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Summer started with a blast for more than 300 people on Saturday afternoon with plenty of space-themed activities and a first look at the library’s new Earth from Space exhibit.
All of the fun was part of the library’s Space Launch Party, which took place throughout the library and gave attendees of all ages the opportunity to explore space in many different ways.

Customers visited the Earth from Space exhibit on the first floor, worked as a team on a space-themed scavenger hunt, created buttons, enjoyed activities in Kids’ World, discovered space-related mobile apps, and learned about telescopes and tested them out inside the library with help from the Northwest Suburban Astronomers group.

The festivities didn’t end there – on the second floor partygoers went on a trip to Mars, the moon and more using Google Expeditions, worked on arts and crafts projects like marshmallow constellations in the Hendrickson Room, and experienced the wonders of space first-hand inside the library’s hand-made planetarium, one of the highlights of the day.

“It’s been a lot of fun. I love that you have different activities to explore throughout the library,” said Tammy DeMarco, who attended the Space Launch Party with her children. The family was impressed by many activities throughout the day, including the custom-built planetarium, which was made by the library’s Summer Volunteer Squad teens.

“The planetarium was very cool,” DeMarco said. “I loved how immersive it was. I loved how the stars changed; it was very soothing and beautiful.”

The library’s Earth from Space exhibit marks the 50th anniversary of the first man moon landing and showcases 20 satellite images created by Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service. It also gives visitors the opportunity to listen to the sounds of space and space travel, watch enlightening videos, and take photos using a space-themed photo backdrop.
“The pictures are beautiful [and] I like that it’s hands-on,” said Erin McLaughlin, who walked through the exhibit with her family during the party.

Visit Earth from Space during regular library hours from now through Sunday, August 11 on the first floor of the library. Earth from Space is brought to you courtesy of the United States Geological Survey and the Smithsonian Institution.
For more information about Summer Reading: It’s Out There, visit ahml.info/summer.

Join us for an evening with New York Times bestselling author Robert Kurson. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first man on the Moon, Kurson will talk about his book Rocket Men (2018), which tells the astonishing story of Apollo 8. Learn how critical Apollo 8 was to the success of Apollo 11, the experiences of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and about Kurson’s writing career. Q&A will follow. Copies of Kurson’s books will be available for sale and signing. 
Date and time: Wednesday, July 17, 7–9 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
Arlington Heights Cardholders only with one guest. 

Potterhead or Trekkie, Marvel or D.C., fans, gamers and nerds of all ages and stripes are invited to Arlington Heights’ premiere comics and pop culture event. Find something for everyone with our wide variety of awesome activities, fan-themed crafts and hands-on workshops throughout the library. Meet some of your favorite characters – or come dressed up yourself! Visit Artists’ Alley to meet artists, illustrators and authors.
This year, we welcome the incredibly talented Jarrett Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular Lunch Lady and Jedi Academy book series and National Book Award Finalist for Hey, Kiddo.
Date and time: Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Throughout the library

Join Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot from WBEZ's Sound Opinions as they examine the music world through a lens of #MeToo. Since fall 2017, #MeToo has shined a spotlight on sexual harassment and assault in many aspects of American culture, including Hollywood, media and politics, where powerful men have fallen rapidly. However, the music world had lagged behind up until now. Books will be available for sale at this event.
Date and time: Thursday, July 11, 7-9 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

The votes are in! The winning title from our community vote for this fall's One Book, One Village is...
This is the first time we asked you to help us choose 'the book' for our annual community read and more than 1,150 people responded! Of the three books on the ballot, which ran from March 18-April 14, The Feather Thief captured about 43% of the vote. Thank you to everyone who voted!
Save the Date
We are pleased to announce that author Kirk Wallace Johnson will visit Arlington Heights on Thursday, October 10. Watch for details on this exciting event and other OBOV-related programs and book discussions coming this fall on our website and in our September newsletter.
About The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

Truth is stranger than fiction in this gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime. In 2009, an American music student broke into the Tring Museum of Natural History in London, stole 299 rare birds and disappeared into the night. Written like a true crime thriller, Johnson investigates the case years later and discovers bizarre twists and memorable characters that weave together into a page-turner you won’t soon forget about greed, obsession and man’s destructive relationship with nature.

The fast-paced writing and true series of events will hook readers from the beginning. The book opens a conversation on the consequences of one’s actions, conservationism and human’s relationship with nature.

“Captivating...Everything the author touches in this thoroughly engaging true-crime tale turns to storytelling gold. . . . Johnson's flair for telling an engrossing story is, like the beautiful birds he describes, exquisite. . . . A superb tale about obsession, nature, and man's ‘unrelenting desire to lay claim to its beauty, whatever the cost.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

About Kirk Wallace Johnson
Kirk Wallace Johnson is the founder of the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies, and the author of To Be a Friend is Fatal: the Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind.
His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
Prior to the List Project, Johnson served in Iraq with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Baghdad and then Fallujah as the Agency’s first coordinator for reconstruction in the war-torn city.

He is a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, and the recipient of fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin, Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Wurlitzer Foundation. Prior to his work in Iraq, he conducted research on political Islamism as a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt. Johnson received his BA from the University of Chicago in 2002.
Born in West Chicago, he lives in Los Angeles.

Cooking with Chickpeas
Tuesday, July 9, 7–8:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
Chickpeas are this summer's hottest trend. Join Nicole Duval, owner of Nicole's Fit Kitchen, to learn all about the history, health benefits and culinary versatility of the mighty chickpea. 
Cookbook Book Club: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
Saturday, July 27, 2–3:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room South
Excite all your senses as we discuss Samin Nosrat's bestseller Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Learn how mastering these elements can make your cooking more delicious. Or better yet, come and taste for yourself! Books will be available at the Info Desk. Try out some techniques and recipes at home and join the conversation. Arlington Heights cardholders only.

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.

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).

We are in the final stages of preparation for launching our new website. User testing is complete, and the exact launch date will be announced soon. All user accounts will be transferred to the new site without disruption to account access.
The new website design will feature:
  • better catalog search results
  • a self-checkout option in the library with your mobile device
  • a new room booking feature for conference rooms
  • the ability to increase or decrease the font size on the site
  • an option to translate the site into over 100 different languages
We've designed the new website in response to user feedback about navigation and usability challenges. The redesign includes many new features for a better user experience that is more responsive and compatible with more mobile devices.
Check back for the latest updates on our launch date.

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.
Jammin' in My Jammies
Thursday, June 20, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Put on your favorite PJs and get ready for fun.
Block Party
Thursday, June 27, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Bring your builder for hands-on fun with all things construction. Create with blocks, bricks and tubes. Expand your child's imagination with construction books for young audiences.

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