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Posted by aharder on 11/20/18
 
 
As a young girl growing up Portland, Ore., Mary Hamilton fondly recalls Saturday mornings spent with her dad hitting garage sales, scouring for treasures, “It was always the thrill of the hunt…whatever came our way, whatever caught our eye.” 
 
Decades later, that same passion for ‘the hunt’ led the now Arlington Heights resident to the library’s Business Services department. Mary wanted to know – could she use her keen eye for collectible glassware to start her own online business? She scheduled an appointment and met one-on-one with a business specialist to help answer that question.
 
“That meeting 100 percent for sure was my motivation,” Hamilton said. “Having someone who knows the business world encouraging me made me feel like I was on the right path.”
 
The meeting resulted in a lot of practical advice, too, like establishing banking, obtaining a State of Illinois business license and structuring workflow. She also got tips on photography and marketing her products visually online.
 
“The best advice of all was that once you create your business, how important it is to stay focused and true to your brand,” she said. 
 
As Hamilton began building her online shop, she enrolled in the library’s Quickbooks for the Small Business Owner and Creating a Business Presence on Facebook classes and continued to educate herself about collectibles by checking out reference books from the library. 
 
The result of her efforts was Banbury Cross Vintage, an Etsy shop featuring vintage glassware and treasures. The online store has received visitors from around the world.  
 
“When you’re starting a business, it can be intimidating because you are putting yourself out there,” Hamilton said. “But everyone at the library has been really supportive, and with it being the library you know there is no ulterior motive. No one is trying to sell you anything. They really are just there for you and supporting the community.”
 

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 aharder on 07/14/17

As of August 1, the AHML mobile app will be discontinued. You will still be able to manage your account, search our catalog, and register for programs on your phone or tablet using our mobile-friendly website, http://www.ahml.info.

We encourage our app users to bookmark our mobile menu screen at http://www.ahml.info/mobile.html. You will still be able to manage your account, search our catalog, place a hold and register for programs on your phone or tablet using our mobile-friendly website. The mobile site is accessible from any browser. By August 1, the library’s mobile website will have the added feature of allowing you to display your barcode on your mobile device. Navigate to My Account as of August 1, and you’ll see an option to display your library card’s barcode. You can then use this barcode at our self-checkout stations or at our Checkout Desk in the library. 

Feel free to contact the library for assistance.
 
If you would like to create an icon on your device's home screen so you still can access our website quickly, follow the instructions below:

For Android Devices:
Chrome
1. Open the Chrome app
2. Navigate to ahml.info
3. Select the Options button (located in the top right corner of the app)
4. Select "Add to Home Screen"
5. Name your bookmark and click Add
6. You should now see a new icon on your phone's home screen

Firefox
1. Open the Firefox app
2. Navigate to ahml.info
3. Select the Options button (located in the top right corner of the app)
4. Select "Page"
5. Select "Add to Home Screen"
6. You should now see a new icon on your phone's home screen

For iPhone and Apple Devices
1. Open the Safari app
2. Navigate to ahml.info
3. Tap the Share button at the bottom of the screen
4. Select "Add to Home Screen"
5. Name your bookmark and save it
6. You should now see a new icon on your phone's home screen
If you have any questions, please contact the library for assistance
 

Posted by aharder on 08/05/18
 
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). 
 

Posted by wtolan on 11/11/18
 
"The greatest gift you can give yourself is yourself," said author Jason Reynolds to an audience of 120 students at Our Lady of the Wayside School, Thursday morning, November 8. Reynolds continued his conversation with students the next day at South Middle School and Thomas Middle School and by the end of his visit, he spoke to 1,870 Arlington Heights students.
 
Reynolds also spoke at Forest View Auditorium during his two-day visit to Arlington Heights, where he captivated an audience of more than 300 people who came to hear the award-winning, bestselling author speak. Reynolds is known for writing young adult novels including All American Boys, As Brave As You, the Track series, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Long Way Down and For Every One.
 
Many of the people in attendance at Forest View were high school teachers and students who had recently read Jason Reynolds' Long Way Down in class.
 
"There was a sense of accomplishment for a lot of kids who've never read a book," said Anthony Como, an English teacher at Rolling Meadows High School while talking about the impact Reynolds' books have had on his students. "One of my students [told me]: 'This is the first book I've finished and now I enjoy reading.'"
 
During his appearances, Reynolds told stories about growing up in Washington D.C. that ranged from how he was inspired to write poetry after listening to Queen Latifah's 1993 rap album Black Reign to his struggles of getting into literature at an early age.
 
"I felt like these books weren't interested in reading me," Reynolds said as he talked about his struggle to relate to characters in books like Lord of the Flies and Of Mice and Men. He ended up reading his first book, Black Boy by Richard Wright, when he was 18 years old, which inspired him to go back and read the books he missed while in middle school and high school.
 
Following each of his presentations, Reynolds went on to answer questions during a Q&A session, and he emphasized how important it is for students to know that everyone's story matters.
 
"I want you to love my stories, but not as much as I want you to love your own," he said, a message that resonated with many including Arlington Heights residents Dana Trawczynski and her son, William.
 
"I think it's great how he said to be the best you, you can be," Trawczynski said. "It is a really strong message to give kids to be yourself. I don't think they hear that enough."
 
Jason Reynolds' visits to four area schools were made possible thanks to a partnership between the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and local schools.

Posted by wtolan on 11/15/17
 
“Here’s where it all began, at the library. That’s why I’m able to stand where I am and share my passion for books,” said New York Times bestselling author Laura Numeroff, known for books such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Raising a Hero and What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best.
 
