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 Fall 2015 programs is available Now!


September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

It's always a good time to come to the library, but in September there is even more incentive!

Rolling Meadows Library cardholders of all ages can enter our drawing for an iPod Nano and a Kindle Fire HDX 7. Each day you come into the library during the month of September and check out any library materials (including books, audio books, magazines, CDs, or DVDs), you will get an entry slip for the drawing.
Limited to one entry per person, per day.
Two lucky winners will be chosen on Thursday, October 1st.

Enter our raffle celebrating RML cardholders of all ages!


Computer Basics Sign-up here

Wednesday, September 9th | 10:00 a.m.

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


Conservation@Home Sign-up here

Wednesday, September 9th | 7:00 p.m.

Beth Adler from the Barrington Area Conservation Trust will present Conservation@Home - a program that educates, supports and recognizes homeowners who incorporate a variety of eco-friendly practices into their yard. The foundation of the program is native plants, storm water stewardship and eco-friendly lawn care.


Arts Alive Concert Series:
Jazz Spectrum: Swing's the Thing
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Sunday, September 13th | 2:00 p.m.

The Jazz Spectrum Vocal Quartet, backed by a fourpiece instrumental ensemble, pays tribute to popular groups from the 40's and 50's such as The Four Freshmen, The Crew Cuts, The Four Lads, and more current groups such as Manhattan Transfer. From lush ballads to swinging renditions of big band music; from goodtime 50's rock and doo wop to lightning fast vocalese lyrics, Jazz Spectrum lays down a dazzling performance of rich harmonies and light ensemble work.


September's Movie of the Month - Love & Mercy

Tuesday, September 15th | 2:00 p.m.
Friday, September 18th | 6:30 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Duration: 111 minutes

A biopic of Beach Boys msatermind Brian Wilson, focuses on two distinct periods in the songwriter's life. One timeline follows Wilson as he quits performing live in order to focus on the creation of the album Pet Sounds, the single "Good Vibrations," and the eventually discarded album Smile. During this period of intense work, Wilson's mental-health issues grow worse. The other section of the film features an older Wilson, as he attempts to escape the influence of a manipulative doctor who has become a totalitarian guru to him. Helping him in this endeavor is a car saleswoman named Melinda.


Introduction to the Internet Sign-up here

Wednesday, September 16th | 10:00 a.m.

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


Microsoft Word 2010 Basics Sign-up here

Saturday, September 19th | 10:30 a.m.

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


Power Employment Workshop Sign-up here

Tuesday, September 22nd | 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

This FREE workshop by Business and Career Services, Inc. will cover job search techniques, résumé and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills. Business and Career Services, Inc. of Illinois workNet partners with the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Class continues through the lunch hour so bring a snack.


Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Basics Sign-up here

Wednesday, September 23rd | 10:00 a.m.

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


Chicago Music Scene of the 1960's and 1970's Sign-up here

Wednesday, September 23rd | 7:00 p.m.

Join Dean Milano in his telling of two decades of Chicago's music history, making it a major player during this period. It was a time when jazz, rock and roll, country and western, folk, blues, and R & B flowed through the streets of Chicagoland. As a member of dozens of bands during this memorable time in music history, Dean brings authenticity to his narrative, and performs selections from some of the music represented.


Microsoft Excel 2010 Basics Sign-up here

Thursday, September 24th | 7:00 p.m.

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


Intermediate Microsoft Word 2010 Sign-up here

Saturday, October 3rd | 10:30 a.m.

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


Dennis DeBondt: Very Funny Magic Sign-up here

Wednesday, October 7th | 7:00 p.m.

At 6 feet 7 inches tall, Dennis is truly the "Sears Tower of Magic". He's not just some guy doing a few magic tricks - he does some of the funniest stuff you've ever seen! This show blends his lightning quick wit, improvisational experience (with the famed Second City), and years of performing for a wide range of audiences. Witness the excitement of a child floating in the air during this unparalleled family magic show.


Jump-Start Your Job Search Sign-up here

Thursday, October 8th | 11:00 a.m.

Energize your career with this free program featuring library resources that are available for all job hunters. Topics include resources for writing a résumé, preparing for a job interview, organizing your job hunt, and more.


My Media Mall Sign-up here

Thursday, October 8th | 7:00 p.m.

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


Setting Up a Free Gmail Account Sign-up here

Wednesday, October 14th | 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.


A Foot Soldier's Journey for Civil Rights Sign-up here

Thursday, October 15th | 7:00 p.m.

Thomas Armstrong, author of “Autobiography of a Freedom Rider”, shares his journey to create social change with the true heroes of the civil rights' movement, the ordinary southern blacks who confronted the laws of segregation under which they lived. Working with Medgar Evers, he helped secure the voting rights of disenfranchised black voters. He was arrested for being one of the first three black Mississippians to walk into the white waiting room at a bus station, and suffered personal repercussions for championing these rights. We will take a look at the advancements of the past fifty years and the work still to be done.


