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What is punk music? What led to its creation? And what kind of parallels can we see today? These are just a few of the questions that were explored in the library’s Sound Opinions program at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.

Using a mix of historical perspective, video clips and an audience question-and-answer period, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discussed 1977, the year punk music emerged from London and New York, with a crowd of more than 150 music enthusiasts. Punk rock, which has proven influential on everything that's followed, erupted in those two cities out of an uneasy stew of economic inequality, political and racial tensions, budding anger, riots, unrest, and even blackouts and heat waves; and a sense that we all had "no future" -- a time, in other words, not unlike today.
 
Punk is about having an “attitude of defiance” and wearing it proudly, said Kot. The guiding principle was to “take everything negative that’s being thrown at us and throw it back at them.” Bands like the Ramones, Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, Blondie, the Clash, Talking Heads and Wire epitomized this turbulent time in history. The Sound Opinions hosts discussed how “being punk” meant “you didn’t want to be homogenized,” and that this sensibility has repeated itself over time, from grunge to alternative to rap and DIY culture; with a subset of artists always seeking to break away from the norm and rebel.
 
Punk Rock 1977: The Sound of Genius was created for the library in partnership with Metropolis featuring the expertise of Kot, who has worked for the Chicago Tribune since 1990 as a music critic; and DeRogatis, who has worked for the Chicago Sun-Times as a music critic for 15 years and now lectures full-time at Columbia College. Together they brought more than 40 years of experience to this lively conversation examining the idea of particularly "magical" times and places that result in a creative explosion – themes echoed in The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places, from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley, the selected title for this year's One Book, One Village community read.

WBEZ’s Sound Opinions broadcasts to more than 120 radio stations across the country and has produced more than 550 episodes. It can be heard in the Chicago market on WBEZ on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit soundopinions.org. For more information on this year's One Book, One Village community read and its related programs, visit ahml.info/onebook.
 


 
It’s never too early to start reading to babies, toddlers and preschoolers to help develop early literacy skills. Research shows children become readers on the lap of a caring adult and the more books children ages 0-5 hear, the more prepared they will be to learn how to read later on.
 
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program for young children that began at the library in September 2014. Last year 38 area preschools and 702 individuals participated. 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 here 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.

 
 
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.


 
New York Times best-selling author Trenton Lee Stewart, author of the Mysterious Benedict Society series, greeted more than 100 fans in the Hendrickson Room recently and talked about his books and his life as a writer. Stewart discussed his favorite books, including Watership Down, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He also talked about The Hobbit and how he wanted all of his books to be like the “Riddles in the Dark” chapter from that book. Stewart made a connection between The Lord of the Rings and his new book, The Secretkeepers, by making comparisons between the ring from Lord of the Rings and the pocket watch from The Secretkeepers and how both can make you invisible.  The audience had a good time thinking about what they could do if they were invisible for a day. Customers also enjoyed hearing about Stewart’s inspiration for the Mysterious Benedict Society and the many characters from those books.


 
On September 20, Marianthi Thanopoulos of Arlington Heights was sworn in as the newest member of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Trustees. She will serve until the next general election on April 4, 2017.
 
Thanopoulos is the Community Engagement Liaison for the Village of Mount Prospect and a documentary producer. She obtained a Masters of Arts in social sciences from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from DePaul University. She formerly served as a communication and marketing liaison for the Evanston Public Library and describes herself as an “avid reader” who “deeply understands the value that people place on Library services, programs, events and community outreach.”
 
The seven-member Board of Library Trustees sets the library’s tax levy and budget as well as library policies. Trustees are elected for six-year terms.
 


 
"It's a book about ideas," said Executive Director Jason Kuhl as he spread the word at Monday night's Village board meeting about the library's third annual One Book, One Village community read. Presenting to Mayor Tom Hayes and the village trustees, Kuhl invited all of Arlington Heights to read this year's book choice, The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner, which explores why creative genius flourishes at specific places and at specific times. The mayor in turn thanked Kuhl and the library "for your dedication in developing more geniuses in the village of Arlington Heights."
 
Check out a copy of the book today. Then join us for An Evening with Author Eric Weiner on Thursday, November 3 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hendrickson Room. Registration opens on October 1.
 
