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Exhibit from the Miami Children’s Museum

Main Library
Starting October 7
Ahoy mateys! Adventure lands at the Library when Pirate Island arrives with a pirate ship and sailor skills to explore. Families will learn all about pirate legends and visit stations offering STEAM activities.

Upcoming Pirate Programs

3D Design for Kids - Pirate’s Booty!

Main Library Computer Training Room
Saturday, November, 5 ♦ 11 am – Noon
Design and build your own 3D pirate coin treasure.
Register here!

Meet a Pirate

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms
Friday, November, 18 ♦ 11 – 11:45 am
Best for ages 3-6. Join us for a storytelling performance with Captain Quigley the Pirate! Hear pirate adventures, then stay to take a photo with him. 
Register here!

Shiver Me Timbers! - Pirate Bingo

Main Library Sally Lee Rooms
Tuesday, November 22 ♦ 7 – 7:45 pm
Bring along any friends, family or scallywags. Winners will pick prizes from the pirate’s treasure.
Register here!

A Pirate’s Compass - Navigating the High Seas!

Main Library Sally Lee Rooms
Friday, December, 2 ♦ 4:30 – 5 pm
Grades 2-5. Learn about a pirate’s most important tool - the compass. Explore the history and mechanics of this device. Guest: Gary Swick, Friends of the Fox President and former NIU professor.
Register here!


Pirate-in-Training - A Pirate Academy

Main Library
Friday, November 25 ♦ 1 – 2 pm
Grades K-5. Join us on the 7 Seas and train to become a fearsome pirate. With maps, songs, science and treasure. 
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Pirates’ Code - A Coding Adventure

Main Library Sally Lee Rooms
Monday, December, 12 ♦ 4:30 – 5:30 pm
We will use code to solve puzzles, find treasure and program our nautical adventure! 
Register here!


Previous Programs


Not so Nightmarish Ghost Ship on Grove - Show Your Library Card 

Friday, October 21 | 6 – 8 pm | Main Library
Shiver me timbers! Thank you all for attending. We are so happy that most people in our community have Gail Borden Library cards. If you still need to get a Library Card for you or your child, it is easy. Sign up online or visit any library location.


Waterways: Their Importance in Northern Illinois

Dive in as we virtually visit the Chicago Maritime Museum with curator Dylan Hoffmann and learn the importance of the northern Illinois waterways including the Fox River. You will also get a sneak peak of this museum jewel that highlights Chicago’s maritime history.

Find out how to visit the Chicago Maritime Mueum on their website or through Explore More Illinois.