Your Chance to Save a Life

On Wednesday, March 8, 3 to 7pm, youchipotle can do something amazing: you can donate blood and save a life! Heartland Blood Center and Chipotle Mexican Grill has teamed up with AAPLD to help patients who need blood transfusions. Every donor receives a Chipotle BOGO coupon (good only at the Randall Road location in Algonquin).

Make a difference and schedule yourheartland logo appointment today. You can also visit the Heartland Blood Center website or call Theresa Therens, Blood Drive Coordinator, at 847-458-3133.So what’s involved? Per Heartland Blood Centers, here’s what will happen at your donation appointment:

Registration
Heartland staff will ask you for information about yourself: name, address, phone number, and give you some important literature on blood donation to read. You must present a photo I.D. and proof of age at this time.

Screening & Mini-Physical
Next, Heartland  staff will conduct a confidential interview in which they will ask you questions about your medical history to determine your eligibility to donate blood. They will give you a mini-physical during which they check your pulse, blood pressure, temperature and iron level. After the mini-physical, you are ready to donate!

Donation
Every donation is collected with a new, sterile kit. Giving blood is safe. You cannot get AIDS or any other disease by donating blood. While you relax in a comfortable donor chair, Heartland staff will cleanse your arm with antiseptic, and then draw about one pint of blood. It takes about five to eight minutes to donate whole blood, longer for automated donations such as platelets or double red cells.

Refresh
After you give, you are encouraged to enjoy some juice and cookies in the refreshment area. Your body will replenish the fluids lost during your donation in approximately 12 to 24 hours. Normally, eight weeks are necessary for total red cell replacement. Your donation will then be taken back to the Heartland Blood Center laboratory for testing and processing. The entire process takes about an hour.

It’s easy! Make your appointment today. 

 

See you at Winterfest!

WinterFest: a Home and Business Expo will be held Saturday, February 18 from 9am to 4pm at H.D. Jacobs High School. Visit the Library’s booth to say hello, learn about new events and opportunities at AAPLD, and pick up some freebies. Show us your AAPLD library card and you can enter our drawing for gift cards and more!

A variety of entertainment is scheduled throughout the day and food will be available for purchase. Attendees will have a chance to win Winterfest giveaways throughout the day, including local restaurant gift cards and cool merchandise.

Residents can warm up to this high-energy community event on February 18 when they make WinterFest a highlight of their weekend. In addition to having a great time—and maybe winning a prize or two—attendees may find the perfect new service, product, trend or idea to make life easier.

Now Showing at the Harnish Gallery

When asked to describe the best pic_postchapman1picture he has taken, freelance photographer and multimedia specialist Rich Chapman doesn’t hesitate with his response: “I haven’t taken it yet!” His gorgeous photo exhibit titled “New Orleans: Beyond the Parades” is now featured at the Harnish Main Library gallery (through February 28).

Throughout his career as a newspaper photojournalist, the Algonquin resident has photographed such high-profile subjects as Presidents Clinton,pic_postchapman3 Bush, and Obama; sports celebrities Walter Payton and Michael Jordan; actors Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, and Al Pacino; and many others.

Today, Chapman “focuses” on shooting weddings, corporate events, business profiles, and commercial opportunities. See more of his work on his web site.

Library Cards for Students

We make it easier for high school studentsstudent cards to access what they need to succeed! With our Limited Access and Digital Access cards, students ages 14-17 can 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.

 

 

 

Get Wrapped Up In Reading!

Readers of all ages are invited to “Get Wrapped Up in Reading” from January 7 through February 28, 2017 with AAPLD’s Winter Reading Program. Visit either location Saturday, January 7 to register, then visit our Hot Cocoa Bar between 11am and 1pm.

Adults can win a Kindle Fire just for reading! Registerpic_penguinsweater at the Adult Services Desk, then read up to five books for entries in our prize drawing. Runner up prizes include gift cards from local favorites. Write a book review and be entered to win movie tickets.

High School Students can choose their own paperback book just for registering in the Winter Reading Program. For every book read before February 28, get an entry for the grand prize drawing. Write a book review and be entered in a bonus drawing for movie tickets.

Babies through 8th grade students will earn a pic_penguin-giftpaperback book and a drawing entry once a book log is completed. Keep reading and earn more entries for drawing prizes such as gift cards, small toys, specialty books, LEGO items, and stuff animals.

Watch as our scarf grows with book log completion stripes and our quilt is constructed with book reviews. There’s something for everyone! We’re looking forward to “Get Wrapped Up in Reading” with you.

Dogs Love Santa, Too!

On Sunday, November 20, the Library held our 2nd Annual "Your Dog's Picture with Santa" program at The Dog Waggin in Algonquin. Rich Chapman of Your Pet's Tale took pictures of dogs with Santa and provided digital images for their owners to keep. We sure had a good time--and it looks like the dogs did, too! Here are just a few of the photos taken that day. 

 

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!

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.

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!

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turnbaugh hanging art
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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.