Thank You, Algonquin PD!

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On Tuesday, August 2, the Algonquin Police Department brought their annual National Night Out celebration to the Harnish Main Library. From 4 to 8pm, more than 800 people enjoyed hourly raffles, “Cookies with a Cop” storytime, the “Dunk-a-Cop” dunk tank, face painting, and more. Attendees got to pet dogs from the Illinois/Wisconsin Search and Rescue Dog Team and learn more about the team’s mission. Kids sat in the variety of emergency response vehicles on display and decorated the Algonquin PD DARE vehicle with…

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Get a Pint for a Pint

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Give back to your community and give blood in July! AAPLD will host a Heartland Blood Center blood drive on Monday, July 25 from 3 to 7pm in the Harnish Main Library Meeting Room. Did you know that blood donations are needed every day of the year to save patients’ lives? Blood donors help sustain lives all around the country. Heartland Blood Centers provides blood to hospitals within the greater Chicagoland area and all across the country. The process of…

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Enjoy our Summer Storytimes!

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

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Library Presents Coffee & Cookies with a Cop

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On June 21, Algonquin Deputy Chief Markham, Lake in the Hills Police Chief David Brey, and members of both police departments will meet residents in an informal, neutral space to discuss the visions for both police departments and their communities. It’s a great time to ask questions, build relationships, and enjoy light refreshments. Community members of all ages are invited to attend.  The event will be held from 4:30 to 5:30pm on Tuesday, June 21 at the Algonquin Area Public Library,…

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Now appearing in the gallery

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Stop by the Harnish Main Library to enjoy a photos from the 2015 The Land Conservancy of McHenry County (TLC) amateur photographers’ contest. These stunning works reveal the beauty and diversity of natural habitats throughout McHenry County — and the inspiring nature of TLC’s land preservation work. TLC has partnered with more than 100 landowners to preserve more than 2,100 acres across McHenry County.  Protected properties range from 1 acre to 250 acres in size. Preserved lands include high quality wetland and woodland…

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Spend Your Summer in the Garden

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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…

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Take a Genealogy Road Trip!

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Get on the bus with AAPLD for the opportunity of a lifetime: to explore one of the largest genealogy collections in the United States. Genealogy Librarians Kristen McCallum and Virginia Donahue will accompany you to the Wisconsin Historical Society Library & Archives in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 25. The bus leaves Algonquin at 7am and returns at 7pm. Spend a full day researching your ancestors in one of the largest genealogical collections in the United States–right on the University of Wisconsin…

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Take a Hike with the Library

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Celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4 by participating in a guided 45-minute hike through the Lake in the Hills Fen at Barbara Key Park (1500 Jefferson Street, off of Pyott Road). Presenter Barbara Wilson, Land Conservancy Volunteer, will guide your way and offer insights about the geographical features and history of the fen. This unique wetland opened in April 2011 and features 229 acres adjacent to the 27-acre State Nature Preserve. This program is for individuals and families…

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In Memory of Lynn Hammerlund

The Algonquin Area Public Library District mourns the passing of Lynn Hammerlund, President of the Board of Trustees. Too soon we lost a passionate advocate for libraries, an avid supporter of AAPLD, and a strong champion of Library staff. Lynn’s 28 years of service on the Board is highlighted by her role as president for 23 years. She was named an Illinois Library Association Library Luminary in 2013. Lynn was employed as a catalog librarian for more than 30 years at…

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Summer Reading is Here!

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The 2016 Summer Reading Program “Wild About Reading” starts June 1 and runs through July 31. We’ve left no one behind — children, high school students, and adults can all participate. Join on this grand adventure and see where the Library can take you this summer! Adults can register for “Wild About Reading” in person and pick up a passport and water bottle. Passports can be completed by choosing any 6 of 10 activities, such as reading a book or attending…

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