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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.

The library’s new Tween Advisory Group (T.A.G.) hosted its first meeting with 26 very enthusiastic fourth- through sixth-graders on October 2.
During a team building game, the tweens made a yarn web that showed how much they have in common. The group decorated pumpkins as popular book characters for the Kids' World annual pumpkin display and made catapults and targets to be used during a Halloween event at the library.
The group plans to meet monthly over pizza to complete service projects, create programs for tweens and play games. Participants earn volunteer hours.
For more information, contact Tween Librarian Kerry Devitt at 847-870-3296 or KDevitt@ahml.info.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of Lusitania by Erik Larson captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history. Appetizers will be served. Cash bar. Register and pick up a book at the Info Desk.
Date and time: Tuesday, October 20, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Eddie's Restaurant, 10 Northwest Highway

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.

Volunteer Julie Wright received the Kenneth Hood Service Award in recognition of more than 30 years of service to the senior community including teaching computer skills at the library's Senior Center.  Wright was presented with the award by Mayor Thomas Hayes at the Village Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, September 21.  Mayor Hayes cited Wright's outstanding resume of service which, in addition to volunteering at the library, ranges from helping seniors prepare their taxes to teaching the Secretary of State's Rules of the Road review course.
A longtime resident of Arlington Heights, Julie and her husband Don currently reside at Luther Village where she is also quick to lend a hand and serves on the 25th anniversary celebration committee and the butterfly garden construction committee.
Julie is the eighth recipient of the Kenneth Hood Service Award which is presented annually by the Arlington Heights Senior Citizens Commission. Congratulations, Julie and thank you for all you do!
About the Award
The Kenneth Hood Service Award was created in 2008 when, at his 100th birthday, longtime community activist and resident  Kenneth Hood challenged those attending his celebration to pick up his “torch of service to Arlington Heights’ Senior Citizens.”
The Kenneth Hood Award recognizes individuals and/or organizations who have carried forward the torch of service on behalf of today’s senior citizens population. Candidates must have exhibited some or all of the following:
  •     A significant history of service to the senior community. Developed, provided, or conducted programs or services that enhance the quality of life for senior citizens.
  •     Embraced or nurtured activities that affect in a positive way the lives of the senior citizen population.
  •     They must set an example by contributing their efforts toward the above with zest or the joy of living.
  •     Candidates must reside, work, and/or volunteer in the Village of Arlington Heights.
    Preferably, the award will be granted to a living individual, but it can be awarded posthumously.
The  Kenneth  Hood  Senior  Service  Award  Recipient  is  announced  annually  on  July 31,  Dr. Hood’s  birthday, and is sponsored the Arlington Heights Senior Citizens Commission.

Did you catch our bookmobile out and about town this summer? It was a busy season for the bookmobile, which served at least 2,220 additional customers through outreach and community events.
The bookmobile attended regular Storytime in the Park sessions at both Pioneer and Frontier Parks. The program was extended to eight weeks, with storytimes and bookmobile visits every Tuesday and Wednesday. Bookmobile staff attribute this summer's great attendance to all that nice weather we had, serving at least 400 customers each month. On one day alone, the bookmobile saw 105 customers at Storytime in the Park events.
Our mobile library also visited four Arlington Heights Park District summer camps each month during June and July, giving campers an extra opportunity to grab a book for some summer reading.
You might have also seen the bookmobile at community events such as Picnic in the Park, the Centennial Park Annual Picnic, Pirate Party at Lake Arlington, National Night Out, Mane Event and Fiesta de Arlington.
The bookmobile will continue to make regular stops throughout Arlington Heights this fall. Click here for the schedule.

The 9th Annual Teen Film Fest is in the books! More than 160 people came to Metropolis Performing Arts Centre to celebrate Arlington Heights' young filmmakers on August 21. This annual event is co-sponsored by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights Arts Commission and Metropolis.
Congratulations to the winners:
Best Overall Film - ‘Checkmate’ by Brandon Martin
Best Comedy - ‘Prop Hunt’ by Jared Culm
Best Experimental - ‘Trigger Warning’ by Kathleen Oku
Best Animation - ‘Over the Phone’ by August Graham, Ben Klicker
Best Documentary - ‘Same Molecules’ by Rhegan Graham
Best Music Video - ‘Geronimo’ by Tess Troschuk
Many thanks to this year's judges, Daily Herald Film Critic Dann Gire, former Teen Advisory Board president Selena Groh, and Metropolis Executive Director Joe Keefe.
For more photos from the night's event, see our photo gallery here.
To watch all the films, visit The Hub's You Tube page here.

Adults, Teen
It was the Summer of STEM at the library. While school was out, the library was full of children of all ages engaging in science and technology.
Children and parents packed the Training Center for an introduction to 3D printing. Just a short walk away, in Kids' World, a group of toddlers and preschoolers were engineering structures from tubes and connectors in a free-play session. Problem-solving skills were on full display as the hard hat-wearing group of young builders figured out which piece connected where. Nearby, another young visitor played on a felt board featuring honey bees and numbers. As her caregiver prompted her to "count the bees," little did she know, she too was learning through STEM free play and toys provided by the library.
View more Summer of STEM photos here.
Visit our Computers and Technology page for more information on upcoming classes and the Studio - your library's digital media lab.

As part of their back to school preparations, approximately 40 new teachers to Arlington Heights School District 25 visited the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on August 20 to learn about library resources available to teachers, how to request classroom materials, upcoming author visits and fall programs students will be interested in. Teachers toured the library and heard a presentation by School Services Coordinator (K-8) Julie Jurgens.

The library serves all preschools, elementary, middle and high schools located in Arlington Heights or where Arlington Heights students make up at least 45 percent of the student body. For more information, visit http://www.ahml.info/teachers.

Monthly meeting for local writers. Meet fellow writers, bring pages to share (or just come to listen) and join in a guided critique
led by writing instructor and Curbside Splendor Publishing editor Jacob Knabb.
Date and time: Wednesdays, September 9 and October 14, 7-9 p.m.
Location: Conference Room I


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