NOTICE -- Parking lot repairs, resurfacing continue TODAY, Saturday, August 17, 2019

Attention patrons! The Library parking lot is being patched, seal coated, and striped today, Saturday, August 17. Portions of the lot will be closed throughout the day. Please use caution driving in the parking lot during this project. Thank you for your patience during these needed repairs!

**FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, PLEASE ENTER THE LIBRARY FROM THE MCKINLEY STREET ENTRANCE.**

Please check our website, Facebook, or call ahead at 815-943-4671 for more details on these repairs.

Sewing 101 for ages 9 - 14 --make an on-the-go Kleenex packet on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Kids ages 9 - 14 are invited to join us on Saturday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. to learn basic machine sewing skills by making a handy Kleenex packet holder. Sewing machines provided.

Registration is required! Class size is limited. Supply list provided at registration. Please call the library at 815-943-4671 to sign up.

Monday Movie Night --'The Public' on the library's big screen on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Join us on Monday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. for a free showing of The Public on the library's big screen! In the film, an act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold. Written and directed by Emilio Estevez.

Movie licensing for this event provided by Swank Motion Pictures.

Free and open to the public. Seating will begin at 5:45 p.m. This film is RATED PG-13 and runs for 2 hours and 2 minutes. Participants are welcome to bring their own dinner or snacks to the movie. No advance registration required.

Game On! --video gaming for teens continues Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Harvard teens in grades 6-12 are invited to play video games on our Nintendo Switch every Tuesday of the month beginning at 5:30 p.m. this summer. Our next session is Tuesday, August 20 at 5:30 p.m. Call to reserve a time slot!

Open ONLY to teens in the 6th - 12th grades. Registration is required. Call 815-943-4671 to sign up for a time slot.

Bluestem Readers for Homeschooled students --Book Club begins Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Homeschooled students in grades 3-5 are welcome to join us every Wednesday as we read books from the 2020 Bluestem Reader's Choice list. Discussions will include activities to enhance the stories. Our first session is on Wednesday, August 21 at 10:00 a.m.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Mrs. Karen at the library or by phone at 815-943-4671.

Take Charge of your Mental Health --informational booth by NAMI McHenry County on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Lachell from NAMI McHenry County (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will have a drop in booth at the library on Thursday, August 22 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. where she will share information about the importance of mental health care, strategies, and resources that are available to the community that are free of charge. Stop by her booth at the library anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to ask questions and gather information.

Free and open to the public. Registration is NOT required. Please contact the library at 815-943-4671 if you have any questions or to register.

"Abandoned Illinois" --author visit with Lisa Beard on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Join us on Monday, August 26 at 6:00 p.m. as we welcome local author, photographer, and educator Lisa Beard for a presentation and book signing for her new book release, Abandoned Illinois. Whether the structure is a large factory or a single family's homestead, deserted places leave clues to the time shared between the people who once occupied a space and the buildings themselves. These spots are scattered throughout Illinois, both in rural and city settings, and as seen through a camera lens, can clearly illustrate times of industrialization, family histories, and significant historical milestones. This book documents stories from the past found in locations from Chicago and its surrounding areas to the near the shoreline of the Mississippi River and places found in between, including Joliet Prison, Goodman Manufacturing, and a completely vacant army depot.

Free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase. All ages are welcome. Registration is required. Please call 815-943-4671 to save your seat at this event. Seats are limited! Call 815-943-4671 to sign up and save your seats for this fascinating presentation.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meeting --Wednesday, August 28, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

Harvard teens in 6th-12th grades are invited to join us on Wednesday, August 28 at 3:30 p.m. for TAG! This is our first meeting for Fall 2019 so come and join us to give your input on what you would like to see for teen programs and books this school year --and, of course, have some snacks!

Registration is required. TAG meets monthly at the Harvard Diggins Library on the last Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. What is TAG? A place to talk about what you want in books, movies, and programs in YOUR library! Meet new friends, eat snacks, and provide your input! TAG is open to teens in grades 6 - 12. To sign up for TAG or if you have any questions, ask at the circulation desk or contact the library at 815-943-4671.

Attention Harvard Diggins Library cardholders! Welcome to PrairieCat!

Harvard Diggins Library is now a member of the PrairieCat consortium! What does that mean? It means that we now offer a brand new software package for our catalog as well as direct access to 130 libraries in Northern Illinois. To take a look at your new catalog, click here!

As with any big change, a few hiccups here and there will occur. We thank you for your patience as we complete this transition. Please feel free to ask staff any questions about this exciting new change or if you have any questions about your account. We would like to thank all of the PrairieCat staff for their months long work on this project and look forward to working with them!

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