• The Pirate Island Educational Exhibit Sails into the Gail Borden Public Library Friday Oct. 7 throug

    The excitement and adventure of “Pirate Island Educational Exhibit” sails into the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin, Illinois starting Friday, October 7. It is a fantasy world of Pirate adventure brought to life with interactive games, stories and STEM activities that include navigation, compass and pulleys.

    The centerpiece for the exhibit from the Miami Children's Exhibit is a pirate ship in which children can go in and explore. At Pirate Academy, visitors have the opportunity to walk on a plank and apply their sailor skills to tie knots and handle ropes. Learn to speak Pirate with phrases such as: Yo Ho Ho; Davey Jones Locker; and Shiver me Timbers!  Everyone gets a map to follow that leads to pirate treasure. The upper decks of the pirate ship will be open from 3-5 pm on weekdays. 

    Children and adults alike will be delighted and intrigued by the legends and lore of pirates. Pirate Island promises to fulfill imaginations and be a quest for adventure —no matter your age!   For a special Sensory and/or ADA exploration of the exhibit, visit from 9 - 11 am on Saturdays, 11/5, 12/3. gailborden.info/PirateIsland

    Library officials are excited to finally let this ship sail.  Pirate Island was delayed for almost two years because of the pandemic. There will be many pirate and water-themed books in the exhibit as well as programs such as -

    Waterways: Their Importance in Northern Illinois (October 18, Noon, Facebook Live gbpl.info/FBLV)  - In partnership with the Chicago Maritime Exhibit, we will hear from museum curator Dylan Hoffman to learn the importance of the northern Illinois waterways including the Fox River.

    Not so Nightmarish Ghost Ship on Grove (Friday, October 21, 6 - 8 pm)  - Show Your Library Card
    One day before Nightmare on Chicago Street, the main library will host a much less scary event for children. From 6-8 pm, families are invited to a special after-hours event that will feature a haunted Pirate Island exhibit that is not too scary along with pirate games, crafts, contests, giveaways and other fun activities. Note, at least one person 14 years or younger in your group must have a Gail Borden Library card. However, everyone will want to have a library card as all people who register for the event will be entered into a drawing for a LEGO® Pirate Ship grand prize. Whether a pirate or landlubber, you are invited to come in costume. All attendees must be registered— including family members accompanying kids. We are so happy that most people in our community have Gail Borden Library cards. If  people still need to get a Library Card, it is easy. People may sign up online or visit any library location. gailborden.info/getcard
    Registration for Not so Nightmarish Ghost Ship on Grove is at http://attend.gailborden.info/event/7104091.
    Sail Around the Library - For the month of November, people are invited to visit staff Pirates and different stations throughout the Library to hear about a variety of offerings the Library has. People will be encouraged to get their sheet stamped at each location to get a prize!
    If they show or sign up for a library card, they will receive an additional prize. This event will happen at the Main Library, Rakow Branch and South Elgin Branch during operating hours. 
    Other programs include Meet a Pirate (Nov. 18, 11 am), Shiver Me Timbers! - Pirate Bingo (Nov. 22, 7 pm), Pirate-in-Training- A Pirate Academy (Nov.  25, 1 pm), A Pirate's Compass-Navigating the High Seas! (Dec. 2, 4:30 pm), 3D Design for Kids- Pirate's Booty (Nov. 5, 11 am) and Pirates' Code - A Coding Adventure (Dec. 12, 4:30 pm). 
    We thank the Gail Borden Public Library Foundation for sponsoring this exhibit. For more information, please visit gailborden.info/pirateisland.

    About Miami Children’s Museum
    Founded in 1983, Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning through play and enabling children to realize their highest potential.  Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play, learn, imagine and create.  The 56,500-square-foot facility includes 17 galleries, classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium and outdoor exhibits, including two playgrounds.  The Museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes, including special needs classes; Subway restaurant; a Kid Smart educational gift shop and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.  To learn more about the museum, please visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org. Miami Children's Museum's programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners and the City of Miami.

    About Gail Borden Public Library
    Serving and collaborating with the local community since 1874, the 5-Star Gail Borden Public Library serves a wonderfully diverse community of approximately 150,000, and it welcomes over 870,000 (non pandemic times) visitors annually. The Library offers books, eBooks, streaming movies and classes, dynamic programming with STEM and technology themes, as well as special events such as job and career expos, technology fairs and new-parent initiatives. Unique museum-quality exhibits have featured life-size dinosaurs, interactive exhibits such as Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog™ and the history of space, which gave local students the opportunity to chat live with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. The Library and its staff members have been recognized as leaders across the state as well as on a national level. Among its numerous awards, the Library received the nation’s highest honor for the industry, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2009.