What's Up at the Library?
Congratulations to the prize winners at our Celebrate Your Library Day Open House. Prizes for these lucky AH cardholders were courtesy of the Friends of the Library:
Did you know that now you can check whether the library has a book while browsing Amazon and other websites by using our new "Check AHML" bookmarklet? The bookmarklet lets you know whether a title is available at the library and checks all the editions of the title, not just the edition you're looking at. Get the "Check AHML" bookmarklet, and simply drag the button to your browser's "bookmarks" bar. It's that easy!
It was a grand night for showcasing the creativity of our local teens. Congratulations to our award-winning teen filmmakers in the 7th Annual Teen Film Fest that took place at the library on Friday, August 16. Twenty-six films were submitted and awards made in five different categories. There was a red carpet event for all the filmmakers before the film screening and even an after-party for teens to celebrate in the Hub when the film fest was over.
Many thanks to our judges, Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire, Arts Commissioner Toni Higgins Thrash and Metropolis playwright Scott Woldman and also to our event partners, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and the Arlington Heights Arts Commission.
Check out the winning films on our Teen page:
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robert Kraybill for his film 'Ouija'
BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Lynnette Hartwell for her film 'One Way Ticket'
BEST ACTION VIDEO: Luke Mayo for his film 'Artifact'
BEST COMEDY: Abby Anderson for her film 'Alice the Fairy'
AUDIENCE FAVORITE: Robert Kraybill for his film 'Ouija'
BEST OVERALL: Riley Langefeld for his film 'Symphony'
Thanks to the support of library users in the northern part of Arlington Heights, we have decided to continue the book drops at Camelot and Frontier Parks after a successful pilot program with the Arlington Heights Park District this summer. The Camelot Park book drop has been relocated to the south entrance of the tennis courts on N. Brighton Place due to construction. The Frontier Park book drop will remain at 1933 N. Kennicott.
We like to hear from our customers about the great experiences they have at the library, including the services they were surprised to find we offer. Read some of our favorite stories featured on our new testimonial webpage.
Local middle school student Josh M. spent the day shadowing the library’s Information Technology department. Josh discovered what a career in Information Technology entails in a library setting. They were connected through the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.
Take a walk through the newly renovated library with this virtual tour. It can assist you in planning your next trip to the library or help you locate the correct meeting room before you arrive.
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 5-star library once again. See Library Journal's 2013 Index of Star Libraries.
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is featured in the December 12 Chicago Tribune article, "Beyond the stacks: Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century." The article highlights many of the ways our library has redesigned its spaces and services for the way our customers are using the library. In its mention of AHML offering over 50 tech classes each month, Executive Director Jason Kuhl says, "It's more about learning the tool than just providing the tool." It reflects the commitment we've made to continue to respond to the changing needs of our residents in the most relevant ways. Read the entire article.