Elgin Alive: The Victorian Art of Death

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms A B

Tuesday, October 8| 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Draw your curtains, cover your mirrors, set traps for the Resurrectionists at your loved ones' graves, and put a bell in the coffin. Michael Murschel, Funeralogist, undertakes to lead you in a shadowy procession through more than one hundred of the excruciatingly exquisite points of Victorian funeral culture. Hitch up the hearse-and-four, hire the mourners, fluff up the ostrich feathers, and go into the night.
Rated “PG” for “Potentially Gruesome"


Rake-O Family Fall Festival

Rakow Branch
Saturday, September 21 | 1 – 4 pm

Kick up your heels for an afternoon of down-home autumn fun with pumpkin decorating, crafts, farm animals, caricaturist, craft fair, artisan demos and much more!

Can You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?

Main Library Meadows Community Room C
Saturday, October 12 | 2 – 3 pm

This STEAM survival program investigates how design and technology
activities could save you from a zombie apocalypse.

Family Zombie Fest

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms
Monday, October 14 | 3 – 4:30 pm, 6 – 7:30 pm
Enjoy participating in zombie-inspired fun such as a live-action Plants vs. Zombies showdown, learning the "Thriller" dance and more. Costumes encouraged.

Halloween Dance Party

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms
10/16     6:30 – 7 pm
10/17     10:30 – 11 am

Ages 3-7. Wear your costume and bring your friends for a monstrously fun evening of music, stories and dancing.


Glow in the Dark Storytime

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms
Monday, October 21 | 6 – 6:30 pm
Tuesday, October 22 | 10 – 10:30 am

Recommended ages 3-6. The lights will be out but there will be plenty to see with these glow-in-the-dark stories and activities.

Wear white or fluorescent colors to see yourself glow! Note: The room will be dark for the majority of the program.

Family Fall Festival

Main Library Story Room
Friday, October 25 | 1 – 2:30 pm

Enjoy pumpkin-decorating, music, outdoor games and activities for fall.
In case of inclement weather, outdoor games and activities will be inside.

Halloween Cupcakes

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room
Saturday, October 26 | 1 – 3 pm

Register here!


Day of the Dead Mini Fest

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms
Saturday, October 26 | 2 – 4 pm
Celebrate with crafts, stories, face painting, traditional sweet bread and more.


Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror During the Golden Age of Radio

Main Library Elgin Room
Monday, October 28 | 7 –8 pm

Hear sound clips from some of radio's best-known mystery/ horror programs such as Escape and Inner Sanctum to illustrate how radio could be a "Theater of the mind.” Presenter: Steve Darnal.

Register here!

Halloween Happening

Birth-preschool. Wear your costume and parade through the Library.

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms
10/30 | 10 – 10:30 am, 6 – 6:30 pm
Rakow Branch
10/31 | 10 – 10:30 am