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Summer Reading Update

We are just shy of Week 2 of Read Among the Stars and Algonquin teens are shining bright! Just eleven days into the program and we already have 180 teenagers have signed up for summer reading. Last fall the American Library Association reported that Gen Z is using public libraries more than pervious generations (full article linked here). Aaannnd we […]

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How to Find Practice AP Exams on AAPLD.org

Video Tutorial: (keep scrolling down for non-video step-by-step instructions)   Non-Video Step-by-Step Instructions: 1.) Go to www.aapld.org. Hover over the Virtual Library toolbar and select Online Resources from the drop-down menu.                     2.) Once the Online Resources page loads, scroll down to B for BrainFuse HelpNow. Click on it!     […]

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Local Scholarship Opportunities

This list of local scholarship opportunities is specific to the boundaries of the Algonquin Area Public Library District. This includes high schools in School Districts 155, 158, and 300 as well as the McHenry County College and Elgin Community College districts. Little known fact for these local funds: many of them can’t find enough student applicants to take their free […]

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And the Award goes to….

Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards (YMA) guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage […]

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My Sister’s Dress

The Algonquin Area Public Library District is accepting donations for the 2024 My Sister’s Dress sale program from January 2nd to February 26th, 2024. This includes gently used formalwear like prom dresses, school dance dresses, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride dresses, accessories, and formal shoes. We had the most donations in 2023 (270 dresses), so let’s keep that generous energy going into […]