The kids have been really excited about dinosaurs coming to Chicagoland (Read this here.) We were especially stoked to find that one of our favorite libraries (read review here), Gail Borden Public Library, was hosting a dinosaur exhibit for the summer. We checked it out ourselves, and were very impressed with it. A must add to your summer bucket list!


  • Museum-like quality. Who would have thought a library would have such an amazing quality exhibit?
  • Plenty of dinosaurs to look at. The kids were armed with a map and scoured both floors for the dinosaur stations aka “dig sites” that were numbered. With 18 dig sites, they felt like dinosaur explorers on a dino hunt.

Gail Borden Public Library - Dinosaur Nigersaurus Skeleton

Gail Borden Public Library - Dinosaur Suchimimus

  • A variety of activities to keep the kids engaged including touching dino fossils, building a dinosaur puzzle, and participating in a dino dig (on certain days when volunteers are available.)

Gail Borden Public Library - Touch Dinosaur Fossil

Gail Borden Public Library - Dino Dig

  • A fun green screen. Take a pic in front of the green screen, email it, and it returns back to you with a dino-riffic pic!

  • Fun dino-themed programs. Check their website for programs like dino egg pinatas, dinosaur puppet show, T-rexplorers, or dino mania.
  • Summer reading program. Join “Reading is Gigantic!” for a chance to win prizes including a membership to The Field Museum.
  • Tours available. Starting May 22, they will be offering tours certain days/times of the week.
  • FREE! No admission cost. Can’t get much better than that!


  • Check out Gail’s Sales, where all children’s books are half off while the exhibit is open

Bottom Line:

What a fantastic exhibit in one of our favorite libraries! Bring your dino-lovin’ kiddos, enjoy a dino program, and just enjoy the library. What a fun day out! Definitely add this to your summer bucket list.

Nitty Gritty:

Where:  Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave, Elgin, IL
When: Now until September 24
Hours: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. –  6 p.m.; Sunday noon – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
Parking: Plenty of parking at the lot
Stroller-friendly? Plenty of room to roam about with a stroller.
Food: Small cafe located on-site.
Crowded: We visited on a Tuesday evening and it was not crowded at all.

While You’re Here:

  • Don’t miss out exploring downtown Elgin (down the street)
  • Walk across the street to Walton Island, a very picturesque area overlooking the Fox River. (Stay tuned for a review.)
  • If you’re from the area, it would be worth it to bike the Fox River Valley Trail. The library is right off the trail.
  • Dundee is about a ten-minute drive north. Check out the new Wahoo Woods and explore the rest of Dundee.
  • Find more than a 100 things to do this summer in the Northwest Suburbs.