny favorites on the big screen in a wacky zoo!
This program held virtually.

Art in the Park

Friday, August 6, 10 – 4 P.M.

Help us finish off our Summer Reading Program with a splash of color! Stop by the library to participate in some outdoor arts and crafts. Stations will be located outside the library building and across the street at the park.
This program held outdoors.

Outdoor Storytime with Miss Nancy

Friday, June 4, 10:00 – 10:30 a.M.
FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 10:00 – 10:30 A.M.
FRIDAY, JUly 9, 10:00 – 10:30 A.M.
FRIDAY, August 6, 10:00 – 10:30 A.M.

Join Miss Nancy for an outdoor storytime at the library! Miss Nancy’s learning plan includes songs, flannel board activities, and stories that all work to enhance the development of early literacy skills
This program held outdoors.

Outdoor Storytime with Mrs. Hansen

Tuesdays, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. starting June 8

Join Mrs. Hansen for a storytime filled with songs, stories, and finger plays. Enjoy a different theme each week as we gather on the front lawn of the library.
This program held outdoors.

Outdoor Read Aloud with Mrs. Hansen

Join Mrs. Hansen for an outdoor Read Aloud on the fourth Thursday of the month. We will read from a different Beginning Chapter Book each month and enjoy a fun activity together. We will meet at the Gazebo on 3rd Street.
Thursday, June 24, 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Starla Jean-Which Came First: The Chicken or the Friendship? by Elana K. Arnold

Thursday, July 22, 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Our Friend Hedgehog-The Story of Us by Lauren Castillo
This program held outdoors.

Color Your Writing With Language Skills

Tuesday, JUNE 15, 1 – 2 P.M.
TUESDAY, July 13, 1 – 2 P.M.
TUESDAY, JUly 27, 1 – 2 P.M.

Kids can improve their writing skills through the summer with these one hour ZOOM workshops. Play word games, have fun, and learn how to use words in a colorful and descriptive way in their writing. Great learning bridge activity! Attend one class or all three. Register for each separately.
This program held virtually.

Felted Rainbow Bookmark

TUESDAY, June 22, 4:30 – 5:30 p.M.

Join Natasha Lehrer Lewis, of Esther’s Place, as we make a rainbow bookmark! We’ll teach you step by step with this fun virtual class. Use soap and water and the fiber kit to make it with us. Ages 5 and older. You will be notified when kits are available for pick up.
This program held virtually.

Cool Moods Workshop

Thursday, July 29, 11 – 12 p.m. (5 – 9 years old)
THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1 – 2 P.M. (10 – 16 YEARS OLD)

How are you feeling? You’ll feel great after you learn more about color! This workshop focuses on one of the artist’s most powerful tools, COLOR! You’ll see how different colors can express all types of moods. Several excerpts of musical pieces will be played along with some finished artwork which will inspire you to your own color expression!
This program held virtually.

Princess Storytime on Facebook

WONDER WOMAN – FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 11 – 11:30 A.M.
PRINCESS LEIA – FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 11 – 11:30 A.M.
CINDERELLA – FRIDAY, JULY 16, 11 – 11:30 A.M.
BELLE – FRIDAY, JUly 23, 11 – 11:30 A.M.

All this summer, we will be holding special storytimes on Facebook featuring your favorite princess! Anyone who wants to watch the program can visit: to send a request to be added to the group. This can be done at any time between now and just before the event. Then, you can click the link again to go back to the group on Friday morning to watch the program.

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: Pinning Together Your Genealogical Past on Pinterest

THURSDAY, June 3, 7 – 8:30 P.M.

Are you on Pinterest? It’s more than just tasty recipes and weight loss tips. This site can help you sort, share, and promote your genealogy projects. Learn how to create pins from your own research, collaborate with others on your projects, make a visual “to-do” list, save your must-have reads, and share your successes with other genealogists.
This program held virtually.

Genealogy Seekers: LGBTQ Genealogy

THURSDAY, July 1, 7 – 8:30 P.M.

The spelling of individual and family names was often “in the ear of the listener” and was not standardized until well into the 20th century.  This presentation will look at the history of names, various naming patterns and research strategies for locating the “right” spelling of a name in various types of records.
This program held virtually.

Genealogy Seekers: Back to School – Making the Best of School Records

THURSDAY, August 5, 7 – 8:30 P.M.

Learn about the many ways you can access cool details about your ancestors by using school records like yearbooks, school schedules, teacher’s registers, school newspapers, alumni directories and much more. This is one class you won’t want to ditch.
This program held virtually.

FHIG – Using Timelines and Tables

WEDNESDAY, June 16, 2 – 3 P.M.

In-depth and difficult research tasks create large amounts of data to compare and analyze. Discover analysis methods using tables and timelines to solve problems
This program held virtually.

FHIG – Show Me the Money

WEDNESDAY, July 21, 2 – 3 P.M.

Quotable quotes and colorful tales liven any type of writing and are especially welcome when writing the history of a family, business, school or organization. Award-winning author Grace DuMelle shares her expertise in sourcing the details you’ve gotten from your subjects and how to water a desert of dry facts.
This program held virtually.

Family Heritage Recipe Swap

WEDNESDAY, August 18

Join us in this celebration of our cultural heritage! Send your favorite family recipe to by August 18th and register below to receive the final compilation of fun, new recipes to try. Pictures of the final product are also welcome.
This program held virtually.

Family History Writers

WEDNESDAY, June 9, 2 – 3 P.M.
WEDNESDAY, July 14, 2 – 3 P.M.
WEDNESDAY, August 11, 2 – 3 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!
This program held virtually.

Genealogy Late Night Lock-In

FRIDAY, August 27, 5 – 9 P.M.

We aren’t letting the pandemic stop us from enjoying a Late Night Lock-In on Zoom!
Come in your jammies if you want – make sure to have some munchies and your drink of choice – and we will encourage each other while we research remotely!
This program held virtually.