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5star_library (2) We want to thank our community for helping us earn a second consecutive "5-Star" rating from Library Journal magazine's annual Public Library Service ratings. Only 1% of the nation's public libraries receive a 5-star rating. To celebrate, we invite Arlington Heights residents to come into the Library during the week of January 11–17 to sign up for a prize. Courtesy of the Friends of the Library, four $25 gift cards to Barnes & Noble and a Wii game console will be awarded. Register at the Welcome Desk, Monday–Sunday, during open hours. Winners need not be present to win. One entry per person; library staff and their families not eligible.

book discussionsSign up now for a book discussion group at the Library. Book titles and dates for all the groups are on our web site. Signup for some groups is monthly, and there are also openings for the second half of the year for Life Readers: Classical Study Group and the Novel Experience Group. You can sign up online or at the Welcome Desk, 847-506-2640.

Date and time: Tuesday, January 12, 7–8:30 p.m. Location: Business Center This economy is creating incredible risks for small businesses and threatening their survival. Are you prepared? How do you minimize the risks to your business? Sue Smedinghoff, Small Business Advisor at the ILSBDC at Harper College, will present an informative workshop that provides the business owner with a process to evaluate and mitigate the various business, technological, natural and hazardous risks that small businesses face. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.

 JobSeekers (2) Thanks to a $2,000 grant from Rotary Club of Arlington Heights, the Library is once again offering workshops to help job seekers. A series of programs will be offered through April beginning with the following. You can register for these programs, and many more, online using the events calendar. For information about all the programs, pick up a brochure at the Answer Center on the first floor or check the events calendar. Sell Yourself in Any Interview Saturday, January 9, 1–3 p.m. / Hendrickson Room Get Linkedin to an Effective Job Search January 13, 10–11:30 a.m. / Hendrickson Room South Uncommon Sources of Job Opportunities January 27, 2–4p.m. / Hendrickson Room North

Date and time: Saturday, January 9, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. and Sunday, January 10, noon–3 p.m. Location: Lower lobby of core entrance Stock up on children's videos and nonfiction books at this sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Fiction paperbacks for adults will also be on sale.

The Library will be closed on January 1, New Year's Day, and will close at 5 p.m. on New Year's Eve, December 31 .

blu_ray_blog Thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Library, we now have Blu-ray Discs available for checkout.  Blu-rays have greater storage capacity than regular DVDs and offer a high-definition viewing experience.  Blu-rays cannot be played in regular DVD players—you do need to have a Blu-ray player (or a PlayStation 3 console) in order to use them.  This new collection is located with the “New DVDs” and is available to AHML cardholders only.  They may be reserved, and there is a limit of two per cardholder.  The checkout period for blu-rays—like regular DVDs—is one week.  You can see a list of those we own by searching Blu-ray as a subject in the online catalog.

Arlington Heights is truly a community of good neighbors. Thanks to your generosity, the Library's first food drive collected more than 1,100 pounds of food for the CEDA and Wheeling Township food pantries. In addition, we collected more than 400 pounds of pet food and items for the Buddy Foundation. This was our 12th year of collecting new children's books for Wheeling Township's Adopt-a-Family holiday basket program. And once again our community of readers responded generously, donating 600 books and bringing our total to 10,293. We would like to thank everyone who participated - the many individuals and families who visited the Library; local book groups; staff at Toshiba Business Solutions, Rosseland Construction, and Arlington Heights Memorial Library; and community groups including Post 208 American Legion Auxiliary and the Professional Women's Council of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. Our sincere thanks to everyone who took time to shop for books and food to donate and share this holiday season.

WinterReading09-10 Dates: December 19-January 31 Location: Kids' World Desk Join the Winter Reading Program and get the new year off to a great start. Beginning December 19, you can pick up a booklet at the Kids' World Desk to keep track of your reading time. When you are finished, bring the booklet in for a prize. You can read or be read to. For children ages infancy-13.

Just added to the Library's business databases, Plunkett Research provides a wealth of information about industry trends and statistics for a wide variety of industries from advertising to wireless communications. In addition Plunkett profiles thousands of industry-leading companies, spanning both public and privately held firms. It features information about industry associations and organizations, too. Plunkett is an excellent tool for job seekers, investors, students, market researchers and others. Plunkett Research is available through our web site under research. Click on databases by subject, then business. You need to be an A.H. cardholder to use it outside of the Library.

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