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As part of our commitment to online learning, the Library now subscribes to, a website with more than 3,000 courses and 130,000 videos from web design, media production and photography to management, accounting, and marketing. Algonquin Area Public Library cardholders can get all of Lynda’s content for free.

The Library has always been a learning hub for improving computer skills, learning a newcraft, and honing professional job search tactics. But provides another learning hub for all cardholders, this one online, so the learning can continue even when Library locations are closed. The typical cost for an individual subscription to is $19.99, but access is free to all AAPLD cardholders.

You can get to through After creating an account – which only requires a name and e-mail address – you’re set. You can watch any videos, download course files, bookmark pages, and keep track of your progress.

Once signed up, you can access Lynda at the library, on your desktop computers or on your mobile devices. The only caveat is that you must use a web browser, not the Lynda app. Questions? Contact the Adult Services Desk at 847-458-6060 x 143.


Programs Celebrate Tour of First Folio


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 Debuts


Monday, February 8, 10:30-11:15am, the Library will begin 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 caregivers.…

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Have Coffee with a Cop

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On Tuesday, February 2,  4:30 to 5:30pm, the Library welcomes Chief of Police John Bucci along with other members of the Algonquin Police Department as they chat with  community members in an informal, neutral space to discuss the goals and vision for the police department and the community, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend.  The event will be held at the Harnish Main Library, 2600 Harnish Drive (west of Randall Road). Coffee with a Cop provides a…

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Donate Blood & Save a Life

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On February 22 from 3 to 7pm, the Algonquin Area Public Library District will host a blood drive at the Harnish Main Library, 2600 Harnish Drive (west of Randall Road).  This blood drive is conducted in partnership with Heartland Blood Centers. Heartland is the sole provider to 65 hospitals in the Chicagoland area, including all area Veterans Affairs hospitals. Schedule your appointment today at Make sure you’ve either selected by city (Algonquin) or by date (February 22). Your donation will save…

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Get Your ACT Practice @ the Library

ACT Practice

Saturday, January 30 at Harnish / Saturday, February 6 @ Eastgate. Student in grades 10-12 can practice taking the ACT with a Sylvan Learning testing proctor. Your $15 registration fee includes the test, study guide, and detailed score report. Doors open at 9am and testing begins promptly at 9:30am. Please bring a pencil and a calculator (click here for calculator rules). Practice can go a long way toward a better score on the ACT. Take advantage of this low-cost opportunity.…

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Without a Mask: Hockey’s Daredevil Goalies


Tuesday, January 26, 7-8:30 pm: Wooden sticks, shabby equipment and goalies who didn’t wear facemasks made up the the rough-and-tumble days of early hockey. And you thought Corey Crawford was tough! Don’t miss this action-packed presentation filled with glory, guts and gore! Presenter Craig Pierce will entertain you with lively anecdotes and wow you with his artistic “Wall of Fame” panels saluting the 1961 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks. Register today to save your spot. Attendees must be 12 years old…

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Spheros are Here


Maybe you saw BB-8 in The Force Awakens? Well, come play with the original Sphero, an app-enabled robotic ball that we will drive, code, play tag, and race around.   Sphero is the ball revolutionized. It is an app-enabled robotic ball that we can drive, race, code, change the LED colors for amazing light shows, and more. The Library just purchased a classroom set of these robots. Join us on February 27 from 1:30 -2:30 pm OR 3:00 – 4 pm. For…

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Gallery Features Local Photographer

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Through the end of February, the Library is displaying the work of professional freelance photographer and multimedia photojournalist Rich Chapman. Titled “Sights seen on my way to somewhere else… Loopscapes,” these pictures are some of his favorites taken in and near Chicago’s Loop over the past 18 months. When asked to describe the best picture he has taken, Chapman doesn’t hesitate: “I haven’t taken it yet!“ he says. This is not to suggest a lack of worthwhile choices. Throughout his…

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Be a part of winter reading!


Monday, January 18–Monday, February 29. Love your library this winter and participate in our Winter Reading Program “We Love Reading”! Readers of all ages can celebrate their love of reading and earn prizes, enter drawings, and more! We’ll kick it off with a hot chocolate bar on January 18 from 4-7pm at both library locations. A variety of toppings will sweeten your cup! Kids Complete your first book log and earn a paperback book and a drawing entry. Keep reading (up…

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A big thanks to our community!


As we began the 2015 holiday season, the Giving Trees went up at the Harnish Main Library and the Eastgate Branch library. In prior years, the Library put up trees to support Hearts of Gold out of Lake in the Hills. Unfortunately, that organization disbanded at the end of 2014, so staff sought another community organization that would benefit from the generosity of our patrons. More than 350 paper mittens decorated our trees, with each mitten representing a child in…

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