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Over the past 170 years, Chicagoans have dined out in a myriad of settings. Chicago historian and urbanologist Max Grinnell will take patrons on a tour-du-table utilizing rare and historic photographs, ephemera and his own sage observations from over two decades of dining out in Chicago from Army & Lou's to the late, great Como Inn.
Date and time: Tuesday, July 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

A warm and sunny afternoon on the soccer fields at Sunset Meadows feels a world away from the cold and snowy night last February when Genevieve Hill joined 400 other area teens to check out the library’s Sixth Annual Teen Job Fair and the more than two dozen area businesses and organizations looking to hire students. 
“I checked out a lot of the tables and there were so many different options that I didn’t know about,” says the 16-year-old Arlington Heights resident. “I liked the Park District because I thought it would be so nice to work outside.” 
The Arlington Heights Park District liked Genevieve’s credentials, as well. After review of her online application and an interview, she was hired.  Training and certification soon followed and this spring the Hersey High School varsity soccer player officially began her very first job –an assistant referee for soccer.
“I’ve been playing soccer since I was three, and I used to play park district soccer,” said Genevieve.  “So being a soccer ref and getting to be outside, it is the perfect job.”
The Teen Job Fair is an annual event at the library presented in partnership with the Arlington Heights Youth Commission.

Enjoy folk-rock music from award-winning acousting duo Julie Patchouli and Bruce Hecksel, to a backdrop of Hecksel's original artwork.
Date and time: Wednesday, August 8, 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Rescheduled, new date)
Location: Hendrickson Room

Join us for fun in the sun at area parks this summer. Drop by for a 20-minute storytime and browse in the bookmobile. In case of bad weather, the storytime will be canceled, but the bookmobile will still be available. Bookmobile stops from 11 a.m. to noon. Storytime is at 11:15 a.m.
Pioneer Park at the corner of Fairview and Fernandez
Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24 
Frontier Park in the northwest corner of the parking lot
Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25

Don't have the internet at home? Going on vacation and need a reliable connection? Working out of the office and want offsite internet? The library is excited to begin lending its ten new Mobile Hotspots to Arlington Heights cardholders.
What is a Hotspot?
  • A hotspot is a device that uses a cellular connection to provide internet access to your devices.
  • Connect your device to the hotspot via Wi-Fi and browse the internet with up to 4G LTE speeds.
  • Franklin R910 Mobile Hotspots:
  - Allow multiple users/devices to connect to internet.
  - Have up to 12 hour battery life.
  - Work only in the U.S.
Who can check out a Hotspot?
  • Hotspots are only available to Arlington Heights Memorial Library cardholders.

Where can I check out a Hotspot?

How long can I keep it?
Is internet usage tracked by the library?

Join us every Thursday evening for family fun. The theme changes weekly, but the family time together remains the same. Ages 0-6; siblings welcome. Space is limited; tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis at the Kids' World Desk before each program begins. 
Jammin' in My Jammies
Thursday, July 19, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Put on your favorite PJs and be ready for fun.
Jammin' in My Jammies
Thursday, July 26, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Put on your favorite PJs and be ready for fun.

A Wider Lens is the library's film series that introduces a variety of experiences and inspire conversation. A facilitated discussion will follow each film.
In this moving documentary, a trans-racial adoptee finds her birth mother and a family who did not know she existed. A story about identity, the complexities of trans-racial adoption, and most importantly, closure.
Date and time: Wednesday, August 22, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room South

Teachers, are you looking for new books for your classroom? Bring your teacher ID for a 25 percent discount! Need some inexpensive beach reads for the end of summer? At the Friends Summer Sale, you'll find outstanding prices on used books, magazines, movies, music, books on CD, games and puzzles. There will be a $5 bag sale at the children's sale on Sunday, August 5. Electronic devices, such as scanners, laptops and cell phones, are not permitted at FOL sales. Bills higher than $10 are not accepted.
Date and time: Saturday, August 4, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room and Cardinal Room
Date and time: Sunday, August 5, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room and Cardinal Room

"Making a World of Difference" was the theme of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, which honored the library's 426 volunteers who contributed 28,413 hours of service in 2017.
"We've been able to maintain our imagination and stretch our excellence," said library board president Debbie Smart to a large gathering of volunteers on Tuesday, May 8. "We're bigger and better than ever and that's because of you."
The afternoon served as a reminder of the world of difference that each volunteer has made at the library.
"Volunteers are not in this for the recognition," said library Volunteer Coordinator Kelley McCoy. "They just do it because it's in their hearts."
Funded by the Friends of the Library, this year's gathering honored those who volunteer in all areas of the library including the English as a Second Language (ESL) office, Kids' World, genealogy, the Senior Center, the Friends of the Library and the bookmobile.
Thirty-one volunteers received special recognition for achieving Hours of Service milestones from 500 hours to 16,500 hours. Years of service were also recognized and spanned from three years to 35 years of service.
The top honor of the day went to Al Hong, who was named Volunteer of the Year. This one-time award is given to the volunteer who has contributed the greatest number of hours during the previous year but has not previously received the award. He earned Volunteer of the Year for contributing 322 hours of service in 2017 by working in the library's ESL office.

"[Volunteering] lets me have a chance to encourage younger people and newer immigrants in our community," he said. He began volunteering at the library in 2016 and hopes that by displaying the importance of volunteering, his younger acquaintances and family members will follow his lead and volunteer as well.
Those who have worked with him spoke positively about his time at the library.
"I had the pleasure of meeting Al Hong at one of our volunteer meetings this spring," said ESL Coordinator Tracy Karim. "Hearing him speak about his experience with tutoring our ESL students, and his obvious passion for helping them not only to improve their English language abilities, but also with so many facets of life, literally brought tears to my eyes. He so deserves this award."

Join film historian Annette Bochenek and celebrate the classics.
The Marx Brothers
Tuesday, August 7, 7-9 p.m. / Hendrickson Room / Register
A discussion of the Marx Brothers' early years in New York and their Chicago area connections, followed by a screening of the hilarious 1935 classic, A Night at the Opera.


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