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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 heard Reynolds speak at their schools. An Evening with Author Jason Reynolds on November 8, at Forest View Auditorium, was open to the general public. For more information on Reynolds' visit, see the story here
 


 
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.

 
Petition Packets Available for Municipal Elections - Village of Arlington Heights:
https://www.vah.com/our_community/WhatsNew/petition_packets_available_for_municipal_elections
 
 


 
Homework Helpers in the Library
 
Teen volunteers are available in Kids' World select Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
See the calendar for dates.
Struggling with a class or need homework help? Teen volunteers can assist with completing homework assignments or practicing skills. Check ahml.info for a complete list of times when Helpers are available.
 
Online Tools for Research, Homework and More
 
Encyclopedia Britannica: The world-renowned reference tool, with articles, images, videos and helpful links on almost every topic (countries, people, animals, science, etc.). Three versions: For Children, For Young Adults and Reference Center. 1st grade-adult.
 
Student Resources in Context: Reference articles, overviews and magazine journal articles on all topics. Helpful at term paper time! 5th grade-adult.
 
PebbleGo: For emergent readers--short articles and videos about animals, science, biographies and social science. Grades K-2. 
 
Core Concepts (Biology, Chemistry & Periodic Table): Overview articles to help understand important scientific principles. Grades 7-12. 
 
CultureGrams: Detailed overviews of all the world’s countries: government, population, daily life, etc. Grades 3-12. 
 
Visual Thesaurus: Love wordplay? Use Visual Thesaurus to explore connections between words and build your vocabulary. Read fun, informative articles about the interesting ways in which we use words. There’s even an online spelling be you can join. Also great for ESL learners. 6th grade-adult.
 
Testing & Education Reference Center: Online test prep for ACT, the new SAT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, GED etc., as well as several vocational tests (ASVAB, PRAXIS, etc.) and language/citizenship tests. High school students can do college and scholarship searches, and job seekers can use a resume-building tool. 10th grade-adult.
 
National Geographic Kids: Pictures, books and magazine articles about animals, science, history, cultures, the environment and more. Grades K-8. 
 
 
 
 
 


 
The library has expanded its streaming video services to include AcornTV, IndieFlix and The Great Courses, all made available by using RBdigital. Visit ahml.info/downloads to access RBdigital content, including:
 
AcornTV – TV shows, films and documentaries from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Major titles include Doc Martin, Agatha Raisin, The Detectorists, A Place to Call Home and Midsomer Murders.

IndieFlix – More than 7,000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and Web series from 85 countries. Notable titles include the original Planet of the Apes movie series, Dial M for Murder, The Third Man, Sid & Nancy, Shameless (the original British series) and Queer as Folk.

The Great Courses – More than 150 popular full-length courses, taught by instructors such as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, National Geographic’s master photographer Joel Satrore, and music historian Robert Greenberg.
 

When you sign up for the RBdigital app or the RBdigital gateway website, you receive one week of unlimited access, so you can binge watch all you want. Watch on your PC, mobile device or streaming device (Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV or Xbox). To learn more, visit ahml.info/downloads.

 


 
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s Piano Project officially hit the streets this week, with six beautifully decorated pianos placed at sites throughout Arlington Heights. The library celebrated the installation of these pianos at a ribbon cutting event on Thursday, September 13, with Arlington Heights Mayor Thomas Hayes, library trustees, piano artists, donors and sponsors.
 
More than 50 people came to Harmony Park to celebrate the public outdoor art display. Artist Teresa Meyanci's fairy tale-inspired piano, Once Upon a Tune, was on display, with a live performance by library staff member Neal Parker. The event celebrated the completed works of The Piano Project's five additional artists as well - Preeti Iqbal, Violet Jaffe, Anthony Lewis, Tara Riley and Tom Rybarczyk. The public were invited to meet the artists, piano donors and community sponsors who made The Piano Project possible.
 
"Words can't explain how it feels," Meyanci said after meeting Trish Srnak, the original owner of the piano she designed. "For her to see it and be as excited as I am, it's amazing."
 
