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“Go, Nora, go!” cheered Annie Powers as her two-month-old daughter, Nora, began to roll on her back. Seven-month-old Camryn sat next to her and watched.

“Two weeks ago she can’t sit properly and now she’s sitting,” said Sunny Sklierenko, Camryn’s mother.

Light-hearted, supportive moments like this are what happen at First Time Parent’s Meet-Up, a drop-in program in Kids’ World that allows parents to come together and find support.

“Life is busy, which is why it’s nice to have a drop-in program,” said Sklierenko, who has attended several meetings. “I can just come in and actually meet with other parents and feel like I can have a couple minutes of normalcy because home is just crazy,”

A nurse from Northwest Community Hospital is sometimes present at the meetings to help facilitate conversations. During a recent meet-up, Nurse Cornelia Johnson talked about how to find reliable online resources.

“You can sit at home all day with your baby and your computer and go, ‘I don’t know why my baby is doing this,’ but when you hear from other moms saying ‘this is why,’ [it helps],” Johnson said.

“You get a lot of good advice and it’s good for socialization, Powers said. “Especially for a stay-at-home mom.”
 
Find the next First-Time Parent's Meet-up on our calendar
 


 
The Illinois Primary Election occurred on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Early voting occurred March 5 through 19. 
 
We gathered some valuable information about the election to help you as you learn about candidates and get ready to vote.
 

Register to Vote

Register to vote online at the Cook County Clerk’s Office until March 4.  After that, you can take part in Grace Period Registration and Voting up to election day.  For that, you will need to bring two pieces of ID to a designated location.  You can even register and vote on Election Day, in your home precinct at your polling place.
 
Your Voter Information Tool
Enter your address at the Cook County Clerk’s website to look up your polling place, a sample ballot, your early voting site, and your current elected officials.
 
Learn About Candidates
As you prepare for Election Day, you can learn more about candidates from various sources:
Chicago Sun Times 2018 Illinois Primary Voting Guide
Chicago Tribune endorsements
Chicago Tribune candidate surveys
Daily Herald news, endorsements, profiles, etc.
Illinois State Bar Association Judicial Evaluations
Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluations (2018 coming soon)
 
For additional information, some organizations also perform fact checking and publish articles:
Ballotpedia Illinois:  A nonpartisan and nonprofit online encyclopedia of American politics and elections.
Politifact Illinois:  A Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website.
 
Looking for more information? Contact a Specialty Info Services Librarian at questions@ahml.info.
 


 
In recognition of their 50 years of service to the community, the Friends of the Library were honored at the Village of Arlington Heights Board Meeting on Monday, March 5. Mayor Tom Hayes presented the Friends of the Library President Mike Dennehy with a special plaque honoring five decades of accomplishments by the not-for-profit organization that raises funds to provide gifts (programs, materials, equipment, and artwork) for the library. The mayor publicly thanked the Friends for their outstanding contributions to the library including more than $1.5 million in assistance raised through a book boutique in the library and four quarterly book sales including the upcoming spring sale to be held April 27-29.
 
Pictured left to right: Library Board President Debbie Smart, Friends of the Library President Mike Dennehy, Mayor Tom Hayes and Interim Executive Director of the Library Mike Driskell
 
Official proclamation from the Village Board Meeting:
 
Whereas, the Friends of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library have served for many years as the vital link between the library and the community, holding popular events, encouraging others to join, and promoting the library as a learning commons and an institution essential to literacy and quality of life; and

Whereas, the Friends’ gift of their time and commitment to the library sets an example for all in how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community; and

Whereas, the residents of Arlington Heights have benefitted from the hard work, commitment and support of the Friends of the Library; and

Whereas, since their incorporation in 1968, the Friends of the Library have devoted countless hours to the raising of more than $1.5 million in assistance to the library through four yearly book sales and a book boutique in the library; and
 
Whereas, the Friends of the Library have advocated to citizens and community leaders the importance of the library, its potential, and its future, The Village of Arlington Heights Board hereby declares their support and congratulations to the Friends of the Library for 50 years of service to the community; and

Now therefore, be it resolved that the Village of Arlington Height recognizes and sincerely thanks the Friends of the Library for 50 years of distinguished service and for all they have contributed to the Arlington Heights community and the library; and 

Furthermore, be it resolved  that the Board extend its warmest regards and appreciation to the Friends of the Library, along with its best wishes for success in future endeavors.


