Enjoy our Summer Storytimes!


Sometimes you just need a storytime, and we’ve got plenty! Our popular drop-in children’s storytimes happen all summer at the Harnish Main Library. Storytimes are a great activity to build on early literacy skills and foster a love of creativity and language. Please check each program for age restrictions to make sure the program is appropriate for your child(ren). Preschool Storytime 3–5-year olds (not in Kindergarten) on their own| Wednesdays • 10:30 am June 8, 15, 22, 29 July 6, 13, 20, 27…

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Library Presents Coffee & Cookies with a Cop


On June 21, Algonquin Deputy Chief Markham, Lake in the Hills Police Chief David Brey, and members of both police departments will meet residents in an informal, neutral space to discuss the visions for both police departments and their communities. It’s a great time to ask questions, build relationships, and enjoy light refreshments. Community members of all ages are invited to attend.  The event will be held from 4:30 to 5:30pm on Tuesday, June 21 at the Algonquin Area Public Library,…

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Now appearing in the gallery


Stop by the Harnish Main Library to enjoy a photos from the 2015 The Land Conservancy of McHenry County (TLC) amateur photographers’ contest. These stunning works reveal the beauty and diversity of natural habitats throughout McHenry County — and the inspiring nature of TLC’s land preservation work. TLC has partnered with more than 100 landowners to preserve more than 2,100 acres across McHenry County.  Protected properties range from 1 acre to 250 acres in size. Preserved lands include high quality wetland and woodland…

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Spend Your Summer in the Garden


Gardeners of all ages are welcome to actively participate in the first season of AAPLD’s new Teaching Garden! We have classes, workshops, and hands-on experiences happening throughout the summer, as well as weekly drop-in office hours staffed by a University of Illinois Master Gardener. You might say we’re “Wild About Gardening,” too! Click on the program name to register.  For Adults Early Veggie Harvest/Tender Veggie Plantings Thursday, June 9, 10 – 11 am Work alongside a Master Gardener in the Teaching Garden to…

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Take a Genealogy Road Trip!


Get on the bus with AAPLD for the opportunity of a lifetime: to explore one of the largest genealogy collections in the United States. Genealogy Librarians Kristen McCallum and Virginia Donahue will accompany you to the Wisconsin Historical Society Library & Archives in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 25. The bus leaves Algonquin at 7am and returns at 7pm. Spend a full day researching your ancestors in one of the largest genealogical collections in the United States–right on the University of Wisconsin…

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Take a Hike with the Library


Celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4 by participating in a guided 45-minute hike through the Lake in the Hills Fen at Barbara Key Park (1500 Jefferson Street, off of Pyott Road). Presenter Barbara Wilson, Land Conservancy Volunteer, will guide your way and offer insights about the geographical features and history of the fen. This unique wetland opened in April 2011 and features 229 acres adjacent to the 27-acre State Nature Preserve. This program is for individuals and families…

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In Memory of Lynn Hammerlund

The Algonquin Area Public Library District mourns the passing of Lynn Hammerlund, President of the Board of Trustees. Too soon we lost a passionate advocate for libraries, an avid supporter of AAPLD, and a strong champion of Library staff. Lynn’s 28 years of service on the Board is highlighted by her role as president for 23 years. She was named an Illinois Library Association Library Luminary in 2013. Lynn was employed as a catalog librarian for more than 30 years at…

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Summer Reading is Here!


The 2016 Summer Reading Program “Wild About Reading” starts June 1 and runs through July 31. We’ve left no one behind — children, high school students, and adults can all participate. Join on this grand adventure and see where the Library can take you this summer! Adults can register for “Wild About Reading” in person and pick up a passport and water bottle. Passports can be completed by choosing any 6 of 10 activities, such as reading a book or attending…

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Staff #Fridayreads for May 13


The best thing about Friday (besides picking up some books for the weekend) is sharing what staff is reading and listening to (the good, the bad, and the okay). Visit our Facebook page and let us know what you’re reading! Elena: Just finished listening to Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. “I really enjoyed this one. I think part of it was that I was listening to the audiobook, and the reader was really good with the different voices, able to…

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Be an Informed (and Registered) Voter


As the political parties close in on their presidential nominations and the November 2016 election looms large, the Library is here to help you separate fact from fiction. Want to register to vote? We’ll point you in the right direction. Want to know what the candidates really stand for? We’ll help you with that research. Want to check if a candidate has the facts straight about important issues? We’ve got resources for that too. First, we encourage you to register to vote.…

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