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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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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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


Now appearing in the Harnish gallery

The library is pleased to present photographic works of Kristina Hlavac, resident of Algonquin. Please stop by and enjoy her collection of scenic and meditative photography. Kristina notes that she hopes people enjoy her photographs and that “they inspire you to do what you like to do.”

“I have learned a lot through the years. Do your best in everything. Do not let anybody put you down,” Hlavac says. “I have come so far and have been in multiple art shows; I look forward to what is in store for me, new opportunities that may come my way.”


Celebrate our graduates!

On Tuesday, September 26, the 9th graduating class of the library’s 1,001 Books Before Kindergarten program received their “diplomas” to recognize their wonderful accomplishment. Youth Services Department Manager Alicia Parmele noted at the ceremony the current class had read approximately 19,000 books, for a total of 287,000 books read by the 144 children who have completed the program.

The 1,001 Books Before Kindergarten program was created to encourage parents to read to their children, foster a love of reading, and assist with early literacy skills. Read more about the program here.


Materials Shifting: Youth Services

On Friday, September 22, Harnish closed so that staff could collect and box duplicate and low-circulating Youth Services books for storage during construction. It was a very productive day, with thousands of books placed carefully in storage boxes and labelled for easy retrieval. These items will be moving off site this week, but right now they are staged near the 1st floor construction wall and in several staff areas. If you have any questions about books you need in Youth Services, please stop by the desk and staff will help you! In most cases, we can borrow what you need within 2-3 days via interlibrary loan.

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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


Community Rock Project

In late August/early September, cardholders and community members alike had an opportunity to be part of the foundation of the new addition. A display by the main entrance featured a supply of rocks that people could sign or write a brief message on. More than 250 people contributed to the project, signing their names and/or adding messages of support and love for their library.

On September 13, Assistant Director Sara Murray and Executive Director Stephen Bero laid the rocks on the layer of sand. The rocks were later covered by the foundation aggregate and will forever remain a symbol how our community truly is the foundation for the library.