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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.  

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Teens are invited to submit their best design ideas for our new Tumblr blog. The selected design will win two tickets to the 2014 Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park, courtesy of the Friends of the Library.  Complete the online form with suggestions for the blog title, content, and theme.
Trick Out Our Tumblr Contest
November 1 – February 1



Dance, eat, and laugh at these two entertaining programs that celebrate Indian culture:
Date: Saturday, November 9
Traditional Indian Dancing
The internationally-renowned Natya Dance Company will entertain us with a performance and then teach us some dance moves
Time and Location: 1:30–2:30 p.m./ Marketplace
Laughter Yoga
Learn about the laughing clubs of India and participate in simple laughter exercises with gentle yoga breathing. Traditional Indian sweets will be served.
Time and Location: 3–4 p.m./ Hendrickson Room

Adults, dance, Eat, Laugh
For the sixth consecutive year, AHML 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 and a recognition achieved by only 1% of the nation's libraries. Star ratings are based on the annual number of library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use.

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.


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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



Teens: Create a musical instrument using an Arduino. Learn the basics of using an Arduino, construct and program your instruments and rock out! For teens ages 12-18.
Date and Time: Sunday, April 6, 1-4 p.m.
Location: Training Center


Come and meet Andrea Beaty, prolific author of picture books and novels for children. Her talks about writing, creativity and storytelling are always full of humor and wit. Her latest book, Rosie Revere, Engineer, tells the story of a young girl who takes other people's trash and makes grand inventions, and it is a perfect story for encouraging STEM exploration. Book signing after the presentation. For preschool–grade 5.
To purchase copies of Andrea Beaty’s books, please contact Anderson’s Bookshop to place your order. Books will then be available for pick up the night of the event. You can call 630-355-2665 or place an order online. Orders will be accepted until 9: p.m. on Monday, April 7. Books will not be available for purchase the night of the event.
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 8, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Location: Marketplace

Kids' World

There are still some openings for tech classes in April. Learn the skills you need for business, school and home. 
  • Register at the Info Desk, 847-392-0100 or online. Class descriptions are on our online calendar.
  • All sessions are in the Training Center unless otherwise noted.
  • Classes in the Training Center are limited to A.H. cardholders. Classes in other locations are open to all.

Crossing the pond is easier than you think. Genealogist Jacquie Schattner shows you the history of immigrant travel into the U.S. and how to locate genealogical records in most European countries. Learn about immigration, emigration and ship records plus European birth, marriage, death and census records. A list of over 30 websites for European research and a guide for translating records will be provided. Genealogy volunteers will be available in the afternoon in the Shackley Room to help you with your research.
Date and Time: Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.–noon
Location: Hendrickson Room

Learn tips on how to strategically use Pinterest to drive traffic to your website through branding and social media marketing.
Date and Time: Monday, April  14, 7-8 p.m. or Tuesday, April 15, 10-11 a.m.
Location: Business Center

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