AAPLD Library Loop 5K

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 around the neighborhoods and park district walking paths surrounding the library.

Proceeds from the race will fund programs and resources for the community that are not covered by AAPLD's operating budget. Each registrant will receive a t-shirt and electronic bib. Snacks and water will be provided. 

Join us for a great day to celebrate healthy living and the value of the library in your community!

Register today! 

Gallery features cross-stitch creations

Stop by the Harnish Main pic_featured-lillie4 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 pic_featured-lillie5companies, 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 home and holiday party displays for family and friends.

“Our interests and talents have carried over to our children, and they seem to thrive on the process of creating art as well,” notes Jennifer.



Winter Wellness Event

On Saturday, December 10 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, meet Mercy Health System nurses and learn how to keep you and your family healthy this winter. Gather information about Mercy services, facilities, and staff. Nurses will offer free on-the-spot blood pressure checks and information about winter safety and holiday wellness. Kids can get coloring books, nurse hats, and doctor hats and participate in a trivia game. This event will take place in the main lobby of the Harnish Main Library, 2600 Harnish Road in Algonquin.

Don’t Miss Our Maker Fair

Celebrate the latest in technology, crafting, and gadgets post_MakerFairat our Maker Fair! Mark your calendar for a fantastic all-ages event on Saturday, September 24, from 10am to 4pm. If you get hungry, Trail Dawgs will be in our parking lot from 11:30am to 3pm. The entire Harnish Main Library will be packed with demonstrations, workshops, and hands-on activities throughout the day, including:

10 am  Barnes and Noble LEGO Demonstration
11 am  LEGO WeDo Construction
11:20 am  Makey Makey Invention Kits
11:40 am  Sphero Robots
12 pm  Rocketry
1 pm  Yarn Spinning
1:30 pm  Sewing Machine Demonstration
2 pm  3D Printer Demo
3 pm  KEVA Plank Competition

There will be lots of cool stuff on display at the Maker Fair, including:

  • Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter
  • Cool Crafts
  • Ozobots
  • Snap Circuits
  • Button Making
  • …and much more!

Enjoy prize drawings, food, giveaways, and more at this family-friendly event. No registration required — just stop by and be inspired by a whole new world of creativity and gadgetry at your Library.

Get Ready to Party!

On Monday, August 1, from 10am to 6pm, local storytellers and musicians will enchant audiences of all ages at our Storytelling Festival and End-of-Summer-Reading Party! Join us to celebrate our "Wild About Reading" summer experience and accomplishments. Prepare to laugh, dance, and have lots of fun with a variety of performers. Wear your summer reading T-shirt and stop by the meeting room for snacks, games, and coloring sheets. Kids can enter drawings for cool prizes and jump around in our bounce house. The Kona Ice Truck will be here from 10am to 2pm so you can redeem your summer reading Kona Ice coupon for a cool treat or just make a purchase.

10am        Paddy Lynn (Storyteller)
11:15am  Jodi Koplin's Jigglejam (Music)
1pm          Joel Frankel (Music)
2:15pm    Sandi Sylver (Storyteller)

Thank You, Algonquin PD!

On Tuesday, August 2, the Algonquin Police Department brought their annual National Night Out celebration to the Harnish Main Library. From 4 to 8pm, more than 800 people enjoyed hourly raffles, "Cookies with a Cop" storytime, the "Dunk-a-Cop" dunk tank, face painting, and more. Attendees got to pet dogs from the Illinois/Wisconsin Search and Rescue Dog Team and learn more about the team's mission. Kids sat in the variety of emergency response vehicles on display and decorated the Algonquin PD DARE vehicle with colorful handprints.

The Library would like to thank residents for coming out to support their community's police officers. We hope everyone enjoyed their time with family, friends, and neighbors! A big THANK YOU to all Algonquin Police Department and Fire Department personnel who served food, handed out information, answered questions, volunteered for the dunk tank, and made everyone feel welcome.

