Cabin Fever Programs

Take a break from winter and attend any or all of these programs! Registration is required for all programs. Visit our online calendar or call the Library to register.

1967 Belvidere Tornado


1967 Belvidere Tornado – Sunday, January 14 at 2 PM

As Belvidere schools were dismissing for the day on April 21, 1967, a devastating F4 tornado tore through Boone County, killing 24 people along its path of destruction. Mike Doyle, author of The 1967 Belvidere Tornado, will talk about terrifying, amazing, and heroic stories from those who lived through the experience. Copies of Mike’s book will be available for purchase and autographing.



Stories from the Rail Rangers: What is Outside My Train Window? – Sunday, January 21 at 2 PM

The American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation’s Rail Rangers provide educational programs aboard train excusions in the upper Midwest. Join APRHF officers Robert and Kandace Tabern as they share how they created the Rail Rangers program, why it is so popular among passengers who want to know what is outside their train windows, and the connection railroads had in the development of America’s national parks. The Taberns are co-authors of 11 editions of “Outside the Rails” rail route guides that cover passenger rail routes out of Chicago. A book sale and signing will follow the program with a
portion of sales benefiting the library.

1936 Olympics


Berlin Olympics 1936: Hitler’s Games vs. America’s Heroes – Sunday, January 28 at 2 PM

The 1936 Summer Olympic Games were full of fascinating stories. Against the backdrop of Hitler’s rise stood Jesse Owens, “The Boys in the Boat”, and many more tales of resolute determination. Craig Pierce leads us in a compelling, heartbreaking, and sometimes victorious journey of these amazing athletes and this historic Olympic Games.

Wisconsin Winter From the Air


“Wisconsin Winter from the Air” Movie – Sunday, February 4 at 2 PM

This breathtaking movie takes viewers on a journey from high above the state of Wisconsin. Fly over some of Wisconsin’s most beloved landmarks, icy rivers, frozen fields, lighthouses, sporting sites, and city scapes. Wisconsin Public Television has created this visually stunning tour that captures the wonder of the season. Munch on some Wisconsin-themed snacks and enjoy the beauty of the state in winter.

Wooden Boat Building


Adventures in Wooden Boat Building – Sunday, February 18 at 2 PM

Kim Grunow, owner/operator of Rock River Canoe Company in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, shares his story of growing his hobby of building wooden boats into a small business. He will also describe the process and answer questions about building your own wooden boat perfect for one or two paddlers.