What's Up at the Library?

 
The library will be closed all day on Thursday, 11/23 in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular hours will resume on Friday, 11/24. Click here to learn more about the library's hours.


Adults
 
Give the gift of reading by donating new children's books for our holiday book drive. The books will go to low-income families in our area through the Wheeling Township Adopt-a-Family program. We are collecting new books for children and teens from infancy to age 18. Books in Spanish are welcome.
 
Is your school, community group or business interested in collecting books for the book drive? For more information on collecting as a group, contact Editorial Supervisor April Harder at 847-870-3785 or aharder@ahml.info.

Collection Dates: November 1–December 1
Location: Drop off your donation in the collection bin at the Checkout Desk.


 
“Here’s where it all began, at the library. That’s why I’m able to stand where I am and share my passion for books,” said New York Times bestselling author Laura Numeroff, known for books such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Raising a Hero and What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best.
 
Numeroff spoke to an audience of over 200 adults and children in the library’s Hendrickson Room on Sunday, November 12. She showed some of her favorite books (Harry the Dirty Dog, Eloise, Stuart Little), talked about her early life, showed her favorite pages from her books and answered questions during a Q&A session.
 
During her appearance, Numeroff read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, which led to laughter and amusement from the crowd.
 
She also read her book Raising a Hero, which tells the story of a puppy training to become a service dog. The book is a part of her new series, Work for Biscuits, which tells the stories of dogs who have jobs.
 
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) brought along several service dogs in training to the event. One dog named Danica went on stage to show attendees how it is trained to pick up medicine if it falls on the floor. Numeroff later told the audience that a dollar from every copy of Raising a Hero that is purchased will be given to CCI.
 
After reading her stories, she shed some light on the inspiration behind her other work.
 
“One day I saw a Dalmatian and I just got an image in my head, wouldn’t that dog look funny in red sneakers?” she said as she talked about her book Dogs Don’t Wear Sneakers. Other works she talked about include Sometimes I Wonder If Poodles Like Noodles, Laura Numeroff’s 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster and Ponyella.
 
After the event, the library celebrated the work of Laura Numeroff in Kids’ World. Many fun activities were available for children such as arts and crafts based on books like If You Give a Pig a Pancake, beanbag tossing games, a scavenger hunt and a meet-and-greet session with the mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
 


 
Who was Al Capone, and why are we still so fascinated by him? This is the true story of Chicago's Beer Wars of the Roaring Twenties. From the beginning of the Volstead Act to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, join speaker Clarence Goodman and brace yourselves for this riveting tale and brutal story.

Date and time: Wednesday, December 6, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
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Adults

Join Mike Heatwole, Financial Advisor with Waddell and Reed, to learn about different Social Security filing options available to married couples, divorced individuals and widows.
 
Date and time: Thursday, December 7, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
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Adults
 
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.

Surprise Night!
Thursday, November 30, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
It's a bird, it's a plane...it's a special surprise night just for you!  Come see what we've planned for Thursday Fun, whether it's a storytime, playtime or a dance party!
 
Mini-Movers
Thursday, December 7, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
This musical storytime is perfect for kids who are always on the go. Every session is full of songs, stories and time to explore musical instruments and dramatic movement.
 
Surprise Night!
Thursday, December 14, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
It's a bird, it's a plane...it's a special surprise night just for you!  Come see what we've planned for Thursday Fun, whether it's a storytime, playtime or a dance party!
 
Jammin' in My Jammies
Thursday, December 21, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Come shake your sillies out in this evening storytime for families. Join us in your favorite PJs and be ready for fun at this special storytime.
 
Surprise Night!
Thursday, December 28, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
It's a bird, it's a plane...it's a special surprise night just for you!  Come see what we've planned for Thursday Fun, whether it's a storytime, playtime or a dance party!


 

Opening remarks from Debbie Smart, Board of Library Trustees President
Arlington Heights Memorial Library Committee of the Whole meeting, October 30, 2017

Welcome to tonight’s Committee of the Whole meeting, used by board and staff as a tool for planning and communication. It is transparent in nature so that the community is aware of upcoming projects, priorities, issues and business decisions. No official business will be approved or voted on tonight.

