Library Programs & Events

Not Your Mama's
Book Club

Monday, December 1
7:00 PM
December's selection is The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne. Pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and join us for the discussion.

Holiday Cards for Hospitalized Kids
Tuesday, December 2  
6:00 PM

Grades 6-12

Express your artistic side for a great cause. Create cards for the Cards for Hospitalized Kids charity and bring joy to a hospitalized child. More Info.

A Novel Idea
Book Discussion Group
Thursday, December 11
7:00 PM
December's selection is Delicious! by Ruth Reichl. Pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and join us for the discussion.

Technology Training
Register for FREE technology training on topics such as Microsoft Excel, Word, Internet, Social Media, Genealogy and much more. To view the upcoming schedule and to register, visit the Events Calendar. You can also register by calling 815-327-2515. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Closing

The Library closes at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 26 and is closed on Thursday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. The Library will re-open at 9:00 am on Friday, November 28 for regular hours, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

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District 202's Creekside Cares Accepting Donations at the Library

Donations are now being accepted at the Library for Creekside Cares, an organization made up of District 202 parents and teachers who collect non-perishable items and distribute them in backpacks to children of families in need.

Contributors should donate:
-Canned fruits and vegetables
-Pasta/rice/macaroni and cheese
-Canned pasta sauce
-Individual snacks, like granola bars, cheese and crackers, applesauce, and fruit cups.

Donations will be accepted until Sunday, Nov. 23.

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Food for Fines

December 1-7

This is your opportunity to assist those in need in your community and erase your Library fines. From December 1 through December 7, exchange up to $1.00 in fines* for each non-perishable item brought in. Your donations benefit the Green Harvest Food Pantry. Please note that open or expired packages cannot be accepted by the Pantry so they will not be accepted at the Library.

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RFQ for Owner's Representative

The Library District is seeking qualifications for an individual to act as an Owner’s Representative to assist during the needs assessment, building programming, schematic design and pre-construction phases of planning for library facility expansion (scope of expansion to be determined). Proposals due by 9:00 pm on December 11, 2014.  Please see the specific request here. For questions, please contact Library Director Julie Milavec at 815-439-2874 or 

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Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project

The next Soon to be Famous Illinois Author may be perched in a coffee shop finishing off the next great novel right now. In a few months that author may be famous. The second annual Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project kicked off on October 15. Entries must be submitted by December 15.

The project is seeking an Illinois author with a self-published adult fiction book that libraries can help to make “famous.” Last year's winner, Joanne Zienty, has spoken at dozens of Illinois libraries as well as given several interviews to big name newspapers, local radio stations, magazines and more.

Are you the next Soon to be Famous author?

Details about criteria and the application project can be found here:

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Health Insurance Marketplace

marketplaceMore than 8 million (and counting) people signed up for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2014 open enrollment period. Were you one of them? If not, the time to act is now. As a Champion for Coverage, your Library is here to help.

The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period begins November 15, 2014. You must enroll by December 15, 2014, for coverage effective January 1, 2015. Open enrollment ends February 15, 2015. Links and details after the jump.

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Holiday Lights Recycling

The Library is partnering for the third year in a row, with Elgin Recycling, to offer holiday lights recycling! As you start your winter decorating, you are bound to come across lights that no longer work; now you can be green and recycle them, earning funds for the Library to offer other green programs and events. Over the past two years, the community has recycled over 4,000 pounds in lights, earning the Library over $700 toward future green events. 

The Holiday Lights recycling bins have been located this year in the Library's Route 59 parking lot, next to the paper recycling bins, for your convenience, so you can donate at any time, not just during the Library's open hours. Please do not leave lights in front of the building or in the book returns. Collection continues through 2/22/15. 

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New Movies & TV Series

Click View Latest Issue to see a sampling of some of the new movies and TV series being added this month. You may also sign up to receive this monthly newsletter of the Library's new movies & TV series by clicking on subscribe.

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SHOP (Small Business) Health Insurance Marketplace

Why SHOP? If you are a business with 50 employees or fewer you can use the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace to offer coverage to your employees. SHOPBeginning November 15, you can SHOP online at

Also, in Illinois, you and any SHOP-registered agent or broker you’ve authorized to help you, can now view and select a plan or plan level through your online SHOP account, to offer to your employees starting November 15.

Questions? Call 1.800.706.7893, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET (That’s 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. CT).

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Candlelight Chrismas

On Saturday, November 29, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm several downtown businesses will provide entertainment for the community which will include: pictures with Santa, an opportunity to meet the Snow Sisters,  a showing of the movie, Frozen, carriage rides, crafts, writing letters to Santa, a holiday dance routine, a performance by the Plainfield North Madrigal Singers and a crèche lighting. More info.

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