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 Maker Space at Harnish, which will allow patrons of all ages to hone their technical skills – such as digital/graphic design, audio/video production, and coding –  and increase the potential for college and career success. A Maker Space will include a collaborative space for our popular crafting programs and related tools, such as sewing machines, a vinyl cutter, and crafting materials. To make room for these new spaces, we will use the square footage gained by trimming our book collection in response to reduced demand for print materials and increased demand for e-materials.

The $7.4 million figure for this plan includes the building addition at the Main Library, critical overdue capital improvements at both buildings, and computer and technology equipment. The plan requires AAPLD to borrow $2 to $3 million, with the balance drawn from special reserve funds set aside through the careful financial management and prudent decision making on the part of the Board over the last 12 years.

The first step: an engineering study and survey of the Harnish site; we hope to break ground by September 2017. We are embarking on an exciting journey that will result in improved facilities so we can meet patrons even better.

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

The Algonquin Area Public Library is soliciting proposals from construction firms to provide “construction management” services for the delivery of an expansion and renovation of the District’s current facilities. Firms with relevant construction management experience are encouraged to apply. Consideration will be limited to firms that have demonstrated successful experience in the provision of “construction management” services of a similar scope for a public library or another public sector owner. Deadline for submittals: August 16, 2016, 4:30 p.m. at the Library District’s Administration Office. Access the complete RFQ.

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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National Night Out Comes to Harnish


On Tuesday, August 2, the Algonquin Police Department will bring National Night Out 2016 to the Harnish Main Library. National Night Out is an annual community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Neighbors participate across thousands of communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. From 4 to 8pm, we’ll have entertainment, food, and fun, such as hourly raffles, “Cookies with a Cop” storytime, and the…

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Get a Pint for a Pint


Give back to your community and give blood in July! AAPLD will host a Heartland Blood Center blood drive on Monday, July 25 from 3 to 7pm in the Harnish Main Library Meeting Room. Did you know that blood donations are needed every day of the year to save patients’ lives? Blood donors help sustain lives all around the country. Heartland Blood Centers provides blood to hospitals within the greater Chicagoland area and all across the country. The process of…

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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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