Five Stars for Fourth Year in a Row!
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!
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Library Volunteer Joe Cesario Honored by the Village of Arlington Heights
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.
Small Electronics Recycling
Make a difference by going green at AHML! We are continuing to collect small electronics for recycling through our partnership with Recycling Avenue, a nonprofit company run by a group of young adults who are physically challenged. Check here for a list of accepted items. All donations are tax deductible and forms are located on the blue recycling bin near the Returns Desk.
Farm Bureau Group Tours Library
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."
First Place! Yabba Dabba Doo!
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.
Green Tip of the Week: Natural Ways to Fight Mosquitos
As you celebrate this July 4 weekend, consider keep using natural ways to keep mosquitos at bay instead of spraying all those chemical-infused insect repellents. Get some tips in our latest Green Choices blog feature, "Natural Ways to Keep Mosquitos at Bay. "
Local Poet Featured on Your Daily Poem
Susan Auld, the facilitator for the Poetry Place (the Library's writing group for poets), had her poem, Practicing the Art of Zen, featured on www.YourDailyPoem.com on June 8. Her poem first appeared on the Illinois State Poets Society Website. Congratulations to Susan!
Learn more about the Poetry Place group.
The Poetry Place meets next on Sunday, June 26, at 1 p.m. Registration is required.
Green Tip of the Week
Supporting a local farmers market is one of the greenest things you can do. They offer farm-fresh, affordable, convenient, healthy local products such as fruits, vegetables, cheeses, herbs, fish, flowers, baked goods, meat and much more. This week's Green Choices blog tells you how to locate nearby farmer's markets and gives tips to help you shop like a pro.
If you are growing your own garden, register for our Growing Green seminar, How Does Your Garden Grow, on Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. We’ll have a team of gardeners talking about how to efficiently maintain your vegetable garden and reap the most from it.