Did you know that your library card is good throughout McHenry County and beyond? For Library Lovers’ Month in February, McHenry County libraries are collaborating to introduce you to our county libraries! Register at your home library where you’ll get started with a map of participating McHenry County libraries and a lanyard.
Huntley, IL – The final stages of the Huntley Area Public Library’s two-year building program are taking place as 2021 ends. Parts of the collection are being relocated, new equipment is getting set up, staff are moving into their new spaces, and the countdown is on to explore your FRESH, new library.
The last cart of books has been moved into the new part of the library. As you can see, what was once empty is now full and what was once full is now empty… Say goodbye to the old library, the next time you see it, you might not recognize it with its FRESH new appearance!
Phase 2 begins. Renovations and construction on the original library building has started. They are getting to work on the drive-up window and new entrance.
Write a library-themed limerick for National Library Week. Submit your limerick using the form below. Select entries will be published here/on the library’s social media. Library staff will choose their favorite limerick and that entrant will win a special prize. Winner will be contacted after the contest ends. Submissions must be received by April 9, 2022. For teens/grades 6-12. What’s a limerick, anyway? A limerick is a 5-line rhyming poem – usually humorous – following … Read more
Long Road to the Circus by Betsy Bird Historical Fiction Tween/Grades 4-8 * * * Stars (Pretty good) 12-year-old Suzy Bowles wants to see the world, but she’s stuck on a farm in a small town in Michigan where no one ever seems to leave (or even wants to). When her uncle and his family come to live with them, she makes it her business to find out where he disappears to every morning before … Read more
Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles Realistic Fiction Juvenile Fiction Grades 3-7 * * * Stars (Pretty good) Comfort Snowberger’s family runs Snowberger’s Funeral Home Empire in Snapfinger, Mississippi. After her great great aunt Florentine passes away, the family has to attend its own services, and each of them deal with grief in their own way. For Comfort, she loves and misses her aunt, but because her aunt was older and was always … Read more
Lies My Teacher Told Me Young Readers’ Edition by James Loewen adapted by Rebecca Stefoff Young Adult Nonfiction * * * * Stars (Great) US history textbooks are often sanitized so as not to offend, scandalize, or expose youth to uncomfortable/unpleasant truths, but can leave learners with misconceptions about the history of their country. Students aren’t given the opportunity to see or discuss or research different viewpoints, get a sense of how historical events are … Read more
Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers by Caela Carter Realistic Fiction Tween (grades 4-8) * * * * Stars (Great!) Gwendolyn Rogers is a neurodivergent 5th grader who, after hoping for a specific diagnosis that would allow her to receive some assistance in school and some understanding from her community only learns that there are 54 things wrong with her that don’t add up to anything. She obsesses over the list of things (which she … Read more
The Obsession by Jesse Q. Squanto Realistic Fiction Suspense Thriller Teen * * * Stars (Pretty good) Logan is a stalker. Delilah is the object of his obsession. Both attend an exclusive boarding school, though Delilah is a day student. When Logan sets up a camera outside her house to keep an eye on Delilah, he captures some unexpected footage, which he later uses to blackmail Delilah into being his girlfriend. But Delilah is sick … Read more
That Weekend by Kara Thomas Mystery Suspense Thriller Teen Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) This book will keep you on edge and make you keep guessing throughout the whole book. One weekend a group of three friends, Claire, Kat, and Jesse go to a lake house when some mysterious things happen. Claire is mad at Kat when they go to sleep the first night and when they wake up they all … Read more
The library offers a variety of free online resources accessible with your library card. Many of these resources are available 24 hours a day from your home via the Internet. For assistance using our online databases, contact our Information Desk at 847.669.5386 & press 3. Click on a topic to expand your options.
I spent a lot of time in the kitchen in December – holiday baking – and I also had to drive quite a bit more than usual for family and friend get togethers, so I finished several audiobooks. Here are some highlights! The Last Graduate, by Naomi Novik – This is the second book in Novik’s Scholomance series and continues the story of student Galadriel “El” as she continues her highly dangerous magical education. I … Read more