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.

National Night Out 2017 Cancelled

Due to the unprecedented storms and flooding occurring in July, the Algonquin Police Department has been forced to cancel their National Night Out celebration at the Harnish Main Library on Tuesday, August 1. APD is currently focusing its efforts on helping the community recovery and does not have the manpower to support preparation for this event. 

We look forward to hosting National Night Out again in 2018. 

National Night Out is an annual event promoting police-community partnerships and community camaraderie. 

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.

Celebrate Summer Reading

On Monday, July 31, from 10am to 6pm, the Library will celebrate our fabulous finishers of our summer reading program with a party and storytelling festival!

Participants are invited to celebrate their summer reading experience and enjoy a variety of performers and activities. From 10am to 3pm, local storytellers and musicians will enchant audiences of all ages. Kids can jump around in our bounce house and stop by the meeting room for snacks, games, and coloring sheets. Children wearing their summer reading T-shirt will be eligible to enter drawings for prizes.

The Kona Ice Truck will be here from 11am to 3pm for purchases and/or redemption of “Reading by Design” coupons. Face painting will take place from 10am to 1pm.

The schedule of performances is as follows:

10am      Terrence Lynch (Storyteller)
11:15am Kevin Farris (Musician/Storyteller)
1pm        Laura Doherty (Musician)
2:15pm   Bob Kann (Storyteller)

This free event is being offered in cooperation with Village of Algonquin Events and Recreation Department and will be held rain or shine.

One of our summer reading sponsors, the Chicago Sky WNBA team, has a treat for you as well! At the August 5 game against the Atlanta Dream, reading will be celebrated and Algonquin Area Library summer readers will be honored for their accomplishments during announcements and on the jumbotron. Their summer reading coupon also includes discounts to attend grams on Friday, August 18 vs. Los Angeles Sparks 7:30 PM and Sunday, September 3 vs. Seattle Storm 3:00 PM (Fan Appreciation Night).

We have a lot to celebrate: more than 1350 young readers (preschool through 8th grade) signed up to partipate, and the 485 adults and 101 teens participating read more than 1600 books!

 

We hope you enjoyed “Summer by Design”!

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.