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It felt like an afternoon among friends when author Kate DiCamillo took to the stage to talk about her books and the memorable characters she has created during her career as a beloved children’s writer.
 
“I feel like they’re people that I’ve discovered, and it’s my job to tell their story,” DiCamillo said, referring to the characters from her award-winning books such as Because of Winn Dixie, The Tale of Desperaux and Flora & Ulysses.
 
Close to 400 eager fans of all ages showed up to the Forest View Education Center to meet DiCamillo on
 
More than 800 people including parents, students, teachers and community members stopped by the library's Marketplace on Thursday, May 3 to celebrate the opening of the 26th Annual District 25 Student Art Show.
 
The opening night reception featured a performance from the South Middle School Jazz Ensemble, a reading of Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka, a short film screening from the fifth grade students of Dryden Elementary School and plenty of refreshments.
 
This year's show featured the artwork of nearly 400 students from seven elementary schools and two middle schools that can be seen
 
“Go, Nora, go!” cheered Annie Powers as her two-month-old daughter, Nora, began to roll on her back. Seven-month-old Camryn sat next to her and watched.

“Two weeks ago she can’t sit properly and now she’s sitting,” said Sunny Sklierenko, Camryn’s mother.

Light-hearted, supportive moments like this are what happen at First Time Parent’s Meet-Up, a drop-in program in Kids’ World that allows parents to come together and find support.

“Life is busy, which is why it’s nice to have a drop-in program,” said Sklierenko, who has attended several meetings. “I can just come in and actually meet with other
 
In recognition of their 50 years of service to the community, the Friends of the Library were honored at the Village of Arlington Heights Board Meeting on Monday, March 5. Mayor Tom Hayes presented the Friends of the Library President Mike Dennehy with a special plaque honoring five decades of accomplishments by the not-for-profit organization that raises funds to provide gifts (programs, materials, equipment, and artwork) for the library. The mayor publicly thanked the Friends for their outstanding contributions to the library including more than $1.5 million in assistance raised through a book boutique in the library and four
 
Fifth-grade students from Olive-Mary Stitt School got to see what it's like to work in a library during their visit on Friday, March 2. The students were able to get real-life work experience in the library's Circulation department, the bookmobile, the Hub and Kids' World. These students learned about checking in books, movies and other items, re-shelving items, how the bookmobile operates and more. This experience was part of World of Work (WOW), a program that gives kids the opportunity to act as employees for a day for local businesses that interest them. This year the program was supported by
 
Good things come in a canvas bag thanks to Library Delivery Services, a free program that brings books, movies, music and magazines to Arlington Heights residents who are homebound due to physical limitations or illness.
 
“It’s like Christmas morning. You open up those bags and can hardly wait to see what’s in them,” says Pamella Davis, a voracious reader who twice a month receives five canvas bags filled with books, about 50 titles, delivered to the Arlington Heights health care facility where she lives.
 
Library Delivery Services is available to any Arlington Heights resident who is

Finding a job was job one for the more than 400 local teens who turned out in record numbers on Tuesday evening, February 6 at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for the Sixth Annual Teen Job Fair. Organized by the Arlington Heights' Youth Commission and presented in partnership with the library, the fair featured 26 area businesses and organizations -- the most ever for this high school student-focused gathering. The annual event offers students a convenient one-stop resource for finding part-time employment for the weekends and after-school or for landing a summer job or volunteer experience.
 
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If you missed the library's annual Readers’ Party and are looking for your next winter read, here is a recap of staff recommendations:
 
Something Like Happy by Eva Wood
Recommended by Sherri T, Readers Advisory
 
Coming to my Senses by Alice Waters
Recommended by Joan L, Readers Advisory
 
Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert’s Renegade Life by Emily Kaiser Thelin
Recommended by Katie M, Senior Services
 
River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks
Recommended by Barb W, Senior Services
 
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Recommended by Pam S, Readers Advisory
 
 
Close to 500 people stopped by the library on Saturday evening to get a first look at the library’s newest traveling exhibit, XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness.
 
The opening night party filled the Marketplace and Kids’ World and gave partygoers of all ages the opportunity to explore the power of feelings with many family-friendly activities.
 
“It’s nice to see so many different families. So many different ages, so many different faces,” said Sheila Whiteside, who came to the party with her husband and two children. “I think [the exhibit] reminds us to come back
 
Close to 100 Arlington Heights residents and students from the High School District 214 Newcomer Center experienced the art of community service on Monday, January 15 by working together at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library to create a large three-panel mural honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Under the guidance of renowned local artist Gino Savarino, participants of all ages gathered in the library’s Cardinal Room to paint during one of the three 90-minute sessions.
 
“It’s like a giant coloring book, just paint and stay in the lines,” said Savarino as he welcomed participants. “I’ll