Be an Informed (and Registered) Voter

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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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Money Smart Week is April 23-30

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Get a grip on your personal finances with Money Smart Week programs at the library! From a tax-free saving and investing workshop to a College Illinois 529 Prepaid TuitionPlan seminar, we have the programs you need to improve your money smarts.  Registration is required: click on the program name to register. Tax Free Saving and Investing Made Simple Monday, April 25, 7 to 8pm Jarid Brockman, AAMS® Edward Jones Financial Advisor, will present the basics for smart saving. It’s not…

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5th Annual Student Art Exhibit

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Now showing at the Harnish Main Library: the Village of Algonquin’s 5th annual Student Art Exhibit. Organized by the Village’s Public Arts Commission, this year’s exhibit features 90+ artworks created by local middle school students in various different media, including painting and drawing. This year’s participating schools are Algonquin Middle School, St. John’s Lutheran School, St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, and Westfield Community School. On Monday, April 4, students, parents and teachers gathered for an awards reception to recognize participating students and…

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National Library Week April 10-16

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Celebrate everything libraries and library staff do for their community! Your library provides access to books, DVDs, online resources, vocational training, study rooms, technology programs, crafting workshops and more. Libraries offer opportunity to all. Libraries transform. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries nationwide each April. We’re celebrating! On April 12 and 13, AAPLD will participate in “Jeans for Charity” day, where staff members can make a donation for the privilege…

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Celebrate May in AAPLD’s Teaching Garden

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Spring is here…and so is our new Teaching Garden at the Harnish Main Library!  With four raised beds, each planted with a unique garden plot, the Teaching Garden will be an active outdoor learning laboratory.  It will offer learning, gardening, and programming opportunities to residents of all ages. The Teaching Garden will contain a STEM-themed garden bed for youth, a square foot vegetable garden bed for all ages, a cutting garden, and a raised sensory garden bed. Vegetables and plants harvested from the…

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Create It At Your Library

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Harnish Library is hosting a unique week for high school students March 6-12. From an opportunity to check out the Library’s new vinyl cutter to a program where you can upcycle pop can tabs into a cool bracelet, you can create it at your library. High School Tech Club Tuesday, March 8, 3:30 to 5pm Interested in fun tech tools, computer programming, 3-D printing and more? If so, come to the first meeting of our new high school tech club!…

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Spring Book Sale Is Here!

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From March 3 through March 6, the Friends of the Algonquin Area Public Library will hold their annual Spring Book Sale at the Eastgate Branch. From beautiful coffee table editions to children’s books to collectible DVDs, there’s something for everyone. Our reasonable prices make shopping a treat–and so do the nice people who staff the sale. It’s also great to know that your purchases support your community by helping the Friends support AAPLD in providing continuous educational opportunities and resources.…

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Interactive Movie Event

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On Friday, February 19, from 7 to 9:30pm, don’t miss the opportunity to sing, dance, and participate with the characters in the move Home. Make it a group event or a night out with the family! Register today. Oh, a cute alien misfit, winds up on earth and becomes a fugitive while making friends with Tip, a daring girl on her own adventure. Worlds collide in this comical exploration of the meaning of friendship, learning, and home. [PG: 1:33.]

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Programs Celebrate Tour of First Folio

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One of the most iconic documents in history is visiting Illinois as part of a nationwide tour, and it will be on display a mere 18 miles from the Library!  The Lake County Discovery Museum (Wauconda) will host a national traveling exhibit of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, considered one of the world’s most treasured books. AAPLD presents the following programs highlighting Shakespeare’s amazing talent: Reader’s Theatre: Shakespeare Light Wednesday, February 10, 7 to 8pm An interactive dramatic reading of Shakespeare’s…

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Pediatric Therapeutic Playgroup @ AAPLD

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Mondays, 10:30-11:15am, March 28 through April 25, the Library hosts an inclusive drop-in playgroup for children who currently receive therapy services or may benefit from therapeutic play. This unique playgroup offers opportunities for children to focus on “developmental” play while families meet and find support. Siblings are welcome. This group will be run by a speech therapist from Elgin Pediatric Therapy. Please contact the library if your child requires any special accommodations. This program is for children under 5 years old and their…

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