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October 4, 2019 – January 5, 2020 / First floor
Discover the delectable offerings of Culinary Curiosity, a collaborative exhibition that celebrates the preparing and sharing of food across time and cultures. This extraordinary collection is on public view for the first time outside its original home at Chicago’s Kendall College. More than 250 rare cooking tools, utensils and gadgets are on display across four area libraries.

At the Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML), view more than 50 culinary artifacts and two historic stoves. Marvel at the technical innovations in the world of food and cooking implements. Explore themes such as Hearth to Cookstove, A Tasting Menu, and Appetizers & Amuse-Bouches. Explore on your own or tour the exhibit with a volunteer docent. Visit ahml.info/culinary for available tour times.

Continue your exploration of Culinary Curiosity at Aurora Public Library, Gail Borden Public Library District and Schaumburg Township District Library. Each library features a unique part of the collection. Collect stamps at each location for a chance to win culinary-themed prizes.

Culinary Curiosity is made possible by the Kendall College Trust, and presented with the generous support of the Friends of the Library at AHML. Items in the exhibit are from the personal collection of food industry veterans Mel and Janet Mickevic. For more information, visit ahml.info/culinary.

Be Our Guest and Share Your Story
Be our guest At the Table where you can add your personal touch by sharing your experiences, stories or memories around food and shared meals with family and friends. Visit the exhibit on the first floor of the library to participate. Your story may be featured on the library’s social media.

Pick up a Passport and Earn Stamps to Win Prizes
Culinary Curiosity passports are available at each participating library. Visit two- or all- Culinary Curiosity library exhibits to get a stamp at each location and earn prizes. Visit two library exhibits, and you can receive a gift at any participating library – show your passport at a customer service desk to redeem your prize. Once you have visited all the participating libraries, drop your passport with stamps from all four libraries in a box by the exhibit to be entered to win the grand prize. Winners will be announced by January 10, 2020. You do not have to be present to win. Passports are available at all participating libraries beginning in October. Ask staff at any library if you need assistance.

Join a Guided Tour
Learn more about the exhibit by joining a tour guided by our volunteer docent. Tours meet near the elevators by the Marketplace on the first floor, and are approximately 20 minutes long. For all ages. Drop in. Please check back for dates and times for upcoming tours.

Contribute to a Community Cookbook
The libraries participating in this exhibit are compiling a community cookbook. Share your recipes at CulinaryCuriosityToursLibraries.com.

Fans of the true-crime thriller, The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, took a deep-dive into the investigation behind and writing of this truth is stranger than fiction story with its author Kirk Wallace Johnson on Thursday evening, October 10. An Evening with Author Kirk Wallace Johnson was the signature event for this fall’s One Book, One Village (OBOV), the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s (AHML) annual community read.

“How many people have read the book,” Johnson asked the audience of some 330 people who came to hear the former West Chicago resident speak at Forest View Auditorium. A show of hands revealed that nearly everyone in attendance had read the book.

“This is a very good town, thank you for that,” Johnson exclaimed. “Thank you to all of you for reading the book and for voting for it.”

The Feather Thief was selected as the book for OBOV 2019 through a first-time community vote held earlier this year. Since mid-May when AHML announced The Feather Thief, copies of the book have circulated close to 2,000 times.

Johnson began his presentation with a dramatic reading from the book of the pages that recount in captivating detail the June 2009 crime in which Edwin Rist, a 20-year-old American student at the London Conservatory of Music, broke into the Tring Museum, a branch of the British Museum of Natural History, stole 299 dead, rare birds and disappeared into the night. He later dismantled the birds and sold the feathers, reaping more than $250,000 from an underground world of salmon fly-tyers. How did he do it and why?

“The biggest challenge in writing this book was I had to establish the history of the collection and why the birds were valuable before you get to the heist,” Johnson explained.

He proceeded to lead the audience on an insightful and entertaining journey on how he pieced together this critically acclaimed work of nonfiction. Sharing supplemental material not in the book including footage of exotic birds and photos of 19th century women donning hats embellished with beautiful, feathered creatures, Johnson built the case for why the birds and feathers had value.

“All living things are not made for man,” Johnson said quoting the writings of Alfred Russel Wallace, the British naturalist who led scientific expeditions in the mid-1800s to the Malay Archipelago and South America and collected bird specimens, the ones later stolen in the heist. Wallace was also the first Westerner to lay eyes on birds like the King Bird of Paradise.

“When Wallace saw this bird he understood that this beauty was dangerous,” Johnson said. “Wallace realized these specimens held the answers to questions that haven’t even been asked yet.”

Johnson also shared behind the scenes details of his investigation into the heist and played for the audience two audio recordings extracted from his more than eight-hour interview with Rist.  The recordings titled: “Ft. Knox of feathers…” and “I’m not a thief…” captured in chilling detail the voice of Edwin Rist describing the thrill of seeing the rare feathers for the first time and defending his actions by declaring, “I am not a thief in the sense that people can leave their wallet with me.” 
A lively conversation with the audience followed during which Johnson took questions including one that still haunts the author to this day, “Did Edwin act alone?”

