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"Fiction is a place you get to walk in someone else’s shoes," said author Lisa Genova to an audience of nearly 350 people who came to hear the New York Times bestselling writer speak at Forest View Auditorium, Thursday evening, October 18, as part of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s (AHML) One Book, One Village (OBOV) community read. Genova talked about her desire to write stories that shed light on subjects that can be difficult to talk about like ALS, a neurological disease that is central to her novel Every Note Played, the library’s 2018 OBOV book selection.
 
"The greatest gift you can give yourself is yourself," said author Jason Reynolds to an audience of 120 students at Our Lady of the Wayside School, Thursday morning, November 8. Reynolds continued his conversation with students the next day at South Middle School and Thomas Middle School and by the end of his visit, he spoke to 1,870 Arlington Heights students.
 
Reynolds also spoke at Forest View Auditorium during his two-day visit to Arlington Heights, where he captivated an audience of more than 300 people who came to hear the award-winning, bestselling author speak. Reynolds is known for
 
Teachers in Arlington Heights know how vital it is to keep students excited about reading. One way the library and schools work together to get students engaged is by creating opportunities for students to meet the authors of their favorite books. The library has seen great success in bringing authors to schools, sometimes reaching more than 4,000 students in a series of visits.
 
“When children and teens meet the authors of some of their favorite works, they become inspired to read more and often write more themselves,” said School Services Librarian Julie Jurgens.

After reading Ghost by Jason
 
Homework Helpers in the Library
 
Teen volunteers are available in Kids' World select Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
See the calendar for dates.
Struggling with a class or need homework help? Teen volunteers can assist with completing homework assignments or practicing skills. Check ahml.info for a complete list of times when Helpers are available.
 
Online Tools for Research, Homework and More
 
Encyclopedia Britannica: The world-renowned reference tool, with articles, images, videos and helpful links on almost every topic (countries, people, animals, science, etc.). Three versions: For Children, For Young Adults and Reference Center. 1st grade-adult.
 
 
The library has expanded its streaming video services to include AcornTV, IndieFlix and The Great Courses, all made available by using RBdigital. Visit ahml.info/downloads to access RBdigital content, including:
 
AcornTV – TV shows, films and documentaries from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Major titles include Doc Martin, Agatha Raisin, The Detectorists, A Place to Call Home and Midsomer Murders.

IndieFlix – More than 7,000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and Web series from 85 countries. Notable titles include the original Planet of the Apes movie series, Dial M for Murder, The Third Man,
 
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s Piano Project officially hit the streets this week, with six beautifully decorated pianos placed at sites throughout Arlington Heights. The library celebrated the installation of these pianos at a ribbon cutting event on Thursday, September 13, with Arlington Heights Mayor Thomas Hayes, library trustees, piano artists, donors and sponsors.
 
More than 50 people came to Harmony Park to celebrate the public outdoor art display. Artist Teresa Meyanci's fairy tale-inspired piano, Once Upon a Tune, was on display, with a live performance by library staff member Neal Parker. The event celebrated the completed
 
The library's Roku Streaming Media Players now have Amazon Prime Video, in addition to Netflix and Acorn TV. Check out a Roku, plug it into your TV and stream popular Amazon Prime exclusives like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle and Sneaky Pete as well as Amazon Prime's entire catalog of movies and TV shows. For more information, or to place a hold on a Roku player, stop by our Tech Learning Center on the first floor or visit ahml.info/downloads.
 
Stream videos from Acorn TV and IndieFlix
 
The library has also expanded its streaming
 
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is a recipient of the 2018 John Cotton Dana Award, provided in conjunction with the H.W. Wilson Foundation, the American Library Association and EBSCO. This national award honors outstanding library public relations and marketing.

The library took creative inspiration from social media themes in its 2017 One Book, One Village (OBOV) community read selection, The Circle by Dave Eggers, and built #beinthecircle, a communications campaign combining traditional marketing with a heightened emphasis on social media. Key to the success of the program was using “influencer” marketing to promote the program. The communications and marketing
 
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library celebrated its biggest FanCon yet as more than 900 residents of all ages stopped by the library's third annual comic book and pop culture convention on Saturday, June 14.
 
The convention gave fans an opportunity to see and dress up as their favorite characters from Marvel, Star Wars, Pokémon, Harry Potter and more.
 
"It's fun seeing a bunch of people into the same thing as you," said 12-year-old Colin Ryan, who was one of the runner-ups in the Super Smash Bros. tournament hosted by the cosplay group, The Age of the Geeks.
 
 
Dreams come through under the red, white and blue was the theme of this year's annual Fourth of July Parade and we helped celebrate this year with a variety of your favorite characters including Batman, Wonder Woman and those from Star Wars. Our parade entry also included the library's bookmobile and a replica 1960s Batmobile. Special thanks to all of the library staff, library board members, Kids' World interns, our Summer Volunteer Squad and our special superhero and Star Wars guests who helped represent the library during the parade and passed out nearly 5000 superhero masks to parade goers