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"Fiction is a place you get to walk in someone else’s shoes," said author Lisa Genova to an audience of nearly 350 people who came to hear the New York Times bestselling writer speak at Forest View Auditorium, Thursday evening, October 18, as part of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s (AHML) One Book, One Village (OBOV) community read. Genova talked about her desire to write stories that shed light on subjects that can be difficult to talk about like ALS, a neurological disease that is central to her novel Every Note Played, the library’s 2018 OBOV book selection.

"I’ve always been interested in the brain and how it works and sometimes breaks, said Genova, who has a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. “To really understand the brain, I had to become a storyteller.”

During her solo 45-minute presentation, Genova thanked attendees for participating in the library’s fifth annual all-community read. Since late August when AHML first announced Every Note Played, copies of the book have circulated close to 1,700 times.

“Usually when I do events like these, few people have read the book,” Genova joked. “So this is amazing.”

Genova then proceeded to take the audience on her personal journey from scientist to storyteller recalling how her grandmother’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease caused Genova to dig deeper and question, “What does it feel like to have Alzheimer’s?”

Through hours of research and personal encounters, Genova found the answer and used this knowledge to write her debut novel, Still Alice, in 2007. Eventually heralded as groundbreaking for its honest and human portrayal of an otherwise scary and complicated disease, Still Alice became a New York Times bestseller. In 2014, Still Alice was made into a movie and earned Julianne Moore an Oscar for best actress. 

“A story about Alzheimer’s is the place where we have the opportunity to become familiar with the unfamiliar,” said Genova. “It moves you from sympathy to empathy. Empathy is the feeling where we collapse the distance between us.”

Building upon the success of Still Alice, Genova went on to write Left Neglected, Love Anthony and Inside the O’Briens - books that take readers into the world of neurological diseases through compelling characters and real-life human encounters.

Every Note Played continues this exploration of science and storytelling. Genova portrays Richard, a 45-year-old world-renowned classical pianist, who finds himself suddenly diagnosed with ALS. Karina, his ex-wife, who at one time had a promising music career of her own, becomes Richard’s reluctant caregiver.

“When writing I always want to raise the stakes as high as possible but always within the realm of possibility,” said Genova. “For Richard that meant facing his legacy and what truly mattered.”

“While the book is about ALS the disease,” Genova added, “It is also about the things we all wrangle with – fear, blame, regret.”

Following her presentation, Genova took questions from the audience and shared some closing thoughts about the importance of talking about difficult subjects and making sure our personal relationships are intact.

“Sometimes it takes a personal crisis to step back and ask how am I living,” Genova said then added. “It now gives me purpose for what I do. I’m writing these stories so they can become accessible to people and not so scary.

An Evening with Author Lisa Genova was supported, in part, by the Friends of the Library.

Are FREAKY fines keeping you away? Don’t be SCARED! We really want you to come back and see all of the exciting books, services and programs we have to offer. Fines can be tricky, so we want to offer you this special treat.
Visit or call us any time between October 24–31, and we will waive up to $50 in fines from your account.
This treat does not cover material replacement or collection charges, but don’t let that frighten you from finding out what options might be available for you.
For more information, call 847-392-0100 or email circquestion@ahml.info.

What is inclusion awareness? As an organization committed to excellent customer service, during the past year the library has explored how we can meaningfully extend that service to all members of our community.  Surveys and training helped increase our awareness internally, and we are eager to share our accomplishments.
The library has added two accessible catalog stations, expanded our assistive devices collection (see the devices and learn more at our first floor Tech Bar in October), acquired accommodation and sensory materials for our programs and exhibits, and developed new community partnerships. In the coming months, motorized scooters will move to open, accessible locations, our website will include an Accessible Services page, and more volunteer roles will be created to offer in-depth, case-by-case training, adapted to individual needs.