“We’ll never be able to prove definitively that he acted alone, but it is possible,” said Johnson.

An Evening with Author Kirk Wallace Johnson was supported, in part, by the Friends of the Library. One Book, One Village continues through the end of October. 

This month we celebrate Inclusion Awareness Month, where we recognize our commitment to connect you to resources and programs and invite your comments and ideas. Some programs featured this month include a visit from the Mane in Heaven mini therapy horses, a showing of the movie Maudie, Accessibility Resource Hours in the Marketplace, and monthly youth programs like Developmental Playgroup and Caregivers, Coffee and Play.
With guidance from your feedback, we moved our motorized scooters to accessible locations, added rollator walkers for in-library use, expanded accessibility in the computer lab with NVDA screen reader software at all stations, added an accessible station with height-adjustable legs, ZoomText magnifier/reader software, a large print keyboard and a trackball mouse. We also added assistive devices to our Library of Things collection that offers cardholders the opportunity to take home and try assistive devices and technology, including caregiver pagers, electronic magnifiers and personal hearing amplifiers, available at the library or online at ahml.info/LoT.
Our commitment to inclusion is ongoing, and we want to hear from you! To tell us more about your needs and ideas, contact us via comment cards available in the library, at ahml.info/contact, call us at 847-392-0100 or TTY: 847-392-1119, or email us at accessibility@ahml.info.
Inclusion Awareness Month Programs
October 2: Special Needs Legal & Future Planning
October 5: Mane in Heaven Therapy Horses
October 7: Maudie Film Screening
October 8: Developmental Playgroup
October 17: Job Seeking for People with Disabilities
October 27: Caregivers, Coffee and Play
October 29: College Knowledge: Planning for Students with Learning Differences
Throughout October: Accessibility Resource Hours.
To register for any of these programs or learn more about them, visit the link to our full program calendar
Accessibility Resource Hours
11 a.m.–1 p.m. / Marketplace
Staff from these organizations will be onsite to provide information and get you connected to the resources they have to offer. Presented as part of Inclusion Awareness Month. DROP IN

October 1: Have Dreams
Serves children, teens and adults impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), offering after-school, workplace training and adult day programs, with diagnostic and family support services.

October 8: Regional Transportation Authority Mobility Management Program
Promotes travel independence and empowers customers with mobility options. Provides education on accessible CTA, Metra and Pace public transit, and information and assistance applying for programs such as the Reduced Fare and Ride Free.

October 17: Illinois Assistive Technology Program
Promotes the availability of assistive technology services and programs for people with disabilities. See a display of assistive devices for grooming, bathing, vision, hearing, medicine reminders, driving and eating.

October 18: Wheeling Township Senior/Disability Services
Offers services for residents 60 and over and people with disabilities 18 and over. Free blood pressure screenings available during Township resource hours.

October 22: The Chicago Lighthouse
Nonprofit social service organization serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled and veteran communities. Staff will get you connected to programs and services available at Lighthouse North in Glenview, for all ages experiencing vision loss.
October 28: The Village of Arlington Heights Disability Services
The Village is committed to ensuring every citizen is afforded an equal opportunity to participate in Village programs, services, facilities and communications.

Playful and instructive, Let's Make Ramen! is a hybrid cookbook/graphic novel that introduces the history of ramen and provides more than 40 recipes for everything you need to make the perfect bowl at home. Authors Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan join us to share recipes and illustrations from the book and answer your questions. Books will be available for sale.
Date and time: Thursday, October 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Read the book all of Arlington Heights is talking about - The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson. This riveting true-crime adventure was selected as the 2019 One Book, One Village title by a first-time community vote.
One Book, One Village, now in its sixth year, invites the community to read the same book at the same time and share in the experience through related programs and book discussions. OBOV 2019 will culminate with a visit by the author on Thursday, October 10.

Publishers' limit of library purchases impacts eBook access
Four major publishers recently changed their eBook and eAudiobook purchasing policies for libraries. These rules will make it difficult and more costly for us to get our customers these eBooks and eAudiobooks as quickly as possible and keep our hold lists low.
The change that may impact customers comes from Macmillan Publishers, which is imposing a two-month embargo on library eBooks effective November 1, 2019. This means public libraries will be allowed to purchase only one eBook copy of each new Macmillan release during the first eight weeks of publication. We expect that this will greatly increase the hold time for these new releases.

Some Macmillan authors affected by the embargo: 
  • Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb
  • Louise Penny
  • C. J. Box
  • Mary Kay Andrews
  • Jeffrey Archer
  • Katherine Center
  • Nevada Barr
  • Bill O’Reilly
We apologize that our service will be impacted by these new rules, and will continue to do our best to provide the resources that are important to you.

