In the Loop Meetup
Saturday, December 14th, 11:00 a.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. 

Unraveled's Jessica LoBue will be leading the group.
Color Exploration
December 13th, 10:30 a.m.

Fun new art projects each month to help your child's imagination soar.
(Ages 2-5 with caregiver)

This moth: Snowman Sign

Uke Can Play Ukulele
December 13th, 4:00 p.m.

Whether you have joined us before or are new to the ukulele world, join us to learn how to play a song or two. Please bring a ukulele if you have one.
The library will have a very limited supply available.
(Grades 3 and up)

Rise and Shine Storytime
December 14th, 10:00 a.m.

Songs, stories, smiles, and a craft.
(Ages 3-8 with caregiver)

This month: Winter Animals

Kids Create Studio
December 14th, 1:30 p.m.

Welcome to the wonderfully imaginative world of art. Kids will have fun while exploring art through a different medium each month. All supplies provided.
(Grades 3-5)

This month: Pom Pom Characters

All the Books
December 4th, 7 p.m.

This is your opportunity to share books that you've been reading as well as hear the picks and pans of others, including "the reading expert," your library staff. We always have a fun discussion and everyone goes home with a free book. What's not for a book lover to love?

December 6th, 10:30 a.m.

Enrich your life personally and professionally with Renate Lanotte, MS LCSW. De-stress for the holidays and focus of bringing joy, peace, and renewal into your daily life in the New Year.

Mah Jongg Club
December 6th, 1 p.m.
December 10th, 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. All skill levels welcome. Adults only. Register for one or all sessions.

Microsoft Excel Basics
December 2nd, 7 p.m.

Learn the basics of MS Excel 2016 in this class. Perfect for those new to Excel or if you're just looking for a refresher. 

Windows 10 Crash Course
December 14th, 11 a.m.

If you have recently upgraded to Windows 10 or need to learn the ropes, this class is for you. Learn about installing/uninstalling software, navigating the new start menu, and more.


Teen Makers
December 10th, 4 p.m.

Let your creativity loose and hang out with friends.

December: Light Up Tree


Elf on the Upstairs Shelf
December 1-23

Library Elf is being very mischievous this holiday season. Tell a librarian where Elf is hiding upstairs for a sweet surprise.
The Giving Tree
December 1 - January 1

The Library's Tree is transforming into a Giving Tree for the month of December. We're asking for donations of new hats, gloves, and scarves in adult and childrens sizes.

Once the tree gets good and "dressed" we will make a donation to two area charities.
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.
Selfies with Santa
at the Cook House
December 8th, 1:00 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus are back visiting the festive Cook House! Stop by and take a selfie or two with them.
Experience some old fashioned holiday fun!
Check out the tree, activities for children, treats, and gift shop.
Chess - Open Play
December 5th, 6:00 p.m.
December 12th, 6:00 p.m.

Whether you're an expert or a beginner, you are welcome to come. For those just starting out, the Wauconda Chess Club will hold a 30 minute class each week to teach fundamentals and hold an open play for the remainder.
(Grades 6-12)

The Dutch House
by Ann Patchett

Submitted by Kelly K.
We are familiar with haunted houses, but what if the house itself was doing the haunting? This book is about an elaborate, museum of a house that a young man buys for his wife. Unfortunately, she hates it and what it signifies. She ends up leaving her husband and two children, who try to make a life without her. A stepmother arrives, and things take a drastic turn. The displaced children, Danny and Maeve, continue to wonder about the house throughout their lives – pondering what may have been. Yet an entire lifetime of regret, a story of never really letting go of the past, ends ultimately hopeful. What a satisfying read!
(New Fiction)

Leadership in Turbulent Times
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Submitted by Jason L. (Library Trustee)
The book examines four Presidents who displayed tremendous leadership skills during turbulent times. This book plays out to be almost two books in one; part biography explaining formative events that shaped each man to become a leader and part examination of the methods he used to lead. The book is broken into three sections, and each former President has three chapters (one in each section) that is solely dedicated to his experiences. Prior to reading a single page, I honestly questioned whether all of these men belonged in the same book, but by the end I was convinced—A hint, both Theodore Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson initially took the Presidency due to assassinations, and both went on to pass significant legislation that shaped our nation for generations. If you’ve enjoyed other Doris Kearns Goodwin books, be sure to read this one.

Olive, Again
by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge is a force – opinionated, bristly, brutally honest, be it with herself, or others. Yet to me, there is something so alluring about her. Something about her character that, if I were to meet her in real life, I’d want to win her over, earn her respect. This sequel is tender, almost painfully so. Olive is dealing with aging, the regrets and pains of parenting, loss, grieving. She’s found love again. And all around her, the residents of Crosby, Maine, are right with her, living out the honest nitty-grit that makes up a life. This is not a light read by any stretch, but a quietly powerful one that really drew me in. 
(New Fiction)

The Body: A Guide for Occupants
by Bill Bryson

Submitted by Molly J.
One of my favorite books of the year! Bryson made me appreciate how amazing and wonderful our bodies truly are. It is a miracle that each one of us have the opportunity to live. I appreciated how it went area-by-area through the body including some analyses of the lesser appreciated functions like equilibrium, sleep, and more. I think the title "a guide for occupants" lives up to its name. If you have an interest in your body and/or human medicine, this is an incredibly entertaining and accessible guide.
(New Non-Fiction)