Celebrate Our Veterans

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 learn, honor, and 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 and remembrance of service members fallen, missing, held captive in the line of duty.

A Grateful Veteran
Thursday November 3 • 7–8:30 pm
Bosnian War veteran Tom Kens shares how life onboard the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier forged his attitude of gratitude. Register.

Veteran’s Day Ceremony
Friday, November 11 • 10:30 am
This special ceremony held at the Harnish Main Library is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. Join us in a salute to the parade of colors presented by The American Legion Post 1231.

The Vietnam War: Through the Lens of a Marine in Combat
Monday, November 14 • 7–8 pm
Take a unique tour with a marine artilleryman during his combat deployment experience in the bush and on patrol from 1967 to 1968. Experience a son’s remembrance of his father’s service in an authentic “boots on the ground” perspective featuring images, preserved artifacts and personal possessions. Presented by Dan Guzman, Algonquin resident and Iraqi War Veteran. Register.

Illinois Veterans History Project
Learn more about this project to create a permanent record of the names and stories of Illinois war veterans and civilians who served our state and country during a war. Veterans or their family members can participate. Go to the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State Illinois Veterans History Project page. 


Your Chance to Write That Book

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, whichNanowrimo Shield 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 write.

Writers are welcome to use both library locations for their writing projects, but we are hosting two NaNoWriMo events off site at Daily Projects Coffee Bar, 124 Randall Road in Algonquin. Learn more about NaNoWriMo.

AAPLD NaNoWriMo Events in November 

Meet Author Stacey Kade
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Get writing advice from a writer! Published Teen and Adult Author Stacey Kade will share her writing experiences and  her new book “For This Life Only” — and answer your questions about writing. Please register.

Meet Author Kym Brunner
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Now that NaNoWriMo is over, make your writing dreams a reality! Young Adult author shares the top 10 things she did to land a publishing contract and promote her new book Flip the Bird. Bring your questions. Please register.

The Library also hosts meetings of local writer’s groups.

Why not stop in? You might get the inspiration you need to get started and/or keep going.

Creativity Cafe
Thursday,  November 10 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Use this time for writing, group critique or to present a workshop.

Critique Group
Thursday, October 27 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Aspiring authors are invited to join a diverse group of local writers.

Special Meeting of Algonquin Area Writers Group:
The Chunky Method: A Step-by-Step Bookwriting Plan
Thursday, November 17 • 7 – 8:30 pm
Author Allie Pleiter’s innovative method mixes practical productivity advice with plenty of inspiration. You’ll identify your writing “chunk” and use it to create a plan that works even when life gets in the way.


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 community by helping the Friends support AAPLD in providing continuous educational opportunities and resources. Learn about donating books, DVDs and music CDs.

Sale Schedule

Thursday, November 3: 4 to 7 pm
$10.00 per person entry fee, this day only

Friday, November 4: 4 to 8 pm

Saturday, November 5: 10 am to 2 pm

Sunday, November 6: 1 to 4 pm (All selections 1/2 price!)

The Book Bistro will be open Friday through Sunday with light refreshments.Thank you for your generosity in supporting the Friends. Book sales are held at the Eastgate Branch – Lower Level, 115 Eastgate Drive in Algonquin (off Algonquin Rd/Rte 62 behind the 7-11).  

Halloween is spooktacular at the Library

Kids can have a screaming good time at the Library’s halloweenmany 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:

Thursday, October 20, 2016
10:30 AM
Stop in and make a spooky craft! For ages 7 and under with a parent/caregiver.

Monday, October 24, 2016
6:30 PM
Dress up in your costume and dance to some Halloween songs!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at Eastgate Branch
11:30 AM
Come in costume to this Halloween Edition of Music and Movement. It will be a spooky fun time!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
10:00 AM
Dress up in your costume, hear some seasonal stories and come celebrate Halloween. We will parade through the library and a few giveaways will be handed out after storytime.

Thursday, October 27, 2016
10:00 AM
Celebrate Halloween! Come in costume, hear some seasonal stories and  parade through the library. Giveaways will be handed out after storytime.

Friday, October 28, 2016
10:00 AM
A Halloween-themed storytime perfect for babies (1-23 months). Babies are invited to dress up in their Halloween costume.

Friday, October 28, 2016
11:00 AM
Enjoy a Halloween story and song and play time. For children 1-35 months. Babies/toddlers are invited to dress up in their Halloween costume.

Friday, October 28, 2016
1:00 PM
A Halloween-themed storytime perfect for babies (1-23 months)! Babies are invited to dress up in their Halloween costume.

Saturday, October 29, 2016
10:00 AM
Dress up in your costume, hear some seasonal stories and come celebrate Halloween. We will parade through the library and a few giveaways will be handed out after storytime.

