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


A New Normal

Due to the global pandemic and guidelines regarding social distancing, all of our summer programs will be offered virtually.

A limited number of our staff will return to the library on June 1st, but the building will remain closed to the general public until further notice.

Curbside pick-up of library materials will begin June 10th. And as summer continues and the threat of local infections diminishes, more library services and public space use will be reintroduced. Decisions about when will be made following orders and recommendations from Kane County Public Health authorities, the state of Illinois, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Your Town & Country Library Card gives you access to a whole Digital Library anywhere, at anytime. Checkout eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines, as well as movies and music using your computer, smart phone/tablet, or eReader.

If you would like more information or have a specific question, you can checkout our Phased Reopening Plan here.

Summer Reading


Summer Reading Begins June 5th

This year Summer Reading will be held online! You can sign up and track your progress through the Readsquared website or by downloading the app. The program begins Friday, June 5th and goes until August 7th and is available for all ages!

Youth

Kids 0-10 earn 250 points towards grand prizes for each level they finish. Complete all 4 levels to reach 1000 points and complete the program. Participate in bonus activities to earn more chances to win! When you register you are entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card!

Teen

Teens ages 11-17 earn 250 points towards grand prizes for each book they finish. Read 4 books to reach 1000 points and complete the program. Participate in bonus activities to earn more chances to win! When you register you are entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card!

Adult

Adults ages 18+ earn 250 points towards grand prizes for each book they finish. Read 4 books to reach 1000 points and complete the program. Participate in bonus activities to earn more chances to win!

 

Sign Up for Summer Reading

History and Genealogy

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

Tiptoeing through the Tombstones

THURS, JUNE 4, 7 – 8 P.M.

Part of the Genealogy Seekers series. Transcribing information from cemetery tombstones is something most every family historian does early on.  Come learn about the history of cemeteries and how they’ve changed, death customs through the years, meanings on tombstone symbols, religious clues, and much more.  You’ll come away with a great many informative handouts.

Weekly Webinar

WED, JUNE 3, 1 – 3 P.M.
What are the odds? DNA tool
WED, JUNE 10, 1 – 3 P.M.
Info to Evidence
WED, JUNE 17, 1 – 3 P.M.
Pre-1840 Ancestors
WED, JUNE 24, 1 – 3 P.M.
HathiTrust

Our Family History Interest Group (FHIG) sessions cover a variety of topics – all through fascinating webinars and discussion. This year make new genealogy friends as you learn more about tracking immigrant ancestors, military ancestors, and family who migrated within the U.S. PLUS brush up your foundational skills in organizing, developing your evidence and creative ways to share your family history discoveries.

Study Group Series

RootsMagic Mastery

Fri, JUNE 5, 3 – 5 P.M.
Fri, JUNE 12, 3 – 5 P.M.
Fri, JUNE 19, 3 – 5 P.M.
Fri, JUNE 26, 3 – 5 P.M.

The new RootsMagic 8 is due out anytime, and for the first time with a native Mac version!  This powerful and versatile lineage software could be just the thing for you!  Learn plenty of ‘how-to”s every week and apply them to your own research – achieving RootsMagic Mastery!

Genealogy 1:1

Thur, JUN 11, 2 – 3 P.M.
Thur, JUNE 11, 3 – 4 P.M.
Thur, JUNE 25, 2 – 3 P.M.
Thur, JUNE 25, 3 – 4 P.M.

Our History & Genealogy Manager, Laura Chaplin, will provide advice on genealogy research, insight into your favorite online research site, training on a database software, or whatever else you dream up!  All one-hour appointments are first-come-first-served and require registration. Please have with you any pertinent information, photos, prior research, etc.

Adult Programs

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

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Club

THURS, JUNE 4, 4 – 5 P.M.
THURS, JUNE 11, 4 – 5 P.M.
THURS, JUNE 18, 4 – 5 P.M.
THURS, JUNE 25, 4 – 5 P.M.

Do you miss talking about books with friends? Have you run out of good shows to watch on Netflix? Join us for this weekly informal chat about books, shows, podcasts, and more. Share what you’ve been reading, watching, and listening to lately, and get recommendations for what to explore next. Come once or every week. Stay for 5 minutes or the whole hour. The choice is yours.

Medicare Basics

Sat, JUNE 13, 10 – 11 A.M.
TUES, JUNE 16, 6 – 7 P.M.
THURS, JUNE 18, 2 – 3 P.M.
THURS, JUNE 25, 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.

Floral Arranging Demo and Q&A

Tues, JUNE 2, 7 – 8 P.M.

Join Peggy of Garvin Gardens as she gives a virtual floral arranging demonstration. Got questions about floral arranging or gardening in general? Use the link below to send us your questions, and Peggy will be happy to answer them following the demonstration.

