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Wednesday, October 28 / Kids 10–10:45 a.M. / 11–11:45 a.M. / 1– PAGE 6 2–2:45 P.M. / 3–3:45 P.M. / 4–4

ESL Services Connect p. 4-5

Inclusion Awareness p. 6-7 Month

Put on your costume and join us for some Hallowee include crafts, stories, games and more. For ages 0 Registration required for each person attending. Group

Families p. 8

Back to School Resources p. 10-11 Early Childhood & Kids p. 9 & 12

Tweens p. 13 Teens p. 14-15

One Book, One Village p. 16-17

Adults p. 18-20

Jobs & Careers p. 21

Business & Nonprofit p. 21

Citizenship Preparation p. 22 Class

English as a p. 23 Second Language

Genealogy p. 24

Tech Classes

p. 25

cloudLibrary p. 26

What’s Hot in p. 27 Arlington Heights

Book Discussions p. 28-29

Senior Center p. 30

Friends & Foundation p. 31


One PAGE16 Book One 2020 Village


English as a Second Language Services

Connect with Language Learners Helping people learn English and improve literacy skills has always been job one for the library’s English as a Second Language (ESL) staff. When COVID-19 hit, they added adaptable, as well, as they reimagined ESL services and moved all classes and programs online. Six months later, ESL continues to deliver its all-virtual offerings to a growing audience. Over the summer, ESL led 100 virtual programs attended by 711 participants, which is up from 85 programs with 582 attendees in 2019. This fall, ESL programs include conversation classes, one-on-one tutoring, book discussions and events like this month’s Hispanic Heritage Month Trivia. Who makes these virtual programs and connections happen? Meet some of the members of our ESL team:

Amy Duffey ESL Office Assistant What is your favorite program or service you help to deliver? I lead a weekly ESL Review group that focuses on reviewing basic grammar and incorporates pronunciations skills. It provides students a chance to ask about, and practice specific components of the language with an emphasis on the sounds that they hear.

What is the most gratifying aspect of your job? I love to hear students’ success stories! Whether it is a successful interaction at the grocery store, the ability to use a new vocabulary word in conversation, or gaining admittance to graduate school, it is incredibly fulfilling to see and hear about students’ language successes. I like to believe that we help with that!

What would you say to someone who may be unsure about using the library’s ESL services? Contact us! We really have something for everyone, from one-on-one tutoring to group discussions, movie discussions, books groups and game days. Our staff has an amazing blend of linguistic abilities, multi-cultural backgrounds, and training as educators, which enable us to provide a learning plan to fit any skill level and set of goals.


Allie Gourley ESL Advisor

What is your favorite thing about your job? I love meeting all the people who (now virtually) walk through our doors. Our students in ESL come from all over the world and the fact that our paths have the chance to cross is amazing.

What is your favorite program or service you help to deliver? Culture and Conversation. I love the chance to chat with students about our hometowns, favorite foods, things to do around the area, travel, etc. We end up learning so much from each other.

What is the most gratifying aspect of your job? Connecting with our ESL customers. Some are new to Arlington Heights, others have been here for a long time, some are completely new to the country, but there’s always something to talk about, regardless of English level.

Tracy Karim ESL and Literacy Services Coordinator What is your favorite program or service you help to deliver? One-on-one tutoring sessions are my favorite. I enjoy learning about our students and their unique needs and goals, and then helping them develop their languages skills in a conversational manner.

What is the most gratifying aspect of your job? I really appreciate that we can help adult English language learners at any level, and that with their library card, we can offer them classes, one-on-one tutoring, and access to a fantastic collection of books and materials. After having taught in universities for years, it is truly wonderful to be able to provide the same types of programs and services, but without the need for learners to pay thousands of dollars in tuition and fees.

What would you say to someone who may be unsure about using the library’s ESL services? ESL staff and volunteers are some of the kindest and most patient people I know. The ESL team (Amy, Allie, Brigitte, Catalina and myself) all have experience living in a foreign country and learning a new language. We know it can be challenging, and we know how we can help you overcome these challenges. We look forward to helping you! If you would like help finding resources, learning how to use digital resources from home, or information about virtual tutoring, please email esl@ahml.info. We can set up a Zoom appointment, schedule a phone call or provide a written explanation. If you are interested in volunteering, and have previous experience delivering services in a virtual format, contact esl@ahml.info.


INCLUS This month, we celebrate Inclusion Awareness Month and recognize our commitment to serving individuals of all abilities in our community. Our goal is to connect you to resources, services, programs and invite your feedback and ideas. While this year it may be more challenging to get together, we can still express our commitment to inclusion, and are excited to share a community art project and upcoming virtual programming. Our commitment to inclusion is ongoing, and we want to hear from you! To tell us more about your needs and ideas, contact us via comment cards available in the library, at ahml.info/contact, call us at 847-392-0100 or TTY: 847-392-1119, or email us at accessibility@ahml.info.

