Posts tagged with "Friends of the Library"

Posted by paichele on 03/06/18
 
In recognition of their 50 years of service to the community, the Friends of the Library were honored at the Village of Arlington Heights Board Meeting on Monday, March 5. Mayor Tom Hayes presented the Friends of the Library President Mike Dennehy with a special plaque honoring five decades of accomplishments by the not-for-profit organization that raises funds to provide gifts (programs, materials, equipment, and artwork) for the library. The mayor publicly thanked the Friends for their outstanding contributions to the library including more than $1.5 million in assistance raised through a book boutique in the library and four quarterly book sales including the upcoming spring sale to be held April 27-29.
 
Pictured left to right: Library Board President Debbie Smart, Friends of the Library President Mike Dennehy, Mayor Tom Hayes and Interim Executive Director of the Library Mike Driskell
 
Official proclamation from the Village Board Meeting:
 
Whereas, the Friends of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library have served for many years as the vital link between the library and the community, holding popular events, encouraging others to join, and promoting the library as a learning commons and an institution essential to literacy and quality of life; and

Whereas, the Friends’ gift of their time and commitment to the library sets an example for all in how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community; and

Whereas, the residents of Arlington Heights have benefitted from the hard work, commitment and support of the Friends of the Library; and

Whereas, since their incorporation in 1968, the Friends of the Library have devoted countless hours to the raising of more than $1.5 million in assistance to the library through four yearly book sales and a book boutique in the library; and
 
Whereas, the Friends of the Library have advocated to citizens and community leaders the importance of the library, its potential, and its future, The Village of Arlington Heights Board hereby declares their support and congratulations to the Friends of the Library for 50 years of service to the community; and

Now therefore, be it resolved that the Village of Arlington Height recognizes and sincerely thanks the Friends of the Library for 50 years of distinguished service and for all they have contributed to the Arlington Heights community and the library; and 

Furthermore, be it resolved  that the Board extend its warmest regards and appreciation to the Friends of the Library, along with its best wishes for success in future endeavors.

Posted by paichele on 05/09/17
 
Gratitude goes a long way especially when it results from the collective efforts of more 450 volunteers who give of their time and energy for a combined purpose - the library. "With Gratitude" was the theme of this year's Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. Funded by the Friends of the Library, the annual gathering was held on Tuesday, May 9 to show appreciation to the dedicated volunteers who contribute to all areas of the library including Kids' World, the Senior Center, Genealogy, ESL, the Friends of the Library and the bookmobile.  

Executive Director Jason Kuhl welcomed the crowd and presented the volunteer service awards.
 
In 2016, 479 volunteers contributed 29,264 hours of service to the library. Thirty six volunteers received special recognition for achieving Hours of Service milestones beginning at 500 hours and topping off at 15,500 hours of service. Years of service were also recognized and spanned from 3 years to 30 years of service. Carol Egan, a volunteer for the Friends of the Library since 1986, was honored threefold with the President's Lifetime Achievement Award, a 30 Years of Service honor and a 4,000 Hours of Service award.
 
The top honor of the day went to Jane Heaton 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. Jane earned Volunteer of the Year for contributing 368 hours of service to the library in 2016 volunteering as an English tutor in the library's ESL office.
 
In the words of one of her students, "My teacher has helped me learn English throughout my journey to citizenship...I have come a long way from the beginning and these classes helped make my daily tasks easier in America....thank you so much."
 

Posted by daccurso on 05/12/10
On May 11, the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, funded by the Friends of the Library, was held to honor our dedicated group of library volunteers. We celebrated their combined contribution of 25,382 hours of service to the Library. What a difference our 248 volunteers make each day to help expand our services and add value to the lives of our residents! They work throughout the Library, on the bookmobile and at the Arlington Heights Senior Center. Volunteers assist staff with a mulitude of tasks, including helping out at library programs, staffing the Reading Room and teaching computer classes at the Senior Center, sorting books for the Friends' book sales and helping residents improve their English. We'd like to thank all of our volunteers for their many contributions. VolServiceAwardWinners2010
Volunteers receiving special recognition for 500-9500 hours of service include John Ivory, Gene Taylor, Dorothy Roser, Sandy Kaempen, Stanley Stec, Pat Dennehey, Marsha Balster, Bonnie Romanowski, Cindy Viti, Dorothy Hlavacek, Tom Dooley, Florence Combs, Joan Toomey, Joe Cesario, Jerry Westfall, Nancy Clancy and Jack Muldoon.
Vol of Year TitleSpecial congratulations go to Joan Huff, our Volunteer of the Year. This is a one-time award that is given to the volunteer who has contributed the most hours during the previous year and who has not previously received it. Joan was awarded the Volunteer of the Year for her contribution of 495 hours of service to the Library in 2009.
Posted by wtolan on 05/17/18
 
"Making a World of Difference" was the theme of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, which honored the library's 426 volunteers who contributed 28,413 hours of service in 2017.
 
"We've been able to maintain our imagination and stretch our excellence," said library board president Debbie Smart to a large gathering of volunteers on Tuesday, May 8. "We're bigger and better than ever and that's because of you."
 
The afternoon served as a reminder of the world of difference that each volunteer has made at the library.
 
"Volunteers are not in this for the recognition," said library Volunteer Coordinator Kelley McCoy. "They just do it because it's in their hearts."
 
Funded by the Friends of the Library, this year's gathering honored those who volunteer in all areas of the library including the English as a Second Language (ESL) office, Kids' World, genealogy, the Senior Center, the Friends of the Library and the bookmobile.
 
