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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FrogLady Comes to Eastgate

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Where can you meet more than 20 live animals and learn about what they eat, where they live, and much more? At the library, of course! In March, we welcomed the FrogLady (and friends) to the Eastgate Branch for an educational, entertaining presentation. Kids were up close and personal with some new friends while they learned the differences and similarities between reptiles and amphibians.       

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Kids + Tech = Fun

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Our two-part 3D Printing/Time Lapse Video Program in January was a great opportunity for kids in grades 4-8 to learn about 3D printing technology, video compilation, and teamwork. Algonquin resident Jeremy Simon led the program, but the kids worked as a team to get ‘er done. Read more at our Youth Services blog.  

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Your Chance to Save a Life

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On Wednesday, March 8, 3 to 7pm, you 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 your 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?…

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See you at Winterfest!

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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…

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Now Showing at the Harnish Gallery

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When asked to describe the best picture 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, Bush, and Obama; sports celebrities Walter Payton and Michael Jordan; actors Tom Hanks,…

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Dogs Love Santa, Too!

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On Sunday, November 20, the Library held our 2nd Annual “Your Dog’s Picture with Santa” program at The Dog Waggin in Algonquin. Rich Chapman of Your Pet’s Tale took pictures of dogs with Santa and provided digital images for their owners to keep. We sure had a good time–and it looks like the dogs did, too! Here are just a few of the photos taken that day.   

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