Explore a Hidden Gem

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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

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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 Starts Tomorrow!

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We’re gearing up for our 2016 Summer Reading Program “Wild About Reading,” which 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…

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Staff #Fridayreads for May 13

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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

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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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