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How about sharing the gift of books with area children at our Holiday Book Drive? For the 17th year we are collecting new books for children from infancy to age 16 for Wheeling Township’s holiday Adopt-a-Family program. In that time we’ve collected 13,831 books. Help us continue the tradition this year. Bring your books to the collection bin on the first floor by the Checkout Desk or to the bookmobile. Books in Spanish are also welcome. For more information, contact Deb Whisler at 847-506-2613.
Date: November 1–December 1

Open enrollment for coverage through the Affordable Care Act started November 15, 2014. The library can provide information resources for individual enrollment assistance. Ask at the Info Desk.

Programs and resources:
  • Affordable Care Act Resources
This 30 minute class will introduce credible information resources customers can use to learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace and the Affordable Care Act. Arlington Heights cardholders only.
Date and time: Thursday, December 11, 7-7:30 p.m.
Location: Training Center
  • Individual Appointments
Sign up for an individual appointment with an ACA Navigator to receive help enrolling in the health care program that best suits your needs. Appointment times are available Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can stop at our Info Desk, or call us at 847-392-0100, to make an appointment.
  • Fact Sheets
Stop at the stanchion on the first floor of the library across from the Checkout Desk to pick up a copy of a fact sheet to help you understand the changes to health care and how to get enrolled.
  • Helpful Links: 
The official Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace: getcoveredillinois.gov    
Healthcare.gov – the official federal government website for healthcare information: healthcare.gov

EPO is a Department of Defense Contractor that partners with over 3,800 civilian companies to help connect service members and their families with civilian careers. A representative from EPO will demonstrate their website which lists over 850,000 jobs worldwide.
Date and time: Wednesday, December 3, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Business Center

Adults, business
New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger took center stage on Tuesday, October 28 and shared insights about his book Ordinary Grace, the selection for One Book, One Village, the library's first community read. In an interview-style program, led by Info Services Advisor Barb Weiner, Krueger talked candidly about writing Ordinary Grace and revealed who in his own life influenced the book's most memorable characters. Watch their complete conversation now.

One Book, One Village continues at the library through December 8.

One of the library's goals is to be the go-to place for residents to learn the tech skills they need for business, school and home.  Check out Treehouse, an online resource for learning advanced tech skills such as coding, web design and app development. Arlington Heights cardholders can enroll in any of eight different tech tracks that can ultimately give the user the ability to create an online portfolio to show to potential employers.  Learn more about Treehouse and get started today.

For the seventh consecutive time, Arlington Heights Memorial Library has received a five-star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries. Five stars is the highest rating that a library can receive, and we are one of only 21 libraries in the nation to have earned five stars for each of the past seven years. Star ratings are based on the annual number of library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use.
This is an honor for not only our staff and the Library Board of Trustees, but also for you, our customers. Thank you for making us a 5-star library once again. See Library Journal's 2014 index of star libraries.

We’ve just added American Girl, Better Homes and Gardens, Dr. Oz The Good Life, FamilyFun, Hello! and HGTV to the list of over 100 current magazines we offer online through Zinio, the library's digital magazine service. If you are an Arlington Heights cardholder, you can select any number of magazine titles and have them delivered right to your PC or mobile device. It's free, and there are no returns and no due dates. Visit our eBooks and Downloads page to learn more about using Zinio.

Shared reading is the best way to help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers develop the important early literacy skills they need to learn how to read independently later on. The more books children ages 0–5 hear, the more prepared they will be to learn how to read. It’s never too early to start.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new reading program for young children. Although 1000 books sounds like a lot, it’s only three shared reading sessions a day for a year. Here's how it works:

Register here or in Kids’ World.
• Start reading and counting!
• Drop by Kids’ World to check in and receive prizes. 
• The library will host a 1000 Books Celebration in May 2015, but the program doesn’t end until your child enters kindergarten. 

Helping your child develop early literacy begins with cuddling up and sharing a good book. Research shows that children become readers on the lap of a caring adult. Join us as we reach for 1000!


Kids' World
Arlington Heights resident Isabel Frye celebrated her 9th birthday in a very fun and creative way on Saturday, October 25. Her parents planned a scavenger hunt and hid clues at five stops around town including the library. The 10 party goers descended on Kids’ World mid-afternoon and after some quick sleuthing on the computer, they discovered their next clue – a scroll hidden inside a children’s book featuring The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. The cryptic message directed the kids to a different section of the library where a costumed Edgar (Isabel’s uncle) presented a very special and theatrical reading of Poe’s eerie poem to Isabel (pictured wearing blue bow) and friends. 

Library News
The rock band Bobglobin debuted its latest music video earlier this month thanks in part to the Studio, the library’s multimedia production lab.  The band’s lead guitarist and Arlington Heights resident Tony Jannotta shot his part of the video at the library using the Studio’s Go Pro camera and green screen.
“The lead singer, Hop Litzwire, lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is an ESPN producer and camera guy, so he has his own studio,” says Allyson Jannotta, Tony’s wife who assisted with the production. “Usually my husband flies to Little Rock, but since we were able to use the camera and green screen at the library, it saved us from having to pay for the flight.”
Watch the end result featuring Tony on the guitar in Sinistar, a hard-driving rock tribute to the 1982 classic video arcade game.
Learn more about the Studio. Funded by the Friends of the Library.


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