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Attention:

All February programs will be offered virtually.

 

Adult Programs

Attention:

All February programs will be offered virtually.
Register by clicking on the day and time of the event.

Organizing Quick Tips and Cool Hacks

TUE, JANUARY 4, 7 – 8 P.M

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to get organized in 2022? At this presentation, you’ll learn the 5 Organizing Principles and the 5 T’s of Communication that will help you organize anything anywhere with anyone! Learn some cool hacks that you can use to bring organization to some common problem areas.
Program available virtually.

LGBTQ Activism Since the 1950s

TUE, JANUARY 18, 7 – 8 P.M

At this presentation we welcome author and UIC Professor Emeritus John D’Emilio to discuss the history of LGBTQ activism in this country from the 1950s, to the Stonewall uprising in 1969, through the present day. You’ll learn about the beginnings of activism that lead up to Stonewall.
Program available virtually.

Air Fryers and Pressure Cookers

TUE, JANUARY 25, 7 – 8 P.M

Are you confused by all the electronic cooking devices on the market nowadays? Were you gifted an air fryer or Instant Pot and not sure what to do with it? Need fresh recipes to inspire you in the kitchen? This class will teach you the difference between a pressure cooker and air fryer as we prepare simple, healthy, delicious meals in both!
Program available virtually.

Motown: Music That Moved the World

WED, FEBRUARY 23, 7 – 8 P.M

In Detroit in the 1960’s Motown Records produced hits as efficiently as the Ford Motor Company produced automobiles – 110 Top Ten hits to be exact! It was the “Sound of Young America” sung by performers like The Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Using audio and visual content we’ll trace the amazing musical journey from the power soul of “Dancing in The Streets” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” to the psychedelic soul of “Cloud Nine” and “What’s Going On” to the pop soul of The Jackson 5.
Celebrate Black History Month with us by commemorating the timeless music that moved us then and moves us now.

Program available virtually.

Film Club

FRI, DECEMBER 3, 6 – 9 P.M. 
FRI, DECEMBER 17, 6 – 9 P.M.
FRI, JANUARY 14, 6 – 9 P.M.
FRI, FEBRUARY 4, 6 – 9 P.M. 
FRI, FEBRUARY 18, 6 – 9 P.M. 

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

Medicare Basics

WED, DECEMBER 1, 6 – 7 P.M.
WED, JANUARY 19, 10 – 11 A.M.
TUE, JANUARY 25, 6 – 7 P.M.
THUR, FEBRUARY 17, 10 – 11 A.M.
WED, FEBRUARY 23, 6 – 7 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 virtually.

It’s Christmastime in the City:  Chicago and Its Yule Contributions and Traditions

Wed, December 8, 7 – 8 p.m.

Did you know that one of Chicago’s earliest industries was Christmas Trees & Wreaths? Or that Chicagoans have contributed some of the most beloved Holiday songs? These tidbits just scratch the surface when it comes to Our Town’s role in all things Yule.
Program available in person or virtually.

Yoga

MON, JAN. 10 – FEB. 28, 9:15 – 10:15 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.

Using Library Apps

TUE, DECEMBER 21, 7 – 8 P.M.

The library is more than a building! You can access many library resources from home using a smart phone or other device. In this workshop you’ll learn how to access your library account using the SWAN Libraries app as well as how to borrow materials like eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, and videos using apps like Hoopla, Overdrive, and Axis 360.
Program available in person or virtually.

Holiday Craft Night

WED, DECEMBER 1, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Drop by the library between 6:30 and 8:30 to create some fun holiday-themed crafts! Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah or Christmas or just like to craft, we’ll have something for everyone!
Program held in person.

Valentine’s Flower Arrangement

THUR, FEBRUARY 10, 7 – 8 P.M.

This class will be held in a TAKE & MAKE format. Registrants will receive instructions prior to the program for picking up their materials and completing the project.

  • 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 as a Take and Make

Heart Art

TUE, FEBRUARY 1, 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.

Pick up an art kit at the library to create a colorful heart-themed painting project.
Program held as a Take and Make.

Midday Monday

Holiday Movies and Music

MON, DECEMBER 13, 2 – 3:30 P.M.