COMMUNITY ART PROJECT To recognize Inclusion Awareness Month, we invite you to create and display origami suncatchers in your homes. Pick up your Origami Suncatcher Kit, one kit per household, while supplies last at:

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Checkout Desk

Kids’ World Desk

Drive-up Window

Senior Center Reading Room

Unable to make it to the library? No problem; use your own supplies and follow our instructions to complete the project without ever leaving your home. Visit ahml.info/sun for more information. Take a photo of your creation and share it with us on social media with the hashtag #AHMLSun.





AWARENESS MONTH VIRTUAL PROGRAMS Registration required. Programs will be held online on Zoom.

College Knowledge: Planning for Students with Learning Differences Monday, October 5, 7–8:30 p.m. / Zoom Join experts from JJB Educational Consulting for a conversation about high school and transition planning for students with learning differences, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. Discuss course selection, learning supports, psychoeducational testing and standardized testing. For high school students and their caregivers.

Learn About Illinois ABLE Accounts Tuesday, October 6, 6:30–8 p.m. / Zoom Join us to learn about Illinois ABLE (Achieving a Better Life) Accounts from Rosemary Laudani, Manager of Illinois ABLE, of the Illinois Treasurer’s Office. Illinois ABLE accounts change the way individuals with disabilities and their families can participate in the community and plan for their financial futures. ABLE accounts are easy to open and are easy to manage, are controlled by the account owner, and are used to help with everyday living expenses and long-term purchase plans. ABLE accounts allow for savings and investments that are tax deductible and do not prevent account owners from receiving SSI/SSDI.




Do something fun together.

Parents' Turn

Ease Stress and Manage Productivity

Sunday, October 18, 2:30–3:30 p.m. / Zoom

COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work, especially for parents that are forced to manage working from home and full-time childcare or remote learning at the same time. A heavy work schedule, multitasking, lack of proper sleep, a poor diet and exercise routine, and even too much time spent looking at a screen, can all leave you more frazzled and less productive. Join Sunny Amirpour of PositivelySTRONG Health Solutions to learn simple, evidencebased, stress management techniques and lifestyle modifications to ease stress and increase productivity. Corresponding stress management activities for children and productivity tools for parents will also be provided and can be picked up from the library at the Kids’ World Desk for program registrants.

Story Walk at Lake Arlington October 5–31 / Lake Arlington, 2201 N. Windsor

Enjoy a story walk at Lake Arlington this month. Find the signs and read the story as you walk along enjoying the crisp, fall air. For families. Beginning October 5 Finders Keepers by Keiko Kasza

Beginning October 19 Click, Clack, Boo! by Doreen Cronin

Chapter Chat Parents’ Book Club How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish Tuesday, October 27, 7–8 p.m. / Zoom

If it takes a village to raise a child, then shouldn’t it take a village to support a parent? Join other parents in our first ever Parents’ Book Club. This book is available for checkout in either our adult nonfiction collection or pick up a book discussion copy at the Kids’ World Desk.




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Wednesday, October 28 / Kids' World 10–10:45 a.M. / 11–11:45 a.M. / 1–1:45 P.M. 2–2:45 P.M. / 3–3:45 P.M. / 4–4:45 P.M. Put on your costume and join us for some Halloween fun. Activities will include crafts, stories, games and more. For ages 0 months - 2nd Grade. Registration required for each person attending. Group sizes will be limited.





5 4 3 2 1 PreKMiddle School Visit: ahml.info > Youth > Learning Resources

• Miss Humblebee’s Academy An award-winning online curriculum for children PreK–K , covering math, science and social studies, language and literacy, art and music. • Scholastic Teachables Printable sheets with activities across all subjects. • Tumble Book Library Animated stories you can read along with. • StoryCove Animated read-alongs focusing on world folklore. • BookFlix Read-alongs pairing thematically-related fiction and nonfiction books. • LittlePim Language learning for kids grades PreK–2. Covers Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, English, German, Arabic and Russian.


• National Geographic Kids Read magazine issues, explore special topics (animals, places, science and tech). Grades K-8. • Britannica Library for Children Includes a world atlas, state profiles, biographies, animal profiles and much more. Grades K-8. • PebbleGo Simple articles and videos for young readers: animals, biology, science, social studies. Grades K-8. • World Book Discover A comprehensive encyclopedia with easier-to-read articles. Grades K-8. • TumbleMath Read-alongs focused on developing math skills. Grades K-8.



+ = ∑ Upper Middle SchoolHigh School Visit: ahml.info > Teens > Study

• Britannica Library for Young Adults As kids age, articles get more advanced. A great way to explore topics of interest. • Gale in Context-High School Magazine, news and reference articles for middle school through undergraduate. Covers science, literature, history, social sciences, arts. Jumpstart your research for papers and projects and try other “Gale in Context” databases, too. Grades 7-12. • Testing & Education Reference Center Study guides and practice tests for SAT/ACT, AP. Grade 12-adult.

Tutor.com online tutoring & test prep Elementary-adult Visit: ahml.info > Youth > Learning Resources or ahml.info > Tween / Teen > Study One-on-one online assistance from qualified tutors for math, writing, science, SAT/ACT test prep. Parents can use this to get up to speed on subjects they’re not comfortable with or students can work directly with a tutor.





Read and grow.




