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Do you have a favorite game you have been wanting to share? Whether it be Pandemic or a classic game of Monopoly, come join other people in their 20s and 30s who share the same hobby. A selection of games will be provided or bring your own. Light appetizers provided. Drinks will be available for purchase. For ages 21-plus.
Date and time: Wednesday, August 21, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Fox & Hound, 910-918 W. Dundee Rd.

“An artist who goes to the moon does the same thing as an artist on Earth,” said picture book author Dean Robbins during his visit to the library on Monday, August 5. “They create art to show the world how they feel.”

Robbins is the writer of The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon, which tells the story of Alan Bean, the only artist to travel in outer space during the 1969 Apollo 12 mission. His lively presentation not only stressed the significance of space travel, but also the important role art can play in helping someone express themselves.
He started the morning by talking about the life of Alan Bean, who began his career as a pilot for the U.S. Navy before being selected as a NASA astronaut. Robbins encouraged interaction throughout his presentation by asking younger audience members to describe terms like spaceship and the moon in their own words, using humor by showing funny photos of animals in space, and asking the crowd to repeat phrases such as: “An artist looks. An artist feels. An artist creates!”

Robbins then led a space countdown before reading his picture book The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon. After his reading, Robbins talked about his own life and answered audience questions.

“I wanted to be a brave pilot just like Alan Bean,” he said, recalling his passion for flying at a young age. His attempts at creating model airplanes and drawing airplanes were unsuccessful, and he soon discovered he had a fear of flying as well. Once he realized he had a passion for creating stories, he continued to write, eventually developing a career in journalism before turning to picture books.

“I wrote Alan Bean a letter so I could write a book about him for kids just like you,” Robbins said. After completing his book, he was able to send a copy to Alan Bean, who responded with high praise.

Following his presentation, Robbins talked with fans and signed copies of his books. Meet Picture Book Author Dean Robbins was one of many space-themed events to take place throughout the summer at the library including Earth from Space, an exhibit on the library's first floor that ran June 21- August 11. For more information, visit www.ahml.info/summer.

The library blasted off into space at this year's annual Fourth of July Parade, where we celebrated with a custom-built spaceship float inspired by Summer Reading: It's Out There. Our parade entry also included the library's bookmobile and library sunglasses as giveaways. The parade float and the giveaways were made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Library. Special thanks to all of the library staff and volunteers, library board members, Kids' World interns, and our Summer Volunteer Squad who helped represent the library during the parade and passed out library sunglasses to parade goers. A big thanks also to the Frontier Days Festival organizers for another outstanding parade day in Arlington Heights. See more photos here.

It’s a wrap! Thank you to all of the filmmakers, judges and student film supporters involved in making this year’s Teen Film Fest a huge success.
This year’s Teen Film Fest took place on Friday, August 9. The evening began with red carpet appearances from the stars of the night – the teen filmmakers themselves. Sixteen films were submitted for this year’s festival. The films ranged from a The Legend of Zelda-inspired stop-motion animated movie to a Stanley Kubrick-inspired horror film to a music video all about jellybeans that had attendees laughing and cheering along.
After each film, the panel of judges asked questions and provided helpful constructive criticism. This year’s panel included former AHML filmmaker-in-residence Matt Lauterbach from Kartemquin Films, actress and English and Fine Arts Division Head at Rolling Meadows High School Mary Luckritz, and 2018 Teen Film Fest Best Overall winner Jeevan Acharya.
After the screening of the films, the winners were announced for six categories including Audience Favorite, Best Special Effects and Best Overall. An After Party took place in the Hub, complete with snacks, video games and a selfie station.
Congratulations to the winning films:
Best Overall: Kris by Edin Ramovic
Best Acting: Homesick by Hayden Westerfield
Best Screenplay/Story: Thunderstruck by Graham Reid
Best Editing: Control Freak by Geoffrey Buck
Best Special Effects: Doughnut Time by David Petratos
Audience Favorite: Jelly Beans by Madeline Painter

Watch the winning films here.


Adults, Teen
What is Explore More Illinois?
Explore More Illinois is a free service that provides instant online access (with your library card) to free and discounted tickets to museums and other fun cultural attractions. Explore More Illinois can be accessed 24/7 from any computer, tablet or smartphone.

May I use a Pass?
Access is limited to card holders ages 18 and older. Users may choose from passes based on venue and date. A limit of two active reservations are allowed at one time. A photo ID matching the name on the reservation must be shown at the attraction on the day of the reservation.

