Get in the Spirit!

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The best place to be during the holidays? The Library, of course. We’re your one-stop shop for holiday-themed movies, music, and books! And don’t miss our programs/events where you can enjoy holiday sights and sounds, create gifts, learn how to endure the winter weather, and more! Holiday Bunco for Adults Thursday, December 8, 6:30 to 8:30pm You don’t need to clean your house, just bring your friends for a fun night out playing the friendly dice game “Bunco.” A limited…

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Winter Wellness Event

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On Saturday, December 10 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, meet Mercy Health System nurses and learn how to keep you and your family healthy this winter. Gather information about Mercy services, facilities, and staff. Nurses will offer free on-the-spot blood pressure checks and information about winter safety and holiday wellness. Kids can get coloring books, nurse hats, and doctor hats and participate in a trivia game. This event will take place in the main lobby of the Harnish Main Library,…

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New Library Cards for Students

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The Library is making it easier for high school students to access what they need to succeed. Our new Limited Access and Digital Access cards allow persons ages 14-17 to sign up for their own card on their own time. Just complete an application and provide photo identification with verification of address in the form of a driver’s license, driver’s permit and school ID, or school ID and other address verification. These cards do not require the signature of a parent…

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Now Appearing at Harnish

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We are delighted to share the partriotic artwork of Paul Turnbaugh at the Harnish Main Library gallery through the end of the year. Paul is a resident of Marengo and plans to open his own gallery in December. Paul in his own words: I grew up in Illinois and received my bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California College of the Arts in 1979. After returning to Illinois in 1980, I married and started my own illustration business which…

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Your Chance to Write That Book

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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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