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Thanks to generosity of the Friends of the Library, programs in the Hendrickson Room are now much clearer for those with hearing aids and cochlear implants. An audio loop system has been installed that sends electromagnetic signals to a tiny receiver already in most hearing aids and cochlear implants. It allows people who use them to hear sounds directly from the AV system. This reduces or cuts out background noise making it much easier to hear. To use the system, attendees need only set their hearing aids to the T (telecoil) setting.
 
In addition to the audio loop system, the library offers a number of other assistive devices.


 
For the eighth consecutive time, 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 and public Internet computer use.
 
 In 2015, 7,663 U.S. public libraries —more than ever before—were scored on the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. Nationally, 261 libraries earned a three, four or five-star status including 19 in Illinois. Out of these 19 libraries, Arlington Heights Memorial Library was one of just five public libraries in the state to earn a top five-star rating.

This is an honor for not only our staff and the Library Board of Trustees, but also for you, our customers. Thank you for making us a five-star library once again. See Library Journal's 2015 index of America's Star Libraries.



 
"I think I'm still a short storyteller at heart," author Cristina Henríquez told an audience of 200+ during an appearance at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre on Thursday evening, November 12. Cristina spoke about her novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, which was chosen as the 2015 One Book, One Village selection by the library. In an interview-style program moderated by Info Services Librarian Mike Monahan, Cristina spoke candidly about her book which she originally wrote as a short story before expanding - a task which took five years to complete and tells the story of two families who have immigrated to the United States from Latin America and their neighbors living in a Delaware apartment complex.
 
"The second you hear someone's story, or imagine their story, it becomes so much harder to be intolerant," she said. "One of the goals of the book was to keep poking at stereotypes."
 
Following the 50-minute conversation on-stage, the author fielded questions from the audience which included sharing insights on the editing and publishing process.

Earlier in the program when asked to describe the meaning of home, Henríquez responded, "Home is not a place. To me, home is a feeling. It's that feeling when your soul sighs."

The Metropolis event capped off a day-long exchange between the author and the Arlington Heights community about The Book Unknown Americans. Earlier at the library, she did a short reading from the novel for an audience in the Cardinal Room and met in the Hub with more than 80 students from three District 214 schools.

 


 
District 214 students meet One Book, One Village author in the Hub
 
What better way to learn about a book than to meet its author. That's what happened for more than 80 high school students who had the opportunity to meet Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans, during her November 12 visit to Arlington Heights and the library for One Book, One Village. 
 
The students gathered in the Hub from three schools - John Hersey High School, Rolling Meadows High School and District 214's Newcomer Center - and spent more than an hour with Cristina asking questions about the book, its characters and what it takes to be an author.
 
"It took me five years to write this book and there were days when it really was a struggle and I wondered if I'd ever finish it," she told the students. Henríquez later added, "The best thing you can do for your writing is to forget that anyone is ever going to read it and just write."
 
 
 


 
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.



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. So how does it work?

• Register online at ahml.info/1000books or in Kids’ World.
• Start reading and counting!
• Drop by Kids’ World to check in and receive prizes. 
• The program continues until your child enters kindergarten. 
• Find more details at ahml.info/1000books
 

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!

 
How to Grow a Reader
  • Reading aloud to your child is the single most important thing you can do to help your child be ready to read.
  • We can help you find age-appropriate titles and topics for your child. Ask a librarian for help in choosing books for your baby, toddler or preschooler.
  • You are your child’s first and best teacher. Children learn best through playful interaction with a caring adult.
  • Talk, sing, read, write and play! Engaging in these five practices with your child will help him or her develop early literacy skills.
  • To learn more, sign up for our quarterly Ready to Read eNewsletter.


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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