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.pic_tranformelection

First, we encourage you to register to vote. The last day to register to vote online for the November 8 election is October 23, 2016. On a national level, usa.gov can give you answers about voter eligibility and the registration process. Additional information can be found through local county clerk offices:

McHenry County Clerk’s Office
Kane County Clerk’s Office
Lake County Clerk’s Office
DuPage County Clerk’s Office

The Presidential Election is forefront on our minds, but important local elections will also take place in November. Find information about your current elected officials and candidates using the following links:

BallotReady (enter your address to see your ballot)
Illinois State Board of Elections
Village of Algonquin
Village of Lake in the Hills

Media coverage of candidates often consists of sound bites and speech highlights, with a good dose of choice words for their opponents. But sometimes you just want the facts. We’ve vetted a few nonpartisan fact-checking sites, as well as resources for both sides of arguments regarding controversial issues:


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 18 • 7–8:30 pm
Genealogy Lecturer Dr. Dan Hubbard discusses Swedish last names that can be fluid and confusing, and Swedish geography that trips up the uninitiated. Learn about available records. Register

Genealogy Steps to Success
Friday, November 4 • 5–6:30 pm
Librarian Kristen McCallum will walk you through the fundamentals of solid genealogical research. Learn tips for recording and organizing your research. Discover how to use information from family sources and public records to fill in the leaves of your family tree. A refresher course suitable for beginning to advanced genealogists. Register

After Hours Genealogy Workshop
Friday, November 4 • 6–11 pm
Our popular semiannual evening of personal research time returns! Librarians will be available for research help. Access Ancestry Library Edition and other useful resources. Snacks and drinks provided. When registering, please let us know if you need a library desktop computer or will bring your own laptop to use our free Wi-Fi. Limit of 30 library desktop computers. Register

Researching at Appomattox Court House: Genealogy through the Lens of the Civil War
Tuesday, November 15 • 7–8:30 pm
Records aren’t just about soldiers and sailors! Dr. Dan Hubbard will take you through a variety of unusual records created before, during, and after the Civil War and tell the story of a whole generation. Register

“Holy Cow! Where are My Polish Chicago Catholics Now?”
Sunday, November 20 • 2–4 pm
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin will help you find your Polish ancestors’ sacramental records (i.e., baptism, confirmation, marriage and funeral documents). This presentation will also be offered as a webinar. More information posted on the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) web site at www.pgsa.org, PGSA Notebook, and Rodziny prior to the meeting. The meeting and presentation are open to the public. Register

Don’t Miss Our Maker Fair

Celebrate the latest in technology, crafting, and gadgets post_MakerFairat 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
12 pm  Rocketry
1 pm  Yarn Spinning
1:30 pm  Sewing Machine Demonstration
2 pm  3D Printer Demo
3 pm  KEVA Plank Competition

There will be lots of cool stuff on display at the Maker Fair, including:

  • Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter
  • Cool Crafts
  • Ozobots
  • Snap Circuits
  • Button Making
  • …and much more!

Enjoy prize drawings, food, giveaways, and more at this family-friendly event. No registration required — just stop by and be inspired by a whole new world of creativity and gadgetry at your Library.

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 the chief photographer was on vacation,” Paul says. He took the camera home and started taking photos.

One of the very first photos he took was of three baby owls in a little tree in their rural Dubuque, Iowa, farm home.  “They were snuggled up close together on a branch and one of them blinked just as I shot the picture,” he says. “I gave it to the photo editor the next day and was immediately promoted to a photographer’s position,
which I held until joining the Air Force two years later.”

Paul tested well and was able to go into the Air Force as a photographer assigned to Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base in Oklahoma. “I was a base photographer, which meant I took a lot of boring, mundane photos of officers’ wives clubs meetings, airmen, officers club’s events, etc.,” he says. “It also meant that I spent time on the flight line taking pictures of B-52 bombers and Kc-135refueling aircraft.  I even got to go up in the refueling aircraft and take aerial photos of B52 refueling missions. What a kick that was!”

Two years later Paul was moved to France to an aerial reconnaissance unit, where it was strictly photo processing for three “boring” years. “But I got to tour Europe in my Volkswagen and photograph it as I toured,” he notes. After the Air Force, Paul went back to The Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa for one year as a news photographer. After he moved to Chicago Area, Paul worked as an American Airlines Passenger Service agent and retired from there in 1995 after 31 years of service.  He married fellow employee Beverly in 1966.

“I have stayed in photography all that time as an avid amateur,” he says. “My computer has more than 20,000 images on it.” Paul enters area photo contests (mostly those sponsored by area conservation districts) and has won several awards. “My primary subjects are birds, butterflies, beasts, and blossoms as well as scenes,” he says. “The Fox River is great for scenic photography.”

Paul and his wife Beverly make about 50 calendars every year for extended family, friends and “the good doctors who keep my engine running.”  Each calendar uses about 48 of his photos from the previous year.

Aside from the Algonquin area, Paul’s favorite places for photography are Dubuque; La Crescent, Minn.; and the ocean front area around Huntington Beach, Calif., where his son lives.

Animal and bird close-up photos shot with Canon 400mm to 600mm lenses.

“The Future is Now” Wins at Founders’ Days!

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 we? We have no past and no future."

Float walkers wore futuristic silver outfits complete with face paint, antennae, and foil bracelets, and handed out children's softcover books (courtesy of the Friends of the Library).  We had a great time participating in this traditional community event!

The Library is grateful to volunteers John and and Marilyn Baker for their donations of time and materials in creating this float. We would also like to thank teen volunteers Hayley Masching, Susan Lim, Sharon Chacko, Brina Patel, Julia Frank, Kameron Mack for their energy and dedication.

Back-to-School Wellness Event

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 of the Harnish Main Library, 2600 Harnish Road in Algonquin.