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Word from Elburn: Fantastic programs for all ages at the Town and Country Public Library

The Town and Country Public Library in Elburn believes that excellent programming should be offered for all ages, all year long.

From delightful children’s events to compelling adult programs, the library works to bring new and exciting presentations and activities to the community each month. From a whimsical children’s book reading to crafting fun for teens and tweens to valuable heirloom preservation, the library has a wide range of programs for a full range of ages.

The creators of the charming children’s book “A Tale of a Chicken-Duck Named Chuck” are coming to the library at 11 a.m. Dec. 7. Local author Jen Meiring and illustrator Carmen Hampson are stopping by to read their newest book about an adorable chicken-duck that kids are sure to love. If your family wants to read more about the cute chicken-duck named Chuck after the event, copies of the book will be available for purchase at the library.

The library is hosting two special crafting sessions for teens and tweens ages 10 to 18 in December. The first session is a fun and festive night of holiday-inspired crafting at 6 p.m. Dec. 9. Come to this session to sip gourmet hot chocolate, craft edible treats and watch holiday movie favorites. The second session takes place at 1 p.m. Dec. 29 and also features awesome movies and tasty snacks alongside cool crafts. These crafting sessions are filling up quickly, so make sure to sign up to reserve a seat.

For all those patrons interested in genealogy and family history, the library is offering two excellent programs you will not want to miss. The first of these two programs features genealogy expert Jeanne Bloom’s informative presentation on locating little-known familial connections. Genealogists will want to come to this fascinating genealogical foray into discovering lost family members at 10 a.m. Nov. 27. The second program is essential for those looking to preserve the past. Because storing precious family heirlooms is no simple matter, the library is hosting a class to teach proper preservation at 10 a.m. Dec. 18. Sign up for these free genealogy classes to learn more about hidden family histories and to keep your cherished heirlooms safe.

The library is hosting a special presentation of “The True Story of Smoky the War Dog” at 1 p.m. Nov. 27. After being rescued from an abandoned foxhole in Papua New Guinea during World War II, Smoky went on to earn eight battle stars and many medals for her bravery and lives saved throughout the war. She was named the mascot of the South Pacific and even became the dog that inspired the creation of today’s therapy dog programs. Professional public speaker and storyteller Adrian Brigham, alongside recording artist and wife Denise Brigham, presents this inspirational and emotional tribute to veterans and their four-legged compatriots. The addition of vintage photos, posters, actual videos of Bill and Smoky and the presence of Denise’s therapy dog Hairy Pawter will all bring this story to life.

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 editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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