Library News

05/02/11
On Sunday, May 1, recently retired Library Trustee Dick Frisbie was the guest of honor at a party sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Friends members, library staff and trustees, and village mayor, trustees and manager joined Frisbie family members and friends to celebrate Dick's historic 44-year tenure on the Board of Library Trustees.
 
A highlight of the event was Dick Frisbie's remarks which we share with you in this YouTube video filmed by his granddaughter, Nora Malone. Library Director Paula Moore and Paul Frisbie, Dick's son, also spoke.
04/26/11
It was May of 1967 when Dick Frisbie became a library trustee. On April 21 he retires after 44 years of serving on the Board of Library Trustees. He is the longest serving library trustee, and he leaves a legacy of inspiring leadership and dedicated service to the Arlington Heights community.
 
He has seen great changes over the years. During his tenure, the Library's circulation grew to over 2.6 million items, and the Library received national recognition, earning Library Journal’s 5-star rating for three straight years.
 
He has held every office on the Board, including serving as president for eight years. He is a passionate advocate for libraries and intellectual freedom. In 1992 he was elected President of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Center for the Book, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting books, reading and libraries. He also served as President of the Board of the North Suburban Library System.
 
In 2004 the Illinois Library Association named him Library Trustee of the Year and also honored him with its Intellectual Freedom Award. As he once stated, “For a writer, a good library is as important as a hospital is to a doctor. Also, free public library service is important to democracy.”
 
An accomplished author, Frisbie has written seven books and 400 magazine articles. He joined the celebrated Society of Midland Authors in the 1970s, and held nearly every office on that board as well. In May of 2000, the group honored him with a “lifetime of literary achievement” award for his years of service to their organization.
 
We, too, honor him and thank him for his profound dedication to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. “Dick Frisbie has shown a dedication that is both rare and remarkable in volunteer service to the Arlington Heights community,” states Executive Director Paula Moore. “Staff and trustees alike have benefited from the intelligence, courage and humor he has brought to his role of trustee. It's hard to imagine our board without his presence, but we are all so grateful for his many years of helping to guide our 5-star library.”
04/14/11
Arlington Heights Memorial Library is proud to have one of its own named one of Library Journal's "Movers and Shakers of 2011." Reference and Virtual Services Supervisor Bill Pardue (seen above) was recognized as a "change agent" for his innovative work with virtual reference and his initiative encouraging librarians to log onto Q&A websites to respond to questions.
 
Bill is one of only 50 librarians from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Singapore and the UK to receive this honor. Congratulations, Bill! 
 
Got a question you need answered? Ask Bill or any of our knowledgeable reference librarians. Contact us online by clicking on the chat box to the right, call us: 847.392.0100, or text us: 847.701.4275.
04/11/11
During April, we honor our 250 dedicated library volunteers. They range in age from 14 to 90 and can be found assisting staff in the Library, on the bookmobile and at the Senior Center. Last year they provided 27,009 hours of service.
 
Our knowledgeable and talented volunteers are staffing the Shackley Genealogy Room, teaching computer classes, leading book discussions and current events discussions, helping people improve their English, staffing the Reading Room at the Senior Center, helping with library programs, working in the Kids' World office and assisting our reference staff. And everywhere our volunteers work, they are adding value in the lives of our entire community.
 
We thank all of our volunteers for their many contributions over this last year and would like to recognize the following volunteers for this year's service awards:
 
500 Hours
Judy Clemens, Autumn Corrado, Roz Eisner, Terry Gavin, Harriet Hollett, Peg Kurka, Charlotte Leventhal, Joyce Lynne, Sue Mueller, Anne Spratt, Barb Vieth, Kathi Wise
 
