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The week of August 13, work begins on the replacement of the library's 1978 building roof, weather permitting. The work will start with the contractor vacuuming the stone off the roof. The actual roof replacement will get underway later in the week. The work area will be roped off at the northeast corner of the exterior parking lot. It will remain roped off for the duration of the project, expected to be complete in approximately 5-6 weeks. 
 
Throughout the project, there will be noise such as banging and pounding from tools associated with the removal and replacement of roofing materials. We anticipate most of the noise will occur in the morning before 11 a.m. 
 
We will provide updates as the project progresses. Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we make improvements.


Adults, parking
 
Gearing up to watch The Great American Read? PBS is seeking to find America's best-loved book from a list of 100 favorite titles. Join us at Fox & Hound to test your knowledge of the authors and books on this list for a chance to win! Enjoy free appetizers; drinks and additional food available for purchase. Gather a group of up to four to play or we'll match you with one on site.
 
See the Great American Read list: http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/books/#/
 
Date and time: Wednesday, August 15, 7:30-9 p.m.
Location: Fox & Hound, 910 W. Dundee Rd., Arlington Heights


Adults, Literacy
 
Night at the Lake: Peach's Beach Party
Thursday, August 16, 7–8 p.m.
Arlington Lakes Golf Club, 1211 South New Wilke Rd.
 
Come celebrate the spirit of Jimmy Buffet with the music of Peach’s Beach Party. Hawaiian shirts optional! Bring your own seating for this outdoor venue. Cash bar available and picnics encouraged. Drop in
 
Rain location: Hendrickson Room, Arlington Heights Memorial Library.
In partnership with Arlington Heights Park District. 


Adults
 
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is a recipient of the 2018 John Cotton Dana Award, provided in conjunction with the H.W. Wilson Foundation, the American Library Association and EBSCO. This national award honors outstanding library public relations and marketing.

The library took creative inspiration from social media themes in its 2017 One Book, One Village (OBOV) community read selection, The Circle by Dave Eggers, and built #beinthecircle, a communications campaign combining traditional marketing with a heightened emphasis on social media. Key to the success of the program was using “influencer” marketing to promote the program. The communications and marketing team identified popular local social media users to create posts about the online book discussion and library exhibit to their followers. In return, they had an impressive statistical growth over the previous year’s OBOV campaign, which included 84 percent more social media engagement, 100% growth in author event attendance, 36% growth in the OBOV title circulation and a remarkable 55 percent growth in book discussion attendance.

“We are really excited about this award,” said Interim Executive Director Mike Driskell. “To be included in this national recognition is really an honor. Our communications and marketing team does an amazing job promoting the library on a daily basis. This One Book, One Village campaign is one of the finest examples of their work.”

 
The team behind the library’s #beinthecircle communications campaign includes Pat Aichele and April Harder (editorial), Brian Benson and Colleen Kelly (graphics) and Mary Hastings (manager).
 
A key component of the campaign was the first-time use of influencer marketing. Social media partners included Randy Recklaus (Village of Arlington Heights), Adam Harris (Arlington Heights School District 25), Randal Klaproth (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre), and local bloggers Melissa Schwartz and Alison Groen.
 
In recognition of this achievement, the eight John Cotton Dana Award winning libraries received a $10,000 check from the H.W. Wilson Foundation. The awards were presented at a reception hosted by EBSCO during the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans on June 24, 2018.
 
At the annual conference, The American Library Assocations's PR Xchange awarded designers Brian Benson and Colleen Kelly four design awards for their orginal designs for pieces promoting Special Programs & Exhibits (One Book, One Village 2017), Materials Promoting Collections (Book Discussion Brochure), Newsletters (AHML Newsletter) and Reading Program Themes (Winter Reading Challenge 2017). 
 


 
Benefits Advisor Mike Altman will walk you through the Medicare process. Topics covered will include when to enroll, what to do if you are 65 and still working, and the many benefit options that are available for you, such as Supplement Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans and Part D Prescription Drug Plans.
 
Date and time: Thursday, August 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room


Adults, Seniors
 
What's the difference between a populist and a liberal? Do you know the history of the word gerrymander? If you are unsure about the terms you hear and read in the news, don't miss this program. Our librarians will offer definitions of political terms and encourage participants to share their perspectives.
 
Date and time: Tuesday, August 14, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room


Adults
 
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library celebrated its biggest FanCon yet as more than 900 residents of all ages stopped by the library's third annual comic book and pop culture convention on Saturday, June 14.
 
The convention gave fans an opportunity to see and dress up as their favorite characters from Marvel, Star Wars, Pokémon, Harry Potter and more.
 
"It's fun seeing a bunch of people into the same thing as you," said 12-year-old Colin Ryan, who was one of the runner-ups in the Super Smash Bros. tournament hosted by the cosplay group, The Age of the Geeks.
 
The tournament was one of more than 20 activities convention-goers could take part in throughout the day.
 
Best-selling author and illustrator Jeffrey Brown, who is known for his Jedi Academy series as well as the Darth Vader and Son series, was one of the biggest highlights of the convention as he met fans while hosting an artist talk, two book signings and a drawing workshop.
 
Other popular activities included Etch A Sketch workshops with artist Princess Etch, lightsaber training sessions for young Jedi, fandom-related arts and crafts in the Hub and Artists' Alley, which gave library customers a chance to meet 12 featured artists and exhibitors in the library's Hendrickson Room.
 
"This is awesome, it's great for families," said Lisa Cuffe, who came to FanCon with her family of four. When the family found out that FanCon was taking place at the library, they rushed home to dress up in costume before returning to take part in the festivities. "You usually can't bring kids to these kind of events, so we're going to do this every year if we can."


 
Dreams come through under the red, white and blue was the theme of this year's annual Fourth of July Parade and we helped celebrate this year with a variety of your favorite characters including Batman, Wonder Woman and those from Star Wars. Our parade entry also included the library's bookmobile and a replica 1960s Batmobile. Special thanks to all of the library staff, library board members, Kids' World interns, our Summer Volunteer Squad and our special superhero and Star Wars guests who helped represent the library during the parade and passed out nearly 5000 superhero masks to parade goers in celebration of the library's upcoming FanCon, which will take place at the library on Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn more about FanCon at ahml.info/fancon.


 
You’re never too old to travel! That’s the idea behind a new library outreach program for seniors that utilizes Google Expeditions, a virtual reality experience to give older adults the thrill of visiting virtually anywhere in the world.

“It was an out of body experience,” recounted Ida, a resident at The Highlands at The Moorings of Arlington Heights, who at 91-years-young recently experienced virtual reality for the first time. Ida, along with 30 other residents, donned a pair of virtual reality goggles and was soon transfixed with a 360-view of Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. She explored room after room of the Virginia estate, as well as the gardens where Jefferson cultivated 250 varieties of vegetables. 

“You could see it, touch it, taste it. It was amazing, so beautiful and very impressive.”

The visit to Monticello marks the second adventure in the library's travel outreach series, which started last fall with a visit to Brazil for residents at local memory care, assisted living and skilled care communities. Both destinations were a hit and like any good vacation, the pay-offs linger long after you return home. 

“It rejuvenated me,” said Ida. “I came in as 91 and the experience made me feel like a new person.”


Adults
 
Interested in breaking out of your research rut? Come to this fun, introductory course highlighting some non-traditional technological tools that can put the pep back in your genealogical step.
 
Date and time: Thursday, August 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Cardinal Room


Adults, Genealogy

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04/27/2011
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