Library News

12/30/11

In the coming year, we will begin work on a building project that will help us be even more responsive to our residents’ needs. Many of the changes will revolve around helping residents use the technology that is becoming increasingly essential in school, business, and at home.

“Every day, we’re helping residents with their phones, eBook readers, and social media,” said Ming Heraty, Welcome Desk Manager. According to the Pew Research Center 35% of adults in the U.S. own a smartphone as of July 2011, up from 21% just 18 months earlier. Circulation of eBooks at the library has increased 157% in the past year, while circulation of print books has decreased 4%. The need for technology assistance is not limited to leisure activities. “I often hear from our local business owners who need help using technology and social media to help market and run their businesses,” said Shannon Scanlon, Business Librarian.
 
The reallocation of space within the building will allow us to meet the essential technology requirements of our residents as well as a number of other longstanding needs. Some of the new features:
  • A digital studio where residents can work on projects like creating and editing video or scanning and organizing digital photos. It will feature equipment and software that is not practical for an individual to purchase.
  • Additional space dedicated to working with residents specifically on their technology needs.
  • Additional small group/conference rooms that will more than triple the existing rooms that are in constant use.
  • Additional space for library programs, including an expanded room for adult and teen programs. Last year, attendance at adult programs increased 62% over the previous year.
  • An expanded area for teens that includes space for group projects, computers and books.
None of these service enhancements will come at the expense of our existing services and collections. “We will continue to have one of the largest and best collections of print books in the state,” said Paula Moore, Library Director. “In fact, we will be providing more space to highlight the collection, making it more accessible and appealing to our customers.”

The renovations will get underway this fall and should be completed in four to five months. The entire $2.6 million cost of the project will be taken from our fund balance and will not require any increase in taxes. “We have saved specifically for this project since defining our next generation of services,” said Moore. “Just as we have not increased our levy three of the past four years, we remain committed to making sure the library is a good value for our residents.”
12/21/11

Beginning January 1, late charges for library items will be $0.25 per item/per day. The only exception is eReaders. In addition, library users will have a three-day grace period to return or renew items. If the items are returned or renewed within the grace period, the late fee will be waived.
 

Why the changes? “We wanted to simplify the late charges and be more customer friendly,” states Library Operations Director Jason Kuhl. “Late charges serve the purpose of getting our materials back, not increasing revenue. Ninety-one percent of items are returned on time, and these changes will make it even easier for our customers to avoid having to pay late charges."

11/08/11

We're 4 for 4! For the fourth consecutive year, the library has received a five-star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public Library Service 2011. Five stars is the highest rating that a library can receive. Only 85 libraries across the country received this rating which is based on the annual number of library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use. Thanks for making us a 5-star library!
10/13/11

Library eBooks for Kindle are now available through our website.
 
See instructions for downloading eBooks to the Kindle. Questions? Contact the Welcome Desk at 847-506-2640.
 
10/11/11

Got a great green idea? Enter the Illinois Library Association’s “Go Green, Win Green” contest, and you may win one of four $1,000 cash prizes. To learn more and to submit an entry, click here.
08/16/11

On Monday, August 15, long time library volunteer Joe Cesario was awarded the fourth annual Dr. Kenneth Hood Award by Village President Arlene Mulder at the Village Board Meeting. This special award is given by the Village's Senior Citizens Commission.
 
After retiring from a long career at First National Bank of Chicago where he developed computer applications and networks, Joe turned to teaching computer classes for seniors and tutoring unemployed people seeking computer skills for work. For the past 11 years he has contributed over 3000 hours as a volunteer for the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, significantly impacting the lives of many seniors who use the library’s services at the Senior Center.  Joe was also the recipient of the 2007 Arlington Heights Memorial Library Volunteer of the Year award.
07/29/11

On Friday, July 29, Farm Bureau members from Cook and Kendall counties toured the library with State Representative David Harris as part of the Farm Bureau's Adopt-A-Legislator program.
 
Farmers from rural areas are matched with city and suburban legislators and visit their districts to learn about the important issues for cities and suburbs. Legislators like Representative Harris then visit the rural districts for farm tours to learn about the issues facing farmers.
 
In addition to the library, the tour also included Village Hall, the downtown business area, Tuscan Market, Metropolis and the Backstretch at Arlington Park. According to Representative Harris, the library was chosen for the tour because "it is one of the leading libraries in the state," and he wanted to showcase the Business Center, a "great resource for the community."
07/05/11

The library's Flinstone mobile with Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty and members of the Royal Order of Water Buffalos won first place for creativity (non-commercial category) in the July 4 parade. This is the fifth year that we can claim this distinction thanks to the talents of Information Technology Manager Mike Driskell and his family and friends who built the float.
 
Also participating in the parade was the bookmobile along with a group of our junior library volunteers, staff members and Trustee G. Victor Johnson. Our thanks to the Friends of the Library once again for generously funding the float and giveaways.
 
View more photos of the parade.
06/13/11
Thanks for helping others see the world more clearly by bringing in your used eyeglasses for our recent recycling event. Pictured with some of the 330 pairs of eyeglasses is St. Viator student and EYEsee rep Evelina Wozniak. The EYEsee organization facilitates the distribution of eyeglasses to third world countries through overseas medical missions.

The Library is continuing to collect small electronics for recycling -  list of accepted items.

05/20/11
Dryden School's "World of Work" program had fifth-grade students TJ and Kevin working at our drive-up window and Jessica and Colette shelving books in Kids' World. AHML was one of 26 AH locations welcoming students to get "hands on" work experience in their community.
 
 
If your status is Confirmed Registration, your spot for the event is confirmed.

If registration for this event is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Wait listed registrants are moved to the confirmed registration list (in the order of registration) when cancelations are received. You will receive an email notification if you are moved from the wait list to the confirmed registration list.

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