Create Your Best Life!
Build a Vision Board with Life Coach Misty Giordano
Saturday, January 11th, 1:00 p.m.

The idea of a vision board is simple – an artful collection of images and words to help align your brain with desired outcomes. Vision boards help with finding clarity, focusing on authentic life, and visualizing ideal outcomes.
Try it out this New Year.

Yeti, Set, Go!
January 2nd, 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a showing of Abominable (PG) .
Three teenagers must help a Yeti return to his family while avoiding a wealthy man and a zoologist who want it for their own needs.
Popcorn will be served.
(All Ages)

Spin the Wheel Lego Challenge
January 3rd, 1:00 p.m.

Show off your Lego© building skills. Spin the wheel, receive a challenge, and build an amazing creation!
(All Ages)

Storytimes are Back in Session!
Sessions begin January 6

We’ll read great books, dance to some tunes, create art projects, and shake our sillies out.

There is something for every child at the library. Look online to find your perfect storytime!

Book Buddies
January 8th, 4:30 p.m.

Kids - looking for a new way to practice reading skills?
Teens - looking to earn volunteer hours and become a mentor?

We will match you up with each other to build reading skills and confidence.

Interactive Artists
January 9th, 6:30 p.m.

Spark your imagination, creativity, and lifelong connection with art inspired by some of our favorite books.
(Grades K-2 with caregiver)

Color Exploration
January 10th, 10:30 a.m.

Fun new art projects each month to help your child's imagination soar.

This month: Winter Scene

(Ages 2-5 with caregiver)

In the Loop Meetup
January 4th, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Drop-in for social time with like-minded crafty adults. Knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting -all forms of needlework are welcome here. 

Bring your project and dedicate quality uninterrupted time to stitch your way to completion. 
Join a Book Club!
Monday, January 6th, 7 p.m.
Mozart's Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Friday, January 10th, 10 a.m.
The Bookseller by Mark Pryor

Tuesday, January 14th, 7 p.m.
*At Honey Hill Coffee Company
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

Wednesday, January 15th, 7 p.m.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Stitching to Success:
Turning Your Passion into a Profit (Series)
January 9th, 7 p.m.

Jessica LoBue of Unraveled Yarn Shop presents a two part series on her business journey, what it takes to be a creative mind and run a business, and considerations for turning your creative passion into a profitable venture.

Second session is on Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Mah Jongg Club
January 10th, 1 p.m.
January 14th, 6:30 p.m.

Join us as we learn Mah Jongg together! Meet players who will help you learn strategy and enjoy community time at the library. Bring your set if you own one.
All skill levels welcome, adults only. 

Mother Daughter Book Club
January 11th, 10:30 a.m.
(For girls grades 5-8 with the special woman in their life)

The War That Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

This #1  New York Times  bestseller is an exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War II.

Books are available at the Adult Help Desk. One to keep per Mother-Daughter pair.

Teen Makers
January 14th, 4:00 p.m.

Let your creativity loose and hang out with friends.
(Grades 6-12)

This month: Let It Snow

Food for Fines
December 1 - January 3

Help area families in need and eliminate your library fines!
The Library will accept unexpired, never opened, nonperishable items for the Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry in lieu of overdue fines. Each item will equal $1 in fines. Donations cannot be used toward replacement costs or collection fees.
The Koker Trilogy

Submitted by Erik S.
A trilogy by the late Abbas Kiarostami, who is perhaps my own favorite filmmaker. The first of the series, Where is the Friend’s Home, is an almost fable-like story about a boy in rural Iran attempting to deliver his friend’s notebook (which he has mistakenly taken as his own), so that his friend won’t be expelled from school for not having completed his homework. The second film, And Life Goes On, follows Kiarostami and his son (played by actors), as they search the Iranian countryside for the preceding film’s young stars in the wake of a devastating earthquake; and the third, Through the Olive Trees, is a quasi-documentary about the making of the second film in the series. If it sounds confusing that might be because it is, but despite Kiarostami’s somewhat disorienting tendency to blur (or entirely disregard) the lines between fiction and reality these films make for a serene, almost meditative viewing experience. 
(New Foreign Language DVD)

We'll Fly Away
by Bryan Bliss

Submitted by Emily D.

A story told alternating between letters from a death-row inmate and a narrative of his life. Luke was an unbeatable high school wrestler finishing his senior year planning to get far away from his troubled life by securing a wrestling scholarship. He wanted his good fortune to rub off on his best friend, Toby, who also came from a troubled background. As they drifted apart that year, their small decisions had big consequences. Excellent writing about such a sad situation.
(Young Adult Fiction) 

Empire of Democracy: The Remaking of the West Since the Cold War
by Simon Reid-Henry

Submitted by Lynn M.
The most thorough overview I’ve yet found of the way that democracy was intentionally subverted in favor of free-market capitalism over the past forty years, the damage inflicted on society, and how the powers-that-be convinced us there was no alternative.
(New Non-Fiction)

by David Sedaris

Submitted by Kelly K.
A well-wrought memoir from favorite humorist Sedaris, who tackles some tougher topics (his sister’s suicide, alchoholic mom and aging dad, among others). Readers can relate and smile while feeling empathy for our shared experience -- the darker topics only reinforce the need to maintain a sense of humor, which Sedaris does with such eloquence it’s hard to put down.