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"We need the help of all the amazing architects in this room to help build a better Arlington Heights Memorial Library," said Human Resources Manager Lisa Haack to a large gathering of volunteers at the library's Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, March 27. The luncheon honored the library's 425 volunteers who contributed 28,298 hours of service in 2018.
"One thing that really stood out to me when I started working at the library was I didn't know who was a library staff member and who was a volunteer," Haack said. "We all wear the same nametag [and you are all] an extension of our team."
Funded by the Friends of the Library, this year's gathering honored those who volunteer in all areas of the library including the English as a Second Language (ESL) office, Kids' World, genealogy, the Senior Center, the Friends of the Library and the bookmobile.
Twenty-nine volunteers received special recognition for achieving Hours of Service milestones from 500 hours to 17,500 hours. Years of service were also recognized and spanned from three years to 30 years of service.
Linda Gadlin received the top honor of the day as she was named Volunteer of the Year. This one-time award is given to the volunteer who has contributed the greatest number of hours during the previous year but has not previously received the award. She earned Volunteer of the Year for contributing 416 hours of service in 2018 by working in the library's ESL office.
"I enjoy teaching English as a second language to adults who are very appreciative and watching them climb the ladder of fluency and proficiency," Gadlin said. She began volunteering in the ESL office soon after her retirement in 2014. She tutors students one-on-one and teaches Culture & Conversation every Friday afternoon.
"Linda helped me a lot," said Mikkio K., one of Gadlin's students. "Before I didn't have friends here, but the library helped me to meet people. Now they know me, they know my name, and it is good. The library is my home base and Linda is like my family now."
Those who have worked with Gadlin spoke positively about her time at the library.
"Her dedication to her students, her passion for teaching, and her genuine desire to help others as they adapt to life in Arlington Heights can be seen by everyone," said ESL Coordinator Tracy Karim. "Our ESL program would not be the same without her [and] she truly is deserving of the Volunteer of the Year award."

Heading abroad over the summer? Make sure to learn the language. The library offers a number of free online language-learning tools including:

• Little Pim: Fun, easy lessons for kids, pre-K to 2nd grade. It covers Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, English, German, Arabic, Russian.

• Pronunciator: Covers 100 languages. Many have “8-Week Travel Prep” lessons and scheduled “Live Conversation” sessions that let you talk in real-time with a Pronunciator representative. Kids can use their special “Young Learners” lessons. Pronunciator is an in-depth resource that includes a special evaluation tool to help improve your pronunciation skills.

• Mango Languages: Lively introductory lessons for 72 languages. Special “Conversations” lessons give you a quick-start. Some language lessons also have full-length foreign-language feature films (for adult audiences) to help improve your language comprehension.
Both Mango and Pronunciator are also valuable tools for learning English as a Second Language (ESL).

Good news! Starting April 1, 2019, Arlington Heights Memorial Library cards no longer expire. As long as you continue to live in the Arlington Heights Library district, your Arlington Heights Memorial Library card will remain active. You no longer need to come in to renew your card every three years. We hope this makes your life easier. Learn more about getting a library card.

It's quick and easy to search Google with your health questions, but sometimes the information you find there has not been well-researched and is even misleading. Instead, consider visiting the health databases section of the library's website (ahml.info > Research > Databases > Health) to find online sources that feature information vetted by health researchers and medical experts. Resources include:
Browse and search through authoritative articles and publications on thousands of diseases, conditions, drugs, tests and therapies.
Interested in alternative treatments, but worried about their safety and effectiveness? Natural Medicines provides information on the effectiveness and safety of herbs, supplements, minerals, diets, nutrition, exercises and methods, with a clear rating system based on available peer-reviewed research.
An online bookshelf of medical reference books covering diseases, conditions, consumer topics, current issues and much more. Browse through individual books or search the entire collection at once.
A comprehensive clearinghouse of medical information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Make sure to discuss any treatments or health concerns with your physician. Find more valuable resources at ahml.info/research/databases.

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. 

Library parking lot full? Did you know parking is also available across the street from the library in the commuter lot on Vail Avenue? After noon on weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday, the Vail commuter lot is free. The commuter lot is located on Vail Avenue between St. James and Fremont. Enter from Vail Avenue or St. James.

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.

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The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public.  These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.  Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
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