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Beginning June 1, the Library and its grounds will be smoke free.  While smoking  is currently not allowed in the Library, customers had been allowed to smoke outside of the building. This change is part of an update to the Library's Code of Conduct which was put in place to "provide and ensure a welcoming environment, including quiet areas for study and work."  New signs indicating this change will go up on June 1 in the parking lots and near Library entrances.

 2pt6MillionCHeckouts_Ne#418 The Library recently reached a new milestone. It was our all-time busiest year ever in the Library’s history – with more than 2.6 million items checked out and an average 2,600 visitors in our building a day.  And that doesn’t include our customers using the bookmobile in 26 stops around the Village or attending our programs at the A.H. Senior Center. 

On May 11, the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, funded by the Friends of the Library, was held to honor our dedicated group of library volunteers. We celebrated their combined contribution of 25,382 hours of service to the Library. What a difference our 248 volunteers make each day to help expand our services and add value to the lives of our residents! They work throughout the Library, on the bookmobile and at the Arlington Heights Senior Center. Volunteers assist staff with a mulitude of tasks, including helping out at library programs, staffing the Reading Room and teaching computer classes at the Senior Center, sorting books for the Friends' book sales and helping residents improve their English. We'd like to thank all of our volunteers for their many contributions. VolServiceAwardWinners2010
Volunteers receiving special recognition for 500-9500 hours of service include John Ivory, Gene Taylor, Dorothy Roser, Sandy Kaempen, Stanley Stec, Pat Dennehey, Marsha Balster, Bonnie Romanowski, Cindy Viti, Dorothy Hlavacek, Tom Dooley, Florence Combs, Joan Toomey, Joe Cesario, Jerry Westfall, Nancy Clancy and Jack Muldoon.
Vol of Year TitleSpecial congratulations go to Joan Huff, our Volunteer of the Year. This is a one-time award that is given to the volunteer who has contributed the most hours during the previous year and who has not previously received it. Joan was awarded the Volunteer of the Year for her contribution of 495 hours of service to the Library in 2009.

bookmobile_winners In recognition of the first National Bookmobile Day in April, we celebrated all month long with a contest on the bookmobile. Entrants had to answer the question, "On average, how many miles does the bookmobile travel each week?"  There were three age groups - adults, teens and kids - and the two closest answers in each group won the entrants a $15 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. Pictured above are some of the winners with Bookmobile Specialist Jose Maldonado on the right. Also shown are Eric Lueck, Sky Findlay and Matthew Feinberg. Congratulations to all of our winners! By the way, the bookmobile travels 74 miles a week on average. Click here to see the bookmobile schedule and find the closest stop to your house.

Print Caddy Stacks Mini Golf Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Kids' World. Bring your own putters to this free, drop in event for families. Wii Sports Resort also offered as part of Family Fitness Month events @ the Library.

PaulaAndUkrainians A group of delegates representing the leading library networks of Ukraine visited the Library on Wednesday, April 21, as part of the Open Worlds Program sponsored by the Library of Congress. The group is spending eight days in the Chicago area familiarizing themselves with the work of their American colleagues. While here, they toured the Library and got an overview of our services and collection. In addition, they met with our volunteer coordinator,  Information Services manager, and Kids' World manager who briefed them on their departments and answered the delegates' questions about library services here.

Beginning Thursday, April 1, the drive-up window will open one hour earlier, at 8 a.m., Monday–Friday.

caddystacks_sold_out For one night, it was like the Masters at the Library, or at least the masters of mini golf. The Library was turned into a very unique mini golf course featuring our extensive collection. The Caddy Stacks mini golf event was a fundraiser for a new aquarium for Kids' World and a chance to see the Library in a whole new way. From the big blue monster that welcomed all to Kids' World to the stunning floral display from Sylvia's Flowers, the entire building was transformed.   We'd like to thank our participants and sponsors for their support of this event. Local businesses and individuals who made contributions include: Arlington Heights Management Group Arlington Heights Park District Arlington Park Arlington Theaters Brian Properties Birch River Grill California Pizza Kitchen Drost Kivlahan McMahon & O'Connor LLC Friends of the Library Javier's Sabor Mexicano & Agave Bar Meredith Carlton Kramer Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Northwest Speech and Hearing Center Ltd. Picket Fence Realty Rolling Green Country Club Sue Dawson, Attorney Sylvia's Flowers 3D Interior Remodeling Tuscan Market & Wine Shop U Keep Us in Stitches, Inc. Village Bank & Trust Arlington Heights Visualedge Creative Services, Inc. See all the fun in these event photos.

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Putting on a puppet show in Kids' World
On February 10, libraries across the state took photos of the happenings - big and small - at their libraries. It was part of an intiative by the Illinois Library Association to show how valuable libraries are to their communities. Putting on a puppet show is just one of the things that you can do at the Library.  Click here for a quick look at some other ways the Library is used every day.

CurrentEvents1000 "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government..."--Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789. The members of the Current Events Group at the Arlington Heights Senior Center strive to stay well-informed and have been doing so each week for more than 20 years. On Thursday, January 28, the group celebrated its 1,000th session. It is the Library's longest-running group and started as an offshoot of a Great Books Discussion Group with Tom Bernett as the original leader. He created the model for discussion that they use today and led the group for 18 years. The current discussion leaders are George Galvan, Amy Burke, Robert Gilden, and until recently, Taft Lowell.   The group has a very loyal following. Original group members Julie Martin and Ellen Hoffman attended the special event as well as many members who have been coming for up to 15 years. The popular group started with 8 or 9 members and now has to be capped at 50 due to space limitations. The Library congratulates this great group on reaching its 1,000th session!

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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

04/27/2011
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