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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.

"I’ve always been interested in the brain and how it works and sometimes breaks, said Genova, who has a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. “To really understand the brain, I had to become a storyteller.”

During her solo 45-minute presentation, Genova thanked attendees for participating in the library’s fifth annual all-community read. Since late August when AHML first announced Every Note Played, copies of the book have circulated close to 1,700 times.

“Usually when I do events like these, few people have read the book,” Genova joked. “So this is amazing.”

Genova then proceeded to take the audience on her personal journey from scientist to storyteller recalling how her grandmother’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease caused Genova to dig deeper and question, “What does it feel like to have Alzheimer’s?”

Through hours of research and personal encounters, Genova found the answer and used this knowledge to write her debut novel, Still Alice, in 2007. Eventually heralded as groundbreaking for its honest and human portrayal of an otherwise scary and complicated disease, Still Alice became a New York Times bestseller. In 2014, Still Alice was made into a movie and earned Julianne Moore an Oscar for best actress. 

“A story about Alzheimer’s is the place where we have the opportunity to become familiar with the unfamiliar,” said Genova. “It moves you from sympathy to empathy. Empathy is the feeling where we collapse the distance between us.”

Building upon the success of Still Alice, Genova went on to write Left Neglected, Love Anthony and Inside the O’Briens - books that take readers into the world of neurological diseases through compelling characters and real-life human encounters.

Every Note Played continues this exploration of science and storytelling. Genova portrays Richard, a 45-year-old world-renowned classical pianist, who finds himself suddenly diagnosed with ALS. Karina, his ex-wife, who at one time had a promising music career of her own, becomes Richard’s reluctant caregiver.

“When writing I always want to raise the stakes as high as possible but always within the realm of possibility,” said Genova. “For Richard that meant facing his legacy and what truly mattered.”

“While the book is about ALS the disease,” Genova added, “It is also about the things we all wrangle with – fear, blame, regret.”

Following her presentation, Genova took questions from the audience and shared some closing thoughts about the importance of talking about difficult subjects and making sure our personal relationships are intact.

“Sometimes it takes a personal crisis to step back and ask how am I living,” Genova said then added. “It now gives me purpose for what I do. I’m writing these stories so they can become accessible to people and not so scary.

An Evening with Author Lisa Genova was supported, in part, by the Friends of the Library.

Before there were space shuttles or airplanes, Robert had one interest, make his rockets fly. Join us as we share When Sparks Fly: The True Story of Robert Goddard, Father of US Rocketry by Kristen Fulton. Participate in a hands-on activity and complete a new journal entry. New Explorers will receive a journal when they arrive. Previous Explorers should bring their journals from home. For grades 1-2.
Date and time: Tuesday, November 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Lindsey Room

Kids' World
This holiday season give the gift of reading by donating new children's books for our holiday book drive. The books will go to low-income families in our area through the Wheeling Township Adopt-a-Family program. We are collecting new books for children and teens from infancy to age 18. As always, books in Spanish are also welcome.
Collect as a group! Is your school, community group or business interested in collecting books for the book drive? For more information, contact Editorial Supervisor April Harder at 847-870-3785 or aharder@ahml.info.
Date: Thursday, November 1 - Saturday, December 1
Location: Drop off your donation in the collection bin at the Checkout Desk.

"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 writing young adult novels including All American Boys, As Brave As You, the Track series, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Long Way Down and For Every One.
Many of the people in attendance at Forest View were high school teachers and students who had recently read Jason Reynolds' Long Way Down in class.
"There was a sense of accomplishment for a lot of kids who've never read a book," said Anthony Como, an English teacher at Rolling Meadows High School while talking about the impact Reynolds' books have had on his students. "One of my students [told me]: 'This is the first book I've finished and now I enjoy reading.'"
During his appearances, Reynolds told stories about growing up in Washington D.C. that ranged from how he was inspired to write poetry after listening to Queen Latifah's 1993 rap album Black Reign to his struggles of getting into literature at an early age.
"I felt like these books weren't interested in reading me," Reynolds said as he talked about his struggle to relate to characters in books like Lord of the Flies and Of Mice and Men. He ended up reading his first book, Black Boy by Richard Wright, when he was 18 years old, which inspired him to go back and read the books he missed while in middle school and high school.
Following each of his presentations, Reynolds went on to answer questions during a Q&A session, and he emphasized how important it is for students to know that everyone's story matters.
"I want you to love my stories, but not as much as I want you to love your own," he said, a message that resonated with many including Arlington Heights residents Dana Trawczynski and her son, William.
"I think it's great how he said to be the best you, you can be," Trawczynski said. "It is a really strong message to give kids to be yourself. I don't think they hear that enough."
Jason Reynolds' visits to four area schools were made possible thanks to a partnership between the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and local schools.

Join musicians Ronnie Kuller and Patrick Murray for a unique autumn afternoon concert experience. Embracing the Danish word 'hygge,' meaning cozy and comfortable, we are transforming the room into a comfortable space complete with hot cocoa.

Date and time: Sunday, November 18, 2-3 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Communication expert Janet Rand offers techniques for keeping gatherings pleasant. Join us and practice ways to manage the next awkward dinner.
Date and time: Thursday, November 15, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Sid the sloth discovers, by accident, a lost world of dinosaurs. When he disappears, his friends must try to rescue him despite many dangers. Luckily, they find Buck, a weasel living in the lost world, who manages to get them out alive. Rated G; 94 minutes. For all ages.
Date and time: Friday, November 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Join us every Thursday evening for family fun. The theme changes weekly, but the family time together remains the same. Ages 0-6; siblings welcome. Space is limited; tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis at the Kids' World Desk before each program begins.
Jammin' in My Jammies
Thursday, November 15, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Put on your favorite PJs and get ready for fun.
Dino Time
Thursday, November 29, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Hear stories and songs about our favorite beasts and be ready for fun at this special storytime.

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 Reynolds, Thomas Middle School Library Center Director Becky Fahnoe immediately knew Reynolds was the perfect author to engage her middle school readers and selected Ghost to be Thomas’ annual all-school read.
“Jason writes with an honest and authentic voice. He writes with heart. The characters he has created are characters with whom kids can relate,” said Fahnoe.
As Reynolds shared with The Washington Post in 2017, he didn’t read a book from beginning to end until he was 17 years old, so he wanted to write books that kids and teens like himself would want to finish. His mission, as he shared in his 2017 novel Long Way Down, is to “NOT WRITE BORING BOOKS.” The entire plot of Long Way Down occurs during a brief elevator ride, wherein a 15-year-old boy is coping with the shooting death of his brother. Most readers finish the book in a day, unable to put it down.
On November 8 and 9, students at Thomas Middle School, South Middle School and Our Lady of the Wayside will hear Reynolds speak at their schools.
An Evening with Author Jason Reynolds is scheduled for Thursday, November 8, at 7 p.m. at Forest View Auditorium, 2121 South Goebbert Rd. Open to the general public, as space allows. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a book signing following his presentation.

On the April 2, 2019 ballot, residents of the Village of Arlington Heights will be asked to vote for four Village Trustees and two Library Trustees. The ballot will also contain offices for school district, park district and township officials.
Circulation of nominating petitions begins Tuesday, September 18, 2018. The filing period begins December 10, 2018. The Village Clerk’s Office has petition packets available for Village Trustee and Library Trustee.

Call 847-368-5540 or email rhume@vah.com with questions.

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