Now Appearing at Harnish

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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

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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!

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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

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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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Be an Informed (and Registered) Voter

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As the November 2016 election looms large, the Library is here to help you separate fact from fiction. Want to register to vote? We’ll point you in the right direction. Want to know what the candidates really stand for? We’ll help you with that research. Want to check if a candidate has the facts straight about important issues? We’ve got resources for that too. First, we encourage you to register to vote. Although the November 8 election deadline has passed for registering…

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Your Research Starts Here

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Whether you’re serious genealogist or just dabbling in family history research, the Library has everything you need. We offer online resources as well as materials for checkout. If you need one-on-one assistance, our genealogy librarians Kristen McCallum and Virginia Donahue can help. Visit our Genealogy Resources page on the Adult Services blog. Learn more about Genealogy and what’s involved. Check out our upcoming genealogy classes: Will the Real Sven Larsson Please Stand Up? Getting Started in Swedish Genealogy Tuesday, October…

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Don’t Miss Our Maker Fair

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Celebrate the latest in technology, crafting, and gadgets at our Maker Fair! Mark your calendar for a fantastic all-ages event on Saturday, September 24, from 10am to 4pm. If you get hungry, Trail Dawgs will be in our parking lot from 11:30am to 3pm. The entire Harnish Main Library will be packed with demonstrations, workshops, and hands-on activities throughout the day, including: 10 am  Barnes and Noble LEGO Demonstration 11 am  LEGO WeDo Construction 11:20 am  Makey Makey Invention Kits 11:40 am  Sphero Robots…

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

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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…

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Get Ready to Party!

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On Monday, August 1, from 10am to 6pm, local storytellers and musicians will enchant audiences of all ages at our Storytelling Festival and End-of-Summer-Reading Party! Join us to celebrate our “Wild About Reading” summer experience and accomplishments. Prepare to laugh, dance, and have lots of fun with a variety of performers. Wear your summer reading T-shirt and stop by the meeting room for snacks, games, and coloring sheets. Kids can enter drawings for cool prizes and jump around in our…

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Board Approves Facilities Improvement Project

At its June 22 meeting, the Board approved a Facilities Improvement Project to add the square footage necessary to enhance and expand services requested by patrons. The project includes the addition of a large two-story wing on the north side of the Harnish building and renovating the interior of the Eastgate building. The reconfiguration of the Library’s interior space will incorporate new meeting/study spaces, a computer classroom at Harnish, and interactive play areas for children. We will also develop a…

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