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."
It's official! The selection for the 2015 One Book, One Village community read is The Book of Unknown Americans by Chicago author Cristina Henríquez. Copies are now available for check out at the library, senior center and on the bookmobile. Programs and events related to One Book, One Village will kick off in August culminating with a visit by the author on Thursday, November 12 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. Watch for full details in upcoming library newsletters.
ABOUT THE BOOK: The Book of Unknown Americans follows the story of two families – the Riveras and Toros – and their lives (struggles, challenges, joys, tragedy) as recent immigrants to the United States, living in an apartment complex in Delaware. Each family has come to America for different reasons but ultimately to provide a better life for their children. Interwoven into the novel are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Central and Latin America, providing an authentic voice to the characters’ individual stories. The novel has been called, “a flawlessly written book about immigration,” and brings to life the varied human stories behind the ongoing debate about immigration through the eyes of characters from all over Latin America.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cristina Henríquez, a Chicago author, grew up half-American, half-Panamanian, and speaks about identity and addresses common narratives about immigration. She earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently teaches at Northwestern University. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal, and she has been a guest on NPR. The Book of Unknown Americans is her third book. Learn more about Cristina at cristinahenriquez.com
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.
Congratulations to Kerry W. Pearson and Carole Medal who have been elected to the Board of Library Trustees.
The Cook County Clerk's office released vote totals on Wednesday, April 15. They reported that Pearson, a board member since 2003, and Medal, one of three write-in candidates, received the most votes from the April 7 election. A recap of the library board election is reported in the Daily Herald.
Kerry and Carole will be sworn in to office at the May 19 Board of Library Trustees meeting to serve a six-year term.
In recognition of the library's recent five-star rating, Illinois State Representative David Harris delivered a special congratulatory message direct from Springfield to the Library Board of Trustees. Speaking at their monthly meeting on January 20, Harris presented the Illinois House of Representatives Certificate of Recognition to Board President Kerry Pearson and Executive Director Jason Kuhl. The certificate reads:
"The 98th General Assembly, House of Representatives, acknowledges Arlington Heights Memorial Library in recognition of receiving a five star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries for seven years in a row."
The library was one of only 21 libraries in the nation to have earned five stars for each of the past seven years. Star ratings are based on the annual number of library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use. The library's range of programs for children, teens and adults plus specialized services offered in the library's Business Center and Training Center were key in receiving this distinctive recognition.
"When I heard about the five-star rating I said that's a real achievement," Harris added. "It speaks well of the board, the staff and overall of the community's involvement. Hats off to all of you for what you do."
PHOTO: Left to right - Board President Kerry Pearson, Representative David Harris and Executive Director Jason Kuhl.
Papers piling up at home? Feeling out of control? Professional organizer Lynn Gooding shares tips and tricks for better home organization. Learn how to get your house in order and save yourself valuable time.
Date and time: Thursday, January 15, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
Stop by the Kids’ World Desk to pick up your game card. Keep track of how much you read. When you have finished, come in to choose your own book. For ages 5–12.
Dates: December 14–January 25
Location: Kids' World
Excitement filled the library's Marketplace on Monday night, May 4, as more than 150 Arlington Heights students, parents and teachers got a first glimpse at the 2015 District 25 Art Show. An annual event for 23 years, this year's show features 200 works of art curated from seven area elementary schools and two middle schools. Pieces range from illustrations and mixed media to self portraits and 3D art.
"Each project has a concept or historical element attached to it," explains Brenda Miller, an art teacher at Westgate Elementary School and the team leader of the District 25 art teachers. "The students selected for the show are the ones who best grasped the concepts and their pieces display originality, craftsmanship and creativity. It is remarkable and wonderful to see what the kids produce when they have a steady diet of art. "
The children's efforts and talents fill ten colorful panels in the Marketplace and two display cases near the Dunton Street entrance of the library. The District 25 Art Show runs through the end of May.
Join us for an interactive singalong screening of this heartwarming, music-filled favorite. Get decked out in your most outrageous ABBA gear, favorite overalls or even beach wear and come prepared to be the "dancing queen." Prizes for all who come in costume. For ages 13 and up. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Date and time: Friday, May 8, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
Join us on an intellectual journey as we examine questions of faith and science in Calculating God by award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer. Alien species arrive on Earth with similar evolutionary stories to our own, and the debate begins over the proof of God’s intervention and existence. Register and pick up a copy of the book at the Info Desk.
Date and time: Wednesday, May 27, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Fireplace Area