Posts tagged with "Family"

Posted by wtolan on 12/08/17
 
Thank you to all of our wonderful customers, staff and community groups who helped contribute to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Holiday Book Drive throughout the past few weeks. 770 books were generously donated for infants, children and teens for Wheeling Township's Adopt-a-Family program. Special thanks go to library staff and volunteers, the Board of Library Trustees members, the Lakeshore Circle Book Club, the Rolling Green Nine-Hole Golf League and Girl Scout Troop 40792. The library has donated 17,132 books to children and teens in need since it introduced the Holiday Book Drive in 1998. Thank you again for helping provide the gift of literacy in our community during the holidays.

Posted by paichele on 05/05/15
 
Excitement filled the library's Marketplace on Monday night, May 4, as more than 150 Arlington Heights students, parents and teachers got a first glimpse at the 2015 District 25 Art Show. An annual event for 23 years, this year's show features 200 works of art curated from seven area elementary schools and two middle schools. Pieces range from illustrations and mixed media to self portraits and 3D art. 
 
"Each project has a concept or historical element attached to it," explains Brenda Miller, an art teacher at Westgate Elementary School and the team leader of the District 25 art teachers. "The students selected for the show are the ones who best grasped the concepts and their pieces display originality, craftsmanship and creativity. It is remarkable and wonderful to see what the kids produce when they have a steady diet of art. "
 
The children's efforts and talents fill ten colorful panels in the Marketplace and two display cases near the Dunton Street entrance of the library. The District 25 Art Show runs through the end of May.

Posted by wtolan on 06/29/18
 
"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.

Posted by aharder on 02/05/18
 
AHML is ready for the snow! We have snow brushes available for check out. They are on the rack with the umbrellas near the Express Reserve shelves. Like the umbrellas, the loan period is one week.  

Posted by aharder on 05/03/18
 
It felt like an afternoon among friends when author Kate DiCamillo took to the stage to talk about her books and the memorable characters she has created during her career as a beloved children’s writer.
 
“I feel like they’re people that I’ve discovered, and it’s my job to tell their story,” DiCamillo said, referring to the characters from her award-winning books such as Because of Winn Dixie, The Tale of Desperaux and Flora & Ulysses.
 
Close to 400 eager fans of all ages showed up to the Forest View Education Center to meet DiCamillo on Saturday, April 28.
 
DiCamillo started the afternoon by reading the first couple of chapters from her most recent novel, Raymie Nightingale. She then answered questions and impressed fans with her sense of humor.
 
“I didn’t go to graduate school,” DiCamillo said after talking about how she got her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Florida. “Instead I bought a black turtleneck because that’s what writers do.”
 
DiCamillo recounted how she started writing her first novel at the age of 30 by completing two pages a day. She provided details about the history behind her books, described her writing process and more. In turn, the audience responded positively to DiCamillo’s insights and experiences as a writer.
 
“It was great. The fact that she talked about her writing was to the benefit of both kids and adults. It was very enlightening to the way an artist thinks,” said Steve Bayer, who attended the event with his 8-year-old daughter Camille. “I liked that she was willing to open up about her own books and her own personal story.”
 
“She was very funny and very personable,” added Jolinta Voelker, who came to the event with her two daughters, Abby and Bethany. Voelker said DiCamillo’s book, Flora & Ulysses, introduced the family to listening to audiobooks.
 

Following her presentation, DiCamillo signed copies of her books and took photographs with fans. An Afternoon with Author Kate DiCamillo was co-sponsored by Candlewick Press and The Book Stall and served as the closing event for Lit Month, the library’s month-long celebration of writers and literature. In addition to DiCamillo, Greg Kot (I’ll Take You There) and Celia Perez (The First Rule of Punk), were among the writers who visited Arlington Heights in April.

 

Posted by aharder on 05/08/18
 
When Lisa Becker and her boyfriend Jack were planning to host the next movie night for their group of friends, the Arlington Heights residents decided to go big.

“We knew we wanted to do a projector, and we planned to rent it,” Becker said. “It was my boyfriend who said, ‘let’s check with the library because they have so much equipment over there.’”

“We called and it was a super duper coincidence that the library had just gotten a projector kit, and we could borrow it for free!”

The day before their party, Becker picked up the Projector Kit – a quasi-movie theater on wheels. The portable kit includes a projector, cable and adapters for common playback devices, extension cord and power strip, a Bluetooth sound bar and a collapsible screen that when assembled measures approximately 10 feet wide by 8 feet tall.

“The screen is huge,” she laughed. “But it was super easy to set it all up. The kit came with step-by-step instructions, and we did it in about 30 to 45 minutes.”

The end result was a movie night to remember featuring an oversized screening of Shrek 2 in the couple’s garage.

“Our friends were so excited and thought it was awesome,” Becker said. “It was pretty sweet.”

WANT TO BORROW THE PROJECTOR KIT?
• Arlington Heights card required
• Four day loan, no renewals
• Call 847-392-0100 to reserve
 
YOU WILL NEED
• Playback device (DVD player, laptop, etc.)
• Small stand or table to hold the sound bar and projector
 
 

Posted by aharder on 06/08/15
 
Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks, eComics and more, 24/7 with your library card and hoopla. Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla offers Hollywood blockbusters to bestselling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche and hard-to-find as well.
 
Ready to get started? Click here to visit the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's hoopla collection.

Posted by aharder on 04/04/18
 
“Go, Nora, go!” cheered Annie Powers as her two-month-old daughter, Nora, began to roll on her back. Seven-month-old Camryn sat next to her and watched.

“Two weeks ago she can’t sit properly and now she’s sitting,” said Sunny Sklierenko, Camryn’s mother.

Light-hearted, supportive moments like this are what happen at First Time Parent’s Meet-Up, a drop-in program in Kids’ World that allows parents to come together and find support.

“Life is busy, which is why it’s nice to have a drop-in program,” said Sklierenko, who has attended several meetings. “I can just come in and actually meet with other parents and feel like I can have a couple minutes of normalcy because home is just crazy,”

A nurse from Northwest Community Hospital is sometimes present at the meetings to help facilitate conversations. During a recent meet-up, Nurse Cornelia Johnson talked about how to find reliable online resources.

“You can sit at home all day with your baby and your computer and go, ‘I don’t know why my baby is doing this,’ but when you hear from other moms saying ‘this is why,’ [it helps],” Johnson said.

“You get a lot of good advice and it’s good for socialization, Powers said. “Especially for a stay-at-home mom.”
 
Find the next First-Time Parent's Meet-up on our calendar
 

Posted by aharder on 05/21/18
 
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. 

Posted by aharder on 08/26/15
 
Did you catch our bookmobile out and about town this summer? It was a busy season for the bookmobile, which served at least 2,220 additional customers through outreach and community events.
 
The bookmobile attended regular Storytime in the Park sessions at both Pioneer and Frontier Parks. The program was extended to eight weeks, with storytimes and bookmobile visits every Tuesday and Wednesday. Bookmobile staff attribute this summer's great attendance to all that nice weather we had, serving at least 400 customers each month. On one day alone, the bookmobile saw 105 customers at Storytime in the Park events.
 
Our mobile library also visited four Arlington Heights Park District summer camps each month during June and July, giving campers an extra opportunity to grab a book for some summer reading.
 
You might have also seen the bookmobile at community events such as Picnic in the Park, the Centennial Park Annual Picnic, Pirate Party at Lake Arlington, National Night Out, Mane Event and Fiesta de Arlington.
 
The bookmobile will continue to make regular stops throughout Arlington Heights this fall. Click here for the schedule.
 

 
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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

04/27/2011
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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