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We are proud to partner with our local League of Women Voters, EveryLibrary and libraries across the country to support voter registration services for disabled communities during National Disability Voter Awareness Week.
The League of Women Voters will be on site to register voters and answer questions. Stop by the table, located near the Info Desk on the main floor of the library, during one of two times:
Monday, July 16, 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Anyone who would like to register to vote is welcome.
To register to vote, you must be:
1. A U.S. citizen
2. At least 18 years old by the general election
3. A resident of your precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day
Two pieces of identification are required, and one must include your current address.
If you require an accommodation, please contact programs@ahml.info or 847-870-3295.

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library invites local artists to submit a design concept for The Piano Project – a public outdoor art display and marketing campaign for the library's community reading initiative, One Book, One Village. This project will consist of individual artists each painting one functioning upright piano and one bench. The reinvented pianos will then be placed in the community to enjoy visually and play instrumentally from September to October 2018.
Artists must be from the Chicagoland area. Priority will be given to artists who are Arlington Heights residents or art students who formerly resided in Arlington Heights or attended Arlington Heights schools. Must be 18 years or older or have parent/guardian consent.
  • Deadline for Submissions: July 18, 2018
  • Artists selected will be notified: August 1, 2018
  • Artists selected to receive piano: August 2-10, 2018 (Library will transport piano and deliver it to artist. Artist must be flexible with delivery date, per delivery service availability.)
  • Selected artists at work: August 2-30, 2018
  • Piano artwork must be completed: August 31, 2018.
  • Finished piano will be picked up at artist’s location and delivered to final destination: September 1-10, 2018. (Artist must be flexible with pick up date, per delivery service availability.)
  • Pianos in the community: September 10 – October 12, 2018

  • This project requires artwork on all surfaces of an upright piano and bench created by selected artist.
  • Artist will be provided a $500 per piano stipend for materials and payment of services.
  • Artist is responsible for safe storage of piano during painting period.
  • Artist will supply all needed materials.
  • Artwork must be family and community friendly.
  • Artwork may contain the following text, if artist design allows:
  • After artwork is complete, piano music stand will be mounted with plexi or acrylic signage describing the project and acknowledging the artist and the piano’s sponsors.
  • Pianos will be tuned for playing, secured and provided with some protection from weather.
  • All pianos and subsequent artwork will be the property of Arlington Heights Memorial Library upon completion.
  • Artist agrees to make themselves and their workspace available to Communications and Marketing staff from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for social media promotional purposes during the painting period. Artist agrees to a social media partnership with the library for promoting the project. Artist agrees to have work photographed or taped for a video project by AHML staff. Artist agrees to make themselves available to local media who may be interested in covering The Piano Project.
  • Artists will be recognized via the placard placed on each piano, in the library’s fall newsletter and on the library’s website, as well as in the library’s social media accounts.
  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library staff will jury the submitted proposals.
  • Individual proposals must be submitted for each piano used in the project. Artists are welcome to submit more than one proposal.
  • Number of finished pianos will be dependent on number of artists selected, final number of host sites and availability of pianos. 
  • Proposals submitted after deadline will not be accepted.
  • Completed and signed Entry Form
  • Resume (including artist background, qualifications, relevant past experience and art projects involved)
  • Link to artist website, social media accounts, and/or examples of previous artwork
  • Approximate 200 word or less concept for proposed piano artwork
  • Sketches of proposed artwork for piano, using attached template
  • Artists under age 18 must also submit written guardian consent
SUBMIT PROPOSAL TO EMAIL: pianoproject@ahml.info

How will you put some spark in your summer? Create your summer at the library with unique reading programs and challenges for every age. Meet and be inspired by the library's artist-in-residence, award-winning author and illustrator Chris Raschka, and see his artwork on display in the Marketplace, June 4 through August 12. Explore fun, engaging, interactive programs to fuel your creativity, all summer long. Watch your mailbox for the library's summer newsletter for more information. Registration for all summer reading programs begins June 4. See more information on our summer reading program page. 

