Library Info

 Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration

Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration 2018
Touring Asia


Saturday, May 5      1  4 pm 

Join us on a tour of Asian culture with music, dance, desserts and art!

Schedule of Events

Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms
1:30 pm    Welcome & Cultural Greetings
2 pm         Lan Xang Traditional Lao Music & Dance Troupe
2:20 pm    Indonesian Youth Dance Troupe
2:30 pm    Philippine Youth Dance Troupe
2:40 pm    Indian Classical Music Group
3 pm         MEOF Multicultural Education Outreach Foundation
3:20 pm    Japanese Drummers: Midwest Buddhist Temple Taiko Group

Don't miss Henna artists, Anime photo-ops, storytellers, and cultural crafts throughout the Library! 



Asian Pacific Heritage Elgin Public Museum Lan Xang Elgin Community College Multicultural Education Outreach Foundation
  Elgin iFest Lao American Organization of Elgin Lao Youth Leaders  


 The Legend of the Fox

Thursday, April 19    Main Library - Elgin Room     7 – 8:30 pm 

The Fox also known as James F. Phillips, is better known around the world than he is in the Fox Valley where his covert, one-man campaign to stop pollution from entering the Fox River made him famous as an eco-hero.

When The Fox plugged his first pipe that was polluting the Fox River, the sign he left read: “What God hath wrought we must preserve and protect, not desecrate in the name of profit."

Join Friends of the Fox River's Executive Director Gary Mechanic as he presents The Legend of the Fox and the personal recollections of those who knew Jim Phillips.

Please Register


The Legend of the Fox



Friends of the Fox River

Teen Job Fair

Thursday, April 12     Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms     6:30 – 8 pm

Looking for a summer job? Join the Elgin Police Department at the Main Library for our Teen Job Fair. Talk to local employers about available job openings and pick up tips & tricks to ace your application and interview! For Grades 9-12.



Participating Businesses & Organizations

City of Elgin

City of Elgin

The strong base of arts organizations and individual artists that we have in Elgin distinguishes us from our neighbors; Elgin is fast becoming a destination for the arts. We know that this awe inspiring aspect of our community will continue to grow, attracting more and more professionals and admirers.

Cook's Ice Cream

Cook's Ice Cream Cart

Cook's Ice Cream Cart & Concessions is a mobile event company providing premium hard-scooped ice cream, floats, and other treats for private events in the Chicagoland area.


Cuisine America 

For over 20 years, Cuisine America has been providing the Chicagoland Metropolitan area with the finest in Social and Corporate catering at affordable pricing.Our food is all made with natural, fresh ingredients that we source locally. 

Elgin Police Department

Elgin Police Department

EPD Officers will be helping teens practice their mock interviews, give tips on interview attire/how to dress for the day, leaving voicemails and more!

Epic Air

Epic Air

Epic Air is always accepting applications! Part time team members are require to be at least 16 years of age and have open weekend availability. Epic Crew members are generally scheduled 12 - 18 hours per week. All crew members begin training as a Court Monitor and depending on performance are selected for new roles including Front Desk, Concessions, Party Host, and Management!

Gail Borden Public Library District

What matters to the community matters to the Gail Borden Library. We believe in the value of connecting with others.  

Golden Eagle Hot Dogs

Golden Eagle Hot Dogs

A Mobile Restaurant serving Vienna Hot Dogs, Soda, Water and Chips. We do Private and Corporate events: from Car Shows to Birthday Parties we are there. 

 Jimmy John's

Jimmy John's

At Jimmy John's our food is simple; it's clean, and it's fresh! We use locally purchased produce, which is brought in fresh and hand sliced daily. Our stores are locally owned and operated by people who care. These Jimmy John's owners create jobs and are giving partners in your community.

L.L. Bean

At L.L.Bean, we’re passionate about what we do and not afraid of a challenge. Join a team of innovative professionals with a love for the outdoors, a commitment to service and a shared excitement for the future. L.L.Bean also offers a variety of temporary and seasonal jobs in our stores, warehouses and call centers. Working with great people is the number one reason people come back to work with us year after year!

