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For the first time, we want you to help us choose the book for this year’s One Book, One Village (OBOV) community read. These three finalists each offer a compelling story with relevant themes. They are the kind of books that once you’ve read, you’ll want to talk about and share in the experience with others. All three books are available in multiple formats, and the author of the selected title will visit Arlington Heights this fall. Which of the three books will you choose? We can’t wait to find out!

To simplify access to our eBooks and eAudiobooks, we are making cloudLibrary our exclusive source for major publishers' titles, providing access to more than 150,000 eBook and eAudiobook titles, including recent releases and bestsellers. cloudLibrary is very easy to use; click here to get started.
OverDrive to be discontinued

On June 18, 2019, our OverDrive service-and the associated Libby app-will no longer be available. At that time, most of our small OverDrive collection will be transferred to cloudLibrary. Effective immediately, we are not adding new titles to OverDrive. Holds can be placed through May 1, but any unfilled holds will not carry over to cloudLibrary. You will need to place new holds in the cloudLibrary service. We apologize for any inconvenience during this transition.


Getting started with cloudLibrary

cloudLibrary can be used on Android and iOS phones and tablets, Kindle Fire tablets and Windows and Mac computers. Many black-and-white eBook readers, such as the Nook GlowLight and Kobo, also work with cloudLibrary; however, basic Kindle devices, such as the Kindle Paperwhite, are not compatible with cloudLibrary.
If you do not have a device that is cloudLibrary-compatible, please contact the library's Tech Learning Center Desk to discuss borrowing one. The library also has several upcoming training sessions scheduled to help users make the switch from OverDrive to cloudLibrary. Please visit our website for more information on upcoming classes. A short tutorial about cloudLibrary is available on the library's website here.
In addition to cloudLibrary, we will continue to offer hoopla, which provides access to many titles from smaller publishers. Learn more about hoopla, cloudLibrary and more downloadable services offered from AHML at http://www.ahml.info/downloads.

Fifth-grade students from Olive-Mary Stitt School became library employees for a day during their visit on Friday, March 15. The seven students were able to get actual work experience in the library's Circulation department and Kids' World. These students learned about checking in books and other items, assisting in the drive-up window 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 program was supported by 19 Arlington Heights businesses with 114 students from Olive-Mary Stitt School participating.

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is considering the acquisition of a building at 112. N. Belmont Ave. to use as a library makerspace. Learn more about the proposed project here. 

Matt Lauterbach, a documentary filmmaker and editor with Chicago's Kartemquin Films, brings his expertise to Arlington Heights through a series of hands-on filmmaking classes for teens and a five-part course for adults. The films created will be showcased at the library in May.
If watching films is more your style, join Lauterbach for Wider Lens documentary screenings including Unbroken Glass on March 28, a film he co-wrote and edited for Kartemquin Films. Meet Lauterbach at this special program kicking off his residency. Refreshments will be served.
Wider Lens: Unbroken Glass
Thursday, March 28, 7-9 p.m. / Hendrickson Room / Register
Meet filmmaker-in-residence Matt Lauterbach at this special Wider Lens program kicking off his residency. Refreshments will be served. Directed by Dinesh Sabu, co-written and edited by Matt Lauterbach. Sabu's parents died when he was six years old. In this film, he attempts to piece together their story and his own. Lauterbach will lead a discussion after the film. Not rated; 57 minutes. 
Ask a Filmmaker - For Teens
Tuesday, April 9, 7-8 p.m. / Cardinal Room / Register
Now's your chance to ask all your burning questions to actual filmmakers. We've gathered professionals in the field to talk about their craft. What's the hardest thing about making a movie? How involved are you in all the parts of filmmaking? Ask these and more. This is also a great way to gear up for the Teen Film Fest in the summer. For teens grades 7-12.
Wider Lens: All the Queen's Horses
Thursday, April 18, 7-9 p.m. / Hendrickson Room / Register
The stunning story of Rita Crundwell and the horse-breeding empire she built with stolen funds, the largest case of municipal fraud in American history. Lesley Kubistal, the film's editor, joins Matt Lauterbach. Not rated; 70 minutes.
Wider Lens: Minding the Gap
Thursday, May 16, 7-9:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room / Register Starting April 15
Three young men bond together through skating to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown, Rockford, Ill. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship. This Best Documentary Feature Oscar nominee is praised for capturing American adolescence. Diane Quon, the film's producer, joins Matt Lauterbach. Not rated; 93 minutes.
Telling True Stories: Filmmaking for Adults
Five-part series: Sundays, March 31, April 7, 14, 28 and May 5, 2-4 p.m. / Studio and Training Center
Registration for this series is at capacity.
Movie-Making Workshop for Teens
Four-part series: Monday, March 25-Thursday, March 28, 2-4 p.m. / Studio and Training Center
Registration for this series is at capacity.

