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Want a reminder when it is time to sign up for the next cooking program? We can alert you via email to upcoming Library programs for adults. And you can choose what interests you – author visits, cooking programs, musical performances, health and wellness information and much more. Sign up on the events page of our web site. Enter your email address under event announcements on the right side of the page and click on go to see a list of the types of programs you wish to sign up for. You can also fill out a form at the Reception Desk on the Library's second floor.


The big smiles on the faces of young and old as they walked through the doors of the Hendrickson Room for last weekend's LEGO train exhibit said it all. The exhibit, which drew 2,763 attendees, was a crowd pleaser for all ages. The attendance was 5% higher than in 2008 - the last time the train exhibit was here. The exhibit was put together by Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club members. Our next family event is Astronomy Night on Friday, October 15, at 7 p.m. in the Hendrickson Room. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs Solar System Ambassador Jim Kovac will present “Exoplanets: Worlds Beyond Our Solar System.” Then everyone is invited to go outside to the parking lot to look through powerful telescopes set up by members of the Northwest Suburban Astronomers Club. It's all free, and there's no registration.


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For the third year in a row,  the Arlington Heights Memorial Library has received a five-star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public Library Service 2010.  Five stars is the highest rating that a library can receive. Only 85 libraries across the country received this rating which is based on the annual number of library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use. 

More than ever in these difficult economic times, people realize the value of their libraries. Our annual circulation is at an all-time high, and free programs, like our job seekers programs, money talks and cultural programs, have filled our meeting rooms with capacity crowds. We greatly appreciate the support of our community!

Pictured are Samantha Onnen, Carley Berowski, Erin Fitzgerald, Leah Cooke, Lizzie Seibert, Lydia Schultz, and Grace Nykol of South Middle School Cadette Troop 41075. Absent from the photo is Marina Santicola.The Library's "Read & Feed" drive just got a big boost from the sixth-graders of South Middle School Cadette Troop 41075. As their community service project, the troop organized a food drive to contribute to the Library's drive. Troop leader Tracie Santicola said the girls were concerned about so many people needing help in this economy, so they planned a two-part food collection. They collected food at their school, and also collected at Mariano's Fresh Market on Saturday, October 16. 

 "People were so generous in donating groceries or cash to buy groceries, and many shoppers said they recognized the girls from school, scouts, church and neighborhood functions," said troop co-leader Donna Fitzgerald. 

Many thanks to South Cadette Troop members for their hard work to help their neighbors! 

The Library will continue the "Read & Feed" drive until December 1. Your donations of food pantry and pet food items, as well as new children's books, are welcomed. All items will be delivered to Wheeling Township for their food pantry and "Adopt-a-Family" holiday baskets. For more information on donating, call Deb Whisler at 847-506-2613.

NewsBlogSummerReading Kids' World manager Yvette Johnson reports that 5,000 kids registered in this summer's reading program at the Library. Another 215 middle school students served as junior library volunteers (JLVs) and contributed 2,239 hours of service assisting with the summer reading activities and with the Library's July 4 Parade float. Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library, and develop the habit of reading.  "The benefits to young readers participating in a summer reading program are lasting," says Paula Moore, Executive Director at the Library. Reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up, encourages family fun, and can generate interest in reading as a lifelong habit through games, events, and skill-building activities coordinated by the Kids' World staff and volunteers. Also instrumental to the Library's summer reading program success are the Friends of the Library. The Friends contributed funds for t-shirts, Arlington Theater gift certificates, and a wrap-up pizza party for the JLVs. The Friends generate funds through their quarterly used book sales to support items like summer reading incentives, that are not included in the Library's annual operating budget. The Friends' next sale is their Fantastic Fall Sale on the weekend of October 30-31 at the Library.   More information about the Friends and their sales.

If you didn't attend this year's Teen Film Fest, you can see the winning videos on our TeenSpace web page. There were 13 great entries judged by Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire. The three winning films were:  First place -  The Beatrix Gem directed by Ben M. of Arlington Heights Second place - Walking On Air directed by Ashley G. of Arlington Heights
Third place - Jenga directed by Trevor O. of Kildeer.


language_lineUsing the Library can be daunting for those with limited English skills. To make things easier, the Library has instant access to an interpreter through a Language Line telephone located at the Answer Center. The phone connects patrons with an interpreter who can translate their requests and convey them to a staff member. The Language Line service has professional interpreters for 150 languages, and it is available any time the Library is open.

kw_reorganization Please pardon our dust during our Kids’ World reorganization project. We’re moving things around, replacing the carpet and adding a few more surprises to the area. All kids'’ items will be available during this project, but some are in temporary locations. Look for the following items in the area between New Books and DVDs for adults: Pop-Up Books Board books Picture books EReads J/Y fiction, mysteries and science fiction Kids' World reference World Languages All items will be moved back to their new locations in Kids' World by October 8. If you need assistance locating anything, please ask a staff member.

Every day around 2,200 people visit our Library. They come here to look for jobs, get help for their small businesses, check out books, movies, music and magazines, learn to use technology, ask questions and do research, attend programs and much more. Our library one of 16,600 public libraries in the United States. Click here to learn a few of the ways that public libraries stack up and how they are helping meet the critical needs of our communities.

TeenFilmFestWeb2010Submission Deadline: Friday, August 13, 5 p.m. We're gearing up for our 4th Annual Teen Film Fest. It's not too late to enter your own movie. It can be anything - a ridiculous comedy, a film about your life, a horror short film – anything. Be creative and have a blast. The top three winning films will be awarded cash prizes, including $100 to the best film. Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire will be hosting and judging the event. Rules and guidelines are posted on the teen website, including a waiver form that must be completed. The film fest will be held on Friday, August 20, 7–8:30 p.m. in the  Hendrickson Room. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.

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04/27/2011
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