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Thank you to all of our wonderful customers, staff and community groups who contributed to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Holiday Book Drive. A record-breaking 2,174 books were generously donated for infants, children and teens for Wheeling Township's Adopt-a-Family program, making this the largest donation since the Holiday Book Drive was introduced 20 years ago. Special thanks go to library staff and volunteers, the Board of Library Trustees, the Lakeshore Circle Book Club, the Rolling Green Nine-Hole Golf League and the Friends of the Library for their very generous donations. The library book drive has provided 19,306 books to children and teens in need since 1998. Thank you again for helping provide the gift of literacy in our community during the holidays.


 
This year's Winter Reading Challenge will take place from Monday, December 17 to Sunday, January 27. To participate, pick up your Winter Reading Challenge log at the Kids' World Desk starting Monday, December 17.
 
Age 0-4
It is never to early to build your child's literacy skills. By starting early, you form the foundation for your child's success later in life. Simple activities involving talking, singing, reading, writing and playing together will help your child. Check off each of the activities you complete. When you have completed ten, bring the log back and select a free book to take home.
 
Age 5-Grade 3
Determine your own Winter Reading Challenge goal. Whether you keep track of pages, books or time spent reading, use the log to mark your progress. When you are done, come in and select your free book. During the program, drop by the Kids' World Desk to spin our wheel and receive an activity to take home.
 
Grades 4-6
Challenge yourself to read something new. Pick up a punch card and a token at the Kids' World Desk to get started. Let the Challenge Contraption decide your next book or activity. Complete four challenges to earn a free book!


 
Learn to use the library’s online resources to work on your resume, research employers and search for jobs.
 
Date and time: Friday, December 14, 10–11:30 a.m.
Location: Training Center
Register


Adults
 
Get ready for your holiday travel, and download cloudLibrary. The cloudLibrary allows you to borrow and read eBooks and eAudiobooks from your local public library for free. This app includes a fully functional reader allowing the user to read their eBook directly in the app, as well as bookmark and save the position of their book across devices.
 
Browse and check out eBooks and audiobooks from our cloudLibrary web portal or from your device.

Download the cloudLibrary app (iOS, Android, Nook HD/Samsung, Kindle Fire, Windows, ChromeOS)

Cloud Library support | Video Tutorial (with printable instructions)

 
Learn more about books, audiobooks, magazines and more available for download from your library here
 
 


 
Mindfulness can decrease stress, anxiety and depression through the cultivation of present-moment awareness. Join us for an introduction and learn mind-body practices to improve concentration and decrease reactivity to distressing thoughts, emotions and physical sensations.
 
Date and time: Wednesday, December 19, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room


 
Do you ever wish the library’s summer reading program would never end? Well, for teens and tweens in grades 4–8, it doesn’t have to! With the library’s new 100 Books Before High School program, readers can keep reading books, earning awesome prizes along the way and keep the fun (and learning) going all year long. Sign up, log books and get more information at ahml.beanstack.org.
 
Just for signing up, you’ll get a cool drawstring backpack to begin your journey. Keep logging every book you read. For every 20 books logged, you’ll earn a badge and a free book. Stop by the Kids’ World or Hub Desks to choose from our awesome selection of prize books, and get a real-life badge to wear proudly. Library staff will even help you figure out the perfect book for you to read next on your path to 100!
 
Once you reach the summit of Mount 100 Books, you’ll earn a High School Survival Kit. The tools in the kit were selected by our Teen Advisory Board, and include a USB power bank, mechanical pencil and lead refills, a touch-screen stylus, mints, a super-pack of sticky notes and so much more.
 
 
 
 
 


 
Join us every Thursday evening for family fun. The theme changes weekly, but the family time together remains the same. Ages 0-6; siblings welcome. Space is limited; tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis at the Kids' World Desk before each program begins.
 
Mini Movers
Thursday, January 3, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Enjoy songs, stories, musical instruments and dramatic movement. 
 
Jammin' in My Jammies
Thursday, December 20 and 27, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Put on your favorite PJs and get ready for fun.


 
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library announced the appointment of Mike Driskell as the new Executive Director following a unanimous vote by the Board of Library Trustees at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 20.

Driskell “is the best leader for our library,” said Board of Library Trustees President Debbie Smart, “His honesty, integrity and demonstrated work ethic are impressive. The board has the utmost confidence in Mike Driskell as a person who has the vision, values, professionalism and dedication to continue moving the library forward in addressing the needs of our community.”

The board engaged executive search firm John Keister and Associates in Vernon Hills to conduct a national search to fill the position in June 2018. Keister worked with the board to present a group of four finalists earlier this month.

A 13-year veteran of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Driskell has served as the interim executive director since September 2017. He was named the library’s director of administration in November 2016, following 11 years of service as the information technology manager. Driskell has an undergraduate degree in computer information systems from Elmhurst College and is enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science program at Dominican University.

An Arlington Heights resident since 2005, Driskell is an active member of the Arlington Heights community and served as the 2017 chairman of the board of directors at the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.
 


 
 
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.”
 


 
Need to replace the dome light on your 2006 Honda Civic LX? Fix the carburetor on your Toro walk-behind mower? The library now offers access to the AutoMate auto repair database and the Small Engine Repair Reference Center.
 
AutoMate covers vehicles back to 1974 and includes service information, technical service bulletins, recall notes, diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs), maintenance schedules, estimated labor times and more.
 
The Small Engine Repair Reference Center provides detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for small engines, including lawn equipment, motorcycles, boat motors/watercraft and more, covering both routine maintenance and advanced repairs.
 
Both AutoMate and the Small Engine Repair Reference Center can be used by library cardholders from home.


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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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By submitting patron-generated content, patrons warrant they are the sole authors or that they have obtained all necessary permission associated with copyrights and trademarks to submit such content.
 
Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit.  The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
 
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  • content that is profane, obscene, or pornographic;
 
  • content that is abusive, discriminatory or hateful on account of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation;
 
  • content that contains threats, personal attacks, or harassment;
 
  • content that contains solicitations or advertisements;
 
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