Inclusion Awareness Month Programs:
Craft for a Cause: Fidget Blankets
Monday–Friday, 3–10 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, noon–8 p.m. / Hub
TEENS: Come in any time the Hub is open and do service projects to make the world a better place a little bit at a time. Limit one service hour per visit. In October, we will make fidget blankets to be donated to local senior centers. Presented as part of Inclusion Awareness Month. For teens grades 7–12. Drop in
A Wider Lens: How to Dance in Ohio
Tuesday, October 16, 7 - 9:15 p.m. / Hendrickson Room South
An intimate portrait of the social struggles those with autism face, this film explores the resilience of a group of teens and adults as they prepare for a formal dance, reevaluating the definition of normal, while emphasizing the universal need to belong, connect and grow by celebrating every individual's unique path. Rated G; 89 minutes. A facilitated discussion will follow the film. Register
Chicago Lighthouse North: Programs and Services
Wednesday, October 17, 10:30–11:30 a.m. / Cardinal Room
A world-renowned non-profit organization serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veteran communities, Chicago Lighthouse provides vision rehabilitation services, education, employment opportunities and assistive technology for people of all ages. Join Melissa Wittenberg, Senior Director of Chicago Lighthouse North in Glenview, as she shares the array of programs and services. Register
Job Seeking for People with Disabilities
Wednesday, October 17, 7–8:30 p.m. / Cardinal Room
Specialists from JVS Chicago will share valuable information, with tips for making an effective resume, interviewing skills and finding networking opportunities to connect you to the right job. Register
Family Movie Night: Monsters, Inc.
Friday, October 19, 6:30–8:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
A sensory-friendly screening – the room will be lighter and the volume will be lower. Suitable for families with children of all abilities. Sulley and Mike are the top scare team. When their rival mistakenly lets a human girl into their world, the monsters find out what being scared is all about. Rated G; 92 minutes. Register
Rights & Resources: The ADA
Monday, October 22, 7–8:30 p.m. / Cardinal Room
Understand whom and what the Americans with Disability Act covers and protects, as well as rights related to employment, public entities and access to private businesses. Drop in
Sensory Storytime
Saturday, October 27, 3:30–4:15pm / Lindsey Room
A small-group program especially suited to those with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing issues and children with varying abilities. Stories, sensory play and music in a supportive setting. Contact the library if you need accommodations. A monthly program; presented as part of Inclusion Awareness Month. For ages 3–8 and their families.
College Knowledge: Planning for Students with Learning Differences
Tuesday, October 30, 7–8:30 p.m. / Cardinal Room
Join us for a conversation about high school and transition planning for students with learning differences, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. Discuss course selection, learning supports, psychoeducational testing and standardized testing. Learn about levels of support in college and how the law differs once your child is out of high school. For teens and parents. Register

Music and the Brain
Tuesday, October 23, 7–8:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
Music enhances memory and can enrich your life during daily stressors and challenges. Join Mary Helen Ekstam, music therapist and Life Learning Advocate at JourneyCare, for a program guaranteed to get your toes tapping and heart singing.
Brain Health: Why Good Habits Matter
Thursday, October 25, 7–8:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
Physicians and clinical experts from Northwest Community Hospital in the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, behavioral/cognitive health, sleep medicine, nutrition and fitness will provide tips to help keep your brain as sharp as possible as you age. Presenters include:
• Dr. Andrea Dellaria, Neurologist
• Michael Brandson, Personal Trainer
• Matthew Manning, Clinical Nurse Manager, Behavioral Health
• Peggy Balboa, Nutritionist
Questions are encouraged. Light refreshments served. 
Presented in conjunction with the library's One Book, One Village community read. Learn more at ahml.info/onebook.

Homework Helpers in the Library
Teen volunteers are available in Kids' World select Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
See the calendar for dates.
Struggling with a class or need homework help? Teen volunteers can assist with completing homework assignments or practicing skills. Check ahml.info for a complete list of times when Helpers are available.
Online Tools for Research, Homework and More
Encyclopedia Britannica: The world-renowned reference tool, with articles, images, videos and helpful links on almost every topic (countries, people, animals, science, etc.). Three versions: For Children, For Young Adults and Reference Center. 1st grade-adult.
Student Resources in Context: Reference articles, overviews and magazine journal articles on all topics. Helpful at term paper time! 5th grade-adult.
PebbleGo: For emergent readers--short articles and videos about animals, science, biographies and social science. Grades K-2. 
Core Concepts (Biology, Chemistry & Periodic Table): Overview articles to help understand important scientific principles. Grades 7-12. 
CultureGrams: Detailed overviews of all the world’s countries: government, population, daily life, etc. Grades 3-12. 
Visual Thesaurus: Love wordplay? Use Visual Thesaurus to explore connections between words and build your vocabulary. Read fun, informative articles about the interesting ways in which we use words. There’s even an online spelling be you can join. Also great for ESL learners. 6th grade-adult.
Testing & Education Reference Center: Online test prep for ACT, the new SAT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, GED etc., as well as several vocational tests (ASVAB, PRAXIS, etc.) and language/citizenship tests. High school students can do college and scholarship searches, and job seekers can use a resume-building tool. 10th grade-adult.
National Geographic Kids: Pictures, books and magazine articles about animals, science, history, cultures, the environment and more. Grades K-8. 

