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For the tenth consecutive year, Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML) has received a five-star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries. Five stars is the highest rating that a library can receive. Over the ten editions of LJ's ranking of Star Libraries, 606 libraries have been named Star Libraries in one or more years. A total of 69 libraries received stars in each of the ten rankings. Of those, AHML is one of only 13 public libraries nationwide to have earned a five-star rating each and every year.
 
“We continue to remain strong in library visits, circulation and program attendance. We attribute this to exceptional staff and an engaged community that strongly support the library,” said Mike Driskell, Acting Executive Director. “This award is really about being in tune with our community and providing the services that they want, when they want them. Responsive change to align services with needs is key to receiving this award year after year. Our mission is to focus completely on the community to identify the services and programs that our residents need and do whatever we can to make them happen.”

This year, 7,409 U.S. public libraries qualified to be rated in the Index. In this edition, there are 259 Star Libraries, each receiving three-star, four-star or five-star designations.Twenty two libraries in Illinois have been named Star Libraries for 2017, and out of these, AHML is just one of six public libraries in the state to earn a top five-star rating. Read more here.


 
Daily Herald movie critic Dann Gire and film historian and novelist Raymond Benson offer a fun-filled evening discussing favorite holiday movies. Join us for film clips, cinema history and treats.

Date and time: Thursday, December 14, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
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Adults
 
This year's Winter Reading Challenge will take place from Monday, December 18 to Sunday, January 28. To participate, pick up your Winter Reading Challenge log at the Kids' World Desk starting Monday, December 18.
 
Age 0-4
It is never to early to build your child's literacy skills. Simple activities involving talking, singing, reading, writing and playing together will help your child. Check off each of the activities you complete. When you have completed seven, bring the log back and select a free book to keep.
 
Age 5-Grade 3
Create your own Winter Reading Challenge. Whether you keep track of pages, books or time spent reading, use the log to mark your progress. When you are done, come in and select your free book. During the program, drop by the Kids' World Desk to spin the wheel and receive a STEM activity to take home.
 
Grades 4-6
Challenge yourself to read and make something new. You decide how much you want to read, and make projects at home or at the library with provided supplies. Drop by the Kids' World Desk to pick up a new project each week. Once you have completed your reading goal, you can select a free book.


 
Free mentoring and small business resources provided by SCORE Chicago (Counselors to America’s Small Business) will be offered at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library beginning in January 2018.

Local small business owners and entrepreneurs are encouraged to take advantage of free mentoring resources for improving the life of their business.

Mentoring services will be available at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library by appointment only on the first Thursday of each month starting on January 4 (three, one-hour sessions at 9 a.m.,10 a.m. and 11 a.m. are available) in the library’s Business Conference Room 172.  Request a one-hour meeting at https://chicago.score.org/branch/arlington-heights-library

Through this new partnership, SCORE Chicago’s highly experienced and trained business counselors (current and retired business owners and executives) will provide complementary and confidential mentoring sessions.
 
The national SCORE Association is a not-for-profit organization with 320 plus chapters and 11,000 plus volunteer mentors throughout the United States. Since 1964, SCORE on a national level has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs.
 
For more information, contact Diane Malik, Specialty Info Services Advisor, 847-870-2458 or dmalik@ahml.info


Adults, business
 
Enjoy an evening of family folk music performed by Cielito Lindo, a modern Latino mariachi-style band, formed by the Lucero family.
 
Date and time: Saturday, December 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room


Adults, Family
 
Thank you to all of our wonderful customers, staff and community groups who helped contribute to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Holiday Book Drive throughout the past few weeks. 770 books were generously donated for infants, children and teens for Wheeling Township's Adopt-a-Family program. Special thanks go to library staff and volunteers, the Board of Library Trustees members, the Lakeshore Circle Book Club, the Rolling Green Nine-Hole Golf League and Girl Scout Troop 40792. The library has donated 17,132 books to children and teens in need since it introduced the Holiday Book Drive in 1998. Thank you again for helping provide the gift of literacy in our community during the holidays.



When a successful song-and-dance team becomes involved with a sister act to save a failing Vermont inn, a series of romantic mix-ups ensue. Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek for a tribute to Bing Crosby and a discussion of his early years in Tacoma, Wash. A screening of the 1954 musical, White Christmas, featuring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen will follow the discussion.
 
Date and time: Monday, December 18, 6:30–9 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room South
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Adults
 
Celebrate the season with the amazing talent of The Four Hands Piano Duo, Jimin Yun and Minji Kwon, as they perform classical and holiday-themed music simultaneously on one piano.
 
Date and time: Sunday, December 17, 2-3 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room


Adults
 
Join us every Thursday evening for family fun. The theme changes weekly, but the family time together remains the same. Ages 0-6; siblings welcome. Space is limited; tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis at the Kids' World Desk before each program begins.
 
Surprise Night!
Thursday, December 14, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
It's a bird, it's a plane...it's a special surprise night just for you!  Come see what we've planned for Thursday Fun, whether it's a storytime, playtime or a dance party!
 
Jammin' in My Jammies
Thursday, December 21, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Come shake your sillies out in this evening storytime for families. Join us in your favorite PJs and be ready for fun at this special storytime.
 
Surprise Night!
Thursday, December 28, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
It's a bird, it's a plane...it's a special surprise night just for you!  Come see what we've planned for Thursday Fun, whether it's a storytime, playtime or a dance party!


 
“Here’s where it all began, at the library. That’s why I’m able to stand where I am and share my passion for books,” said New York Times bestselling author Laura Numeroff, known for books such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Raising a Hero and What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best.
 
Numeroff spoke to an audience of over 200 adults and children in the library’s Hendrickson Room on Sunday, November 12. She showed some of her favorite books (Harry the Dirty Dog, Eloise, Stuart Little), talked about her early life, showed her favorite pages from her books and answered questions during a Q&A session.
 
During her appearance, Numeroff read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, which led to laughter and amusement from the crowd.
 
She also read her book Raising a Hero, which tells the story of a puppy training to become a service dog. The book is a part of her new series, Work for Biscuits, which tells the stories of dogs who have jobs.
 
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) brought along several service dogs in training to the event. One dog named Danica went on stage to show attendees how it is trained to pick up medicine if it falls on the floor. Numeroff later told the audience that a dollar from every copy of Raising a Hero that is purchased will be given to CCI.
 
After reading her stories, she shed some light on the inspiration behind her other work.
 
“One day I saw a Dalmatian and I just got an image in my head, wouldn’t that dog look funny in red sneakers?” she said as she talked about her book Dogs Don’t Wear Sneakers. Other works she talked about include Sometimes I Wonder If Poodles Like Noodles, Laura Numeroff’s 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster and Ponyella.
 
After the event, the library celebrated the work of Laura Numeroff in Kids’ World. Many fun activities were available for children such as arts and crafts based on books like If You Give a Pig a Pancake, beanbag tossing games, a scavenger hunt and a meet-and-greet session with the mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
 


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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

04/27/2011
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