Celebrate Our Veterans

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On Veterans Day, November 11, we honor the brave men and women who selflessly served our country and risked their lives to protect our freedoms. Join us in November as we celebrate the veterans in our community with special programs, displays, and events. America’s White Table November 7 through 11, stop by our Harnish Main Library display honoring the men and women who served in America’s Armed Forces. This table is found in many military mess halls as a symbol for…

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Your Chance to Write That Book


November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, which challenges participants (known as “Wrimos”) to write that book they’ve always meant to write. NaNoWriMo helps writers track their word counts and get to 50,000 words in a mere 30 days. As part of this month, the Library would like you to Come Write In! We have a history of welcoming writers with comfy chairs, computer work stations, and a friendly, contemplative environment. Because sometimes you just have to get away to…

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Don’t Miss the Friends’ Fall Book Sale!


The Friends of the Algonquin Area Public Library will hold their annual Fall Book Sale from November 3 through 6 at the Eastgate Branch Library. From beautiful coffee table editions to children’s books to collectible DVDs, there’s something for everyone. Get a jump on your holiday gift shopping! Our reasonable prices (starting at .25 for children’s softcover books) 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…

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Halloween is spooktacular at the Library

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Kids can have a screaming good time at the Library’s many Halloween programs! Dress up in costume to dance, hear stories, and have a fiendishly fun time. Who knows? You might see a costumed character at one of the service desks! Drop in for one or more of our Halloween-themed happenings at both Library locations: PRESCHOOL HALLOWEEN CRAFT Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:30 AM Stop in and make a spooky craft! For ages 7 and under with a parent/caregiver. HALLOWEEN DANCE…

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Be an Informed (and Registered) Voter


As 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. Although the November 8 election deadline has passed for registering…

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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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“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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