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T&C Library offers local programs

“Read on the Wild Side” prizes and program continue
ELBURN—The library continues to offer many programs for patrons this summer. Below are two special children’s programs.

Visit the website, www.elburn.lib.il.us, to view a complete list of summer programs. There are still many prizes available for both children and adults.

The library will give a Hubert the Lion cookie jar from Harris Bank to the 1,000th child that registers for the summer reading program.

Magic show and workshop
Magician “Amazing” Tim Adamz will visit the library to present his “On the Wild Side” magic show at 1 p.m. on July 15.

Join Amazing Tim on a non-stop and hilarious adventure into the world of a reading safari. After his magic show, Amazing Tim will present a magic workshop at 2 p.m.

Fire safety day
The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District will present a Fire Safety Day for children at the library on Friday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Firefighters will show their fire truck, ambulance and fire protection equipment. They will also have several activities for all the kids that morning.

The Town and Country Public Library is located at 320 E. North Street, Elburn. Contact the library at (630) 365-2244.

Town & Country Public Library plant fundraiser

320 E. North St., Elburn • (630) 365-2244
Plant fundraiser
The Friends of the Town and Country Public Library annual plant fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 8, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 9. Geraniums, gerbera daisies and tuberous begonias will be available for a donation of $3.75 each, or three for $11.

The plant sale will be indoors at the library. Pre-orders of flowers can be made at the library or by calling Joan Hansen at (630) 365-9217.

The Friends are also holding a Gardener’s “Green Thumb” raffle through May 9. The deluxe garden cart on display was donated by Vicki McGuire of Elburn. Additional gardener’s items donated by the Friends include a combo pack of garden tools, large planter pots, rainbow straw hat, garden pad for potting plants indoors/outdoors, garden note cards, selected gardening books and much more.

Tickets are $1 each, or six for $5. The drawing will be held May 9 at noon at the library.

Tropical trivia

A team from the Elburn Town and Country Public Library competed in the Trivia Bee for Literacy on Saturday at the Q Center in St. Charles. Lynn Alms, Kathy Semrick, Liz Graves (left to right) and Pam Stewart (not pictured) competed. The event had a Hawaiian theme and the library team was called “I Can Read, Canoe?” The Trivia Bee benefits Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley, an affiliate of ProLiteracy America, a national, nonprofit organization that promotes English literacy. Photo by John DiDonna

Clifford returns to library; New evening story times start at the library

Town & Country Public Library
320 E. North St., Elburn • (630) 365-2244

Clifford returns to library
Clifford, the big red dog, a favorite children’s book character, will visit the library again on Friday, March 27, at 11 a.m. Children will hear stories about Clifford’s many adventures. As with previous book character visits sponsored by Barnes & Noble of Geneva, there will be time after the program for kids to hug Clifford and for parents to take pictures. Clifford will have a gift for each child present. This event is open to all children in the Fox Valley. Please register your child at the library.

New evening story times start at the library
Come to the library and meet Miss Judy. She is a library patron who is volunteering to read to children in the evening. Miss Judy will visit the library the first Monday of each month. The first Story Time is Monday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Silo. Preschool children through elementary school students are all welcome. A special treat will be given to kids who come to the first evening story time. Evening story times are open to all children in the Fox Valley. Please register your child at the library.

Curious kid

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Three-year-old Caden Miller came to the Town and Country with his grandparents to meet Monkey George, as he is known to Caden. The rest of us may know him as Curious George, and he visited the library Saturday. The library event featured Curious George stories, plus a chance for children to meet the famous character. Photo by Sarah Rivers

Coloring contest reminds public to change batteries

The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District is holding a coloring contest to promote changing your batteries on all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors during the time change on Sunday, March 8.

Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors provide those critical extra seconds people need to get out of their homes safely. They also increase your chances of surviving a home fire or carbon monoxide incident.

There will be a prize of one $15 gift card for each of the following age categories: 4-6 years old; 7-9 years old; 10-12 years old.

The official judge will be Fire Marshall Alan Isberg. Please have all entries into the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District Station One, 210 E. North St., Elburn, by 4 p.m. on Monday, March 2. Entries can be turned in from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Entries can be picked up at the Town and Country Public Library in Elburn, Elburn Jewel, or at the fire station.

Library offers home improvement help

Town & Country Public Library
320 E. North St., Elburn
(630) 365-2244

Join Sandy Knutson of Look Again Interior Redesigns and learn how to use what you already own to get a new look for your home. This program will be presented at the Town and Country Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. Registration is recommended but not required.

In honor of the library’s 80th anniversary during the month of February, patrons will receive a Watson chocolate bar (one per visit) with the check-out of audio books. This chocolate bar has been specially created for the library by The Confectionary in DeKalb.

Fun on a budget: Rethink the library as a potential social gathering place

by Gwen Allen

Although libraries aren’t exactly known as social hot spots, contrary to popular belief, they are, in many respects, a social destination. This is especially true in smaller communities, where there aren’t as many coffee shops, museums or cafes.

In almost every library surrounding Elburn there are program directors that do nothing but coordinate social functions for both children and adults. There are reading groups, “how-to” seminars and, of course, an array of craft classes aimed at any and every season or holiday.

The library programs are usually offered free or at a minimal cost, helping both individuals and families who are on a budget.

Cathy Korthals, program director for Elburn’s Town and Country Public Library, said the library is great because you can visit alone, with friends or with family.

“Why not come here, visit and find interesting things to do, rather then go to the mall?” Korthals suggested. “You don’t even need a library card (unless you want to check something out) to come in and enjoy all that it has to offer.”

In addition to lectures, workshops, classes and of course books, libraries are a great resource for other means of entertainment too. There are movie rentals on both VHS and DVD (free at most libraries), free Internet access, audio books for long drives, puzzles and games for children.

“In general, the library is really a bargain, because you can have meetings for free, the story times are free, and there are even free classes for children with reading delays,” Korthals said.

The Town and Country Public Library even has a coffee bar open on Saturday mornings that is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Sukie Blake, Maple Park library director, said another reason to make a library a destination spot, especially for kids, is because it is warm, friendly and safe.

“It is close and the kids can just walk here,” Blake said. “And (again) it’s free, there are lots of activities for the kids here.”

So if saving money and time is what you seek, rediscover the library and leave the social “hot spots” to the crowds.

Elburn Town and Country Public Library
www.elburn.lib.il.us/
Check website for story times.
January
Check out a movie for free and get a free
package of microwave popcorn.
Computer Class
$5 each (eight total each month)
Check the website for topics and times
February
Lyric Oprah
Gives synopsis of current
opera being performed.
Room Designing
Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 pm.
Get a new look on a budget

Maple Park Public Library
www.maplepark.lib.il.us/
Story time
every Wednesday at 10 a.m., for all ages.
Arts and Crafts
Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m.

Sugar Grove Public Library
www.sugargrove.lib.il.us/
A formal book club meets on the first
Tuesday of every month.
Story Time (2 to 5 years),
Lap-sit readings (up to 18 months) and Toddler Time require advance registration. To register by phone,
call (630) 466-4686 or e-mail.