Your Chance to Write That Book

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, whichNanowrimo Shield challenges participants (known as “Wrimos”) to write that book they’ve always meant to write.

NaNoWriMo helps writers track their word counts and get to 50,000 words in a mere 30 days. As part of this month, the Library would like you to Come Write In! We have a history of welcoming writers with comfy chairs, computer work stations, and a friendly, contemplative environment. Because sometimes you just have to get away to write.

Writers are welcome to use both library locations for their writing projects, but we are hosting two NaNoWriMo events off site at Daily Projects Coffee Bar, 124 Randall Road in Algonquin. Learn more about NaNoWriMo.

AAPLD NaNoWriMo Events in November 

Meet Author Stacey Kade
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Get writing advice from a writer! Published Teen and Adult Author Stacey Kade will share her writing experiences and  her new book “For This Life Only” — and answer your questions about writing. Please register.

Meet Author Kym Brunner
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Now that NaNoWriMo is over, make your writing dreams a reality! Young Adult author shares the top 10 things she did to land a publishing contract and promote her new book Flip the Bird. Bring your questions. Please register.

The Library also hosts meetings of local writer’s groups.

Why not stop in? You might get the inspiration you need to get started and/or keep going.

Creativity Cafe
Thursday,  November 10 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Use this time for writing, group critique or to present a workshop.

The Chunky Method: A Step-by-Step Bookwriting Plan
Thursday, November 17 • 7 – 8:30 pm
Author Allie Pleiter’s innovative method mixes practical productivity advice with plenty of inspiration. You’ll identify your writing “chunk” and use it to create a plan that works even when life gets in the way.


Get a Pint for a Pint

Give back to your community and give blood in July! AAPLD will host a Heartland Blood Center blood drive on Monday, July 25 from 3 to 7pm in the Harnish Main Library Meeting Room.

Did you know that blood donations are needed every day of the year to save patients’ lives? Blood donors help sustain lives all around the country. Heartland Blood Centers provides blood to hospitals within the greater Chicagoland area and all across the country.

The process of donating blood is very simple and includes registration, a screening and mini-physical, the actual donation, and some juice and cookies. It only takes about 45 minutes to donate a pint of whole blood. Please consider saving a life today! You’ll also receive a coupon for a FREE pint of ice cream from Baskin Robbins for donating blood.

Click here to register today. Need help scheduling your appointment? Contact Theresa at 847-458-3133. Do you have questions about donating? Contact Heartland at 815-271-2910.

Money Smart Week is April 23-30

Get a grip on your personal finances with Money Smart Week programs at the library! From a tax-free saving and investing workshop to a College Illinois 529 Prepaid TuitionPlan seminar, we have the programs you need to improve your money smarts.  Registration is required: click on the program name to register.

Tax Free Saving and Investing Made Simple
Monday, April 25, 7 to 8pm
Jarid Brockman, AAMS® Edward Jones Financial Advisor, will present the basics for smart saving. It’s not how much you earn, but how much you keep. Learn the differences between Tax-Free Bonds, IRAs, Roth’s and more. Bring your questions for straightforward answers.

Understanding Credit Reports and Credit Scores
Tuesday, April 26, 7 to 8:30pm
Ed Beckstrom, Education Coordinator,will teach you the “ins and outs” of the credit reports and credit scores to help you analyze your credit and determine ways to improve your credit score. Presented in partnership with Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois.

College Illinois 529 Prepaid Tuition Planpic_post-dollars
Wednesday, April 27, 7 to 8pm
With the pricetag of a college education rising every year, it’s difficult to imagine what tuition will cost when your kindergartener graduates high school. Learn about the College Illinois 529 Prepaid Tuition Plan, which is designed to help families keep college tuition affordable by paying today’s rates for their future college attendee(s). Save money later by planning now!

Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

Programs Celebrate Tour of First Folio

One of the most iconic documents in history is visiting Illinois as part of a nationwide tour, and it will be on display a mere 18 miles from the Library!  The Lake County Discovery Museum (Wauconda) will host a national traveling exhibit of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, considered one of the world’s most treasured books.

AAPLD presents the following programs highlighting Shakespeare’s amazing talent:

Reader’s Theatre: Shakespeare Light
Wednesday, February 10, 7 to 8pm
An interactive dramatic reading of Shakespeare’s classic pastoral comedy “As You Like It.” It’s filled with laughs, love, mistaken identities, and much silliness. We’ll start with a brief introduction to the play before beginning our performance. No acting experience is necessary; only willingness to read aloud. Parts will be assigned at random. For children ages 9 years and up: teens and adults are also welcome.

Super Simple Sonnet Writing
Tuesday, February 23, 7 to 8pm
Discover the unique characteristics of a Shakespearean sonnet , a 14-line structured rhyming poem. Explore contemporary versions of sonnets. Then channel the Bard and create your own! Attendees will be entered into a random drawing for the very entertaining POP SONNETS: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs by Erik Didriksen.

Why Shakespeare?
Wednesday, February 24, 7 to 8pm
Actor and speaker Bill Hammack gives a performance-oriented lecture illustrating the greatness, versatility, and astounding genius of The Bard by performing & dissecting several speeches and monologues. Learn about Shakespeare the man and how his body of work came to us. Attendees will be entered in a drawing for two tickets for Shortened Shakespeare at Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier.

All programs are open to the community at large (an AAPLD card is not required). Register for these programs by visiting or by calling the library at 847-458-6060, extension 143.

The First Folio will be exhibited from February 3 through 28 during regular hours at the Lake County Discovery Museum, 27277 N. Forest Preserve Road, Wauconda, 847-968-3400. The First Folio comprises 36 plays, including “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Tempest,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “The Comedy of Errors” and “As You Like It.” The tour commemorates the 400th anniversary in 2016 of Shakespeare’s death. It is produced in association with the American Library Association and the Cincinnati Museum Center.


Without a Mask: Hockey’s Daredevil Goalies

Tuesday, January 26, 7-8:30 pm: Wooden sticks, shabby equipment and goalies who didn't wear facemasks made up the the rough-and-tumble days of early hockey. And you thought Corey Crawford was tough! Don't miss this action-packed presentation filled with glory, guts and gore! Presenter Craig Pierce will entertain you with lively anecdotes and wow you with his artistic "Wall of Fame" panels saluting the 1961 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks.

Register today to save your spot. Attendees must be 12 years old or older.