Elgin historian to discuss 150-year history of Gail Borden Library

Elgin historian Jerry Turnquist will give a talk about the history of the Gail Borden Library on Jan. 30, as it celebrates 150 years in the community.

The discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the main library, 270 N. Grove Ave. in Elgin.

The library was founded in 1874 with 2,000 books. Turnquist will reveal little-known facts and stories about the library, including the origin of its name, the person behind that name, how the library expanded to meet the needs of a growing community and how it has met challenges through the decades.

Register for the program at, by calling (847) 429-4597 or in person at any library location. For more information about the library’s 150th anniversary, visit

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