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  • Gail Borden library celebrates 140th anniversary Mar 17, 2014 2:51 PM
    Changes in the Gail Borden Public Library District over the years will be the focus of the 140th anniversary celebration to take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Main Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin.

  • Gail Borden Library offers immigration program Feb 13, 2014 2:18 PM
    “Immigration and Education: Opening the Doors of Opportunity” will be offered on Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the Meadows Community Rooms at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave. in Elgin.

  • Elgin black history event a hit, but no Tuskegee Airmen Feb 1, 2014 6:33 PM
    Saturday’s snowstorm put a damper on the 9th annual Black History Family Festival in Elgin, whose guests of honor didn’t make the event. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen — the first African-American pilots who fought in World War II — couldn’t come to deliver their message of exhorting youth to pursue secondary education and careers in aviation, said Ken Rapier, president of the Tuskegee Airmen’s Chicago “Dodo” chapter.

  • Elgin library hosts black history festival Saturday Jan 29, 2014 5:11 AM
    What were some of the contributions of black Americans in the military throughout history? Elgin area residents can find out first hand from former Tuskegee Airmen, the famed group of black World War II combat pilots, and other African American military veterans who will be special guests at the Ninth Annual Black History Family Festival Saturday at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. The festival, dubbed “Honoring Our Heroes: Contributions of African American Veterans,” will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the library's main branch, 270 N. Grove Ave.

  • U-46 gets prepared for STEM Expo Jan 21, 2014 11:35 AM
    It’s not your typical science fair. Elgin Area School District U-46’s upcoming STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Expo will give students a chance to explore their natural curiosities, whether it’s building an electric car or developing a new kind of fertilizer. The fifth annual STEM Expo is April 5 at South Elgin High School. The first kickoff event is 6 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday at Gail Borden Library Main Branch, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin.

  • Winter reading in the suburbs: What's hot right now Jan 17, 2014 3:33 PM
    Barrington High School grad Veronica Roth's debut trilogy is on the minds of teens across the suburbs. Her three novels are consistently among the most checked out young adult books from Naperville to Grayslake.

  • Cold leaves suburban libraries facing tough choice whether to open Jan 6, 2014 5:10 PM
    Public libraries often are refuges from extreme weather during the winter and summer months. But not Monday. The frigid temperatures prompted many suburban libraries to shut down for the day. Others operated as usual, saying it was their civic duty to remain open.

  • Carole Medal ‘brought library into 21st century’ Dec 6, 2013 4:29 PM
    The creative programming and community partnerships fostered by Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin has earned its executive director a statewide award. Carole Medal, who has worked in Elgin since 2004, recently was named Librarian of the Year by the Illinois Library Association. “She really just exemplifies having the library as a community hub and being connected to the community,” Nicole Wilhelms of the Illinois LIbrary Association said.

  • Gail Borden Library showcases Shelter Box survival kit Nov 21, 2013 5:44 PM
    A Shelter Box, which includes a 10-person tent, sits in the middle of the Gail Borden Public Library rotunda Thursday to show visitors how they can help survivors of the typhoon in the Philippines. The Elgin Noon Rotary Club is raising money to send Shelter Boxes to the Philippines.

  • Festival of Trees Nov. 9 to help adults in need Oct 24, 2013 12:09 PM
    Residents of Barrington and Hanover townships may not be aware that they’re also served by the Kane County-based Ecker Center for Mental Health, which addresses the needs of low-income adults. It’s that Cook County portion of the center’s service area that will host its annual, holiday-themed fundraiser next month.

  • Families learn about Hispanic culture in Elgin Oct 12, 2013 8:00 PM
    With “passports” in hand, local children and their families visited tables about Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Latin countries Saturday at Gail Borden Public Library’s fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. “I like this (event) because I can share my culture,” said Navi Gonzalez, who came to the United States in 2000 from Caracas, Venezuela.

