Library Cards for Students

We make it easier for high school studentsstudent cards to access what they need to succeed! With our Limited Access and Digital Access cards, students ages 14-17 can sign up for their own card on their own time. Just complete an application and provide photo identification with verification of address in the form of a driver’s license, driver’s permit and school ID, or school ID and other address verification. These cards do not require the signature of a parent or legal guardian and will expire when the cardholders turn 18 years old.

Limited Access: This card allows the student to check out and access items from both the digital and physical collection, with a limit of 3 physical items (books, DVDs, games, etc.) charged to the card at any time.

Digital Access: Perfect for the student who wants to use the library 24/7, this card provides access only to digital materials, such as e-books, e-audiobooks, digital music, streaming movies, research databases, learning resources, and other digital sources.

The Library’s resources can help students with their research, college testing preparation, computer skills, and more. On the (free) entertainment side, we have books, DVDs, audiobooks; downloadable books, magazines, and music; as well as streaming movies. Libraries also offer something that no online service can: librarians! Our friendly staff can help students find the information they need and teach them how to select the appropriate resource for their assignments.

Get your Limited Access or Digital Access Card today and explore what your library can do for you.




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.






Programs Celebrate Tour of First Folio

One of the most iconic documents in history is visiting Illinois as part of a nationwide tour, and it will be on display a mere 18 miles from the Library!  The Lake County Discovery Museum (Wauconda) will host a national traveling exhibit of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, considered one of the world’s most treasured books.

AAPLD presents the following programs highlighting Shakespeare’s amazing talent:

Reader’s Theatre: Shakespeare Light
Wednesday, February 10, 7 to 8pm
An interactive dramatic reading of Shakespeare’s classic pastoral comedy “As You Like It.” It’s filled with laughs, love, mistaken identities, and much silliness. We’ll start with a brief introduction to the play before beginning our performance. No acting experience is necessary; only willingness to read aloud. Parts will be assigned at random. For children ages 9 years and up: teens and adults are also welcome.

Super Simple Sonnet Writing
Tuesday, February 23, 7 to 8pm
Discover the unique characteristics of a Shakespearean sonnet , a 14-line structured rhyming poem. Explore contemporary versions of sonnets. Then channel the Bard and create your own! Attendees will be entered into a random drawing for the very entertaining POP SONNETS: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs by Erik Didriksen.

Why Shakespeare?
Wednesday, February 24, 7 to 8pm
Actor and speaker Bill Hammack gives a performance-oriented lecture illustrating the greatness, versatility, and astounding genius of The Bard by performing & dissecting several speeches and monologues. Learn about Shakespeare the man and how his body of work came to us. Attendees will be entered in a drawing for two tickets for Shortened Shakespeare at Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier.

All programs are open to the community at large (an AAPLD card is not required). Register for these programs by visiting or by calling the library at 847-458-6060, extension 143.

The First Folio will be exhibited from February 3 through 28 during regular hours at the Lake County Discovery Museum, 27277 N. Forest Preserve Road, Wauconda, 847-968-3400. The First Folio comprises 36 plays, including “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Tempest,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “The Comedy of Errors” and “As You Like It.” The tour commemorates the 400th anniversary in 2016 of Shakespeare’s death. It is produced in association with the American Library Association and the Cincinnati Museum Center.