What's Up at the Library?
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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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
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.
• Ukulele: Jared K.
(Pictured: Teen Advisor Evan Mather, Carly B., Guitar Center teacher Brandt Miller and Jared K.)
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.