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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
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.



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.
 
 
 



The library was bustling with activity this weekend with a record-breaking number of visitors coming to see the amazing one-of-a-kind creations of the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club on exhibit in the Hendrickson Room. More than 6,200 guests visited the exhibit Saturday and Sunday. Eleven train club members spent six hours assembling the main display. In addition to the Hendrickson exhibit, the library offered LEGO Club in the Marketplace, with large crowds on both days making models then displaying them at the library. Thanks to everyone who stopped by for all the LEGO fun! More photos in our Facebook gallery here. 


 
Need help with car diagnostics? Check out an Innova scanner from the library. The library has two Innova brand auto scanners available for checkout. These auto scanners are the same as those used by mechanics to diagnose problems that set off your check engine light. How does it work? Just plug in the scanner then turn on your car to find out whether it’s an O2 sensor, a faulty gas cap, or something else. Both scanners can be used on cars that have OBD2 technology (1996 & newer). The 3140 scanner can also scan older cars that have OBD1 technology. The 3160 can also diagnose ABS (anti-lock braking systems) and SRS (supplemental restraint systems) errors. 
 
Reserve a scanner by searching for the following items' availability in the library catalog:
 
Once you've logged into your account, you can place a hold on any item in our collection. 
 


 
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.
 
 


 
AHML is ready for the snow! We now 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.  


 
"I was always looking at the world as a laboratory of ideas," author Eric Weiner told an audience of 180 people who gathered at the library on November 3 to hear the award-winning journalist and NPR contributor speak about his latest book, The Geography of Genius: A Search for the Worlds' Most Creative Places, from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley, the 2016 One Book, One Village (OBOV) selection.
 
In an interview-style program moderated by guest interviewer Mary Luckritz, Head of the English and Fine Arts Division at Rolling Meadows High School, Weiner spoke candidly about his writing career which has evolved from veteran war correspondent covering Middle East conflicts to that of nonfiction travel writer.
 
"I'd come back from reporting on places like Afghanistan and people would ask me 'but what was it really like over there,'" said Weiner. "I realized that what people wanted to know or really wanted to hear were the stories of locals talking in bars or cafes and what their lives were like."
 
These encounters gave rise to Weiner's current assignment of "travel with a purpose," and three award-winning books which intimately explore places around the globe and cleverly connect them with ideas like bliss, divinity and the theme of this year's OBOV selection - genius and creativity.
 
"One trait all geniuses or places of genius share is an openness to experience," said Weiner citing cities like Athens, Vienna and Florence then adding, "Geniuses are the people who look at something that everyone else sees and they see something different."
 
Following the 50-minute conversation on-stage, the author fielded questions from the audience with Weiner jokingly describing the perfect suitcase "bulletproof and easy to grab my phone and notebook" to offering advice on nurturing creativity.
 
"Take breaks from your work, go for a walk...encourage messiness, have conversations, lots of conversations," Weiner reflected, "You have to be willing to take a detour and realize the destination may not be where you expected."

An Evening with Author Eric Weiner event capped off a day-long exchange between the Washington, D.C.-based author and the Arlington Heights community about The Geography of Genius. Earlier in the day, he spoke to 130 students at Rolling Meadows High School. Read more in the Daily Herald.
 


 
For the ninth consecutive year, Arlington Heights Memorial Library has received a five-star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries. Five stars is the highest rating that a library can receive. Star ratings are based on the annual number of library visits, circulation, program attendance, public Internet computer use and circulation of electronic materials.
 
In 2016, 7,349 U.S. public libraries qualified to be rated on the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. This year there are 260 Star Libraries, each receiving three-star, four-star, or five-star designations.
 
Nineteen libraries in Illinois have been named Star Libraries for 2016, and out of these 19 libraries, Arlington Heights Memorial Library was one of just three public libraries in the state to earn a top five-star rating.
 

This is an honor for not only our staff and the Board of Library Trustees, but also for you, our customers. Thank you for making us a five-star library once again. Read more about Library Journal's 2016 index of America's Star Libraries here.

 


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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;
 
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