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Teens, make this your best summer yet - volunteer at the library! Apply online April 1 - April 30. Our summer volunteer squads are for Arlington Heights teens entering grades 7-12 in the fall.  Application and full details here.

Adults, Teen
Wills, trusts, power of attorney, probate? Attorney Jacob K. Ehrensaft explains these terms to help ensure your final wishes will be protected. Whether taking the first steps to create a plan or updating an existing one, learn to select the best person to make decisions on your behalf when you cannot, the importance of updating existing documents to reflect changes in the law or personal circumstances and more.
Date and time: Tuesday, April 23, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

It's National Library Week, a time to celebrate libraries and their workers! This year’s theme is Libraries = Strong Communities in recognition of the role libraries play in engaging and empowering the people they serve.
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is proud to share its 2018 Annual Report during National Library Week. We invite you to take a look at our year in review and join us in celebrating Libraries=Strong Communities.
We want to know how your public library has had an impact on your life and your community. Do you have a library story to share? Email us at LibraryStories@ahml.info and we may share your story in an upcoming newsletter.

Our expert staff have a wide range of reading tastes and love to help connect readers to their next book. Let us help you pick your next read. You can even make your request without leaving home. Fill out your preferences online on our “Book Me” form and our advisors will send you a customized list of recommended books to read. Tell us what you really liked or didn’t like in books you have read. Based on your preferences, library staff will curate a list of at least 10 books they think you will enjoy. This is also a great way to be introduced to books or authors you might not have found otherwise.
Want recommendations on what to read next? Complete a Book Me form today.

"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."

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library's April 2019 newsletter is out! Read it online here.
Are you missing your newsletter? If you live in Arlington Heights, and did not receive yours in the mail, email us at CommunicationsMarketing@ahml.info and we'll get one out to you right away.

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).

La Universidad es Posible
Tuesday, April 23, 7–8 p.m. / Cardinal Room
Taller sobre la educación superior presentada por Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Los participantes recibirán información y herramientas sobre cómo planificar, solicitar y financiar una educación universitaria. Presentación en español para adolescentes y padres.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission will outline the college and financial aid processes and provide tips and tools to learn more about planning, applying and paying for a postsecondary education. Delivered in Spanish. For high school students and their guardians.
Maximize Your College Visit
Monday, April 29, 6–8 p.m. / Cardinal Room
Quest College Consulting will provide high school students and their families with tips and advice on how to maximize your college visit while also helping to increase your college admissions chances. Put those tips into practice by taking virtual tours of college campuses using the library's VR tools like Oculus Go and Google Expedition. For high school students and their guardians.
Recursos para la Universidad
Tuesday, April 30, 7–8:30 p.m. / Training Center
Aprenda sobre la educación universitaria con el Dr. Michael Ayala. También aprenderá cómo encontrar recursos en la biblioteca y solicitar recursos financieros. Presentación en español para adolescentes y padres.
Join Michael Ayala, EdD for a conversation on finding financial and other resources for college, including numerous resources available through the library. Delivered in Spanish. For high school students and their guardians.

Adults, Teen
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.


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