“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).

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. 


Get in the Spirit!

The best place to be during the holidays? The Library, of course. We’re your one-stop shop for holiday-themed movies, music, and books! And don’t miss our programs/events where you can enjoy holiday sights and sounds, create gifts, learn how to endure the winter weather, and more!

Sneezy the Snowman
Tuesday, December 20, 10 to 10:45am
Warm up to a silly story about a snowman who just can’t seem to stop melting. After reading Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright, we’ll have a blast creating a snowman craft! For children ages 4 to 6 who can attend on their own. Register. 

Winter Break Activities
December 26-30
Stop in at the Youth Services Department on your Winter Break and play a board game, color, create crafts or play with robots! We’ll have different activities each day.

“The Future is Now” Wins at Founders’ Days!

On Saturday, July 30, the Library won the Founders' Days "Best Float Award 2016" for their "Future is Now" float. Volunteers worked diligently to represent this year's parade theme "Turn of the Century" with a storytime scene imagined from 2501.

An "adult" robot (complete with moveable head) sitting on a pile of appropriately titled books reads a Rolie Polie Ollie story to three "child" robots. A banner on the back of the float featured a Ray Bradbury quote: "Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future."

Float walkers wore futuristic silver outfits complete with face paint, antennae, and foil bracelets, and handed out children's softcover books (courtesy of the Friends of the Library).  We had a great time participating in this traditional community event!

The Library is grateful to volunteers John and and Marilyn Baker for their donations of time and materials in creating this float. We would also like to thank teen volunteers Hayley Masching, Susan Lim, Sharon Chacko, Brina Patel, Julia Frank, Kameron Mack for their energy and dedication.

Staff #Fridayreads for May 13

The best thing about Friday (besides picking up some books for the weekend) is sharing what staff is reading and listening to (the good, the bad, and the okay). Visit our Facebook page and let us know what you're reading!


Elena: Just finished listening to Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. "I really enjoyed this one. I think part of it was that I was listening to the audiobook, and the reader was really good with the different voices, able to switch from troubled teen to Polish girl to creepy psychopath all within a few spaces. The story itself was very well done- woven together in an interesting and not at all predictable way. I don't want to give anything away but I'll say that it was a unique read and I highly recommend it!"

Judy: The Apartment by Danielle Steel : "Enjoying it, The trials and tribulations of 4 roommates over the period of 5 plus years."

Virginia: Listening to Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson and read by Scott Brick. "Outstanding story told with his usual, two perspectives, the ocean liner filled with American and British passengers and the German U-Boat that was lookng for a ship to sink! Amazing details about the two captain's, the ship and u-boat accommodations and the people on board both. Great narrator!"

Jen: Listening to Death at Victoria Dock by Kerry Greenwood. "Phrynie Fisher solving mysteries is always divine and this one doesn't disappoint!"

Belinda: My Brillliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, "fascinating so far, genuine story of the ups, downs and in-betweens of friendship" and Cinder by Marissa Meyer "fun, fantasy, twist on a fairy tale."

Amy: Listening to Passage by Justin Cronin "Enjoying it even more the second time through." 

Theresa: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi and Extreme Prey by John Sanford. "The memoir is quite moving. It puts life in perspective. Sanford's book is good but similar to his other work."

Tara: Just finished listening to The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. "Really liked it. The audio is tremendous and the story is very good. It is marketed as YA but has DEFINITE (maybe even more...) appeal for adults. Really good."

Diane: Just finished Presence by Amy Cuddy "Great food for thought on how to feel more empowered in all your relationships. Begin each day with a Wonder Woman pose and watch your self-confidence increase!

Create It At Your Library

Harnish Library is hosting a unique week for high school students March 6-12. From an opportunity to check out the Library’s new vinyl cutter to a program where you can upcycle pop can tabs into a cool bracelet, you can create it at your library.

High School Tech Clubcompleted bracelet
Tuesday, March 8, 3:30 to 5pm
Interested in fun tech tools, computer programming, 3-D printing and more? If so, come to the first meeting of our new high school tech club! Meetings will then continue on the 2nd Monday of the month: April 11, May 9.

Pop Tab Bracelets
Wednesday, March 9, 3:30 to 5pm
Upcycle pop (or is it soda?) tabs into a cool bracelet using your choice of colored ribbon. Please register.

High School Anime Club – Tech Week Special cutter
Thursday, March 10, 3:30 to 5pm
A departure from the usual geeking out on all things anime: learn how to use the Library’s new Silhouette Curio vinyl cutter. And then maybe some geeking out.






Get Your ACT Practice @ the Library

Saturday, January 30 at Harnish / Saturday, February 6 @ Eastgate. Student in grades 10-12 can practice taking the ACT with a Sylvan Learning testing proctor. Your $15 registration fee includes the test, study guide, and detailed score report. Doors open at 9am and testing begins promptly at 9:30am. Please bring a pencil and a calculator (click here for calculator rules).

Practice can go a long way toward a better score on the ACT. Take advantage of this low-cost opportunity. Please note: This is a practice test; we are not an official testing location.