Interactive Storytimes on Zoom

NEW! Join us LIVE for virtual storytimes on Zoom. Visit our online program calendar and register to join the fun - LIVE! Visit ahml.info for details.

Baby Time

Family Time

Thursdays, October 8 and 22, 9:30–10 a.m.

English Learners Family Storytime

Thursday, October 15, 10:30–11 a.m. Tuesday, October 27, 9:30-10 a.m.

Toddler Time

Mondays, October 5 and 19, 9:30–10 a.m.

Wednesday, October 14, 9:30-10 a.m. Thursday, October 29, 9:30–10 a.m.

Watch Storytimes On Demand Anytime YouTube

Desserts Books and More The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate

The library is pleased to offer many recorded storytimes online for all ages, any time that is convenient for you, on our YouTube channel. Watch on demand at youtube.com/user/LibVlog/featured.

Once Upon a Story Saturday, October 17-24 / YouTube

Are you ready for some fun? Visit our YouTube channel for this pre-recorded program of puppets, magic and comedy, celebrating reading through folklore and fairy tales. Recording will be available until Saturday, October 24 at youtube.com/user/LibVlog/featured. Ages 4–2nd grade.

Book Buddies Wednesday, October 21, 4-5 p.m. / Zoom

Monday, October 26, 6:30–7:15 p.m. / Zoom

In this sequel to The One and Only Ivan, Bob the dog sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. We will discuss the book virtually and do a craft. Feel free to bring a snack and beverage to the discussion.

Practice your reading and literacy skills by reading a book together with a high school volunteer. Registration required. Sign up for a 15-minute slot. This program is especially great for kids learning English as a new language and all are welcome.

Registration required. Pick up a copy of the book, along with the supplies you’ll need for the program, starting October 1, at the Kids’ World Desk or place the book on hold and we’ll send along the supplies. You can also use your own supplies from home; get the list at ahml.info/attend/events.

Grades K-3.

Grades 3-4 with an adult.




Create and explore.

Tween Advisory Group (TAG)

Tween DIY at Home

Fridays, October 2 and November 6 4:30–5:30 p.m. / Zoom

Monday, October 19 / YouTube

Help your library and community while making new friends. Join like-minded tweens online to work on service projects, plan programs and play games. Grades 4-6.

Minecraft Mania

Learn an activity on YouTube at youtube.com/user/LibVlog/featured. Pick up supplies for this activity outside the library’s Dunton entrance on the clothesline. Look for the bags labeled, “Tween Activity Kit.” You can also use your own supplies and follow our instructional video to complete the project without even leaving your home.

Saturdays, October 10, and November 7 10:30 a.m.–noon / Zoom

3Doodler Jack-O-Lanterns

Using Minecraft’s creative mode, you will be challenged to build and decorate an object with Ryan Hogan, resident Minecraft Mania Master. Using your own account is encouraged. If you do not already have an account, one will be provided. Equipment needed: Computer or mobile device for compatibility.

Make a jack-o-lantern using a 3Doodler 3D printing pen. Check out the 3Doodler and all the supplies you’ll need at the Kids’ World Desk starting October 1. Please note, you won’t be able to complete the project without a 3Doodler, so be sure to pick it up at the library before the program.

Grades 3-4.

Grades 4-6.

Thursday, October 29, 4–5 p.m. / Zoom

College Knowledge: Financial Strategies for Early College Planning Wednesday, November 4, 7–8:30 p.m. Zoom

Experts from My College Planning Team share professional knowledge to guide you in the early college planning for your tween. Grades 4-8 and caregivers.

Scary S tories

Read Aloud

Friday, October 23 6–7 p.m. / Zoom

Grab a blanket and a flashlight and join us for some spinetingling tales. Grades 4-6.



Meet up online or try something new.

College Knowledge: Planning for Students with Learning Differences

College Knowledge: Application Help

Monday, October 5, 7–8:30 p.m. / Zoom

Join experts from JJB Educational Consulting for a conversation about high school and transition planning for students with learning differences, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders.

Book a short 20-minute session to work one-on-one with a representative from Illinois Student Assistance Commission for help on the Common App, FAFSA or to answer your questions about the college application process.

For high school students and their caregivers.

For high school students and their caregivers.

Thursday, October 22, 6–8 p.m. / Zoom

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Teen Taste Test Tournament October 1–31 / Hub Desk

Take part in this tasty showdown as we test out different kinds of candy throughout the month of October. Vote on your favorites weekly and witness which candy is the teenapproved winner! Pick up the first round of treats at the Hub Desk starting October 1. More details about the tournament, including information on ingredients can be found at ahml.info/teens. Grades 7-12.




Can you solve it?


halloween Murder


Friday, October 30, 6:30–8 p.m. / Zoom

Come join a virtual Halloween party with all of the standard activities: a costume contest, trivia...and . Can you examine the clues, interview the suspects, and discover the culprit before the night ends? The entire mystery was written and planned by Inklings, the library’s teen creative writing club. Put on your costume and thinking caps, and come ready to crack this thing wide open.


Grades 7-12.


