Upcoming Programs

Projects Half Done: PhDThursday, December 8 - 10:00 AM-11:00 AMMain Library - Conference Room Register
Monthly Matinee Classic FilmsA Christmas Story (PG, 1983)Monday, December 12 - 11:00 AM-2:00 PMMain Library - Elgin Room
Sunday Afternoon ConcertSteiner-Hochwartner DuoSunday, December 18 - 2:00 PM-3:00 PMMain Library - Meadows Community Rooms ABC Register
LoteríaSenior Services AssociationWednesday, December 21 - 12:00 PM-1:00 PMIn The Community
PhD (Projects Half Done) ClubMonday, January 2 - 6:00 PM-7:30 PMRakow Branch - Rakow - Living Room
Device AdviceThursday, January 5 - 9:30 AM-11:30 AMRakow Branch - Rakow - Computer Cafe
The World War Two You Never KnewThe Dutch Hunger WinterThursday, January 5 - 6:30 PM-7:30 PMMain Library - Elgin Room Register
Global Neighbor SeriesUkraineSunday, January 8 - 1:30 PM-3:00 PMMain Library - Meadows Community Rooms ABC Register
Biblioteca DigitalMonday, January 9 - 9:30 AM-11:00 AMMain Library
Monthly Matinee Classic FilmsTrue Grit (G, 1969)Monday, January 9 - 11:00 AM-2:00 PMMain Library - Elgin Room
Projects Half Done: PhDThursday, January 12 - 10:00 AM-11:00 AMMain Library - Grove Room Register
Get to know your iPadThursday, January 12 - 10:30 AM-11:30 AMRakow Branch Register
Biblioteca DigitalMonday, January 16 - 9:30 AM-11:00 AMMain Library
Under Our Feet SeriesThe Field Museum: A Savvy Soil Story Tuesday, January 17 - 7:00 PM-8:00 PMVirtual Register
Miércoles Social: Lotería/Wednesday Social: LoteríaSenior Services AssociationWednesday, January 18 - 12:00 PM-1:00 PMIn The Community
Device AdviceThursday, January 19 - 9:30 AM-11:30 AMRakow Branch
Rakow Readers Book ClubMonday, January 23 - 1:30 PM-2:30 PMVirtual Register
Device AdviceThursday, January 26 - 10:00 AM-12:00 PMSouth Elgin Branch - South Elgin - Adult Area
IRA BasicsKCT Financial Wellness SeriesSaturday, January 28 - 10:30 AM-11:30 AMMain Library - Elgin Room Register
Device AdviceThursday, February 2 - 9:30 AM-11:30 AMRakow Branch
Heirloom Seed SwapSaturday, February 4 - 12:00 PM-2:00 PMRakow Branch - Rakow - Living Room
PhD (Projects Half Done) ClubMonday, February 6 - 6:00 PM-7:30 PMRakow Branch - Rakow - Living Room
Computers 101 SeriesWednesday, February 8 - 10:30 AM-12:00 PMSouth Elgin Branch - South Elgin - Hoffer Room Register
Projects Half Done: PhDThursday, February 9 - 10:00 AM-11:00 AMMain Library - Grove Room Register
eRead Gail BordenThursday, February 9 - 10:30 AM-12:00 PMRakow Branch - Rakow - Corridor West Register
Biblioteca DigitalMonday, February 13 - 9:30 AM-11:00 AMMain Library

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Elgin Memory Café

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

Location: In Person at South Elgin Village Squire

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 South Elgin Village Squire.

Please call us at 847-289-5848 or email 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: Wednesday, January 18: 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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.


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!


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