What is punk music? What led to its creation? And what kind of parallels can we see today? These are just a few of the questions that were explored in the library’s Sound Opinions program at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.

Using a mix of historical perspective, video clips and an audience question-and-answer period, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discussed 1977, the year punk music emerged from London and New York, with a crowd of more than 150 music enthusiasts. Punk rock, which has proven influential on everything that's followed, erupted in those two cities out of an uneasy stew of economic inequality, political and racial tensions, budding anger, riots, unrest, and even blackouts and heat waves; and a sense that we all had "no future" -- a time, in other words, not unlike today.
Punk is about having an “attitude of defiance” and wearing it proudly, said Kot. The guiding principle was to “take everything negative that’s being thrown at us and throw it back at them.” Bands like the Ramones, Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, Blondie, the Clash, Talking Heads and Wire epitomized this turbulent time in history. The Sound Opinions hosts discussed how “being punk” meant “you didn’t want to be homogenized,” and that this sensibility has repeated itself over time, from grunge to alternative to rap and DIY culture; with a subset of artists always seeking to break away from the norm and rebel.
Punk Rock 1977: The Sound of Genius was created for the library in partnership with Metropolis featuring the expertise of Kot, who has worked for the Chicago Tribune since 1990 as a music critic; and DeRogatis, who has worked for the Chicago Sun-Times as a music critic for 15 years and now lectures full-time at Columbia College. Together they brought more than 40 years of experience to this lively conversation examining the idea of particularly "magical" times and places that result in a creative explosion – themes echoed in The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places, from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley, the selected title for this year's One Book, One Village community read.

WBEZ’s Sound Opinions broadcasts to more than 120 radio stations across the country and has produced more than 550 episodes. It can be heard in the Chicago market on WBEZ on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit For more information on this year's One Book, One Village community read and its related programs, visit
"It's a book about ideas," said Executive Director Jason Kuhl as he spread the word at Monday night's Village board meeting about the library's third annual One Book, One Village community read. Presenting to Mayor Tom Hayes and the village trustees, Kuhl invited all of Arlington Heights to read this year's book choice, The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner, which explores why creative genius flourishes at specific places and at specific times. The mayor in turn thanked Kuhl and the library "for your dedication in developing more geniuses in the village of Arlington Heights."
Check out a copy of the book today. Then join us for An Evening with Author Eric Weiner on Thursday, November 3 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hendrickson Room. Registration opens on October 1.
Thanks to the more than 600 people who came out on Saturday, June 18 for our first FanCon, a five-hour, library-wide celebration of all things comic and pop culture. All ages turned out, many dressed as their favorite superhero characters, and enjoyed comic-themed activities including meeting comic book artists to participating in drawing workshops, storytimes, DIY crafts, gaming competitions and taking photos with costumed characters from Star Wars and the Ghostbusters. Read more in the Daily Herald or check out the fun on Instagram.
The library has expanded its weekend hours, remaining open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and opening the library an hour earlier, at 11 a.m., on Sundays. 

The pilot program, scheduled to run through the end of 2016, will extend weekend hours based upon a recent survey of library customers which indicated many residents wished the library offered more hours on the weekends. Use of the library during these times will then be evaluated before 2017 hours are set.

"These expanded hours stem from the fact that people's lives are busier than ever, and we want to make it as convenient as possible for them to visit the library," said Executive Director Jason Kuhl.

The $125,000 pilot program, which began on March 19, was approved as part of the library’s 2016 budget to provide extra funding to staff the library.

"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."
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 for more information including upcoming programs and book discussions.
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.
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.

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 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

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.
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.”
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.

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