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Join us to discuss Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder by Jim Clifton. Refreshments provided. Registration is required. Those registered can pick up a book at the Info Desk. Books contain a unique access code to take the Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder Assessment.
 
Date and time: Wednesday, February 25, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Armand's Pizzeria, 70 N. Vail Avenue
 


Adults, business
 
Are you skilled in the art of rocking out? Can you wail on a plastic guitar? Come by The Hub and play against other gamer musicians for the title of Guitar Hero Rock Legend. There will be food, prizes and healthy competition!
 
Date and time: Friday, February 20, 6–8 p.m.
Location: The Hub
 


Adults, Teen
 
Learn what LinkedIn is and the basics of creating an account. We will provide hands-on assistance in setting up an account. 
 
Date and time: Wednesday, February 18, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Training Center
 


 
The library celebrated all things Harry Potter on Thursday, February 5 and more than 200 people turned out for an evening of fun fit for a wizard. Wearing costumes and signature Harry styles, participants soaked in the magic and rolled up their sleeves for Hogwarts-themed activities in the Marketplace, the Hub and Kids' World: a potions class, owl examinations, a chance to make a Golden Snitch and the opportunity to don the Sorting Hat. Awards were given for best costumes and both wizards and Muggles alike enjoyed Harry Potter-inspired treats.
 
Harry Potter Book Night was a first time event in which libraries, schools and community groups around the world joined together on the same night to host celebrations honoring J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and the magic of Harry Potter.


Kids' World
 
How do you take an existing product and make it better? Just ask the 29 eighth graders at Thomas Middle School who recently completed a new, 9-week elective focused on three-dimensional printing, research and design. Titled 3D RD, the first-time course challenged the students to create or redesign every day products using 3D technology resources available both at school and at the library including Tinkercad, an online design application, and the Hub’s MakerBot 3D printer.

The course culminated on January 20 when the students presented their final 3D projects before an audience of some 50 parents and teachers. Thomas Middle School Principal Brian Kaye emceed the program which was held in the Hub. Students presented ideas and 3D models that ranged from a clever set of interchangeable scissors handles, designed by Arlington Heights students Zoe Axelrod and Annie Waz, to an always in demand TV remote holder.

“Give me a show of hands, how many of you guys have lost your remotes,” asked Emil Harb and Michael Macynski, the student engineers of a sleekly-designed TV remote holder. “This is the item that shall fulfill your needs!”

In all 12 groups of students presented and displayed their printed 3D prototypes at the library.

“The kids were really well-prepared,” says Teen Services Supervisor Tom Spicer, who worked with the District 25 students. “It was really great to see that they were able to start using the modeling software to design and print workable prototypes and products.”

“It was really gratifying to see the students present their final products,” added Jim Grant, Thomas Middle School industrial technology teacher and creator of the class. “It was fun trying something new, and it was great working with the Hub staff. The teamwork between the school and library provided enhanced learning for the students and resulted in some really innovative and creative 3D products.”

Thomas Middle School will offer 3D RD in the spring with a new class starting in April.


 
Transport yourself into the world of technological espionage and vanguard science in William Gibson’s bold novel, Neuromancer. This Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick award winner launched an innovative era in science fiction.
 
Date and time: Tuesday, February 10, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Fireplace area
 
 
Register and pick up a copy of the book at the Info Desk or call 847-392-0100.


Adults
 
In recognition of the library's recent five-star rating, Illinois State Representative David Harris delivered a special congratulatory message direct from Springfield to the Library Board of Trustees. Speaking at their monthly meeting on January 20, Harris presented the Illinois House of Representatives Certificate of Recognition to Board President Kerry Pearson and Executive Director Jason Kuhl. The certificate reads:
 
"The 98th General Assembly, House of Representatives, acknowledges Arlington Heights Memorial Library in recognition of receiving a five star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries for seven years in a row."
 
The library was one of only 21 libraries in the nation to have earned five stars for each of the past seven years. Star ratings are based on the annual number of library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use. The library's range of programs for children, teens and adults plus specialized services offered in the library's Business Center and Training Center were key in receiving this distinctive recognition.
 
"When I heard about the five-star rating I said that's a real achievement," Harris added. "It speaks well of the board, the staff and overall of the community's involvement. Hats off to all of you for what you do."
 
 
PHOTO: Left to right - Board President Kerry Pearson, Representative David Harris and Executive Director Jason Kuhl.


 
What was Arlington Heights reading in 2014? Check out our top reads based on the number of holds placed in the public catalog in the past 12 months. 
 
ADULT FICTION
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Fault in our Stars by John Green (Teen)
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Divergent by Veronica Roth  (Teen)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Teen)
Gray Mountain by John Grisham
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Teen)
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
 
ADULT NONFICTION
Unbroken by Laura Hilldenbrand
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly
The Blood Sugar Solution 10-day Detox Diet by Mark Hyman
Make it Ahead by Ina Garten
Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Grain Brain by David Perlmutter
 
 


Adults
 
Open enrollment for coverage through the Affordable Care Act ends February 15, 2015. The library can provide information resources for individual enrollment assistance. Ask at the Info Desk.
 
Individual Appointments
Register for an individual appointment with a certified ACA navigator to receive help enrolling in a health care program based on your needs. Register at the library's second-floor kiosk or call 847-392-0100.

Appointments are available January 7–February 15:
Wednesdays, 4–9 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sunday, February 15, 12:30–5 p.m.
 
 
  • Library Resource
Visit Health Care Plan Ratings, a newly released site which allows users to compare all available federal marketplace health plans on cost, quality, risk and doctor availability.
 
  • Fact Sheets
Stop at the stanchion on the first floor of the library across from the Checkout Desk to pick up a copy of a fact sheet to help you understand the changes to health care and how to get enrolled.
 
  • Helpful Links
The official Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace: getcoveredillinois.gov    
Healthcare.gov – the official federal government website for healthcare information: healthcare.gov


 
Let's light up those winter blues. We will be creating our own paper lanterns and making LED throwies to put inside. Decorate your lantern using watercolor paints, or use some tissue paper to create a fun effect. We will also be watching the anime, Angel Beats!, which is about a boy who quickly learns that the afterlife is nothing like he imagined. Join us for a great evening of crafts and anime. Cosplay is encouraged. For teens in grades 7–12.
 
Date and time: Friday, January 30, 6–8 p.m.
Location: The Hub
 
 
 


Teen

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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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  • content that is abusive, discriminatory or hateful on account of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation;
 
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