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  • Literacy program gives library cards to babies born in Elgin May 19, 2014 2:47 PM
    Babies born at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin and live in the Gail Borden Library district will get a library card, an initiative designed to promote early literacy. “The more you talk to your baby, sing to your baby and even play with your baby, all that is important in starting early literacy,” a hospital official said.

  • Gail Borden library president stepping down after 25 years May 16, 2014 4:31 PM
    The board president of the Gail Borden Public Library District is stepping down after serving for 25 years in Elgin, and might next set his sights on a similar post in Barrington. Rick McCarthy, 58, who was born and raised in Elgin, said he’s moving to Barrington because he’s getting married this fall.

  • $200,000 Elgin library grant tucked into Democrats’ state budget May 14, 2014 8:12 PM
    Elgin's Gail Borden Library District was singled out for a $200,000 grant as part of Wednesday's state budget proposal. While newly appointed Democratic state Rep. Anna Moeller of Elgin said the grant would cover costs for a bookmobile, critics contend the grant is pork intended to sway Moeller to vote for extending the income tax hike.

  • Teen leads read at library’s celebration Apr 28, 2014 9:02 AM
    Northern Illinois Scholarship Program Social Ambassador Queen 2014 Arielle Christopher, age 15, of Streamwood, read a comedy book to children to help kick-off National Library Week at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., on Sunday, April 13.

  • Gail Borden library plans November referendum Apr 27, 2014 8:06 AM
    People who live in unserved areas next to the Gail Borden Public Library District’s western border can expect to be asked in November if they want to annex and become taxpaying members of the district. The library’s board of trustees is working on placing a referendum question on the Nov. 4 election ballot. The results would affect an estimated 870 unserved households, mostly in Elgin, some in Campton Hills, and a few with mailing addresses in St. Charles, Plato Center and Plato Township.

  • Moving Picture: Elgin library artist builds cityscape Apr 11, 2014 2:03 PM
    Mary Amici-Kozi doesn't get the spotlight much, but her work sure does. The graphic artist at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin creates displays both large and small that complement the themes or events happening in the library. “We are always changing, always coming up with new ideas,” she says. “You want to give as much as you can. You want to be as creative as you can. I like to see how much the public enjoys things that touch them.”

  • Gail Borden kicks off summer reading program Apr 10, 2014 6:26 PM
    This year’s summer reading program in Elgin will be held in conjunction with an exhibit featuring the children’s book and animated character Clifford the Big Red Dog. For the first time, students in Elgin Area School District U-46 will be getting summer reading logs at school, rather than from the Gail Borden Public Library, said Denise Raleigh, division chief of public relations and communications.

  • 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.

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