 
Fifth-grade students from Olive-Mary Stitt School got to see what it's like to work in a library during their visit on Friday, March 2. The students were able to get real-life work experience in the library's Circulation department, the bookmobile, the Hub and Kids' World. These students learned about checking in books, movies and other items, re-shelving items, how the bookmobile operates and more. This experience was part of World of Work (WOW), a program that gives kids the opportunity to act as employees for a day for local businesses that interest them. This year the program was supported by 22 Arlington Heights businesses with 105 students from Olive-Mary Stitt School participating.


Adults
 
Good things come in a canvas bag thanks to Library Delivery Services, a free program that brings books, movies, music and magazines to Arlington Heights residents who are homebound due to physical limitations or illness.
 
“It’s like Christmas morning. You open up those bags and can hardly wait to see what’s in them,” says Pamella Davis, a voracious reader who twice a month receives five canvas bags filled with books, about 50 titles, delivered to the Arlington Heights health care facility where she lives.
 
Library Delivery Services is available to any Arlington Heights resident who is unable to visit the library, either long term or for a shorter timeframe due to a setback in health or mobility.  Eligible participants meet one-on-one with a reader’s advisor from the library to share their tastes in books, movies and music.  Staff then carefully select materials to match these preferences to create a customized reader experience. Materials are personally delivered to individuals living in their own homes every four weeks, and every two weeks to residents residing in local health care facilities. 
 
“I like a book that reads fast like a movie or TV show…thrillers, romance, westerns,” says Arlington Heights resident Susan Klich who reads 20 books each month. “I have the library’s phone number memorized. I’ll call over and say ‘can you add this to my list please?’ And they do!”
 
Each month Library Delivery visits nearly 100 homes and health care sites and places more than 800 items into the hands of what may be some of the library’s most grateful customers.

“It’s a mental thing really that keeps me going on the positive side of glass half-full,” adds Klich. “It just makes me so darn happy.”
 

Would you or someone you know – a family member, friend or neighbor –benefit from our Library Delivery service? Learn more by contacting the library at 847-870-3712 or by clicking here

 



Finding a job was job one for the more than 400 local teens who turned out in record numbers on Tuesday evening, February 6 at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for the Sixth Annual Teen Job Fair. Organized by the Arlington Heights' Youth Commission and presented in partnership with the library, the fair featured 26 area businesses and organizations -- the most ever for this high school student-focused gathering. The annual event offers students a convenient one-stop resource for finding part-time employment for the weekends and after-school or for landing a summer job or volunteer experience.
 
"I like how everything is right here in the same room rather than trying to figure it all out online," said Arlington Heights teen Stephanie Leigh, who came to the fair to scout out job opportunities for the summer along with her friend, Leah Chacko. Both teens are freshmen at Rolling Meadows High School.
 
"I've really enjoyed just going around," Chacko added. "It's been easier to get to know each job and the different aspects to them in person. Everyone has been really nice."
 
The two-hour fair took place in the Hendrickson Room where each business showcased their brand with banners, handouts detailing hiring criteria and information on hours and pay rate, plus staff on-hand eager to answer questions and offer assistance on how to best navigate the online application and interview process.
 
"We hire a lot of seasonal positions for guest services and this has been a good way to reach potential employees," said Megan Brandt, human resources assistant at Arlington Park International Racecourse. Brandt estimated that in the first 45 minutes of the fair she had already talked to about 25 teens looking for summer work. "It's also nice to see a lot of parents here tonight. For us, it's a good place to build awareness and to remind people that we're here."
 
