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Banned Books Week

Saturday, October 02, 2021
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us. Join us as we bring together the entire book community - librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types - in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas.
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Mod Podge Bookish Skulls - Take Home Craft

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
Pick up supplies each month for a small craft. Kits are available beginning on the first day of each month, while supplies last. One kit per person, no registration necessary. For adults and teens over 16. Some kits may contain small parts not safe for small children.
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Telling a People's Story Art Exhibit

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
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Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
Messenger Public Library is proud to share Telling a People's Story: African American Children's Illustrated Literature, organized by the Miami University Art Museum through a grant from the Marth Holden Jennings Foundation.

The exhibit is available to view when the library is open. Activities, handouts and books will be available to further explore the art and exhibition materials. Prize drawings to win selections of the featured picture books will be held during October and November.

For the first time, African-American children’s illustrated literature is the focus of an exhibition featuring art produced for book illustrations. The presentation of this genre offers a lens into the cultural, historical, and social makeup of African-American cultural identity, while also shedding light on the long-neglected world of African-American authors and illustrators in the pantheon of children’s literature.

Telling A People’s Story addresses:
  • The presentation of African-American identity and history in a creative, educational and respectful manner.
  • The raising of greater awareness for the role African-American illustrators and authors play in the development and growth of the field of children’s literature.
  • The topic of social justice throughout African-American history.
  • The need for awareness to the challenges African-American children’s book authors and illustrators face in a field lacking sufficient representation of minorities.
  • The importance of appreciating the culture and history of a people who are deeply rooted in the American story.
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Be Part of the Story: Dress up as your favorite book character

Sunday, October 31, 2021
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
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Halloween Weekend Activities

Sunday, October 31, 2021
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois

Stop by the library for some Halloween themed fun and activities all weekend long! We will have crafts, games, and much more. Come in costume and bring your sweet tooth!

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Curbside Pickup on Saturday

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
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Curious Families: Recipe for Space

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
Aimed at Kindergarten - Grade 5 with families. Explore, learn, discover and create with STEAM activities for families.

Curious Families will take place outside on the library's back lawn. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Masks are required for children and adults.
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STEAM Activities Pickup

All Day
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
Weekly take-home activities available every Monday!

STEAM Activity for families (with small children)
STEAM Activity for K-5
Teen Take Out for Gr. 6-12

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Teen Take Out Pickup

All Day
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
Weekly take-home activities available every Monday!

Teen Take Out for Gr. 6-12
STEAM Activity for K-5
STEAM Activity for families (with small children)

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North Aurora Garden Club

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
Main Meeting Room
Monthly Meeting of the North Aurora Garden Club.
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Crime of the Century: America's First Celebrity Murder Case

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Image is a photo of a chalk body outline at a crime scene.
Online 2
Zoom

It sounds like a movie: The setting: a swanky society gathering on the roof of Madison Square Garden. The players: A charming rogue who was America's greatest architect, the drug addicted scion of one of America's wealthiest families and his wife, a teenage chorus girl who was America's first supermodel. In fact, it has been fictionalized in two movies: "Ragtime" and "The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing." Come and be fascinated as spellbinding storyteller Barry Bradford unravels a mesmerizing story of murder and madness, sex and celebrity at the dawn of the twentieth century.


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Don’t Pay the College Sticker Price!

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Online
Zoom
Learn how to maximize need-based financial aid eligibility, target the right colleges for  
merit-based financial aid and exploit tax-saving opportunities from Certified Financial Planner Joe Orsolini. Register for this Zoom program: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvceuvrD0oHNSL3oNLt-PhT-zLv-pmht8o 
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Storytime in the Sun (Library Back Lawn)

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois

Join us to sing songs and read stories featuring characters and creators from a wide variety of backgrounds, highlighting historically underrepresented races, religions, individuals, and families.

Registration required. Subject to weather change, will move to Zoom.

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Art & Chill Outside

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois

Grades 6-12. Wishing to socialize while you create? Come hang out in the library's backyard and do just that! We will have snacks, calming music, and new socially distant friends. Work on your current project, start a new one, or try one of ours. We will meet outside, weather permitting

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Understanding College Financial Aid—and How You Can Benefit From It

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Online
Zoom
This workshop from My College Planning Team includes more of a deep dive on financial strategies for affording college (with less focus on academic strategies, although it still touches on some of the most important ones). Register for this Zoom program: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsd-6hqTMqE9Uhh1FHAZMjiFtrfSCq25Tk
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The Jane Austen Society - Evening Book Club - Zoom

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Online 2
Zoom
This month we will be discussing The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner. This program will be held on Zoom. Please register for the link.

 
"Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable. One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England's finest novelists. Now it's home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen's legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen's home and her legacy. These people-a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others-could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society. A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both large and small, and the universal humanity in us all, Natalie Jenner's The Jane Austen Society is destined to resonate with readers for years to come"-- Provided by publisher.
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Art Exhibit Opening

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
Main Meeting Room
Visit the exhibit opening for Telling a People's Story: African-American Children's Illustrated Literature! View the exhibit and artwork, check out the books, and enter to win a selection of the featured works.

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Art Club for Grownups: Paint Like Frida

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Picture is a self portrait by Frida Kahlo
Online 2
Zoom
This month we welcome back instructor Christine Thornton. In this class you will learn more about Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, as well as replicate one of her paintings with watercolors. Supplies will be provided.
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Curbside Pickup on Saturday

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
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Mystery Adventure Club #4

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
Grades 4-6.  Do you like mysteries and adventure?  We need your help to solve a mystery!  There will be puzzles to solve and codes to decipher.  Program will be outside, weather permitting. Masks required.
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Elementary Fall Book Subscription Box

All Day
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Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
Grades K-5. Register for our Fall Kids' Book Subscription Box! 
On September 10, October 10 and November 10, pick up your box with two books selected for you. Each box also includes some treats for you to keep. Turn in your box by the end of the month to be eligible for the next month's box.

Elementary ages may register for one: Picture Books OR Book Boxes.
Space is limited; registration required. Must have a Messenger Public Library card to participate. 
Please register with your email address so you can receive confirmation and reminder emails. 

Boxes generously sponsored by the North Aurora Mothers Club. 
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Fall Picture Books Subscription

All Day
picture book bags
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
Interested in a book subscription for your little ones who aren't ready for Readers or Chapter Books? Sign up for a Picture Book Subscription, with pickup monthly beginning on September 10, October 10 and November 10. 

Elementary ages may register for one: Picture Books OR Book Boxes.

Space is limited; registration required. Must have a Messenger Public Library card to participate. 
Please register with your email address so you can receive confirmation and reminder emails. 


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Teen Fall Book Subscription Box

All Day
book box photo
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
Grades 6 - 12. Register for our Fall Teen Book Subscription Box! On September 10, October 10, and November 10, pick up your box with two books selected for you. Each box also includes some treats for you to keep. Turn in your box by the end of the month to be eligible for the next month's box. 

Numbers are limited; registration required. Must have a Messenger Public Library card to participate. 
Please register with your email address so you can receive confirmation and reminder emails. 

Boxes generously sponsored by the North Aurora Mothers Club. 
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STEAM Activities Pickup

All Day
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
Weekly take-home activities available every Monday!

STEAM Activity for families (with small children)
STEAM Activity for K-5
Teen Take Out for Gr. 6-12

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Teen Take Out Pickup

All Day
Messenger Public Library North Aurora Illinois
Weekly take-home activities available every Monday!

Teen Take Out for Gr. 6-12
STEAM Activity for K-5
STEAM Activity for families (with small children)

Register if you'd like to receive a reminder email or text.
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