Library Info



Build It! With LEGO® Bricks

Main Library
Mid-October – December 30

-Giant character photo ops
-LEGO famous landmark exhibit
-LEGO hands-on programs


Northern Illinois LEGO®
Train Club Exhibit


Main Library Meadows Community Rooms 
Saturday, November 3 ♦ 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday, November 4 ♦ Noon – 5 pm

Families. LEGO Trains are here just in time for the holidays


LEGO® Architecture Showcase
for Kids and Ice Cream Social

Main Library Lobby
Tuesday, December 4 ♦ 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Kids will design and create any kind of LEGO structure for the future like a restaurant, theater, museum, library or school and then show off their creations and say a few words about them. To reserve a spot, call Liz Clemmons at 847-429-4698 by 11/20.



GBPL Bookmobile

Proceeds from the 2018 Book Sale will go to the establishment of a Bookmobile.


Click here for details.

Pongalo through RBdigital


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Pongalo offers the largest collection of Spanish-language telenovelas, TV series, and translated movies. Make an account and watch telenovelas, series and movies in Spanish, without interruptions or commercials. Watch on a mobile device, computer or television.

Pongalo ofrece la mayor colección de telenovelas, series de televisión y películas traducidas en español. Crea tu cuenta y comienza a disfrutar de todos los episodios de tus telenovelas, series y películas en ESPAÑOL. Sin interrupciones ni cortes comerciales. PONGALO está disponible en tu teléfono móvil, tableta, computador y TV.

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The library has a range of activities to keep you entertained this fall.
There's always something to do at GBPL!    




Movie Poster Exhibit & Scavenger Hunt 
Main Library - Youth Hallway

Saturday, September 1
9 am – 4:30 pm

Join us for some "reel" fun! View an extensive collection of movie posters for current and upcoming films on the first floor. Test your powers of observation by completing a movie poster scavenger hunt to enter a prize drawing. Fun for all ages.


Rake-O Family Fall Festival 
Rakow Branch - Outdoors

Saturday, September 22
1 – 4 pm

Kick up your heels for some down-home fun with games, pumpkin decorating, face painting, music and more. 

Family Jam with Little Miss Ann
Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms

Monday, October 15
10:15 – 11 am

Join Little Miss Ann and a fiddler in this interactive music performance filled with energy and positivity. Pick up tickets at the Early Learning Center desk at 9:45 am the morning of the event.


Spooky Project Runway
Main Library - Meadows Community Room C

Wednesday, October 24
7 – 8 pm

Grades 9 - 12. Your fashion design challenge is to create an amazing outfit for a six-inch-tall plastic skeleton! Will your model be runway-ready? Materials provided.   


Fall Family Festival 
Main Library - Outdoor Stage*

Friday, October 26
1 – 3 pm

Join us for an afternoon of fall fun with outdoor games, music and pumpkin decorating. Craft supplies limited. 

*In case of inclement weather, this will take place in the Meadows Community Rooms. 


Day of the Dead Mini Fest
Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms

Saturday, October 27
1 – 3 pm

Celebrate with crafts, stories, traditional sweet bread and more. All are invited!


 Halloween Happenings 


Main Library 
Meadows Community Rooms

Tuesday, October 30
Birth - Preschool      10 – 10:30 am
Families           6 – 7 pm

Wear your costume and parade through the library. There will be trick-or-treating, games and spooky fun.



Rakow Branch 

Wednesday, October 31
10:30 – 11:30 am

Stop by Rakow Branch before your trick-or-treating! Wear your costume and parade through the library. 



South Elgin Branch - Hoffer Room 
Fridays     10 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, September 7
2017, PG

Friday, October 14
A Wrinkle in Time
2018, PG

Friday, September 28
Disneynature: Chimpanzee

Friday, October 5
Lost & Found
2016, PG

Friday, October 12
Paddington 2
2017, PG

Friday, October 19
October Sky
1999, PG

Friday, October 26
2017, PG

Friday, October 20
Hotel Transylvania
2012, PG

*Noon – 2 pm*




Join us for summer fun at the Library. Enjoy music, dancing, and exploration.
There's always something to do at GBPL!    



Wacky Family Fitness Show
Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms

Wednesday, July 11
2 – 3 pm

This high energy show encourages health, fitness and fun. Participate in physical team challenges to stimulate the mind, create team play and boost self-esteem. Designed by Brian Wismer. 


Messy Play
Main Library* and Rakow Branch Patios

Fridays in July
9:30 – 11:30 am

Ages 3-6. Explore our water table, playhouse and other activities. Each week will feature a different theme of messy fun. Weather permitting. *Drop-in patio play may be available other weekdays. Call 847-429-4685 for more information.


Beyond Ribbit
Rakow Branch

Tuesday, July 31
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Did you know that Illinois wetlands are home to several species of frogs? Some even live in the Rakow Branch pond! Come learn about frogs, imitate the many different calls in the evening frog chorus and hear what kinds of frogs call our pond home.  R 


Pond Ecology
Rakow Branch

Saturday, August 4
10 – 11:30 am

Grades 1-5. Young ecologists will investigate what’s living in the Rakow Branch pond using nets for scooping and tools to sort through vegetation. Dress for mess; bring a hat to avoid sun.  R 

Butterfly Camp
Rakow Branch - Shales Living Room

August 6 – 8
10 – 11 am

Learn about Monarch butterflies, enjoy crafts and take a field trip to our Butterfly Garden and the Rakow Branch wetlands.  R 


Main Library - Rear Parking Lot

August 6 
6 – 8 pm

Climb on an Elgin fire engine, an Elgin police car, school bus, ambulance and more! Bring a picnic dinner to the library's west lawn at 6:00 pm. Beverage and dessert will be provided by the library. 