Thursday, October 15, 4–6 p.m. / Zoom

Meet like-minded teen writers online and explore your writing talents. This month, we’ll be planning for October’s Murder Mystery Party. Grades 7-12.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Teen BYOBook Club

Sunday, October 11, 1–2:30 p.m. / Zoom

Tuesday, October 27, 4–5 p.m. / Zoom

Attend a special virtual meeting of the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) to learn about our upcoming service projects. This high school volunteer group involves community projects, making your voice heard and earning services hours. Fill out an application to join TAB at ahml.info/teens/volunteer and receive the link to attend. Email Alice Son at ason@ahml.info with questions.

Share what you’ve been reading and get recommendations from fellow teens and expert librarians. This meeting’s theme will be all things spooky. Plus, one lucky attendee will win an awesome bookish giveaway! If you’d like help picking out some titles, fill out a BookMe form and get a list of personalized recommendations. Grades 7–12.

For high school students only.


One Book One 2020 Village

The Secrets We Kept follows the parallel stories of three women – two CIA typiststurned-spies and a literary muse in Soviet Russia. Lara Prescott’s debut novel traces the incredible real-life tale of the Cold Warera CIA operation that led to not only the publication of Doctor Zhivago, but also its proliferation around the world. This mission was grounded in the belief that art has the power to shape culture and politics, a theme that still resonates today. Copies of The Secrets We Kept are available for checkout at the library, in the Senior Center’s Reading Room or online on cloudLibrary. Holds can be picked up on the bookmobile, at the drive-up window or inside the library on the hold shelves. Copies for book groups are also available for checkout. Pick up a set of books for your own book group to read and discuss. Use the hashtag #AHMLSecretsWeKept to share your experiences with this year’s book online or to share a photo of where you are reading the book this fall. More information at ahml.info/onebook.

An Evening with Lara Prescott Thursday, November 12, 7–8:30 p.m. / Zoom (CC)

Join us for this signature event celebrating our 7th annual One Book, One Village selection. Author Lara Prescott will join us for a virtual program to share the story behind her New York Times bestselling debut novel The Secrets We Kept. A Q&A session with the author will follow her presentation. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Registration required. Closed-captioning will be available for this program.



One Book, One Village Book Discussions & Programs Which character in The Secrets We Kept did you identify with? Did you learn something about the Cold War and spies? Were you aware that the novel Doctor Zhivago was used as anti-Soviet propaganda? Join in any of the online discussions around The Secrets We Kept, our One Book, One Village 2020 selection. More information at ahml.info/onebook.



Tuesday, October 6, 7–8 p.m. / Zoom

Tuesday, October 20, 10–11 a.m.

Tuesday, October 13, 7:30–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, 7:30–8:30 p.m. Sunday, November 8, 3–4 p.m.

Registration required for all programs. Full details at ahml.info/onebook.

Favorite Things: One Book, One Village Edition

Cold War Era Delights: Food Trends from 1945-1990

Wednesday, October 7, 7-7:45 p.m. / Zoom

Thursday, October 22, 7-8 p.m. / Zoom

Join us to discuss some of our favorite titles (or runners up) from seven years of One Book, One Village. In honor of this year’s title, The Secrets We Kept, we will also discuss some favorite spy books and films. Then we turn the discussion over to you…share your thoughts on One Books past or present, and anything else you are currently reading, watching or listening to.

Cookbook collector Amy Alessio takes us on a humorous and nostalgic trip through midcentury American cuisine.

Catching Spies, Catching Lies: Joe Navarro on the Hidden Art of Deception Thursday, October 8, 7–8:30 p.m. / Zoom

Ex-FBI Special Agent, author and body language expert takes us into the world of espionage.

New Spy, Who This? Gadgets & Gizmos of Counterintelligence Thursday, October 15, 7-8:30 p.m. / Zoom

Former Private Investigator Perry Myers shares stories from his investigative days, talks counterintelligence tech and shows off his favorite gadgets.

Robert Mueller Presents Spy v. Spy Friday, October 23, 7-8:30 p.m. / Zoom (CC)

Total war led to total espionage as each major participant in WWII attempted to fathom the actions of the opposition – and even of its allies. Join local author and historian Robert Mueller and learn about some of the most famous and little-remembered espionage efforts of the war. Closed-captioning will be available for this program.

Pierogi Demo with Kat Levitt Tuesday, October 27, 7-8 p.m. / Zoom

Food blogger, Polish cook and Krakow native Kat Levitt teaches us the secrets to one of Eastern Europe’s most delicious and popular dishes, Pierogi!

Doctor Zhivago: A Film Discussion Monday, November 2, 7-8 p.m. / Zoom

Film Historian Raymond Benson leads a discussion about the 1965 classic movie Doctor Zhivago.



Experience and discover.

College Knowledge Programs for students and their caregivers to help them prepare for college. See pages 13 (tween) and 14 (teen)

Medicare 101 Sunday, October 4, 1–2:30 p.m. / Zoom

An informative session on what Medicare covers, what it does not, and potential out-of-pocket expenses, presented by David Wylly and Robin Dawson of Medicare Solution Network.

