What’s New on the Shelf? Holiday Movies!

It's the most wonderful time of the year-- for movies! Happy, heartwarming and fresh from your favorite holiday movie channel, but without the commercials! Sweet as a sugar cookie, satisfying as Grandma's pumpkin pie, we've got a holiday line-up to celebrate. Explore our online catalog. Then, grab a cozy blanket, your favorite holiday beverage, and settle in for a night of December cheer!

Christmas Waltz

Christmas Waltz - After Avery's storybook Christmas wedding is cancelled, she decides to fulfill a long-time dream of learning to dance. Roman, a handsome dance instructor, helps face her fears as the two share the possibility of an unexpected holiday romance. Starring Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp.

Chateau Christmas

Chateau Christmas - Margot, a world-renowned pianist, returns to Chateau Neuhaus to spend the holidays with her family and rediscover her passion for music. While there, her ex-boyfriend and former bandmate Jackson, convinces her to headline the annual Christmas concert. As they work together, old feelings return. Starring Merritt Patterson and Jesse Hutch.

The Christmas House

The Christmas House - When Bill and Phyllis Mitchell call their two grown sons, Brandon and Mike, home for Christmas, they hope to make peace with a difficult decision and celebrate a memorable holiday. As Brandon and his husband Jake make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with his high-school sweetheart Andi. Starring Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora.

Love, Lights, Hanukkah!

Love, Lights, Hauukkah! - When a DNA test reveals that Christina Russo, a lonely Cleveland restauranteur, is Jewish she reconnects with her biological mother, Ruth, and long-lost extended family. Over eight festive nights, she forges new bonds, discovers new traditions, and unexpectedly falls for the local food critic who once panned her Italian restaurant. Starring Mia Kirshner and Ben Savage.

On The 12th Date of Christmas

On The 12th Date of Christmas - Two seemingly incompatible game designers team up to create a romantic city-wide scavenger hunt themed for the Twelve Days of Christmas. Starring Mallory Jensen and Tyler Hynes.

A Christmas Tree Grows In Colorado

A Christmas Tree Grows In Colorado - Erin, the mayor's daughter, is planning the Christmas festival for her town, and must persuade Kevin, a handsome single dad and firefighter, to donate the beautiful spruce tree on his property for the celebration. Starring Rochelle Aytes and Mark Taylor

Five Star Christmas

Five Star Christmas - When a travel writer shows up unexpectedly at her parents' bed and breakfast, Lucy Ralston and her siblings masquerade as guests to convince the writer to give the inn a good review. But when Lucy finds herself falling for Jake, a real guest, she feels guilty about her deception. Starring Bethany Joy Lenz and Victor Webster.

Christmas In Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing

Christmas In Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing - In Evergreen, Vermont, a town devoted to Christmas, mayor Michelle Lansing is planning her wedding. As the big day approaches she rushes to finish the launch of the town museum, while also questioning her relationship and her future with fiance, Elliot. Starring Rukiya Bernard and Antonio Cayonne.

A Veteran's Christmas

A Veteran's Christmas - Newly discharged  from the Marines, Grace Garland finds herself stranded in a small Colorado town, following a car accident. Local judge Joe Peterson offers Grace shelter in his guesthouse while she waits for her car to be repaired, and helps her rediscover the joy and community that have been missing from her life. Starring Eloise Mumford and Sean Faris.

The Real Bedford Falls: It's A Wonderful Life

The Real Bedford Falls: It's a Wonderful Life - Prefer a documentary? This film explores the connection between Bedford Falls, the fictional setting of It's a Wonderful Life, and the real community of Seneca Falls, New York. Celebrate the enduring themes of this classic holiday movie, as captured in the town's annual It's a Wonderful Life festival. With interviews and commentary by film critic Leonard Maltin, Frank Capra's granddaughter, Monica Capra Hodges, and the former child actors who portrayed Zuzu and Tommy Bailey in the 1946 film.

Are You Illinois’ next Soon To Be Famous Author?

The eighth annual Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author contest is now open and accepting entries!

Sponsored by the Illinois Library Association, RAILS and member libraries throughout the state, the Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project contest recognizes the best in Adult and  Young Adult fiction by Illinois self-published authors. This year, there’s also a new contest for self-published Adult and YA fiction originally written in Spanish, De la Página a la Fama.

