JG's Reptile Show
Monday, January 20th, 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.

JG's Reptile Show brings you an exciting, educational, interactive, and hands-on experience with reptiles found all over the world! Don't miss your chance to get up close and personal with these incredible animals that most people fear and misunderstand.

Book Buddies
January 15th, 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.

Crafty Llama
January 16th, 6:30 p.m.

Llama and her friends love to knit and craft just for the fun of it until Beaver comes along and shares that crafting can be useful as well. Join us for a reading of  Crafty Llama,  a discussion about the benefits of both fun and useful creativity, and a craft to take home.
(Grades K-2 with caregiver)

Parachute Play
January 17th, 10:00 a.m.

Encourage cooperative play while developing muscle tone as we work together to make the parachutes do amazing things.

(Ages 12-24 months with caregiver)

Rise & Shine Storytime
January 18th, 10:00 a.m.

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

This month: Snowmen

(Ages 3-8 with caregiver)

Kids Create Studio
January 18th, 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)

Stop Motion Animation
January 20th, 6:00 p.m.

Escape the drudgery of winter with the magic of stop motion animation and let your creativity run wild.

(Grades 3-4)
Join a Book Club!
Wednesday, January 15th, 7 p.m.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Monday, February 3rd, 7 p.m.
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Tuesday, February 12th, 7 p.m.
*At Honey Hill Coffee Company
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Friday, February 14th, 10 a.m.
Tagged for Death by A.J. Finn
Stitching to Success:
Turning Your Passion into a Profit (Series)
January 16th, 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 part of a series.

Great Decisions
January 18th, 2 p.m.

This month: Foreign Policy Roundtable

Professor Gary Midkiff will lead a non-partisan conversation about the most important foreign policy issues facing America today. 

Great Decisions booklets are available at the Adult Help Desk for $15 each.
All About Scholarships
January 15th, 6:00 p.m.

This is an introduction to the process of applying for scholarships; the program will address the basics of a scholarship application, along with tips on how to submit a successful application.
Presented by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
Parents are welcome to attend.

Zumba for Families
January 18th, 9:30 a.m.

Start the year well in a very fun way. Our friends at Mano a Mano will lead us in a bi-lingual, cross-generational Zumba exercise experience.
Wear comfortable clothing, and come prepared to feel the heat.

Heart Talk:
Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life
by Cleo Wade

Submitted by Stefanie M.
If you’re looking for a little bit of wisdom and inspiration for the new year, but don’t have the time or energy to devote to a full-length self-help book, look no further than Heart Talk . This book may be small but it’s full of poetry, essays, mantras, and affirmations that will give you the courage to unlock what’s been holding you back and truly thrive in every way imaginable. It will love you, build you up, and make you feel like you can take on the world and make all of your dreams come true.

Light Changes Everything
by Nancy E. Turner

Submitted by Terri S.
An epic page-turner! Sarah Prine is a smart, spirited young woman from the Arizona Territories who longs for a bigger life. An art scholarship from Wheaton College in Illinois proves to be the ticket to quench her wanderlust. At Wheaton she discovers a love of photography and the fascination of new friendships. When tragedy strikes at home, Sarah returns to help defend her family during a time of violent range wars. This heart-pounding tale of pioneer life offers a heroine to really cheer for. A satisfying treat for historical fiction fans.
(New Fiction)

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
by Matthew Walker

Submitted by Molly J.
If you have ever heard the saying, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” this book may make you rethink that old adage. Author Matthew Walker deconstructs the critical importance sleep plays in a healthy life. Scientific discoveries in sleep and dream research have changed the way we can understand these misunderstood brain functions. Personally, I was scared straight by this book. I’m already getting more sleep! 

Europe Through the Back Door
by Rick Steves

Submitted by Kelly F.
If travel to Europe is in your plans for 2020 then Rick Steve’s Europe Through the Back Door: The Travel Skills Handbook is a must read. This new book has a large first section on essential travel skills including using a mobile device, staying healthy, understanding the EU, and budgeting. Rick Steves then recommends unique backdoor experiences and overlooked places in eighteen different countries that most tourists would miss. This book is an absorbing look at Europe by the knowledgeable and affable Rick Steves.
(New Non-Fiction)