Ask a question!

Film Club: Digging Deeper Into Movies

FRI, JUNE 5, 6 – 9 P.M.
FRI, JUNE 19, 6 – 9 P.M.

Come join us as we watch movies together using Netflix party.  Film Studies instructor Joshua Casburn will guide you as we experience movies in a new way.  The perfect combination of Zoom and Netflix!  Wear your pajamas if you want and bring your own popcorn to your couch.  As the great Bette Davis said, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

Participants must install Netflix Party prior to attending this program. For assistance, please contact mshumaker@elburn.lib.il.us. 

The instructor will also be available on Zoom 30 minutes prior to the start of the program to provide assistance if needed. 

Crime Scene Investigation

Wed, JUN 10, 7 – 8 P.M.

Do you know what the responsibilities of a coroner actually are? What type of CSI techniques are real and which are not? Kane County Coroner Rob Russell will explore the process of a death investigation from start to finish. This program will be presented in a respectful manner, but participant discretion is advised due to the subject matter. Bring your questions as the Coroner probably has some answers!

Felting: Sheepy Landscape

Mon, JUNE 22, 6 – 8:30 P.M.

Join Natasha Lehrer-Lewis for this take-and-make version of her popular felting classes. Registrants will be able to pick up the felting materials at the library once curbside service begins and then follow along with Natasha’s instructions via Zoom on the night of the live program.

Midday Monday – When That Great Ship Went Down

Mon, JUNE 29, 2 – 3 P.M.

Early on the morning of April 15, 1912, the passenger liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic. Orchestras in first and second class on the Titanic that night played popular songs of the day. Irish musicians in third class played rousing jigs and reels. Listen as Phil Passen presents popular songs such as “Blue Danube”, “Maple Leaf Rag”, and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” along with energetic Irish tunes and songs about the sinking of the great ship. Join us for this informative and entertaining program of popular music from a bygone era!

Reducing Financial Stress

Tues JUN 30, 7 – 8 P.M.

Join us for this Zoom presentation to learn tips and tricks for getting a grasp on your finances, reducing spending, and minimizing the overall financial stress in your life.

Youth Programs

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

Storytime with Miss Nancy

Fridays at 9 A.M

Join Miss Nancy for storytime full of songs, flannel board stories, and fingerplays.  For all ages.  Storytime with Miss Nancy is posted to our Facebook page every Friday Morning at 9.

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Storytime with Mrs. Hansen

WED, JUNE 17, 11 – 11:30 A.M.
WED, JUNE 24, 11 – 11:30 A.M.

Join Mrs. Hansen for a live storytime on Wednesdays at 11:00 during the month of June!

This storytime will include songs, stories, and fingerplays.  

Princess Storytime Ariel,The Little Mermaid

Mon, JUN 22, 10 – 11 A.M.

Join us for a Princess Storytime!!! An interactive Facebook Live Event and Giveaway. Town and Country Library is pleased to welcome Ariel, The Little Mermaid!!!
This interactive event is full of singing, engaging storytelling, and the character will respond to your child’s comments by name.

Little Learners

Tues, JUNE 16 , 11 – 11:30 A.M.
TUES, JUNE 23,  11 – 11:30 A.M.
TUES, JUNE 30,  11 – 11:30 A.M.

Ages: 3 to 5

Join Mrs. Hansen for our interactive live Little Learners class. Children will explore letter recognition and sounds, number recognition and counting, colors, shapes and simple writing.

Basic materials that are needed include: paper, crayons, pencil, scissors, glue stick.

Magic Workshop 6-12 yrs old

TUES, JUNE 16,  6 – 6:30 P.M.

Ages: 6 to 12

Join professional magician Gary Kantor as he shares secrets to performing magic tricks. You can practice in great detail by watching the presentation over and over again.

Supplies needed: deck of cards, rubber band, and crayons.

Fork Painting

Thurs, JUN 25,  11 – 12 P.M.

Ages: 8 to 12

Do you love exploring different techniques, canvases and tools to paint with?  Have you ever used a Fork for painting in stead of eating?  Participants will be able to discover a new painting technique using an ordinary fork.

Supplies needed: fork, paper, and paint

Sherlock Holmes Takes the Case

Sun, JUN 7,  at 7 P.M.

Sherlock Holmes Takes the Case!
Presented by The Traveling Lantern Theater
Solve a mystery with the world’s most famous detective!
Something’s amiss, and now “the game’s afoot!” for the brilliant scientist and criminologist, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Somewhere in Queen Elizabeth’s diary there is a hidden clue to a secret entrance where the crown jewels are safely stowed from Sherlock’s arch rival: the brilliant but devilish Dr. Moriarty.
Along with his trusted companion, Dr. Watson, Holmes will follow the clues and solve the mystery with the audience’s help.