Get in the Spirit!

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 number of prizes awarded. Snacks provided. For ages 18 and older. Register.

Bookaneers
Saturday, December 10, 2 to 3pm
Join us for this beginner’s level book discussion. We will read and discuss Jan Brett’s book “Gingerbread Christmas” and then complete an art project related to the story. For students in grades K-2. Register.

Winter Wellness Event
Saturday, December 10, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Stop by any time between 9:30am and 12:30pm. Get helpful advice on staying healthy during the winter months! Meet Mercy Health System nurses and learn more about Mercy services and facilities. Nurses will offer on-the-spot free blood pressure screenings and biometric information. Coloring sheets for the kids!

Sneezy the Snowman
Tuesday, December 20, 10 to 10:45am
Warm up to a silly story about a snowman who just can’t seem to stop melting. After reading Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright, we’ll have a blast creating a snowman craft! For children ages 4 to 6 who can attend on their own. Register. 

Winter Break Activities
December 26-30
Stop in at the Youth Services Department on your Winter Break and play a board game, color, create crafts or play with robots! We’ll have different activities each day.

Winter Wellness Event

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, 2600 Harnish Road in Algonquin.

New Library Cards for Students

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 or legal guardian and will expire when the cardholders turn 18 years old.

Limited Access: This card allows the student to check out and access items from both the digital and physical collection, with a limit of 3 physical items (books, DVDs, games, etc.) charged to the card at any time.

Digital Access: Perfect for the student who wants to use the library 24/7, this card provides access only to digital materials, such as e-books, e-audiobooks, digital music, streaming movies, research databases, learning resources, and other digital sources.

The Library’s resources can help students with their research, college testing preparation, computer skills, and more. On the (free) entertainment side, we have books, DVDs, audiobooks; downloadable books, magazines, and music; as well as streaming movies. Libraries also offer something that no online service can: librarians! Our friendly staff can help students find the information they need and teach them how to select the appropriate resource for their assignments.

Get your Limited Access or Digital Access Card today and explore what your library can do for you.

 

 

 

Now Appearing at Harnish

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 I still own. In the meantime, I started painting things that inspired me: wildlife, rural images, nature, etc. I now own WILDHEARTLAND.COM, where prints of my work can be purchased. 

Right out of high school, my son enlisted in the U.S. Army. Being the proud father I am, my passions turned to all things military and patriotic. I consider patriotism and our military to go hand in hand.

Many of these paintings were done for a specific military event, but some were commissions. Some of the images are from photos sent to me from Afghanistan by my son and his 'battle buddies' during their deployment. 

What you see in this show is a sampling of patriotic and military images. I have many more, but they are either hanging at another location or are currently unframed. 

Enjoy the show. I hope you find my work inspiring. We live in the best country on earth, and we should all be proud of these brave men and women who serve to protect our freedoms. God bless America!

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.

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:

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

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT – HALLOWEEN EDITION
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!

FAMILY HALLOWEEN STORYTIME
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.

FAMILY HALLOWEEN 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.

BABY HALLOWEEN 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.

LIL’ MOVERS HALLOWEEN STORYTIME
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.

BABY HALLOWEEN STORYTIME
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.

FAMILY HALLOWEEN STORYTIME
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. Although the November 8 election deadline has passed for registering to vote by mail or online, you can register to vote in-person through November 8. 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:

FactCheck.org
Politifact.com
AllSides.com
ProCon.org

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.