Late October brings chilly weather, trick-or-treaters, and a slew of great programs and new additions at the library. While this time of year may be dominated by ghosts, ghouls and jack-o’-lanterns, the library provides a wide range of different programs and materials to stimulate, entertain and delight. Whether you are after a one-of-a-kind Halloween experience, riveting historical presentations or new video games to play, the Town and Country Public Library has something for you.
Occasionally pieces of American history are left out of textbooks, forgotten and lost to time. Fortunately, enterprising historians like Clark Kidder can breathe new understanding into these obscure but important aspects of history. Join Mr. Kidder at 2 p.m. Oct. 22 for a comprehensive look into a little-known piece of American history with a strong connection to Illinois: orphan trains. Kidder brings to the presentation his own familial connection through the true story of his paternal grandmother, Emily Kidder, riding an orphan train to the Midwest in 1906 at the tender age of 13. This intriguing multimedia presentation will also include an opportunity to ask questions and buy a book written and signed by Clark Kidder.
If something spooky is what you are looking for, the library has a real treat in store for you. Experienced entertainer and illusionist William Pack is bringing his acclaimed ghost show, the Haunted Page, to the library at 2 p.m. Oct. 29 for a frighteningly good time. This interactive ghost show is no ordinary Halloween celebration. The program is full of spine-tingling horror stories, eerie Chicagoland history, authentic recreations and inexplicable supernatural occurrences. The show combines theatrical special effects, captivating tales, and nonstop audience participation to create a wildly unique Halloween event that is not to be missed.
In honor of Veterans Day, the library is hosting War Letters: American Stories of Courage, Longing and Sacrifice at 1 p.m. Nov. 11. This event serves to bring poignant letters penned by American soldiers into focus. A talented live cast will read these moving tales written into letters while a blend of dramatic archival footage, photographs and evocative recreations bring them to life. War Letters offers an engaging look into the true-life experiences of those who answered the call.
In keeping with our commitment to veterans, the library has partnered with American Legion Post 630 in an effort to collect and preserve the photographs, documents and firsthand accounts related to military service or life in Elburn. Together, these materials and testimony from local veterans will add to Elburn’s rich local history. If you are interested in contributing to this collaborative project, contact Amy Girmscheid at email@example.com.
If the cold temperatures approaching in November have you planning on spending more time indoors, the library has added a brand new selection of video games to keep you entertained whatever the weather. A variety of games are available for PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS and Switch. Each game can be checked out for three weeks and can be renewed if no holds have been placed on that specific game. The video games are located right alongside our large selection of board games. Stop into the Town and Country Public Library today to discover some interesting programs and grab a game or two.
Connor Wilcox is the communications coordinator for the Town and Country Public Library. The “Word from Elburn” column runs the third Thursday of each month. Feedback can be sent firstname.lastname@example.org.