Family Game Day November 4

kids checkersBring 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 to win a game of your own! No registration required.

As noted in an August 2017 article in USA Today, there is renewed interest in board games as families look for ways to spend time together and people in all age groups seek to unplug. “Sales of hobby games — a complex and strategic variety of board games — in the U.S. and Canada grew 21% in 2016, says Milton Griepp, president of industry news outlet ICv2.”

Whatever the trend, board games are here to stay! Drop in any time between 1 and 4pm on Saturday, November 4 and try a new game or two. Or just pull up a seat at the Pictionary table and have some fun with an old favorite.

Thank a Friend today

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 Public Library District (AAPLD) have raised more than $260,000 to cover items not supported by the Library’s budget, such as Summer Reading T-shirts, employee scholarships, and 3,000+ softcover children’s books to give away at community parades. The Friends were integral in bringing cutting-edge technology to the Library with the purchase of a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer in 2014. Their popular annual Fall Book Sale is right around the corner on November 2-5 at the Eastgate Branch Library.

Currently, there are more than 20 AAPLD Friends actively volunteering with fundraising efforts that include their popular book sales held in the spring, summer and fall. They are also active supporters of The Literacy Connection (Elgin, Ill.), participating in its annual Trivia Bee and other events.

Executive Director Stephen Bero notes that the Friends of the Library play an integral role in serving the community. “Our Friends walk the talk of supporting the library in everything they do,” he says. “We are grateful for their service and their support of all library staff.”

Friends' membership is open to library district residents high school age and older. Learn more about what they do, how they do it and how you can help at their meetings at 11:30am on the first Tuesday of the month at Eastgate. Questions? Click here or contact Jim Golden at 847-658-8996 or

community board

Race Day is fast approaching

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 event. Stew will introduce and dedicate a song he wrote upon the occasion of Evan wining his silver medal, called "Run, Evan, Run." The song will be performed by The Resorts, a local band with members hailing from H.D. Jacobs High School Music Industry Club. 

Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in this community event to support programs and resources at the library.  Have you registered for the Library's very first 5K yet? 

Register today! 


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. 

view 1

view 3

view 2

Register now for geocaching film festival

geocaching film fest 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:

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 go up, so we’ll lose our “bird’s eye view” into the construction, but we’ll keep you posted regarding progress. We also anticipate work on the roof to take place in the next couple of weeks and apologize in advance for any noise and/or inconvenience.building rear


Don’t Miss the Friends’ Fall Book Sale!

book sale shoppers 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 helping the Friends support AAPLD in providing continuous educational opportunities and resources. Learn about donating books, DVDs and music CDs.

Sale Schedule

Thursday, November 2: 4 to 7 pm
$10.00 per person entry fee, this day only

Friday, November 3: 4 to 8 pm

Saturday, November 4: 10 am to 2 pm

Sunday, November 5: 1 to 4 pm (All selections 1/2 price!)

The Book Bistro will be open Friday through Sunday with complementary light refreshments.

Don’t miss Free Books for Teachers on Tuesday, November 7 from 4 to 8pm. Bring your school employee ID for admittance to this special event dedicated to helping education professionals build up their classroom collections.

Book sales are held at the Eastgate Branch – Lower Level, 115 Eastgate Drive in Algonquin (off Algonquin Rd/Rte 62 behind the 7-11).  shopper




“Captain Cranky” Visits the Library

marionettesGet 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 creates each and every “performer” by hand.

Register for this dazzling, engaging performance before it fills up! Read more about marionette variety shows and their history on Dave Herzog’s web site.



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 shows; I look forward to what is in store for me, new opportunities that may come my way.”


Celebrate our graduates!

On Tuesday, September 26, the 9th graduating class of the library’s 1,001 Books Before Kindergarten program received their “diplomas” to recognize their wonderful accomplishment. Youth Services Department Manager Alicia Parmele noted at the ceremony the current class had read approximately 19,000 books, for a total of 287,000 books read by the 144 children who have completed the program.

The 1,001 Books Before Kindergarten program was created to encourage parents to read to their children, foster a love of reading, and assist with early literacy skills. Read more about the program here.