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.

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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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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

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.

“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.