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Join us as Dann and Raymond's Movie Club discuss Coming to America in the Movies.
This popular monthly film discussion program presented by Daily Herald movie critic Dann Gire and film historian and novelist Raymond Benson offers a fun-filled evening discussing a different film theme each month, including film clips, cinema history, trivia and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Date and time: Thursday, October 8, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

The redesign of the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test begins this month. Learn about what's changed and how best to prepare for the test. Boost your chance at earning a National Merit Scholarship! For high school students only.
Date: Tuesday, October 6
Time: 6–7 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Adults, Teen
Get to know your neighbors through our Share Your Story project, an online collection of photographs, personal essays and audio recordings about cultural heritage and immigration as told by Arlington Heights residents. The Share Your Story project is inspired by this year's selected title for One Book, One Village,  The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
Here's how you can participate in this important initiative:
Share Your Story: Recording Sessions
Tell your story. Work one-one-one with library staff and use the Studio's audio recording tools to share your story. We'll use a StoryCorps-style interview method to guide your storytelling and record it to preserve for future generations. Recording sessions  take about 30 minutes, and  you'll receive an unedited copy of the recording. Call 847-870-5224 to schedule a session.
Share Your Story: Online
Where did your family come from? What is your life like now? How do you celebrate your culture? Answer these questions and write a short personal story. Include a favorite photograph and add them to our online album.
Some stories collected at recording sessions and online may be featured in the Our Stories exhibit coming to the Marketplace this fall.

Finding Your College Fit
With thousands of colleges in the U.S., finding the "right" one can be a daunting task. Learn about types of colleges and identify priorities based on your circumstances. Explore your options and find the right college for you!
For high school students only.
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 7, 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room
Save the Date: How to pay for College without Going Broke
Learn to significantly reduce the cost of college and still attend the college of your choice. Discover creative, little-known ways to pay for college. Learn how to find the best-fit college for you. Find out how admissions officers and scholarship committees make their decisions. Experienced professionals share their knowledge and expertise to guide you in your family's college search, selection, and funding.
For high school students and parents.
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 4, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Adults, Teen
Author Cristina Henríquez joins us at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre for an evening of conversation about her book, The Book of Unknown Americans, the story of two families and their struggles, challenges, joys and tragedy as recent immigrants to the United States. Following the interview with our special guest is a question and answer session with the audience and a book signing. The Book of Unknown Americans is the 2015 selected title for One Book, One Village, the library's community-wide reading initiative.
Date: Thursday, November 12
Time: 6-7 p.m. pre-show reception in Metropolis Lobby includes live music and light refreshments.
Books will be available for purchase and the Metropolis will host a cash bar.
Presentation and Book Signing: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 West Campbell Street
Register beginning October 1. Arlington Heights cardholders only. Each attendee must register individually.
About the Author:
Cristina Henríquez, the author of The Book of Unknown Americans, was inspired by her father’s Panamà-to-U.S. immigration story and other experiences of real people in Delaware, where she grew up. While immigration news makes headlines daily, the nitty-gritty, humor and heart behind the topic have rarely been brought to page. The novel brings to life the varied human stories behind the issues of immigration through the eyes of characters from all over Latin America.
Henríquez is also the author the novel The World In Half, and Come Together, Fall Apart, a story collection which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection.
Cristina’s non-fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple and Oxford American as well as in various anthologies.
She was featured in Virginia Quarterly Review as one of “Fiction’s New Luminaries,” has been a guest on National Public Radio, and is a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, a grant started by author Sandra Cisneros in honor of her father.

Cristina earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She currently teaches at Northwestern University.



Calling all first graders! Read a familiar book all by yourself to a librarian. Have your picture taken to honor your accomplishment. Your photo can be displayed in our I Can Read area. Drop in anytime within the hour.
Date and time: Monday, October 5, 6–7 p.m. and
Wednesday, October 7, 4–5 p.m.
Location: Kids' World
Drop in

This year's One Book, One Village selection, The Book of Unknown Americans, follows the struggles, challenges, and joys that two families who are recent immigrants to the United States face. Discussion will explore the book’s themes of love, the gap between expectation and reality, prejudice and ultimately forgiveness. Register and pick up a copy of the book at the Info Desk.
Around Town:
Date: Wednesday, October 7
Time: 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Chowpatti Restaurant, 1035 S. Arlington Heights Road. Appetizers will be served.
At the Library:
Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Lindsey Room
Date: Tuesday, November 3
Time: 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room
Discusión de libro en español (Spanish Book Discussion)
Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room
Acompañe a Amalia Palacios en una discusión especial en español del libro El libro de los americanos desconocidos.



Fans of A Fault in Our Stars, Eleanor and Park will definitely want to check out the work of Cammie McGovern and Julie Murphy.
Their debut YA novels, Side Effects May Vary (Julie Murphy) and Say What You Will (Cammie McGovern), received tons of critical acclaim and industry buzz. With their new books, Dumplin’ and A Step Toward Falling, they are poised to break out.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments followed by a discussion with the authors book sale and signing. Co-sponsored with the Book Stall. For teens grades 7–12.
Date: Thursday, October 8
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Hub

Adults, Teen

In this series, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, film historian Annette Bochenek brings classic Hollywood films to the library screen, enhanced by a lively discussion about the hometowns of the stars. Join us for our next installments and screenings:

My Man Godfrey

Date and time: Monday, October 12, 2–4 p.m.
Location:  Hendrickson Room

Join us for a tribute to Carole Lombard and her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, followed by screening of her 1936 film My Man Godfrey, also starring William Powell. In the depths of the Depression, a party game brings dizzy socialite Irene Bullock to the city dump where she meets Godfrey, a derelict, and hires him as family butler. But is there more to Godfrey than meets the eye?
Love Is News
Date and time: Friday, November 6, 2–4 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Tyrone Power is featured with a discussion of his early years in Cincinnati, Ohio. Taryn Power-Greendeer, daughter of Tyrone Power and Linda Christian, will also be in attendance to discuss her father’s legacy. A screening of his 1937 film Love Is News, also starring Loretta Young follows. A financier's daughter spars with a newspaper reporter: he by writing about her, she by announcing their engagement. What happens next?

One Book, One Village, the library's community-wide reading initiative, topped the agenda at the Village's Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, September 21. Deputy Director Jeremy Andrykowski took to the podium to spread the word about this year's selection, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
"This is the second year in a row that the library’s offering One Book, One Village," Andrykowski said, "And the idea is simple – we want to build community by inviting all of Arlington Heights to read the same book at the same time."
Andrykowski introduced a prerecorded video of the author which was played for the mayor, trustees and residents in attendance. 
He concluded his remarks by highlighting the author visit by Cristina Henríquez on Thursday, November 12 which is being presented in partnership with the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. The interview-style program begins at 7 p.m. followed by a book signing with the author.  Arlington Heights residents can register for this event beginning October 1.
Visit ahml.info/onebook for more information including upcoming programs and book discussions.

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