 Family Picnics 


Rick Kelley: Music With a Message Family Picnic
Rakow Branch - Outside South Lawn

Tuesday, July 10
6 – 7:30 pm

Award-winning, energetic and goofy Rick Kelley performs music to motivate people to “Get Involved.” Dessert will be provided. Bring a picnic dinner and something to sit on. Performance begins at 6:30 pm.


Spanish Family Picnic
Main Library - Outdoor Stage

Wednesday, July 11
6 – 7:30 pm

6 pm Bring a picnic dinner to the library’s west lawn. Beverage and dessert will be provided by the library.
6:30 pm Super Stolie Guacamole shares her love of music in this bilingual show. Join us for singing, dancing and more!

Family Picnic The Barefoot Hawaiians
Main Library - Outdoor Stage

Tuesday, July 24
6 – 8 pm

6 pm Bring a picnic dinner to the library's west lawn. Beverage and dessert will be provided by the library.
7 pm The Barefoot Hawaiians will entertain with dynamic dances, dramatic drumming, vibrant costumes and display of customs from the islands. Watch the thrilling visual Poi Balls dance from New Zealand and the famous Hula dance from Hawaii.


Stay Cool With these Summer Reads!

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South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room
Fridays     10 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, July 6
Despicable Me 3
2017, PG

Friday, July 13
2009, PG

Friday, July 20
Tell Me How: Working with Animals

Friday, July 27
Seven Wonders: Grand Canyon

Friday, August 3
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
2017, PG

Friday, August 10
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: President of the 20th Century

Friday, August 17
My Little Pony: The Movie
2017, PG

Friday, August 24
Adaptation: Tools for Survival: Land Animals

Friday, August 31
Eleanor's Secret
2009, NR



   R = Registration Required ▪ Three ways to register ▪ Online at ▪ Call 847-429-4597 ▪ In Person      


 Check out a Museum with your GBPL card!

Online Registration Assistance for Returning Families!


Gail Borden Library and U-46 staff members will be onsite to provide assistance for completing registration for the 2018-19 school year.

Check-in on the Second Floor.

Please bring the YELLOW REGISTRATION FORM containing your username and password and proof of current residency.

This event is for parents with children returning to U-46 who have not completed registration.

If you are new to the district, please call to set up an appointment at our district office: 847-888-5000, ext. 5717 (5016 for Spanish)


Current Families must register in person if:

  • You have moved and need to update your address.
  • You have a new kindergarten student who was not pre-registered. Please complete online registration and add this student to your online application as a New Student. Then, contact the school or the Registration Office to make an appointment to turn in your child's birth certificate and your proof of residency. Your kindergarten student will not be scheduled into a class until all required paperwork is received.
  • You have a new preschool student. Preschool age children need to be screened in order to qualify for placement. Please call 847-888-5000 ext. 6094 to make a screening appointment.
  • New or returning preschool students will not be scheduled into a class until all required paperwork is received.

To be fully registered, the following must be completed:

  • Online Registration Application Submitted
  • Approved Proof of Residency on file at each school
  • Up-to-Date Medical Information on file at each school
  • Required Fees Paid in Full


For more information please visit the U-46 Student Registration webpage!


 Ayuda con la inscripción en línea 


Miércoles 18 de julio     1 – 7 pm
Biblioteca Principal - Centro de Computación

La Biblioteca Gail Borden y el personal del U-46 estarán disponibles para asistirlos con la finalización de inscripciones para el año escolar 2018-19.

Inicio de registro en el segundo piso.

Por favor, traiga el FORMULARIO DE INSCRIPCIÓN AMARILLO que contiene su nombre de usuario y contraseña y comprobantes de su residencia actual.

Este evento es para padres con estudiantes actuales de U-46 que aún necesitan incribirse.

Si es nuevo en el distrito, llame para programar una cita en nuestra oficina de distrito: 847-888-5000, ext. 5717 (5016 para español)


Las familias actuales deben inscribirse en persona si:

  • Se ha mudado y necesita actualizar tu dirección.
  • Usted tiene un nuevo alumno en el kínder que no se preinscribió. Complete el registro en línea y agregue este estudiante a su solicitud en línea como estudiante nuevo. Luego, comuníquese con la escuela o la Oficina de Registro para programar una cita para entregar el certificado de nacimiento de su hijo y su comprobante de residencia. Su estudiante de kínder no se inscribirá en una clase hasta que se reciban todos los trámites necesarios.
  • Tiene un nuevo estudiante de preescolar. Los niños en edad preescolar deben ser evaluados para calificar para la colocación. Por favor llame al 847-888-5000 ext. 6094 para hacer una cita de evaluación. Los nuevos estudiantes de preescolar o aquéllos que regresan no se programarán en una clase hasta que se reciban todos los trámites necesarios.

Para estar completamente registrado, se debe completar lo siguiente:

  • Solicitud de registro en línea completada
  • Comprobante de Residencia aprobado y archivado en cada escuela
  • Información Médica Actualizada en el archivo de cada escuela
  • Costos requeridos pagados en su totalidad


¡Para más información visiten la página de Inscripciones de U-46!




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