1000 Hours
Mary Buchheit, Erv Campbell, Jack Carbery, Julia Denne, George Galvan, Hope McFadden, Ticky Scheck
 
1500 Hours
Suzette Douglas, Jo Ryan, Elaine Sharp, Mary Anne Vestal, Don Wright
 
2000 Hours
Dave Mills, Xuan Nguyen, Josephine Perez, Walter Vestal
 
2500 Hours
Sandy Kaempen
 
3000 Hours
Jim Anderson, Carol Friedman, Don Hartung Cindy Viti
 
3500 Hours
Carol Egan, Jack Muldoon, Mary Stains
 
4000 Hours
Bonnie Romanowski
 
4500 Hours
Joan Huff
 
7000 Hours
Myrla Brand
Linda Cesario
 
7500 Hours
Linda Cesario
 
8000 Hours
Linda Cesario
 
9000 Hours
Pat Dennehey
 
9500 Hours
Pat Dennehey
 
10,000 Hours
Fran Boyd
04/06/11
Congratulations to Library Trustees Deborah Nelson, Debbie Smart, & David Unumb elected for a 6-year term to help lead our "5-Star" Library!
02/17/11
Congratulations to Javier Elias, winner of the "Young at Heart" Heart of Gold from the Village of Arlington Heights! Since 2002, Javier has volunteered at the Library - first as a translator on our bookmobile visits at Arlington Park Racecourse, then as a tutor teaching English as a Second Language to students in the Library. Javier was one of ten winners honored at the Hearts of Gold Awards Dinner on February 12. Celebrating the award with Javier are Paula Moore, AHML Executive Director; Katalin Zsupan, ESL/Literacy Specialist; and Caryl Medsker, Volunteer Coordinator.
01/17/11
A brand-new feature on our website is the Reading Suggestions page. It is a must-see for readers because of  its book blogs written by staff members. In addition to the Staff Choices blog (a carryover from our old site), there are four new blogs also written by staff members highlighting chic lit, thrillers, historical fiction and gems you might have missed.
 
Also on the page are:
  • Read-alikes lists for new books like Eat, Pray, Love and The Help
  • Ways to get books and other items that are not in our collection
12/22/10
Can't get to the Library? Try the bookmobile. It comes right to your neighborhood bringing a wide variety of the latest materials for all ages, including audiobooks, paperbacks, CDs, DVDs, large print books, magazines and best sellers. Children's materials also include picture books, sights and sounds, and puzzles.
 
In addition, if there is a special library item you would like, you can reserve it online and pick it up on the bookmobile. Find out when the bookmobile will be in your neighborhood.
12/14/10
Arlington Heights resident Paula Burzawa recently appeared at Barnes & Noble for a book talk about her newly released first novel Seasons of Sun now available at Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon.com, Borders.com and at Barnes & Noble stores.
 
Paula credits her writing success to her involvement in the Library's writers' group, The Writing Place. Here is an excerpt from her comments at the book talk:
 
"My novel would have never come together without this group. A few years ago, during one of my weekly visits to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library with my son and daughter, I noticed a poster for a new group that was forming, called The Writing Place. Created for aspiring writers of all backgrounds, it allowed participants to share their creative writing -  be it poems, play manuscripts, even short stories. I was ecstatic about the formation of this group because for years I had been trying to put together a travel memoir of my summers spent in Greece.
 
Over the course of a year and a half, we wannabe authors met at the library, sharing our stories, critiquing each other’s work, offering not only guidance, but encouragement to one another, as each of us dared to follow our writing dreams. After each session, I left the library uplifted, more driven, more focused on what my story needed to be. My questions and challenges about how I should tell my story were answered by sharing with the group. 
 
In the end, however, aside from the technical guidance, the most valuable gift the Writing Place provided was the motivation never to give up on a dream. Despite the challenges of compiling my manuscript, the optimistic camaraderie between fellow members of the group kept me focused towards the completion of my project."
 
Experience the Library's  writing groups for yourself. Beginning in January, aspiring writers will have two writing groups to choose from - The Writing Place and the Poetry Place. Register now for both groups - online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
 
Register for The Writing Place.
Register for The Poetry Place.
12/13/10
What do an author, a hall of famer and a Heart of Gold recipient have in common? They are all library volunteers who received recognition for their achievements in 2010.
 
Author Barbara Binns
 
 
October was a big month for Barbara Binns who is a volunteer in the Library's Computer Room at the Arlington Heights Senior Center. Not only does she help teach library-sponsored computer classes there, but she also used those same computers to write a book. Her novel for young adults, called Pull, is based loosely on her life and was published in October to good reviews. It was her first novel and created quite a stir among her peers at the Senior Center where she talked about her experiences in a program called "Getting in Print."
 
Senior Hall of Famer Jack Muldoon
 
 
Senior Center volunteer Jack Muldoon also had a memorable October. He was inducted into the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame for his work teaching retirees how to research and track investments. For over ten years, Jack has lent his considerable knowledge, skills, and energy to the Library’s computer education programs for seniors. Through his classes, lectures, and one-on-one assistance, Jack has helped nearly 1000 older adult students develop the skills needed to manage their own investments.
 
Heart of Gold Award Winner Javier Elias
 
 
Rounding out this award-winning year for library volunteers is Javier Elias who just won the 2011 "Young at Heart" Heart of Gold award. The Heart of Gold awards honor Arlington Heights volunteers. Javier has been a volunteer at the Library for more than eight years. He began as a Spanish language translator on the bookmobile and is currently a tutor for eight students each week in the ESL/Literacy Office. While their stories may be different, Javier’s students speak with one voice of the passion and energy that he brings to his tutoring sessions. His dedication to his students has enabled them to become active, contributing members of our community.
 
Congratulations to these dedicated library volunteers! We're so proud of all of our volunteers and grateful for their continued support of the Library.
 
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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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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