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Algonquin to celebrate National Library Week

ALGONQUIN – Celebrate National Library Week, April 14-20, by taking the time to see that the Algonquin Area Public Library is much more than a building full of books.

Here are the library’s National Library Week programs:

• Sunday: Organic Soap Making from 2 to 4 p.m. Local speaker Louanne Ho will demonstrate cold and hot process soap making methods using organic and local ingredients. Ho, of Creative Occasions, has been crafting homemade soaps, body scrubs and bath salts for more than 20 years. Registration is required online at or in the library.

• Monday: Drop-In Family LEGO Competition at the Eastgate branch from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Compete against other families in our LEGO competition. The library provides the LEGOs, families provide the imagination. Space is limited to 16 families with children ages 5 to 13. No registration is required. First prize is a small LEGO set.

• Monday: What Your Palm and Lip Prints Reveal from 7 to 7:45 p.m. This 45-minute interactive multimedia presentation will have the audience laughing as they learn how to interpret their own and others’ palms and lip prints. Registration is required online at or in the library.

• Tuesday: Beyond the Begats: Adding Biographical Data to Your Genealogy from 7 to 8 p.m. Sarah Kirby, genealogical librarian, will provide insight on how to use family research information beyond names and dates. Learn what resources to use and find for a narrative lineage. Registration is required online at or in the library.

• Wednesday: Discover the Hidden Internet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. An Algonquin Area Public Library card is a ticket to enter a goldmine of online information not found in a Google search. This class meets in the Harnish Meeting Room. Registration is required online at or in the library.

• Thursday: Imagination Station from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Come and get slimy, bubbly and full of clay. Participants will get messy. This program is for 3- to 6-year-olds who can attend on their own. Registration is required and can be done online at or in the library.

• Friday: After Hours Genealogy Research: Mapping the Past from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Join other genealogy enthusiasts for the library’s semi-annual evening of uninterrupted personal research time. Dan Hubbard, of The Personal Past, will present types of maps and their practical use in understanding ancestors’ town and migration. Librarians will be available for research help. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is required online at or in the library. Reserve a desktop computer for this program (limit 30) at 847-458-6060, ext. 143, or bring a laptop.

• Saturday: Aloha Hawaii at 10:30 a.m. With the Algonquin Area Public Library District, let’s visit the island of Hawaii through stories and hands-on experience trying hula dancing and Hawaiian rhythm instruments. This program is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Registration is required online at or in the library.

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