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Gaze at the stars, planets and the beginning of the lunar eclipse. Bundle up and bring your warmest hats and gloves to participate in our snowman-building contest. Take a break and create a sweet concoction at our indoor hot cocoa bar. And of course, peek through a telescope to see the beautiful night sky up close. This program is presented by the Arlington Heights Youth Commission, the Arlington Heights Park District and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. For high school students only.
Date and time: Sunday, January 20, 9–10:45 p.m.
Location: Nickol Knoll Golf Club, 3800 N. Kennicott Ave.
Note: In case of inclement weather, this event will take place on Saturday, January 26, from 6–7:45 p.m.

Adults, Teen
Starting January 26, visit Chagall for Children, the library's latest exhibit that provides an unforgettable way for children and families to experience the artwork of Marc Chagall.
Chagall for Children features 14 interactive components throughout Kids' World that provide a fun and imaginative way to learn about the art of Chagall and his life through hands-on activities. From creating mosaics to weaving tapestries to using touch screens to digitally alter Chagall's masterpieces, there are plenty of ways to experience and appreciate art in this exhibit.
For many Chicagoans, Chagall is known for his stained-glass art, America Windows, which is one of the most beloved treasures in the Art Institute of Chicago's collection. Chagall is one of the most celebrated painters and stained glass artists of the 20th century, known for incorporating personal narrative, dreamlike imagery and whimsical expressions into his modernist artwork.
Chagall for Children is open January 26 through April 7. Play engagement volunteers will be in Kids' World, guiding activities. Look for volunteers wearing a Chagall button and nametag if you need assistance. Sensory-friendly device kits are available by request - ask Kids' World staff for more details. Sensory-friendly exhibit hours are also planned in February - visit ahml.info/chagall for more information.
This exhibit is generously supported by the Friends of the Library and was created by Kohl Children's Museum. It is open to everyone, and especially suited for children ages 2-12. For more information about the exhibit and related programs, or to schedule a field trip, visit ahml.info/chagall.

Making new friends in your 20s and 30s is hard. Come and meet other people in your post-college situation who aren't necessarily looking for a romantic connection as much as they are looking for someone to grab a drink or hang out with. Play some pinball and meet some new people. Light appetizers provided. Drinks will be available for purchase. 21+ only.
Date and time: Wednesday, January 30, 7:30-9 p.m.
Location: Arlington Ale House, 111 W. Campbell St.

This year's Winter Reading Challenge will continue through Sunday, January 27. There's still time to participate and pick up your Winter Reading Challenge log at the Kids' World Desk.
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!

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is considering the acquisition of 112 N. Belmont Ave. for use as a library makerspace. The property is currently owned by The Village of Arlington Heights.

An informational meeting with officials from the library and village about the proposal is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall (Buechner Room), 33 S. Arlington Heights Rd. The meeting will provide residents the opportunity to learn more about the proposed project, ask questions and provide feedback.

Built in 1952, this 8,000 square foot building was the first standalone library in Arlington Heights. Given the library’s history with the building, and the desire to add a makerspace as noted in the library’s 2019-2022 strategic plan, the library is considering the building to house a makerspace that would offer opportunities for hands-on experiential STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) learning for all ages. Makerspaces typically offer tools such as laser cutters, 3D printers, embroidery, quilting and sewing machines, and computers for coding and programming small robots. Other communities with library makerspaces include Wheeling, Elk Grove, Northbrook, Barrington, Elmhurst, Naperville, Winnetka, Lake Zurich, Aurora, Algonquin and Grayslake.

Join your fellow book lovers for our Fifth Annual Reader's Party! Craft a personal reading log and hear our Readers Advisors' team share their recommendations to help you find your next great read. Share your own favorite reads, enjoy refreshments and giveaways and leave with a refreshed to-read list. Register with up to three friends.
Date and time: Thursday, January 24, 7-9 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Adults, Literacy
AHML is ready for the snow! We have snow brushes available for check out.
They are on the rack with the umbrellas near the Express Reserve shelves.
Like the umbrellas in our collection, the loan period is one week.
The Library of Things at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is a collection of unique items—from board games to wireless hotspots. The collection offers opportunities for learning, creating, and finding inspiration. Whether you want to explore new skills—or simply try something before you buy it—the Library of Things has something for you. Visit our display in the first floor Marketplace or go to ahml.info/lot to browse the collection and suggest items for the library to add.

AARP Tax-Aide Program offers free help

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program offers free tax preparation help at the library with special attention to those over the age of 50 who cannot afford a tax preparation service. This free service is offered through the AARP Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program. Appointments are required and run from early February through mid-April. Register for an appointment, in person at the Info Desk or call 847-392-0100, beginning Wednesday, January 2.

If you have broker statements, please make your appointment for late March or early April. All returns will be e-filed, and you will receive a paper copy of your return. If filing a joint return, both spouses must be present, or bring a signed Power of Attorney.

Bring the following items to your appointment:

• Picture ID and Social Security card, or SSA-1099. 

• Copies of all your W-2, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-R, 1099-B forms for 2018.

• Copy of your 2017 federal and state income tax forms filed in 2018.

• Receipts and information for all planned itemized deductions (medical and dental expenses, taxes and interest paid, gifts to charities and other deductions). Total your receipts before coming.

• Real estate tax bills for property taxes paid in 2018.

• Closing statements for any real estate sold in 2018, including original cost of property and cost of any improvements.
• Social Security SSA-1099 for 2018.

• Railroad retirement forms for 2018, RRB-1099 and RRB-1099R.

• Any Affordable Care Act Forms (i.e. 1095).

• Check from your bank for possible direct deposit or direct debit information.

• If using Power of Attorney, you must bring a copy of the official form.

Adults, Seniors
Students from the local homeschool co-op H.E.A.R.T. recently created more than 150 personalized bookmarks for our Library Delivery Services, which takes books, and other library items, to Arlington Heights residents who are homebound and unable to visit the library in person. Sixteen students worked together to create the beautiful bookmarks including the Payne sisters of Arlington Heights. In a letter to the recipients, 9-year-old Adley Payne wrote:
Dear Reader,
My class made these bookmarks hoping they would add a little extra fun to our reading.
We like reading and the library too. Enjoy your book!
The Project Club Class at H.E.A.R.T. School
The bookmarks are already bringing joy to local residents who receive deliveries of books, movies and music from the library each month. If you or someone you know lives in Arlington Heights and is unable get to the library, we can bring the library to you. Learn more about Library Delivery Services.

High blood pressure often has no symptoms. Stop by the Marketplace to have yours measured by the Village of Arlington Heights nurses.
Date and time: Thursday, January 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Marketplace
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