Adults

01/11/16

The library continues its celebration of all things fairy tale by inviting you to a very special evening with Gregory Maguire, the best-selling author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Through The Wicked Years novels, best-selling Confession of an Ugly Stepsister and his newest novel, After Alice, Maguire puts his unique own twist on classic tales.

Though best known as a fantasy writer, Maguire has also written children's novels, picture books, science fiction and historical fiction. Learn about his combined talents for writing and performance in this intimate exploration of imagination with the author. Arlington Heights cardholders can register at the Info Desk, 847-392-0100 or at ahml.info beginning February 1. Registration opens to non-cardholders on February 22, as space permits. Doors will open with a pre-show reception at 6 p.m. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow his presentation.

 
An Evening with Gregory Maguire
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 9, 7–9 p.m. / Doors open with pre-show reception at 6 p.m.
Location: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell
Registration: Register beginning February 1, Arlington Heights cardholders only. Registration opens to non-cardholders, as space permits, beginning February 22.

Maguire’s visit is just one of many fairy-tale themed programs planned by the library over the next two months. Kids’ World is abuzz with visitors exploring Once Upon a Time…Exploring the World of Fairy Tales, an interactive play exhibit for children ages 3 to 10 that runs through March 26. The exhibit is made possible by a gift from the Friends of the Library.

To learn more about the Once Upon a Time exhibit and fairy tale programs for all ages, including family movie screenings nights, puppet shows and plays, book discussions, crafts and more, visit ahml.info/fairytales.

 
In advance of Maguire's evening event, the library will hold a discussion of his new book, After Alice.

Book Discussion: After Alice
Date and Time: Monday, February 22, 7-8:30 p.m.

Location: Cardinal Room, Arlington Heights Memorial Library
When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice's disappearance? Join us for a discussion of Gregory Maguire's imaginative new work of fiction.
 
11/13/15
 
"I think I'm still a short storyteller at heart," author Cristina Henríquez told an audience of 200+ during an appearance at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre on Thursday evening, November 12. Cristina spoke about her novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, which was chosen as the 2015 One Book, One Village selection by the library. In an interview-style program moderated by Info Services Librarian Mike Monahan, Cristina spoke candidly about her book which she originally wrote as a short story before expanding - a task which took five years to complete and tells the story of two families who have immigrated to the United States from Latin America and their neighbors living in a Delaware apartment complex.
 
"The second you hear someone's story, or imagine their story, it becomes so much harder to be intolerant," she said. "One of the goals of the book was to keep poking at stereotypes."
 
Following the 50-minute conversation on-stage, the author fielded questions from the audience which included sharing insights on the editing and publishing process.

Earlier in the program when asked to describe the meaning of home, Henríquez responded, "Home is not a place. To me, home is a feeling. It's that feeling when your soul sighs."

The Metropolis event capped off a day-long exchange between the author and the Arlington Heights community about The Book Unknown Americans. Earlier at the library, she did a short reading from the novel for an audience in the Cardinal Room and met in the Hub with more than 80 students from three District 214 schools.

 


 
District 214 students meet One Book, One Village author in the Hub
 
What better way to learn about a book than to meet its author. That's what happened for more than 80 high school students who had the opportunity to meet Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans, during her November 12 visit to Arlington Heights and the library for One Book, One Village. 
 
The students gathered in the Hub from three schools - John Hersey High School, Rolling Meadows High School and District 214's Newcomer Center - and spent more than an hour with Cristina asking questions about the book, its characters and what it takes to be an author.
 
"It took me five years to write this book and there were days when it really was a struggle and I wondered if I'd ever finish it," she told the students. Henríquez later added, "The best thing you can do for your writing is to forget that anyone is ever going to read it and just write."
 
 
 
10/05/15
 
Stop in and browse the Friends of the Library's Fab Feb Used Book Sale and see what bargains you can find. You will find a great selection of used books, movies, music, magazines, puzzles and games at great prices. Look for a wide selection of cookbooks and materials on history and British Royalty. On Sunday, a bag filled with books is only $3. Stop by and stock up on some good reads for these cold winter nights.
 
Saturday, February 6
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Hendrickson Room and Cardinal Room

Sunday, February 7

Noon - 3:30 p.m., Cardinal Room
Noon - 4:30 p.m., Hendrickson Room
 
The Friends of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to provide gifts (programs, materials, equipment, and artwork) for the library. The Friends sponsor four yearly used book sales and maintain a book boutique (located on the first floor) offering used books and magazines for sale throughout the year.
 
Electronic devices such as scanners, laptops and cell phones are not permitted at the sale. Bills higher than $20 will not be accepted. 
09/22/15
 
One Book, One Village, the library's community-wide reading initiative, topped the agenda at the Village's Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, September 21. Deputy Director Jeremy Andrykowski took to the podium to spread the word about this year's selection, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
 
"This is the second year in a row that the library’s offering One Book, One Village," Andrykowski said, "And the idea is simple – we want to build community by inviting all of Arlington Heights to read the same book at the same time."
 
Andrykowski introduced a prerecorded video of the author which was played for the mayor, trustees and residents in attendance. 
 
He concluded his remarks by highlighting the author visit by Cristina Henríquez on Thursday, November 12 which is being presented in partnership with the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. The interview-style program begins at 7 p.m. followed by a book signing with the author.  Arlington Heights residents can register for this event beginning October 1.
 
Visit ahml.info/onebook for more information including upcoming programs and book discussions.
08/25/15
 
The 9th Annual Teen Film Fest is in the books! More than 160 people came to Metropolis Performing Arts Centre to celebrate Arlington Heights' young filmmakers on August 21. This annual event is co-sponsored by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights Arts Commission and Metropolis.
 
