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.

Dogs Love Santa, Too!

On Sunday, November 20, the Library held our 2nd Annual "Your Dog's Picture with Santa" program at The Dog Waggin in Algonquin. Rich Chapman of Your Pet's Tale took pictures of dogs with Santa and provided digital images for their owners to keep. We sure had a good time--and it looks like the dogs did, too! Here are just a few of the photos taken that day. 


Your Chance to Write That Book

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, whichNanowrimo Shield challenges participants (known as “Wrimos”) to write that book they’ve always meant to write.

NaNoWriMo helps writers track their word counts and get to 50,000 words in a mere 30 days. As part of this month, the Library would like you to Come Write In! We have a history of welcoming writers with comfy chairs, computer work stations, and a friendly, contemplative environment. Because sometimes you just have to get away to write.

Writers are welcome to use both library locations for their writing projects, but we are hosting two NaNoWriMo events off site at Daily Projects Coffee Bar, 124 Randall Road in Algonquin. Learn more about NaNoWriMo.

AAPLD NaNoWriMo Events in November 

Meet Author Stacey Kade
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Get writing advice from a writer! Published Teen and Adult Author Stacey Kade will share her writing experiences and  her new book “For This Life Only” — and answer your questions about writing. Please register.

Meet Author Kym Brunner
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Now that NaNoWriMo is over, make your writing dreams a reality! Young Adult author shares the top 10 things she did to land a publishing contract and promote her new book Flip the Bird. Bring your questions. Please register.

The Library also hosts meetings of local writer’s groups.

Why not stop in? You might get the inspiration you need to get started and/or keep going.

Creativity Cafe
Thursday,  November 10 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Use this time for writing, group critique or to present a workshop.

The Chunky Method: A Step-by-Step Bookwriting Plan
Thursday, November 17 • 7 – 8:30 pm
Author Allie Pleiter’s innovative method mixes practical productivity advice with plenty of inspiration. You’ll identify your writing “chunk” and use it to create a plan that works even when life gets in the way.


Take a Genealogy Road Trip!

Get on the bus with AAPLD for the opportunity of a lifetime: to explore one of the largest genealogy collections in the United States. Genealogy Librarians Kristen McCallum and Virginia Donahue will accompany you to the Wisconsin Historical Society Library & Archives in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 25. The bus leaves Algonquin at 7am and returns at 7pm.

Spend a full day researching your ancestors in one of the largest genealogical collections in the United States–right on the University of Wisconsin Campus. Upon arrival at the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS), enjoy a 30-minute orientation tour by a WHS genealogist. Reference librarians will be on duty to provide assistance and AAPLD Librarians Kristen McCallum and Virginia Donahue will also be available to assist with individual research. Register today to guarantee your spot on the bus!

Genealogy Road Trip
Wisconsin Historical Society Library & Archives, Madison, Wisconsin
Saturday, June 25, 7 am-7 pm
Adults over 18
Fee: $40 (lunch on your own)

Take a Hike with the Library

Celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4 by participating in a guided 45-minutepic_post_fen hike through the Lake in the Hills Fen at Barbara Key Park (1500 Jefferson Street, off of Pyott Road). Presenter Barbara Wilson, Land Conservancy Volunteer, will guide your way and offer insights about the geographical features and history of the fen. This unique wetland opened in April 2011 and features 229 acres adjacent to the 27-acre State Nature Preserve.

This program is for individuals and families with children ages 5 and older. Meet at Barbara Key Park, Shelter #2, rain or shine. No strollers are allowed due to unpaved paths. Be sure to wear older shoes or boots, as the area can be muddy and wet. Many of the areas we will explore are in full sun, so hats and sunglasses are also recommended. Enjoy a free hot dog lunch after the hike, courtesy of the Library.

Registration is required, but this program is open to all public library cardholders. Two hikes times are available (click on the time to register).

9:15am, Saturday, June 4
10:0am, Saturday, June 4

We appreciate the partnership with the McHenry County Conservation District in organizing this program. Questions? Contact Virginia Donahue at 847-458-3144 or


Your Dog’s Picture with Santa

Sunday, November 22, 10am to 5pm. Pet Photographer Rich Chapman is ready to capture your pooch’s perfect photo with Santa Claus! It all happens at The Dog Waggin, 1400 S. Main Street in Algonquin. Have a great time with Santa, Rich, and the staff, and leave with a digital image that is yours to keep or share with friends and family.

Algonquin Area Public Library cardholders can participate for free; all other cardholders pay $10. Please call 847-458-3144 to make an appointment for your doggy’s photo shoot. Attendees must be 18 years or older.