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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, September 20, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Put on your favorite PJs and be ready for fun.
 
Jammin' in My Jammies
Thursday, September 27, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Put on your favorite PJs and be ready for fun.
 
Mini Movers
Thursday, October 4, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Enjoy songs, stories, musical instruments and dramatic movements.


 
"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."


 
The library’s new subscription to PressReader offers access to thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world and in dozens of languages – from daily issues of The Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times to India’s Hindustan Times and Magazine Futbol Tactico from Argentina. To learn more visit PressReader here


 
“My cerebral palsy affects my speech and mobility but not my spirit.” In 12 short words, Arlington Heights resident Esther Lee gives voice to her life’s work: disability law attorney, president of Able Community—a nonprofit housing improving independence for people with disabilities, and writer and creator of poetry with a purpose.

“Common themes of my poetry are home, or longing for home, and belonging, or in most cases not belonging,” Lee shared in an email.

 
It was a love for writing poetry that led her to explore Writer’s Ink, the library’s monthly meeting for local writers. Lee, who graduated from Thomas Middle School, holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Davis, School of Law, focusing on civil rights and public interest law. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, having graduated with honors and an emphasis on creative writing.
 
“I was used to workshopping my poetry with classmates as a rhetoric major in college, but I wasn’t sure what to expect from this group at a public library,” Lee shared. “I was apprehensive (at first), especially being one of the youngest writers there and a poet in a room full of fiction writers. Fortunately, everyone has always been welcoming.” 
 
Lee has been participating in Writer’s Ink for about a year. At a Wednesday evening meet-up, she and seven other aspiring writers gathered with writing coach and facilitator Jacob Knabb around a conference room table to share their latest work. Earlier in the day, Lee had emailed Knabb her poem, “There’s An Elephant Living Upstairs,” so that he could read it aloud to the group for critique. She listened attentively and through a computer-activated voice assistance device asked the group if they thought the ending was ‘too easy or too in your face?’
 
I like the abruptness of it, “Knabb assured her. “It’s lovely broken into verse, quite perfect in that shape.”

“Jacob always strives to give us feedback to improve our writing,” Esther shared following the meeting. “I haven’t worked with many fiction writers, so I am learning more about narrative and memoirs, as there are a lot of memoirists in the group.”

 
“Esther makes them feel a comradery, there’s a certain comfort there,” Knabb added while reflecting on the dynamics of the group. “Her poetry is honest and real and explores topics that allow others in the group to open up.”
 
Find an upcoming Writer's Ink meeting to join on our calendar
 


The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is now offering two new resources to help aid genealogy and history research. The first is Proquest Historical Newspapers, which adds to the access the library already had for the historical Chicago Tribune (1849-1993). New historical titles include The New York Times (1851-2013), The Chicago Defender (1910-1975), the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1874-1922), The Baltimore Sun (1837-1991) and The Irish Times/The Weekly Irish Times (1859-2015). These are fully-scanned articles and pages from the original newspapers, complete with photos, advertisements, classifieds, obituaries and death notices, and are especially valuable both to genealogists and students working on history projects (looking for primary sources, historical price information, etc.).
 
The second resource is American Ancestors, a collection of genealogy databases maintained by the New England Historic Genealogical Society with over 14 billion records pulled from military sources, vital records, family histories, census data, etc. Full access to records is available inside the library. Users outside the library have limited access to freely-available records.
 
Resources such as Proquest Historical Newspapers can be found by visiting the library's Research webpage and clicking on the Databases tab.


 
When Lisa Becker and her boyfriend Jack were planning to host the next movie night for their group of friends, the Arlington Heights residents decided to go big.

“We knew we wanted to do a projector, and we planned to rent it,” Becker said. “It was my boyfriend who said, ‘let’s check with the library because they have so much equipment over there.’”

“We called and it was a super duper coincidence that the library had just gotten a projector kit, and we could borrow it for free!”

The day before their party, Becker picked up the Projector Kit – a quasi-movie theater on wheels. The portable kit includes a projector, cable and adapters for common playback devices, extension cord and power strip, a Bluetooth sound bar and a collapsible screen that when assembled measures approximately 10 feet wide by 8 feet tall.

“The screen is huge,” she laughed. “But it was super easy to set it all up. The kit came with step-by-step instructions, and we did it in about 30 to 45 minutes.”

The end result was a movie night to remember featuring an oversized screening of Shrek 2 in the couple’s garage.

“Our friends were so excited and thought it was awesome,” Becker said. “It was pretty sweet.”

WANT TO BORROW THE PROJECTOR KIT?
• Arlington Heights card required
• Four day loan, no renewals
• Call 847-392-0100 to reserve
 
YOU WILL NEED
• Playback device (DVD player, laptop, etc.)
• Small stand or table to hold the sound bar and projector
 
 


 
It felt like an afternoon among friends when author Kate DiCamillo took to the stage to talk about her books and the memorable characters she has created during her career as a beloved children’s writer.
 
“I feel like they’re people that I’ve discovered, and it’s my job to tell their story,” DiCamillo said, referring to the characters from her award-winning books such as Because of Winn Dixie, The Tale of Desperaux and Flora & Ulysses.
 
Close to 400 eager fans of all ages showed up to the Forest View Education Center to meet DiCamillo on Saturday, April 28.
 
DiCamillo started the afternoon by reading the first couple of chapters from her most recent novel, Raymie Nightingale. She then answered questions and impressed fans with her sense of humor.
 
“I didn’t go to graduate school,” DiCamillo said after talking about how she got her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Florida. “Instead I bought a black turtleneck because that’s what writers do.”
 
DiCamillo recounted how she started writing her first novel at the age of 30 by completing two pages a day. She provided details about the history behind her books, described her writing process and more. In turn, the audience responded positively to DiCamillo’s insights and experiences as a writer.
 
“It was great. The fact that she talked about her writing was to the benefit of both kids and adults. It was very enlightening to the way an artist thinks,” said Steve Bayer, who attended the event with his 8-year-old daughter Camille. “I liked that she was willing to open up about her own books and her own personal story.”
 
“She was very funny and very personable,” added Jolinta Voelker, who came to the event with her two daughters, Abby and Bethany. Voelker said DiCamillo’s book, Flora & Ulysses, introduced the family to listening to audiobooks.
 

Following her presentation, DiCamillo signed copies of her books and took photographs with fans. An Afternoon with Author Kate DiCamillo was co-sponsored by Candlewick Press and The Book Stall and served as the closing event for Lit Month, the library’s month-long celebration of writers and literature. In addition to DiCamillo, Greg Kot (I’ll Take You There) and Celia Perez (The First Rule of Punk), were among the writers who visited Arlington Heights in April.

 


 
More than 800 people including parents, students, teachers and community members stopped by the library's Marketplace on Thursday, May 3 to celebrate the opening of the 26th Annual District 25 Student Art Show.
 
The opening night reception featured a performance from the South Middle School Jazz Ensemble, a reading of Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka, a short film screening from the fifth grade students of Dryden Elementary School and plenty of refreshments.
 
This year's show featured the artwork of nearly 400 students from seven elementary schools and two middle schools that can be seen in the Marketplace, the Dunton display cases and the Kids' World display cases.
 
These pieces ranged from 2D illustrations to 3D sculptures and were on display in the library through Sunday, May 27.
 


 
Library parking lot full? Did you know parking is also available across the street from the library in the commuter lot on Vail Avenue? After noon on weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday, the Vail commuter lot is free. The commuter lot is located on Vail Avenue between St. James and Fremont. Enter from Vail Avenue or St. James.
 


 
“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
 


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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.
 
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