  • Lending of e-books not always easy for suburban libraries Sep 2, 2013 8:00 AM
    Anyone interested in reading author Dan Brown’s latest best-seller, “Inferno,” on a Kindle can download a copy for roughly $13. But for many suburban libraries, downloading that same book so that it can be lent out to patrons costs $85. That’s a hefty difference in price, and it’s one reason why public libraries have had difficulty keeping up with the demand for e-books in the suburbs.

  • Log your minutes before the end of summer reading Aug 8, 2013 5:25 PM
    Community partnerships have fueled the incredible growth in summer reading through Elgin’s Gail Borden Public Library over the last two years and library leaders believe those relationships will make sure the latest numbers aren’t a fluke. Last year, the library saw record-breaking enrollment with 20 percent more students registered than in 2011. The streak continued this year with 10 percent growth over the 2012 high.

  • Octogenarian Sleepy Hollow poet relishes book cover flap Jul 21, 2013 7:07 AM
    "There once was a poet quite sage, ... an octogenarian who didn't let age ... get in her way ... when she had something to say, ... you'll want to read every last page." Celebrating the publication of her first book of poetry, 80-year-old Sleepy Hollow author Norma Hass relishes the controversy she creates by using a racy image on the cover.

  • Gail Borden Library District hosts “edible book” contest Jul 14, 2013 4:47 PM
    All bakers, amateur and professional, are invited to make a creation for Gail Borden Public Library’s annual Edible Book Festival. Registration is open until Aug. 5. Participants will create an edible book that will be on display Aug. 17-18. The creation can be in the shape of a book, or based on a favorite tale or be a pun on a famous title. Prizes will be awarded for the children/teen, horror/mystery and wildlife categories in three groups: families (includes ages 9 and younger), ages 10 to 16 and ages 17 and older. Register at the main library, 270 N. Grove Ave. in Elgin, or the Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Road in Elgin, and receive a free cake board to display the creation on. Info: (847) 742-2411.

  • Audit: Suburban governments far from transparent Jul 10, 2013 12:20 PM
    When it comes to posting certain information on government websites that's readily available to the public, most suburban agencies have a long way to go before they'll be completely transparent, an audit from the Illinois Policy Institute has found. Of the 102 governmental agencies the institute audited, 70 posted scores of 60 points or below, a failing grade. “It's a missed opportunity to really engage the public to participate,” said Brian Costin, the institute's director of government reform.

  • Charges dropped against former Gail Borden library trustee May 23, 2013 11:21 AM
    Prosecutors have dismissed felony domestic battery charrges against a former Gail Borden Library trustee. Randall Hopp was charged with attacking his elderly father in March 2011 and was in an institution last summer because he was unfit for trial. Hopp's father passed away and his mother, the only other witness, recanted her testimony.

  • Don’t miss out on seeing sheep shearing at library May 7, 2013 5:29 PM
    Bring the family to see sheep shearing at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Library, 2751 W. Bowes Road, Elgin. Amelia, a 12-year-old Type A Merino ewe from Cozy Hollow Farm, will be slowly sheared by hand on the lawn of the branch using old-fashioned hand shears. Her wool will then be sent off to be professionally cleaned and carded.

  • Elgin’s community reading challenge kicks off next week May 7, 2013 5:39 PM
    All Elgin residents — from babies to adults — are invited to participate in this summer's community reading challenge, spearheaded by the city of Elgin in conjunction with Gail Borden Public Library The goal of the "Read on the Wild Site" challenge is to log 100,000 reading hours as a community, said Denise Raleigh, the library's public relations and development division chief.

  • SuperCroc exhibit opens Friday at Gail Borden library Apr 30, 2013 6:16 PM
    The SuperCroc has arrived at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin and is already causing a stir among library patrons and staff members. "It's really exciting to see people's reactions to watching us put the things up and then to actually watching them interact with it," said Carl Gustafson, director of operations for Project Exploration, which rents the exhibit to the library. It runs through Aug. 18 at the main library, 270 N. Grove Ave.

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