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25th annual District 25 Art Show
Dates: May 2-27
Locations: Marketplace and First Floor Display Cases, Kids' World Display Cases
More than 400 students' artwork from seven District 25 elementary schools and two middle schools is on display in the library during the month of May. Pieces range from illustrations and mixed media to self-portraits and 3D art. Join us in celebrating these student artists' accomplishments and creativity by visiting anytime through May 27 to see the art on display. 
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The library’s 3D printers are available for use by A.H. cardholders. For a small fee, library cardholders can submit their designs to be printed out using our MakerBot Replicator Mini 3D printers. The size is limited to 100 x 100 x 125 mm (approximately 3.9 x 3.9 x 4.9 in.) with a variety of colors to choose from. The cost of the print will vary depending on the amount of plastic used. Each print will cost $1.00 for the first five grams of material used and $0.25 for each additional gram. Allow up to two weeks for printing. For more information visit ahml.info/3d.
 
 
 


 
How do people flourish in the second half of life? That was the central question explored in an insightful presentation by New York Times bestselling author Barbara Bradley Hagerty, on Friday, May 12 at the library. More than a 100 people gathered in the Hendrickson Room to hear the award-winning journalist for NPR speak about the challenges and opportunities of midlife featured in her most recent book, Life Reimagined:The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife. Sharing extensive research on how people think, feel and react in their 40s, 50s and 60s, coupled with her own life experiences, Hagerty invited the audience to "take an inventory of your life" reminding them "midlife is not a dress rehearsal. You are halfway through your life."
 
Hagerty cited friendships and the ability to revise expectations as two key clues to flourishing in midlife and beyond. Following her 60-minute presentation, Hagerty engaged in a lively audience Q&A. Here is a snapshot of some of the ideas shared:
 
People who thrive in midlife take the good and the bad.
 
People who flourish let go of what they haven't achieved and focus instead on what they have achieved.
 
Friends allow us to offload our stress.
 
Call up an old friend. Make a new one.
 
Happy people develop what I call a little purpose....a little purpose brings joy and pushes you out of your comfort zone.
 
Take an inventory of your life. What are the relationships, what at the activities, what are the little purposes worth investing in.
 
Pick those things, relationships, purposeful activities and truly engage in them, don't let them go on autopilot. 
 
Making the Most of Midlife: The Conversation Continues
If you’re feeling inspired by the ideas in Life Reimagined, we welcome you to join in a community conversation. Discuss your own midlife experience and share ideas with others about how to get the most out of this exciting time. Reading the book ahead of time is not required, but is encouraged.

Date and time: Thursday, May 18, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
Register


Adults
 
Gratitude goes a long way especially when it results from the collective efforts of more 450 volunteers who give of their time and energy for a combined purpose - the library. "With Gratitude" was the theme of this year's Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. Funded by the Friends of the Library, the annual gathering was held on Tuesday, May 9 to show appreciation to the dedicated volunteers who contribute to all areas of the library including Kids' World, the Senior Center, Genealogy, ESL, the Friends of the Library and the bookmobile.  

Executive Director Jason Kuhl welcomed the crowd and presented the volunteer service awards.
 
In 2016, 479 volunteers contributed 29,264 hours of service to the library. Thirty six volunteers received special recognition for achieving Hours of Service milestones beginning at 500 hours and topping off at 15,500 hours of service. Years of service were also recognized and spanned from 3 years to 30 years of service. Carol Egan, a volunteer for the Friends of the Library since 1986, was honored threefold with the President's Lifetime Achievement Award, a 30 Years of Service honor and a 4,000 Hours of Service award.
 
The top honor of the day went to Jane Heaton who was named Volunteer of the Year. This is a one-time award that is given to the volunteer who has contributed the greatest number of hours during the previous year but has not previously received the award. Jane earned Volunteer of the Year for contributing 368 hours of service to the library in 2016 volunteering as an English tutor in the library's ESL office.
 
In the words of one of her students, "My teacher has helped me learn English throughout my journey to citizenship...I have come a long way from the beginning and these classes helped make my daily tasks easier in America....thank you so much."
 


The Arlington Heights Memorial Library honored the service of two longtime trustees, David F. Unumb and Deborah A. Nelson, at its Board of Library Trustees meeting Tuesday night.
 
David F. Unumb retires from the board after more than 20 years of service, beginning in 1983, and spanning a time period of four different decades.  He served as president of the board from 1989 to 1991; oversaw the hiring of three executive directors, and was a leader on the Building, Personnel and Long Range Planning Committees.
 
Deborah A. Nelson retires after nine years of service, including her leadership as board treasurer, chair of the Finance Committee, and chair of the Long Range/Strategic Planning Committee.
 
The staff at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and the Board of Library Trustees recognizes and sincerely thanks Deborah A. Nelson and David F. Unumb for their years of service and for all they have contributed to the library and to the Arlington Heights community. The board also extends its warmest congratulations and appreciation along with its best wishes for success in all of their future endeavors.
 