Journey back with us over the past century of film history as host John LeGear showcases some of the happiest and most memorable holiday moments from classic and popular films. Join us for songs including a show ending sing along dances, and magical movie scenes from some of the most warmly embraced holiday films of all time, among them “Holiday Inn,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Polar Express,” “Going My Way,” and of course, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.”
Program held in person.

Midday Monday

Comedy Gold on the Silver Screen

MON, JANUARY 10, 2 – 3:30 P.M.

Join us for a guided tour through the past 100 years of outstanding comedies in John LeGear’s newest film history presentation Comedy Gold on the Silver Screen. Just as he’s done for audiences with his “movie music” presentations in recent years, LeGear strives to capture the essence of the message in film compilations while adding twists and turns not seen before.
Program available virtually.

Midday Monday

Movie Music Romance

MON, FEBRUARY 14, 2 – 3:30 P.M.

We all have our favorite movie moments that put a song in our heart and bring back precious memories. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience more than 20 of the most artfully created movie scenes, love songs and dance tandems ever seen on the silver screen all in one sitting?
Program available virtually.

Youth Programs

Attention:

All February programs will be offered virtually.
Register by clicking on the day and time of the event.

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 in the silo.
Program unavailable in January.

Mixed-Age Storytime

TUESDAYS, 10:00 – 10:30 A.M. & 11:00 – 11:30 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  in the silo.
Program unavailable in January.

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  in the Meeting Room
Program held virtually

Storytime with the
Fox Valley Wildlife Center

MON, DECEMBER 6, 1:00 – 1:30 P.M.
MON, FEBRUARY 7, 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.

Master Gardeners:Evergreens

WED, DECEMBER 29, 1 – 2 P.M.

We compare and contrast leaves with evergreens, play a matching game of different evergreen samples, read a story about recycling a Christmas tree and make bird feeders out of pinecones.
Program held in person.

ACT Prep-Webinar

WED, JANUARY 5, 7 – 8 P.M.

With the ACT and SAT increasingly important in the college admission process, it is important to take time to prepare for these tests now. Huntington Learning Center invites you to a free, online discussion with their ACT and SAT test expert. The goal of this event is to discuss the college admissions process, walk through aspects of the test, discuss how to prepare for either the ACT or SAT test.
Program held virtually.

ACT Practice Test

SAT, JANUARY 22, 9:30 – 1 P.M.

Take a free ACT practice test. The test will give students the opportunity to take a retired test in an ACT environment.
Program held in person.

Kindergarten Readiness

TUESDAYS, 10 – 11 A.M.
STARTING FEBRUARY 1

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.

Homeschool Days: Holiday Fun

TUE, DECEMBER 14, 1 – 3 P.M.

Come to the library to meet other families through socializing, playing games, and crafting! We will meet outside on the library lawn. In case of inclement weather, we will be in the meeting room. All are invited to join. You don’t have to be homeschooling.
Program held in person.

Crafternoon

WED, DECEMBER 15, 4:30 – 5:30 P.M.
WED, JANUARY 12, 4:30 – 6:00 P.M. Take & Make
WED, FEBRUARY 9, 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!
December: Holiday Ornaments 
January: Carfternoon for Teens and Tweens Finger Knitting Take & Make
February: Family Crafternoon No-Sew Fleece Pillow Take & Make
Program held available as a Take & Make.

All Things STEAM

WED, DECEMBER 8, 4:30 – 5:30 P.M.
WED, FEBRUARY 23, 4:30- 5:30 P.M.

Join Mrs. Hansen each month for a different STEAM challenge. Challenge yourself as you plan, design, and engineer a different project each class.
December-Elf Trap
February-Sled and Slope
Program held virtually.

Art in the Afternoon

WED, JANUARY 5, 1 – 2 P.M. Take & Make
WED, FEBRUARY 2, 1 – 2 P.M.Take & Make

Have fun creating simple holiday art projects with your little ones. Appropriate for children 3-5 years old and their caregiver. Siblings are welcome.
January- Snowflakes Take & Make
February-Mosaic Hearts Take & Make
Program held as a Take & Make.

Painted Clay Pots for Valentine’s Day

Mon, February 7, 6 – 7 p.m.

