Materials Shifting: Youth Services


On Friday, September 22, Harnish closed so that staff could collect and box duplicate and low-circulating Youth Services books for storage during construction. It was a very productive day, with thousands of books placed carefully in storage boxes and labelled for easy retrieval. These items will be moving off site this week, but right now they are staged near the 1st floor construction wall and in several staff areas. If you have any questions about books you need in Youth…

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Celebrate the Freedom to Read

AAPLD is joining libraries across the country in observing Banned Books Week September 24 – 30. By focusing on efforts nationwide to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority…

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Community Rock Project

In late August/early September, cardholders and community members alike had an opportunity to be part of the foundation of the new addition. A display by the main entrance featured a supply of rocks that people could sign or write a brief message on. More than 250 people contributed to the project, signing their names and/or adding messages of support and love for their library. On September 13, Assistant Director Sara Murray and Executive Director Stephen Bero laid the rocks on…

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Sights and Sounds of Construction

As those of you who visited Harnish the week of September 4 found out, construction can be LOUD! On September 5 and 6, the brick face of the exterior was removed. On September 7 and 8, the exterior framing and windows were pulled off the building and we heard all kinds of crashing, breaking, and screeching. On September 8, the ceiling above the partition wall in Adult Services was closed in, which should help to minimize the noise and protect the library…

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Library Card Sign-Up Month is Here

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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and we are issuing a special invitation for all residents of AAPLD to sign up for a library card! While supplies last, eligible residents will receive a Chipotle buy one/get one coupon and a sleek flashlight pen when they register for a library card during September 2017. New cardholders can also enter a drawing for a $100 Meijer gift card, four AMC movie passes or a $25 Starbucks gift card. Winners will be notified…

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Prepping for Construction

In early August, the construction crew excavated and cleared the addition site. We all got a good look at the action until the week of August 7,  when the partition walls along the big windows in both Adult Services and Youth Services were installed. It’s exciting to think about when the walls come down, the view will be entirely different! The ground was rumbling the week of August 14 as the auger dug and the geopiers were put in place.…

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View the Eclipse @ Your Library


Join us on Monday, August 21, to experience the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years. To see the eclipse well, NASA recommends a clear spot with a good view of the sky, which you’ll find at the Harnish Main Library. Our event runs from 11:45 to 2:45pm, with the peak of the eclipse at 1:19pm in our area. The closest location to view the total eclipse (when the sun is completely blocked by the…

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Don’t miss the art gallery this month!


The Harnish Main Library art gallery currently features the photography of Algonquin resident Emily Duthorn, bringing you the mesmerizing geography in various locations of the United States and beyond. Involved in creative projects of various types her entire life–from painting to sculpting to dance–Duthorn has always enjoyed taking pictures capturing the essence of a moment and playing with composition, color, and texture. This is her debut exhibition. Describing herself as an Algonquin local and nature girl, Duthorn says her “much-needed” travels over…

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Your Library Under Construction

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The long-awaited construction project at the Harnish Main Library is underway! In addition to the big double gate for construction traffic to pass through the fenced area, a separate construction traffic entrance drive has been constructed on Harnish Drive just east of the regular entrance. Please be careful as you walk and drive through our parking lot. Next time you’re at the library, be sure to look out our back windows to get a glimpse of the progress. Inside the library, smaller…

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