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Batavia Public Library: programs for adults and teens

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

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

Advanced registration is required for programs designated R

Feature Programs

NaNoWriMo Write-In

Sat., Nov. 5, 9:30am–1pm

During National Novel Writing Month, challenge yourself to write 50,000 words (or 1,700 words a day). We’ll provide coffee and snacks in the Conference Room while you dedicate the time to writing. Join the national challenge for free at Continue the challenge at Geneva Public Library’s Write-In, Sat., Nov. 12, 1–4:30pm.


Cutting the Cable Cord    R

Sat., Nov. 19, 1pm

Dropping a cable TV subscription and using online video alternatives has become a viable option for those eager to save money. But is ditching cable the right decision for you? This presentation will weigh the options and explore online streaming services and equipment including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, and Roku. Also included: Hoopla, which is available using your library card.


Monthly Programs

Book Discussion

Tues., Nov. 8, 7:30pm

True Grit by Charles Portis

In this rip-roaring adventure story, a no-nonsense teenage girl hires a tough U.S. marshal to help avenge the death of her father. Even if you don’t like Westerns, this novel’s sparkling, wry humor and engaging dialogue just might win you over.


Tues., Dec. 13, 7pm    R

Non-Discussion Book Discussion

Share with the group the favorite two books—new or old—that you’ve read this year.


January book discussion selection:

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore


Books Between Bites

Thurs., Nov. 17, 12pm

At Dawn We Slept

by Gordon W. Prange, presented by Dan Hoefler


Thurs., Dec. 15, 12pm

Christmas Season Writings with a Connection to Batavia, presented by Mayor Jeffery D. Schielke


Adult Anime Club

Wed., Nov. 16 & Dec. 28, 6:30–9pm

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


Sundays on Stage 

The Batavia Public Library Foundation is the 2016 Season Sponsor.

Mussels, Moonshine, Music: Mississippi Valley Migrants in the 20th Century    R

Sun., Nov. 27, 2pm

In a time almost forgotten, the Midwest and upper South were home to thousands of Americans who lived and worked along or on rivers as sharecroppers, fishermen, mussel-shellers, button-cutters, traveling minstrels, and moonshiners.

Musician and cultural historian Dennis Stroughmatt examines this lifestyle using artifacts, photographs, folktales, and a performance of river-based music passed down from the hardworking generation of his grandfather, Chancy Stroughmatt. This program is made possible by an award from the Illinois Humanities Council.


The Legend of St. Nicholas    R

Sun., Dec. 4, 2pm

Terry Lynch portrays the Old English Father Christmas, telling stories of St. Nicholas, the protector of children throughout the ages. Learn about the origins of St. Nicholas characters in various countries, popular Christmas symbols, and worldwide Christmas traditions. A program for the whole family.


Holiday Concert    R

Sun., Dec. 11, 2pm

The Batavia-based Festive Singers, an a cappella quartet, are back to spread holiday cheer at the Library. Bring the family and enjoy free refreshments while listening to these amazing voices.


Teen Programs

College Prep

Start Early, Start Smart: College and Career Planning    R

Sun., Nov. 6, 1–2pm

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


SAT vs. ACT—What’s Right for You?    R

Tues., Dec. 6, 7–8pm

What’s the difference between the new SAT and the ACT? This program addresses the predictability, pace, and key items that students should know when preparing

to take either test. Discussion may help students decide which test is better for them. Presented by C2 Education.


Fun Stuff

Inclusion Game Night

Wed., Nov. 9 & Dec. 14,


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.


Teen Anime Club

Thurs., Nov. 10 & Dec. 8, 6:30–8:30pm

Teens ages 13 and older are invited to watch anime, play games, and meet other anime and manga enthusiasts.


Inclusion Movie Night

Tues., Nov. 22 & Dec. 27,


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

Internet Classes

*Internet proficiency required:


Searching the Internet*    R

Tues., Nov. 29, 9am

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


Digital Pictures*    R

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.


Other Computer Classes

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2013, Part 1    R

Thurs., Nov. 17, 9am

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


Resume Writing Basics    R

Mon., Dec. 19, 9am

Microsoft Word 2013 resume templates. Internet proficiency



Android Tablet & Phone    R

Fri., Nov. 18, 9am

Please bring your device to class.


iPad & iPhone    R

Wed., Dec. 7, 9am

Please bring your device to class.


**Microsoft Word proficiency required:

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2013, Part 2**    R

Thurs., Dec. 1, 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**    R

Thurs., Dec. 8, 9am

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


Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013, Part 1**    R

Tues., Dec. 6, 9am

Summation; formulas; data entry; autofill; print


Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2013**    R

Fri., Jan. 13, 9am