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Arlington Heights resident Paula Burzawa recently appeared at Barnes & Noble for a book talk about her newly released first novel Seasons of Sun now available at Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon.com, Borders.com and at Barnes & Noble stores.
 
Paula credits her writing success to her involvement in the Library's writers' group, The Writing Place. Here is an excerpt from her comments at the book talk:
 
"My novel would have never come together without this group. A few years ago, during one of my weekly visits to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library with my son and daughter, I noticed a poster for a new group that was forming, called The Writing Place. Created for aspiring writers of all backgrounds, it allowed participants to share their creative writing -  be it poems, play manuscripts, even short stories. I was ecstatic about the formation of this group because for years I had been trying to put together a travel memoir of my summers spent in Greece.
 
Over the course of a year and a half, we wannabe authors met at the library, sharing our stories, critiquing each other’s work, offering not only guidance, but encouragement to one another, as each of us dared to follow our writing dreams. After each session, I left the library uplifted, more driven, more focused on what my story needed to be. My questions and challenges about how I should tell my story were answered by sharing with the group. 
 
In the end, however, aside from the technical guidance, the most valuable gift the Writing Place provided was the motivation never to give up on a dream. Despite the challenges of compiling my manuscript, the optimistic camaraderie between fellow members of the group kept me focused towards the completion of my project."
 
Experience the Library's  writing groups for yourself. Beginning in January, aspiring writers will have two writing groups to choose from - The Writing Place and the Poetry Place. Register now for both groups - online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
 
Register for The Writing Place.
Register for The Poetry Place.


Can't get to the Library? Try the bookmobile. It comes right to your neighborhood bringing a wide variety of the latest materials for all ages, including audiobooks, paperbacks, CDs, DVDs, large print books, magazines and best sellers. Children's materials also include picture books, sights and sounds, and puzzles.
 
In addition, if there is a special library item you would like, you can reserve it online and pick it up on the bookmobile. Find out when the bookmobile will be in your neighborhood.


Did you know that you can get a free app for your iPhone that allows you to look up in information at your local library? Gale-Cengage, a leading information provider, offers the free AccessMyLibrary app for iPhone as well as Android users. The app locates libraries within a 10-mile radius of your current location and allows you to access current magazines, journals, encyclopedias, how-to guides, and more.You can then choose a library (including AHML) and access its online content from Gale-Cengage!
 
Click here to access the free AccessMyLibrary app.
 


What a great community we live in! This year was our best year yet for donations to our Read and Feed Food Drive and Holiday Book Drive. Thanks to the amazing generosity of our library users, we were able to deliver:
 
3,438 food items to WheelingTownship. That’s 77 boxes at an estimated weight of 1,925 lbs!
 
293 pet items to the Buddy Foundation, including four 40-pound bags of dog food
 
839 books to WheelingTownship
 
We would like to thank everyone who contributed. You have made this holiday season much brighter for so many area families and pets. As always we had wonderful groups who collected for us. Special thanks go to:
 
American Legion Auxiliary
AHML staff members
Progeny Dental staff in Lincolnshire
Rotary Club of Arlington Heights
South Middle School Cadette Troop 41075
 
Ivy Hill 3rd-grade brownies
 
John Hersey High School National Honor Society
 
St. Alphonsus School
 


Explore the stories, music and the culture of the early Native Americans with award-winning storyteller Dennis Paige. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
 
For school-age children
 
Date and time: Wednesday, December 29, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room


 
The Library's drive-up window is now open Monday–Friday, beginning at 8 a.m., so you can pick things up before you go to work.
 
The drive-up window can also save you time throughout the day. Use your computer and the drive-up window to get what you need. Go online and reserve your books, movies and music. When they are ready, we'll email you, and you can pick them up at the drive-up window located in the underground parking lot. If you need to drop off materials, there's a book drop right next to it - perfect for a quick stop while out running your errands.

 


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.

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04/27/2011
The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public.  These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.  Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
 
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