The contests opened April 1, and will accept entries through May 31, 2021. Winners will receive:

  • Statewide recognition by Illinois libraries as the top indie-published books in adult and young adult categories
  • Cash prizes for each winner
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) at Illinois public libraries
  • Inclusion in a full-page print spread in Library Journal
  • Print book sales to Illinois’ public libraries
  • Inclusion in Popup Picks, a mobile media curation service offered by Reaching Across Illinois Library System, for three months
  • Opportunity to compete with other Indie Author Project (IAP) contest winners for the Indie Author of the Year award
  • Honors at the 2022 spring IAP reception
  • Opportunities to earn royalties through the IAP Select collection

To be eligible for either contest, participating authors must be over 18, and live in Illinois. The book being submitted must be self/independently published by the author, who must hold the copyright. The book must be between 50,000 and 200,000 words, and not have received any previous awards. Books must be entered in either a PDF or ePUB format. Books entered in De la Pagina a la Fama must have been written originally in Spanish.

Click learn more and submit your work to the Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project contest or the De la Pagina a la Fama contest.

Book Wizards

If you love dragons, alternate worlds, fairy tales, or mythology, this fantasy genre book club is for you. Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at our branch library on Eastgate Dr.

Book Clubs

Book Wizards (02/08/2022): The Eyre Affair

Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. Based on an imaginary world where time and reality bend England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in Wordsworth poems, militant Baconians roam freely spreading the gospel that Bacon, not Shakespeare, penned those immortal works. And forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. This is all business as usual for brainy, bookish (and heat-packing) Thursday Next, a renowned Special Operative in literary detection — that is, until someone begins murdering characters from works of literature.

When this madman plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte’s novel Thursday faces the challenge of her career. Aided and abetted by characters that include her time-traveling father, an executive of the all-powerful Goliath Corporation, and Edward Rochester himself, Thursday must track down the world’s Third Most Wanted criminal and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide. […]

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Book Wizards (01/11/2022): The Fifth Season

At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this “intricate and extraordinary” Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. (The New York Times)

This is the way the world ends…for the last time.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

Read the first book in the critically acclaimed, three-time Hugo award-winning trilogy by NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin. […]

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Book Wizards (12/14/2021): The Bear and the Nightingale

“A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.”—Naomi Novik, bestselling author of Uprooted

Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.

Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.

But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales. […]

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Book Wizards (11/09/2021): A Discovery of Witches

Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar’s depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life.

Book one of the New York Times-bestselling All Souls trilogy—”a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People).

Look for the hit TV series “A Discovery of Witches,” streaming on AMC Plus, Sundance Now and Shudder. Season 2 premieres January 9, 2021! […]

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Book Wizards (10/12/2021): The Starless Sea

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life. […]

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Book Wizards (09/14/2021): The Once and Future Witches

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the Eastwood sisters―James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna―join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote―and perhaps not even to live―the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
An homage to the indomitable power and persistence of women, The Once and Future Witches reimagines stories of revolution, motherhood, and women’s suffrage—the lost ways are calling. […]

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Book Wizards (08/10/2021): Fire and Blood

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why was it so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? What was it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.
With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire & Blood is the the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.

Praise for Fire & Blood
“A masterpiece of popular historical fiction.” —The Sunday Times
“The saga is a rich and dark one, full of both the title’s promised elements. . . . It’s hard not to thrill to the descriptions of dragons engaging in airborne combat, or the dilemma of whether defeated rulers should ‘bend the knee,’ ‘take the black’ and join the Night’s Watch, or simply meet an inventive and horrible end.”—The Guardian […]

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Book Wizards (07/13/2021): Ninth House

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. Their eight windowless “tombs” are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street’s biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.
Ninth House is the long-awaited adult debut by the beloved author of Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows. Leigh Bardugo will take her place alongside Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness as one of the finest practitioners of literary fantasy writing today. […]

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Book Wizards (06/08/2021): The Magicians

As a senior in high school Quentin Coldwater became preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. After graduating from college and being admitted into a highly exclusive, secret society of magic in upstate New York, he makes a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin’s fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined–for his childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart. […]

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Book Wizards (05/11/2021): Spinning Silver

With the Nebula Award–winning Uprooted, Naomi Novik opened a brilliant new chapter in an already acclaimed career, delving into the magic of fairy tales to craft a love story that was both timeless and utterly of the now. Spinning Silver draws readers deeper into this glittering realm of fantasy, where the boundary between wonder and terror is thinner than a breath, and safety can be stolen as quickly as a kiss.
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty—until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk—grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh—Miryem’s fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. She will face an impossible challenge and, along with two unlikely allies, uncover a secret that threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike. […]

Soon To Be Famous Illinois Manuscript Contest is now open!