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library closed on the property at 112 N. Belmont Ave. on June 27, and released a Request for Qualification seeking architectural services in early August to transform the building into the library’s makerspace. Proposals from 11 architects were evaluated by staff, and a recommendation to engage one of the firms was on the agenda at the September 17 meeting of the Board of Library Trustees. 
The makerspace will offer opportunities for hands-on experiential learning, with technology and creative equipment and supplies for use.  Planned equipment offered includes laser cutters, 3D printers, embroidery, quilting and sewing machines, and computers for coding and programming small robots. The makerspace will allow entrepreneurs, small businesses, hobbyists and students to use equipment they may not have the resources or space to own.
The building, originally the first stand-alone library in Arlington Heights, has 8,000 square feet of space on two floors, is fully accessible (with elevator) and is located across from Recreation Park at the corner of Belmont and Miner.  

What is Explore More Illinois?
Explore More Illinois is a free service that provides instant online access (with your library card) to free and discounted tickets to museums and other fun cultural attractions. Explore More Illinois can be accessed 24/7 from any computer, tablet or smartphone.

May I use a Pass?
Access is limited to card holders ages 18 and older. Users may choose from passes based on venue and date. A limit of two active reservations are allowed at one time. A photo ID matching the name on the reservation must be shown at the attraction on the day of the reservation.

How do I get a Pass?
Get started at Explore More Illinois Login.  From the drop-down menu, choose the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and enter your library card number. Browse for passes and available offers for the upcoming three months. You can also search for offers by date, attraction name or location. 
How can I make a Reservation?
Reservations must be made for a specific date. Using the calendar, select the date then choose the Reserve option under the attraction. A confirmation box will appear and a confirmation email will be sent. It is recommended to print your pass shortly before your visit. Once you print or download your pass, you cannot cancel your reservation. Two active reservations are allowed per library card. Reservations may be cancelled before they are printed or downloaded. Once you print or download your pass, you can not cancel your reservation, and it remains in active status until after the date on the pass.
What do I need to bring to the attraction on the day of the reservation?
You will need to bring a photo ID and either a smartphone with the pass available on the phone or a printed copy of the pass. Some attractions require a printed copy; this is indicated when you make the reservation.
What attractions are included?
  • 1950s Park Forest House Museum, Park Forest
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield
  • American Toby Jug Museum, Evanston
  • Central Illinois Connection Center, Chatsworth
  • Chicago Maritime Museum, Chicago
  • Discovery Center Museum, Rockford
  • DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago
  • Edwards Place, Springfield
  • Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Museum, Oak Park
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie
  • Kankakee County Museum, Kankakee
  • Kidzeum of Health and Science, Springfield
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago
  • Springfield Art Association, Springfield
  • The Viking Ship, Geneva
  • Vermilion County Museum, Danville
Note: This partial list was updated on September 13, 2019. Participating attractions may change at any time. Visit the Explore More Illinois Login to see current offerings.
Does Explore More Illinois include free or discounted admission to major Chicago attractions?
Popular Chicago museums including Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium and the Peggy Notebaert Museum are NOT included in the Explore More Illinois program.

Free admission days are offered at many of these attractions. Choose Chicago and Chicago Parent have listed free admission dates on their websites.
For more information or assistance
Please call or visit the library. 

Adults, Family
As a parent, do you find yourself struggling with how your kids are learning new math methods? Trying to keep up with what they’re learning in science? Students have been using Tutor.com’s live online homework help through the library for years, getting assistance with writing, math, science, standardized test prep and more.
Parents who help their students with homework and projects can also find it useful to get some refreshers from Tutor.com’s trained tutors, so they can keep up with what their kids are learning. Tutor.com’s adult-targeted services go beyond school topics, with resume/cover letter reviews, interview assistance, and tutors to help learn topics like accounting and finance.
Find Tutor.com on the Research > Databases, Teens > Study or Kids >  School Help pages.

Issues, controversies and arguments are everywhere in the news. However, with soundbites and social media posts, it’s difficult to understand all the nuances that are relevant. You can use several of the library’s online databases to help get a better understanding of what’s behind the hot topics of the day:

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints & Gale in Context: Global Issues—Feature background articles and point-of-view pieces on hot-button issues that require understanding from both sides.

Alt-Press Watch—Articles from newspapers and magazines that represent voices outside the mainstream, across the political and cultural spectrum.

CultureGrams—Background information on people and cultures from around the world.

Gale Virtual Reference Library—A large, searchable collection of subject encyclopedias, covering topics such as law, history, health, science, etc.

Encyclopedia Britannica Reference Center—The world’s most famous encyclopedia, with in-depth, interconnected articles on issues and cultures.

Find these sources on the Research > Databases page. From that page, you can also use the “quick article search” box at the top of the page and retrieve articles simultaneously from the resources listed here.

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The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public.  These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.  Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
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Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit.  The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
The Library reserves the right not to post submitted content or to remove patron-generated content for any reason, including but not limited to:
  • content that is profane, obscene, or pornographic;
  • content that is abusive, discriminatory or hateful on account of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation;
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