Hablemos Español (Let’s Speak Spanish) Monday, October 5, 6–7 p.m. / Zoom

A conversation club to improve and practice your Spanish en la Biblioteca! Meet other Spanish learners and speakers in your community and brush up your skills. All levels welcome.

Hispanic Heritage Month Trivia (Bilingual English & Spanish) Monday, October 12, 6–7 p.m. / Zoom

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Learn About Illinois ABLE Accounts Tuesday, October 6, 6:30–8 p.m. / Zoom

Join us to learn about Illinois ABLE (Achieving a Better Life) accounts from Rosemary Laudani, Manager of Illinois ABLE, of the Illinois Treasurer’s Office.

ABLE Illinois ABLE accounts change the way individuals with disabilities and their families can participate in the community and plan for their financial futures. ABLE accounts are easy to open and manage, are controlled by the account owner and are used to help with everyday living expenses and long-term purchases. ABLE accounts allow for savings and investments that are tax deductible and do not prevent account owners from receiving SSI/SSDI.





Looking t o Nat u r e t o S o lv e T o d ay ’ s Problems Monday, October 26, 7:30–8:30 p.m. / Zoom

Join us to discover what a bur has in common with NASA or a kingfisher with a high-speed train. In this fascinating talk, Master Naturalist Kim White will show us many examples where science and technology looked to nature to solve complex problems. Presented in partnership with the Arlington Heights Garden Club.

Designing Our Attention with Beck Tench Wednesdays, 7–8:30 p.m. / Zoom October 14 - Paying Attention to Ourselves Explore our interior lives through creative practices.

October 28 - Paying Attention to Others Practice listening to others and holding multiple perspectives.

We rely on technology more than ever before. How do we use it wisely? And how do we manage and protect our attention when our lifeline to the outside world is designed to exploit it? Join this series on designing our attention facilitated by teacher, scholar and designer, Beck Tench, from the University of Washington’s Information School. In each interactive session you will learn more about human attention, experience practices to help strengthen it and engage in design work that will help you manage and protect your own attention in your everyday life. Registration required for each session.

Writer’s Ink Wednesday, October 14, 7-9 p.m. / Zoom

Join instructor Jacob Knabb the second Wednesday of the month for this facilitated meetup and critique. All skill levels and writing styles welcome.

Parents’ Turn: Ease Stress and Manage Productivity Sunday, October 18, 2:30–3:30 p.m. / Zoom

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Experience and discover.

Dann & Raymond’s Movie Club: Great Zombie Movies Thursday, October 29, 7–9 p.m. / Zoom

Dann Gire, Daily Herald movie critic, and Raymond Benson, film historian and novelist, take their show digital, Just in time for the spooky season. It’s a BYOP (Bring Your Own Popcorn) event, so grab your computer or smartphone, sit in your favorite chair, and snack away as these two share film clips, cinema history, trivia and more.

Creative Aging: Art with Alayne Watch On Demand / YouTube

Each month, Alayne records a step-by-step video lesson that you can do from home. Watch the video on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/LibVlog/featured. Try the project at home, then join a live meet up on Zoom where Alayne demonstrates techniques, answers questions and offers tips for upcoming lessons. Not comfortable getting started on your own? Join a meet up and get some advice before you begin. You can find the October video, Coleus (and all of our virtual projects), a list of supplies, locations to buy them plus links to register for an October meet up on our Creative Aging website at ahml.info/virtual_art. Art with Alayne Meet Ups: Tuesday, October 20 Tuesday, October 27 Friday, October 30 2:30-3:30 p.m. / Zoom

COVID Conversations: Food and Beverage Business Wednesday, October 21, 6–7 p.m. / Zoom

Our lives have changed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s COVID-19 Story Project was launched to collect stories that reflect our community’s experiences of living through these unusual times. Our monthly COVID Conversations feature community members from different industries sharing how they have been impacted by and have persevered during the pandemic.

This month’s guests share their experiences navigating the food and beverage business: Colin Gilbert, owner of Tuscan Market & Wine Shop Terry Park, owner of Ttowa Korean Bistro Matt Priest, General Manager of Beer on the Wall in Arlington Heights Learn about the COVID-19 Story Project, and share your story at ahml.info/c19stories.


JOBS & CAREERS Start something big.

Monday, October 19, 7–8 p.m. / Zoom Your resume is the foundational piece of your job search, and a good resume can help you stand out in a crowded and competitive marketplace. Lynee Alves, president of Interview Like an Expert, will teach you how to format your resume to be easily scanned by software, as well as appealing to the human eye; current resume best practices; and the importance of powerful positioning throughout your resume.

BUSINESS & NONPROFIT Start something big.

SCORE Business Mentoring Thursdays, October 1 and 22, 9 a.m.–noon Monday, October 12, 6–8 p.m. Zoom

Learn from SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer business mentors, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. One-on-one small business mentoring by business experts who have had experience in all aspects of business. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been in business over 20 years, set up an appointment to discuss questions and strategy. Register here: northchicago.score. org/arlington-heights-library.

