Posts tagged with "In the news"

Posted by aharder on 01/01/18
 
This free service is offered through the AARP Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program.
Appointments are required and run from early February through mid-April.
 
Schedule your appointment in person at the Info Desk or call 847-392-0100.
 
If you have broker statements, please make your appointments for late March or early April. All returns will be e-filed, and you will receive a paper copy of your return. If filing a joint return, both spouses must be present, or bring a signed Power of Attorney.
 
Bring the following items to your tax appointment:
  • Picture ID and Social Security card, Medicare card or SSA-1099.
  • Copies of all your W-2, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-R, 1099-B forms for 2017.
  • Copy of your 2016 federal and state income tax forms filed in 2017.
  • Receipts and information for all planned itemized deductions (medical and dental expenses, taxes and interest paid, gifts to charities and other deductions). Total your receipts before coming.
  • Real estate tax bills for property taxes paid in 2017.
  • Closing statements for any real estate sold in 2017, including original cost of property and cost of any improvements.
  • Social Security SSA-1099 for 2017.
  • Railroad retirement forms for 2017, RRB-1099 and RRB-1099R.
  • Any Affordable Care Act Forms (i.e. 1095).
  • Check from your bank for possible direct deposit or direct debit information.
  • If using Power of Attorney, you must bring a copy of the official form.
 

Posted by aharder on 03/11/16
 
Do you have old home movies, photos or slides you need digitized? Wish you could record an oral history with a loved one who cannot get to the library’s recording studio? Need better tools to take professional photos of products for your business? With new equipment available from the library’s Studio, you can get creative with video, music, graphic design, digitization, photography and more.
 
New Features:
• Adobe’s Creative Cloud, featuring Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
• RetroScan, a tool for digitizing 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm film
• ProTools software for composing, recording, editing and mixing music and soundtracks
• Lighting Cube for product photography
• Recording Kits- bring the Studio home with you
• Wacom Tablet for check-out
• Zoom H4N Handheld Stereo Recorder with Built-in Microphones for check-out
 
Other Studio Equipment:
• Tools for digitizing VHS, cassettes, vinyl, photos, slides and more
• Logic Pro X and Garageband
• iMovie and Final Cut X
• Soundproof booth, electric drum kit and keyboards for recording
• Lighting, backdrops and cameras for video and photography
• GoPro cameras for check-out
 

The Studio is located on the first floor. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to use the Studio or attend an upcoming tech class. Call 847-392-0100 to make a reservation or book online at ahml.info/studio. View tech classes at ahml.info/techclasses. Learn more about the Studio at ahml.info/studio. The Studio is funded by the Friends of the Library.

 

Posted by paichele on 01/30/17
 
What is fake news?
The Internet is full of viral misinformation. Fake news is a false news story designed to look like credible information and makes it difficult to decipher fact from fiction. Fake news typically spreads fast online. How can we wade through it? Always reflect on how you encountered the story. Was it promoted on a website? Did it show up in a social media feed? Was it sent to you by someone you know? Trace the story to its original source.

Here are some other helpful steps to analyze news sources and tools for fact checking.

Put it to the CRAAP Test:
Currency—Can you find a date of the article or photograph? When was it last updated?
Relevance—Who is the intended audience? How does the source meet your needs?
Accuracy—Is the information supported by evidence? Does it cite other sources?
Authority—Who is the author? What are their credentials?
Purpose—Does the site give facts or opinions? Does it have a clear bias?
 
Is it true? Check out these unbiased fact-checking websites:
Snopes
Independent, self-sufficient entity wholly owned by its operators who investigate rumors.
 
Factcheck
Non-partisan, non-profit which acts as a consumer advocate for voters. A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania
 
Politifact
Independent fact checking website created by the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. PolitiFact has won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
 
Where does the bias lie in the media?
Check out this study from the Pew Research Institute
 
Other resources and articles about Fake News
When Fake News Stories Make Real News Headlines

Looking for more information? Contact a Specialty Info Librarian at questions@ahml.info.
 
 

Posted by bbenson on 04/15/15
 
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.

Posted by daccurso on 01/20/12

Wednesday, January 18, marked the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the village of Arlington Heights, and the library played a key role in the village's celebration festivities.
 
Thanks to the efforts of Local History and Genealogy Librarian Michael Mulholland and IT Manager Mike Driskell, an antiqued facsimile of the incorporation papers was displayed at the event. The two library staff members traveled to the Cook County archives in Chicago to scan the incorporation document which was then printed on paper that looks like parchment.
 
