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.

Thank a Friend today

October 15-21 is National Friends of Libraries Week, honoring the volunteers who contribute their time to help enhance library services, materials, and facilities. At its last meeting, the Board of Library Trustees proclaimed the week National Friends of Libraries Week as a formal recognition of our Friends in connection with the American Library Association national celebration. Special displays around the library will highlight the resources and equipment made possible by their support.

Since 1991, the Friends of the Algonquin Area Public Library District (AAPLD) have raised more than $260,000 to cover items not supported by the Library’s budget, such as Summer Reading T-shirts, employee scholarships, and 3,000+ softcover children’s books to give away at community parades. The Friends were integral in bringing cutting-edge technology to the Library with the purchase of a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer in 2014. Their popular annual Fall Book Sale is right around the corner on November 2-5 at the Eastgate Branch Library.

Currently, there are more than 20 AAPLD Friends actively volunteering with fundraising efforts that include their popular book sales held in the spring, summer and fall. They are also active supporters of The Literacy Connection (Elgin, Ill.), participating in its annual Trivia Bee and other events.

Executive Director Stephen Bero notes that the Friends of the Library play an integral role in serving the community. “Our Friends walk the talk of supporting the library in everything they do,” he says. “We are grateful for their service and their support of all library staff.”

Friends' membership is open to library district residents high school age and older. Learn more about what they do, how they do it and how you can help at their meetings at 11:30am on the first Tuesday of the month at Eastgate. Questions? Click here or contact Jim Golden at 847-658-8996 or

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Race Day is fast approaching

We are pleased and excited to invite two local celebrities to our very first 5K on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 8am! 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 our special guest. Evan will be available for photo opportunities and to sign autographs after the race. 

Local radio news personality Stew Cohen (103.9 The Fox and STAR 105.5) will be emceeing the event. Stew will introduce and dedicate a song he wrote upon the occasion of Evan wining his silver medal, called "Run, Evan, Run." The song will be performed by The Resorts, a local band with members hailing from H.D. Jacobs High School Music Industry Club. 

Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in this community event to support programs and resources at the library.  Have you registered for the Library's very first 5K yet? 

Register today! 


The walls go up

Not even rainy days can stop construction progress at Harnish! We know it's been a little noisy, but we promise it will be worth it. Work on the addition focused mainly on getting metal studs in place in order to build those exterior walls. Inside the building, it wasn't unusual to see ceiling title pulled down and workers up on ladders with their heads "inside the ceiling" as they worked on mechanical systems and wiring. 

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Register now for geocaching film festival

geocaching film fest Join us on Thursday, November 2, at 6:30pm for an international film festival featuring short, entertaining videos about people who hunt for geocaches all over the world. These films feature real-life experiences participating in this outdoor treasure hunt with global appeal. You might want to join the geocaching community yourself! Register now for this engaging program for ages 13 and up!

What is geocaching? Watch this short video:

Construction Continues at Harnish

Over the last few weeks, library visitors and staff have watched as the main library’s 8,000-square-foot addition took shape. We’ve all enjoyed watching concrete forms go into place, the pouring of the foundation wall, steel floor forms being laid down, the additional of a floor water barrier, pour of the concrete slab on both levels, and a lot of other activity. Something is new every time we look out the window!

In the next week or so, the exterior walls will go up, so we’ll lose our “bird’s eye view” into the construction, but we’ll keep you posted regarding progress. We also anticipate work on the roof to take place in the next couple of weeks and apologize in advance for any noise and/or inconvenience.building rear


Don’t Miss the Friends’ Fall Book Sale!

book sale shoppers The Friends of the Algonquin Area Public Library will hold their annual Fall Book Sale from November 2 through 5 at the Eastgate Branch Library. From beautiful coffee table editions to children’s books to collectible DVDs, there’s something for everyone! Get a jump on your holiday gift shopping or add to your collection.  Reasonable prices (starting at .25 for children’s softcover books) make shopping a treat–and so do the nice people who staff the sale.

Your purchases assist your community by helping the Friends support AAPLD in providing continuous educational opportunities and resources. Learn about donating books, DVDs and music CDs.

Sale Schedule

Thursday, November 2: 4 to 7 pm
$10.00 per person entry fee, this day only

Friday, November 3: 4 to 8 pm

Saturday, November 4: 10 am to 2 pm

Sunday, November 5: 1 to 4 pm (All selections 1/2 price!)

The Book Bistro will be open Friday through Sunday with complementary light refreshments.

Don’t miss Free Books for Teachers on Tuesday, November 7 from 4 to 8pm. Bring your school employee ID for admittance to this special event dedicated to helping education professionals build up their classroom collections.

Book sales are held at the Eastgate Branch – Lower Level, 115 Eastgate Drive in Algonquin (off Algonquin Rd/Rte 62 behind the 7-11).  shopper




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! 

In Memory of Lynn Hammerlund

The Algonquin Area Public Library District mourns the passing of Lynn Hammerlund, President of thepic_post_hammerlund Board of Trustees. Too soon we lost a passionate advocate for libraries, an avid supporter of AAPLD, and a strong champion of Library staff. Lynn’s 28 years of service on the Board is highlighted by her role as president for 23 years. She was named an Illinois Library Association Library Luminary in 2013.

Lynn was employed as a catalog librarian for more than 30 years at Judson University, where she was also an associate professor. She served on Judson’s General Education Committee; scored the men’s and women’s basketball games; was a faculty sponsor of Alpha Lambda Delta; appeared in Godspell and Fiddler on the Roof; took voice lessons and participated in voice recitals. In August of 2015, she received Judson’s Christ-like Servant Award in honor of her generous spirit.

Please join us in extending condolences to her family and friends. She will be missed. She is missed already.