Experience 150 Years of Gail Borden Library - Exhibit and Train

Main Library | June 4 - August 25

This library has been serving this community for 150 years! We will feature fascinating stories and interactive activities about how the Library changed to meet the needs of the community. This exhibit will also highlight the role that the library has played in children’s reading and will include “Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™“ from the Minnesota Children’s Museum.


Children ages birth to 8 years with their families will step into the world of their favorite storybooks and engage in interactive activities to discover the joy and power of reading.

This engaging exhibit uses three beloved children’s books to stimulate early literacy:

  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™ was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum with support from the State of Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. © 2024 Minnesota Children’s Museum. All rights reserved.

Train Rides

All aboard to tour this exhibit on the free Bumblebee Express from 2 - 5:30 pm on Friday, June 14 and June 28. Please check our next newsletter for other Bumblebee Express dates.

Please visit our small memento store with coffee mugs, book bags, growing dinosaurs, sports bottles and more near Customer Relations in the Main Library. Check back often, as merchandise will change throughout the year.


150th Anniversary Party 3-19-2024

Click to see photos from our 150th Birthday Party

Gail Borden Library Celebrates 150 Years

Check out the videos below to see more.


Shown here Courtesy of the Daily Herald

Daily Herald

Gail Borden Library celebrates 150th birthday
Photo of John Steffen dressed as Gail Borden with Denise Raleigh

By: Rick West   Published: March 19, 2024 at 7:06 pm

Hundreds of people crowded the atrium of the Gail Borden Library in Elgin Tuesday to celebrate the local institution’s 150th birthday.

“We have the greatest library probably in the state of Illinois and maybe in the country,” Elgin Mayor David Kaptain said before declaring 2024 as Gail Borden Library Year in the city. “This is so important for this community.”


Shown here Courtesy of the Elgin Courier News

Photo of Courier News Article

Gail Borden Library, named for a man who never lived in Elgin, ready to kick off its 150th anniversary