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The Arlington Heights Memorial Library invites local artists to submit a design concept for The Piano Project – a public outdoor art display and marketing campaign for the library's community reading initiative, One Book, One Village. This project will consist of individual artists each painting one functioning upright piano and one bench. The reinvented pianos will then be placed in the community to enjoy visually and play instrumentally from September to October 2018.
Artists must be from the Chicagoland area. Priority will be given to artists who are Arlington Heights residents or art students who formerly resided in Arlington Heights or attended Arlington Heights schools. Must be 18 years or older or have parent/guardian consent.
  • Deadline for Submissions: July 18, 2018
  • Artists selected will be notified: August 1, 2018
  • Artists selected to receive piano: August 2-10, 2018 (Library will transport piano and deliver it to artist. Artist must be flexible with delivery date, per delivery service availability.)
  • Selected artists at work: August 2-30, 2018
  • Piano artwork must be completed: August 31, 2018.
  • Finished piano will be picked up at artist’s location and delivered to final destination: September 1-10, 2018. (Artist must be flexible with pick up date, per delivery service availability.)
  • Pianos in the community: September 10 – October 12, 2018

  • This project requires artwork on all surfaces of an upright piano and bench created by selected artist.
  • Artist will be provided a $500 per piano stipend for materials and payment of services.
  • Artist is responsible for safe storage of piano during painting period.
  • Artist will supply all needed materials.
  • Artwork must be family and community friendly.
  • Artwork may contain the following text, if artist design allows:
  • After artwork is complete, piano music stand will be mounted with plexi or acrylic signage describing the project and acknowledging the artist and the piano’s sponsors.
  • Pianos will be tuned for playing, secured and provided with some protection from weather.
  • All pianos and subsequent artwork will be the property of Arlington Heights Memorial Library upon completion.
  • Artist agrees to make themselves and their workspace available to Communications and Marketing staff from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for social media promotional purposes during the painting period. Artist agrees to a social media partnership with the library for promoting the project. Artist agrees to have work photographed or taped for a video project by AHML staff. Artist agrees to make themselves available to local media who may be interested in covering The Piano Project.
  • Artists will be recognized via the placard placed on each piano, in the library’s fall newsletter and on the library’s website, as well as in the library’s social media accounts.
  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library staff will jury the submitted proposals.
  • Individual proposals must be submitted for each piano used in the project. Artists are welcome to submit more than one proposal.
  • Number of finished pianos will be dependent on number of artists selected, final number of host sites and availability of pianos. 
  • Proposals submitted after deadline will not be accepted.
  • Completed and signed Entry Form
  • Resume (including artist background, qualifications, relevant past experience and art projects involved)
  • Link to artist website, social media accounts, and/or examples of previous artwork
  • Approximate 200 word or less concept for proposed piano artwork
  • Sketches of proposed artwork for piano, using attached template
  • Artists under age 18 must also submit written guardian consent
SUBMIT PROPOSAL TO EMAIL: pianoproject@ahml.info

How will you put some spark in your summer? Create your summer at the library with unique reading programs and challenges for every age. Meet and be inspired by the library's artist-in-residence, award-winning author and illustrator Chris Raschka, and see his artwork on display in the Marketplace, June 4 through August 12. Explore fun, engaging, interactive programs to fuel your creativity, all summer long. Watch your mailbox for the library's summer newsletter for more information. Registration for all summer reading programs begins June 4. See more information on our summer reading program page. 

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet and get creative with acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Chris Raschka. The library’s summer artist-in-residence program will include experiences with the artist, from June 27–30, including a chance to watch Raschka in action as he works on his own creative projects in the library.
His exhibit, Bravo! Chris Raschka, showcases more than 50 works of art, and will be on display in the Marketplace from June 4 to August 12. Bright colors, freeform shapes, childlike characters and a vivid sense of movement and rhythm highlight Raschka’s signature artwork in watercolor, pastel and charcoal pencil.
Raschka has authored more than 60 children’s books, received two Caldecott Medals and has been selected for The New York Times’ Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year list multiple times. Come to the library to find inspiration from this award-winning artist at a bookmaking workshop, storytime, live art demonstration or artist talk.
Artist-in Residence Programs
Registration for artist-in-residence events opens June 1. 
Bookmaking Workshop for Kids
Wednesday, June 27, 1–3 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
For grades 3–6.
Register  (Program full)
Raschka at Work
Watch our artist-in-residence in action as he works on his own creative projects.
Thursday, June 28, 2–4 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
Drop in – No registration needed!
Artist Talk and Book Signing
Thursday, June 28, 7–8:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
For ages 8–adult.
Storytime and Book Signing
Friday, June 29, 10–11:30 a.m. / Hendrickson Room
For age 4–grade 4.
Raschka at Work
Watch our artist-in-residence in action as he works on his own creative projects.
Friday, June 29, 2–4 p.m. / Marketplace
Drop in – No registration needed!
Bookmaking Workshop for Adults
Saturday, June 30, 1–4 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
Register (Program full)
This residency is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Library. This exhibition was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. 

