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125 S. Municipal Drive
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
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Thur: 10am - 8pm
Sat: 10am - 4pm
Sun: 2pm - 6pm

Adult Programs

This page highlights the Library's monthly programs for adults. Browse our calendar to view all adult programs, which are color-coded in dark blue. 

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Upcoming Events:

Dark blue box with text stating Change Our Language, Change Our Politics.  On the left side of the box is a picture of the presenter, an African American man against a red brick wall. He's wearing a blue checked dress shirt. Also pictured is the Sugar Grove Public Library logo, and the Illinois Humanities Logo. A red banner with white letters states the program is hybrid - attend either in person or online..

Road Scholar Presentation: Change Our Language, Change Our Politics (Hybrid)

Thursday, February 3rd 6:30pm-7:30pm

Presenter: Ted Williams III, Road Scholar

The current American political climate is notoriously full of acrimony and vitriol. Research suggests that the partisan division in the US electorate is widening as Americans increasingly segregate by class, geography, and ideology.

  • Are we hopelessly destined for a future of political combat in which Americans  are unable to even hear the other side?
  • What if bringing us a little closer was as simple as changing the political language we use?

From issues of race to the role of government, language plays a significant role in fueling political division. For the sake of simplicity and expediency, we often reduce controversial conversations to sound bites, hashtags, and the language of marketing campaigns. Terms like conservative and liberal, black and white, pro-choice and pro-life, gun control, and illegal immigrant all are loaded with a set of definitions and often erroneous assumptions that drive intense emotion. For example, the word “black”, by definition, means evil, and wicked. The word “white”, by definition, means pure and innocent. When these terms are ascribed to human beings, why would they not evoke feelings about character, superiority, or the perceived threat or guilt of groups of people? Here are a few questions to be considered…

  • If a person is pro-gun control, are they against the second amendment?
  • If someone is pro-choice are they necessarily for abortion?
  • Does being for the “dreamers” mean that one is against national borders
  • What does support for the #blacklivesmatter movement say about their position towards other ethnic groups?
  • Are people rigidly and consistently either conservative or liberal?

This presentation is designed to change the way we discuss politics. As former candidate for public office and someone who has spent a career having difficult conversations around the topics of religion and politics, Ted has had a plethora of experiences navigating these dangerous waters.

View Preview Video Here.

Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA)], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, Illinois Humanities, IACA, our partnering organizations, or our funders.

Sunday Movie Matinee Series:

Join us in the meeting room for a popular movie. Drinks and single-serve bags of popcorn will be served. Registration is preferred but not required. 

2022 Movie Matinee Dates

Check back to find out which movies will be shown!

Sunday January 9th, 2022: Jungle Cruise (2021)

Sunday February 13th, 2022: Respect (2021)

Sunday March 13th, 2022: TBD

Sunday April 10th, 2022: TBD

Adult Craft Kits to Go

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Instructions for craft kits are listed here in case you were unable to register for the Craft program. Click on the links to open PDF files. 

Prior Crafts:

Community Events

There are some amazing virtual events related to genealogy, science, health, and gardening going on online right now. Though we are not hosting it, we wanted to be sure you have information about the events so we have placed the information on our events calender for you to browse. Click here to see the calendar.

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