Congratulations to the winners:
Best Overall Film - ‘Checkmate’ by Brandon Martin
Best Comedy - ‘Prop Hunt’ by Jared Culm
Best Experimental - ‘Trigger Warning’ by Kathleen Oku
Best Animation - ‘Over the Phone’ by August Graham, Ben Klicker
Best Documentary - ‘Same Molecules’ by Rhegan Graham
Best Music Video - ‘Geronimo’ by Tess Troschuk
 
Many thanks to this year's judges, Daily Herald Film Critic Dann Gire, former Teen Advisory Board president Selena Groh, and Metropolis Executive Director Joe Keefe.
 
For more photos from the night's event, see our photo gallery here.
 
To watch all the films, visit The Hub's You Tube page here.
08/18/15
 
It was the Summer of STEM at the library. While school was out, the library was full of children of all ages engaging in science and technology.
 
Children and parents packed the Training Center for an introduction to 3D printing. Just a short walk away, in Kids' World, a group of toddlers and preschoolers were engineering structures from tubes and connectors in a free-play session. Problem-solving skills were on full display as the hard hat-wearing group of young builders figured out which piece connected where. Nearby, another young visitor played on a felt board featuring honey bees and numbers. As her caregiver prompted her to "count the bees," little did she know, she too was learning through STEM free play and toys provided by the library.
 
View more Summer of STEM photos here.
 
 
 
Visit our Computers and Technology page for more information on upcoming classes and the Studio - your library's digital media lab.
 
07/31/15

Shared reading is the best way to help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers develop the important early literacy skills they need to learn how to read independently later on. The more books children ages 0–5 hear, the more prepared they will be to learn how to read. It’s never too early to start.
 
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program for young children. 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 online at ahml.info/1000books 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
 

Helping your child develop early literacy begins with cuddling up and sharing a good book. Research shows that children become readers on the lap of a caring adult. Join us as we reach for 1000!

 
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.
06/29/15
 
More than 200 Arlington Heights book lovers turned out after-hours on Saturday, June 27 for An Evening with Candace Bushnell. The sold-out event, presented and co-sponsored by the library and the Tuscan Market Book Group, featured the bestselling author of Sex and the City and Lipstick Jungle who is currently on a national book tour for her newest release, Killing Monica.  During her three-hour appearance in the Hendrickson Room, Candace signed books, took photographs with attendees and delivered a lively onstage presentation including an audience Q&A.
 
"I like writing about characters that are larger than life," Bushnell said. She revealed that her latest character in Killing Monica  comes from an idea of always having to put our best selves forward in today's social media-crazed world.
 
"Monica is always happy and smiling and when you see her, you want to be her. Nothing ever goes wrong for Monica so we definitely know she is an imaginary character," Bushnell joked. "The book really is about identity and who we are and how we reinvent ourselves."

The event began with Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes welcoming Candace and proclaiming Saturday, June 27, 2015 as "Candace Bushnell Book Launch Event Day in the Village of Arlington Heights.”  In response Candace told the crowd:

“Libraries mean so much to me. When I was a kid, the library was where we went for our entertainment. There’s a universe out there at your library. I am so touched and so proud to be here.”
05/05/15
 
A little rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the dedicated volunteers who received a "shower of thanks" on Tuesday, May 5, at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon funded by the Friends of the Library. In 2014, 452 volunteers contributed 28,498 hours of service to the library and their efforts were recognized by library trustees and staff. 
 
"I'm in awe every year when I come to this event," said Executive Director Jason Kuhl who welcomed the crowd and presented the volunteer service awards. "We appreciate everything you do and all the hours you put in contributing to the library."
 
And put in hours they do. Ranging from 500 hours up to 15,000 hours of service, nearly 40 volunteers were honored for their contributions in all areas of the library including genealogy, ESL, Friends of the Library and the bookmobile. Years of service were also recognized and spanned from 3 years to 25 years of volunteering. Special honorees included Don Hartung and Jim Anderson who received the President's Lifetime Service Award by each contributing more than 4,000 hours of service. Jim volunteers as a Great Books book discussion facilitator, and Don assists with maintaining the toy collection in Kids' World.
 
The top honor of the day went to Terry Gavin who was named Volunteer of the Year. This is a one-time award that is given to the volunteer who has contributed the greatest number of hours during the previous year but has not previously received the award. Terry earned Volunteer of the Year for contributing 421 hours of service to the library in 2014 volunteering as an instructor for the computer program at the library's Senior Center.
 
"I love helping people, and I enjoy working with everyone at the senior center," said Terry who began volunteering at the library in 2006. "It's fun. They've given me more than I've given them."
 
 
04/27/15

Close to 100 residents gathered at the library on Wednesday night, April 29, for the second annual State of the Village. Leaders from eight governmental entities, including Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes, pictured, participated in the community conversation. Each took to the stage and presented current projects and significant developments that impact the village, area schools and park district.
 
The library presented a video featuring highlights of the past year. Audience members were also the first to learn the library's 2015 One Book, One Village book selection - The Book of Unknown Americans, by Chicago author Christina Henríquez. Executive Director Jason Kuhl announced this year's choice and invited everyone to join in the library's second community read. Following the presentations, attendees were invited to meet and ask questions of community representatives.
 
Read about State of the Village in the Daily Herald.  The event will also be broadcast on Channel 6 on WideOpenWest, Channel 17 on Comcast and Channel 99 on U-Verse or watch here now.
 
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