Get in on the excitement of the World Cup this summer at the library! Score big and enjoy an action-packed line-up of programs, live screenings and books to match every step of the competition:
Follow June 14 – 29 World Cup group stage enjoying titles from all participating countries:
• Group A:  Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay   https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4853
• Group B:  Iran, Morocco, Portugal, Spain   https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4854
• Group C:  Australia, Denmark, France, Peru   https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4839
• Group D:  Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria   https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4855
• Group E:  Brazil, Costa Rica, Serbia, Switzerland   https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4856
• Group F:  Germany, Korea, Mexico, Sweden   https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4857
• Group G:  Belgium, England, Panama, Tunisia   https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4858
• Group H:  Colombia, Japan, Poland, Senegal  https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4859
World Cup Screenings at the Library
Friday, July 6; Saturday, July 7;Tuesday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 11
Enjoy snacks from the competing countries as you watch a live match! All matches begin at 1 p.m. in the Hendrickson Room. Drop in
Soccer Fun at the Park  
Celebrate summer, soccer and the World Cup with activities, crafts and refreshments. Coaches from the Arlington Heights Park District will be on hand to teach soccer skills to kids of all ages.
Thursday, July 12, 1– 3 p.m.
Patriot Park, 700 N. Schoenbeck Rd.
Drop in
A Wider Lens - Film Screening: The Two Escobars
Tuesday, July 10, 7–9 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
The rise of Colombian soccer is attributed to the influx of drug money into the sport by Pablo Escobar and the other drug cartels. However, the team's swift decline after Escobar's death results in the murder of star player Andres Escobar. This doucmentary film - The Two Escobars - is a riveting examination of the intersection of sports, crime, and politics.
Looking for some World Cup reads? Check out these books for kids and teens:

Don't have the internet at home? Going on vacation and need a reliable connection? Working out of the office and want offsite internet? The library is excited to begin lending its ten new Mobile Hotspots to Arlington Heights cardholders.
What is a Hotspot?
  • A hotspot is a device that uses a cellular connection to provide internet access to your devices.
  • Connect your device to the hotspot via Wi-Fi and browse the internet with up to 4G LTE speeds.
  • Franklin R910 Mobile Hotspots:
  - Allow multiple users/devices to connect to internet.
  - Have up to 12 hour battery life.
  - Work only in the U.S on Sprint’s cellular network.
Who can check out a Hotspot?
  • Hotspots are only available to Arlington Heights Memorial Library cardholders.

Where can I check out a Hotspot?

How long can I keep it?
Is internet usage tracked by the library?

Join us for fun in the sun at area parks this summer. Drop by for a 20-minute storytime and browse in the bookmobile. In case of bad weather, the storytime will be canceled, but the bookmobile will still be available. Bookmobile stops from 11 a.m. to noon. Storytime is at 11:15 a.m.
Pioneer Park at the corner of Fairview and Fernandez
Tuesdays, June 12, 19, 26 and July 3,10, 17, 24 
Frontier Park in the northwest corner of the parking lot
Wednesdays, June 13, 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25

Night at the Lake
All concerts 7–8 p.m. / Arlington Lakes Golf Club, 1211 South New Wilke Rd.
Bring your own seating for this outdoor venue. Cash bar available and picnics encouraged. Rain location: Hendrickson Room, Arlington Heights Memorial Library. In partnership with Arlington Heights Park District. Drop in
Sueños Latin Jazz
Thursday, July 19
Sueños Latin-Jazz Quartet performs music from across the Latino diaspora, music that combines jazz improvisation with the infectious rhythms and melodies of the Caribbean, South and Central America and Spain. The members of the band are amongst the finest jazz musicians in the Chicagoland area.

Peach's Beach Party
Thursday, August 16
Come celebrate the spirit of Jimmy Buffet with the music of Peach’s Beach Party. Hawaiian shirts optional!

Your house has a history. Was it moved, damaged by fire or englarged to accommodate a growing family? Tina Beaird of Tamarack Genealogy will provide strategies for researching the history of your home by using government records, newspapers, phone directories, maps and other resources.
Date and time: Wednesday, June 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Adults, Genealogy
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. 
Jammin' in My Jammies
Thursday, June 28, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Put on your favorite PJs and be ready for fun.

Discuss The Airbnb Story by Leigh Gallagher, a remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the creation and growth of Airbnb, the online lodging platform, that has become, in under a decade, the largest provider of accommodations in the world. No sign up required – just pick up a book at the Info Desk.
Date and time: Wednesday, July 11, 7–8 p.m.
Location: Business Center
Drop in

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