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.

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! 


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:

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




Celebrate the Freedom to Read

where bb challengedAAPLD is joining libraries across the country in observing Banned Books Week September 24 – 30. By focusing on efforts nationwide to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Explore the list of books that were challenged, restricted, removed or banned 2015-2016. 

Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century that were targets of ban attempts (Radcliffe Publishing Course)

130 Frequently Challenged Children’s Books


Library Card Sign-Up Month is Here

pic_teentitanpowerSeptember is Library Card Sign-Up Month and we are issuing a special invitation for all residents of AAPLD to sign up for a library card!

While supplies last, eligible residents will receive a Chipotle buy one/get one coupon and a sleek flashlight pen when they register for a library card during September 2017. New cardholders can also enter a drawing for a $100 Meijer gift card, four AMC movie passes or a $25 Starbucks gift card. Winners will be notified on October 1. It’s a great time to encourage your friends and neighbors to get their card!

All month long, current cardholders can show their library card to staff members at either library location and pick up a small gift.

As a special feature, AAPLD is offering limited edition Teen Titan library cards to all cardholders. Current cardholders can “trade in” their current library card for this new high-energy design.

Residents of AAPLD can begin the process to get their library card by visiting, clicking on “Your Library Card,” and filling out the online form. Not sure if you’re in our district? Check out the map. New cardholders will need to stop by the library to pick up their card. Or just stop by either library location and speak with a staff member.

Celebrate the most powerful card in your wallet: your library card!

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 2:45pm, 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.

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). Solar eclipse viewing glasses will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, one pair per person (ages 5 and older).

We will distribute tickets for the viewing glasses in the café area beginning at 9 am on Monday. We will give out one ticket per person in line (ages 5 and older), with no exceptions. Tickets can be redeemed for glasses beginning at 11:30 am. Distribution of the glasses will take place outside, in front of the library building, in a special cordoned-off area. Only people with a ticket will get a pair of glasses.

Attendees are also welcome to view the eclipse safely via the NASA Television livestream broadcast in our lower level meeting room and on the screen on the first floor. We will also have many self-directed eclipse-related activities, such as how to make a sun dial, drawing a corona, an “Eclipse in Six” project, a UV light experiment, and more. Pinhole viewers will be available at the Youth Services and Adult Services desks upon request.

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

Via, 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).

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 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”!

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 ( 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 (