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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.
Date and time: Tuesday, May 11, 7 p.m. Location: Hendrickson Room Get on the case and discover the facts about the powerful connection between nutrition and disease, how what we eat affects our DNA, and the importance of understanding food labels as a means of making healthier food choices for yourself and your family. Nutrition advocate Cindee Manaves will offer helpful information to answer your nutrition questions. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
Date and time: Wednesday, May 12, 7 p.m. Location: Hendrickson Room Join Art Historian Jeff Mishur as he explores Matisse’s fascination with the processes of making art as well as his connections with fellow modernists such as Pablo Picasso. This talk is in conjunction with the Art Institute’s Matisse exhibition that runs from March 20–June 20. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
Date and time: Sunday, May 16, 1-2 p.m. Location: Lindsey Room Are you interested in learning the game of chess? If so, join us for a lesson in strategy, then stay and play for a bit. For ages 5-14. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
Caddy Stacks Mini Golf Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Kids' World. Bring your own putters to this free, drop in event for families. Wii Sports Resort also offered as part of Family Fitness Month events @ the Library.
Date and time: Tuesday, May 18, 1–1:30 p.m. Location: Lindsey Room Drop by to see what new materials and programs the Library has to offer homeschoolers as well as network with other homeschooling families. Children welcome.
Date and time: Saturday, May 22, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Hendrickson Room Paul Milner will be presenting a day-long workshop consisting of four programs on researching Scottish genealogy.
- 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Scottish Immigration to North America
- 10:30 – 11 a.m. Break -- Enjoy some refreshments
- 11 a.m. – noon Finding Your Scottish Ancestors – The Big Five
- noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)
- 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Maps & Tools for Finding the Right Place in Scotland
- 2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
- 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Scottish Research Using the Web
- 3:45 – 4 p.m. Closing Comments