Office Max

Our customers, whether they’re business owners or back-to-school shoppers, all have one thing in common: they’re people with big plans and ambitious dreams. What sets us apart is that we have the ability to make their dreams a reality. When you’re a part of the Office Depot OfficeMax team, you can play a part in customers’ success stories.

Santa's Village

Santa's Village Azoosment Park is a family owned amusement company that has been in business since 2010. We work hard but our goal is to have fun doing it.We are seeking enthusiastic individuals that are friendly, dependable, and have an all around positive attitude. 

T.J. Maxx

For nearly 40 years, TJX has provided fashion and home goods to our customers at an unbelievable value. Behind the scenes, our Associates embody our core values of honesty, integrity and caring, helping to bring the TJX brand to life. Our flexible business model truly sets us apart, but it’s our company’s open door culture that keeps us together.




Job Hunting @ GBPL



Save the date!

This summer, get ready to

dive into reading!


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Pick up a log and start recording your

reading for a chance to win prizes!








Extreme Deep

Explore the Deep With the Whole Family!




Kids Explore: Ocean Animals

Main Library - Story Room South
Thursday, March 22      5 – 6 pm

For children in grades 1 - 5. Learn more about our new exhibit and explore Ocean Animals with us!

Please Register



Kids Explore: Ocean Exploration

Main Library - Story Room South
Thursday, April 19      5 – 6 pm

For children in grades 1 - 5. What is in the ocean? Come explore it with us as we make a model of the ocean floor. 

Please Register


The Legend of the Fox: World Famous Eco-Hero

Main Library - Elgin Room
Thursday, April 19      7 – 8:30 pm

Friends of the Fox River’s Executive Director Gary Mechanic will lead a discussion following this film screening about James F. Phillips, a.k.a. “The Fox”, who started a covert, one-man campaign to stop pollution from entering the Fox River, ultimately making him an Eco-Hero.

Please Register


Love Our River Day

Love Our River Day

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

For Families. Join us for a Fox River cleanup, including a data collection project, followed by a community celebration with live bluegrass music by local band Red Horse, exhibits, demos, awards and prizes. 

Interested in volunteering for the cleanup and data collection from 9 am - Noon? Please register at

Extreme Deep Painting

Extreme Deep Painting

South Elgin Branch - Hoffer Room
Friday, May 4
Grades K-2     1 – 2 pm
Grades 3-5     2:30 – 3:30 pm     

Inspired by the Extreme Deep exhibit? Then come and paint the creatures and mysteries of the abyss on canvas as we journey to the bottom of the sea! No experience necessary. Take home your creation after class.

Please Register


Water Safety

Keeping You Safe from Water

Main Library - Elgin Room
Tuesday, June 12      7 – 8 pm     

Divemaster Wayne Smith from the Elgin Fire Department Water Rescue & Recovery team will talk about how the team trains for and performs water rescue and will give tips on keeping you safe.

Please Register

Meet a Mermaid & Pirate

Meet Mermaid & Pirate

Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms
Saturday, June 23      10 – 11:30 am     

Ages 3 -7. Meet a mermaid and pirate at this special under the sea event. Enjoy a performance, take photos and get autographs!

Please Register




LOST & FOUND: The Search for USS Lagarto with Executive Producer Harvey Moshman

Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms AB
Wednesday, April 4      7 – 8:30 pm

Emmy-award winning producer and editor Harvey Moshman returns to discuss and take questions about his film, which highlights the mystery behind the 2005 discovery of the Lagarto and the remains of her 86 crewmen.

Please Register


The Shape of Our Water with Mayor David Kaptain

Main Library - Elgin Room
Monday, April 30      6:30 – 7:30 pm

Learn about where your water comes from, what the threats are to the clean water supply and more.


Natural & Cultural History of the Fox River

The Natural & Cultural History of the Fox River

Main Library - Elgin Room
Thursday, May 17      7 – 8:30 pm

Adults. Friends of the Fox River's Gary Swick shares how the Fox River has influenced this area's history and explains the river's current condition.

Please Register