Thirty-one volunteers received special recognition for achieving Hours of Service milestones from 500 hours to 16,500 hours. Years of service were also recognized and spanned from three years to 35 years of service.
 
The top honor of the day went to Al Hong, who was named Volunteer of the Year. This one-time award is given to the volunteer who has contributed the greatest number of hours during the previous year but has not previously received the award. He earned Volunteer of the Year for contributing 322 hours of service in 2017 by working in the library's ESL office.

"[Volunteering] lets me have a chance to encourage younger people and newer immigrants in our community," he said. He began volunteering at the library in 2016 and hopes that by displaying the importance of volunteering, his younger acquaintances and family members will follow his lead and volunteer as well.
 
Those who have worked with him spoke positively about his time at the library.
 
"I had the pleasure of meeting Al Hong at one of our volunteer meetings this spring," said ESL Coordinator Tracy Karim. "Hearing him speak about his experience with tutoring our ESL students, and his obvious passion for helping them not only to improve their English language abilities, but also with so many facets of life, literally brought tears to my eyes. He so deserves this award."

Posted by aharder on 04/05/18
 
Library parking lot full? Did you know parking is also available across the street from the library in the commuter lot on Vail Avenue? After noon on weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday, the Vail commuter lot is free. The commuter lot is located on Vail Avenue between St. James and Fremont. Enter from Vail Avenue or St. James.
 

Posted by wtolan on 08/20/18
 
What if “someday” was today? What choices would you make if your life changed in an instant? Explore forgiveness, letting go and redemption this fall with New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova's latest novel Every Note Played, this year's selection for the library’s One Book, One Village community read.
 
Every Note Played is informed by both a neurological condition and the human condition, reminding us how our choices influence our careers, relationships, and ultimately, how we have lived our lives. Every Note Played explores the brutal reality of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) while also noting moments of beauty, growth and connection.

One Book, One Village, which is now in its fifth year, invites the community to read the same book at the same time and share experiences through related programs and discussions with family, friends, neighbors and community members. It will culminate with a visit by the author on Thursday, October 18 at Forest View Auditorium. Registration for this author visit will open on September 1 for Arlington Heights cardholders.

In recognition of the musical elements in Every Note Played, the library invites residents to enjoy and take part in The Piano Project, a public outdoor art display that reinvents pianos through art and puts them on display throughout the community from September 12 to October 12.

Copies of Every Note Played are now available for checkout in the library's Marketplace, Senior Center, on the bookmobile and as an eBook or eAudiobook for download with CloudLibrary

 
 
About the Book
Richard, a 45-year-old world-renowned classical pianist, finds himself suddenly diagnosed with ALS. Karina, his ex-wife, who at one time had a promising music career of her own, becomes Richard’s reluctant caregiver. After a rapid decline in health brings them once again under the same roof, Richard and Karina are forced to confront long-buried truths about their relationship and themselves. Meticulously detailing the disease’s physical devastations and corresponding psychological toll makes for heartrending but suspenseful reading. Moving and masterful, Every Note Played is a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.
 
About the Author
Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, Genova has captured a special place in contemporary fiction, writing stories that are equally inspired by neuroscience and the human spirit. Other novels include Left Neglected, Love Anthony, Inside the O'Briens and Still Alice, which was adapted into a film starring Julianne Moore, earning the actress the 2015 Best Actress Oscar for her role as Alice Howland. Genova has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, The Today Show, CNN, PBS NewsHour and NPR to speak about brain health and neurological diseases. Learn more about Genova on the author's website. 
 
 

Posted by ahml1245 on 10/12/10
NewsBlogSummerReading
 

Kids' World manager Yvette Johnson reports that 5,000 kids registered in this summer's reading program at the Library. Another 215 middle school students served as junior library volunteers (JLVs) and contributed 2,239 hours of service assisting with the summer reading activities and with the Library's July 4 Parade float.

Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library, and develop the habit of reading.

 "The benefits to young readers participating in a summer reading program are lasting," says Paula Moore, Executive Director at the Library. Reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up, encourages family fun, and can generate interest in reading as a lifelong habit through games, events, and skill-building activities coordinated by the Kids' World staff and volunteers.

Also instrumental to the Library's summer reading program success are the Friends of the Library. The Friends contributed funds for t-shirts, Arlington Theater gift certificates, and a wrap-up pizza party for the JLVs. The Friends generate funds through their quarterly used book sales to support items like summer reading incentives, that are not included in the Library's annual operating budget. The Friends' next sale is their Fantastic Fall Sale on the weekend of October 30-31 at the Library.   More information about the Friends and their sales.


Posted by daccurso on 09/13/10
NewsBlogSummerReading Kids' World manager Yvette Johnson reports that 5,000 kids registered in this summer's reading program at the Library. Another 215 middle school students served as junior library volunteers (JLVs) and contributed 2,239 hours of service assisting with the summer reading activities and with the Library's July 4 Parade float. Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library, and develop the habit of reading.  "The benefits to young readers participating in a summer reading program are lasting," says Paula Moore, Executive Director at the Library. Reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up, encourages family fun, and can generate interest in reading as a lifelong habit through games, events, and skill-building activities coordinated by the Kids' World staff and volunteers. Also instrumental to the Library's summer reading program success are the Friends of the Library. The Friends contributed funds for t-shirts, Arlington Theater gift certificates, and a wrap-up pizza party for the JLVs. The Friends generate funds through their quarterly used book sales to support items like summer reading incentives, that are not included in the Library's annual operating budget. The Friends' next sale is their Fantastic Fall Sale on the weekend of October 30-31 at the Library.   More information about the Friends and their sales.
 
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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

04/27/2011
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