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Winter Reading Program | Adult Programs | Youth Programs | History & Genealogy

The Town and Country Public Library is available for Curbside Services and the building is closed to the public.  Our bookdrops are open in front, and all our programs will be held virtually. 

Curbside Service Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


A New Normal

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

As 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).

All returned items will be quarantined for 3 days before being placed back in circulation.  This mean returned items will remain on your account until, at least, the 3 day mark has passed.  Please note: no fines will be assessed on overdue items as long as quarantine is required.

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.

Winter Reading Program

The Read Without Limits winter reading program will run from December 14th – March 12th on READsquared. This program, which encourages the life-long habit of reading broadly, is open to patrons of all ages.
Complete the program by March 12th in order to be entered into the grand prize drawing!
Click Here to Register or use the READsquared app

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 Trivia Night

Sat, Jan 16, 7 – 8:30 P.M.

Well, 2020 is now hindsight. Help us celebrate by joining us for a night of virtual trivia!  A lot happened in 2020. How much attention have you actually paid to recent events and pop culture? Battle against other teams to see who is the true Trivia Master!
Teams must use the same device during the event.
All registrants will be entered to win a gift basket door prize.
This Program to be held via ZOOM

Virtual Midday Monday: IN the Belly of the Beast King in Chicago

Mon, Jan 11, 2 – 3 P.M.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left his mark on our nation’s history and on the history of Chicago. Historian and entertainer Clarence Goodman will discuss the rise of race issues around the city of Chicago and share stories of how Dr. King took on Mayor Richard J. Daley to push for better living conditions.
This Program to be held via ZOOM

Virtual Yoga

Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. starting Jan. 14

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 Jan. 14

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

Healthy Meal Planning

Wednesday, January 20th, 7 – 8 p.m.

If you made a resolution to improve your health, eat out less, or just learn some new recipes in 2021, health coach Kristyn Slick is here to help! Join us for this informative demo as Kristyn introduced several recipes that will liven up mealtime and help you achieve your goal, even with a busy schedule!
This Program to be held via ZOOM

Film Club: Digging Deeper Into Movies

FRI, JAN. 8, 6 – 9 P.M.
FRI, Jan. 22, 6 – 9 P.M.

Come join us as we watch movies together using Netflix and Teleparty (Formerly Netflix Party). Film Studies instructor Joshua Casburn will guide you as we experience movies in a new way. 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 the Teleparty Chrome extension 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. 

Medicare Basics

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 10 -11 A.M.
Wednesday, January 27, 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.
These programs will be 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.

Paying for College without going broke

Thursday, January 7th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Explore the complex world of need-based and merit-based financial aid. Get tips for optimizing college admissions and scholarships, and learn strategies for lowering your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which will increase your financial aid eligibility. This webinar is recommended for parents of middle school and/or high school students. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

VIRTUAL Read Aloud with Mrs. Hansen: 

The Magic Treehouse: Warriors in WInter

Thursday, January 21st, 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Children will have the opportunity to hand-make a stuffed bear at this fun and creative zoom workshop! Participants will bring their plush character to life by hand-stuffing it and wishing on a star. They will even name their new friend with an official certificate. Adult participation required. Supplies can be picked up at the library starting December 8.
This program held virtually.

VIRTUAL Read Aloud with Mrs. Hansen: 

The Poet’s Dog By Patricia MacLachlan

Thursday, January 28th, 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Join Mrs. Hansen for a Zoom Read Aloud on the fourth Thursday of the month. We will read from a different 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.
This program held virtually.

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.
Our Facebook Page

Afternoon Storytime with Mrs. Hansen

TUES, Jan. 5, 1 – 1:30 P.M.
TUES, Jan. 12, 1 – 1:30 P.M.
TUES, Jan. 19, 1 – 1:30 P.M.
TUES, JAN. 26, 1 – 1:30 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, January 14th, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

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 programs will be held virtually.

Spanish Immersion
(Tweens & Teens)

Mon, Jan. 11 , 6 – 6:30 P.M.
MON, JAN. 18 , 6 – 6:30 P.M.
MON, JAN. 25 , 6 – 6:30 P.M.

Join Señora 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.
This program will be offered virtually.

Zooming into Advanced Spanish

MON, JAN. 11, 7 – 7:30 P.M.
MON, JAN. 18, 7 – 7:30 P.M.
MON, JAN. 25, 7 – 7:30 P.M.

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. This program will be offered virtually.

VIRTUAL Craft: Northern Lights Watercolor Painting

Thursday, January 14th on Facebook

Learn easy watercolor techniques to create a beautiful Northern Lights Painting. Using very simple watercolor techniques involving wet paper and salt is all it will take to produce magical results!   Register to reserve your supply kit. You will be notified when kits will be available for pickup.

Supplies Needed-watercolor paper, watercolor paints, paintbrushes, coarse and fine salt.
Register for a Supply Kit

VIRTUAL Cooking: Homemade Pizza

Thursday, January 28th on Facebook

Learn how to make fantastic homemade pizza from scratch!  Follow along and find out how to make a pizza dough from scratch, as well as a simple tomato sauce, and how to get the best results from your kitchen oven.
Ingredients Needed: Bread flour, active dry yeast, olive oil, kosher salt, sugar, 28oz canned tomatoes, garlic clove, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese.
This program will be offered virtually on our Facebook Page

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: Genealogy 101

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 7 – 8:30 P.M.

Start off the new year by going back to basics with Dr. Kimberly Nagy as she presents her program “Genealogy 101.” This program is perfect for inviting friends who may be interested in genealogy but are unsure where to start.
This Program will be Held Virtually

Family History Writers

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 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). At this first session, we hope to gauge the group’s writing interests and allow those with projects in mind to
share, swap ideas, and set goals for moving their writing forward.
This Program to be held Virtually