Library Info

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!

Click on a title to place a hold 




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!




Dive into Reading!


 July 1 - 31


Sail through the community!

X marks the spot! Make your way through the community starting July 1 to locate the window clings to win prizes. 
  • Grab a map from the Main Library, Rakow Branch or South Elgin Branch and find the window cling at each location to answer the Sea Search question. Locations can be visited in any order. 
  • When you answer 10 Sea Search questions, bring your map into any library location to receive a prize.
  • Answer all 27 questions to enter your finished Sea Search form at any library location for a chance to win a Sea Search Gift Basket.
  • Your Sea Search form must be submitted no later than August 3. 
  • Click on the treasure chest below to download your Sea Search game board or click here!
Use the map below to find all the treasure!


Drawing for the Grand Prize will be held August 7. Winner must have a Gail Borden Public Library District card.





Wednesday, August 1     2 – 6 pm     Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms

3:30 pm     Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
3:30 – 6 pm     Taco Food Truck  

To enhance financial literacy opportunities for those in our community, the not-for-profit KCT Credit Union will be opening a small branch in concessionaire space right next to the Café in the Main Library. By reconfiguring the Café footprint, this new vendor-space addition provides visitors with an opportunity to not only purchase a beverage or food item from the Café but also learn about financial literacy and financial products from KCT. 

Celebration will include activities for all ages and more. Only 1,000 tacos available.


Visit for more information.


Program Cancelled

Love Our River Day

Saturday, May 12     Main Library - Elgin Room     9 am – 2 pm

Due to weather forecast this program has been cancelled. Please visit the Friends of the Fox River for more information.  


 Dive into Reading!

Tuesday, May 15     Main Library     4 – 5 pm 

Come celebrate with us as we kick off the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge: Dive into Reading with School District U-46 CEO Tony Sanders and Carole Medal, Executive Director of the Gail Borden Public Library District. Sign and take your photos with our giant reading log, fish for prizes and see giant sea creature characters around the Library.

Don't forget to pick up a Summer Reading Log while you're here or download yours from our website or use our easy online Beanstack Reading Log.

Stop by our Extreme Deep exhibit, too! 








Explore the Deep @ GBPL!