Explore the Messenger Public Library
● By Katelyn Nelson
Read to the Rhythm June 1–Aug. 1
Get ready to sing, dance and make some noise this summer during our Summer Reading Program for all ages! Participate to earn prizes throughout the summer. Babies, kids, teens and adults can stop in and pick up a summer reading log starting June 1, then listen, watch and read their way to summer fun! Prizes available starting June 8.
Summer Reading Kickoff: Family Concert with Jim Gill
Sat., June 6, 10am
For families. Get ready for a joyful sing-along, clap-along musical experience with favorite children’s musician Jim Gill! We’ll be outside (weather permitting), so bring a blanket for everyone to sit and enjoy the concert together. Stay for ice cream after the show! Register for a reminder email or text.
Programs and activities for youth & adults
Please stop in, phone, or visit our online website calendar for more information and registration. Programs and group meetings start at the time listed unless noted as drop-in sessions. Space is limited, please register in advance. 630-896-0240, ext. 3
Programs for Adults
Spring Flowers Painting Workshop
Sat., May 16, 10–11:30am
Welcome Spring with this hands-on painting workshop. We’ll sketch flowers from photo reference, and then add color with water color pencils. Christine Thornton will teach the basics: how to draw from observation as well as wet on wet and dry brush painting techniques. All materials provided. Please register in advance so that we can have enough supplies for everyone. For adults and teens over 13. Beginners welcome!
Genealogy Research: Beyond the Basics
Mon., May 18, 7–8pm
Learn techniques to get you past your brick walls. Overcome problems with the spelling of surnames; learn to search in the correct location and review cases that will help unlock treasures to be found in the early U.S. census records. Join professional lecturer and researcher, Steve Szabados, as he reviews various advanced search techniques that he has used to find the documents for his family histories. Space is limited, please register in advance.
Art to the Rhythm!
Art Club for Grownups
Sat., June 20, 10am–12pm
Get into the groove of Summer Reading with a musically inspired art project. Come explore new techniques and hone your skills while connecting with other artists. All materials provided, pre-registration required. For adults and teens over 13. Beginners welcome!
Get Out of Debt(in 9 years or less)
Mon., June 22, 7–8pm
Join Rocky Greene of Community Outreach for Financial Education (COFFE) as he shares strategies for getting out of debt in nine years or less. His strategies include paying down and restructuring your mortgage without paying any more than you do today. Please register in advance. COFFE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create financial literacy with all people, regardless of age, gender or social status. They are not marketing financial products or for-profit companies. coffeusa.org
Intro to Ukulele! (grass skirt optional)
Sat., June 27, 2–4pm
Join Peter Hix of Hix Bros. Music for a fun hands-on introduction to the ukulele. Learn basic chords, rhythm, a little ukulele history, and have lots o’fun. We’ll supply the loan of the ukes! No experience necessary. For adults and teens over 16.
Book Discussion Groups
Love to read and discuss books? Join one of the Library’s book groups, and enjoy lively discussions of all genres of fiction and non-fiction titles. Copies of the books will be available at the Checkout Desk.
Messenger Evening Book Discussion Group
First Monday, 7–8:30pm
May 4:One Plus Oneby JojoMoyes
June 1:Still Life with Bread Crumbsby Anna Quindlen
Morning Coffee Break & a Book
Fourth Tuesday, 10:30–11:30am
May 26:Struck by Geniusby Jason Padgett
June 23:The Beekeeper’s Apprenticeby Laurie R. King
Art Club for Grownups
Unleash your inner artist! Come explore new techniques and hone your skills while connecting with other artists. Beginners welcome! Check our online calendar for details. Please register in advance so that we can have enough supplies for everyone. For adults and teens over 13.
Sat., May 16, 10–11:30am Spring Flowers Painting Workshop
Sat., June 20, 10am–12pm Art to the Rhythm!
Fox Valley Writers Group
New meeting dates! Meets
Tuesdays, every 2 weeks (check online calendar)
Join a merry band of folks who love writing and get together every other Tuesday to create, share, and encourage the art of writing. New members always welcome. Please register, so we’ll know you’re coming.
Games for Grownups
Third Thursday, 6:30–8:30pm
Explore the world of designer board games! Learn a new game, or play a classic. Beginners welcome. For adults and teens over 13.
Second Monday, 7–8:30pm
Find and share new genealogy resources, bring your research and ask questions. Check our online calendar for special presentations and speakers.
Programs for Teens
Sat., May 16, 12–5pm
Sun., May 17, 1–5 pm
Wed., May 20, 3–9pm
Sat., May 23, 9:30am-5pm
Spread out and study for finals at Messenger Public Library. We’ll have snacks and study break activities as you prepare to ace your tests! No registration required. Registration requested for Saturdays and Sunday if you want pizza at 2pm!
Grades 9–12. Arrive early with a calculator, #2 pencils, a water bottle, and a snack for the break. Registration required.
ACT Practice Test
Thurs., June 25, 12:30–4:30pm
Please register by June 15.
PSAT Practice Test
Wed., July 15, 12:30–4pm
Please register by July 1.
Programs for Families
Family Storytime& Craft
Mon., May 18; Tues., June 16
For families. Join us for stories and a craft aimed at ages 3–6. Registration required.
Saturdays, June 13, June 27 10–10:30am
Ages 2–5 with caretaker. Families, enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes on Saturday! No registration necessary.
Family Tie Dye
Sat., June 13, 1:30-3:30pm
All ages. Tie-dye fun for the whole family! Bring a white shirt, be ready to be outside for a little while, and dress to get messy. Drop-in program, no registration necessary.
Family Game Night
Mon., June 15, 6:30-8pm
For families. Drop in to test your Guitar Hero Wii skills and enjoy old school board games. No registration necessary.
Book A Librarian!
Schedule a one-on-one session with a reference librarian for assistance with your research, software, technology or downloadable eBook questions. Please call the Adult Services Information Desk in advance to check for librarian availability.
SAVE THE DATE:
Library Annual Used Book Sale
Fri., Aug. 7 & Sat., Aug. 8