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).

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 (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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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.

Now Appearing at Harnish

We are delighted to share the partriotic artwork of Paul Turnbaugh at the Harnish Main Library gallery through the end of the year. Paul is a resident of Marengo and plans to open his own gallery in December.

Paul in his own words:

I grew up in Illinois and received my bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California College of the Arts in 1979. After returning to Illinois in 1980, I married and started my own illustration business which I still own. In the meantime, I started painting things that inspired me: wildlife, rural images, nature, etc. I now own WILDHEARTLAND.COM, where prints of my work can be purchased. 

Right out of high school, my son enlisted in the U.S. Army. Being the proud father I am, my passions turned to all things military and patriotic. I consider patriotism and our military to go hand in hand.

Many of these paintings were done for a specific military event, but some were commissions. Some of the images are from photos sent to me from Afghanistan by my son and his 'battle buddies' during their deployment. 

What you see in this show is a sampling of patriotic and military images. I have many more, but they are either hanging at another location or are currently unframed. 

Enjoy the show. I hope you find my work inspiring. We live in the best country on earth, and we should all be proud of these brave men and women who serve to protect our freedoms. God bless America!

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Don’t Miss the Friends’ Fall Book Sale!

The Friends of the Algonquin Area Public Library will hold their annual Fall Book Sale from November 3 through 6 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! Our reasonable prices (starting at .25 for children’s softcover books) make shopping a treat–and so do the nice people who staff the sale.

It’s also great to know that your purchases support 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 3: 4 to 7 pm
$10.00 per person entry fee, this day only

Friday, November 4: 4 to 8 pm

Saturday, November 5: 10 am to 2 pm

Sunday, November 6: 1 to 4 pm (All selections 1/2 price!)

The Book Bistro will be open Friday through Sunday with light refreshments.Thank you for your generosity in supporting the Friends. Book sales are held at the Eastgate Branch – Lower Level, 115 Eastgate Drive in Algonquin (off Algonquin Rd/Rte 62 behind the 7-11).  

Halloween is spooktacular at the Library

Kids can have a screaming good time at the Library’s halloweenmany Halloween programs! Dress up in costume to dance, hear stories, and have a fiendishly fun time. Who knows? You might see a costumed character at one of the service desks!

Drop in for one or more of our Halloween-themed happenings at both Library locations:

PRESCHOOL HALLOWEEN CRAFT
Thursday, October 20, 2016
10:30 AM
Stop in and make a spooky craft! For ages 7 and under with a parent/caregiver.

HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY!
Monday, October 24, 2016
6:30 PM
Dress up in your costume and dance to some Halloween songs!

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT – HALLOWEEN EDITION
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at Eastgate Branch
11:30 AM
Come in costume to this Halloween Edition of Music and Movement. It will be a spooky fun time!

FAMILY HALLOWEEN STORYTIME
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
10:00 AM
Dress up in your costume, hear some seasonal stories and come celebrate Halloween. We will parade through the library and a few giveaways will be handed out after storytime.

FAMILY HALLOWEEN STORYTIME
Thursday, October 27, 2016
10:00 AM
Celebrate Halloween! Come in costume, hear some seasonal stories and  parade through the library. Giveaways will be handed out after storytime.

BABY HALLOWEEN STORYTIME
Friday, October 28, 2016
10:00 AM
A Halloween-themed storytime perfect for babies (1-23 months). Babies are invited to dress up in their Halloween costume.

LIL’ MOVERS HALLOWEEN STORYTIME
Friday, October 28, 2016
11:00 AM
Enjoy a Halloween story and song and play time. For children 1-35 months. Babies/toddlers are invited to dress up in their Halloween costume.

BABY HALLOWEEN STORYTIME
Friday, October 28, 2016
1:00 PM
A Halloween-themed storytime perfect for babies (1-23 months)! Babies are invited to dress up in their Halloween costume.

FAMILY HALLOWEEN STORYTIME
Saturday, October 29, 2016
10:00 AM
Dress up in your costume, hear some seasonal stories and come celebrate Halloween. We will parade through the library and a few giveaways will be handed out after storytime.

Don’t Miss Our Maker Fair

Celebrate the latest in technology, crafting, and gadgets post_MakerFairat our Maker Fair! Mark your calendar for a fantastic all-ages event on Saturday, September 24, from 10am to 4pm. If you get hungry, Trail Dawgs will be in our parking lot from 11:30am to 3pm. The entire Harnish Main Library will be packed with demonstrations, workshops, and hands-on activities throughout the day, including:

10 am  Barnes and Noble LEGO Demonstration
11 am  LEGO WeDo Construction
11:20 am  Makey Makey Invention Kits
11:40 am  Sphero Robots
12 pm  Rocketry
1 pm  Yarn Spinning
1:30 pm  Sewing Machine Demonstration
2 pm  3D Printer Demo
3 pm  KEVA Plank Competition

There will be lots of cool stuff on display at the Maker Fair, including:

  • Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter
  • Cool Crafts
  • Ozobots
  • Snap Circuits
  • Button Making
  • …and much more!

Enjoy prize drawings, food, giveaways, and more at this family-friendly event. No registration required — just stop by and be inspired by a whole new world of creativity and gadgetry at your Library.