Holidays @ Gail Borden






Corn Husk Crafts for Thanksgiving
Rakow Branch West Corridor
Saturday, November 18 @ 1 – 3 pm

Drop in to create cornhusk dolls, flowers and more to decorate the Thanksgiving table.



Dance and Watch The Nutcracker!
Main Library Meadows Community Rooms
Saturday, November 11
Ballet Lesson @ 3:30 pm & The Nutcracker Performance @ 4 pm

Take a ballet lesson with real dancers and then get a sneak peek of Alma Dance Theater’s annual The Nutcracker. Performance will include Alma Dancers only. Families are welcome to observe. Registration required for lesson.



Main Library Meadows Community Rooms
Wednesday, November 22 @ 1 – 2:30 pm

Elementary or younger. Kick off the holiday season by making four different crafts to take home. Materials provided. Dress for mess.






Gingerbread House Workshop
South Elgin Branch Hoffer Meeting Room
Sunday, December 3 @ 12:30 – 1:30 pm or 2 – 3 pm

Bring your imagination and create a gingerbread house from milk cartons, graham crackers and sweet treats!



Kwanzaa Stories and Celebration
Main Library Meadows Community Rooms
Saturday, December 9 @ 1 – 3 pm

Learn about The Seven Principles in this engaging family program featuring stories, entertainment, crafts and refreshments. Partners: The City Of Elgin/Cultural Arts Commission.




Festival of Lights: Hanukkah Stories, Traditions and Treats
Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB
Sunday, December 10 @ 2 pm

Learn about Hanukkah through stories, music, food and the dreidel game. Partner: Congretation Kneseth Israel.




Card-Making with Cricut® and Cuttlebug®
Rakow Branch
Saturday, December 9 @ 1 – 3 pm

Ages 17 & up. Learn how the Cricut® and Cuttlebug® are used in card-making and then create your own cards. Please register.





Music in the Stacks: Random Ringers
New Location! Main Library
Sunday, December 10 @ 2:30 – 3:30 pm

The 13 members of The Random Ringers Handbell Choir will perform renditions of classic holiday carols new and old geared towards all ages under the direction of Beth McFarland.




Behind the Scenes at Marshall Field's Holiday Traditions
Main Library Elgin Room
Monday, December 11 @ 7 – 8:30 pm

Amy Meadows, former director of Windows and Marketing Events for Marshall Field's and Macy's, provides a sneak peek into the design and execution of the famed animated windows, Main Aisle decor and the Great Tree. Please register.




Tinsel Time
Main Library Meadows Community Rooms
Thursday, December 14 @ 10 — 11 am

Preschoolers. Celebrate the holidays by singing and dancing with Mrs. Claus and Shaun Whitley from Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. Mrs. Claus will be available for photos after the show.




Cards, Candy Canes, Candles and More!
Rakow Branch
Saturday, December 16 @ 1 – 3 pm

Ages 17 & up. Make holiday crafts with candles, candy canes, cards and more. Please register.




Biblioteca Principal Salones de la Comunidad Meadows
Sábado 16 de diciembre 1 – 3 pm

En español, para todas las edades. Celebra con manualidades, ponche, cuentos, una piñata y canciones con el coro de la Iglesia Católica San José.



Holiday Singalong with Mrs. Claus!

Main Library Lobby
Wednesday, December 20 @ 4 – 5 pm
Featuring John LaBorn
Rakow Branch
Thursday, December 21  @ 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Featuring Josh McClure

Jingle and jangle at this family event as we sing holiday favorites, old and new and take photos with Mrs. Claus.




Happy Noon Year Party

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Meeting Room
Friday, December 29 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Main Library Meadows Community Rooms
Rakow Branch Shales Living Room
Saturday, December 30 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Preschoolers. Can’t stay up until midnight? Come ring in the New Year early with fun stories, games, holiday food and dancing.







Three Kings Celebration
Main Library Lobby
Saturday, January 6 @ 2 – 5 pm

Meet Gaspar, Melchor and Balthazar and take your picture with them. Stay for stories and crafts. Partner: Organization of México in Elgin (OME).