Northwest Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Meet Up Tuesday, October 13, 10-11:15 a.m. / Zoom

Are you a bilingual entrepreneur or business owner? Join the Northwest Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the library and learn how your business idea or current

business can succeed during these times. Meet Executive Director of the Northwest Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Mario Farfan, for an open conversation about resources, challenges and planning for 2021. Expand your network, bring your questions and connect with a local chamber of commerce that works towards the needs of immigrant entrepreneurs and business owners. This program will be in English.

Introduction to Plunkett Research Thursday, October 22, 2–3 p.m. / Zoom

Save time and effort when you need competitive intelligence, market research, vertical industry marketing data or industry trends analysis. Includes health care, financial services, retailing, entertainment, energy, information technology and more. Learn how to use this powerful online tool with your library card.


Citizenship Preparation Class

Orientation: Monday, October 5 6–7:30 p.m. / Zoom

Interested in becoming a United States citizen? Register for this orientation session and 10-week Citizenship Preparation Class, all held on Zoom, and taught by HIAS Immigration and Citizenship staff. Textbook and materials will be provided and can be picked up at Arlington Heights Memorial Library from 6-7 p.m. on October 1, or during business hours at the Reserve Holds pickup shelf inside the library October 2–19. Participants will need a tablet or computer, internet access, and a free Zoom account. Priority registration is now open for Arlington Heights residents. There is a limit of 15 people. If space allows, residents outside Arlington Heights may register at 9 a.m. on October 1. By signing up for this orientation, you will automatically be registered for the classes that are on Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m., starting October 12 and ending December 14. If you have questions, contact Elana Boiskin: 847-745-5405 or elanaboiskin@jcfs.org. Arlington Heights cardholders only.

Meet the Instructor

“It’s gratifying to see the students grow and watch their progress.” -Steve Krasner, HIAS

When the library’s first virtual offering of the US Citizen Preparation Class begins in October, facilitating and guiding the program will be Steve Krasner, a dedicated volunteer and experienced instructor with HIAS Immigration and Citizenship, a Chicago-based organization that assists people through the immigration and citizenship process. Through an ongoing partnership with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, HIAS Immigration and Citizenship began offering citizenship education at the library in 2019 with sessions taking place in-person. Now, in the wake of COVID-19, the US Citizenship Preparation Class has moved online with an updated curriculum and resources tailored to its new virtual format. Similar to the in-person program, the class size is limited to 15 participants and the goal remains the same—to help students best prepare for the US citizenship test and interview. Instructor Krasner is ready and enthused to get started. “My goal is to try and make the virtual class as much as I can like the actual classroom,” said Krasner, “and by that I mean, the personal interchange. Building a rapport with the students is so important to understand who they are, where they are from and what they hope to achieve.”






Hispanic Heritage Month Trivia

(Bilingual English & Spanish)

Monday, October 12, 6–7 p.m. / Zoom

¿Qué tanto sabemos de nuestra cultura Hispana? Let’s learn, have fun and test our knowledge about Hispanic heritage and some of most influential Hispanic artists, activists and leaders.

Northwest Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Meet Up Tuesday, October 13, 10-11:15 a.m. / Zoom

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Word Work: Word Stress Wednesday, October 14, 11 a.m.–noon Zoom

Did you know that, in spoken English, the way you stress a word depends on what type of word it is? Join us to explore this idea further and to learn some tips and tricks that can help make your speech more clear.

Tea & Talk Wednesday, October 14, 2–3 p.m. / Zoom

Improve your conversation skills at this monthly social conversation group. For ESL adults; children welcome.

ESL Book Discussion: Wishtree Tuesday, October 20, 1-2 p.m. / Zoom

Join other ESL students to discuss Wishtree. Visit the Info Desk to pick up your book and discussion questions, and register online to attend.

Bilingual Movie Discussion: Tortilla Soup Thursday, October 15, 6–7 p.m. / Zoom

Let’s say ¡Adios! to Hispanic Heritage Month with this American comedy-drama about a Mexican family and traditions. Improve and learn Spanish conversational skills and interact with native Spanish speakers. Borrow Tortilla Soup from the library’s kanopy collection at ahml.kanopy.com/product/tortilla-soup. English and Spanish speaking adults welcome.

ESL Movie Discussion: Good Will Hunting Tuesday, October 27, 4-5 p.m. / Zoom

Enjoy watching films and talking about them in English? This month, we’re watching Good Will Hunting. You can find the movie on hoopla at hoopladigital.com. Discussion questions will be emailed out the week before the discussion. This discussion is geared toward adult English language learners.


GENEALOGY Discover your roots.

Thursday, October 1, 7–8 p.m. / Zoom

Once we’ve understood that identities can be tricky to reconstruct, how do we piece together the tidbits of information that we find into an actual ancestor? How do we avoid putting together a great-great frankenfather from the spare parts we find in the documents we dig up? Do we trust what seems to be true, or do we look long and hard into the “source’s mouth.” Online program presented by Dan Hubbard.

Beginning Genealogy

Genealogy Discussion

Tuesday, October 6, 2–3 p.m. / Zoom

Thursday, October 15, 2–3 p.m. / Zoom

Discover the basics of researching your family history. We’ll discuss techniques for finding your ancestors and essential genealogy databases.

