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Power of Women in Science Fiction

Naomi Alderman on Writing Dystopian Worlds

2023-11-30 14:00:00 2023-11-30 15:00:00 America/Chicago Power of Women in Science Fiction Please join us for a chat with International Bestselling Author of <i>The Power</i> and Creator of the <i>Zombies, Run!?</i> game. Please register. Virtual -

Thursday, November 30
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-11-30 14:00:00 2023-11-30 15:00:00 America/Chicago Power of Women in Science Fiction Please join us for a chat with International Bestselling Author of <i>The Power</i> and Creator of the <i>Zombies, Run!?</i> game. Please register. Virtual -

Please join us for a chat with International Bestselling Author of The Power and Creator of the Zombies, Run!? game. Please register.

Bestselling and award-winning author, Naomi Alderman will join us to talk about her new book, The Future. This new novel delivers a dazzling tour de force where a handful of friends plot a daring heist to save the world from the tech giants whose greed threatens life as we know it.

When Martha Einkorn fled her father’s isolated compound in Oregon, she never expected to find herself working for a powerful social media mogul hell-bent on controlling everything. Now, she’s surrounded by mega-rich companies designing private weather, predictive analytics, and covert weaponry, while spouting technological prophecy. Martha may have left the cult, but if the apocalyptic warnings in her father’s fox and rabbit sermon—once a parable to her—are starting to come true, how much future is actually left?

Across the world, in a mall in Singapore, Lai Zhen, an internet-famous survivalist, flees from an assassin. She’s cornered, desperate and—worst of all—might die without ever knowing what's going on. Suddenly, a remarkable piece of software appears on her phone telling her exactly how to escape. Who made it? What is it really for? And if those behind it can save her from danger, what do they want from her, and what else do they know about the future?

Martha and Zhen’s worlds are about to collide. An explosive chain of events is set in motion. While a few billionaires assured of their own safety lead the world to destruction, Martha’s relentless drive and Zhen’s insatiable curiosity could lead to something beautiful or the cataclysmic end of civilization.

By turns thrilling, hilarious, tender, and always piercingly brilliant, The Future unfolds at a breakneck speed, highlighting how power corrupts the few who have it and what it means to stand up to them. The future is coming. The Future is here. What are you waiting for? Register now!

About the Author: Naomi Alderman is the bestselling author of The Power, which was the winner of the 2017 Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction. It was longlisted for the 2017 Orwell Prize and chosen as one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, NPREntertainment Weekly and the San Francisco ChronicleThe Power topped Barack Obama’s list of his favorite books from 2017 and has been translated into more than thirty languages. Naomi grew up in London and attended Oxford University and UEA.

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Live Virtual Author Talks - This new series through Library Speakers Consortium offers live online talks by bestselling authors of books in a variety of genres. Participants receive a link to the program when they register. Please see https://libraryc.org/gailborden to register and also view recorded videos of past speakers.



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Tue, Jun 25, 10:00am - 11:00am
Main Library - Sally Lee Fox & Eagle Rooms
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Tue, Jun 25, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Mobile Services
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Tue, Jun 25, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Main Library - Sally Lee Fox & Eagle Rooms
Are you a fan of BTS, Blackpink, Stray Kids, or other K-pop groups? Come enjoy your favorite K-pop songs while you make buttons, shrink-plastic charms, and other crafts.
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Tue, Jun 25, 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Mobile Services
Bookmobile stop: Lin Lor Lane – corner of Lin Lor Ln. & Airlite St. - Elgin 60123 – 2:15-3:00

Tue, Jun 25, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Library - Studio 270
Join other teen writers to share what you're writing and help you through the creative writing process.

Tue, Jun 25, 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Mobile Services
Bookmobile stop: Powder River Park - 1985 Powder River Path – Elgin – 60123 – 3:00-3:45

Tue, Jun 25, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Mobile Services
Bookmobile stop: Deer Pointe Drive, South Elgin 60177 – 4:00-4:45

Tue, Jun 25, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms ABC
Join us for an interactive storytime! Best for kids birth-6 with an adult caregiver. All ages are welcome. Drop-in!