National Night Out is an annual community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Neighbors participate across thousands of communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

Library Presents Coffee & Cookies with a Cop

On June 21, Algonquin Deputy Chief Markham, Lake in the Hills Police Chief David Brey, and members
pic_posts_coffee2 (2) of both police departments will meet residents in an informal, neutral space to discuss the visions for both police departments and their communities. It’s a great time to ask questions, build relationships, and enjoy light refreshments.

Community members of all ages are invited to attend.  The event will be held from 4:30 to 5:30pm on Tuesday, June 21 at the Algonquin Area Public Library, Harnish Main Library, 2600 Harnish Drive in Algonquin.  Adults can meet with police personnel in the library’s café. Downstairs,pic_posts_coffee2 (3)officers and other personnel will be reading stories to kids and their caregivers and answering their questions.

Much of the interaction between the public and police department representatives happens only during emergencies or emotional situations—situations that are not always conducive to relationship building with the community.  In addition, some community members may feel hesitant to approach officers on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communitiespic_posts_coffee2 (1) they serve. The program aims to improve relationships between police officers and community members, one cup of coffee – and one cookie –at a time.

Questions? Please contact Outreach Librarian Virginia Donahue at virginia.donahue@aapld.org or 847-458-3144.

The Algonquin Area Public Library District has 23,049 cardholders and serves more than 40,000 residents in a 30-square-mile area including portions of Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Cary, and Barrington Hills.

Algonquin, IL – June 15, 2016

Now appearing in the gallery

Stop by the Harnish Main Library to enjoy a photos from the 2015pic_postTLC1 The Land Conservancy of McHenry County (TLC) amateur photographers’ contest. These stunning works reveal the beauty and diversity of natural habitats throughout McHenry County — and the inspiring nature of TLC’s land preservation work.

TLC has partnered with more than 100 landowners to preserve more than 2,100 acres across McHenry County.  Protected properties range from 1 acre to 250 acres in size. Preserved lands include high quality wetland and woodland habitat, farmland, scenic vistas, historic farmsteads and similar valuable land resources.

The Land Conservancy matches each participating photographer with a specific TLC site with its own unique character and story. pic_postTLC2Photo topics include landscapes, plant life, small world, water, wildlife, and black and white. Read more about this year’s contest. 

The gallery installation will be in place until July 31. Artists and photographers interested in displaying their work in the gallery should contact Diane Strzelecki, Marketing/Public Relations Associate, at 847-458-3150 or dstrzelecki@aapld.org.




Summer Reading is Here!

The 2016 Summer Reading Program “Wild About Reading” starts June 1 and runs through July 31. We’ve left no one behind — children, high school students, and adults can all participate. Join on this grand adventure and see where the Library can take you this summer!

Adults can register for “Wild About Reading” in person and pick up a passport and water bottle. Passports can be completed by choosing any 6 of 10 activities, such as reading a book or attending Library events. Completed passports must turned in by July 31 to receive a coupon for a free Kona Ice during the August 1 End-of-Summer-Reading Party.  The first 250 adult finishers receive a T-shirt; all finishers will be entered in drawings for a Kindle Fire, $100 Algonquin Commons gift card, and more.

High school students can register in person with their AAPLD card to get their passport and water bottle. Students who complete a page in their passport and bring it to either Library location by July 31 get a stamp and a prize. The first stamp earns students a paperback book and an entry into the Grand Prize Drawing for a $100 Target gift card or one of two 7″ Kindle Fires! Get more stamps and win more prizes: visit ya.aapld.org/SummerReading2016 for more information.

Children can register for “Wild About Reading!” at either Library location starting June 1. Summer reading programs are helpful in maintaining literacy levels between school terms—and they are lots of fun! Earn a water bottle, water-squirt toy, tie-dye shirt and a book as prizes. Register on June 1 to receive a special prize!

Our special summer events include Star Wars Outdoor Movie & Concert Night on July 26, the Fox Tails Storytelling Festival on August 1, and National Night Out on August 2. More details in the June/July issue of the AAPLD Program/Event Guide coming to mailboxes by May 31.