What's Up at the Library?

Are you considering your healthcare options in 2016? Do you have questions about changing plans or want to do some comparison shopping? A representative from Northwest Compass will present an informational session on the Affordable Care Act, Get Covered Illinois, and what you need to know to find the right insurance. For coverage starting in 2016, the Open Enrollment Period is November 1, 2015-January 31, 2016.
Date and time: Tuesday, December 1, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Learn about the best cooking apps, websites and resources to help search for recipes and keep your recipe collection organized. Just in time for holiday cooking!
Date and time: Monday, December 7,1:30–3 p.m.
Location: Training Center

"I think I'm still a short storyteller at heart," author Cristina Henríquez told an audience of 200+ during an appearance at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre on Thursday evening, November 12. Cristina spoke about her novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, which was chosen as the 2015 One Book, One Village selection by the library. In an interview-style program moderated by Info Services Librarian Mike Monahan, Cristina spoke candidly about her book which she originally wrote as a short story before expanding - a task which took five years to complete and tells the story of two families who have immigrated to the United States from Latin America and their neighbors living in a Delaware apartment complex.
"The second you hear someone's story, or imagine their story, it becomes so much harder to be intolerant," she said. "One of the goals of the book was to keep poking at stereotypes."
Following the 50-minute conversation on-stage, the author fielded questions from the audience which included sharing insights on the editing and publishing process.

Earlier in the program when asked to describe the meaning of home, Henríquez responded, "Home is not a place. To me, home is a feeling. It's that feeling when your soul sighs."

The Metropolis event capped off a day-long exchange between the author and the Arlington Heights community about The Book Unknown Americans. Earlier at the library, she did a short reading from the novel for an audience in the Cardinal Room and met in the Hub with more than 80 students from three District 214 schools.


District 214 students meet One Book, One Village author in the Hub
What better way to learn about a book than to meet its author. That's what happened for more than 80 high school students who had the opportunity to meet Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans, during her November 12 visit to Arlington Heights and the library for One Book, One Village. 
The students gathered in the Hub from three schools - John Hersey High School, Rolling Meadows High School and District 214's Newcomer Center - and spent more than an hour with Cristina asking questions about the book, its characters and what it takes to be an author.
"It took me five years to write this book and there were days when it really was a struggle and I wondered if I'd ever finish it," she told the students. Henríquez later added, "The best thing you can do for your writing is to forget that anyone is ever going to read it and just write."

Before you shop, learn about resources available through the library that can help you get the best deal on products and services.
Date and time: Tuesday, December 8, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Training Center

Get to know the basics of Photoshop CC in this hands-on workshop. You'll learn some quick techniques to turn a photo into a presentable holiday card by adding text and other effects.
Date and time: Tuesday, December 1, 7:30–9 p.m.
Location: Training Center

Networking is the number one way to find a job. Yet, it is one of the least understood of all professional skills. Susan Barbee of the Career Transitions Center will show you how to reframe networking for better results. Co-sponsored with the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights.
Date and time: Thursday, December 3, 7–9 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Adults, business
For the eighth consecutive time, Arlington Heights Memorial Library has received a five-star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries. Five stars is the highest rating that a library can receive. Star ratings are based on the annual number of library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use.
 In 2015, 7,663 U.S. public libraries —more than ever before—were scored on the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. Nationally, 261 libraries earned a three, four or five-star status including 19 in Illinois. Out of these 19 libraries, Arlington Heights Memorial Library was one of just five public libraries in the state to earn a top five-star rating.

This is an honor for not only our staff and the Library Board of Trustees, but also for you, our customers. Thank you for making us a five-star library once again. See Library Journal's 2015 index of America's Star Libraries.

You’ve read all about them in the news, now come learn about them from a real live expert! Vince Donohue, Certified Flight Instructor and owner of Vortex UAS, will guide us through the pros and cons of drones, their many uses, and even some gift buying tips. Sure to be a fascinating discussion you won't want to miss.

Date and Time: Thursday, December 3, 7-8 p.m.

Location: Hendrickson Room
Presenter: Vortex UAS

This holiday season 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 from infancy to age 18. Books for teens and books in Spanish are especially welcome.
Collection Dates: Now through December 1
Location: Drop off your donation in the collection bins by the Checkout Desk.
For more information, call Communications and Marketing Director Deb Whisler at 847-506-2613 or dwhisler@ahml.info.

Swedish Genealogy Research Help
Do you have Swedish ancestors? Kathy Meade, who has more than seven years experience helping people trace their Swedish ancestry, will be available to help you with your Swedish research. Kathy can also direct you to additional Swedish research resources. Please come with your research questions to learn more about your Swedish heritage.
Date and Time: Wednesday, December 16, Noon-7 p.m.
Location: Genealogy appointments are held in the Shackley Room, on the first floor of the library. Click to sign up for available appointment times.

Email Updates

Sign up to r​eceive our e-newsletters
  • Upcoming programs
  • Book recommendations
  • Literacy services for growing readers
  • Classes for local business owners

Library Newsletter

If your status is Confirmed Registration, your spot for the event is confirmed.

If registration for this event is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Wait listed registrants are moved to the confirmed registration list (in the order of registration) when cancelations are received. You will receive an email notification if you are moved from the wait list to the confirmed registration list.

6.012 Patron-Generated Content

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.
By contributing patron-generated content, patrons grant the Library an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon that content.
By submitting patron-generated content, patrons warrant they are the sole authors or that they have obtained all necessary permission associated with copyrights and trademarks to submit such content.
Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit.  The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
The Library reserves the right not to post submitted content or to remove patron-generated content for any reason, including but not limited to:
  • content that is profane, obscene, or pornographic;
  • content that is abusive, discriminatory or hateful on account of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation;
  • content that contains threats, personal attacks, or harassment;
  • content that contains solicitations or advertisements;
  • content that is invasive of another person’s privacy;
  • content that is unrelated to the discussion or venue in which it is posted;
  • content that is in violation of the Library’s Code of Conduct or any other Library policy