Businesses and Organizations that Participated in the Job Fair:
 
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Arlington Heights Park District
Arlington Heights School District 25
Arlington International Racecourse
Church Creek
Culver's of Buffalo Grove
Frontier Days (volunteer opportunities)
Garabaldi's
High School District 214 (internship opportunities)
Home Depot
Jeff Ellis Management, LLC
Jewel Osco Arlington Heights Road
Jewel Osco- Vail Street
Let It Snow, Make It Go - Village of Arlington Heights Teen Snow Shoveling Program
Lutheran Home
Mariano's Fresh Market
Met2Plastic, LLC
Northwest Community Healthcare
Northwest Electrical Supply
Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)
Rolling Meadows Park District
Soccer City - Lil Kickers NWI & Skilz Academny
SportsKids Inc.
The Student Conservation Association
Transitional Care of Arlington Heights
Wheeling Park District


Adults, Jobs, Teen
 
AHML is ready for the snow! We have snow brushes available for check out. They are on the rack with the umbrellas near the Express Reserve shelves. Like the umbrellas, the loan period is one week.  


 
If you missed the library's annual Readers’ Party and are looking for your next winter read, here is a recap of staff recommendations:
 
Something Like Happy by Eva Wood
Recommended by Sherri T, Readers Advisory
 
Coming to my Senses by Alice Waters
Recommended by Joan L, Readers Advisory
 
Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert’s Renegade Life by Emily Kaiser Thelin
Recommended by Katie M, Senior Services
 
River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks
Recommended by Barb W, Senior Services
 
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Recommended by Pam S, Readers Advisory
 
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Recommended by Julie J, School Services
 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Recommended by Alice S, Teen Services
 

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Recommended by Sonya H, Teen Services

 
Find more Staff Picks here
 
Want recommendations on what to read next? Complete our Book Me form and our librarians will provide a list of recommended books for you to try.
 
 


 
Close to 500 people stopped by the library on Saturday evening to get a first look at the library’s newest traveling exhibit, XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness.
 
The opening night party filled the Marketplace and Kids’ World and gave partygoers of all ages the opportunity to explore the power of feelings with many family-friendly activities.
 
“It’s nice to see so many different families. So many different ages, so many different faces,” said Sheila Whiteside, who came to the party with her husband and two children. “I think [the exhibit] reminds us to come back to the basics. It reminds us of what is really important. My kids are smiling and we’re happy.”
 
The main attraction of the night was the debut of XOXO. Families couldn’t get enough of exploring the different parts of this hands-on exhibit. Some popular activities included Holding Hands, which allows people to hold hands to get a memorable quote to appear; Talk to Someone, where families can communicate with one another using telephones set up in the library; and Release the Negative, an activity where participants can write down negative feelings and send them into a paper shredder.
 
“There’s a lot of things you can do here with people that you love and care about,” said nine-year-old Kanon Koshino as she got ready to send a photo she drew of a thunderstorm into Release the Negative’s paper shredder. “You can show how you feel angry, sad and happy.”
 
Attendees also visited the Hub for button making and yarn art activities, the Training Center for a virtual Google Expedition to Paris and Kids’ World for a scavenger hunt, storytimes and arts and crafts.
 
Another highlight of the evening that impressed partygoers was an hour-long performance from Istvan & His Imaginary Band that kept children engaged with bubbles, tambourines and fun music. Istvan performed in the Hendrickson Room to an enthusiastic crowd, which included Tracy Brooks and her three children.
 
“[XOXO] is great, it’s keeping the kids active and giving them unique things to see and touch,” Brooks said. “I like that [Istvan & His Imaginary Band] passed out tambourines, they got to feel and touch their own instruments.”
 

Visit XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness during regular library hours from now to Saturday, March 31 in Kids’ World and the Marketplace. This exhibit was created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh with support from The Fetzer Institute and is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Library.

 




Looking for preschool or childcare information? Choosing the right preschool or childcare that fits your family’s needs is a big job. Whether you’re looking for all day childcare or a preschool, we can help.

Every January, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library hosts a Preschool and Childcare Information Night. Directors and teachers from Arlington Heights, as well as surrounding areas, gather to share information about their programs. Some even have summer camp options for school age children.
 
This year, we had 41 different facilities participate in our open house. If you were unable to join us, we have pamphlets and brochures from all the participants. Stop by the Kids’ World desk anytime to take a look at the Preschool and Childcare Information binder.


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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;
 
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  • content that is in violation of the Library’s Code of Conduct or any other Library policy