Little Dino Scavenger Hunt


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 Did you like the dinosaurs you saw in the movie Jurassic World? Visit the Library to see the two-story-tall giant Jobaria—you will have to go to the 1st and 2nd floor to see all of him. You will find a flying pterosaur with a 16-foot wingspan and a fierce Suchomimus, who looked like a crocodile with enormous claws. The bones of the Dinosaur Giants were discovered in Africa by world-famous University of Chicago paleontologist Dr. Paul Sereno. The exhibit will feature:

Life-size Skulls & Skeletons

Real Fossil Material

Other Objects

  • Jobaria skeleton (adult)
  • Afrovenator skeleton
  • Suchomimus skeleton
  • Nigersaurus skeleton
  • Pterosaur flesh model
  • Carcharodontosaurus skull
  • Jobaria touch femur
  • Fossil wood



  • Expedition images with captions
  • Jobaria scale flesh model
  • Dissected Jobaria neck
  • Jobaria juvenile touch skull
  • Femur bench
  • Photo station (Jobaria femora)


 About Paul Sereno, Ph. D


Paul Sereno, a professor at the University of Chicago, works with students, technicians and artists in his Fossil Lab to bring to life fossils unearthed from sites around the world. Paul Sereno grew up in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, and studied art and biology as an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University. Discoverer of dinosaurs on five continents and leader of dozens of expeditions, Sereno was also recognized as a National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence from 2000-2013. For more on Paul Sereno, Ph.D click here!


 Sereno Fossil Lab 


The Fossil Lab at the University of Chicago is a creative and learning space where students and faculty from the University of Chicago come together to study fossils from around the world. The lab is divided into a Research/Teaching Room, Collections Room, Fossil Preparation Room, Molding and Casting Room, and a Bug Room. For more information on the Fossil Lab and their research click here!





Guided Tours 

Cave Explore Adventure

The Library added some gigantic activities for more dinosaur fun:  

• Expedition with Paleontologist Map
• Cave Explore Adventure
• Build a Dino
• Fossil Dig
• Dino Photo Opps



Base Camp!

New hours starting August 17!

Meet at Basecamp in the Library Lobby.

Monday   7 pm

Tuesday   7 pm

Wednesday   7 pm Tour in Spanish

Thursday  7 pm

Friday  4 pm

Sunday 3 pm




En español

Jurassic LEGO® Build Challenge!

**Grades 1 – 5 with a caregiver**
Main Library Meadows Community Rooms
Thursday, July 27      10:30 – 11:30 am

Have you ever wanted to design your own amusement park? What about a park for dinosaurs? Use LEGO® blocks to create your own adventure.

T. Rex and T-Bird: Dolphin Flippers and Cadillac Fins

Main Library Elgin Room
Wednesday, August 9      7 – 8:30 pm

Reed Scherer, Geology Professor at NIU, will discuss the patterns of evolution as seen in the fossil record by using cars as an analogy.

Please Register




Dino Fiesta

**Niños de 3 – 6 años con sus familias**
Biblioteca Principal Salones de la Communidad Meadows
El sábado 22 de julio     10 – 11 am

¡Acompáñanos para tener un buen rato con historias, una manualidad, canciones y helado! Celebra el verano y nuestra exhibición de dinosaurios con este programa bilingüe para los niños de edad preescolar.
Registración comienza el lunes 5 de junio en persona en el escritorio de registración o por teléfono al 847-429-4597. Helado será servido, favor tenga en cuenta cualquier alergia que tenga su pequeño.

¡Inscríbase ya!

  For more Dino-fun click here!




Dinosaur Giants




This exhibit has been made possible by the generous contribution from the following sponsors: