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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November at the Roselle Public Library District

The photos tell it all: November is a month of fading sunlight, gorgeous colors, and preparation for the winter to come. With our help, it's also a month of education, celebration, and fun!

We prepare for winter first with How to Stay Healthy This Winter, November 1, 7-8P, where you'll learn from a registered pharmacist about immunizations and over-the-counter medications that may help you and your family avoid colds, flu, and more this season. Registration is required through our online calendar or by phone at 630.529.1641, ext. *222.

Then it's all aboard for the Model Train Showcase!

Layouts from our friends at the Midwest Division of Train Collectors Association, Northwest Trainmasters, British Train Society, and the Illinois Railway Museum steam back into town Saturday, November 5, 9:30A-4P and Sunday, November 6, 1-4P.

As you create train crafts, enjoy refreshments, and enter for a chance to win door prizes, the hobbyists who build and maintain these captivating layouts will be on hand to discuss them. After a little rambling about railroads, view exhibits, memorabilia, and collections from the Milwaukee Road Historical Association and Chicago and North Western Historical Society.

For one day only, on November 5, learn about train and railroad crossing safety from Metra representatives, too!

Model Railroad Showcase is made possible by generous donations from America's Best Train, Toy & Hobby Shop in Itasca and 2Toots Restaurant in Itasca. Thank you!

Admission to Model Railroad Showcase is free and no registration is required. All ages welcome.

Two days later on Tuesday, November 8, we open our doors early to voters for whom the library is their polling place. Polls open at 6A and close at 7P countywide.

Through November 8, voter registration is still open at the DuPage County Election Commission Office (421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, Ill.). You may also register and vote on Election Day itself at your polling place. If you don't know your polling place or aren't sure if you're registered, call the DuPage County Election Commission at 630.407.5600, 8A-4:30P (M-F) and 9A-1P (Sa), or visit

The following Sunday, Ken Rothacker and Debra Stombres fill our atrium with flute and guitar, taking you through history with fresh arrangements of familiar melodies from the seventeenth century to the 1970s. Join us for Musical Sunday, November 13, 1:30-3P, enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies, and warm up your weekend with enchanting music. No registration required.

One week later, just before we tuck into turkey and start on the stuffing, the man responsible for establishing November's best holiday explains how it came to be in Lincoln and Thanksgiving, Sunday, November 20, 1:30-2:30P.

History performer Kevin Wood has stepped into Abraham Lincoln's plus-size shoes hundreds of times since 2013, sharing our sixteenth president's stories, leadership, education, literature, spirituality, Gettysburg Address, and more. Registration is required through our online calendar or by phone at 630.529.1641, ext. *222.

The next day, Youth Services enters the world of Red, Chuck, and Bomb with Life Size Angry Birds, Monday, November 21, 4-5P. You'll build homemade catapults and take down the birds' infamous archenemies: the pigs! Registration is required through our online calendar or by phone at 630.529.1641, ext. *351.

In observance of Thanksgiving, we close early at 5P on Wednesday, November 23 and remain closed throughout Thursday, November 24. The library resumes regular hours Friday, November 25.

And on Saturday, November 26, 1-4P is perhaps the most special event of the month: Celebrate the Season! Santa Claus arrives on a firetruck to join the Mayor and the Rose Queen at 2P. He'll light the tree in the circle, then listen to each and every child's Christmas wish.

Starting at 3P, the holiday cheer moves along Main St. with our first-ever Cocoa Crawl. Grab your Cocoa Crawl passport and collect stamps at local businesses for a chance to win prizes as you sip cocoa.

We're participating, along with Starbucks, All Things Woof and Meow, Angela's Mart, Orangetheory Fitness, Langner Eye Care, 8000 Miles, Edward Jones, 1913 Restaurant, Anytime Fitness, Estate Sale Store, Lynfred Winery, Bella Capelli, and Roselle Flowers.

Entertainer Wendy Morgan closes the celebration with a show in the plaza at Prospect St. and Main St., 4-6P. No registration is required. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. No strollers are allowed in the library's meeting rooms while Santa listens to Christmas wishes.

Stay healthy, see the trains, vote, listen to music, play Angry Birds in real life, meet Abraham Lincoln and Santa Claus, and go on a Cocoa Crawl this month. All thanks to your library.

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