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 from River Bottom Ice Cream Co. and Daily Projects Coffee Bar & Eatery!

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.

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.

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).  

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

Thank You, Algonquin PD!

On Tuesday, August 2, the Algonquin Police Department brought their annual National Night Out celebration to the Harnish Main Library. From 4 to 8pm, more than 800 people enjoyed hourly raffles, "Cookies with a Cop" storytime, the "Dunk-a-Cop" dunk tank, face painting, and more. Attendees got to pet dogs from the Illinois/Wisconsin Search and Rescue Dog Team and learn more about the team's mission. Kids sat in the variety of emergency response vehicles on display and decorated the Algonquin PD DARE vehicle with colorful handprints.

The Library would like to thank residents for coming out to support their community's police officers. We hope everyone enjoyed their time with family, friends, and neighbors! A big THANK YOU to all Algonquin Police Department and Fire Department personnel who served food, handed out information, answered questions, volunteered for the dunk tank, and made everyone feel welcome.

National Night Out is an annual community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Neighbors participate across thousands of communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

Get a Pint for a Pint

Give back to your community and give blood in July! AAPLD will host a Heartland Blood Center blood drive on Monday, July 25 from 3 to 7pm in the Harnish Main Library Meeting Room.

Did you know that blood donations are needed every day of the year to save patients’ lives? Blood donors help sustain lives all around the country. Heartland Blood Centers provides blood to hospitals within the greater Chicagoland area and all across the country.

The process of donating blood is very simple and includes registration, a screening and mini-physical, the actual donation, and some juice and cookies. It only takes about 45 minutes to donate a pint of whole blood. Please consider saving a life today! You’ll also receive a coupon for a FREE pint of ice cream from Baskin Robbins for donating blood.

Click here to register today. Need help scheduling your appointment? Contact Theresa at 847-458-3133. Do you have questions about donating? Contact Heartland at 815-271-2910.

Library Presents Coffee & Cookies with a Cop

On June 21, Algonquin Deputy Chief Markham, Lake in the Hills Police Chief David Brey, and members
pic_posts_coffee2 (2) of both police departments will meet residents in an informal, neutral space to discuss the visions for both police departments and their communities. It’s a great time to ask questions, build relationships, and enjoy light refreshments.

Community members of all ages are invited to attend.  The event will be held from 4:30 to 5:30pm on Tuesday, June 21 at the Algonquin Area Public Library, Harnish Main Library, 2600 Harnish Drive in Algonquin.  Adults can meet with police personnel in the library’s café. Downstairs,pic_posts_coffee2 (3)officers and other personnel will be reading stories to kids and their caregivers and answering their questions.

Much of the interaction between the public and police department representatives happens only during emergencies or emotional situations—situations that are not always conducive to relationship building with the community.  In addition, some community members may feel hesitant to approach officers on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communitiespic_posts_coffee2 (1) they serve. The program aims to improve relationships between police officers and community members, one cup of coffee – and one cookie –at a time.

Questions? Please contact Outreach Librarian Virginia Donahue at virginia.donahue@aapld.org or 847-458-3144.

The Algonquin Area Public Library District has 23,049 cardholders and serves more than 40,000 residents in a 30-square-mile area including portions of Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Cary, and Barrington Hills.

Algonquin, IL – June 15, 2016