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Explore the Messenger Public Library

05/21/2015 12:44PM ● 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.

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

Monthly Groups

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.

Genealogy Group

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

Study Days

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!

Practice Tests

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.

Saturday Stories

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.


Library Annual Used Book Sale

Fri., Aug. 7 & Sat., Aug. 8