Attend this online monthly meeting to discuss genealogy projects, family history research and to share resources.

Swedish Genealogy Research Help Wednesday, October 14, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Zoom

Virtual appointments through Zoom are available with genealogist Kathy Meade. Kathy can help you discover your Swedish ancestors as you navigate through ArkivDigital and explore additional Swedish research resources. Half-hour appointments will take place at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Fill out an appointment request at ahml.info/virtualhelp.


Newspaper Research for Genealogists Tuesday, October 20, 7–8 p.m. / Zoom

From birth announcements to obituaries, gossip columns and photos, newspapers can tell us so much about our ancestors’ lives. Discover the value of newspaper research, strategies for successful searching, and top resources to find the newspapers you need.





Build skills from basics to beyond.

Registration is required for all classes. Arlington Heights cardholders only.

Streaming with Twitch Wednesday, October 7, 6–7:30 p.m. / Zoom

Learn the basics of streaming. This class will cover what equipment you will need, how to use Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and how to set up a Twitch channel.

Spooky Photoshop

Ps Thursday, October 15, 6–7:30 p.m. / Zoom

Halloween Stop Motion Animation Tuesday, October 20, 6–7:30 p.m. / Zoom

Learn the tools and techniques needed to create spooky stop motion videos on your mobile device with the free Stop Motion Studio app.

Staying Connected with Family and Friends Online Tuesday, October 27, 6–7:30 p.m. / Zoom

Discover how you can use free apps like Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype, Viber and Google Voice to keep in touch and talk with your friends and family online using your phone, tablet or computer. This class will provide an overview and comparison of these apps and will not be a step-by-step guide.

Learn how to give your family photos a spooky, frightening, and memorable makeover. See how Photoshop can make ordinary people into zombies, monsters, and more! Basic photo editing experience encouraged.



It’s just so convenient CloudLibrary takes student’s resolution to new heights Like many people, Arlington Heights resident Bridget Finis began 2020 with one resolution — to read more. “Twelve books, I was trying to do one a month that was my goal,” said the 23-year-old who was busy juggling full-time doctoral studies in psychology at Adler University in Chicago, working part-time and volunteering at NAMI in McHenry County, “and then came the pandemic.” Suddenly stuck at home, Finis found herself with more time to read and she began browsing cloudLibrary, an online collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks available for download on the library’s website at ahml.info. “It is so easy, all you do is put in your library card and search for what you’re looking for,” said Finis. “Before the pandemic, I never listened to an audiobook and now I’m hooked. They are really enjoyable and such a good way to keep reading but you can be listening and doing the things you need to get done.” And keep reading, she does. At last count, Finis had completed 48 books—all downloaded for free using her library card and cloudLibrary. “It’s just so convenient, so why wouldn’t you use it,” said Finis. She also recently convinced her 91-year-old grandmother to start using cloudLibrary at her own local library. “I especially like memoirs as audiobooks. A lot of times it is the author who is reading and you can really hear the emotion as they are telling a sad or funny story.” Even with the fall semester now in full swing, Finis shows no signs of slowing down on her 2020 resolution. In addition to attending classes full-time online, she commutes several times a week to Joliet for a community health practicum and with her every mile of the way — you guessed it, eAudiobooks. “I constantly have something I really enjoy listening to and in a good way, books provide a kind of connection,” said Finis. To learn more about downloadable materials and how you can stay connected through books, movies, music and more visit ahml.info/borrow/ebooks.



What’s Hot in Arlington Heights

Downloadable services make it easy to access the library from home and conveniently stream or download something to read, watch or listen to anytime, any day, 24/7. There are thousands of books, movies, music and more to choose from beginning at ahml.info/borrow/ebooks. Once there, you’ll find links to find:


Use hoopla and cloudLibrary


Use hoopla, kanopy, Acorn TV, IndieFlix and The Great Courses


Use RBdigital, Flipster and PressReader

Questions? Chat with us on our website at ahml.info or call 847-392-0100.

Here’s what downloadable items Arlington Heights has been reading, watching and listening to: CloudLibrary eBooks & Audiobooks

Hoopla Music

1 Where the Crawdads Sing

1 Hamilton

2 American Dirt 3 Fair Warning Kanopy Movies & TV 1 Midsommar 2 Lady Bird 3 The Farewell Hoopla Audiobooks 1 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes 2 The Good Egg 3 Craig & Fred Hoopla Comics & eBooks 1 New Kid 2 Sheets 3 Big Nate: Blow the Roof Off! and Dibs on

This Chair

Hoopla Movies 1 The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog! 2 Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late 3 Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

(Original Broadway Cast Recording)

2 The Greatest Showman

(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

RBdigital Magazines 1 The Economist 2 Us Weekly 3 The New Yorker PressReader Newspapers 1 Chicago Tribune 2 Chicago Sun-Times 3 Chicago Tribune (Sunday) Flipster Magazines 1 People 2 Real Simple 3 Do It Yourself Gale Courses 1 Discover Sign Language 2 Accounting Fundamentals 3 Discover Sign Language II

(Based on items downloaded from March-August, 2020.)



