What's Up at the Library?
Library volunteers Nancy Clancy and Joan Toomey joined Library staff member Carol Prescott in serving a free continental breakfast at Senior Health and Fitness Day at the Arlington Heights Senior Center. The breakfast was provided by the Library and the A.H. Park District. The Library also sponsored Fit Links classes taught by staff member Rose Osebold (pictured above with one group) and volunteer Joe Cesario.
Did you know that the Library subscribes to 911 different magazines? The current copies are located on the first floor in the News Stand by the cafe. You can find back issues on the second floor adjacent to the Shackley Room. All back issues can be checked out for one week and renewed for one week. Take a look at the complete list of magazines the Library subscribes to and the newest additions to the collection. We also have magazines for kids and parents in Kids' World and magazines for teens in the Teen area near the Checkout Desk.
Date and time: Friday, June 11, 8–9:30 p.m. Location: Hendrickson Room Finals are over. You are looking for a release ... something different. We’ve got it for you, and you won’t stop moving once you get in the door at the Library’s first Techno Dance Party with magnetic new music handpicked by teens. We’ll be raffling off iTunes gift cards during the event. You’ve never seen the Library like this! For teens going into high school in the fall and older. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
Date and time: Tuesdays, through July 27, 10 a.m.–noon (Sign up for 15-minute session) Location: Kids' World Desk Young readers ages 5–8 are invited to practice their reading skills at the Library this summer. Come in and read to one of the Junior Library Volunteers. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
Date and time: Thursday, June 17, 7 p.m. Location: Hendrickson Room The Chicago Blackhawks' quest for the Stanley Cup is the latest sporting event to electrify area sports fans. Celebrate Chicago sports history and learn more about other great teams from the past with local author Christopher Tabbert. He will relive some of Chicago’s most famous sports moments from unforgettable teams such as the 1908 Cubs, 1919 White Sox, 1985 Bears, 1996 Bulls, and many more that are included in his book, Heydays: Great Stories in Chicago Sports. A great Father's Day gift! Book sale and signing after the program. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
Date and time: Friday, May 21, 10–11 a.m. or 11 a.m.–noon Location: Lindsey Room Explore the world of touch therapy and bond with your baby at this program by infant massage expert, Lana May. Bring a blanket and dress child in loose comfortable clothing. For ages newborn to crawling with adult (Expectant mothers may sign up to observe). Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100. Register for 10 a.m. or Register for 11 a.m.
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.
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.
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.Special 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.
Looking for Consumer Reports? You can browse the current issue and get product ratings and reviews on our website. Go to the Databases A-Z page in our Research section and then select Consumer Reports. A.H. cardholders will need their library cards to use this database outside the Library. If you have a card from another library, you can sign up for remote access at the Library's Welcome Desk.
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.