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 Adult Programs | Youth Programs | History & Genealogy

Due to guidelines regarding social distancing, all of our programs will be offered virtually at this time.
If you would like more information or have a specific question, you can checkout our Phased Reopening Plan here.

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.

Virtual Midday Monday – Edith Head: The Woman Who Dressed Hollywood

MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2:00 – 3:00 P.M.

An incredibly successful costume designer with eight Oscars to prove it. Edith Head’s dazzling career continues to inspire new generations of designers. She dressed the biggest stars to shine over Hollywood. Adored by some, hated by others, Edith Head’s highly competitive and secretive nature drove her career to a meteoric height .Join educational entertainer, Martina Mathisen, to discover why Edith Head was the most influential costume designer in Hollywood history.
This Program to be held via ZOOM

Virtual Midday Monday: Talking Statues of Chicago

MONDAY, April 12, 2:00 – 3:00 P.M.

Join Beth Sair as she takes us on a one-of-a-kind virtual tour of “The Talking Statues of Chicago.” While enjoying the captivating presentation we will hear some of Chicago’s finest statues tell their own stories, as voiced by Chicago actors.
This Program to be held via ZOOM

Virtual Midday Monday: Old Time Rock n’ Roll

MONDAY, May 10, 2:00 – 3:00 P.M.

In his popular program, “Old Time Rock n’ Roll,” Rick Pickren will perform the top hits of the marvelous 1950’s…songs and stories from every year of the decade! Sing along to classic hits like Blue Suede Shoes, Blueberry Hill, Good Night Irene, Love Me Tender, Don’t Be Cruel, Johnny B. Goode, and many more favorites.
This Program to be held via ZOOM

Virtual Yoga

Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. starting April 8

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

Thursdays at 11 a.m. starting April 8

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

Virtual Felting: Spring Garden Fairy

Tuesday, March 30, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Create a cute needle felted fairy with us! She’s nestled in a garden of wool, flowers and fence, all on a wood round. Learn lots of needle felting techniques as we make this 6″ figurine. Perfect for spring decorating or even as a Mother’s Day gift! All supplies are included in this fun virtual class.
This Program to be held via ZOOM

Virtual The Modern Victory Garden

Tuesday, April 6, 7 – 8 p.m.

Learn about gardening past and present, as we examine the history of one of the oldest farms with building still standing in Lake County, Illinois, Bonner Heritage Farm. Whether in the ground or in pots on your porch, learn tips on how to grow your own organic garden at home.
This Program to be held via ZOOM

Virtual Floral Arranging Take & Make

Tuesday, May 4, 7 – 8 p.m.

Join Peggy Garvin of Garvin Gardens for this take-and-make version of her popular floral arranging classes. The project will be a tea cup arrangement! Registrants will be able to pick up their materials at the library from 5:30-6:30 on the 4th prior to the program. Then follow along with Peggy’s instructions via Zoom during the live class. Participants will need to provide their own scissors/shears.
This program held virtually.
Registration Opens April 5.

Film Club: Digging Deeper Into Movies

FRIDAY, March 5, 6 – 9 P.M.
FRIDAY, March 19, 6 – 9 P.M.
FRIDAY, April 9, 6 – 9 P.M.
FRIDAY, April 23, 6 – 9 P.M.
FRIDAY, May 7, 6 – 9 P.M.
FRIDAY, May 21, 6 – 9 P.M.

Come join us as we watch movies together from our own living rooms while Film Studies instructor Joshua Casburn helps us to experience 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.
The instructor will also be available on Zoom 30 minutes prior to the start of the program to provide assistance if needed. 

Medicare Basics

Wednesday, March 3, 6 – 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 10 – 11 A.M.
Wednesday, April 7, 10 – 11 a.m.
TUESDAY, April 20, 6 – 7 P.M.
Monday, May 10, 6 – 7 P.M.
Wednesday, May 26, 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.

Virtual Creating Structure at Home in an Unpredictable World

Saturday, May 15, 10 – 10:45 a.m.

Please join Dr. Ian Hoffman, a licensed clinical psychologist, for a presentation that focuses on Creating Structure at Home in an Unpredictable World. Topics will include limiting screen time, setting up reward systems, and creating schedules and routines. This program is intended for parents of elementary aged children, 6-12 years old. A zoom link will be available for those who register.
This Program to be held via ZOOM

Virtual 3 Techniques to Reduce Stress and Increase Happiness

Monday, May 31

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Register any time between May 17th – May 31st to receive access to this informational video on reducing stress and increasing happiness from Dr. Ian Hoffman.
This Program to be held via ZOOM

Virtual Trivia Night

Wednesday, May 26, 6 – 7:30 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 determing who is the true Trivia Master!
Teams must use the same device during the event.

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 Spanish Immersion

MONDAYS AT 6 P.M. STARTING APRIL 5

Join Sra. Silvana for a weekly virtual Spanish Immersion zoom class for tweens and teens. We will go over practical language to learn how to introduce yourself, order food at a restaurant, buy at the grocery store, and hold a basic conversation.
These programs will be held virtually.

Zooming into Advanced Spanish

MONDAYS AT 7 P.M. STARTING APRIL 5

Have you taken Spanish classes in high school or college? Have you learned Spanish on your own?  Join Sra. Silvana for a virtual zoom class. 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.
These programs will be held virtually.

Afternoon Storytime with Mrs. Hansen

Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

Join Mrs. Hansen for an afternoon storytime. This virtual storytime will include songs, stories, and finger plays with a different theme each week.
These programs will be held virtually.

VIRTUAL Lego Club

THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 4 – 5 P.M.

