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.

Your Library Under Construction

The long-awaiting construction project at the Harnish Main Library has begun! If you were at the library the week of July 31, you probably noticed the fenced-off areas in the backyard and the parking lot, along with the new construction trailer and portable toilets.

In addition to the big double gate for construction traffic to pass through the fenced area, a separate construction traffic entrance drive will be constructed from Harnish Drive just east of the regular entrance and will give a straight shot to the backyard for construction trucks and heavy machinery. You will still be able to park in any space outside of the fence, including on either side of the construction vehicle pathway.

Inside the library, smaller collections are moving to make room for the construction of a temporary “wall” where the addition will be tied into the existing building.  For example, on the lower level we have moved youth magazines to a space near the youth foreign language collection.  The youth foreign language AV collection has been sent to storage during construction. Upstairs, classical music CD’s have been shifted and the Classics collection has been moved into storage. Magazines and newspapers are now located by the nonfiction section (west side of the library). If you need help finding materials, please ask! Library staff is happy to help you. If an item you need has been put in storage, we will help you borrow it through interlibrary loan.

Movers will be onsite on Monday, August 7 to remove the magazine shelving units on both floors, some soft seating in Adult Services, and study carrels in Youth Services. The series spinners in Youth Services will be relocated to the area near the fish tank.

The Harnish Main Library will be closed on Friday, September 22 as we work to manage and move materials either to alternate locations in the library or into storage. Many of our collections will be impacted, and we ask for your patience and understanding throughout this process. We all look forward to new and improved spaces once construction is completed in September 2018.