Calling all local authors! If you have a finished work of Adult fiction that’s not yet published, consider entering it in the 2021 Soon To Be Famous Illinois Manuscript Contest!

Sponsored by The Illinois Author Project, a collaboration between the the Illinois Library Association, the Reaching Across Illinois Library System, and other contributors, the contest recognizes the best unpublished Adult Fiction written by an Illinois author.

Entries will be judged by Illinois librarians. The winner will receive editing from a professional line editor, who will help the author polish their manuscript, a professionally designed book cover, and self-publishing guidance from past winners of the Soon To Be Famous contest. In addition, the finished book will be automatically entered as a semi-finalist in the 2022 Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Contest.

Manuscripts must meet formatting criteria, available on the contest website. Entries will be accepted through January 3, 2021, and are limited to one entry per author.

The Soon To Be Famous Illinois Manuscript contest is one of two contests offered by The Illinois Author Project. The Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author contest is for independently published authors residing in Illinois. That contest will open for entries in April, 2021.

The Illinois Author Project (IAP) is part of an ongoing, library-driven effort to support and promote Illinois authors, whether they are unpublished or self-published. Readers can access self-published fiction in many genres for free, open-ended check-outs, through the IAPs digital collection.


Doctor Who Comics Day 2020

During our recent Geek Bag give-away, we learned that quite a few of you were really into Doctor Who, and if you didn’t know, Saturday, November 21, 2020 is Doctor Who Comics Day.

Doctor Who Comics Day is a global event inspired by Titan Comics’ Doctor Who comics. This is the fifth Doctor Who Comics Day, and as with much of 2020, it’s going to be a bit different this year! We’ve got lots of activities for you to get involved with, some great comics to read, and it’s going to be better than ever!

To celebrate this day, we'd like to tell you about a library resource, hoopla, where you can read many, many Doctor Who comics.  To check out Doctor Who comics that are available, digitally through the library, click on the link below.

Doctor Who Comics on hoopla

Besides comics, we have also linked you to some Doctor Who audiobooks to enjoy.

Doctor Who Audiobooks on hoopla

Below, you will also find some fun activities you can download and print out to help you celebrate your love of Doctor Who!  Click on the Download button below each image to download that activity.

Hope you enjoy all these Doctor Who comics, audiobooks and activities!  Have a great Doctor Who Comics Day!!!


What’s On The Shelf? Classic Movies!

Staying safe at home means there’s plenty of time to delve into your list of favorite classic movies, or catch up on the movies you’ve always meant to watch, but haven’t gotten around to yet.

AAPLD has made it easier for patrons to locate our classic movies by adding a distinctive yellow sticker to the spine of the DVD cases. You’ll find our new Classics collection on the first shelf of the Adult Services DVD area, facing the front entrance to the main library.

We’ve also created a link so that you can browse our collection from home, place a hold and pick up at the Main Library’s drive-through, or at the Eastgate Branch, via curbside service.

Here’s a sample of some timeless favorites to enjoy on a chilly night at home:

The African Queen (1951)  Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn.  A scruffy riverboat captain and a prim missionary reluctantly join forces to torpedo a German gunboat, and find themselves falling in love.

Love Me Tender (1956)  Elvis Presley makes his film debut in this classic about three brothers returning home  to Texas after the Civil War. The joyous homecoming is upturned when they discover their youngest brother has married his older brother’s true love. Elvis performs four songs, including the title song.

Roman Holiday (1953) Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. A princess flees her staid royal life for an adventure in Rome, while an American journalist in search of an exclusive story pretends not to know her true identity.

Shane (1952) Alan Ladd A retired gunfighter comes to the aid of a family terrorized by a ruthless rancher and his hired gun. Directed by George Stevens, Shane is one of Hollywood’s quintessential Westerns.

