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December 2021
MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER
News, Events & Featured Programs


News     

AV Recording Studio Now Open!

Open to EGVPL cardholders, the studio is full of technology to help you create music, record podcasts, edit videos, conduct virtual interviews and so much more. Click here to learn about all of the equipment and software available or register for an Introduction to the AV Studio class.
 

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Do your holiday shopping at the Library!    

Beginning Thursday, December 2, a holiday collection of books, DVDs, CDs, and puzzles will be displayed on carts that are in the lobby. The Friends will continue to restock until the end of December or until all items have been sold.

Finals Week Study Nights
Monday, December 13 - Thursday, December 16

High School Students! It’s Test Fest Week at the Library! Are you cramming for that final exam? Finishing up a big project? We have plenty of space – and snacks! – for you here. Grab a table for individual or group study, or reserve a study room in advance. Snacks will be served each night, Monday through Thursday. And pick up a Goody Bag, while supplies last. You’ve got this, and we’ve got your back!


Library's Holiday Hours

Friday, December 24 & Saturday, December 25 - Closed
Friday, December 31 - closes at 1 pm                      
Saturday, January 1 - Closed


EGVPL wishes you safe and healthy holidays!
WINGS Coat Drive 

Thank you for your generous coat donation. WINGS is very grateful for all that you provide to meet the needs of their clients.  
 
Many families come to 
WINGS with nothing, and that includes warm winter coats. However; because of YOU, WINGS was able to take that burden off the shoulders of over 90 families who are working hard to create a stable environment and secure future for their children.
 
This couldn’t have happened without your support. Thank you for making a huge impact in breaking the cycle of domestic violence and helping many break FREE from abuse.

 
*Until further notice, all patrons and staff are required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, while inside the Library.
ADULT PROGRAMS

Word 101: Microsoft Word 2019 for beginners

Click on the date to register: 
Wednesday, December 1, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 

Learn the basics of Microsoft Word 2019.

Chicago's Sweet Bakeries Remembered

Click on the date to register:     
Thursday, December 2, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 

Do you remember Heinemann's, Maurice Lennell, and Gladstone Bakeries? Join Cheryl Brown as she takes you down memory lane to explore the history of Chicago’s Sweet Bakeries! In-house program.

Bulgarian Photo Exhibition

Click on the date for more information:                                                    
Please join us for the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition featuring beautiful Bulgaria!

20's and 30's Giftmaking Workshop
 
Click on the date to register: 
Saturday, December 04, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

For our patrons in their 20's and 30's, join us for a festive crafting workshop and leave with 4 items suitable for gift giving. Registration begins November 26, at 9 am and is limited to EGVPL cardholders only.

Waste-Free Holidays

Click on the date to register:  
Monday, December 6, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Packages, boxes, and bags...and so much wrapping paper. Americans throw away 25% more garbage between Thanksgiving and Christmas than other times of the year. Learn ways to reduce waste this season.
 

Tuesday Tech Help

Click on the dates for more information: 
Tuesdays: December 7, 14, 21 & 28, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Got a technology question? We’re here to help!
  
Adult Book Discussion

Click on the dates for more information:       
Tuesday, December 7, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Thursday, December 9, 10:30 am - 11:30 am


A discussion of Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
 
Adult Make and Take Crafts

Click on the dates to register:  
Wednesday, December 8, 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Wednesday, December 8, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Do you want to build a snowman? Create your own snowman to decorate your home for the winter...even if there is no snow around! Registration begins November 26 at 9 am and is limited to EGVPL Adult cardholders only.

PowerPoint 101: Microsoft PowerPoint 2019 for beginners

Click on the date to register:  
Thursday, December 09, 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Join us and learn the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint 2019. Registration begins November 26 at 9 am. 

Moments to Remember formerly Senior Moments

Click on the date to register:             
Thursday, December 9, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Join us for a light lunch and an ugly Christmas sweater contest. Social gathering for women 55 years & older. Registration begins November 26 at 9 am and is limited to EGVPL Adult cardholders only. Limited to 30

Inner Peace This Holiday Season through Meditation

Click on the date to register:  
Monday, December 13, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This meditation program will enrich one’s life on many levels and help with seasonal stress. Virtual Program.

Paul McCartney: The Solo Years (1970-1980)

Click on the date to register:  
Wednesday, December 15, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of Paul’s first solo #1 “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.” Join Gary Westrup as he takes you on a journey exploring Paul McCartney's life after the Beatles.

Money Smart Meetups: Holiday Savings

Click on the date to register:  
Thursday, December 16, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We will discuss ways to save money during the holiday season.

Getting Started with Windows 10

Click on the date to register:   
Saturday, December 18, 10:00am - 11:30am

Learn to navigate Windows 10. Registration begins November 26 at 9 am. 

Monday Matinee Movie: Last Christmas
Click on the date for more information: 
Monday, December 20, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Enjoy an afternoon movie in the Lee Maternowski Room. Popcorn will be served!

Introduction to Microsoft 365


Click on the date to register:  
Wednesday, December 22, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Learn the ins-and-outs of Microsoft 365, Microsoft's cloud-based solution for creating and saving files. Registration begins November 26 at 9 am. 
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   MAKERSPACE - 6th Grade & Up
 


 
All Elk Lab classes will be held via Zoom. After class, email Rob at makerspace@egvpl.org to make an appointment to come in and make your object.

