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3rd Annual Authors' Fair

 

Calling Local Authors!

Are you interested in participating in our Authors’ Fair on Sunday, April 22 from 2 – 4 pm? We’re looking for authors of teen and adult literature who are interested in meeting and greeting potential new readers.

To participate or for more info, please contact Tish Calhamer at 847-289-5838 tcalhamer@gailborden.info by February 14, 2018.

 

 

 

Check out photos from the 2nd Annual Authors Fair! 

2nd Annual Authors Fair

 

 

Tales and Travel


 

About

Tales & Travel Memories is an innovative library program that provides services directly to people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias, not just their caregivers. Designed by retired academic librarian Mary Beth Riedner and Gail Borden Public Library District staff and volunteers, the series is offered monthly to local memory care facilities. Developed in compliance with the International Federation of Library Associations’ (IFLA) Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with dementia, each one-hour program is designed to engage individuals with dementia both socially and cognitively.

A mixed method study funded by the National Institute of Health proved that the program:

  • Engaged and improved the cognitive and social interactions of individuals with dementia
  • Positively affected the relationship between caregivers and individuals with dementia by providing stimulating activities and reducing the number of stressful interactions
  • Expanded the library’s outreach to an underserved population
  • Decreased stigma and stereotypes of adults with dementia by demonstrating elements of cognition that remain throughout the course of the disease

 

Tales & Travel Memories program takes persons living with dementia on an imaginary trip to locations across the globe using highly illustrated adult and children’s books along with other library materials. Travelers take turns reading out loud from a folktale, legend or myth associated with the chosen location.  They are also invited to read aloud from a list of interesting facts.  Finally, they browse through carefully selected books which stimulate memories and spark conversations with the volunteers and library staff conducting the program. 

Supplementary materials including music, artifacts from the destination, coloring pages and even food make the program multi-sensory. The one-hour monthly program has been offered at over 15 memory care facilities in the Elgin, IL area.  Circulating kits based on the program have also been made available for those who are living at home.

 

**To learn more about the Tales and Travel Memories program contact Glenna Godinsky at  ggodinsky@gailborden.info or 847-289-5848.**

 

At the Library

Traveling kits in rolling carry-on suitcases are available for check-out at Gail Borden Public Library. Kits include several non-fiction books about a destination, examples of music, a DVD, and other items. Smaller in scale than a full program, Tales and Travel Memories check-out kits are designed to provide a program experience in a one-on-one setting. This enables caregivers to engage with their loved ones in new ways, stimulate conversation, and reminisce.

We currently offer 8 check-out kits:
  • Africa
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Mexico   

Click here to view available kits!

 

 

In the News

Literacy Awards 2017Tales & Travel Memories was named 2017 Library of Congress Best Practices Honoree — December 22, 2017

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards program honored 15 organizations for their implementation of best practices in literacy promotion. The Tales & Travel Memories program was designated as one of these 15 Best Practice Honorees! Click here to learn more about the Literacy Awards and the 2017 honorees. 

Librarians across the country are invited to replicate this program in their own communities and many have already done so.  There is a Tales and Travel Memories website that contains a free tool box with 12 excursion guides and 31 folktales made accessible through a Creative Commons license. 

 

 Tales and Travels

Annual Report

July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

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 Most Popular Titles of 2017


Check-out GBPL's most popular books of 2017!

Want to read and discuss books with others? Join one of our Book Clubs, we have something for everyone! 

  

Top Adult Fiction Books 

 

 

Camino Island
by John Grisham
Doubleday| 2017
Main Market Place Fresh Picks (Grisham, J)
Main Market Place Thriller (Grisham, J)
Rakow Thriller (Grisham, J)

 

 

The Fix
by Davis Baldacci
Grand Central Publishing | 2017
Main Market Place Fresh Picks (Baldacci, D)
Rakow Thriller (Baldacci, D)
South Elgin Thriller (Baldacci, D)

 

 

The Black Book
by James Patterson
Little, Brown and Company | 2017
Main Market Place Fresh Picks (Patterson, J)
Rakow Thriller (Patterson, J)
South Elgin Thriller (Patterson, J)

 

 

Never Never
by James Patterson
Little, Brown and Company | 2017
Main Market Place Fresh Picks (Patterson, J)
Rakow Thriller (Patterson, J)
South Elgin New and Hot Fiction (Patterson, J)

 

 

