What's Up at the Library?
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
One of our goals at the library is to always strive to be the go-to place for residents to learn the tech skills they need for business, school and home. We are pleased to announce the pilot introduction of Treehouse, a new online resource for learning advanced tech skills such as coding, web design and app development. A.H. cardholders will be able to enroll in any of eight different tech tracks that can ultimately give the user the ability to create an online portfolio to show to potential employers. Learn more about Treehouse here and get started today.
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.
Kids’ World now has iPads that A.H. cardholders can check out for one week. They are loaded with fun and educational apps for children from age 1 to grade 8. Apps include Inside the World of Dinosaurs, Letter School, Musical Me, First Words International, and Tap to Talk for children with special needs. Look for them with the audiobooks near the drinking fountains.
We're responding to the changing ways that you are using the library. Our renovation project is about to get underway, and you will see some big changes as we create new spaces and services to reflect your changing needs. Find out more about the upcoming project on this video by Executive Director Jason Kuhl or read about it here.
A.H. cardholders can now check out an iPad to use in the library. Check them out at the Computer Help Desk for two hours at a time on a first-come, first-served basis. Each iPad will come loaded with apps to help you browse the Internet, read eBooks, play games, check on the latest news stories, create presentations and documents, watch videos, and learn new skills.
The library is one of the participants in the village’s new Idle Free Arlington campaign initiated to educate and raise awareness about the importance of turning off your engine when you’re just sitting in your car. Read our latest Green Choices blog entry to get more information about this new initiative.
For the past 20 years, the library has set aside the month of May for displaying student artwork from all nine District 25 schools both in the gallery area and display cases on the first floor. The works highlight the art units and artistic techniques that students have learned throughout the current school year. Children enjoy bringing their families to the library to view their masterpiece and those of their classmates. We invite you to stop by this month and see the students’ accomplishments.
Alliant Credit Union Foundation generously donated the first four seasons of Biz Kid$ to the Kids’ World department at the library. Biz Kid$ is an Emmy Award winning public television series that teaches kids about making and managing money.
Pictured above are Alliant Credit Union Foundation Vice President Wayne Rosenwinkel and Arlington Heights Memorial Library Public Services Supervisor Tina Martin.