Programs

Monday, March 4
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Rakow Branch
Rakow - Living Room
Tuesday, March 5
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Main Library
Meadows Community Rooms AB
Thursday, March 7
9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Rakow Branch
Rakow - Computer Cafe
Thursday, March 7
6:30 PM-7:30 PM
Main Library
Elgin Room
Monday, March 11
5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Main Library
Lobby - Concierge
Thursday, March 14
9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Main Library
2nd Floor - Behind Elevators
Thursday, March 14
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Rakow Branch
Rakow - Corridor West
Saturday, March 16
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Main Library
Elgin Room
Monday, March 18
5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Main Library
Lobby - Concierge
Tuesday, March 19
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Rakow Branch
Rakow - Living Room
Wednesday, March 20
5:30 PM-7:00 PM
South Elgin Branch

EngAge Café

Date/Time: 4th Tuesday of every other month, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: In Person at South Elgin Branch Library. *Subject to substitute location when construction begins on South Elgin Branch Library

An offshoot of Elgin Memory Cafe', this group welcomes active older adults who may or may not be caregivers, and those living with mild cognitive impairment or other chronic conditions. Come by to socialize!

Please call us at 847-289-5848 or email ggodinsky@gailborden.info if you are attending for the first time.

What is a Engage Café? A casual social setting where active older adults, caregivers, and/or those living with dementia or other chronic conditions can enjoy time together, learn a tech skill, and volunteer to complete a craft to take home or make for nursing home residents.

Elgin Memory Café

Date/Time: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Location: In Person at Stanley's Grill - 335 N McLean Blvd, South Elgin, IL 60177

Those with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's or a related dementia and their care partners are invited for a social event and to gather resources at Stanley's Grill.

Please call us at 847-289-5848 or email ggodinsky@gailborden.info if you are attending for the first time.

What is a Memory Café? A Memory Café is a place where persons with MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment) early-stage Alzheimer's or a related dementia can go with their care partners to socialize and have fun with other people going through similar things.

Café de los Recuerdos

Date/Time: Thursday, October 19: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Location: Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms AB

An opportunity for seniors to stay connected and make friends. Open to seniors, family members or caregivers.

  • January celebrates The Three Kings 👑
  • May features Mother’s Day 💐
  • October centers around Fall 🍁

What is Café de Los Recuerdos? Café de Los Recuerdos takes place three times a year in January, May, and October. The library collaborates with Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center to educate seniors about their health, teach them chair stretches, and participate in a craft activity such as Mandalas for relaxation.

Services

Memory Care Collection

The Memory Care Collection has been created to support at-home caregivers and professional caregivers, as well as to provide items to engage those living with dementia. The collection includes jigsaw puzzles, toys and more.

  • These items are available for reciprocal borrowers.
  • Items available only from 2nd floor, Main Library; no pickups at branches.

Techknow Mobile

The TechKnow Mobile is a one-stop technology assistance vehicle. We offer circulating Wi-Fi hotspots, Google Chromebooks, print books, and DVDs, and the staff members on board are ready to help if you need to know how something works. Find us at any of these locations to have your technology needs met, no matter what they are!

Bookmobile

A library on wheels, the Bookmobile is a big, green bus that “Brings the Library to You”! We visit neighborhoods, apartment complexes, parks, and schools on a two-week rotation and provide nearly all of the library services we offer at our buildings.

Volunteer with the Library

Interested in becoming a Life Enrichment volunteer?

Gail Borden Public Library District provides programming and materials to over 25 senior and developmental care communities within our district, on a monthly basis. Volunteers select dates and locations, based on their availability, to be part of the presentation team. Volunteers also help pull orders for Home Services and make deliveries. Other volunteer opportunities are available at the library, as well.

To become a volunteer, please complete the application form and click the submit button at the bottom.

Community Partners