“Captain Cranky” Visits the Library

marionettesGet ready for a one-of-a-kind pirate adventure presented at the Harnish Main Library on Monday, October 9! Kids ages 3 through 12 (with parent/caregiver) will Sail the Seven Seas with Captain Cranky and his Crew in this unique presentation by Dave Herzog’s Marionettes.

Dedicated to preserving the uniquely American art form of the marionette variety show, this professional puppet company specializes in the art of the marionette.
Herzog performs more than 350 shows each year — and he designs and creates each and every “performer” by hand.

Register for this dazzling, engaging performance before it fills up! Read more about marionette variety shows and their history on Dave Herzog’s web site.



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.


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.




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.

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:

Thursday, October 20, 2016
10:30 AM
Stop in and make a spooky craft! For ages 7 and under with a parent/caregiver.

Monday, October 24, 2016
6:30 PM
Dress up in your costume and dance to some Halloween songs!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Enjoy our Summer Storytimes!

Sometimes you just need a storytime, and we’ve got plenty! Our popular drop-in children’s storytimes happen all summer at the Harnish Main Library. Storytimes are a great activity to build on early literacy skills and foster a love of creativity and language. Please check each program for age restrictions to make sure the program is appropriate for your child(ren).

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3–5-year olds (not in Kindergarten) on their own|
Wednesdays • 10:30 am
June 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27

Family Storytime
5 and under with parent/caregiver
Tuesdays • 10:30 am
June 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26pic_post-storytime3

Baby Storytime
Up to 23 months old with parent/caregiver. No older siblings, please.
Fridays • 10 am
June 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Lil’ Movers
Up to 35 months old with parent/caregiver
Fridays • 11 ampic_featured_storytime
June 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Milk-and-Cookies Storytime  JUST ADDED!
The whole family can enjoy stories, songs, and a milk-and-cookies treat!
Tuesdays • 6:30pm
July 5 and 19

Popsicles on the Patio
Join us on the patio for stories and a refreshing treat.
Saturdays • 10 am
July 9


Spend Your Summer in the Garden

Gardeners of all ages are welcome to actively participate in the first season of AAPLD's new Teaching Garden! We have classes, workshops, and hands-on experiences happening throughout the summer, as well as weekly drop-in office hours staffed by a University of Illinois Master Gardener. You might say we're "Wild About Gardening," too! Click on the program name to register. 

For Adults

Early Veggie Harvest/Tender Veggie Plantings
Thursday, June 9, 10 - 11 am
Work alongside a Master Gardener in the Teaching Garden to help with the early vegetable harvest and planting tender vegetables. Get trips and tricks for your garden along the way!

Midsummer Madness
Monday, June 20, 7 - 8 pm 
Spend a little of the longest day of the year in the Teaching Garden! We'll harvest some early crops, cut some flowers, add new plantings and more.

How to Cut Flowers for Arrangements/Bouquets
Wednesday, July 27, 10 - 11 am
Working in the Teaching Garden and learning how to cut flowers for arrangements and bouquets.

Master Gardener Hours
Fridays in June, July & August (weather permitting), 9:30 - 10:30 am
Have a gardening question? Want to learn more about the Teaching Garden? A University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener will be available to answer your questions. No registration required: just drop in.




For Kids

Tomatoes From Outer Space, Part 2 
Wednesday, June 8, 10 - 11 am
Junior gardeners are invited to participated in the Tomatosphere project, where gardening and space science meet. In this session, we'll collect and record data on our seedlings and then plant them in the STEM Garden section of the Teaching Garden. For kids going into grades 4-8.

Planting a STEM Garden
Wednesday, June 15, 10 - 11 am
Using math, science, and engineering skills, we'll plant seeds and seedlings in the Library's Youth STEM Garden. For kids going into grades 2-5. 

5th Annual Student Art Exhibit


Students from Westfield Elementary are honored for their participation.

In April 2016, the Village of Algonquin’s 5th annual Student Art Exhibit took over the Harnish Main Library. Organized by the Village’s Public Arts Commission, the exhibit featured 90+ artworks created by local middle school students in various different media, including painting and drawing.

The exhibit featured the work of students from Algonquin Middle School, St. John’s Lutheran School, St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, and Westfield Community School. On Monday, April 4, students, parents and teachers gathered for an awards reception to recognize participating students and hand out awards to several “Best in Show” winners from each school. The top overall artwork in design and execution was presented with the 3rd annual Richard A. Rehwaldt Memorial Award, in honor of the late community arts supporter and former Algonquin Public Arts Commission member Richard Rehwaldt, who helped develop the Village’s first student art exhibit in 2012.

Students from St. John's Lutheran School are honored for their artwork.

Students from St. John’s Lutheran School are honored for their artwork.

For more information or questions about the Public Arts Commission or the exhibit itself, please contact Ben Mason, Senior Planner, at 847-658-4184.

The Algonquin Public Art Program was established in 2005 with the purpose of enhancing the community’s sense of place through a celebration of art. Algonquin is recognized as a leader in public art, and was highlighted in the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) publication “Arts and Culture Planning: A Toolkit for Communities”, which can be accessed online at http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/arts .

Interactive Movie Event

On Friday, February 19, from 7 to 9:30pm, don’t miss the opportunity to sing, dance, and participate with the characters in the move Home. Make it a group event or a night out with the family! Register today.

Oh, a cute alien misfit, winds up on earth and becomes a fugitive while making friends with Tip, a daring girl on her own adventure. Worlds collide in this comical exploration of the meaning of friendship, learning, and home. [PG: 1:33.]