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Enjoy the last days of summer with singer-songwriter and National Slide Guitar Champion, Kraig Kenning. Touring the past 25 years, Kenning has evoked comparisons to inspirations such as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne and Leo Kottke.

Date and time: Thursday, August 24, 7–8 p.m.
Location: Arlington Lakes Golf Club, 1211 South New Wilke Road
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A construction project is underway at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library to make improvements to its outdoor parking lot, underground parking structure and pedestrian walkways. The goal of the project is to improve safety and accessibility for customers – both pedestrians and those in cars. The renovation project will be completed in phases in an effort to minimize inconvenience. The targeted completion date is late September.
Monday, August 21:
  • The underground garage and drive-up window will be closed for approximately two to three weeks.
  • Holds can be picked up in the library near the Checkout Desk.
  • Friends of the Library donations will not be accepted during construction.
  • Questions about holds or need special accommodations? Call 847-392-0100.
  • Parking in the outdoor lot may be limited. Please use caution when heavy machinery is present.
  • A new, temporary book drop is now available at Olympic Indoor Swim Center, 660 N. Ridge (off Euclid), and the grace period for loans has been extended from 3 to 10 days.

It was all eyes skyward as hundreds gathered in North School Park for today's viewing of the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years! People settled in, many setting up picnic-style at this library event, to take in the eclipse as it unfolded overhead. Even the clouds that rolled in couldn't dampen the crowd's enthusiasm as people took turns sharing viewing glasses and together marveled at the cosmic experience with comments like "look up, look up....awesome and totally amazing!"
In addition to viewing the eclipse with solar glasses, the library also offered telescope viewing at the park, eclipse-themed crafts and a monitor for watching a live feed from NASA as the eclipse made its way coast to coast. The NASA feed was also shown in the library's Training Center and Hendrickson Room.

Adults, Family
Step into the brave new world of Dave Eggers’ The Circle, this year’s selection for our One Book, One Village community read.
Celebrating its fourth year, One Book, One Village invites the community to read the same book at the same time. Copies of The Circle are available for checkout at the library, senior center, on the bookmobile and as an eBook. Copies are also available in Spanish, Polish, Japanese and Chinese.
Visit ahml.info/onebook for details on book discussions and related programs including a visit by Dave Eggers to Arlington Heights on Thursday, October 12.

It's a wrap! Thanks to all of the filmmakers, judges and student film supporters involved in making this year's Teen Film Fest a success.
Congratulations to the winning films:
  • Best Animation: Lightlife in the Woods by Valerie Depa
  • Best Comedy: 5 Steps to Getting Your Teacher to Like You by Allison Flondro
  • Best Drama / Documentary:  Soldier's Journey Home by Andrew Wisniewski
  • Best Experimental / Music Video: Wanderlust by Kathleen Oku
  • Best Horror: E.D. by David Petratos
  • Best Overall: Epic Rap Battles of History: Woodrow Wilson vs. Theodore Roosevelt by Jeevan Archarya
Thank you to our judges, Tamara Chambers, Robert Kraybill and Dann Gire.

Summer months were busy ones as families and readers of all ages worked to Build a Better World through this year's summer reading challenges. Parents enjoyed working with their children to practice kindness. Tweens and teens came out in record numbers, pushing themselves to read more diverse books. And hundreds of adults shared thanks for the people in their life who go above and beyond on our interactive chalkboard displays.

Overall, more than 4,000 babies, kids, tweens, teens and adults participated, broadening their reading selections and their world view. Some children who completed the summer reading program even used their final book prize as an opportunity to give back. They were excited to choose a book, not for themselves, but to share with a younger child.
What new experiences did you read about this summer? How did you give back to the community? It's never too late! Let’s all be inspired to Build a Better World all year long.

Part serious inquiry into Arlington Heights' orthography skills, and mostly just a fun night out, this event will mix entertainment with just a modicum of scholarly endeavor. Spelling spots are full at this time, so please join the audience and come cheer on the spellers! Light refreshments will be provided.

Date and time: Wednesday, August 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Arlington Ale House, 111 W. Campbell St., Third Floor, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Registration for this event requires a free ticket available from Eventbrite. A limited number of tickets are available for audience members. Get yours here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adult-spelling-bee-tickets-36443211627

Adults, Literacy
The library is now offering cardholders access to a new database called Pivot, a major resource for researching grants and funding opportunities. Pivot is intuitive and easy to use. Customers can use Pivot to research grant sources for organizations, small businesses and individuals.
Just some of the areas included in Pivot's research include STEM Education, Clean Technology, Energy Industry, Sustainable Design, Green Buildings, Cloud Computing and Urban Farming.
Learn more by visiting Pivot from our Online Databases page. 

A compelling and comically sublime memoir of South African comedian Trevor Noah’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Named one of the best books of the year by Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, Newsday, Esquire,  NPR  and Booklist.
Date and time: Monday, August 28, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room


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