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ReadFeed_blog (2) A three-month “Read & Feed” food drive runs from September 1–December 1 at the Library. Bookmobile and AH Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road. We will deliver them to Northwest Suburban United Way, CEDA Northwest and Wheeling Township to restock their food pantries. And because many people out of work have had to give up their pets, the “Read & Feed” drive will also accept items for donation to The Buddy Foundation, which cares for stray, abused and abandoned animals. Donations may include unopened and unexpired cans or boxes of: • rice • beans • meats • stews • soup • peanut butter • cereal • pasta • macaroni and cheese • fruits • vegetables • powdered or evaporated milk • paper goods – paper towels, toilet paper, napkins and infant diapers. Pet items to donate include: • dog food – canned or dry • dog treats • cat food – canned or dry • cat treats • scoopable cat litter For more information about items to donate to the “Read & Feed” collection, please visit www.ahml.info or call 847-506-2613.

Explore our growing collection of audiobooks, eBooks and video using My Media Mall. Download your selections to your PC to use, or transfer to a compatible portable device for use on-the-go. It’s quick, easy and you can do it anytime! And now most of the WMA audiobooks can be transferred to the iPod®. Check out My Media Mall to find out how.

 ceta_food_pickup James Shatkus picked up a trunk full of boxes - 17  in all - containing  447  items for CEDA's food pantry. The items were collected as part of the Library's Read & Feed drive which continues through December 1. Food donations collected in November are going to the Wheeling Township food pantry. We are also collecting pet food and items for The Buddy Foundation. Click here to find out how you can participate.



Three watercolor paintings of Chicago scenes, donated to the Library in memory of former volunteer and Friends of the Library president George Krueger, were dedicated at a recent event. The paintings by artist Sally Perfect Wallman were selected by the Friends of the Library Art Committee and are hanging above the foreign film DVDs on the first floor. Pictured are Krueger’s daughter, Christine; his wife, Irene and Friends’ president Allison Anderson. More event photos.

best_of_chicago Best Freebie in Arlington Heights is the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, according to the "Best of the Best" awards in Chicago Magazine's August issue. Highlighted values are the Library's extensive DVD and foreign films collection, new best sellers, and bargain books sold for 25 cents at Friends of the Library's sales. Recently named a "5-Star" Library by Library Journal earlier this year, Arlington Heights Memorial Library is open 79 hours weekly.

the-twitter-book Want to know how to make the best use of Twitter? How about improving your digital photography or learning how to use Photoshop? You can do this and so much more online using our new Safari Select database. It contains over 400 technical books that you can read entirely online. There's no downloading or checking them out. More than one person can read them at a time, so they are always available. You can find Safari Select listed with our other databases under Research. You can use it from home or in the Library. If using from home, you will need an A.H. library card, or you can come into the Library and register for remote access at the Welcome Desk.

parade-2009 parade2-2009 The Library's new bookmobile made a grand entrance in the July 4 parade. It It rolled down the parade route accompanied by Library trustees, staff members and Junior Library Volunteers who spread the word, "Get the scoop at the Library," and passed out bottles of bubbles shaped like ice cream cones. The giveaways, which were a big hit with young parade goers, were generously funded by the Friends of the Library.

jason_rotary1 Information Services Manager Jason Kuhl spoke to the Arlington Heights Noon Rotary Group recently about the services his department offers. He highlighted questions that our librarians answer for customers at the Answer Center, like what can be done about racoons in your house or what is the most popular New Year's resolution and how often is it kept. (By the way, the most popular resolution is, as you might guess, weight loss, but about 92% of the time, it is not achieved.)  Kuhl encouraged audience members to contact the Answer Center with their questions, whether it is to settle a bet, find consumer information, get driving directions, find out about village ordinances, get answers to trivia questions and much more. Call the Answer Center at 847-506-2633, or email, text or live chat with your question.

Two library services that began in the 1980s, Night Owl Reference Service and Library Cable Network, are being retired as of June 30.


Night Owl Reference Service

This service offered answers to questions from Arlington Heights residents after library hours via the phone. The service was discontinued due to a decreasing number of participating libraries and questions answered.


Night Owl paved the way for the next generation of reference service: the Ask Away online chat, which is available 24/7 to Arlington Heights residents. You can also ask a question at the Library by phoning 847-506-2634 and text-messaging.


Library Cable Network

Arlington Heights was a charter member of the Library Cable Network (LCN) Channel 24 which featured videos of programs taped at the Library and its three partnering libraries. In the current economy, the cable production studio could no longer generate enough income to keep the studio operating.

 “In the 1980’s, creating a cable TV studio for library programs was visionary,” remarked AHML Director Paula Moore. “Our library was a founding partner in this innovative service designed to make our residents aware of library services. But the times have changed with the arrival of web sites such as YouTube and the hundreds of cable channels now available. It was a business decision to retire the channel and direct our resources to other library services. The Board of Library Trustees and staff thank you for your viewership over the past twenty-six years. It’s been a long and gratifying run.

bookmobile-at-track1 Bookmobile staffers Bev Hoffman and Al Piskorski are shown with the bookmobile as it made a stop on Saturday, June 13, at Arlington Park Racecourse for their Teacher Appreciation Event. The event honored teachers from area school districts, and included a book drive to collect books for the Library's Backstretch program. The bookmobile goes to the Backstretch on Fridays from 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. through September 4. In addition, children from the Backstretch come to the Library to participate in the summer reading program. The bookmobile also goes out to block parties and other types of community events. If you would like the bookmobile to come to your event, contact Community Services Manager Joyce Voss, 847-506-2638, or Bookmobile Specialist Jose Maldonado, 847-870-3713.

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