Calling all LEGO Builders!  Love to build?  Can’t keep your hands out of a tub of LEGOs?  We’ll provide the ideas, you bring your imagination! Join us via Zoom the 2nd Thursday of the month. For children of all ages.
This program held virtually.

Virtual Read Aloud with Mrs. Hansen

Join Mrs. Hansen for a monthly Zoom Read Aloud We. We will read a couple of chapters from a different Beginning Chapter Book each month and enjoy a fun activity together.  An email will be sent out with the zoom link and activity pick up information.
Thursday, March 25 @ 4 p.m. The Ember Stone by Katrina Charman
Thursday, April 22 @ 4 p.m. Animal at Large by Patricia Reilly Giff
Thursday, May 20 @ 4 p.m. Sydney & Taylor Explore the Whole Wide World by Jacqueline Davies

These programs will be held virtually.

A Parent’s Guide to Paying for College: A College Financial Aid Overview

THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 7 – 8 P.M.

This workshop/webinar will introduce the various financial aid options and focus on some of the biggest college planning mistakes families should avoid. It will also reveal unique techniques to reduce the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that can save thousands on college costs.
This program held virtually.

Paint Like Frida

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 7 – 8 P.M.

In this virtual class you will learn about painter Frida Kahlo and copy one of her portraits with art teacher Christine Thornton from Hello Art Studio. You will use your own watercolor painting supplies. (If you don’t have watercolors, you can use colored pencils.)
Supplies needed: Watercolor paper (small size like 5×7” or 6×8” works well) pencil, eraser, optional thin black sharpie, Watercolor paint set, pointed brush, cup of water, napkin
This program held virtually.

Making Your Dream College a Financial Reality

THursday, May 20, 7 – 8 p.m.

This unique workshop/webinar will demonstrate how some of the most expensive colleges can actually cost less than an in-state university. Families will learn how to compare the net price of college instead of the sticker price and gain financial strategies that can save them thousands of dollars.
This program held virtually.

VIRTUAL World of Wool Felting

Tuesday, April 20, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Create a felted bowl shaped like Planet Earth to celebrate Earth day! We’ll use environmentally-friendly wool and soap, water and bubble wrap to create this special project. All materials are provided for this fun virtual class. You will be notified when materials are available.
This program held virtually.

Family Yoga: Emotions and Feelings

TUESDAY, MAY 18, 4:30 – 5:15 P.M.

Join Ms. Amber from Kindness Kids Yoga as you explore different emotions and feelings while breathing, doing yoga poses, relaxing and having fun! You will need a blank piece of paper and drawing utensil.
This program held virtually

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: Fold 3

THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 7 – 8:30 P.M.

In March, Jenny Warner will share her program “How to Use Fold 3 for Genealogy Research.” If you have questions about how to use Fold3 or are not sure if Fold3 can help you, this presentation will go over the basics of how to use Fold3 specifically for genealogists.
This Program will be Held Virtually

Genealogy Seekers: Quhat’s in a Nayme?

THURSDAY, April 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 will be Held Virtually

Genealogy Seekers: Creating a Family Archive

THURSDAY, May 6, 7 – 8:30 P.M.

Learn an easy but effective way to organize your books, photos, and documents? The goal is to have a place for every paper, book and artifact and to be able to find each item when you need it.
Perfect for beginner, intermediate and family history researchers.
This Program will be Held Virtually

FHIG – Find Your Irish Ancestors

WEDNESDAY, March 17, 1 – 2 P.M.

When did your ancestors immigrate, where did they leave, why did they leave, how did they get here? These are questions we all hope to find the answers. Each presentation studies the history of one country and how its history affected the immigration of our ancestors. These programs should give some insights into the immigration of our ancestors. The material will hopefully clear up your confusion about where and why your ancestors left.
This Program to be held Virtually

FHIG – Find Your Polish Ancestors

WEDNESDAY, April 21, 1 – 2 P.M.

When did your ancestors immigrate, where did they leave, why did they leave, how did they get here? These are questions we all hope to find the answers. Each presentation studies the history of one country and how its history affected the immigration of our ancestors. These programs should give some insights into the immigration of our ancestors. The material will hopefully clear up your confusion about where and why your ancestors left.
This Program to be held Virtually

FHIG – Find Your German Ancestors

WEDNESDAY, May 19, 1 – 2 P.M.

When did your ancestors immigrate, where did they leave, why did they leave, how did they get here? These are questions we all hope to find the answers. Each presentation studies the history of one country and how its history affected the immigration of our ancestors. These programs should give some insights into the immigration of our ancestors. The material will hopefully clear up your confusion about where and why your ancestors left.
This Program to be held Virtually

Genealogy Day (Mini-Conference)

Saturday, MARCH 13, 10 – 3:30 P.M.

Illinois Inspiration: Jumpstart Your Illinois Research
Participants must register to receive the Zoom link, handouts, and other important information. Click on the link to see the full schedule of events.
This Program will be Held Virtually

Family History Writers

Wednesday, March 10, 1 – 2 P.M.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 1 – 2 P.M.
Wednesday, May 12, 1 – 2 p.m.

Family History Writers is a new 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! The group will meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month (via Zoom for the time being until the library can resume in-person programming).
This Program will be Held Virtually

Genealogy Late Night Lock-In

Friday, May 28, 5 – 9 p.m.

We aren’t letting the pandemic stop us from enjoying a Late Night Lock-In on Zoom!
These roughly quarterly Friday 5 – 9 pm sessions are ultra-casual and fun.
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 will be Held Virtually