Library Cards for Students

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We make it easier for high school students to access what they need to succeed! With our Limited Access and Digital Access cards, students ages 14-17 can sign up for their own card on their own time. Just complete an application and provide photo identification with verification of address in the form of a driver’s license, driver’s permit and school ID, or school ID and other address verification. These cards do not require the signature of a parent or legal guardian…

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Kids + Tech = Fun


Our two-part 3D Printing/Time Lapse Video Program in January was a great opportunity for kids in grades 4-8 to learn about 3D printing technology, video compilation, and teamwork. Algonquin resident Jeremy Simon led the program, but the kids worked as a team to get ‘er done. Read more at our Youth Services blog.  

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Your Chance to Save a Life

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On Wednesday, March 8, 3 to 7pm, you can do something amazing: you can donate blood and save a life! Heartland Blood Center and Chipotle Mexican Grill has teamed up with AAPLD to help patients who need blood transfusions. Every donor receives a Chipotle BOGO coupon (good only at the Randall Road location in Algonquin). Make a difference and schedule your appointment today. You can also visit the Heartland Blood Center website or call Theresa Therens, Blood Drive Coordinator, at 847-458-3133.So what’s involved?…

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See you at Winterfest!


WinterFest: a Home and Business Expo will be held Saturday, February 18 from 9am to 4pm at H.D. Jacobs High School. Visit the Library’s booth to say hello, learn about new events and opportunities at AAPLD, and pick up some freebies. Show us your AAPLD library card and you can enter our drawing for gift cards from River Bottom Ice Cream Co. and Daily Projects Coffee Bar & Eatery! A variety of entertainment is scheduled throughout the day and food will be…

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Now Showing at the Harnish Gallery

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When asked to describe the best picture he has taken, freelance photographer and multimedia specialist Rich Chapman doesn’t hesitate with his response: “I haven’t taken it yet!” His gorgeous photo exhibit titled “New Orleans: Beyond the Parades” is now featured at the Harnish Main Library gallery (through February 28). Throughout his career as a newspaper photojournalist, the Algonquin resident has photographed such high-profile subjects as Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama; sports celebrities Walter Payton and Michael Jordan; actors Tom Hanks,…

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Get Wrapped Up In Reading!


Readers of all ages are invited to “Get Wrapped Up in Reading” from January 7 through February 28, 2017 with AAPLD’s Winter Reading Program. Visit either location Saturday, January 7 to register, then visit our Hot Cocoa Bar between 11am and 1pm. Adults can win a Kindle Fire just for reading! Register at the Adult Services Desk, then read up to five books for entries in our prize drawing. Runner up prizes include gift cards from local favorites. Write a book…

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Dogs Love Santa, Too!


On Sunday, November 20, the Library held our 2nd Annual “Your Dog’s Picture with Santa” program at The Dog Waggin in Algonquin. Rich Chapman of Your Pet’s Tale took pictures of dogs with Santa and provided digital images for their owners to keep. We sure had a good time–and it looks like the dogs did, too! Here are just a few of the photos taken that day.   

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Get in the Spirit!


The best place to be during the holidays? The Library, of course. We’re your one-stop shop for holiday-themed movies, music, and books! And don’t miss our programs/events where you can enjoy holiday sights and sounds, create gifts, learn how to endure the winter weather, and more! Sneezy the Snowman Tuesday, December 20, 10 to 10:45am Warm up to a silly story about a snowman who just can’t seem to stop melting. After reading Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright, we’ll…

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Winter Wellness Event

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On Saturday, December 10 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, meet Mercy Health System nurses and learn how to keep you and your family healthy this winter. Gather information about Mercy services, facilities, and staff. Nurses will offer free on-the-spot blood pressure checks and information about winter safety and holiday wellness. Kids can get coloring books, nurse hats, and doctor hats and participate in a trivia game. This event will take place in the main lobby of the Harnish Main Library,…

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Now Appearing at Harnish

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We are delighted to share the partriotic artwork of Paul Turnbaugh at the Harnish Main Library gallery through the end of the year. Paul is a resident of Marengo and plans to open his own gallery in December. Paul in his own words: I grew up in Illinois and received my bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California College of the Arts in 1979. After returning to Illinois in 1980, I married and started my own illustration business which…

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