Celebrate National Pollinator Week June 19-25

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. Senatepic_pollinatorpost monarchsunanimously 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 pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.

AAPLD and the Village of Algonquin will work together to make a difference for pollinators in general — and the monarch butterfly in particular — by planting the native milkweed and nectar plants that are essential for pollinator habitat. Visitors to the Harnish Main Library or Eastgate Branch Library can pick up free packets of milkweed seeds June 19-25 (one packet per household; while supplies last). During National Pollinator Week, AAPLD will provide pollinator education through displays of library resources and social media posts. The Library is also developing a pollinator garden in a raised planting bed near the Harnish Main Library building.

What can YOU do to protect and support pollinators?

Plant a Pollinator Garden
Download the BeeSmart Pollinator Gardener, an easy-to-use app to help you plant a garden that butterflies and other pollinators will love.  Check out eco-regional planting guides from Pollinator Partnership.

Provide Nesting Habitat 
Discover the critical plant for Monarch butterfly feeding and breeding via the USDA Forest Service web site.

Avoid or Limit Pesticide Use
A chemical-free garden is best for all pollinators, as pesticides can kill more than intended. Learn more from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Keep Learning!
Visit Butterfly gardens for inspiration or just to enjoy our winged pollinator friends at:

Chicago Botanic Garden features a butterfly exhibit May 27 through September 4 (weather permitting)

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens is a Rockford-area attraction features a butterfly exhibit in the Spring.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago has a year-round indoor butterfly haven.

Gallery Features Medical and Wildlife Illustration

Caitlin Rausch is a local pigeon drawingillustrator 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-skullmed. 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 taken one apart yourself,” Caitlin says.

Today Caitlin works as a freelance illustrator, finding projects online and working with clients all over the world. “Every week I have something different to work on and new people to meet,” she says. “I’m also life cyclealways learning new scientific information, which I really love.”

Most of her work uses digital illustration, with the occasional pen or watercolor piece. Caitlin uses a Wacom tablet and pen to paint in Adobe Photoshop. “This allows me to have a natural drawing motion while creating something on the computer…while enabling me to work quicker and make changes easier,” she says. Sometimes Caitlin uses 3D digital modeling with a program called Zbrush, which allows her to rotate her subject to see different views.

Caitlin also enjoys creating work for herself and others, illustrating a children’s book, creating commissioned pet and people portraits — even designing a few tattoos! In her free time, she practices watercolor painting. “I think that’s my specialty media,” she says. “I like to use a lot of blues and greens, as well as shimmery paints when I get the chance.”

Caitlin’s work will be featured in the Harnish Main Library gallery through July 2017. To see more of her work, visit caitsart.com. You can reach her at caitlin@caitsart.com.

“Reading by Design!” is Here!

Registration begins Thursday, June 1, 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, you can 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 = SRP T-shirt for 1st 300 readers;
  • Book #3 = an entry in our grand prize drawing

Fill out a “Book Brick” for every book read and we’ll add it to our displays at both libraries. Let’s see if adult readers can read 1,000 books this summer! Adults can also complete up to 5 book reviews for additional entries in our prize drawings for an Algonquin Commons gift card and more!

Teens, you’ll get a free book for registering for summer reading. Be sure to complete reading challenges and attend events to earn Book Bucks, which are used to enter drawings for cool prizes. After you complete four challenges on the book log, you’ll receive a summer reading T-shirt!

Kids, you’ll receive a small prize when you register. Bring home your book log and complete reading challenges and/or activities to fill in the “bricks” on your log. Be sure to pick up your prizes at the library once you get to the 1/3- and 2/3- mark. Once you complete your log, come to library and get your T-shirt and book!

 

Our special summer events include Design Day at the Harnish Main Library on Saturday, June 3, complete with a Touch-A-Truck display, crafting stations, and Mario’s Kart Food Truck in the from 11am-2pm. The LEGO Outdoor Movie on July 25, the End-of-Summer-Reading Party and Fox Tails Storytelling Festival on July 31, and National Night Out on August 1. More details in the June/July issue of the AAPLD Program/Event Guide coming to mailboxes by May 31.

We’ve designed a great summer for you, one that can move children forward in their reading skills, provide teens with interesting experiences, and allow “mature” readers to stretch and grow!

May 6 is Free Comic Book Day

Celebrate comics and graphic novels by pic_comicbook6picking 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. Fill out a card to tell us about your favorite graphic novel, manga, or comic book and win one of 6 graphic novels!

11 – 11:30am Youth Costume Contest

12 – 2 pm Star Wars and More! Meet comic/novel writer John Jackson Miller, learn about his work in the Star Wars universe and be amazed by his vast knowledge as a comics industry historian. Please register.

2 – 4 pm “This is the day  you will always remember as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow!” Look for the quirky pirate roaming the library and raising a ruckus.

2:30 – 3 pm Teen Costume Contest

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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.

 

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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.