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What is punk music? What led to its creation? And what kind of parallels can we see today? These are just a few of the questions that were explored in the library’s Sound Opinions program at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.

Using a mix of historical perspective, video clips and an audience question-and-answer period, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discussed 1977, the year punk music emerged from London and New York, with a crowd of more than 150 music enthusiasts. Punk rock, which has proven influential on everything that's followed, erupted in those two cities out of an uneasy stew of economic inequality, political and racial tensions, budding anger, riots, unrest, and even blackouts and heat waves; and a sense that we all had "no future" -- a time, in other words, not unlike today.
Punk is about having an “attitude of defiance” and wearing it proudly, said Kot. The guiding principle was to “take everything negative that’s being thrown at us and throw it back at them.” Bands like the Ramones, Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, Blondie, the Clash, Talking Heads and Wire epitomized this turbulent time in history. The Sound Opinions hosts discussed how “being punk” meant “you didn’t want to be homogenized,” and that this sensibility has repeated itself over time, from grunge to alternative to rap and DIY culture; with a subset of artists always seeking to break away from the norm and rebel.
Punk Rock 1977: The Sound of Genius was created for the library in partnership with Metropolis featuring the expertise of Kot, who has worked for the Chicago Tribune since 1990 as a music critic; and DeRogatis, who has worked for the Chicago Sun-Times as a music critic for 15 years and now lectures full-time at Columbia College. Together they brought more than 40 years of experience to this lively conversation examining the idea of particularly "magical" times and places that result in a creative explosion – themes echoed in The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places, from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley, the selected title for this year's One Book, One Village community read.

WBEZ’s Sound Opinions broadcasts to more than 120 radio stations across the country and has produced more than 550 episodes. It can be heard in the Chicago market on WBEZ on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit soundopinions.org. For more information on this year's One Book, One Village community read and its related programs, visit ahml.info/onebook.

Fun-lovin' acoustic Beatles tribute band Kaleidoscope Eyes will be celebrating 50 years of Beatles music. We hope that you will join us and "Come Together" to "Twist and Shout" the autumn afternoon away. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Date and time: Sunday, October 23, 2–3 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Genius is fun! That’s what customers of all ages are discovering as they take turns launching ping pong balls, marshmallows, foam baseballs and pumpkins using our custom-built replica of one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most innovative ideas – his ingenious catapult. It’s the centerpiece for the library’s current exhibit, Building da Vinci, which celebrates innovation and genius – themes in this year’s One Book, One Village selection, The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner.
Built by two local artists and engineers, the wooden catapult is based on da Vinci’s original drawing found in his famous notebook of inventions dating back to the 1480s – a design that still works. Customers had a blast discovering this firsthand this month at our Try It Yourself sessions. Dozens of kids and adults took turns loading up the four-and-a-half feet arm that reaches to 7 feet when in action. How far did the marshmallows, foam pumpkins and ping pongs balls fly? Drop in and discover it for yourself. Building da Vinci is on display through November 13 on the first floor of the library.

It’s never too early to start reading to babies, toddlers and preschoolers to help develop early literacy skills. Research shows children become readers on the lap of a caring adult and the more books children ages 0-5 hear, the more prepared they will be to learn how to read later on.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program for young children that began at the library in September 2014. Last year 38 area preschools and 702 individuals participated. Although 1000 books sounds like a lot, it’s only three shared reading sessions a day for a year. So how does it work?

• Register here or in Kids’ World.
• Start reading and counting.
• Drop by Kids’ World to check in and receive prizes.
• The program continues until your child enters kindergarten.
• Find more details at ahml.info/1000books.

How to Grow a Reader
  • Reading aloud to your child is the single most important thing you can do to help your child be ready to read.
  • We can help you find age-appropriate titles and topics for your child. Ask a librarian for help in choosing books for your baby, toddler or preschooler.
  • You are your child’s first and best teacher. Children learn best through playful interaction with a caring adult.
  • Talk, sing, read, write and play! Engaging in these five practices with your child will help him or her develop early literacy skills.
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Zombies are taking over the world and your must protect your country! Work with other countries to try to prevent the impending zombie hoard from destroying the world as we know it. Learn about other countries with a zombie twist. For teens in grades 7–12.
Date and time: Thursday, October 27, 6–8 p.m.
Location: Training Center

Adults, Teen
From Piles to Files: Let's Get Organized
Teresa McMillin provides a Workable Organization Plan to keep track of valuable research and documents, both paper and digital. For beginners and seasoned researchers. You may also be interested in the afternoon class, "Technology for Genealogy."
Date and time: Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m.-Noon
Location: Cardinal Room
Technology for Genealogy
Learn about the many mobile apps useful to genealogists, and how to utilize the technology in our Digital Studio to preserve and create records. Please consider signing up for the morning program also, "Let's Get Organized."
Date and time: Saturday, November 5, 1:30-4 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Saturday, October 29
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Hendrickson Room
Silent Auction 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday, October 30
noon-4:30 p.m., Hendrickson Room
noon-3:30 p.m., Cardinal Room
This sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library is a book-lover's dream. You can choose from thousands of used books available at amazingly low prices for both adults and children. Featured are a large assortment of children's books, books on history and sports, and cookbooks. Electronic devices such as scanners, laptops and cell phones are not permitted at the sale. Bills larger than $20 will no longer be accepted.

New York Times best-selling author Trenton Lee Stewart, author of the Mysterious Benedict Society series, greeted more than 100 fans in the Hendrickson Room recently and talked about his books and his life as a writer. Stewart discussed his favorite books, including Watership Down, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He also talked about The Hobbit and how he wanted all of his books to be like the “Riddles in the Dark” chapter from that book. Stewart made a connection between The Lord of the Rings and his new book, The Secretkeepers, by making comparisons between the ring from Lord of the Rings and the pocket watch from The Secretkeepers and how both can make you invisible.  The audience had a good time thinking about what they could do if they were invisible for a day. Customers also enjoyed hearing about Stewart’s inspiration for the Mysterious Benedict Society and the many characters from those books.

On September 20, Marianthi Thanopoulos of Arlington Heights was sworn in as the newest member of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Trustees. She will serve until the next general election on April 4, 2017.
Thanopoulos is the Community Engagement Liaison for the Village of Mount Prospect and a documentary producer. She obtained a Masters of Arts in social sciences from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from DePaul University. She formerly served as a communication and marketing liaison for the Evanston Public Library and describes herself as an “avid reader” who “deeply understands the value that people place on Library services, programs, events and community outreach.”
The seven-member Board of Library Trustees sets the library’s tax levy and budget as well as library policies. Trustees are elected for six-year terms.

"It's a book about ideas," said Executive Director Jason Kuhl as he spread the word at Monday night's Village board meeting about the library's third annual One Book, One Village community read. Presenting to Mayor Tom Hayes and the village trustees, Kuhl invited all of Arlington Heights to read this year's book choice, The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner, which explores why creative genius flourishes at specific places and at specific times. The mayor in turn thanked Kuhl and the library "for your dedication in developing more geniuses in the village of Arlington Heights."
Check out a copy of the book today. Then join us for An Evening with Author Eric Weiner on Thursday, November 3 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hendrickson Room. Registration opens on October 1.

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