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Upcoming events at the Messenger Public Library

Aug 31, 2016 11:42AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages caregivers to read together every day for learning, family bonding, and fun! Visit Youth Services for more info and to receive your first book tracker. Register to attend the Kickoff Party on Sat., Sept. 17. For Messenger Library cardholders.

Read with Rusty

Sept. 24-Dec. 2

Ages 0-14. Go on a reading power play with the Chicago Steel Hockey Team! Reach your reading goals to receive a complimentary ticket to a game at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva and more. Visit Youth Services for more info and to participate.

Teen Volunteers

Help at the library and earn service hours! Visit the Library or for an application.


Roald Dahl Day

Sat., Sept. 10 • 2-3pm

All ages. Celebrate beloved author Roald Dahl’s birthday with family fun at the library! There will be games, crafts, trivia, snacks, and more! Register for a reminder via email or text.

Tinkering Tuesdays

Tuesdays, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, November 8 • 4-5pm

Gr. 3-5. Tinkering fun for tweens every month! Wacky STEM projects, book talks, art supplies, and more. Registration required.

Stories & STEAM                                

Thursdays, Sept. 15-Oct. 6 • 6:30-7:15pm

All ages. Nurture your child’s development through early literacy and sensory activities and play aimed at ages 2-5. Dress to get messy! Register for a reminder via email or text.

Curious Kids

Tuesdays • 4-4:45pm

Sept. 20: Vegetable & Fruit Prints

Oct. 18: Candy Experiments

Gr. K-2. Calling all curious kids! Enjoy a story and wacky STEAM activities centered on each month’s theme. Dress for a mess. Registration required.


Teen Coffeehouse

Tuesdays, Sept. 27, Oct. 25 • 6:30-8pm

Gr. 6-12. Come to the library and hangout with your friends. We'll have the Wii U out to play games, art supplies to work on each month’s craft or your own projects, and you can simply chill. Register for a reminder via email or text.

Art & Writing Club

Mondays, Sept. 12, Oct. 10 • 6:30-8pm

Gr. 6-12. Art. Writing. Fun themes. Snacks. Friends. Share your projects! Register for a reminder via email or text.


College Application Process

Mon., Sept. 19 • 7-8pm

All ages. Applying to colleges can be daunting. Learn about the college application process, including the timeline and logistics, personal statements and essays, and basic financial aid information. Registration required.

Financial Aid

Monday, Sept. 26 • 7-8pm

All ages. ISACorps members are experts at simplifying the world of financial aid. Learn about average college costs, types of financial aid, how to apply for financial aid, financial aid award packages, and other important information. Registration required.

FAFSA Workshop

Wednesday, Oct. 12 • 7-8pm

All ages. Bring all documents needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and an ISACorps member will guide you through the application. See our website for more information. Registration required: either bring your own laptop or reserve one of ours (limited quantity).



Please stop in, phone (630) 896-0240 ext. 3, or visit the library's online website calendar for more information and registration for adult programs. Space is limited and registration is required. Programs with low registrations may be cancelled.

AARP Smart Driver Safety

Thursday, September 15 & 16; October 13 & 14 • 12:30-4:30pm (8 hour course, 2 sessions)
Refresh your driving skills, learn to adjust to age-related changes, and find out how to operate vehicles more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. This classroom style program is 4 hours each day, and both sessions must be completed to qualify for your insurance carrier’s discount. Cost $20 (AARP Members $15) AARP members please bring membership number on first day of class. Cash or check made out to AARP due on first day of class. Please arrive 15 minutes early for registration. Class size is very limited, participants must register in advance through the library. For adults.  

Dreamtime: Australian Dot Painting Workshop

Saturday, September 17 • 10-11:30am

Learn about the Australian Aboriginal tradition of telling creation stories through symbolic paintings, called “dreaming.” Then use collage and tempera paint to create your own “Dreamtime” artwork. All materials provided. Beginners welcome! Space is very limited, and all participants must register in advance. For adults ages 16 and up.

Classic Cinema Sundays • 2-4:30pm

Enjoy popcorn, good company, and some of Hollywood’s greatest hits from the 30’s to the 60’s.

