Programs & Events for Adults

The Rolling Meadows Library offers its patrons year-round entertainment with various programs and events. No matter what your interests are, we are sure you will find something that educates, informs, enriches, inspires, and entertains you!

For program registration and information, please call the library at 847-259-6050, stop by the Welcome Desk or click the link next to the program listing and sign-up online! Persons with disabilities can arrange for special assistance by calling the library at least two weeks prior to any program.


Registration for Summer 2015 programs is available Now!


Arts Alive Concert Series:
American Folk Music - Mark Dvorak
Sign-up here

Sunday, June 7th | 2:00 p.m.

An entertaining musical program for all ages. Familiar songs by American artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, family favorites and great stories from Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. The Chicago Tribune has called Mark Dvorak, "masterful," and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as a "living archive of song and style." WFMT 98.7 Fine Arts Radio has named him "Chicago's official troubador."


Summer Reading Club for Adults & Teens!

Monday, June 15th - August 9th

Don't miss a beat this summer! Sign up for this year's Adult and Teen Summer Reading Programs, Read to the Rhythm, and you'll be right in tune!
Stop by and let our Reader's Advisory Desk get you started with a goody bag filled with awesome materials to help you hit just the right notes.
Dance to your own beat and read whatever you want!
The more you read, the more chances you have to win.
Summer at the Rolling Meadows Library rocks!

More details are available at the Reader's Advisory Desk.


June's Movie of the Month - Selma

Tuesday, June 16th | 2:00 p.m.
Friday, June 19th | 6:30 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Duration: 128 minutes

Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


The Race to Mackinac Sign-up here

Wednesday, June 17th | 7:00 p.m.

In 1898, five sail boats left Chicago, racing northeast to Mackinac Island, a journey 333 miles or 289.4 nautical miles. This year more than 300 boats of all sizes and models will make that same trip on July 11th for the Chicago Yacht Club's 107th Annual Race to Mackinac. Join Race Chair, Matt Gallagher, as he explains why "the Mac" is considered one of the world's top races, and how, regardless of the boat, it's really the wind and the water that make the race.


Computer Basics Sign-up here

Wednesday, June 24th | 10:00 a.m.

You will be introduced to the basics of computers: parts, operating systems, and typing.


Microsoft Word 2010 Basics Sign-up here

Saturday, June 27th | 10:30 a.m.

Learn the basics of Word 2010 including: formatting, styles, margins, and more.


Introduction to the Internet Sign-up here

Tuesday, June 30th | 10:00 a.m.

You will learn the basics of using the Internet, including web browsers, researching topics, and reading news stories.


Flowers for the 4th Sign-up in person at the Wecome Desk only

Tuesday, June 30th | 7:00 p.m.

Create a festive 4th of July holiday centerpiece with red carnations, white spider mums and blue delphinium flowers. Peggy Garvin from Garvin Gardens will bring all of the supplies needed to help you create a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday get-together.

A $17.00 fee at sign-up covers all of the supplies.
Please bring garden pruners.


Microsoft Excel 2010 Basics Sign-up here

Tuesday, July 7th | 10:00 a.m.

Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel including how to navigate, enter data into a spreadsheet, use basic formulas, and more.


Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale

Thursday, July 16th | 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.| $5 Presale
Friday, July 17th | 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 18th | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 19th | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Don't miss the bargains at the Friends' Summer Book Sale! They'll have gently used books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, and more!

The Friends of Rolling Meadows Library hold three book sales per year: spring, summer and fall. They also have a Book Shop located on the library's main floor. Proceeds from the sales and Book Shop have been used to purchase new lounge seating and tables in the library's Reference Department, and to support ongoing programing like the Arts Alive Concert Series and monthly movies.


July's Movie of the Month - McFarland USA

Tuesday, July 21st | 2:00 p.m.
Friday, July 24th | 6:30 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 129 minutes

Track coach Jim White is a newcomer to a predominantly Latino high-school in California's Central Valley. Coach White and his new students find that they have much to learn about one another, but things begin to change when White realizes the boys' exceptional running ability. More than just physical prowess drives the teens to succeed; their strong family ties, incredible work ethic and commitment to their team all play a factor in forging these novice runners into champions.


Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Basics Sign-up here

Wednesday, July 22nd | 10:00 a.m.

Find out how to create sophisticated presentations including school projects, photo albums, or sales pitches.