Adults, Teen
Starting January 26, visit Chagall for Children, the library's latest exhibit that provides an unforgettable way for children and families to experience the artwork of Marc Chagall.
Chagall for Children features 14 interactive components throughout Kids' World that provide a fun and imaginative way to learn about the art of Chagall and his life through hands-on activities. From creating mosaics to weaving tapestries to using touch screens to digitally alter Chagall's masterpieces, there are plenty of ways to experience and appreciate art in this exhibit.
For many Chicagoans, Chagall is known for his stained-glass art, America Windows, which is one of the most beloved treasures in the Art Institute of Chicago's collection. Chagall is one of the most celebrated painters and stained glass artists of the 20th century, known for incorporating personal narrative, dreamlike imagery and whimsical expressions into his modernist artwork.
Chagall for Children is open January 26 through April 7. Play engagement volunteers will be in Kids' World, guiding activities. Look for volunteers wearing a Chagall button and nametag if you need assistance. Sensory-friendly device kits are available by request - ask Kids' World staff for more details. Sensory-friendly exhibit hours are also planned in February - visit ahml.info/chagall for more information.
This exhibit is generously supported by the Friends of the Library and was created by Kohl Children's Museum. It is open to everyone, and especially suited for children ages 2-12. For more information about the exhibit and related programs, or to schedule a field trip, visit ahml.info/chagall.

In spirit of our exhibit, Chagall for Children, the library is showing movies for adults about Chagall's most famous contemporaries.
Sunday Afternoon with an Artist: Pablo Picasso
Sunday, March 31, 1-2:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room / Register
In Mystery of Picasso, French director Henri-Georges Clouzot created a film showing the process in which Pablo Picasso created his work. Almost every painting created in this film was destroyed after it was finished. In 1984, the French government declared the film a national treasure.

On Tuesday, February 19, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Library Trustees adopted two policy changes, updating the current policy for Unattended and/or Unsupervised Children (7.002) in the library and adopting a new policy for Vulnerable Adults (7.0015) in the library. These changes are effective immediately.
Unattended and/or Unsupervised Children (7.002)
The Board of Library Trustees and staff of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library are committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment for all children who visit the library.  As a public facility, the library takes reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of children while they are using the library.  Library facilities are not designed or licensed to provide child care needs including emergency care, nutrition, adult supervision or physical exercise.
Children are considered mature enough to use the library unattended if (1) the parent or caregiver determines that they are mature enough; (2) they are at least nine years old; and (3) they are able to tell staff their full name, parent or caregiver’s name, and parent or caregiver’s phone number upon request.  Children who do not meet all three criteria must be directly supervised when in the library by someone who is at least fourteen years old and does meet all the criteria.
This policy change raises the age a child may be in the library unattended from eight to nine years old.
Vulnerable Adults (7.0015)
All adults who can understand and follow the Library’s Code of Conduct and who can care for themselves are welcome in the library.
Vulnerable adults must be attended and have adequate supervision by an adult over the age of 18 during their visit.   A vulnerable adult is functionally, mentally or physically unable to care for themselves and should not be left unattended or unsupervised when in the library.  Library facilities are neither designed nor licensed to provide adult care needs.
This is a new policy.
Read the full policy here.

Harry Potter Book Night came back and was better than ever on Thursday, February 7 with 596 wizards and Muggles showing up for a fun, spellbinding evening to celebrate all things Harry Potter. Many came dressed up in Harry Potter-themed costumes, ready to take part in all of the activities taking place throughout the library including Diagon Alley, Quidditch matches with Lumos Quidditch, the Sorting Hat and Harry Potter trivia. Harry Potter Book Night is a one-day international event with celebrations taking place around the globe.
A photo gallery from this event can be seen on the library's Facebook page.

Lauree Harp, a long-time resident of Arlington Heights, is organizing a group of volunteers who will donate their time as founding board members of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Foundation. Joining her are Miriam Cooper, Betsy Kmiecik, Gary McClung, Michael Mulder, Claudia Starck and John Walsh.
"A library foundation can provide opportunities for a variety of revenue sources to supplement tax support," said Harp. 

The Foundation is a separate entity from the Friends of the Library. Foundation board members will focus on individual, foundation and corporate gifts, as well as planned giving opportunities. The group has applied for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. The Foundation and Friends of the Library have a mutual focus on providing the Library with revenue sources. To donate to the foundation or for more information, visit ahmlfoundation.org.


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