The Whistler
by John Grisham
Doubleday | 2016
Main Market Place Fresh Picks (Grisham, J)
Rakow Thriller (Grisham, J)
South Elgin Thriller (Grisham, J)

 

 

16th Seduction
by James Patterson
Little, Brown and Company | 2017
Main Market Place Fresh Picks (Patterson, J)
Rakow Thriller (Patterson, J)
South Elgin Thriller (Patterson, J)

     

Top Adult Non-Fiction Books 

 

 

Billbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance
Harper | 2016
Main Adult Non-Fiction (920 Vance)
Rakow (920 Vance)
South Elgin (920 Vance)

 

 

The Magnolia Story
by Chip and Joanna Gaines
Thomas Nelson | 2016
Main Adult Non-Fiction (927.914 Gaines)
Main Market Place Biography & Memoir (927.914 Gaines)
Rakow Biography & Memoir (927.914 Gaines)
South Elgin Biography & Memoir (927.914 Gaines)

 

 

Guinness World Records 2018
Guinness World Records | 2018
Main Adult Non-Fiction (032 Guinness 2018)
Main Teen Non-Fiction (032 Guinness 2018)
Rakow I Want to Know (032 Guinness 2018)

 

 

Filthy Rich: a powerful billionaire, the sex scandal that undid him, and all the justice that money can buy: the shocking true story of Jeffrey Epstein
by James Patterson
Little, Brown and Company | 2016
Main Adult Non-Fiction (364.153 Patterson)
Main Market Place True Crime (364.153 Patterson)
Rakow True Crime (364.153 Patterson)
South Elgin True Crime (364.153 Patterson)

 

 

Boys in the Boat: nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown
Viking | 2013
Main Adult Non-Fiction (797.123097 Brown)
Rakow Sports (797.123097 Brown)
South Elgin Must Reads (797.123097 Brown)

 

The Glass Castle: A Memoir
by Jeannette Walls
Scribner | 2005
Main Adult Non-Fiction (362.82 Walls)
Rakow Must Reads (362.82 Walls)
South Elgin Must Reads (362.82 Walls)

     

Top Youth Fiction Books 

 

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down
by Jeff Kinney
Amulet Books | 2016
Main Youth (J) Fiction (Kinney, J)
Rakow Kid Approved (Kinney, J)
South Elgin Kid Approved (Kinney, J)

 

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
by Jeff Kinney
Amulet Books | 2013
Main Youth (J) Fiction (Kinney, J)
Rakow Kid Approved (Kinney, J)
South Elgin Kid Approved (Kinney, J)

 

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
by Jeff Kinney
Amulet Books | 2015
Main Youth (J) Fiction (Kinney, J)
Rakow Kid Approved (Kinney, J)
South Elgin Kid Approved (Kinney, J)

 

 

Smile
by Raina Telgemeier
Graphix | 2010
Main Youth (J) Graphic Novels (Telgemeier, R)
Rakow Graphic Novels (741.5 Telgemeier)
South Elgin Comics (741.5 Telgemeier)

 

 

Sisters
by Raina Telgemeier
Graphix | 2014
Main Youth (J) Graphic Novels (Telgemeier, R)
Rakow Graphic Novels (741.5 Telgemeier)
South Elgin Comics (741.5 Telgemeier)

 

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
by Jeff Kinney
Amulet Books | 2014
Main Youth (J) Fiction (Kinney, J)
Rakow Kid Approved (Kinney, J)
South Elgin Kid Approved (Kinney, J)

     

 

 

Great Reads @ GBPL

Civic Saturdays


Saturday, January 20      Main Library      

10 am - Noon: How does our government--local, state, and national--work? Find out each month on Civic Saturday how different elected offices function, and what they can do for you. Elgin Township Supervisor Franklin Ramirez is your guide for this non-partisan, educational, and fun-filled series. 

1 - 2:30 pm: Interested in reading about and discussing social issues? Expand your awareness and understanding of today's complex social issues by sharing your insights and observations with a friendly group of readers. This session will discuss Waking Up White by Debby Irving. Host: Community volunteer/activist Randi Provost. 

 

 

 

Tech Fair 2018


 Tech Fair 2018

Thursday, March 1      4 - 7 pm

Families will discover cutting-edge and valuable technology to use now and in the future. See Microsoft's latest devices, find out how you can digitally preserve your family's memories at the library, learn about Got Robot, try out VR, check-out the 3D printer and more.

Stay tuned for updates!