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If you missed the State of the Village event held at the library on April 30, you can now watch the video of the presentation. Residents had the opportunity to hear from the park district, local school districts, the library and also the mayor, Tom Hayes, about highlights of the past year and details for what lies ahead. The presentation is also being broadcast this week on Channel 6 on WideOpenWest, Channel 17 on Comcast and Channel 99 on U-Verse. You can also read more about the event in this Daily Herald article.

On April 30 community members gathered at the library for the State of the Village – A Community Conversation. This first-time event offered residents the opportunity to hear from the park district, local school districts, the library and also the mayor, Tom Hayes, about highlights of the past year and details for what lies ahead. After the presentations, attendees were able to meet and ask questions of community representatives. If you attended, thank you for spending the evening with us, and for your contributions to the conversations in the Arlington Heights community. If you missed it, the event will be

What's all the hoopla about hoopla? Hoopla is a new digital media service that allows A.H. cardholders to borrow free digital video, music and audiobooks. It offers access to thousands of titles, available for instant streaming or temporary download to a smartphone, tablet or computer. There’s no waiting to borrow and hoopla digital’s automatic return eliminates all late fees. Highlights include:
  • A.H. cardholders may borrow up to eight items per calendar month.
  • Titles can be streamed or downloaded for a specific period of time and are automatically removed from your device when they expire.
  • You can view/listen to items

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Had enough of this relentless snow and cold and the cabin fever that goes with it? The library is a great place to weather your winter woes. We’ve actually been busier than ever even during the worst days when our schools were closed. During the month of January:
  • We circulated 220,394 items with our popular materials in the Marketplace accounting for 27% of all checkouts.
  • A record 504 customers attended a tech class in our Training Center and 264 had Studio appointments to use our media equipment.
  • Many found they could use the library from home - a record

The library is the perfect place on a cold winter's day. Grab a magazine or newspaper and warm up by our cozy fireplace, generously funded by the Friends of the Library. While you're here, browse the Marketplace collection and see what's new and trending in the new year.  

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is featured in the December 12 Chicago Tribune article, "Beyond the stacks: Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century." The article highlights many of the ways our library has redesigned its spaces and services for the way our customers are using the library. In its mention of AHML offering over 50 tech classes each month, Executive Director Jason Kuhl says, "It's more about learning the tool than just providing the tool." It reflects the commitment we've made to continue to respond to the changing needs of our residents in the most relevant ways. Read
For the sixth consecutive year, AHML has received a five-star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries. Five stars is the highest rating that a library can receive and a recognition achieved by only 1% of the nation's libraries. Star ratings are based on the annual number of library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use. This is an honor for not only our staff and the Library Board of Trustees, but also for you, our customers.  Thank you for making us a 5-star library once again.  See Library Journal's 2013 Index of Star Libraries.

Are you considering purchasing an eReader or tablet this holiday season? Stop by our Tech Bar and try out a variety of devices.  AH cardholders can check out a Nook HD tablet or Nook Simple Touch eReader for two weeks.  Once checked out, our Tech Help Desk can assist you in loading the titles of your choice from our 3M Cloud Library or OverDrive eBook collections.  
Want your kids to learn about science and technology in a fun way? Check out our collection of STEM kits. STEM is an acronym for the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Ask about all of our STEM resources at our Kids' World Desk.