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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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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