Sunday, September 18The Awful Truth, starring Cary Grant, Irene Dunne & Ralph Bellamy
Sunday, October 16Key Largo, with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall & Lionel Barrymore

Gratis! Inglés Conversacional para Hispanohablantes! / Conversational English for Spanish Speakers

Monday, September 19 • 7-8pm

Le damos la bienvenida para que vegan a nuestro grupo y para mejorar sus habilidades de hablar Inglés. Por favor, regístrese con anticipación o por teléfono. Se proporcionarán bebidas. Para adultos y adolescentes de 16 o más. / We welcome you to come to our group and improve your English speaking skills. Please register in advance, online or call (639) 896-0240. Refreshments will be served. 

Resumé Skills Workshop

Saturday, September 24 • 10am-12 noon

Learn how to make your resumé move to the top of the stack, find out what should (and shouldn't) be on your resumé, and more. Join local human resources expert, Bob Schlacks, for an interactive workshop. There'll be time for questions and short one-on-one reviews of your resume. Please bring your existing resumé and job history. Space is very limited, register in advance.

21st Century Interview Skills Workshop

Saturday, October 1 • 10am-12 noon
Learn how to ace your interview in this interactive workshop. Discover the 12 most commonly asked interview questions. Find out what to do before, during, and after an interview. Learn the importance of appearance, punctuality and non-verbal communication. What “soft skills” are companies really looking for? There'll be plenty of time for questions. Please bring your existing resumé and job history. Space is very limited, register in advance.

Maximize Your Social Security
Sunday, October 9 • 2-3pm
Come to an educational session with Rocky Greene of Coffe (Community Outreach for Financial Education), learn to navigate the Social Security system, and develop strategies to maximize its benefits. Coffe is a non-profit organization with a mission to create financial literacy with all people, regardless of age, gender or social status. No financial products or services will be marketed. Space is very limited, please register in advance.

CSI: Cemetery Search and Investigation
Thursday, October 27
• 7-8pm
Join Oswego Historic Preservation Commissioner Tina Beaird for a program for genealogists, history buffs and cemetery enthusiasts. Curious what those symbols mean on your great-grandfather’s headstone? Interested in learning how the modern-day cemetery came about? Tina will be explaining the details behind cemeteries as well as offering suggestions and tips on how to find your ancestor’s burial place other the types of information that may be found. Space is very limited, register in advance. For adults.

Ask A Librarian!

You can always 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. For adults ages 18 and up. Children and teens, please contact the Youth Services Department.


Love to read and discuss books? Join one of the Library’s book groups, and enjoy lively discussions of fiction and non-fiction titles. Copies of the books will be available at the Checkout Desk. For adults.

Messenger Evening Book Discussion Group
Meets 1st Thursday of the month • Starts promptly 7- 8:30pm

Thursday, September 1 – Love in Every Stitch by Lee Gant
Thursday, October 6 – The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Morning Coffee Break & A Book
Meets 4th Tuesday of the month • Starts promptly 10:30 -11:30am
Tuesday, September 27 – Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay
Tuesday, October 25 – Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen


Art Club for Grownups
3rd Saturday of the month • Starts promptly at 10am – 12 noon
Unleash your inner artist! Come explore new techniques and hone your skills while connecting with other artists. Beginners welcome! Please register in advance so that we can have enough supplies for everyone. For adults and teens over 13 (with registered adult).

Featured program in place of our regular session! Register in advance for - Dreamtime: Australian Dot Painting Workshop, Saturday, September 17 • 10-11:30am

Fox Valley Writers Group

Meets Tuesdays, every 2 weeks (check online calendar for dates) • 7-8:30pm

Share positive, constructive feedback with other writers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, plus get some writing done. Consistent participation is encouraged, but not mandatory. For adults. Contact:

Games for Grownups        
Meets 3rd Thursday of the month • starts promptly at 6:30-8:30pm
Welcome to the world of board games! Join us as we enjoy snacks and play games such as Ticket to Ride and King of Tokyo. A different game is featured each month. Beginners welcome, ages 16 and up.

Genealogy Group
Meets 2nd Monday of the month • 7-8:30pm
Find and share new genealogy resources, bring your research and ask questions. Check our online calendar for special presentations and speakers. For adults and teens 16 and up.