Your Chance to Save a Life!

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On Wednesday, May 24, 3 to 7pm, you can do something amazing: you can donate blood and save a life! AAPLD and Heartland Blood Centers have organized an emergency mobile blood drive to help offset low inventory levels for the current blood supply. Plus, every donor receives a $10 Target gift card. Make a difference and schedule your appointment today. You can call Theresa Therens, AAPLD Blood Drive Coordinator, at 847-458-3133, or Carrie at Heartland Blood Centers at 815-271-2910. So what’s involved? Per…

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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…

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Now Showing at the Harnish Gallery

gallery Chapman exhibit

When asked to describe the best picture he has taken, freelance photographer and multimedia specialist Rich Chapman doesn’t hesitate with his response: “I haven’t taken it yet!” His gorgeous photo exhibit titled “New Orleans: Beyond the Parades” is now featured at the Harnish Main Library gallery (through February 28). Throughout his career as a newspaper photojournalist, the Algonquin resident has photographed such high-profile subjects as Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama; sports celebrities Walter Payton and Michael Jordan; actors Tom Hanks,…

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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.   

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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…

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Winter Wellness Event

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On Saturday, December 10 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, meet Mercy Health System nurses and learn how to keep you and your family healthy this winter. Gather information about Mercy services, facilities, and staff. Nurses will offer free on-the-spot blood pressure checks and information about winter safety and holiday wellness. Kids can get coloring books, nurse hats, and doctor hats and participate in a trivia game. This event will take place in the main lobby of the Harnish Main Library,…

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Now Appearing at Harnish

turnbaugh gallery

We are delighted to share the partriotic artwork of Paul Turnbaugh at the Harnish Main Library gallery through the end of the year. Paul is a resident of Marengo and plans to open his own gallery in December. Paul in his own words: I grew up in Illinois and received my bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California College of the Arts in 1979. After returning to Illinois in 1980, I married and started my own illustration business which…

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Your Chance to Write That Book


November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, which 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…

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Don’t Miss the Friends’ Fall Book Sale!


The Friends of the Algonquin Area Public Library will hold their annual Fall Book Sale from November 3 through 6 at the Eastgate Branch Library. From beautiful coffee table editions to children’s books to collectible DVDs, there’s something for everyone. Get a jump on your holiday gift shopping! Our reasonable prices (starting at .25 for children’s softcover books) make shopping a treat–and so do the nice people who staff the sale. It’s also great to know that your purchases support your…

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Halloween is spooktacular at the Library

halloween pumpkins

Kids can have a screaming good time at the Library’s many 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: PRESCHOOL HALLOWEEN CRAFT Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:30 AM Stop in and make a spooky craft! For ages 7 and under with a parent/caregiver. HALLOWEEN DANCE…

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