Celebrate the Freedom to Read

AAPLD is joining libraries across the country in observing Banned Books Week September 24 – 30. By focusing on efforts nationwide to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority…

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Library Card Sign-Up Month is Here

teen titan card

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and we are issuing a special invitation for all residents of AAPLD to sign up for a library card! While supplies last, eligible residents will receive a Chipotle buy one/get one coupon and a sleek flashlight pen when they register for a library card during September 2017. New cardholders can also enter a drawing for a $100 Meijer gift card, four AMC movie passes or a $25 Starbucks gift card. Winners will be notified…

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View the Eclipse @ Your Library


Join us on Monday, August 21, to experience the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years. To see the eclipse well, NASA recommends a clear spot with a good view of the sky, which you’ll find at the Harnish Main Library. Our event runs from 11:45 to 2:45pm, with the peak of the eclipse at 1:19pm in our area. The closest location to view the total eclipse (when the sun is completely blocked by the…

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Don’t miss the art gallery this month!


The Harnish Main Library art gallery currently features the photography of Algonquin resident Emily Duthorn, bringing you the mesmerizing geography in various locations of the United States and beyond. Involved in creative projects of various types her entire life–from painting to sculpting to dance–Duthorn has always enjoyed taking pictures capturing the essence of a moment and playing with composition, color, and texture. This is her debut exhibition. Describing herself as an Algonquin local and nature girl, Duthorn says her “much-needed” travels over…

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Your Library Under Construction

construction plans

The long-awaited construction project at the Harnish Main Library is underway! In addition to the big double gate for construction traffic to pass through the fenced area, a separate construction traffic entrance drive has been constructed on Harnish Drive just east of the regular entrance. Please be careful as you walk and drive through our parking lot. Next time you’re at the library, be sure to look out our back windows to get a glimpse of the progress. Inside the library, smaller…

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Your Chance to Save a Life!

mobile coach

This summer, do something amazing: donate blood! On Wednesday, July 26, 3 to 7pm, Heartland Blood Center will be at the Harnish Main Library with their mobile blood drive coach to help offset low inventory levels for the current blood supply. Plus, every donor receives a $5 Target gift card! Make a difference and schedule your appointment today. You can call Theresa Therens, AAPLD Blood Drive Coordinator, at 847-458-3133, or Carrie at Heartland Blood Centers at 815-271-2910. So what’s involved? Per Heartland Blood…

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National Night Out 2017 Cancelled

Due to the unprecedented storms and flooding occurring in July, the Algonquin Police Department has been forced to cancel their National Night Out celebration at the Harnish Main Library on Tuesday, August 1. APD is currently focusing its efforts on helping the community recovery and does not have the manpower to support preparation for this event.  We look forward to hosting National Night Out again in 2018.  National Night Out is an annual event promoting police-community partnerships and community camaraderie. 

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Celebrate National Pollinator Week June 19-25


On Wednesday, June 14, the Board of Library Trustees issued a proclamation in conjunction with the Village of Algonquin: June 19-25 is Pollinator Week! In 2007, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the annual designation of National Pollinator Week in June. It marked a step in recognizing and addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week is now an international celebration of bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles as critical contributors to Earth’s ecosystem. This is a time to celebrate…

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Gallery Features Medical and Wildlife Illustration

Caitlin Rausch is a local illustrator creating work depicting anatomy, biology, and wildlife. She illustrates for scientists, publishers and medical professionals, with her work appearing in textbooks, websites, and research journals. Caitlin graduated from Kendall College of Art & Design and Michigan State University in 2016, with her degree split between traditional/digital artistic techniques and pre-med. She spent time working in the university’s cadaver lab as a human prosector and student aid. “It’s much easier to illustrate a liver when you’ve…

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Celebrate Summer Reading

On Monday, July 31, from 10am to 6pm, the Library will celebrate our fabulous finishers of our summer reading program with a party and storytelling festival! Participants are invited to celebrate their summer reading experience and enjoy a variety of performers and activities. From 10am to 3pm, local storytellers and musicians will enchant audiences of all ages. Kids can jump around in our bounce house and stop by the meeting room for snacks, games, and coloring sheets. Children wearing their…

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