 


 
"Genius is contagious," writes author Eric Weiner- an idea which proved true as we listened and learned from a group of Arlington Heights School District 25 teachers who gathered earlier today to discuss The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places, from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley, the selected title for this year's One Book, One Village community read.  Representing three area elementary schools - Greenbrier, Windsor and Olive-Mary Stitt- the teachers had carved out time over the summer to read The Geography of Genius and were eager to be the first in Arlington Heights to share their insights about the book and specifically how its many themes relate to their roles as educators. Here is a snapshot of what they had to say:
 
"I appreciated the book and found myself taking lots of notes."
"We need to give our kids a broader perspective. Test scores don't tell the whole story."
"When you're moving, you're thinking."
"Too many choices can prevent you from being creative."
"It's important to allow kids to think about things in a different way."
"Just as we need a peaceful world for creativity and genius, we need peaceful, welcoming classrooms where kids can be creative and thrive." 
 
Learn more about One Book, One Village. Get a copy of The Geography of Genius and join the conversation.


 
To prepare for the start of the school year, nearly 40 new teachers to Arlington Heights School District 25 visited the library on August 18 and learned firsthand about resources available to teachers, how to request classroom materials and about upcoming library programs that will enhance student learning beyond the classroom. 
 
Following a before-hours tour of the library, District 25 Superintendent Dr. Lori Bein welcomed the group to the Hub where they also heard  a special presentation by the library's School Services Coordinator (K-8) Julie Jurgens. The teachers participated in two breakout sessions and also had time to explore on their own to learn about services like 3D printing and educational databases.
 
This is the third year that District 25 partnered with the library as part of their new teacher orientation. District 25 is comprised of seven elementary schools and two middle schools in Arlington Heights. The first day of student attendance is Monday, August 29. 


 
Up, Up and Away! It's a superhero summer at the library, and our Fourth of July parade entry celebrated this theme with everyone in Arlington Heights on Monday. Special thanks to all of the volunteers, staff and library trustees who represented AHML in the Fourth of July Parade alongside the library's bookmobile and our special superhero guests. Thanks also to the Frontier Days Festival organizers for another outstanding parade day in Arlington Heights. See more photos here.


 
Thanks to the more than 600 people who came out on Saturday, June 18 for our first FanCon, a five-hour, library-wide celebration of all things comic and pop culture. All ages turned out, many dressed as their favorite superhero characters, and enjoyed comic-themed activities including meeting comic book artists to participating in drawing workshops, storytimes, DIY crafts, gaming competitions and taking photos with costumed characters from Star Wars and the Ghostbusters. Read more in the Daily Herald or check out the fun on Instagram.


 
Wednesday, May 11 was "pitch night" for more than 40 John Hersey High School student entrepreneurs who took center stage at the library to compete in a Shark Tank-style showdown. In all, eight groups of students presented, each giving their best pitches for new businesses and start-up opportunities before a panel of five judges, including Mayor Tom Hayes, and an audience of more than 100 people.
 
Start-up ideas ranged from Campus View, a virtual college campus tour website, to Mass Meals, a subscription-based meal delivery service. Other ideas included an online gift buying service named Trendit  and a resale service for homecoming and prom dresses called Dress Again.
 
In the end, the winning idea was GoFur, a business described as "the bridge that connects young and eager adults to local residents needing help with their errands."  GoFur was created by student entrepreneurs Mitch Carlisle, Javin Maestro, David Fernquist, Spencer Krueger, Jake Kramarczyk and Carsen Anderson.
 
The presentations capped off nine months of hard work in an innovative class titled Entrepreneurship. Taught by Dan Vesper, a business education teacher at Hersey, the class combined a dynamic new curriculum from INCubatoredu with hands-on learning, guest presenters and mentoring by more than 35 area businesses and professionals.
 
"The kids were very prepared, composed, professional and so creative," says Shannon Distel, the library's Business and Specialty Services Manager who presented to the students earlier in the school year. "The whole idea was for the students to identify a problem and come up with a solution. It was impressive to see the results, and I could tell they had used some library resources."
 
GoFur moves on to compete in the District 214 Pitch Night to be held at Forest View Educational Center on Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.  Student entrepreneurs from across the district will compete for top honors and a cash prize.
 


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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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