Your Chance to Save a Life!

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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

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On Tuesday, August 1, the Algonquin Police Department will bring their annual National Night Out celebration to the Harnish Main Library. From 4 to 7pm, residents can participate in hourly raffles, meet with APD personnel, visit with rescue and comfort dogs from the Illinois/Wisconsin Search and Rescue Dog Team, and get a good view of high-tech emergency response vehicles. Kids will enjoy face painting, a “Cookies with a Cop” storytime, and a “Dunk-a-Cop” dunk tank. Grilled hot dogs will be…

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Celebrate National Pollinator Week June 19-25

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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

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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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“Reading by Design!” is Here!

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You can still register for AAPLD’s 2017 Summer Reading Program “Reading by Design.” Children, teens and adults are invited to participate as we build on strong foundation of summer reading in our community. Adults, design your own reading challenge (read a book a week? try a new genre? read 10 books?).  Receive a reward for every book read, up to 3 books: Book #1 = Kona Ice coupon; Book #2 = Summer Reading T-shirt for 1st 300 readers; Book #3 = an…

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Enjoy our latest collection

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Jennifer Lilliebridge is happy to present this mixed-media collage collection at the Harnish Main Library. As a student of commercial art/advertising/graphic design Jennifer knows a lot of thought and planning goes into the design of what we throw away, whether it’s the pattern printed on a tissue box or the complicated cardboard packaging of a bottled six pack. She started noticing it all, and wondering to herself “What can I do with this? What can this become?” Art from refuse was…

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May 6 is Free Comic Book Day

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Celebrate comics and graphic novels by picking up a free comic book at both Library locations! We’ll have a costume contest for kids and teens, superhero craft stations, a comic-themed photo booth, a scavenger hunt, and much more! Open to the public; all ages welcome. One comic book per visitor, please. Free Comic Book Day Schedule: 10am – 4pm Button making, T-shirt cape craft, door hanger craft, coloring sheets, photo booth, light-up light saber craft, make your own comic book.…

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AAPLD Library Loop 5K

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Registration is now open for the first Library Loop 5K on Sunday, October 22, 2017! Runners of all ages and all abilities are invited to participate. Make it a family affair, a friends’ challenge, or an individual milestone. Celebrate our community in a healthy way! 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 a special guest. This 5K USATF-certified course (IL-17003-JW) winds its way…

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Student Art Exhibit at Harnish

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The Algonquin Area Public Library District will host the Village of Algonquin’s Student Art Exhibit at the Harnish Main Library from April 1 through April 20. The 6th Annual Student Art Exhibit is organized by the Village’s Public Arts Commission and features artworks created by local middle school students in a variety of media such as painting and drawing. Participating schools include Algonquin Middle School, Dundee Middle School, St. John’s Lutheran School, St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, and Westfield Community School.…

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Gallery features cross-stitch creations

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Stop by the Harnish Main Library gallery in March to view the intricate creations of Jennifer and Peter Lilliebridge. This creative couple has experience in graphic design, illustration, advertising, and printing. AAPLD is pleased to display the cross-stitch patterns they’ve designed. The Lilliebridges have also been involved in logo creation for various companies, including District 300. That logo features the silhouetted figures of their family members. The couple often designs custom cards, photo slide shows, and illustrations, as well a creative…

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