Interactive Movie Event


On Friday, February 19, from 7 to 9:30pm, don’t miss the opportunity to sing, dance, and participate with the characters in the move Home. Make it a group event or a night out with the family! Register today. Oh, a cute alien misfit, winds up on earth and becomes a fugitive while making friends with Tip, a daring girl on her own adventure. Worlds collide in this comical exploration of the meaning of friendship, learning, and home. [PG: 1:33.]

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Programs Celebrate Tour of First Folio


One of the most iconic documents in history is visiting Illinois as part of a nationwide tour, and it will be on display a mere 18 miles from the Library!  The Lake County Discovery Museum (Wauconda) will host a national traveling exhibit of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, considered one of the world’s most treasured books. AAPLD presents the following programs highlighting Shakespeare’s amazing talent: Reader’s Theatre: Shakespeare Light Wednesday, February 10, 7 to 8pm An interactive dramatic reading of Shakespeare’s…

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“Coffee with a Cop” Comes to Eastgate

AAPLD Coffee with a Cop

On Tuesday, March 29,  11 am to 12 noon, the Eastgate Branch welcomes Chief of Police John Bucci with other members of the Algonquin Police Department to chat with community members. This will be an informal gathering to discuss the goals and vision for the police department and the community, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend.  The event will be held at the Algonquin Area Public Library’s Eastgate Branch, 115 Eastgate Drive (intersection of Algonquin Road…

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Donate Blood & Save a Life

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On February 22 from 3 to 7pm, the Algonquin Area Public Library District will host a blood drive at the Harnish Main Library, 2600 Harnish Drive (west of Randall Road).  This blood drive is conducted in partnership with Heartland Blood Centers. Heartland is the sole provider to 65 hospitals in the Chicagoland area, including all area Veterans Affairs hospitals. Schedule your appointment today at Make sure you’ve either selected by city (Algonquin) or by date (February 22). Your donation will save…

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Get Your ACT Practice @ the Library

ACT Practice

Saturday, January 30 at Harnish / Saturday, February 6 @ Eastgate. Student in grades 10-12 can practice taking the ACT with a Sylvan Learning testing proctor. Your $15 registration fee includes the test, study guide, and detailed score report. Doors open at 9am and testing begins promptly at 9:30am. Please bring a pencil and a calculator (click here for calculator rules). Practice can go a long way toward a better score on the ACT. Take advantage of this low-cost opportunity.…

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Without a Mask: Hockey’s Daredevil Goalies


Tuesday, January 26, 7-8:30 pm: Wooden sticks, shabby equipment and goalies who didn’t wear facemasks made up the the rough-and-tumble days of early hockey. And you thought Corey Crawford was tough! Don’t miss this action-packed presentation filled with glory, guts and gore! Presenter Craig Pierce will entertain you with lively anecdotes and wow you with his artistic “Wall of Fame” panels saluting the 1961 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks. Register today to save your spot. Attendees must be 12 years old…

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Spheros are Here


Maybe you saw BB-8 in The Force Awakens? Well, come play with the original Sphero, an app-enabled robotic ball that we will drive, code, play tag, and race around.   Sphero is the ball revolutionized. It is an app-enabled robotic ball that we can drive, race, code, change the LED colors for amazing light shows, and more. The Library just purchased a classroom set of these robots. Join us on February 27 from 1:30 -2:30 pm OR 3:00 – 4 pm. For…

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Gallery Features Local Photographer

Now appearing at the Harnish Main Library gallery: the work of Frank Freimuth, a hobby photographer from Lake in the Hills. Freimuth has been taking photos since high school and nature photos are his favorites. His subject’s sites range from Australia to Alaska and many sites in between. Ask Freimuth about his ideal photo shoot location, and he immediate responds: “Antarctica.” “You don’t need an expensive camera to get good pictures,” Freimuth says. “Just make sure you know how to…

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Be a part of winter reading!

Monday, January 18–Monday, February 29. Love your library this winter and participate in our Winter Reading Program “We Love Reading”! Readers of all ages can celebrate their love of reading and earn prizes, enter drawings, and more! We’ll kick it off with a hot chocolate bar on January 18 from 4-7pm at both library locations. A variety of toppings will sweeten your cup! Kids Complete your first book log and earn a paperback book and a drawing entry. Keep reading (up…

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A big thanks to our community!

As we began the 2015 holiday season, the Giving Trees went up at the Harnish Main Library and the Eastgate Branch library. In prior years, the Library put up trees to support Hearts of Gold out of Lake in the Hills. Unfortunately, that organization disbanded at the end of 2014, so staff sought another community organization that would benefit from the generosity of our patrons. More than 350 paper mittens decorated our trees, with each mitten representing a child in…

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