Elk Lab info and hours:
http://www.egvpl.org/services/makerspace.html

3D Printable Phone Stands with Fusion 360

Click on the date to register:                                                              
Wednesday, December 8, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Design a small phone stand using Autodesk Fusion 360, and in the process learn the basics of computer-aided design and 3D printing.

Laser-cut Holiday Ornament with Inkscape

Click on the date to register:  

Wednesday, December 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Make the holidays your own by designing a custom 2½-inch ornament from ⅛" thick wood using Inkscape and our Full Spectrum Muse laser cutter.

Ugly Holiday T-shirt Decorating

Click on the date to register:          

Saturday, December 18, 9:00am - 5:00pm                                                                    

Stop by Elk Lab with a clean, blank t-shirt in any holiday color and decorate it with gems, ribbons, vinyl decals, and more, like those loud holiday
sweaters some people wear (only not as itchy).

Laser-cut Earrings with Inkscape

Click on the date to register:                                                                  
Wednesday, December 29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn to make your own custom 1½-inch earrings from acrylic using Inkscape and our Full Spectrum Muse laser cutter.
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 YOUTH PROGRAMS
Youth Services will offer in-person, virtual, and Take & Make programs in December. Some programs require registration. Program formats, days, and times are subject to change. Check our website calendar http://egvpl.libnet.info/events?r=nextmonth&a=Kids and Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/egvplkids/ for details and updates. 
Registration for most of the December Youth Services Programs begins Friday, November 26 at 9:00 am. Register online, by phone, or in person. 

Youth Winter Reading Program

December 27 through February 20


Join the Youth Services’ Winter Reading Program for children birth through 8th grade. Register anytime between December 27 - February 20.
Early Childhood 


Pajama Family Storytime
Virtual Program: Recommended for ages 2-7 with family

Click on the date to register: 
Thursday, December 16, 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Put on your PJs and join us for songs and stories before bedtime. Registration required (over Zoom link).

Elk Grove Library On Demand

Go to our Library's YouTube page for songs, stories, and more. https://www.youtube.com/user/elkgrovelibrary

All Ages

Fun Factory Saturday              
Indoor craft: All ages through 8th Grade


Click on the dates for more information: 
Saturday, December 4
Saturday, December 11
Saturday, December 18


Drop by the library to make a simple craft on your own or with the help of a parent/caregiver. The craft will be available in Youth Services, while supplies last.
 

Gingerbread Man Scavenger Hunt
Indoor Program: Children of All Ages (through Grade 8)

Click on the dates for more information: 
Saturday, December 4 - Sunday, December 12,  All Day
 
The Gingerbread Man is loose in the library! Visit the big gingerbread man near the Youth Services entrance to get your first clue. Then follow the clues until the final one leads you to a prize!


Gingerbread Mansion Take & Decorate
Families with children Age 3 through Grade 8

Click on the date to register:   
Monday, December 6, All Day
 
Get the family together to decorate a prebuilt Gingerbread Mansion! Decorating materials are included in the kit. Creativity is up to you! One per family. Registration required with an EGVPL card.


Concha Craft
Indoor Program: Grades 4-8

Click on the date to register:   
Thursday, December 9, 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
 
Create a concha felt craft! Conchas are conch-shaped pastries that are popular in Mexico. Attendees will recreate the pastries and will get to take one home! Registration with an EGVPL card required.


Cookies and More!
All Ages

Click on the date to register:   
Wednesday, December 15, 9:15 am - 10:00 pm
 
Celebrate the holidays with a cookie-themed take & make kit! Tune in to watch Cookies and More! storytime video too! Registration is required and limited to EGVPL cardholders.


Noon Year's Eve Eve Family Fun
Recommended for families with children ages 2 - Grade 8

Click on the date to register:   
Thursday, December 30, 11:40 am - 12:05 pm
 
Ready to ring in a new year? Receive a Noon Year's Eve Eve Party Pack and join us on Zoom for an early countdown to 2022! Registration required. Limited to EGVPL cardholders.
 

Elementary School

Monthly Take & Make Craft 
Recommended for Grades K-8

Click on the date for more information:  
Wednesday, December 1, 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Pick up a take-home craft anytime after 3 pm on this day. While supplies last. Drop-in.

Cartooning with Mark Anderson: Wide World of Wacky Winter Sports
Virtual program: Grades K-8

Click on the date to register:     
Wednesday, December 8, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Draw all sorts of silly, winter sports over Zoom! Snowman bobsled! Reindeer ski jump! Turtle slow-skating! Even the freestyle snowball fight! Registration is required.

Lego Club
Indoor program: Grades K-4 without parent/caregiver

Click on the date to register:     
Friday, December 10, 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Design, create, build, and have fun! Registration is required and limited to EGVPL cardholders. 


Middle School/Junior High


Junior Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Calling students in grades 6, 7, and 8! Join the year-round Junior Teen Advisory Group (Jr. TAG). Earn service hours and meet new students.

Click for more information:
https://www.egvpl.org/advisory-group

Cupcake Wars
Grades 6-8

Click on date for more information:                                    
Wednesday, December 1, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

A festive Winter contest! Wear your holiday flair and compete to win prizes for your cupcake creations. Must sign up in teams of two. Both team members must have an EGVPL library card.

Check the website calendar for programs beyond December.  http://egvpl.libnet.info/events?r=nextmonth
Registration for January Youth Services Programs begins Thursday, December 23 at 9:00 am. Register online, by phone, or in-person. 
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