Library News

corner of library

 
You’re never too old to travel! That’s the idea behind a new library outreach program for seniors that utilizes Google Expeditions, a virtual reality experience to give older adults the thrill of visiting virtually anywhere in the world.

“It was an out of body experience,” recounted Ida, a resident at The Highlands at The Moorings of Arlington Heights, who at 91-years-young recently experienced virtual reality for the first time. Ida, along with 30 other residents, donned a pair of virtual reality goggles and was soon transfixed with a 360-view of Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. She explored room after room
 
"What would happen if I took all those colors, turned them into a song and then turned it into a book" asked acclaimed children's book author and illustrator Chris Raschka as he used a color wheel and his book, Mysterious Thelonious, to introduce an audience of eager children to music as a form of storytelling.
 
The kids held onto the colorful pages of Raschka's book as it stretched across the Hendrickson Room floor while Raschka performed a song using his concertina, a musical instrument that bears a resemblance to an accordion. This was all part of an
 
A warm and sunny afternoon on the soccer fields at Sunset Meadows feels a world away from the cold and snowy night last February when Genevieve Hill joined 400 other area teens to check out the library’s Sixth Annual Teen Job Fair and the more than two dozen area businesses and organizations looking to hire students. 
 
“I checked out a lot of the tables and there were so many different options that I didn’t know about,” says the 16-year-old Arlington Heights resident. “I liked the Park District because I thought it would be so nice to work outside.” 

Struggling with a class or need homework help? The Hub's Homework Helpers can assist with completing homework assignments or practicing skills for improved mastery. High School students proficient in specific subjects are available throughout the week. Drop in for help from our Homework Helpers!

Interested in becoming a Homework Helper? More information on our Volunteer page.

There are tonnes (metric tons) of awesome digital media stuff available for you to use in the Studio.

• DSLR, HD Camcorder, lighting, and backdrops
• Microphones, vocal booth, drum kit, and audio recording software
• Photoshop, Illustrator, and digital drawing tablet
• Practically all of the everything else in the universe…

Don't forget to ask the Tech Learning Center about the recording kits, cameras, and other equipment available to take home!

Visit www.ahml.info/studio/equipment to see a full list of equipment or to make a reservation.

Available for anyone 12 and older. A library card or school ID is required.

 
Don't have the internet at home? Going on vacation and need a reliable connection? Working out of the office and want offsite internet? The library is excited to begin lending its ten new Mobile Hotspots to Arlington Heights cardholders.
 
What is a Hotspot?
  • A hotspot is a device that uses a cellular connection to provide internet access to your devices.
  • Connect your device to the hotspot via Wi-Fi and browse the internet with up to 4G LTE speeds.
  • Franklin R910 Mobile Hotspots:
  - Allow multiple users/devices to connect to internet.
  - Have up to 12
 
"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
 
“My cerebral palsy affects my speech and mobility but not my spirit.” In 12 short words, Arlington Heights resident Esther Lee gives voice to her life’s work: disability law attorney, president of Able Community—a nonprofit housing improving independence for people with disabilities, and writer and creator of poetry with a purpose.

“Common themes of my poetry are home, or longing for home, and belonging, or in most cases not belonging,” Lee shared in an email.
 
It was a love for writing poetry that led her to explore Writer’s Ink, the library’s monthly meeting for local writers. Lee, who
 
The library’s new subscription to PressReader offers access to thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world and in dozens of languages – from daily issues of The Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times to India’s Hindustan Times and Magazine Futbol Tactico from Argentina. To learn more visit PressReader here
 
When Lisa Becker and her boyfriend Jack were planning to host the next movie night for their group of friends, the Arlington Heights residents decided to go big.

“We knew we wanted to do a projector, and we planned to rent it,” Becker said. “It was my boyfriend who said, ‘let’s check with the library because they have so much equipment over there.’”

“We called and it was a super duper coincidence that the library had just gotten a projector kit, and we could borrow it for free!”

The day before their party, Becker picked up the Projector Kit