Family Game Day November 4

game day artwork

Bring the fams and enjoy an afternoon of “gaming” on Saturday, November 4 from 1 to 4pm at the Harnish Main Library. You’ll find classic, traditional, and newer tabletop games like Giant Jenga, Pictionary, sorry!, Zombie Dice and Mario Party. Game enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to bring their own game and share. We are also a PokeStop and PokeGym site so you can look for lures or do battle in our gym. While you’re here, enter a drawing…

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Thank a Friend today

FOL Summer 17

October 15-21 is National Friends of Libraries Week, honoring the volunteers who contribute their time to help enhance library services, materials, and facilities. At its last meeting, the Board of Library Trustees proclaimed the week National Friends of Libraries Week as a formal recognition of our Friends in connection with the American Library Association national celebration. Special displays around the library will highlight the resources and equipment made possible by their support. Since 1991, the Friends of the Algonquin Area…

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Race Day is fast approaching

5K map

We are pleased and excited to invite two local celebrities to our very first 5K on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 8am! Algonquin native and Harry D. Jacobs High School graduate Evan Jager, 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event, will be joining us as our special guest. Evan will be available for photo opportunities and to sign autographs after the race.  Local radio news personality Stew Cohen (103.9 The Fox and STAR 105.5) will be emceeing the…

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The walls go up

Not even rainy days can stop construction progress at Harnish! We know it’s been a little noisy, but we promise it will be worth it. Work on the addition focused mainly on getting metal studs in place in order to build those exterior walls. Inside the building, it wasn’t unusual to see ceiling title pulled down and workers up on ladders with their heads “inside the ceiling” as they worked on mechanical systems and wiring. 

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Register now for geocaching film festival

geocaching films

Join us on Thursday, November 2, at 6:30pm for an international film festival featuring short, entertaining videos about people who hunt for geocaches all over the world. These films feature real-life experiences participating in this outdoor treasure hunt with global appeal. You might want to join the geocaching community yourself! Register now for this engaging program for ages 13 and up! What is geocaching? Watch this short video:

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Construction Continues at Harnish

Over the last few weeks, library visitors and staff have watched as the main library’s 8,000-square-foot addition took shape. We’ve all enjoyed watching concrete forms go into place, the pouring of the foundation wall, steel floor forms being laid down, the additional of a floor water barrier, pour of the concrete slab on both levels, and a lot of other activity. Something is new every time we look out the window! In the next week or so, the exterior walls will…

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Don’t Miss the Friends’ Fall Book Sale!

book sale

The Friends of the Algonquin Area Public Library will hold their annual Fall Book Sale from November 2 through 5 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 or add to your collection.  Reasonable prices (starting at .25 for children’s softcover books) make shopping a treat–and so do the nice people who staff the sale. Your purchases assist your community by…

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“Captain Cranky” Visits the Library

Get ready for a one-of-a-kind pirate adventure presented at the Harnish Main Library on Monday, October 9! Kids ages 3 through 12 (with parent/caregiver) will Sail the Seven Seas with Captain Cranky and his Crew in this unique presentation by Dave Herzog’s Marionettes. Dedicated to preserving the uniquely American art form of the marionette variety show, this professional puppet company specializes in the art of the marionette. Herzog performs more than 350 shows each year — and he designs and…

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Now appearing in the Harnish gallery


The library is pleased to present photographic works of Kristina Hlavac, resident of Algonquin. Please stop by and enjoy her collection of scenic and meditative photography. Kristina notes that she hopes people enjoy her photographs and that “they inspire you to do what you like to do.” “I have learned a lot through the years. Do your best in everything. Do not let anybody put you down,” Hlavac says. “I have come so far and have been in multiple art…

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