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

Saturday, October 17th | 10:30 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!


Arts Alive Concert Series:
Oktoberfest: The Happy Wanderers
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Sunday, October 18th | 2:00 p.m.

The Happy Wanderers duo of Jerry on accordion and vocals and Judy on trumpet will take you to the streets of Munich with their mix of German polkas, waltzes, schottishes and drinking songs. The Happy Wanderers have performed all over the Midwest at Oktoberfests, churches, libraries, country clubs and private homes for more than 18 years.



October's Movie of the Month - DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom

Tuesday, October 20th | 2:00 p.m.
Friday, October 23rd | 6:30 p.m.

MPAA Rating: G | Duration: 81 minutes

In South Asia, Maya the monkey and her son Kip struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the troop at Castle Rock. When neighboring monkeys take over their home, Maya's whole troop is forced to relocate. She uses her ingenuity to lead the members of her extended family to untapped resources amid strange new creatures and unfamiliar surroundings. Ultimately, the entire troop must work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya hopes her son will have a bright future.


Facebook Fundamentals NEW! Sign-up here

Wednesday, October 21st | 10:00 a.m.

Explore this social media site. Create an account to look for a long lost buddy or "friend" your children and grandchildren to keep in touch.


Canada's Eastern Shore Sign-up here

Wednesday, October 21st | 7:00 p.m.

Barbara and Ron Sugden take you along to roam the shores of the St. Lawrence River, through Montreal and Quebec City to nearly the end of the road. Then explore the coasts of the Gaspe Peninsula, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton, and Nova Scotia. Hear about Acadian and Gaelic culture, Anne of Green Gables, and the geology that formed this rugged, scenic shoreline.


Book Lover's Day Sign-up here

Thursday, October 29th | 12:00 p.m.

Please join us on Thursday, October 29th at Noon for our annual Book Lover's luncheon. The Readers Advisory Staff will be presenting their favorite recent reads. A light lunch will be served.
Space is limited, so please sign-up at the Welcome Desk. We look forward to seeing you there!


Friends of the Library
Fall Book Sale

Thursday, November 12th | 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.| $5 Presale
Friday, November 13th | 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 14th | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 15th | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Don't miss the bargains at the Friends' Fall 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.


November's Movie of the Month - Furious 7

Tuesday, November 17th | 2:00 p.m.
Friday, November 20th | 6:30 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Duration: 140 minutes

After defeating international terrorist Owen Shaw, Dominic Toretto, Brian O'Conner and the rest of the crew have separated to return to more normal lives. However, Deckard Shaw, Owen's older brother, is thirsty for revenge. A slick government agent offers to help Dom and company take care of Shaw in exchange for their help in rescuing a kidnapped computer hacker who has developed a powerful surveillance program.

This film is dedicated to series regular Paul Walker, who died halfway through production.


Microsoft Word 2010 Basics Sign-up here

Wednesday, November 18th | 10:00 a.m.

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


Greatest Presidential Decisions Sign-up here

Wednesday, November 18th | 7:00 p.m.

A man who for his entire career advocated "small government" is presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but in seizing it he must turn from his political principles. What does he do? A man who became President because of the incumbent's death is suddenly given military information that our country possesses the ultimate weapon. Should he use it? Join Professor Gary Midkiff for an investigation of these and thirteen other momentous Presidential decisions - some good, some bad, and all important.


Arts Alive Concert Series:
Bel Sonore Chamber Ensemble
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Sunday, November 22nd | 2:00 p.m.

The Bel Sonore Chamber Ensemble, a group consisting of flute, oboe and bassoon, with soprano voice, will perform a diverse program ranging from the Italian Baroque to German Lieder to Duke Ellington. Originally based in New York City, the ensemble has called Chicago home for a number of years and has become a favorite around the Chicagoland area. Please join us for a concert of the familiar to the obscure, but beautiful.


Facebook Fundamentals NEW! Sign-up here

Tuesday, November 24th | 10:00 a.m.

Explore this social media site. Create an account to look for a long lost buddy or "friend" your children and grandchildren to keep in touch.


Mollie's War Sign-up here

Monday, November 30th | 7:00 p.m.

Why did an average American woman become a WAC during World War II and place herself in peril? Cyndee Schaffer answers these questions and more as she shares the story of her mother's experiences through Mollie's letters home along with historical commentary. What was it like to be assigned to the Medical Intelligence division of the Army, or to be in England while the country was bombed by the Germans? Imagine what it was like to be among the first WACs to enter Normandy after D-Day, and to be part of the army in occupied Germany after WWII.