A daylong celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley's classic, Frankenstein. Discuss the book, enjoy one of your favorite film adaptations, create a Frankencraft from noon-2 p.m. in the Marketplace and learn more about the science that fueled Doctor Frankenstein and his monster. Drop in.
Frankenstein Film Screening
Saturday, October 27, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
This 1931 classic, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, famously features Boris Karloff as the monster. Unrated; 2 hours.
The Science Behind Frankenstein
Saturday, October 27, 1:30-3 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
Mary Shelley was 19 years old when she wrote Frankenstein. Professor Ruth Hoffman explains how a literary young woman wrote a ground-breaking novel that featured scientific foreshadowing.
Book Discussion: Frankenstein
Saturday, October 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m. / Cardinal Room
Discuss the story of Victor Frankenstein, the young scientist who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Pick up a copy of the book at the Info Desk and join the discussion.
Young Frankenstein Film Screening
Saturday, October 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
Screening of the 1974 comedy classic. Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) inherits his grandfather's estate in Transylvania where he begins to recreate his experiments with the help of Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). Rated PG; 1 hour, 46 minutes.

The library's Piano Project pianos, decorated by local artists Preeti Iqbal, Violet Jaffe, Teresa Meyanci, Tara Riley and Tom Rybarczyk, are moving indoors. Visit them on display Monday, October 15 through Wednesday, November 7, on the library's first floor. Anthony Lewis' Video Disruption #3 will remain in the library's underground parking garage for customers to play and enjoy during this time.
October 15-November 7
First floor of the library
Thank you to all of our customers who visited the pianos in the community, especially those who shared their musical talents by playing them. The Piano Project would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors, Waverly Inn, The Moorings, Northwest Community Healthcare, Lutheran Home, Jennifer Burnidge-State Farm Insurance Agency and The Village of Arlington Heights.
The pianos were decorated by local artists and placed in community locations around Arlington Heights. In recognition of the musical elements in the library's One Book, One Village title, Every Note Played by Lisa Genova, the library invited residents to enjoy and take part in the public outdoor art display this fall. If you haven't had a chance to see them all, please visit the library's first floor from October 15-November 7.

See slime as you've never seen it before – edible, magnetic and color changing. After creating your slime, curl up on the couch and watch Disney's Flubber. For teens grades 7–12.
Date and time: Friday, October 26, 6–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hub

Adults, Teen
College Knowledge: FAFSA Completion Workshop
Thursday, October 18, 6–8 p.m. / Cardinal Room
Presenters from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will walk students and their parents though the FAFSA application step by step. For more information on what to bring, visit ahml.info/teens. For high school students and adults.
College Knowledge: Planning for Students with Learning Differences
Tuesday, October 30, 7–8:30 p.m. / Cardinal Room
Join us for a conversation about high school and transition planning for students with learning differences, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. Discuss course selection, learning supports, psychoeducational testing and standardized testing. Learn about levels of support in college and how the law differs once your child is out of high school. For teens and parents. Presented as part of Inclusion Awareness Month.

Adults, Teen
November 6, 2018 is Election Day. Learn all about the candidates, important dates and voting information here. 
Be an Informed Voter
Monday, October 29, 7-8:30 p.m.
Cardinal Room
Get ready for the upcoming gubernatorial election. Librarians will share information to help you find your polling location, access a sample ballot and learn more about the candidates.

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