Make Your Movie Now
Cash prizes! Films must be submitted by August 1 for the film screening on August 10. More info at ahml.info/teens.
Check Out Equipment to Make a Movie
Calling all creatives! Look no further than the library’s Studio for all the equipment you’ll need to get the job done to create a film for the fest. Equipment can be borrowed for 1 week. Visit ahml.info/studio/equipment.
Key pieces of Studio equipment Arlington Heights cardholders can check out and take on-the-go are:

• Canon Rebel T5i DSLR – The YouTubers go-to camera. Takes stills or video.
• Portable green and blue screen – Collapsible, easy to transport.
• Rode Shotgun Mic – Capture studio-quality sound on-location.
• Sennheiser Lav Mic
• Tripods
• Camera slider – Mini 23” dolly
• GoPros and accessories
Teen Film Fest
Join us for the 12th Annual Teen Film Fest! We'll screen this year's teen film entries, hear from our panel of judges and award the winning teen filmmakers. More information on the event, a full list of award categories and submission guidelines at ahml.info/teens/filmfest. Meet filmmakers and actors on the red carpet preceding the event. Screening of films for all ages.
Date and time: Friday, August 10, 7–9 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Teen Film Fest: After Party
Friday, August 10, 9–10 p.m. / Hub
Head to the Hub for the official After Party of the Teen Film Fest. Get to know your fellow film enthusiasts, eat some delicious snacks and play games into the night. Teen Film Fest attendees and guests are encouraged to party with us.
Date and time: Friday, August 10, 9–10 p.m.
Location: Hub
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Adults, Teen
Are you interested in learning the rules of investing? Come to this informative class where Andrew Erickson of Edward Jones will talk about strategies, diversification, investing for the long term and focusing on what you can control.
Date and time: Tuesday, July 17, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

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 in celebration of the library's upcoming FanCon, which will take place at the library on Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn more about FanCon at ahml.info/fancon.

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 of the Virginia estate, as well as the gardens where Jefferson cultivated 250 varieties of vegetables. 

“You could see it, touch it, taste it. It was amazing, so beautiful and very impressive.”

The visit to Monticello marks the second adventure in the library's travel outreach series, which started last fall with a visit to Brazil for residents at local memory care, assisted living and skilled care communities. Both destinations were a hit and like any good vacation, the pay-offs linger long after you return home. 

“It rejuvenated me,” said Ida. “I came in as 91 and the experience made me feel like a new person.”

Night at the Lake
All concerts 7–8 p.m. / Arlington Lakes Golf Club, 1211 South New Wilke Rd.
Bring your own seating for this outdoor venue. Cash bar available and picnics encouraged. Rain location: Hendrickson Room, Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Presented in partnership with Arlington Heights Park District. Drop in
Sueños Latin Jazz
Thursday, July 19
Sueños Latin-Jazz Quartet performs music from across the Latino diaspora, music that combines jazz improvisation with the infectious rhythms and melodies of the Caribbean, South and Central America and Spain. The members of the band are amongst the finest jazz musicians in the Chicagoland area.
Peach's Beach Party
Thursday, August 16
Come celebrate the spirit of Jimmy Buffet with the music of Peach’s Beach Party. Hawaiian shirts optional!

Join us this summer as we host a series of programs about the professional social network, LinkedIn.
The LinkedIn Mobile App: What Your Competition is Using
Did you know 57 percent of searching is now done on the mobile version of LinkedIn? Is your profile optimized for the mobile app? Learn about the extra features on the LinkedIn mobile app.
Date and time: Wednesday, August 15, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
LinkedIn: Beyond the Basics
Take your LinkedIn profile to the next level and learn to add posts and media, find job opportunities and more.
Date and time: Wednesday, August 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: Training Center

Adults, Jobs
"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 interactive storytime event that took place on Friday, June 29 at the library.
This storytime was just one of several programs that took place this week and gave residents a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet and get creative with Raschka, who is the library's summer artist in residence.
Based in Brooklyn, Raschka is known for using watercolor, pastel and charcoal pencil to create artwork with bright colors, freeform shapes and a vivid sense of movement and rhythm. He has authored more than 60 children's books and has been selected for The New York Times' Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year list multiple times. His most recent book, New Shoes, was published in May 2018.
During his artist-in-residency, Raschka put on a bookmaking workshop for kids on Wednesday, June 27 that gave children the chance to put together their own story. He created a pop-up art studio the following day in the library's Marketplace where kids were able to see him at work and feed off of his creativity and imagination. Raschka held an artist talk and book signing on Thursday, June 28 as well.
His interactive storytime on Friday then gave children a lot to do as he performed interactive read-alongs of his books Yo! Yes? and Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, held several plays that let the kids act as characters like Moosey Moose, Lamby Lamb and Crabby Crab and let the children dance to the music of jazz composer Sun Ra. He also held a second live art-demo in the library's Marketplace on Friday.
Raschka's week at the library will conclude with a bookmaking workshop for adults on Saturday, June 30. Bravo! Chris Raschka, Raschka's exhibit that showcases more than 50 works of art, will continue to be on display in the Marketplace through Sunday, August 12.

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