The Piano Project promotes creativity and community, and plays upon the musical elements found in this year’s One Book, One Village selection, Every Note Played by Lisa Genova. The pianos can be seen and played through Friday, October 12 at Harmony Park, Arlington Heights Metra Station, Northwest Community Healthcare Wellness Center Lobby, Senior Center Patio, Arlington Heights Memorial Library Dunton Avenue Entrance and the library’s Underground Garage Entrance.
 

A special thanks to our generous sponsors, Waverly Inn Memory Care, The Moorings of Arlington Heights, Northwest Community Healthcare, Lutheran Home and Jennifer Burnidge State Farm Insurance Agency.

 
Learn more about The Piano Project: http://www.ahml.info/piano-locations.
 


 
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is a recipient of the 2018 John Cotton Dana Award, provided in conjunction with the H.W. Wilson Foundation, the American Library Association and EBSCO. This national award honors outstanding library public relations and marketing.

The library took creative inspiration from social media themes in its 2017 One Book, One Village (OBOV) community read selection, The Circle by Dave Eggers, and built #beinthecircle, a communications campaign combining traditional marketing with a heightened emphasis on social media. Key to the success of the program was using “influencer” marketing to promote the program. The communications and marketing team identified popular local social media users to create posts about the online book discussion and library exhibit to their followers. In return, they had an impressive statistical growth over the previous year’s OBOV campaign, which included 84 percent more social media engagement, 100% growth in author event attendance, 36% growth in the OBOV title circulation and a remarkable 55 percent growth in book discussion attendance.

“We are really excited about this award,” said Interim Executive Director Mike Driskell. “To be included in this national recognition is really an honor. Our communications and marketing team does an amazing job promoting the library on a daily basis. This One Book, One Village campaign is one of the finest examples of their work.”

 
The team behind the library’s #beinthecircle communications campaign includes Pat Aichele and April Harder (editorial), Brian Benson and Colleen Kelly (graphics) and Mary Hastings (manager).
 
A key component of the campaign was the first-time use of influencer marketing. Social media partners included Randy Recklaus (Village of Arlington Heights), Adam Harris (Arlington Heights School District 25), Randal Klaproth (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre), and local bloggers Melissa Schwartz and Alison Groen.
 
In recognition of this achievement, the eight John Cotton Dana Award winning libraries received a $10,000 check from the H.W. Wilson Foundation. The awards were presented at a reception hosted by EBSCO during the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans on June 24, 2018.
 
At the annual conference, The American Library Assocations's PR Xchange awarded designers Brian Benson and Colleen Kelly four design awards for their orginal designs for pieces promoting Special Programs & Exhibits (One Book, One Village 2017), Materials Promoting Collections (Book Discussion Brochure), Newsletters (AHML Newsletter) and Reading Program Themes (Winter Reading Challenge 2017). 
 


 
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library celebrated its biggest FanCon yet as more than 900 residents of all ages stopped by the library's third annual comic book and pop culture convention on Saturday, June 14.
 
The convention gave fans an opportunity to see and dress up as their favorite characters from Marvel, Star Wars, Pokémon, Harry Potter and more.
 
"It's fun seeing a bunch of people into the same thing as you," said 12-year-old Colin Ryan, who was one of the runner-ups in the Super Smash Bros. tournament hosted by the cosplay group, The Age of the Geeks.
 
The tournament was one of more than 20 activities convention-goers could take part in throughout the day.
 
Best-selling author and illustrator Jeffrey Brown, who is known for his Jedi Academy series as well as the Darth Vader and Son series, was one of the biggest highlights of the convention as he met fans while hosting an artist talk, two book signings and a drawing workshop.
 
Other popular activities included Etch A Sketch workshops with artist Princess Etch, lightsaber training sessions for young Jedi, fandom-related arts and crafts in the Hub and Artists' Alley, which gave library customers a chance to meet 12 featured artists and exhibitors in the library's Hendrickson Room.
 
"This is awesome, it's great for families," said Lisa Cuffe, who came to FanCon with her family of four. When the family found out that FanCon was taking place at the library, they rushed home to dress up in costume before returning to take part in the festivities. "You usually can't bring kids to these kind of events, so we're going to do this every year if we can."
 


 
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.”


Adults
 
"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. This exhibition was organized by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.


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04/27/2011
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