Over the last several weeks, inaccurate information has been circulating, which the board wishes to address:
 
1. At no time did the board direct staff to cancel the immigration programming. Staff made the proper decision to do so as safety concerns arose for both staff and potential participants. In fact, the Library Board reaffirmed our support of the immigration programming at our September 25, 2017 board meeting.
 
2. On January 17, 2017, the Board amended the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Vision and Values to reflect diversity and inclusion as part of our institutional values. We support free and equal access for all. Task forces were started by staff to address audience development, south side resident inclusion and expanding services for people with disabilities.
 
3. This summer, our board fully supported our Inspiring Understanding and Build a Better World initiatives by attending programming and participating in workshops.
 
4. During February and May, the board approved budget amendments adding the following resources:
 
• A grant and development position to apply for new revenue streams to support initiatives
• A community engagement liaison to better identify community needs.
• A bilingual specialty services advisor for our Hispanic community’s needs.
 
All of these positions help better serve the underserved and to assist in gauging our community’s current needs.
 
5. The Board recently approved the funding for the 2018 XOXO exhibit, which highlights interactive experiences about love, understanding and forgiveness.
 
6. The library board, first and foremost, serves our community.
 
As public officials, library trustees have a duty to take such actions as are reasonable to provide an efficient and well-managed library. Library trustees solely make decisions that they deem in the best interest of the community. At the end of the day, the board is ultimately responsible for the library’s performance. This board has always been very transparent in nature. However, we cannot and will not comment on any performance or personnel issues on the advice of our attorney.
 
Our board will continue to be governed by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s Vision and Values, library policies, those of the State of Illinois Local Library Act, guidelines from the American Library Association and American Library Association Library Bill of Rights.
 
 

 

A message to our Valued Customers and Residents from Mike Driskell, Acting Executive Director

Dear Valued Customers of Arlington Heights Memorial Library,
 
The library is currently in the midst of leadership change. We are determined to do everything we can to make the transition seamless in the eyes of our customers. We are particularly proud of all our staff at this time, especially those in roles that you interact with every day. It is important for us to continue listening to our employees and our residents so that we can emerge from these changes positively.
 

As we move forward, we will continue to follow the library’s core values, which include unparalleled customer service, free and equal access, diversity and inclusion, fiscal responsibility and a focus on the Arlington Heights Community.

 
 

 

The Board of Library Trustees meeting schedule can be found here.

 


Adults
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is now offering two new resources to help aid genealogy and history research. The first is Proquest Historical Newspapers, which adds to the access the library already had for the historical Chicago Tribune (1849-1993). New historical titles include The New York Times (1851-2013), The Chicago Defender (1910-1975), the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1874-1922), The Baltimore Sun (1837-1991) and The Irish Times/The Weekly Irish Times (1859-2015). These are fully-scanned articles and pages from the original newspapers, complete with photos, advertisements, classifieds, obituaries and death notices, and are especially valuable both to genealogists and students working on history projects (looking for primary sources, historical price information, etc.).
 
The second resource is American Ancestors, a collection of genealogy databases maintained by the New England Historic Genealogical Society with over 14 billion records pulled from military sources, vital records, family histories, census data, etc. Full access to records is available inside the library. Users outside the library have limited access to freely-available records.
 
Resources such as Proquest Historical Newspapers can be found by visiting the library's Research webpage and clicking on the Databases tab.


 
 

"I want to assure you that we are absolutely committed to free and equitable access to information, programs and services to everyone."
Mike Driskell, Acting Executive Director

 
Trusted resources recommended by our librarians
 
Legal information online and some free consultation
Illinois Legal Aid Online
Ayuda Legal
 
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Know Your Rights
Available in multiple languages
 
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Know Your Rights
 
Immigrants’ Rights – What to Do If You Are Stopped video:

 
Printable wallet card from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
 
Where can I find the information that was going to be presented at the Workshop?
The website of the group that was scheduled to present the workshop can be found here http://www.calachicago.org/

Where can I find the meeting schedule of the Library Board of Trustees meetings?
The schedule for board meetings is posted here: http://www.ahml.info/about/information
 
 
What are the guidelines the Library uses to make programming decisions?
 