How do I get a Pass?
Get started at Explore More Illinois Login.  From the drop-down menu, choose the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and enter your library card number. Browse for passes and available offers for the upcoming three months. You can also search for offers by date, attraction name or location. 
How can I make a Reservation?
Reservations must be made for a specific date. Using the calendar, select the date then choose the Reserve option under the attraction. A confirmation box will appear and a confirmation email will be sent. It is recommended to print your pass shortly before your visit. Once you print or download your pass, you cannot cancel your reservation. Two active reservations are allowed per library card. Reservations may be cancelled before they are printed or downloaded. Once you print or download your pass, you can not cancel your reservation, and it remains in active status until after the date on the pass.
What do I need to bring to the attraction on the day of the reservation?
You will need to bring a photo ID and either a smartphone with the pass available on the phone or a printed copy of the pass. Some attractions require a printed copy; this is indicated when you make the reservation.
What attractions are included?
  • 1950s Park Forest House Museum, Park Forest
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield
  • American Toby Jug Museum, Evanston
  • Central Illinois Connection Center, Chatsworth
  • Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago
  • Chicago Maritime Museum, Chicago
  • Discovery Center Museum, Rockford
  • DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago
  • Edwards Place, Springfield
  • Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Museum, Oak Park
  • Homewood Science Center, Homewood
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie
  • Kankakee County Museum, Kankakee
  • Kidzeum of Health and Science, Springfield
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago
  • Springfield Art Association, Springfield
  • The Viking Ship, Geneva
  • Vermilion County Museum, Danville
Note: This partial list was updated on August 13, 2019. Participating attractions may change. Visit the Explore More Illinois Login to see current offerings.
Does Explore More Illinois include free or discounted admission to major Chicago attractions?
Popular Chicago museums including Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium and the Peggy Notebaert Museum are NOT included in the Explore More Illinois program.

Free admission days are offered at many of these attractions. Choose Chicago and Chicago Parent have listed free admission dates on their websites.
For more information or assistance
Please call or visit the library. 

Adults, Family
Calling all crate diggers, groove finders, record shop rats and analog purists. Talk about a song off your favorite record as you join other enthusiasts in trading stories and trading records. Bring one record to talk about and a few to trade. No monetary exchanges allowed.
Date and time: Thursday, August 29, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective and many other admirers. What does the journey hold in store for them? Join film historian Annette Bochenek for a special tribute to Marilyn Monroe as she discusses her career, legacy and early years in Los Angeles. A screening of the 1953 musical comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes will follow. Not rated, 91 minutes.
Date and time: Tuesday, August 27, 7-9 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

The marvel of space travel took center stage at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Wednesday evening, July 17, as New York Times bestselling author Robert Kurson shared a spellbinding account of humankind’s incredible journey to the Moon and the achievement of the Apollo 8 mission.

“Apollo 8 represents the first time human beings ever left home,” said Kurson, author of the critically acclaimed book, Rocket Men. “Apollo 8 was the greatest space story of them all, the most daring, the most dangerous and other astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, agreed with this.”

In a captivating presentation to an audience of more than 200 people, Kurson shared countless anecdotes honed from hours of research and interviews with the three, still-living, Apollo 8 astronauts, their wives and NASA staff. In gripping detail, Kurson outlined the dangers involved and the obstacles overcome by NASA to pull off the amazing feat in just 16 weeks – a staggering timeline as the United States raced to beat the Russians and be the first to reach the Moon. 

“Apollo 8 represents countless firsts including the first time human eyes saw the far side of the Moon,” Kurson said then continued, “Apollo 8 was the first time seeing the Earth as an entire sphere, the first time humans looked back on themselves.”

The Apollo 8 astronauts captured this first-time view of our planet in the iconic image Earthrise, “arguably the most important photograph ever taken,” said Kurson.  Apollo 8 was also the first live broadcast from space and at the time, the most watched TV program ever viewed by a third of the Earth’s population on Christmas Eve 1968.

Following his talk, and a standing ovation, Kurson took questions from the audience. He then reflected on the future of space exploration as July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

“There is something fundamental in humans to explore,” said Kurson in closing. “You need a heart as well as a mind out there. I don’t think you’re ever going to keep human beings away from exploring.”

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library celebrated FanCon’s fourth year as more than 800 residents of all ages stopped by the annual comic book and pop culture convention on Saturday, June 13.
Fans were dressed up in all sorts of fun costumes as they made their way throughout the library, participating in more than 20 different activities. From an intense Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament hosted by The Age of the Geeks that had 78 participants to fan-themed crafts, there was something for everyone at this year’s FanCon.
New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who is known for the popular Lunch Lady and Jedi Academy book series and his recent graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo, was one of the biggest highlights of the day as he met fans while hosting an illustrator’s workshop, two book signings and an author talk.
“The best part of FanCon is having the author here,” said Tania Fraser, who attended FanCon with her 10-year-old son Scot. “My son just came out of the illustrator’s workshop and he drew characters from his books. […] I think it’s great that the library does this.”
Other popular activities included Nerd Trivia, which tested people’s pop culture knowledge in a game show-style format, an appearance from the characters of Alice in Wonderland who hosted a Mad Tea Party and a photo op session, a Create Your Spidersona: Drawing Workshop and Artist’s Alley, which gave convention-goers the opportunity to meet nine different artists and exhibitors.
“I think it’s very entertaining to see [everyone] having fun. With all the different costumes, it’s a different environment for the boys,” said Joseph Urizar Sr., who attended FanCon with his mother and two sons. “My mom noticed that it’s the diversity that sticks out. It’s a welcoming environment for all.”

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