Word from Elburn: Town and Country Public Library offers Lego, Irish and genealogy events

Game night, gardening to also be featured


February is a month most closely associated with big red hearts and fluttering cupids. But even after Valentine’s Day has come and gone, there are still plenty of programs to love at the Town and Country Public Library. This month, the library welcomes patrons to stop by Lego building sessions, attend an awesome Irish children’s program, enjoy a night of family gaming, learn new genealogical techniques and get a jump on summer gardening.

The library has a huge supply of Lego bricks to share with amateur builders each month. The library is offering many free play Lego Days throughout the winter and spring that require no registration, just imagination! The next Lego Day is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Interested Lego fans are invited to stop by, drop in and build something neat.

Chris McBrien the Musical Irish Traveler is coming to the library with a host of lively puppets, authentic Irish folk songs and exciting tales at 11 a.m. March 3. This special cultural and musical event is both wildly entertaining and delightfully educational. This festive children’s program gives young patrons a glimpse into the rich culture of Ireland through songs and stories. Sign up on the library website today to secure a spot at this special event all about the Emerald Isle.

With the fast pace of modern life, families may not make time to unplug from technology and sit down to play games together. Because of this observation, the library is hosting Game On! Family Game Night at 6 p.m. March 2. Available for play during this evening of gaming is a huge variety of board games, card games, and puzzles. Patrons may enjoy the library-supplied games or bring their own personal favorites from home. Whether learning a new game or competing in an old favorite, Family Game Night has something for everyone.

Author and genealogist Marsha Peterson-Maass is making a trip to the library at 7 p.m. March 1 for an innovative genealogy class. Genealogists will not want to miss Peterson-Maass’ fresh new approach to analyzing handwriting, examining photographs and assembling spreadsheets. This class promises to add new techniques and skills to the toolkit of any genealogist. Peterson-Maass’ incredibly useful genealogy textbooks will also be available for purchase after the program.

Summer may seem far away in the midst of snow and cold, but there are steps gardeners can take now to get the most out of their gardening efforts this year. The Just Food Initiative is sending expert gardeners to the library at 2 p.m. March 4 to show patrons how to start sowing seeds indoors. Starting to grow vegetables indoors in the winter is easy, saves money and makes summer gardening more efficient. Anyone with a green thumb is encouraged to attend this helpful horticulture class.

Connor Wilcox is the communications coordinator for the Town and Country Public Library. The “Word from Elburn” column runs the third Thursday of each month. Feedback can be sent to