 


Adults
 
What is fake news?
The Internet is full of viral misinformation. Fake news is a false news story designed to look like credible information and makes it difficult to decipher fact from fiction. Fake news typically spreads fast online. How can we wade through it? Always reflect on how you encountered the story. Was it promoted on a website? Did it show up in a social media feed? Was it sent to you by someone you know? Trace the story to its original source.

Here are some other helpful steps to analyze news sources and tools for fact checking.

Put it to the CRAAP Test:
Currency—Can you find a date of the article or photograph? When was it last updated?
Relevance—Who is the intended audience? How does the source meet your needs?
Accuracy—Is the information supported by evidence? Does it cite other sources?
Authority—Who is the author? What are their credentials?
Purpose—Does the site give facts or opinions? Does it have a clear bias?
 
Is it true? Check out these unbiased fact-checking websites:
Snopes
Independent, self-sufficient entity wholly owned by its operators who investigate rumors.
 
Factcheck
Non-partisan, non-profit which acts as a consumer advocate for voters. A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania
 
Politifact
Independent fact checking website created by the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. PolitiFact has won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
 
Where does the bias lie in the media?
Check out this study from the Pew Research Institute
 
Other resources and articles about Fake News
When Fake News Stories Make Real News Headlines

Looking for more information? Contact a Specialty Info Librarian at questions@ahml.info.
 
 


Proving we're never too old for picture books, more than 225 Arlington Heights adults and children filled the Hendrickson Room Wednesday, April 12 to hear New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Peter Brown. During his 90-minute appearance, Brown entertained his audience talking about how he grew from being a creative, little guy into a big guy who makes picture books for a living. He shared books he made as a child and offered a glimpse into his world as the creator of The Curious Garden, Children Make Terrible Pets, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and The Wild Robot. He  also demonstrated his signature drawing that earned him a Caldecott Honor in 2013 as the illustrator of Creepy Carrots!
 

In addition to his library appearance, the Brooklyn-based author traveled to eleven area elementary schools where he held writing and drawing workshops over the course of four days, April 10-13. During this Friends of the Library-sponsored tour, more than 3,400 Arlington Heights students had the opportunity to meet the award-winning author including those in Districts 25, 21 and 59 and at two private schools.

 
Read more about Brown's visit in The Chicago Tribune.


Adults

Shared reading is the best way to help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers develop the important early literacy skills they need to learn how to read independently later on. The more books children ages 0–5 hear, the more prepared they will be to learn how to read. It’s never too early to start.
 
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program for young children. Although 1000 books sounds like a lot, it’s only three shared reading sessions a day for a year. Here's how it works:

Register here or in Kids’ World.
• Start reading and counting!
• Drop by Kids’ World to check in and receive prizes.
 

Helping your child develop early literacy begins with cuddling up and sharing a good book. Research shows that children become readers on the lap of a caring adult. Join us as we reach for 1000!

 


Kids' World

Library users living in the northern part of Arlington Heights now have the added convenience of returning their library items at book drops located at Camelot and Frontier Parks. In partnership with the Arlington Heights Park District, this program will continue to provide library service in this area.  It was initiated to take advantage of the high traffic at the parks during the summer swim season and to save busy families from having to make an extra trip to the library.

All library items can be returned at our book drop outside at Camelot Park, located at 1005 E. Suffield, or Frontier Park at 1933 N. Kennicott.
 
 


Library News

Following a six-month pilot period, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Trustees voted to extend the library’s weekend hours, remaining open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and opening the library an hour earlier, at 11 a.m., on Sundays. The cost for the library’s extended hours will be managed within the library’s currently approved budget.
 
The library’s new hours are:
Monday–Friday  9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday  9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday  11 a.m.–8 p.m.
 
The pilot program was based upon a recent survey of library customers which indicated many residents wished the library offered more hours on the weekends. An extensive study of customer use during the pilot program confirmed these survey results. For example, use of the Studio saw a 67 percent increase in weekend reservations. On average, 165 customers visited the library per hour during the pilot program, using the library during hours the library previously would have not been open.
 
"These expanded hours stem from the fact that people's lives are busier than ever, and we want to make it as convenient as possible for them to visit the library," said Executive Director Jason Kuhl. “We saw strong use of the library in all areas and are happy to continue this customer service going forward.”
 


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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

04/27/2011
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.
 
By contributing patron-generated content, patrons grant the Library an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon that content.
 
By submitting patron-generated content, patrons warrant they are the sole authors or that they have obtained all necessary permission associated with copyrights and trademarks to submit such content.
 
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;
 
  • content that contains threats, personal attacks, or harassment;
 
  • content that contains solicitations or advertisements;
 
  • content that is invasive of another person’s privacy;
 
  • content that is unrelated to the discussion or venue in which it is posted;
 
  • content that is in violation of the Library’s Code of Conduct or any other Library policy