What's Up at the Library?
Are you considering purchasing an eReader or tablet this holiday season? Stop by our Tech Bar and try out a variety of devices. AH cardholders can check out a Nook HD tablet or Nook Simple Touch eReader for two weeks. Once checked out, our Tech Help Desk can assist you in loading the titles of your choice from our 3M Cloud Library or OverDrive eBook collections.
Leave the winter blahs behind by learning something new. Want to start your own business? Need to learn how to use Quickbooks for your job? Or maybe you just want to learn how to play the guitar. Our Learn4Life online classes can help you do all of this and more for free.These six-week classes are instructor-led with assignments, tests and discussions for subjects ranging from certificate health programs to college prep to tech topics. A.H. cardholders can take up to five classes per year. Learn more
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is featured in the December 12 Chicago Tribune article, "Beyond the stacks: Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century." The article highlights many of the ways our library has redesigned its spaces and services for the way our customers are using the library. In its mention of AHML offering over 50 tech classes each month, Executive Director Jason Kuhl says, "It's more about learning the tool than just providing the tool." It reflects the commitment we've made to continue to respond to the changing needs of our residents in the most relevant ways. Read the entire article.
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 5-star library once again. See Library Journal's 2013 Index of Star Libraries.
Need to learn a new language? Want to refresh the language skills you already have? The library is pleased to now offer A.H. cardholders access to Pronunciator, a new tool for learning languages. With 80 foreign languages to choose from, Pronunciator offers users a full range of services, including interactive language lessons, virtual conversations, quizzes, downloadable MP3s and an available app. It also offers a large ESL curriculum in 50 different languages to help learn and improve English language skills. Learn more
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If you missed the State of the Village event held at the library on April 30, you can now watch the video of the presentation. Residents had the opportunity to hear from the park district, local school districts, the library and also the mayor, Tom Hayes, about highlights of the past year and details for what lies ahead. The presentation is also being broadcast this week on Channel 6 on WideOpenWest, Channel 17 on Comcast and Channel 99 on U-Verse. You can also read more about the event in this Daily Herald article.
Sunday is typically a busy day at the library, but the crowd swelled even more on Celebrate Your Library Day on August 18. Community members gathered to:
- Learn about new technology at the Tech Bar and tech classes
- Have their photo taken in the Studio and Lindsey Room
- Play math games in Kids' World
- Visit with A.H. authors and local artist Joe Burlini
- Watch cooking demos and taste some delicious samples
- Learn about library resources for automotive repairs
- Tour the bookmobile
- Sign up to be a Friend of the Library
- Get their first library card
• Ukulele: Jared K.
(Pictured: Teen Advisor Evan Mather, Carly B., Guitar Center teacher Brandt Miller and Jared K.)
Interested in learning how to use hoopla? The library will offer four classes in July and August with the next class on Wednesday, July 16, 10:30-11 a.m. Visit the AHML calendar to register beginning July 1.