Celebrate the Freedom to Read


September 25 through October 1 is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and highlighting challenges to free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types to celebrate the freedom to seek, to publish, to read, and to express ideas–even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, the American Library Association (ALA) and…

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Your Research Starts Here


Whether you’re serious genealogist or just dabbling in family history research, the Library has everything you need. We offer online resources as well as materials for checkout. If you need one-on-one assistance, our genealogy librarians Kristen McCallum and Virginia Donahue can help. Visit our Genealogy Resources page on the Adult Services blog. Learn more about Genealogy and what’s involved. Check out our upcoming genealogy classes: Will the Real Sven Larsson Please Stand Up? Getting Started in Swedish Genealogy Tuesday, October…

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Don’t Miss Our Maker Fair


Celebrate the latest in technology, crafting, and gadgets at our Maker Fair! Mark your calendar for a fantastic all-ages event on Saturday, September 24, from 10am to 4pm. If you get hungry, Trail Dawgs will be in our parking lot from 11:30am to 3pm. The entire Harnish Main Library will be packed with demonstrations, workshops, and hands-on activities throughout the day, including: 10 am  Barnes and Noble LEGO Demonstration 11 am  LEGO WeDo Construction 11:20 am  Makey Makey Invention Kits 11:40 am  Sphero Robots…

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Now Appearing at the Harnish Gallery


Algonquin resident Paul McFadden is sharing some of his favorite photos in the Harnish Main Library gallery through September. Paul and his wife Beverly have lived in the Algonquin area for 48 years and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. After graduating high school in 1955, Paul went to work at a newspaper photo processing lab in Iowa.  “I immediately determined that it would be more fun taking photos than processing them, so I asked for a camera one day when…

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Yes, We Have That!


Need help on a science project or assignment? Want information about homebrewing?  Need to know the basics of starting a small business? Looking for printable legal forms? Yes, we have that! We’ve added several new information resources to aapld.org that can answer these questions–and many more! To access these resources, you’ll need your Algonquin Area Public Library District card. Otherwise, you can use them when visiting the library and using one of our desktop computers. If you need help navigating or signing in,…

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“The Future is Now” Wins at Founders’ Days!

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On Saturday, July 30, the Library won the Founders’ Days “Best Float Award 2016” for their “Future is Now” float. Volunteers worked diligently to represent this year’s parade theme “Turn of the Century” with a storytime scene imagined from 2501. An “adult” robot (complete with moveable head) sitting on a pile of appropriately titled books reads a Rolie Polie Ollie story to three “child” robots. A banner on the back of the float featured a Ray Bradbury quote: “Without libraries what have…

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Back-to-School Wellness Event

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On Saturday, August 6 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, meet Mercy Health System nurses and learn how to keep you and your family healthy as the kids head back to school. Gather information about Mercy services, facilities, and staff. Nurses will offer on-the-spot free blood pressure screenings and biometric information. Kids can get free coloring sheets and plenty of helpful hints for staying away from germs and other health hazards.  This event will take place in the main lobby…

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Get Ready to Party!

free music and entertainment

On Monday, August 1, from 10am to 6pm, local storytellers and musicians will enchant audiences of all ages at our Storytelling Festival and End-of-Summer-Reading Party! Join us to celebrate our “Wild About Reading” summer experience and accomplishments. Prepare to laugh, dance, and have lots of fun with a variety of performers. Wear your summer reading T-shirt and stop by the meeting room for snacks, games, and coloring sheets. Kids can enter drawings for cool prizes and jump around in our…

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Board Approves Facilities Improvement Project

At its June 22 meeting, the Board approved a Facilities Improvement Project to add the square footage necessary to enhance and expand services requested by patrons. The project includes the addition of a large two-story wing on the north side of the Harnish building and renovating the interior of the Eastgate building. The reconfiguration of the Library’s interior space will incorporate new meeting/study spaces, a computer classroom at Harnish, and interactive play areas for children. We will also develop a…

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Thank You, Algonquin PD!


On Tuesday, August 2, the Algonquin Police Department brought their annual National Night Out celebration to the Harnish Main Library. From 4 to 8pm, more than 800 people enjoyed hourly raffles, “Cookies with a Cop” storytime, the “Dunk-a-Cop” dunk tank, face painting, and more. Attendees got to pet dogs from the Illinois/Wisconsin Search and Rescue Dog Team and learn more about the team’s mission. Kids sat in the variety of emergency response vehicles on display and decorated the Algonquin PD DARE vehicle with…

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