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Batavia Public Library: programs for adults and teens

Aug 30, 2016 12:25PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Advance registration is required for programs designated R


Feature Programs

Japan and Its Tea   R

Thurs., Sept. 1, 7pm

Michael Blodgett, former Batavian, and his wife Ikuko, are bed & breakfast operators in Wazuka, Japan. Wazuka is the birthplace of matcha (Japanese powdered green tea) and is known for producing the highest quality teas in Japan. The Blodgetts will talk about their life in Japan and demonstrate how to prepare, serve, and drink Japanese tea.


SNAP Assistance

Sat., Sept. 24, 9:30am–12pm

Is money tight for groceries? Find out if you qualify for food assistance. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps or the Link card) provides money for eligible families to buy food at a grocery store every month. A representative from the Northern Illinois Food Bank will explain the program, provide information, help you find out whether you are eligible, and assist with the application. Participants will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis during this open house event.


How-To Community

Do You Have a Story to Tell?   R

Sat., Sept. 10, 2pm

Best-selling author Travis Thrasher shares his methods and suggestions for writing a book. Where do you find an idea? What are the steps to organizing the book? Is it fiction or nonfiction? How do you begin, persevere, and ultimately finish it?


Getting Published  R

Sat., Oct. 8, 2pm  

After your book is finished, what comes next? How do you find an agent? What does a book proposal look like? Author Travis Thrasher explains the steps of getting a book published.


New Lyceum Lecture Series

The Batavia Public Library Foundation is the 2016–17 Season Sponsor

Surviving 9/11   R

Tues., Sept. 6, 7pm

Lt. Col. Ryan Yantis, a survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon, shares his personal account of duty, providence, and overcoming challenges in the face of danger. Yantis discusses the events, policies, and history leading up to the 9/11 attacks and offers observations on how all of these affect our country and ongoing conflicts. Co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Batavia.


Osprey Ways   R

Tues., Nov. 1, 7pm

The osprey is listed as endangered in Illinois. Yet these birds have been nesting since 2009 at Fermilab and during the summer months can be seen soaring over the Fox River in search of fish. Pam Otto, manager of nature programs and interpretive services at the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, provides an overview of osprey life history and behaviors. The presentation also features photography by Dave Soderstrom, who has devoted considerable time to chronicling the growing presence of osprey in this area.


Questions & Ancestors 

Identifying and Interpreting Historic Photographs R

Thurs., Oct. 6, 2pm

People often inherit a box of unidentified family photos and don’t know what to do with them. Presenter Tina Beaird offers solutions for identifying these “lost” family members by explaining how to use genealogical sources with observational techniques. Beaird also gives practical solutions for storing and preserving heirloom photos, albums, and scrapbooks.

Sundays on Stage

The Batavia Public Library Foundation is the 2016 Season Sponsor.

The Music of Neil Diamond   R

Sun., Sept. 25, 2pm

Singer Bill Dunnam captures the essence of Neil Diamond’s music, performing 18 of his favorite Diamond songs. Experience the romance and emotion evoked by classic pieces from Coming to America to Sweet Caroline.


The Haunted Page   R

Sun., Oct. 30, 2pm

William Pack returns with a new interactive horror-themed show. Stories from H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, and others jump off the page and provide the inspiration for 60 minutes of spelling-binding tricks and spine-tingling tales.


Monthly Programs

Book Discussions

Tues., Sept. 13, 7:30pm

The Whites by Harry Brandt

High suspense and sharp prose make this novel an electrifying police procedural. Billy Graves is marking time on night duty when he catches a case that threatens his career, friends, and family. A gritty, darkly humorous, and compelling examination of justice and vengeance.


Tues., Oct. 11, 7:30pm

Quiet by Susan Cain

Introverts like to listen, read, and work on their own. In this book, Cain argues that it is the quiet ones that society undervalues the most and she provides convincing examples of the significant contributions made by successful introverts.

November book discussion selection: True Grit by Charles Portis

Books Between Bites

Thurs., Sept. 15, 12pm

Cubs 100, presented by co-author Dan Campana

Thurs., Oct. 20, 12pm

The Dream by Harry Bernstein, presented by Sammi King


Adult Anime Club

Wed., Sept. 28 & Oct. 26, 6:30–8:30pm

Adults ages 18 and older are invited to watch anime and meet other adult anime and manga enthusiasts.

Teen Programs

Advance registration is required for programs designated R

College and Careers

ACT Practice Test   R

Sun., Sept. 11, 12:30–4pm

Sat., Nov. 5, 9:30am–1pm

Take a free practice ACT test with scoring by C2 Education. Bring a calculator, pencils, water, and an energy snack. C2 Education will contact students with results after test day. Limit: 24 students.


