“Reading by Design!” is Here!

Registration begins Thursday, June 1, for AAPLD’s 2017 Summer Reading Program “Reading by Design.” Children, teens and adults are invited to participate as we build on strong foundation of summer reading in our community.

Adults, you can design your own reading challenge (read a book a week? try a new genre? read 10 books? ).  Receive a reward for every book read, up to 3 books:

  • Book #1 = Kona Ice coupon;
  • Book #2 = SRP T-shirt for 1st 300 readers;
  • Book #3 = an entry in our grand prize drawing

Fill out a “Book Brick” for every book read and we’ll add it to our displays at both libraries. Let’s see if adult readers can read 1,000 books this summer! Adults can also complete up to 5 book reviews for additional entries in our prize drawings for an Algonquin Commons gift card and more!

Teens, you’ll get a free book for registering for summer reading. Be sure to complete reading challenges and attend events to earn Book Bucks, which are used to enter drawings for cool prizes. After you complete four challenges on the book log, you’ll receive a summer reading T-shirt!

Kids, you’ll receive a small prize when you register. Bring home your book log and complete reading challenges and/or activities to fill in the “bricks” on your log. Be sure to pick up your prizes at the library once you get to the 1/3- and 2/3- mark. Once you complete your log, come to library and get your T-shirt and book!

 

Our special summer events include Design Day at the Harnish Main Library on Saturday, June 3, complete with a Touch-A-Truck display, crafting stations, and Mario’s Kart Food Truck in the from 11am-2pm. The LEGO Outdoor Movie on July 25, the End-of-Summer-Reading Party and Fox Tails Storytelling Festival on July 31, and National Night Out on August 1. More details in the June/July issue of the AAPLD Program/Event Guide coming to mailboxes by May 31.

We’ve designed a great summer for you, one that can move children forward in their reading skills, provide teens with interesting experiences, and allow “mature” readers to stretch and grow!

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.

Get Ready to Party!

On Monday, August 1, from 10am to 6pm, local storytellers and musicians will enchant audiences of all ages at our Storytelling Festival and End-of-Summer-Reading Party! Join us to celebrate our "Wild About Reading" summer experience and accomplishments. Prepare to laugh, dance, and have lots of fun with a variety of performers. Wear your summer reading T-shirt and stop by the meeting room for snacks, games, and coloring sheets. Kids can enter drawings for cool prizes and jump around in our bounce house. The Kona Ice Truck will be here from 10am to 2pm so you can redeem your summer reading Kona Ice coupon for a cool treat or just make a purchase.

10am        Paddy Lynn (Storyteller)
11:15am  Jodi Koplin's Jigglejam (Music)
1pm          Joel Frankel (Music)
2:15pm    Sandi Sylver (Storyteller)

Thank You, Algonquin PD!

On Tuesday, August 2, the Algonquin Police Department brought their annual National Night Out celebration to the Harnish Main Library. From 4 to 8pm, more than 800 people enjoyed hourly raffles, "Cookies with a Cop" storytime, the "Dunk-a-Cop" dunk tank, face painting, and more. Attendees got to pet dogs from the Illinois/Wisconsin Search and Rescue Dog Team and learn more about the team's mission. Kids sat in the variety of emergency response vehicles on display and decorated the Algonquin PD DARE vehicle with colorful handprints.

The Library would like to thank residents for coming out to support their community's police officers. We hope everyone enjoyed their time with family, friends, and neighbors! A big THANK YOU to all Algonquin Police Department and Fire Department personnel who served food, handed out information, answered questions, volunteered for the dunk tank, and made everyone feel welcome.

National Night Out is an annual community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Neighbors participate across thousands of communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.