Come to the Info Desk at the library to pick up a copy of any of the discussion books or call 847-392-0100 to reserve a copy. You must register to participate. You will receive a link to participate in the online discussion by email one day prior to the event. All discussions held on Zoom, unless otherwise noted.


The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott Tuesday, October 13 7:30-8:30 p.m. / Zoom

One Book One Village


The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

Tuesday, October 20, 10-11 a.m. Zoom


What is Arlington Heights reading this fall? Learn more about One Book, One Village and its related book discussions at ahml.info/onebook. See pages 16-17.


The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott Wednesday, October 28 7:30-8:30 p.m. / Zoom


The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware Monday, October 12, 7:30-8:30 p.m. / Zoom




Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny Wednesday, October 21, 7:30-9 p.m. / Zoom


Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb Monday, October 19, 7-8 p.m. / Zoom

Join our Read and Reflect book discussion as we explore books with timely themes and relevant issues. We will discuss Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed. With a great deal of warmth, insight and humor, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone explores the puzzles and pratfalls of our lives, and ultimately our ability to transform them.


Halloween Edition Monday, October 26, 7-7:45 p.m. / Zoom Can’t get enough of horror films and scary books? Be sure to join us for our spooky Halloween Special Edition of Favorite Things. Library staff will discuss their favorite chilling books and films, then turn it over to you to add to the conversation.


How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish Tuesday, October 27, 7–8 p.m. / Zoom

If it takes a village to raise a child, then shouldn’t it take a village to support a parent? Join other parents in our first ever Parents’ Book Club. This book is available for checkout in our adult nonfiction collection or pick up a book discussion copy at the Kids’ World Desk.



There will be no in-person library programs at the Senior Center in October. All programs require registration and will be held online on Zoom.

Book Discussions

Learn Zoom

Register to join with other readers in lively discussions of our October book selections held on Zoom. You will receive a link to join the discussion by email one day prior to class. Pick up a copy of the books in the Senior Center Reading Room or call Senior Services at 847-870-3712 to arrange a pick up at the library.

Friday, October 9, 1-2 p.m. / Zoom Friday, October 23, 1-2 p.m. / Zoom

Popular Books Discussion Wednesday, October 14, 10-11 a.m. / Zoom

Staff from the library will assist you in joining a Zoom practice session, help you troubleshoot any issues you have with sound and video, and provide tips and best practices so that you can ZOOM too.

NEW! Host a Zoom Meeting Wednesday, October 21, 1-2 p.m. / Zoom

Discuss The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.

Modern Classics Discussion Monday, October 12, 10-11 a.m. / Zoom

Discuss Erik Larson’s novel, The Splendid and the Vile.

Film Discussion Circle Tuesday, October 6, 2:30-3:30 p.m. / Zoom

Watch this month’s film at your convenience then join us online for a discussion. Our October film is The Well-Digger’s Daughter (2011), French with subtitles, 105 minutes, NR. Set in pre-WWI Provence, this is a love story that breaks class barriers. Registration required. Borrow The Well-Digger’s Daughter from the library’s hoopla collection: hoopladigital.com/title/11046747

Computer Interest Group Wednesday, October 14, 1-2 p.m. / Zoom

Novice and experienced computer users discuss current technology and exchange advice on personal computer problems. Tablet users welcome.



zoom Take your knowledge of Zoom to a new level. Learn to schedule, monitor, host and keep your Zoom meeting safe. Prerequisite: Learn Zoom or experience using Zoom. Participants should have the Zoom Meeting Client on their device and have a free Zoom account.

Register for Senior Phone Programs Join our weekly phone discussions where we listen to and discuss short stories or share reminisces of past events and experiences. No technology other than a phone is required. Contact Senior and Accessible Services at 847-870-3712 to learn more about these programs or to register.


FRIENDS & FOUNDATION Support the library.

Arlington Heights Memorial


BOARD OF TRUSTEES Meeting schedule: ahml.info/about/information Greg Zyck • President 847-507-2336 • gzyck@ahml.info Carole Medal • Vice President/Secretary 847-506-2683 • cmedal@ahml.info

Friends of the Library The Friends of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to provide gifts (programs, materials, equipment and artwork) for the library. The Friends sponsor used book sales and maintain a book boutique (located on the first floor) offering used books and magazines for sale throughout the year. To learn more about the Friends of the Library, contact friends@ahml.info or visit ahml.info/about/friends.

John Supplitt • Treasurer 847-506-2685 • jsupplitt@ahml.info Trustees: Andi Ruhl 847-506-2684 • aruhl@ahml.info Debbie Smart 847-494-3707 • dsmart@ahml.info Christine Tangney 847-506-2686 • ctangney@ahml.info EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Mike Driskell


Library Foundation The Arlington Heights Memorial Library Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3) taxexempt organization that provides support to the library by securing and managing donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to support the library above and beyond what public funding provides. Learn more at ahml.info/about/foundation.

Mary Hastings EDITORIAL SUPERVISOR April Harder WRITERS Pat Aichele William Tolan GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Brian Benson Colleen Mele Stephanie Battista






Interactive Storytimes on Zoom

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