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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 returned to the library on June 1st, and our building opened to the public on July 6th with limited services.

Curbside pick-up of library materials began 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).

All returned items will be quarantined for 7 days before being placed back in circulation.  This mean returned items will remain on your account until, at least, the 7 day mark has passed.  Please note: no fines will be assessed on overdue items throughout the summer.

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.

History and Genealogy

All 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.

400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage

THURS, Sept 10, 7 – 8 P.M.

Part of the Genealogy Seekers series. Attendees will learn about the 1620 voyage and the brave and persistent people on the Mayflower. How did the Plymouth Colony begin? Who were these brave souls? With knowledge of the journey and the establishment of the colony often comes interest in any personal ancestors who might have been passengers. Jenny will also explain and discuss how to join the Mayflower Society!

War of 1812 Bounty Land Draws Veterans to Missouri, Arkansas, and Illinois

WED, Sept 16, 1 – 3 P.M.

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

FamilySearch Sleuthing

FRI, Sept 18, 3 – 5 P.M.
FRI, Sept 25, 3 – 5 P.M.

FamilySearch.org offers so many genealogical treasures and ALL FOR FREE!  This study group will begin with the basics and go from there, investigating some of FamilySearch’s under-utilized features!

Remember – these are a SERIES with each session building on past sessions, so you must register for the FIRST meeting in order to secure a spot in all sessions.

Genealogy 1:1

THUR, Sept 24, 2 – 3 P.M.
THUR, Sept 24, 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 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 Yoga

Mon, Sept 14 – Oct 19, 9:30 – 10:30 a.M.

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 too!
This program will be held virtually.

Virtual Chair-assisted yoga

Tues, Sept 15 – Oct 20, 1 – 2 P.M.

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 will be held virtually.

Midday Monday – Games Not Played: Chicago’s Failed Olympics

Mon, Sept 14, 2 – 3 P.M.

If former Mayor Richard M. Daley had his way, Chicago would have hosted to the XXXI Olympiad in 2016, rather than Rio de Janeiro. Yet Chicago’s hopes were abruptly dashed when the city was eliminated in the first round of voting in Copenhagen.
Chicago was actually chosen as the host city for the 1904 games, but politics and circumstances conspired to snatch the prize away to St. Louis. This program looks into what might have been and what went wrong. We also look at why many believe that Chicago’s 2016 failure was a blessing in disguise.
This program will be held virtually.

Crafting for a Cause

Thurs, Sept 24, 7 – 8 P.M.

Join us for this take-and-make craft night. Pick up a kit from the library, complete the projects during the live Zoom program, and drop off your finished creations at the library to be sent to children living in poverty around the world!
You will receive instructions for accessing the live program upon registration.
This program will be held virtually.

Birding the Midwest

Weds, Sept 30, 7 – 8 P.M.

Join Bob & Kathy Andrini of Birds-R-Kool for this informative presentation focusing on birds that appear in the Fox River Valley and surrounding areas. You will see birds ‘up close and personal’ that are common as well as those that appear only briefly during migration.
This program will be held virtually.

Film Club: Digging Deeper Into Movies

FRI, SEPT 11, 6 – 9 P.M. – Jurassic Park
FRI, Sept 25, 6 – 9 P.M. – The Social Network

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. 

Medicare Basics

Wed, Sept 16, 6 – 7 P.M.
Fri, Sept 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.
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.

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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Mixed Aged Storytime with Mrs. Hansen

Tues, Sept 8, 10 – 10:45 A.M.
TUES, SEPT 15, 10 – 10:45 A.M.
TUES, SEPT 22, 10 – 10:45 A.M.
TUES, SEPT 29, 10 – 10:45 A.M.

Join Mrs. Hansen for an Autumn themed storytime. This storytime will include songs, stories, finger plays and a simple craft. Stop by the library starting the Thursday before class to pick up supplies. Supplies you will need to provide are glue, scissors, and markers.
These programs will be held virtually.

Spanish Fun with Señora Silvana

Wednesdays at 9 A.M.

Get your little one hooked on our weekly videos where they can sing and dance as they learn basic Spanish. From colors and numbers, to animals and fruits, let’s learn Spanish together from home! These short videos will build up your Spanish vocabulary, and show you how fun and easy learning Spanish can be!
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Virtual Book Club: Junie B. First Grade (At Last)

Thurs, Sept 10 , 4 – 5 P.M.

Join Mrs. Hansen for a Zoom Book Club. We will read and discuss a selection from Junie B. First Grade (At Last) by Barbara Park and enjoy a fun activity together.
Pick up your activity supplies at the library, September 8-10.
This program will be offered virtually.

VIRTUAL Book Club: The Knight at Dawn – Magic Tree House

THURS, Sept 17,  4 – 5 P.M.

Join Mrs. Hansen for a Zoom Book Club. Enjoy listening as she reads aloud The Magic Tree House-Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne. Afterwards we will  enjoy a fun activity together.
Pick up your activity supplies at the library, September 15-17.
This program will be offered virtually.

VIRTUAL Craft Night: T-Shirt Upcycling -No-Sew Tote Bag

Thurs, Sept 17,  6 – 7:30 P.M.

We will be upcycling old t-shirts into no-sew tote bags. Perfect for taking to the grocery store, school, or the library!
Materials Needed:

  • T-shirt (large graphic tees are especially fun) to transform
  • Sharp scissors-fabric preferred
  • Washable marker-optional

This program will be offered virtually.

VIRTUAL Kids Cook Snacks

THURS, SEPT 10 , 6 – 7 P.M.

Join us for some kitchen fun! Get your little ones involved in the kitchen with these simple, yummy, kid-friendly snacks. Please supply your own ingredients.
Peaceful Pond Bites: small popped rice cakes, soft cream cheese or hummus, goldfish crackers, veggies and herbs-broccoli, celery, bell peppers, chives, parsley
Fish in the River: celery, soft cream cheese, goldfish crackers

This program will be offered virtually.

Virtual Tweens and Teens Cook Apple Desserts

THURS, SEPT 24,  6:30 – 7:30 P.M.

Join us for an Apple cooking class. Sweet, crisp, tart and juicy. Of course there is apple pie. We’ll cover different ways to serve up these delicious fruits. Please supply your own ingredients.
Oven Fried Apple Pies: 1 tbsp sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 cup apple pie filling, 1 can Pillsbury Grands Homestyle refrigerated biscuits, 4 tsp melted butter
Apple Pie in a Cup: 1-2 graham crackers, 2 scoops of apple pie filling, whipped cream, cinnamon, cup, baggie, spoon

This program will be offered virtually.

VIRTUAL Spanish Immersion: Tweens and Teens

Mon, SEPT 14,  6 – 6:45 P.M.
MON, SEPT 21,  6 – 6:45 P.M.
MON, SEPT 28,  6 – 6:45 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.