Don’t miss the art gallery this month!

In August, the Harnish Main Library art gallery featuresboats the photography of Algonquin resident Emily Duthorn, bringing you the mesmerizing geography in various locations of the United States and beyond. Involved in creative projects of various types her entire life–from painting to sculpting to dance–Duthorn has always enjoyed taking pictures capturing the essence of a moment and playing with composition, color, and texture. This is her debut exhibition.

Describing herself as an Algonquin local and nature girl, Duthorn says her “much-needed” travels over the past year were awe-inspiring. “I learned so much about the world we live in and the people we share it with,” she says. “I was captivated by sights and landscapes I had never seen before. I wanted to capture the experience to keep forever and I attempted to do just that. I find that the results are just as raw and beautiful on film as they were in real life.”

Duthorn hopes those who visit flowershrubthe gallery are just as surprised and inspired by the mix of majestic, rugged, and serene natural beauty that inspired her to take these photos. She hopes the photos inspire others to venture into the world and see the beauty wherever they go.

Visit Emily Duthorn on Facebook at Catbird and Phoenix.

View the Eclipse @ Your Library

Join us on Monday, August 21, to eclipseexperience the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years. To see the eclipse well, NASA recommends a clear spot with a good view of the sky, which you’ll find at the Harnish Main Library. Our event runs from 11:45 to 1:45pm, with the peak of the eclipse at 1:19pm in our area. The closest location to view the total eclipse (when the sun is completely blocked by the moon) is in Carbondale, Illinois. In case of inclement weather, we will relocate the program to the Meeting Room on the lower level, where we will be viewing a livestream of the eclipse from NASA.

Never look directly at the sun without appropriate eyewear: regular sunglasses are not safe to view the eclipse. The library will be giving out special viewing glasses to attendees on August 21 (courtesy of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation with additional help from Google, National Science Foundation, and NASA). The library will also distribute pinhole viewers.

Beginning August 14, families/households may request up to two viewing glasses on a first-come, first serve basis. We have a limited number of glasses available for early distribution. We’re sorry, but we have no more glasses to distribute. Click here for a link to resources for viewing glasses (AAPLD is not responsible for the timeliness of these links).

A solar eclipse happens when the moon casts a shadow on Earth, fully or partially blocking the sun’s light in some areas. Observers within the path of totality will be able to see the sun’s corona (weather permitting). Observers outside this path (such as our location) will see a partial eclipse.

The next total solar eclipse visible over the continental United States will be on April 8, 2024. Read more about the eclipse at nasa.gov.

Via MentalFloss.com, a recollection of the scientists who raced to view the total solar eclipse in 1878.

Adapted from Experience the 2017 Eclipse Across America (NASA, Rev 6/17).

Your Chance to Save a Life!

This summer, do something amazing: donate blood! On Wednesday, July 26, 3 to 7pm, Heartland Blood Center will be at the Harnish Main Library with their mobile blood drive coach to help offset low inventory levels for the current blood supply. Plus, every donor receives a $5 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. 

 

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.

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).