Friday, April 27, 2007                 Issue No. 27


In this issue:
National Family Month
Area Factory Tours
Chicago Museum Overnights
Betsy Lewin Author Visit
Color Purple Bus Trip
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Did you know that May is

National Family Month?

Sponsored by KidsPeace, National Family Month honors strong, supportive families that help kids grow.  Nowadays, the term "family" encompasses more than just mothers and fathers.  Grandparents, siblings, relatives and caregivers alike play important roles in the healthy development of children.

May is a time to reexamine what it means to be family.  With school ending and summer vacations ahead, now is the time to plan fun events that build memories to last a lifetime. 

Ho Hum...We're bored.  
What to do?

Chocolate, Jelly Beans, Cheesecake, Anyone?

Illinois and Wisconsin are hot spots for factory tours!

The Long Grove Confectionary offers daily tours, Monday through Thursday, in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.  Learn how chocolates are made as well as a brief history of the confectionary.   View sculpted chocolate and production and packaging facilities.  The tour ends in the factory store where purchases can be made at great discounts.  Educational and delicious!

If jelly beans are more your style, tour the Jelly Belly facility in Pleasant Prairie, WisconsinHop aboard the Jelly Belly Express train for a tour of the warehouse and distribution center.  Experience not just how jelly beans are made but also candy corn, taffy, gummies and more.

Eli's Cheesecake is a Chicago institution!  Tour the 62,000 square foot award-winning bakery and see how a cheesecake is made from start to finish, including research and development, mixing, baking, decorating and packaging.  Can't make it to Chicago?  Try their virtual tour.

For more information about other factory tours in Illinois and Wisconsin, including John Deere, Harley Davidson, Honey Acres, Natural Ovens, Sprecher's Brewing (root beer!), Trek Bicycle Corporation, go to  

Spend the night under the stars
or with your favorite dinosaurs


Did you know that some Chicago museums offer overnight stays for families?  Special hands-on activities are planned throughout the evening, guaranteed to engage everyone. 

The Adler Planetarium hosts Astrovernights, which can fulfill scout badge requirements.  View the stars through special high-powered telescopes and enjoy a show in the Sky Theater.  Sleeping under the stars takes on a whole new meaning!

The Museum of Science and Industry sponsors Snoozeums where you can explore the museum exhibits after-hours.  Sleep under the Boeing 747, next to the Fairy Castle or by the Toy Factory.

The Field Museum offers Dozin' with the Dinos where kids can prowl the museum exhibits with flashlights and sleep under a towering Native American totem pole!


Meet Famous Children's Author
Betsy Lewin

Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.

The Wauconda Area Library will host a special visit from award-winning children's author and illustrator, Betsy Lewin.  Families, teachers and art enthusiasts, alike, will enjoy this special event!

Ms. Lewin will discuss her picture books, share slides of her artwork and demonstrate her drawing techniques.  Children who attend the program will receive drawing supplies and have an opportunity to draw along with Betsy.  Books will also be available for purchase and signing.

Betsy Lewin has composed or illustrated numerous children's books, including Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, which received the Caldecott Honor Award  in 2000. 

To register for this event, please contact Children's Services at 847-526-6225 ext. 212.  Funding for this program is generously provided in part by the Friends of the Library.

Oprah Winfrey Presents
The Color Purple

And the Wauconda Area Library is going on Wednesday, May 30!

Set to a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, this story of hope, the healing power of love and a celebration of life, is not to be missed!  Departing from the library at 5:15 p.m., tickets are $85.00 per person and include door-to-door deluxe motor coach transportation, a boxed lunch on the bus and "dress circle" seating. 

Payment must be made at the time of registration, in-person at the Adult Services Reference Desk.  No refunds given.

Wauconda Area Library         801 N. Main St.         Wauconda, IL  60084            847-526-6225