Updated: January 18, 2013 8:23PM
Grayslake Area Public Library
100 Library Lane
(847) 223-5313; www.grayslake.info
Anniversary: The library opened 40 years ago, on Jan. 10, 1973. Celebrate the Ruby Anniversary Jan. 20 with reunions, reflections and refreshments. The celebration kicks off with a “homecoming” at 2 p.m., including remarks by the library board president and executive director. Families are invited to take a photo with Ruby the horse (bring your camera) and embark on a treasure hunt to discover the gem of the community. Adults will want to brush up on their ’70s trivia to land a fabulous prize on the wheel. Kids will be challenged to answer the question “Where’s Ruby?” weekly. The afternoon is capped by light refreshments and gifts (while supplies last), winding to a close at 4 p.m.
Lake Villa District Library
1001 E. Grand Ave.
(847) 356-7711; www.lvdl.org
Knitting 101: Teens can learn a few basic knitting stitches and accent their wardrobe Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. Registration required.
Book group: Teens can discuss “I Am Messenger” by Markus Zusak Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. Registration required.
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Olde Half Day Road
(847) 634-3650; calendar.vapld.info
Performance: Alina Celeste, one of the most popular children’s music performers in Los Angeles, presents this interactive, family musical program featuring activities with instruments, dancing, singing and merriment Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. For children birth to grade 4, with a caregiver. Registration required.
Wauconda Area Public Library
801 N. Main St.
(847) 526-6225; www.wauclib.org
Performance: Travel back in time with dulcimer performer Phil Passens as he recreates the music played aboard that fateful journey on the Titanic Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. Registration required.
Waukegan Public Library
128 N. County St.
Movie and pledge: Watch the film, “Akeelah and the Bee,” and then make a pledge for peace on the “Give Peace a Hand” collage Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. All ages welcome.
Zion-Benton Public Library
2400 Gabriel Ave.
Performance: The Truly Remarkable Loon promotes books, reading and libraries while he juggles and balances everything else: balls, clubs, a mongoose, scarves, Harry Potter’s Nimbus 2000 and giant bean bag chairs Jan. 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. There will be lots of audience participation.
New you: Teens in grades 5 to 12 are invited to New Year, New You Week to explore changes to lead a healthier life by registering for the following programs: Becoming a vegetarian and make dishes to bring home Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at Zion Park District, 2400 Dowie Memorial Drive; Zumba!, Meshelle Williams from Fun Fitness Concepts and the Zion Park District will answer your workout questions Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.; and Hair and Makeup, Lisa Hernandez from Omni Salon & Spa will give you tips for growing healthy hair, caring for your skin and current makeup trends Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m.