With a little paint you can transform clay pots into lovely little treats for your teachers, your BFFs or your sweetheart.

Program held in person.

Read Aloud with Mrs. Hansen

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 in the Meeting Room.

WED, DEC. 1: A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS BY MATT HAIG
WED, JAN. 19: MOOMINLAND MIDWINTER BY TOVE JANSSON Virtual
WED, FEB. 16: UPSIDE DOWN MAGIC BY SARAH MLYNOWSKI, LAUREN MYRACLE, AND EMILY JENKINS

Program held virtually.

History & Genealogy

Attention:

All  programs will be offered virtually.
Register by clicking on the day and time of the event.

Genealogy Seekers:Using Ancestry Trees Safely and Effectively

THUR, DECEMBER 2, 7 – 8 P.M.

Online ancestry trees can be a mixed bag of tricks. How can you use the trees on ancestry.com safely and effectively in your Paper Trail and DNA Trail genealogy research? Suz Bates, a local genealogist will focus on topics including security, sources, data fields, uploads, other’s trees and more. Learn how to create and use Ancestry trees safely, securely, effectively, and efficiently. Any “arborist” will be surprised by the techniques!
Program available in person or virtually

Genealogy Seekers: Unusual Places to Find Births and Naturalizations

THUR, JANUARY 6, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Widen your search for birth dates and locations as well as naturalizations from a variety of underutilized resources such as military rosters, consulate applications, voter registrations, cancelled passports, frakturs and much more. This lecture focuses on both digital and physical resources, so bring your research checklist and see if these resources can help you fill in the gaps in your family tree.
Program available virtually

Genealogy Seekers: Grandma Nellie’s Scrapbook: Identifying and Interpreting Historic Photos

WED, FEBRUARY 2, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Many people become heirs to a box of unidentified family photos and have no clue what to do with them. Tina Beaird will offer solutions for identifying these “lost” family members by teaching you how to use genealogy sources in conjunction with observational techniques.
Program available virtually

Family Heritage:
Recording Oral Histories

WED, FEBRUARY 16, 2:30- 3:30 P.M.

Relatives are often a great source for family history. Learn how to record an oral history with them to preserve their memories. This presentation will cover oral history methods, best practices, basic equipment, and how to record remotely.
Program available virtually.

Family Heritage:
You, Too, Can Read Old Handwriting

WED, DECEMBER 15, 2:30 – 3:30 P.M.

While today’s family records are most often printed or computer generated, records of the past were handwritten. As handwriting styles have changed over time, and also differ from region to region, reading these records can be a challenge. This presentation will offer ideas for “breaking through” the handwriting barrier, including online and printed resources.
Program available in person or virtually

Family History Writers

WED, DECEMBER 8, 2:30 – 3:30 P.M.
WED, JANUARY 12, 2:30 – 3:30 P.M. Virtual
WED, FEBRUARY 9, 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 virtually.

Spanish Programs

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

Spanish Immersion for Homeschoolers

MON, JANUARY 10 – APRIL 25, 2 – 2:30 P.M.

Join Señora Silvana for a weekly virtual Spanish Immersion zoom class for homeschooled learners ages 9 and up, (younger siblings are welcome, but please register them too). We will go over practical language and learn how to introduce yourself, order food at a restaurant, shop at the grocery store, and hold a basic conversation.
Program held virtually

Spanish Immersion for Adults

MON, JANUARY 10 – APRIL 25, 5 – 5:30 P.M.

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

Spanish Immersion (9-16 years old)

MON, JANUARY 10 – APRIL 25, 6 – 6:30 P.M.

Join Señora Silvana for a weekly virtual Spanish Immersion zoom class for tweens and teens, (9-16 years old).  We will go over practical language and learn how to introduce yourself, order food at a restaurant, shop at the grocery store, and hold a basic conversation.
Program held virtually

Zooming into Advanced Spanish (Conversations)

MON, JANUARY 10 – APRIL 25, 7 – 7:30 P.M.

Have you taken Spanish classes in high school or college? Have you learned Spanish on your own? Join Señora Silvana for a virtual zoom class. This class focuses on conversation emphasizing pronunciation, fluency, and vocabulary.
Program held virtually