If you prefer streaming films, you’ll find more choices available through our Hoopla and kanopy apps.

Grab the popcorn, kick back and enjoy.



What’s on the Shelf? Thrills and Chills to watch or read!

It’s the most frightening time of the year! Halloween is almost here and it’s the perfect time to load up on scary movies and books.

AAPLD’s collection includes horror classics and soon-to-be classics. Our horror films are tagged with a special sticker and located on a special seasonal display for easy access.

Whatever you’re in the mood for…terrifying tales of ghosts and ghouls, or campy classics about ravenous blobs of alien goo, you’ll find it at the library! Here’s just a sample of the scary stuff you’ll find on our shelves. Click on the links to place a hold.

The Blob – Beware of the Blob! With a cheesy theme song, surprisingly sophisticated special effects, and a cast led by a young Steve McQueen, this low-budget 1958 drive-in movie classic offers plenty of scary fun.

Carrie- Based on Stephen King’s best-selling debut novel, this story of a misfit teen with telekinetic powers has been made into a film twice. The original 1976 version stars Sissy Spacek and John Travolta, the 2013 remake features Chloe Grace Moretz in the title role. Prefer to read the book? We have it too!

Dracula- It wouldn’t be Halloween without an appearance by everyone’s favorite Transylvanian count. Our collection of vampire films includes the 1931 version of Dracula, Dracula 2000 and Let Me In.  Our literary vampires include Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula, Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian, Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, and series by Anne Rice, J.R. Ward, Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton and many more.

The Exorcist- Whether you prefer the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, or the 1973 film starring Ellen Burstyn and Linda Blair, the story of a little girl possessed by the devil is a must for horror fans. Want more demonic kids? Check out Rosemary’s Baby. For an exorcism tale with a totally ’80s vibe, try My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix.

Slender Man– In this 2018 film, a group of small town teens attempt to summon an urban legend creature, The Slender Man. When one teen goes missing, her friends must band together to save themselves from a similar fate.

Us – Director Jordan Peele’s 2019 film tells the story of the Wilson family, whose beach vacation goes horribly wrong when uninvited guests arrive at the family’s vacation home— evil dopplegangers of the four Wilsons.

What more scary suggestions? Ask an Adult Services staff member!

Write Your Story This November

Always dreamed of writing a book, but never found the time? This November could be your opportunity, and AAPLD is ready to help!

November is National Novel Writing Month, an annual event that challenges writers of all experience levels, ages and genres to craft a 50,000 word novel or non-fiction work in 30 days.

Since NaNoWriMo’s beginning in 1999, hundreds of thousands of writers have participated. Many books that began as NaNoWriMo projects have become best-sellers, including Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and WOOL by Hugh Howey. There’s no cost to enter, and signing up is easy. Just go to nanowrimo.org

The challenge officially begins at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 1 and concludes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30. Participants are urged to keep a regular writing schedule, adding about 1,660 words to their project each day, and tracking their progress on the National Novel Writing Month website.

To help keep local writers motivated, AAPLD is holding virtual write-ins each Tuesday night in November, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The write-ins will be hosted by Adult Services Library Associate Elizabeth Harmon, a NaNoWriMo veteran who has published several novels—including two that were NaNoWriMo projects. Registration is required so that we can email a link to the event, but you don’t have to be an AAPLD cardholder to join.

Click below to register:

Tuesday Night Write-in, Nov. 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday Night Write-in, Nov. 10, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday Night Write-in, Nov. 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday Night Write-in, Nov. 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

NaNoWriMo advocates a “no plot, no problem” approach to writing, but many authors like to plan their projects ahead of time. AAPLD’s collection of writing books includes how-tos related to popular genres, and books that help you tap into your creativity and get into the writing mindset. You’ll find them in the non-fiction section, starting in the 800s. We offer a few examples below. Click on the title to learn more about the book and place a hold, or call the library for more suggestions.

