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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.
How do you take an existing product and make it better? Just ask the 29 eighth graders at Thomas Middle School who recently completed a new, 9-week elective focused on three-dimensional printing, research and design. Titled 3D RD, the first-time course challenged the students to create or redesign every day products using 3D technology resources available both at school and at the library including Tinkercad, an online design application, and the Hub’s MakerBot 3D printer.
The course culminated on January 20 when the students presented their final 3D projects before an audience of some 50 parents and teachers. Thomas Middle School Principal Brian Kaye emceed the program which was held in the Hub. Students presented ideas and 3D models that ranged from a clever set of interchangeable scissors handles, designed by Arlington Heights students Zoe Axelrod and Annie Waz, to an always in demand TV remote holder.
“Give me a show of hands, how many of you guys have lost your remotes,” asked Emil Harb and Michael Macynski, the student engineers of a sleekly-designed TV remote holder. “This is the item that shall fulfill your needs!”
In all 12 groups of students presented and displayed their printed 3D prototypes at the library.
“The kids were really well-prepared,” says Teen Services Supervisor Tom Spicer, who worked with the District 25 students. “It was really great to see that they were able to start using the modeling software to design and print workable prototypes and products.”
“It was really gratifying to see the students present their final products,” added Jim Grant, Thomas Middle School industrial technology teacher and creator of the class. “It was fun trying something new, and it was great working with the Hub staff. The teamwork between the school and library provided enhanced learning for the students and resulted in some really innovative and creative 3D products.”
Thomas Middle School will offer 3D RD in the spring with a new class starting in April.
“They come here first.” Business Services Librarian Shannon Scanlon talks about the library's programs for job seekers in today's Daily Herald. Read more about these programs, which are co-sponsored with Rotary Club of Arlington Heights.
For 11 years, Library Journal's Movers & Shakers list has been spotlighting librarians and others in the library field who are doing extraordinary work to serve their users and to move libraries and library services forward. This year, Digital Services Manager Richard Kong made the list as one of the tech leaders of 2012.
Congratulations to Richard!
Want to know what happens on a typical day at the Library? On Wednesday, April 13, we joined libraries across the state participating in "Snapshot: One Day in the Life of Your Library."
Here are some of the photos that we took around the Library, Senior Center and bookmobile capturing the ways in which people use library services.
Photos from other Illinois libraries.
Calling all aspiring teen filmmakers! Come to the library to get help making your entry for the village's VAH 125 teen video contest celebrating the village's 125th anniversary.
We have equipment that you can check out to create your video:
- Sony Bloggie Touch camcorders
- a Zoom H1 mic
- Canon S95 digital cameras
You can use our digital Studio to edit it, add music and create special effects with:
- M-audio Oxygen 61 keyboard
- green screen
- and much more - all for free
Need help to plan your project or learn to use the equipment? Call 847-392-0100 to make an appointment or stop by the Computer Help Desk.
Learn more about the Studio and all it has to offer.
Get more information about the teen video contest.
It's official! Arlington Heights won WGN-TV's first Battle of the 'Burbs, edging out Mount Prospect, 4-3, in a wacky games showdown featured on the Morning News, Thursday, February 19.
Hosted by WGN's Ana Belaval, Team Arlington Heights included the library’s Executive Director Jason Kuhl along with Mayor Tom Hayes, Arlington Park Bugler Monica Benson, SALUTE Founder Will Beiersdorf, and Chicago AAA Insurance Agent Matthew Staley. Mount Prospect's team included Mayor Arlene Juracek along with four other local leaders and business owners.
The competition played out throughout the morning broadcast and included a series of zaney events ranging from an egg pass and Bozo buckets to pin the mustache on the news anchor and a water balloon toss. In the end, Team Arlington Heights cinched the title by one point and secured bragging rights in the northwest 'burbs.
Watch Battle of the 'Burbs highlights including a pie-eating competition.
Picture: Go, Team Arlington Heights! Left to right are Will Beiersdorf, Jason Kuhl, Monica Benson, Matthew Staley and Tom Hayes.