2019 (July 1 – August 13)
Slide into the national pastime and discover Major League Baseball’s oldest city rivalry: the White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs. This interactive exhibit, will let you explore ballparks, the history of this epic rivalry, the teams’ logos and uniforms, and more. Also learn about the women's professional team Rockford Peaches as well the accomplishments of the Negro Baseball League!


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Meet the mascots!


Meet Clark!
Main Library 
Wednesday, July 3 - 5 pm

Meet Southpaw!
Main Library 
Thursday, July 18 ♦ 3 - 5 pm

Calling all Chicago baseball fans! Families can meet their team’s mascot and get their photo taken with them. Bring a baseball for your mascot to autograph, too! Spend the afternoon together testing your pitching skills, and enjoying baseball-themed crafts and photo-ops showing your team spirit.Then, tour the Sox Vs. Cubs exhibit to learn about the epic rivalry between Chicago’s teams.

Baseball Related Events

Grand Slam Storytime

Story Program Through July 26

South Elgin Branch ♦ Tuesdays 11 am
Rakow Branch ♦ Wednesdays 10:30 am

Storytime with a Softball Player

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB
Thursday, June 27 ♦ 2 − 2:45 pm

Ages 3-8. Hear stories, make crafts and hear from softball player Amber Godinsky about pitching, catching and grand slams.
Register here.



Grand Slam Scavenger Hunt July 1 – 31

Grab a map from any Library location and find the painted baseball banks to fill in the secret words at each location such as Elgin Public House, Herb’s Bakery, Spirels Yogurt Delites, State Street Market Shops, Elgin History Museum and more.

When you answer ten, bring your map into any library location to receive a prize. Answer all secret words to enter your finished map for a chance to win a baseball basket prize.

Click here for more information!

 The Sandlot (1993, PG)

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms
Wednesday, July 31 ♦1 − 4 pm

Watch your favorite books come to life on the big screen with these short films such as Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Hi! Fly Guy, Dooby Dooby Moo, Crazy Hair Day and many more by some of your favorite authors including Dr. Seuss, Mercer Mayer, Kevin Henkes and Mo Willems.

Summer Kids Explore

Grades 1-5. Celebrate summer and explore a new topic each week. *Dress for mess

South Elgin Branch
Tuesdays ♦ 11 am − Noon

7/16 Stepping Stones

Rakow Branch
Wednesdays ♦ 10:15 am − 11:15 am

7/10 Frisbee Golf

Storytime with a Gymnast

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms AB
Thursday, July 25 ♦ 2 − 2:45 pm

Recommended ages 3-8. Hear from an Elgin gymnast as we read stories, make a craft and ask questions about what it’s like to balance on the beam and tumble on the ground.
Register here.

Sports Storytime Series

South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room
Saturdays, 8/3-8/31 ♦ 10:30 − 11:30 am

Preschoolers. Learn about baseball, soccer, hockey and basketball with stories, games and more each week.
Register here.

Taking place July 1 to 31, this year’s hunt will have families searching for “secret words” accompanying each of 33 custom-painted baseball banks placed in businesses, restaurants, library branches and other venues in the community. The scavenger hunt is a great way to explore businesses and restaurants. Scavenger hunt seekers will be visiting venues such as Al’s Café, Elgin Public House, Herb’s Bakery, KCT Credit Union and Elgin History Museum.

Visit the Grand Slam Scavenger Hunt page!