Arlington Heights Memorial Library Vision, Values and Priorities
http://www.ahml.info/about/AHML
 
Arlington Heights Memorial Library Code of Ethics Policy
http://www.ahml.info/about/2006-code-ethics
 
American Library Association Library Bill of Rights
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill
 
American Library Association Professional Ethics
http://www.ala.org/tools/ethics
 
 
FAQ regarding our Know Your Rights Workshop
 
What was the workshop Know Your Rights about?
It was an informational program for anyone who would like to learn more about immigration rights presented by the Community Activism Law Alliance. It was scheduled for Monday, September 25, at 7 p.m.
 
Why was the workshop cancelled?
The program was cancelled for the safety of workshop participants, customers and staff.
 
What led the library to believe that safety was an issue?
Library staff had multiple interactions with members of the public about the Workshop. Reference was made that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be called to be present at the program.
 

Our top priority is to ensure the safety of attendees at our programs. Given the direct and implied threats being made, we did not feel we could adequately ensure that safety, so we made the difficult decision to cancel the program for that reason.

 
Will the program be rescheduled?
We are talking about that right now. At this point, nothing has been rescheduled. We steadfastly remain committed to the principles outlined in our Vision, Values and Priorities and will continue to offer programs guided by them:  http://www.ahml.info/about/AHML
 
How can I give feedback about this program?
We would welcome hearing the views of the entire Arlington Heights community on this topic. Please use our online form which can be found here: http://www.ahml.info/contact
 
Updated October 6, 2017
 


Adults
 
"We choose to live the way we do and participate the way we do," said Dave Eggers to an audience of more than 350 people who packed the Forest View Auditorium on Thursday evening October 12 to hear the award-winning writer, editor and philanthropist speak as he touched on topics like privacy, surveillance and free choice -- all central themes in his dystopian novel The Circle, the 2017 One Book, One Village (OBOV) selection.
 
In an interview-style program moderated by the library's Info Services Supervisor Pam Schwarting, Eggers settled in and talked about his artistic path, which began in the first grade in the Lake Forest public schools and continued with "an uninterrupted string of awesome teachers" who helped spark his interest in writing. A focus on painting followed in middle school and high school.
 
"I trained as an artist, every bone in my body thought I'd be a painter," Eggers said.
 
It was as a sophomore studying at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that Eggers switched his focus from painting to journalism and his life as a writer took hold.
 
“I came of age with a desktop computer and learned to write on a Mac," Eggers said, then joked, "I'm inherently a slob so the desktop allowed me to revise, revise, revise.”
 
This process of writing, and re-writing, continues still today. Eggers, who describes himself as "an endless reviser," shared with the audience his typical work day. He writes in his home office in his converted garage where there is no phone or internet.
 
“It's taken me a long time to get settled and to remember where I am with what I'm writing," Eggers explained. "I have a chair, a wingback chair...I sit in that chair for eight hours to get 45 minutes done.”
 
This process has resulted in an extensive eclectic body of work. Eggers is the author of 10 books including fiction and nonfiction. His debut, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, was a New York Times bestselling memoir and a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2001. Other works include Zeitoun, Heroes of the Frontier, A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award, and the international bestseller, The Circle
 
Eggers told the audience he took notes for about 10 years on situations involving individual's freedoms and privacy versus society's safety and right to know before writing The Circle.
 
"I do believe a human under surveillance is not free," Eggers said. He described the rise of social media and the increased use of measurements as "the new neediness." While reflecting about the choices his characters make in The Circle, Eggers described their situations as "51/49" since they deal with the ever-pressing struggle of finding ways for improving the world without stripping people of their rights.
 
Following the 60-minute onstage presentation, Eggers took questions from the audience, which highlighted some of his philanthropic work including 826 National, a network of tutoring centers around the country including one here in Wicker Park.
 

An Evening with Author Dave Eggers and his appearance in Arlington Heights came on the heels of Eggers receiving the prestigious Carl Sandburg Literary Award in Chicago on October 11. Reflecting on this honor, which is presented to a writer in recognition of the totality of his or her work, Eggers said, "I'm very humbled and happy that I can sit in my garage and write."

 


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The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public.  These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.  Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
 
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