Tue, Jun 25, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Main Library - Grove Room
Participantes de nivel intermedio, practican conversaciones en inglés, adquieren confianza y mejoran su pronunciación. El grupo es liderado por un tutor de Literacy Connection. Favor registrarse
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Tue, Jun 25, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Main Library - Sally Lee Fox & Eagle Rooms
An altered book is a published book that has been changed into a new work of visual art through various art processes such as painting, drawing, collage, writing, and embellishment.

Tue, Jun 25, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Main Library - Computer Training Room
Learn how to create and manage spreadsheet data using Google Sheets. Sponsored by Comcast Internet Essentials.
Registration is now closed

Tue, Jun 25, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
In The Community
Did you become a new U.S citizen? Join Mayor Kaptain and members of Elgin's City Council to congratulate new citizen honorees. There will be entertainment and refreshments after the ceremony.

Wed, Jun 26, 10:00am - 10:30am
Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms ABC
Enjoy an interactive storytime with your child that includes books, songs, music, and movement. For ages birth - age 2 with an adult caregiver. Drop-in program! No registration required.

Wed, Jun 26, 10:00am - 11:30am
Rakow Branch - Rakow - Outside South
Register to climb through the 65' inflatable obstacle course. *Please Note: No shoes allowed in the obstacle course, sticky socks work, or just regular socks.
Registration is now closed

Wed, Jun 26, 10:00am - 11:00am
Mobile Services
TechKnow Mobile Stop: 3 Times Square Rd, Elgin, IL 60120

Wed, Jun 26, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Main Library
Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can join us outside on the ELC Patio for fun activities! This is a drop-in program. No registration required!

Wed, Jun 26, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Mobile Services - Sprinter
TechKnow Mobile Stop: Lord's Park, 100 Oakwood Blvd, Elgin, IL 60120

Wed, Jun 26, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Rakow Branch - Rakow - Outside South
Register to climb through the 65' inflatable obstacle course. *Please Note: No shoes allowed in the obstacle course, sticky socks work, or just regular socks.
Registration is now closed

Wed, Jun 26, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Main Library - Computer Training Room
Love coding robots? Come meet the Ozobot, a fun smart robot that uses visual and block coding to learn programming. You will take the Ozobot on fantastic programming adventures. For grades 3 - 5
Registration is now closed

Canceled
Wed, Jun 26, 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Mobile Services
TechKnow Mobile stop: Centro de Informacion – 1885 Lin Lor Lane – Elgin 60123

Wed, Jun 26, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Mobile Services
Bookmobile stop: Willow Lakes Estates – clubhouse – 161 W. River Road – Elgin 60123 – 2:00-2:45

Canceled
Wed, Jun 26, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Mobile Services
TechKnow Mobile Stop: Well Child Center - 620 Wing St, Elgin, IL 60123

Wed, Jun 26, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Library - Studio 270 Digital Media Lab
June 18: Beat Lab: Learn how to make your own beats using Logic Pro. June 26: BeatStars: Learn how to sell your own beats.

Wed, Jun 26, 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Mobile Services
Bookmobile stop: Highbury Dr., east of Waverly – Elgin 60120 – 3:00-3:45

Wed, Jun 26, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Main Library - Computer Training Room
Love coding robots? Join us as we explore coding algorithms using block language and Ozobots. For grades 6-8
Registration is now closed

Wed, Jun 26, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Mobile Services
Bookmobile stop: Woodview Circle – corner of Woodview Cr. & Chicago St., Elgin 60120 – 4:00-4:45

Wed, Jun 26, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Main Library - Studio 270,Studio 270*
Help out the library with various projects. Meet in Studio 270. Registration Required.
This event is full

Wed, Jun 26, 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Mobile Services
Bookmobile stop: Crestwood Apts. of Elgin – info office – 45 Poplar Creek Dr. – Elgin 60120 – 5:00-5:45

Wed, Jun 26, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Main Library - Adult Programs - Zoom,Grove Room
Herzlich willkommen! Practice or improve your conversation skills with other German speakers. Barbara Laane will be facilitating the conversation with different relevant themes.

Wed, Jun 26, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Main Library - Conference Room
The Walking Book Club meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm to walk, followed by the book discussion at 7:45 pm. Interested? Contact Andrea at ahouston@gailborden.info.

Wed, Jun 26, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Main Library - Computer Training Room
Learn how Google Sites allows users to create, design and add function to your own website in this two-part series. Sponsored by Comcast Internet Essentials.
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