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.

Enjoy our latest collection

Jennifer Lilliebridge is happy to present this mixed-media collage collection at the Harnish Main Library.

As a student of gallery shot 1commercial art/advertising/graphic design Jennifer knows a lot of thought and planning goes into the design of what we throw away, whether it’s the pattern printed on agallery shot 2 tissue box or the complicated cardboard packaging of a bottled six pack. She started noticing it all, and wondering to herself “What can I do with this? What can this become?” Art from refuse was the result.

The focus of the gallery pieces was the use of reclaimed materials such as product packaging, ephemera, book/magazine/newspaper pages, packing material, wooden items (sticks/skewers/popsicle sticks/post-kicked karate boards). She used these items sometimes blatantly and sometimes covertly, decoupaging or painting them to enhance their pattern and texture.

Color was an important factor, as most recyclables are cardboard-colored and dull on at least one side. Jennifer sought to elevate these materials and included embellishments such as buttons, beads, bingo chips, ribbon, fibers, cording, drywall tape, paint chips, formica countertop samples, and found metal pieces. She was attracted to the text and colors that advertisers used in their product designs.

“I hope you enjoy the result of my recycling bin raid,” Lilliebridge says. “You’ll have to excuse me now…my studio is just TRASHED! I’d better get started cleaning up.”

Jennifer Lilliebridge is an artist, wife, and mother of two very artistic kids. She and husband Peter run a creative design company called ‘Cross the Lilliebridge, which specializes in graphic design, illustration, logo design, cross-stitch patterns, and custom cards (lilliebridge.com). Jennifer will be teaching mixed-media collage classes at the Lake in the Hills Village Hall starting in June. Check the Village’s Parks & Recreation seasonal brochure or register through their website (www.lith.org).

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! 

Student Art Exhibit at Harnish

The Algonquin Area Public Library District Silver Squirrel by Carter Pickeringwill host the Village of Algonquin’s Student Art Exhibit at the Harnish Main Library from April 1 through April 20.

The 6th Annual Student Art Exhibit is organized by the Village’s Public Arts Commission and features artworks created by local middle school students in a variety of media such as painting and drawing. Participating schools include Algonquin Middle School, Dundee Middle School, St. John’s Lutheran School, St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, and Westfield Community School.

The Commission recognizes “Best in Budding Beautify by Madison MaddenShow” winners from each school. The overall prize in design and execution is awarded the Richard A. Rehwaldt Memorial Award, in honor of the late community arts supporter and former Algonquin Public Arts Commission member who helped develop the Village’s first student art exhibit in 2012.

The Library is pleased to host this Night Cats by Makayla McCoyyear’s exhibit and invites the public to view the students’ works during regular library hours. For more information about Library hours and location, call 847-458-6060 or visit www.aapld.org/about-us. For more information about the exhibit itself, please contact Ben Mason, Village of Algonquin Senior Planner (847-658-4184).

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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Your Chance to Save a Life!

On Wednesday, May 24, 3 to 7pm, you can do something amazing: you can donate blood and save a life! AAPLD and Heartland Blood Centers have organized an emergency mobile blood drive to help offset low inventory levels for the current blood supply. Plus, every donor receives a $10 Target gift card.

Make a difference and schedule yourheartland logo appointment today. You can call Theresa Therens, AAPLD Blood Drive Coordinator, at 847-458-3133, or Carrie at Heartland Blood Centers at 815-271-2910.

So what’s involved? Per Heartland Blood Centers, here’s what will happen at your donation appointment:

Registration
Heartland staff will ask you for information about yourself: name, address, phone number, and give you some important literature on blood donation to read. You must present a photo I.D. and proof of age at this time.

Screening & Mini-Physical
Next, Heartland  staff will conduct a confidential interview in which they will ask you questions about your medical history to determine your eligibility to donate blood. They will give you a mini-physical during which they check your pulse, blood pressure, temperature and iron level. After the mini-physical, you are ready to donate!

Donation
Every donation is collected with a new, sterile kit. Giving blood is safe. You cannot get AIDS or any other disease by donating blood. While you relax in a comfortable donor chair, Heartland staff will cleanse your arm with antiseptic, and then draw about one pint of blood. It takes about five to eight minutes to donate whole blood, longer for automated donations such as platelets or double red cells.

Refresh
After you give, you are encouraged to enjoy some juice and cookies in the refreshment area. Your body will replenish the fluids lost during your donation in approximately 12 to 24 hours. Normally, eight weeks are necessary for total red cell replacement. Your donation will then be taken back to the Heartland Blood Center laboratory for testing and processing. The entire process takes about an hour.

It’s easy! Make your appointment today. 

 

See you at Winterfest!

WinterFest: a Home and Business Expo will be held Saturday, February 18 from 9am to 4pm at H.D. Jacobs High School. Visit the Library’s booth to say hello, learn about new events and opportunities at AAPLD, and pick up some freebies. Show us your AAPLD library card and you can enter our drawing for gift cards from River Bottom Ice Cream Co. and Daily Projects Coffee Bar & Eatery!

A variety of entertainment is scheduled throughout the day and food will be available for purchase. Attendees will have a chance to win Winterfest giveaways throughout the day, including local restaurant gift cards and cool merchandise.

Residents can warm up to this high-energy community event on February 18 when they make WinterFest a highlight of their weekend. In addition to having a great time—and maybe winning a prize or two—attendees may find the perfect new service, product, trend or idea to make life easier.

Get in the Spirit!

The best place to be during the holidays? The Library, of course. We’re your one-stop shop for holiday-themed movies, music, and books! And don’t miss our programs/events where you can enjoy holiday sights and sounds, create gifts, learn how to endure the winter weather, and more!

Sneezy the Snowman
Tuesday, December 20, 10 to 10:45am
Warm up to a silly story about a snowman who just can’t seem to stop melting. After reading Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright, we’ll have a blast creating a snowman craft! For children ages 4 to 6 who can attend on their own. Register. 

Winter Break Activities
December 26-30
Stop in at the Youth Services Department on your Winter Break and play a board game, color, create crafts or play with robots! We’ll have different activities each day.