Family Stories that Bind: How to Capture the Stories of Your Life Sign-up here

Wednesday, July 22nd | 7:00 p.m.

Award-winning author Mary Beth Sammons and art therapist and author Monica Dougherty will help you get started recording, sharing and preserving the stories of your family to pass on for generations. They will give tips on organizing these stories, jokes, recipes, and legends that bind a family together, as well as sharing ideas for meeting with family members and creating a written, video or audio story.


Intermediate Microsoft Word 2010 Sign-up here

Thursday, July 23rd | 6:30 p.m.

We will discuss additional formatting and practice setting up Mail Merge documents.
Basic knowledge of Word is required.


Arts Alive Concert Series:
Robbie Malkowski and Dave Turner
Sign-up here

Sunday, July 26th | 2:00 p.m.

Vocalist Robbie Malkowski is a classically trained graduate of Northwestern University whose niche is "Old Broadway" and "The American Songbook." She has performed professionally in musicals since age 14. Robbie will be accompanied by jazz pianist Dave Turner, who is known throughtout Chicagoland for his passionate style. They will be performing the glorious music of Rodgers, Hammerstein and Hart in their complementary styles of crystal clear mezzo-soprano and gifted melodic jazz pianist.


Setting Up a Free Gmail Account Sign-up here

Wednesday, July 29th | 10:00 a.m.

Using the free e-mail provider, Gmail, we will show you how to set-up a free online e-mail account and give basic tips for using it.


The Story of Smoky The War Dog Sign-up here

Wednesday, July 29th | 7:00 p.m.

Adrian Brigham brings us the story of Smoky, who was rescued from an abandoned fox hole in Papua New Guinea and went on to become a decorated World War II hero, earning eight battle stars for her bravery and the lives she saved. Smoky was named the number one mascot in the South Pacific and went on to become a famous entertainer and the world's first official therapy dog.


Microsoft Word 2010 Basics Sign-up here

Tuesday, August 4th | 10:00 a.m.

Learn the basics of Word 2010 including: formatting, styles, margins, and more.


Arts Alive Concert Series:
Internatinal Music - Mike Basin
Sign-up here

Sunday, August 9th | 2:00 p.m.

Classically trained pianist and accordionist Mike Basin is back to perform international music and famous melodies on his accordion. He performs a wide variety of music, including salsa, rumba, samba, gypsy, Russian, Hungarian, and even New Orleans Dixie style. You'll be amazed what one instrument (and man) can do!



Microsoft Excel 2010 Basics Sign-up here

Tuesday, August 11th | 10:00 a.m.

Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel including how to navigate, enter data into a spreadsheet, use basic formulas, and more.


August's Movie of the Month

Tuesday, August 18th | 2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 21st | 6:30 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 122 minutes

The expansionist dream of Sonny, and it's making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina. Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy and Lavinia. Evelyn and Douglas have now joined the workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel, the keeper of everyone's secrets.


Access the Online Power of Your Library Card Sign-up here

Wednesday, August 19th | 10:00 a.m.

Having a library card allows you to do more than just check out books and movies. The library subscribes to premium resources that you can access from your home. Read magazines, research products, teach yourself a language, fix your car or take a class online. Come and find out more!


Mearra-Selkie from the Sea Sign-up here

Wednesday, August 19th | 7:00 p.m.

Join Linda Marie Smith as she presents a musical and magical Celtic fairy tale in a multimedia event. An unforgettable family-friendly presentation based on the story of a mythical seal with the mysterious ability to metamorphose into a human being. Infusing Linda Marie Smith's original songs with hand drawn animated images this program presents an enigmatic story.


My Media Mall Sign-up here

Thursday, August 20th | 6:30 p.m.

Want access to library materials 24/7? Learn how to use the library's My Media Mall resource to download eBooks and audiobooks to your computer, Kindle, or other portable devices.


Microsoft Excel 2010 Basics Sign-up here

Saturday, August 22nd | 10:30 a.m.

This class will explore using more advanced formulas, setting up detailed spreadsheets, and creating charts and graphs.
Basic knowledge of Excel is required for this class.


Women's Self Defense Sign-up here

Wednesday, August 26th | 7:00 p.m.

Retired Chicago Police Officer Pat Collins will present information on self protection for women. He will cover the elements of awareness, avoidance, verbal skills, fear management, the pros and cons of weapons (self defense key chain, pepper spray etc.) and share a short video of simple self defense moves.