The Financial Aid Process   R
Sun., Sept. 18, 1–2pm

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission can help you prepare for college. In this program, find out what college costs, the types of financial aid available, how to apply using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and about financial aid award packages.


Don’t Pay the College Sticker Price!   R
Tues., Oct. 4, 7–8pm

Teens and parents are invited to learn how to maximize need-based financial aid eligibility, target the right colleges for merit-based financial aid, and use tax-saving opportunities. Certified Financial Planner Joe Orsolini is an expert in the college financial aid system.


FAFSA Form Workshop   R       
Sun., Oct. 9, 1–2pm

Is your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) done? If you have questions about it, this program by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission can help you.


College Knowledge: Tips from Inside the Admissions Committee   R
Sun., Oct. 23, 1–2pm

Julie Nelson, Regional Recruitment Director for Xavier University in Cincinnati, explains the college admissions process, including campus visits, application tips, and financial assistance. Teens and parents are invited to bring questions or concerns about the admissions process. Nelson also offers advice on how to find the right school.


Start Early, Start Smart: College & Career Planning R
Sun., Nov. 6, 1–2pm

When students choose a motivating college major and career goal, they will have greater success in college and launching their careers. Peg Hendershot from Career Vision will show why early career planning is crucial for today’s students and will discuss the five steps to making these decisions—before choosing a college.


Fun Stuff

Drawing Anime Characters R

Thurs., Sept. 8, 6:30–7:30pm

Vinny Siracusano, a teacher from the School of Art in Geneva and a former Disney animator, will show students how to compose and draw different features often found in anime characters. All drawing materials are provided. Limit: 12 students.


Teen Anime Club
Thurs., Sept. 8, 7:30–8:30pm

Thurs., Oct. 13, 6:30–8:30pm

Teens ages 13 and older are invited to watch anime, play games, and meet other anime and manga enthusiasts. Note: the Sept. 8 Anime Club begins one hour later than usual due to the drawing program listed above.


Inclusion Game Night
Wed., Sept. 14 & Oct. 12, 6:30–8:30pm

Teens and young adults of all abilities—and their families and friends—are invited to meet new people and try out a board game or card game in a relaxed setting. High school volunteers are welcome.


Inclusion Movie Night
Tues, Sept. 27 & Oct. 25, 6:30–8:30pm

Teens and young adults of all abilities—and their families and friends—are welcome to meet new people and watch a movie in a relaxed setting.


Computer classes for adults

One-hour, hands-on computer classes. Basic computer skills, including mouse & keyboard proficiency, are required. Registration is required; please call the Reference Desk, 630-879-1393, ext. 200.

Internet Classes

*Internet proficiency required:

Searching the Internet*

Tues., Sept. 20, 9am

Learn to use Google to find information. Learn search tips and how to evaluate Web sites. 


Online Job Searching*

Fri., Oct. 28, 9am

Learn helpful networking tips, as well as how to use a variety of online resources in your job search, including Indeed, LinkedIn, and employer websites. Required: Bring a digital copy of your up-to-date resume.


Digital Pictures*

Fri., Nov. 4, 9am

Learn how to remove digital photos from your camera or smartphone, edit them on Flickr, and upload them to social media. Please bring your smartphone or camera, and your USB charging cable, to class.


Genealogy on the Internet, Part 1*

Wed., Oct. 5, 9am


Genealogy on the Internet, Part 2*

Wed., Oct. 12, 9am


Other Computer Classes

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2013, Part 1

Tues., Sept. 27, 9am

Create documents and folders; edit; change font style and size, underline, italicize, make bold, and center text; and save.


Resume Writing Basics

Thurs., Oct. 6, 9am

Microsoft Word 2013 resume templates. Internet proficiency required.


Android Tablet & Phone

Fri., Sept. 16, 9am

Please bring your device to class.


iPad & iPhone

Mon., Oct. 3, 9am

Please bring your device to class.


**Microsoft Word proficiency required:

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2013, Part 2**

Tues., Oct. 4, 9am

Font and background colors; text boxes, clip art, and photos; bulleted and numbered lists; tables; lines, arrows, and autoshapes; page numbers; and page setup


Introduction to Microsoft Word 2013, Part 3**

Tues., Oct. 11, 9am

Headers and footers, section breaks, WordArt, page borders, footnotes, endnotes, tables, charts, and mail merge


Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013, Part 1**

Thurs., Oct. 20, 9am

Summation; formulas; data entry; autofill; print


Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013, Part 2**

Thurs., Oct. 27, 9am

Add and delete rows and columns; find and replace; sort; navigate workbooks; introduction to charts; security


Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2013**

Thurs., Nov. 3, 9am

Registration Information: Registration is required for some programs; please call the Reference Desk, 630-879-1393, ext. 200, or register online at