Gail Borden Library Elgin

Did you know this week is National Library Week? Come join me every day this week as I showcase some of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Roundup of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago

Day 1: Algonquin Area Public Library

Day 2: Schaumburg Township District Library

Day 3: Elk Grove Village Library

Day 4: Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Day 5: Gail Borden Public Library

Day 6: Barrington Area Library

Today’s library is Elgin’s hidden gem. Believe me you’ll want to see it for yourselves.

Nitty Gritty:

Location: 270 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin
Hours: Check their website for hours.
Parking:  Outdoor parking lot

Why Kids Will Love the Children’s Area at Gail Borden Public Library:

  • KidSpace is an inviting area!

Gail Borden Library Elgin KidSpace

  •  …with a fun wooden play structure with a tunnel underneath. Kids LOVE this!

Gail Borden Library Elgin Wood Play Structure

  • The play area is a  circle surrounded by windows. Makes it nice and bright!

Gail Borden Library Elgin Room

  • There’s tons of activities located at the perimeter of the “circle” including a pretend play kitchen, puppets, puzzles

Gail Borden Library Elgin Games

Gail Borden Library Elgin Games 2

  •  There’s a whole separate area from the play area for those serious readers and school-age children.

Gail Borden Library Elgin KidSpace


 Did you know?

  • During January, the library is the perfect location to watch the Bald Eagles? They even have binoculars you can rent
  • Every summer they bring in a museum quality exhibit.

We wish:

  • ..nothing to complain about here. Great area for kids!

Tips to enjoy the Gail Borden Library:

  • Make a day out of it! Across the street is the picturesque Walton  Island Park with views of the Fox River and mini waterfalls.
  • With its great location by the bike trail, it would be the ideal starting point or even a stop-worthy diversion.
  • Check out their programs and events. They always have something fun in store. For example, they had an event called Sarah the Singing Princess. Imagine hundreds of little girls come dressed as princesses to hear Sarah sing Disney songs and get their photo taken by a castle made of LEGOs? Sounds like fun for any princesses!

Bottom Line:

What a wonderful library that caters to kids! Not only do they have a fantastic kid’s play area but they have programs and events year round that draws library-goers and the community. A must see!

Have you been to Gail Borden Library?