Pictured above at the celebration are Executive Director Paula Moore, Michael Mulholland, Mayor Arlene Mulder, Friends of the Library President Stephen Diedrich, Communications and Marketing Director Deb Whisler, and Mike Driskell.
 
Library staffers Deb Whisler and Mike Driskell were appointed to the Quasquicentennial Committee. The Friends of the Library are also supporting the effort through their purchase of two street banners and a decorated "train" to be displayed this summer at the library. Look for special historical programs this year as well that are funded by the Friends.
 
Link to Daily Herald article about the event.

Posted by aharder on 07/05/16
 
Up, Up and Away! It's a superhero summer at the library, and our Fourth of July parade entry celebrated this theme with everyone in Arlington Heights on Monday. Special thanks to all of the volunteers, staff and library trustees who represented AHML in the Fourth of July Parade alongside the library's bookmobile and our special superhero guests. Thanks also to the Frontier Days Festival organizers for another outstanding parade day in Arlington Heights. See more photos here.

Posted by aharder on 05/11/16

In the past year the library has presented storytimes, STEM clubs, book discussions, author visits, exhibits, summer reading programs and more. We've welcomed the community to celebrate the arts at the District 25 art show and reception, a fairy tale exhibit and costume gala and months of themed programs exploring fairy tales. Arlington Heights came together to read and discuss the themes behind the One Book, One Village book selection and tweens and teens found opportunities to learn and discover together. Local entrepreneurs gathered to share their experiences with small business owners and the library continued to offer new tools for customers to get creative in the Studio.

The library is a busy place thanks to our customers, with nearly 90,000 people attending programs at the library in 2015. Check out our video featuring highlights of the past year, then see a list of upcoming programs at ahml.info.


Posted by bbenson on 01/13/12
 
The library was voted the 2011 Business of the Year by the members of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce at their annual installation and recognition dinner. Celebrating the honor were, front row, Brian Shepard, Mike Driskell, Shannon Scanlan, and Diane Accurso. Back row, Jennifer Nitch, trustee G. Victor Johnson, Deb Whisler, trustee David Unumb, former trustee Jim Bertucci.
 
The Library at the Installation Dinner

"We're honored to receive this award from the business community. We value our opportunity to partner with them," says Deb Whisler, Director of Communications and Marketing.

Whisler was also an honoree. She received the 2011 President's Award from outgoing president Cindee Manaves for her mentoring and continuing contributions to the Chamber of Commerce.

In the coming year, three library staff members will have leadership roles in the Chamber. IT Manager Mike Driskell joins the Board of Directors, Business Librarian Shannon Scanlan will be Co-Chair of the Chamber's Professional Women's Council and Lead Cataloger Jennifer Nitch continues as Chairman of the Young Professionals. We look forward to a great year and continuing a successful collaboration with the business community.

See Daily Herald article.


Posted by paichele on 02/10/16

Following a six-month pilot period in 2016, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Trustees voted to extend the library’s 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 cost for the library’s extended hours was managed within the library’s approved budget.
 
The library’s new hours are:
Monday–Friday  9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday  9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday  11 a.m.–8 p.m.
 
The pilot program was based upon a survey of library customers which indicated many residents wished the library offered more hours on the weekends. An extensive study of customer use during the pilot program confirmed these survey results. For example, use of the Studio saw a 67 percent increase in weekend reservations. On average, 165 customers visited the library per hour during the pilot program, using the library during hours the library previously would have not been open.
 
"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. “We saw strong use of the library in all areas and are happy to continue this customer service going forward.”
 

Posted by aharder on 09/21/16
 
On September 20, Marianthi Thanopoulos of Arlington Heights was sworn in as the newest member of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Trustees. She will serve until the next general election on April 4, 2017.
 
Thanopoulos is the Community Engagement Liaison for the Village of Mount Prospect and a documentary producer. She obtained a Masters of Arts in social sciences from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from DePaul University. She formerly served as a communication and marketing liaison for the Evanston Public Library and describes herself as an “avid reader” who “deeply understands the value that people place on Library services, programs, events and community outreach.”
 
The seven-member Board of Library Trustees sets the library’s tax levy and budget as well as library policies. Trustees are elected for six-year terms.
 

 
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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