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Beyond Monster.com
Learn about databases and other online tools to help you prepare your resume and look for jobs. For more information, contact Barb Vlk, Business Librarian, 847-870-3642, bvlk@ahml.info.
Date and time: Tuesday, January 25, 10 a.m.
Location: Business Center
What You Need to Know About Recruiters but Were Afraid to Ask
Recruiters are valuable allies in your job search. In this seminar presented by talent leader and career strategist Karen Evertsen, you will learn the different types of recruiters, recruiter insider tips and more about the hidden job market for your employment search.
Date and time: Tuesday, January 25, 7 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Reference Librarian Judy Rycombel will talk about some of the standard and more reliable sources for information about vitamins, supplements, herbs and different therapies such as yoga, meditation and acupressure. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
Date and time: Saturday, January 22, 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: Training Center

Do you have  favorite authors, but you've read everything they've written? Or maybe you are always looking for a good mystery book. We can help. Fill out the new Book Me form on the Reading Suggestions page, and we will build a reading list just for you.
You tell us what you like and dislike, and within three to five days, you will receive a list of 5–10 titles that match your criteria. You can even specify if you want books, audiobooks, large print books or eBooks. Do you like shorter books? No problem, you can specify that as well. Try it today and you'll soon embark on a whole new reading adventure!

Recently a library user emailed to suggest that we order the The Top 12 Healthy Cookbooks of 2010 as listed on New Hope 360.com. She was pleasantly surprised when told that we already owned eight of the twelve, and that we would order the other four.
We thought others might be interested in the list as well, so here it is.
Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming

Seasonal Fruit Desserts by Deborah Madison
Speed Vegan by Alan Roettinger

The Essential Diabetes Cookbook by Antony Worrall Thompson

Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff

Good Meat by Deborah Krasner

Clean Start by Terry Walters

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, videos and audiobooks for children and young adults at its Midwinter Meeting in San Diego.
Here are some of the 2011 award winners:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature
Moon Over Manifest
written by Clare Vanderpool
 Newbery Honor Books
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Caldecott Honor Books
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill
Interrupting Chicken written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
Ship Breaker written by Paolo Bacigalupi
Printz Honor Books
Stolen by Lucy Christopher 
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
Nothing by Janne Teller
Complete list of award-winning books, videos and audiobooks.

Getting the new Kids' World aquarium ready for its occupants.
Move-in day is upon us! The new state-of-the-art aquarium, donated by Marianos' Fresh Market, is now up in Kids' World, and soon new fish will be moving in. The first group arrives on Friday, January 7, but the big move will come the following Friday, January 14. Be sure to stop in and welcome our new neighbors in Kids' World!

Kids' World
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton may be just the book for your kindergartner. Or maybe he or she will identify with Too Many Toys by David Shannon. Both books are nominated for the 2011 Monarch Award which is designed to encourage Illinois children to read critically and to become familiar with children’s books, authors and illustrators. Illinois children in grades K–3 vote annually for their favorite author and/or illustrator from a list of 20 books nominated for this award.
Children in Illinois can also vote each year for the Bluestem Awards (for grades 3–5) and the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Awards (for grades 4–8). The 2011 nominated books for all these awards are shelved together near the graphic novels and magazines at the entrance to Kids' World.
Voting will be held February 1–28, so stop by now to read the books and pick your favorites before the voting begins. If you have any questions, ask at the Kids' World Desk.
Complete list of 2011 Monarch Award nominees.
Complete list of 2011 Bluestem Award nominees.

What do an author, a hall of famer and a Heart of Gold recipient have in common? They are all library volunteers who received recognition for their achievements in 2010.
Author Barbara Binns
October was a big month for Barbara Binns who is a volunteer in the Library's Computer Room at the Arlington Heights Senior Center. Not only does she help teach library-sponsored computer classes there, but she also used those same computers to write a book. Her novel for young adults, called Pull, is based loosely on her life and was published in October to good reviews. It was her first novel and created quite a stir among her peers at the Senior Center where she talked about her experiences in a program called "Getting in Print."
Senior Hall of Famer Jack Muldoon
Senior Center volunteer Jack Muldoon also had a memorable October. He was inducted into the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame for his work teaching retirees how to research and track investments. For over ten years, Jack has lent his considerable knowledge, skills, and energy to the Library’s computer education programs for seniors. Through his classes, lectures, and one-on-one assistance, Jack has helped nearly 1000 older adult students develop the skills needed to manage their own investments.
Heart of Gold Award Winner Javier Elias
Rounding out this award-winning year for library volunteers is Javier Elias who just won the 2011 "Young at Heart" Heart of Gold award. The Heart of Gold awards honor Arlington Heights volunteers. Javier has been a volunteer at the Library for more than eight years. He began as a Spanish language translator on the bookmobile and is currently a tutor for eight students each week in the ESL/Literacy Office. While their stories may be different, Javier’s students speak with one voice of the passion and energy that he brings to his tutoring sessions. His dedication to his students has enabled them to become active, contributing members of our community.
Congratulations to these dedicated library volunteers! We're so proud of all of our volunteers and grateful for their continued support of the Library.

AHML is one of 60 libraries in Illinois selected as a pilot site for “Go Green @ Your Library,” a state-wide, collaborative project with the Illinois Library Association and the Field Museum in Chicago facilitated by funding from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The Library’s theme, “Village Voices - Green Choices” will highlight a variety of programs that will educate and inspire our community to “rethink green.”
To kick off our green initiative, we are starting a new monthly discussion group, “Reading Green.” Each discussion will relate to the themes and concepts in a specific book. Attendees do not need to have read the book in order to participate. Register online or at the Reception Desk on the second floor, 847-392-0100, for:

Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
Saturday, January 15, 10 a.m. or Thursday, January 20, 7 p.m.
Hendrickson Room
A limited number of copies of the book will be available at the Welcome Desk.

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.

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