Numeroff spoke to an audience of over 200 adults and children in the library’s Hendrickson Room on Sunday, November 12. She showed some of her favorite books (Harry the Dirty Dog, Eloise, Stuart Little), talked about her early life, showed her favorite pages from her books and answered questions during a Q&A session.
 
During her appearance, Numeroff read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, which led to laughter and amusement from the crowd.
 
She also read her book Raising a Hero, which tells the story of a puppy training to become a service dog. The book is a part of her new series, Work for Biscuits, which tells the stories of dogs who have jobs.
 
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) brought along several service dogs in training to the event. One dog named Danica went on stage to show attendees how it is trained to pick up medicine if it falls on the floor. Numeroff later told the audience that a dollar from every copy of Raising a Hero that is purchased will be given to CCI.
 
After reading her stories, she shed some light on the inspiration behind her other work.
 
“One day I saw a Dalmatian and I just got an image in my head, wouldn’t that dog look funny in red sneakers?” she said as she talked about her book Dogs Don’t Wear Sneakers. Other works she talked about include Sometimes I Wonder If Poodles Like Noodles, Laura Numeroff’s 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster and Ponyella.
 
After the event, the library celebrated the work of Laura Numeroff in Kids’ World. Many fun activities were available for children such as arts and crafts based on books like If You Give a Pig a Pancake, beanbag tossing games, a scavenger hunt and a meet-and-greet session with the mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
 

Posted by paichele on 11/12/18
 
"Fiction is a place you get to walk in someone else’s shoes," said author Lisa Genova to an audience of nearly 350 people who came to hear the New York Times bestselling writer speak at Forest View Auditorium, Thursday evening, October 18, as part of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s (AHML) One Book, One Village (OBOV) community read. Genova talked about her desire to write stories that shed light on subjects that can be difficult to talk about like ALS, a neurological disease that is central to her novel Every Note Played, the library’s 2018 OBOV book selection.

"I’ve always been interested in the brain and how it works and sometimes breaks, said Genova, who has a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. “To really understand the brain, I had to become a storyteller.”

During her solo 45-minute presentation, Genova thanked attendees for participating in the library’s fifth annual all-community read. Since late August when AHML first announced Every Note Played, copies of the book have circulated close to 1,700 times.

“Usually when I do events like these, few people have read the book,” Genova joked. “So this is amazing.”

Genova then proceeded to take the audience on her personal journey from scientist to storyteller recalling how her grandmother’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease caused Genova to dig deeper and question, “What does it feel like to have Alzheimer’s?”

Through hours of research and personal encounters, Genova found the answer and used this knowledge to write her debut novel, Still Alice, in 2007. Eventually heralded as groundbreaking for its honest and human portrayal of an otherwise scary and complicated disease, Still Alice became a New York Times bestseller. In 2014, Still Alice was made into a movie and earned Julianne Moore an Oscar for best actress. 

“A story about Alzheimer’s is the place where we have the opportunity to become familiar with the unfamiliar,” said Genova. “It moves you from sympathy to empathy. Empathy is the feeling where we collapse the distance between us.”

Building upon the success of Still Alice, Genova went on to write Left Neglected, Love Anthony and Inside the O’Briens - books that take readers into the world of neurological diseases through compelling characters and real-life human encounters.

Every Note Played continues this exploration of science and storytelling. Genova portrays Richard, a 45-year-old world-renowned classical pianist, who finds himself suddenly diagnosed with ALS. Karina, his ex-wife, who at one time had a promising music career of her own, becomes Richard’s reluctant caregiver.

“When writing I always want to raise the stakes as high as possible but always within the realm of possibility,” said Genova. “For Richard that meant facing his legacy and what truly mattered.”

“While the book is about ALS the disease,” Genova added, “It is also about the things we all wrangle with – fear, blame, regret.”

Following her presentation, Genova took questions from the audience and shared some closing thoughts about the importance of talking about difficult subjects and making sure our personal relationships are intact.

“Sometimes it takes a personal crisis to step back and ask how am I living,” Genova said then added. “It now gives me purpose for what I do. I’m writing these stories so they can become accessible to people and not so scary.

An Evening with Author Lisa Genova was supported, in part, by the Friends of the Library.

Posted by paichele on 11/03/16
 
Albert Einstein was a C student. A messy desk isn't a bad thing, and it's good to surround yourself with wackiness. These were just a few of the facts and nuggets of advice that author Eric Weiner shared with District 214 students during a visit earlier today to Rolling Meadows High School. Weiner's session with the students was the first stop in a day-long visit to Arlington Heights to talk about his book, The Geography of Genius, A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Athens to Silicon Valley, the library's selection for this year's One Book, One Village community read.
 
"Talent is hitting a mark no one can hit. Genius is hitting a mark no one else can see," Weiner told the students who gathered in the school's Resource Center for a 45-minute session with the author during which he shared insights on creativity, genius and his life as a writer traveling the globe.
 
"I always feel like there is some great wonder around the corner," Weiner said, "You just have to find the corner."
 
More than 300 students at Rolling Meadows High School read The Geography of Genius as summer reading or for a class this fall. Following his talk, the students had an opportunity to ask Weiner questions including, "What is the hardest part of traveling?"
 
"The hardest part of traveling is trusting the universe to provide you with experiences," he said. "Traveling is not about a place but rather it's a new way of looking at things and coming away seeing things differently."

 


Posted by daccurso on 05/31/12

The library is one of the participants in the village’s new Idle Free Arlington campaign initiated to educate and raise awareness about the importance of turning off your engine when you’re just sitting in your car. Read our latest Green Choices blog entry to get more information about this new initiative.

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.

 

 
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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

04/27/2011
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