Writing Down The Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

You’ve Got A Book In You: A Stress-free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams by Elizabeth Sims

Write. 10 Days to Overcome Writer’s Block. Period by Karen E. Peterson, Ph.D

You Don’t Have To Be Famous: How To Write Your Life Story by Steve Zousmer

Creative Writing Demystified by Sheila Bender

Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies by Leslie Wainger

Writing Children’s Books for Dummies by Lisa Rojany-Buccieri


What’s On The Shelf? Documentaries

We’re making some changes to the Adult Services DVD Collection to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. If you enjoy documentaries, be sure to browse our new Documentary section, located between feature films and our TV series sections.

The collection includes films by top documentary filmmakers including Ken Burns, Michael Moore; programs from the History Channel, PBS and more. There are fascinating glimpses into the lives of historical figures, films that take you behind the scenes of pivotal moments such as the Apollo 11 moon landing and the death of Princess Diana.

Here’s a small sample of what’s on the Documentary shelf, and be sure to check out the special documentary display, located on the octagon table at the entrance to the Adult Services area:

Unforgettable people…

 John Lewis: Good Trouble– In 1957 Troy, Alabama teenager John Lewis wrote to Dr. Martin Luther King asking his help to integrate a segregated school in Lewis’ hometown. King responded with a bus ticket, and an invitation to meet. Lewis’ lifetime of making “good trouble” took him from front line protests to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served for 33 years. A compelling tribute to the late Civil Rights legend.


Diana, 7 Days – This BBC documentary looks at the week following Princess Diana’s death in a car crash, and includes interviews with Prince William and Prince Harry, recalling their legendary mother’s impact on the world, and on their family.

Gotta be rock and roll music…

When You’re StrangeThe Doors rose out of LA’s vibrant mid-1960s rock scene to captivate the world with their hypnotic sound, poetic lyrics and charismatic frontman, Jim Morrison. Johnny Depp narrates this fascinating account of the band’s history.

In the mood for something spooky?

Witches, Ghosts & Monsters – Chilling tales of creatures of the night have captivated us for centuries, but is there any truth to the stories? National Geographic explores the strange origins of zombies, vampires, witches, demons and Bigfoot.

VOTE! (at your library)


Did you know that AAPLD’s Main Library on Harnish Drive is a McHenry County early voting site?

Beginning Oct. 19, our downstairs program room will be an early voting polling place for voters registered in McHenry County, regardless of their home precinct. Early voting polling place hours are:

  • Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23: 8:30 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday, October 24: 9 am – 2 pm
  • Monday, October 26 through Friday, October 30: 8:30 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday, October 31: 9 am – 2 pm

Poll workers will follow Covid-19 safety precautions, including wearing masks and/or plastic face shields while they are on duty. Other available safety measures include:

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Alcohol Prep Pads
  • Disposable Garbage Cans and Bags
  • Gloves
  • Disposable Privacy Shields
  • Disposable ExpressVote “styluses”

Voters are also welcome to bring their own pen to sign in, and are asked to wear a mask at all times, including while they are waiting in line to vote. Voters will not be screened for COVID-19.

If you are voting with a mail-in ballot, please note that we are NOT a ballot drop-off location! The closest McHenry County mail-in ballot drop box is inside the Lake In the Hills Village Hall, which is also open for early voting. The ballot drop box is available between 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday- Friday, beginning October 19, and running through Monday, Nov. 2. Saturday hours are 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Oct. 24 and 31. Sunday hours will be offered Nov. 1 only, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Kane County residents can find a complete list of early voting locations and hours here. Nearby Kane County early voting sites include Del Webb Sun City in Huntley, the West Dundee Village Hall, and at Kane County’s Vote Mobile, which will visit Jewel-Osco locations in Huntley (Oct. 22) and West Dundee (Oct. 27-28). Vote Mobile hours are 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Visit the Kane County Clerk’s website for Mail-in Ballot drop box locations and other information.

Online Voter Information

Not sure if you’re registered to vote, or your polling place location? Use Illinois’ online voter information site to find out. If you’re not registered, you can do so online, through October 18, or register in person at your polling place on Election Day. Be sure to bring the documents you’ll need to register. Learn more here.

Tuesday November 3 is Election Day. The library functions as a polling location for Algonquin Precincts 63 and 68 only, and will be taking voters from 7 am – 7 pm.

Not sure where your polling place is? Click here.

Be prepared to stand in during early voting and on Election Day, and please follow all Covid-19 safety precautions.

Make your voice heard and VOTE!