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Bring the kids and get a first look at the library’s newest traveling exhibit, XOXO An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness. Celebrate the exhibit’s opening and join in an evening of family-friendly activities including live music by Istvan and His Imaginary Band, storytimes, a scavenger hunt, an all-ages dance party, “strands of love” craft project and more.
Light refreshments served.
 
Date and time: Saturday, January 20, 6-8 p.m.
Location: Kids' World and Marketplace
 
Visit XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness, January 20-March 31, in Kids' World and the Marketplace. The exhibit was created by the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh with support from The Fetzer Museum and is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Library.


Adults, Family
 
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is undergoing a strategic planning process, and we would like your input and comments. As part of the process, we are conducting an online community survey.  We encourage all residents – whether or not you use the library regularly – to complete the survey. 

Click here to take the survey online.
 
Paper copies of the survey will also be available at the library, Senior Center and on the bookmobile. The short survey only takes 10–15 minutes to complete. It includes an open-ended comment section, and all suggestions for the future direction of the library are encouraged. 

All survey responses are confidential. Survey results, along with input from the Board, community stakeholders and library staff, will form the basis for the strategic plan.
 
Don’t miss this opportunity to impact the future of the library! Take the survey now. 
 


 
Close to 100 Arlington Heights residents and students from the High School District 214 Newcomer Center experienced the art of community service on Monday, Jan. 15 by working together at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library to create a large three-panel mural honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Under the guidance of renowned local artist Gino Savarino, participants of all ages gathered in the library’s Cardinal Room to paint during one of the three 90-minute sessions.
 
“It’s like a giant coloring book, just paint and stay in the lines,” said Savarino as he welcomed participants. “I’ll be there to guide you every step of the way.”
 
Throughout the day, participants took turns applying bright swaths of color and painted side-by-side, filling in the canvases that were designed by Savarino to convey a pop art feel and include images that reflect Dr. King’s legacy and symbols of Arlington Heights. 
 
“The goal was to provide an opportunity for the community to come together to honor Dr. King’s legacy and to work together to create something that will be a lasting legacy,” said Angela Jones, the library’s Community Engagement Liaison.
 
Among the participants were 25 students from the Newcomer Center, District 214’s facility that prepares students who are new to the United States to successfully transition to their home high schools. The students, both current and former, represented five countries.
 
“What are your dreams for the future?” asked Newcomer Center Coordinator Mario Perez to the students and residents who gathered. Perez, one of the event organizers, encouraged students and residents to share personal experiences and family stories of immigration in small group discussions between painting sessions.
 
“Being able to participate in something where you are part of the whole is so important,” said Arlington Heights resident Julie Kurka, who brought her 11-year-old sixth-grader to the library to paint on her day off of school. “Rather than just doing for yourself, it’s nice to do more and give back.”
 
The completed mural will be on display in the library in February and will eventually be permanently hung at the Newcomer Center, which is housed at the Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights. The event organizers plan to bring the mural to local schools and other community locations in the coming months.
 


 
More and more people are noticing coyotes roaming in their neighborhoods. What should you do if you encounter a coyote? Have your questions answered by experts from the River Trails Nature Center.
 
Date and time: Monday, January 29, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room


Adults
 
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.
 
Schedule your appointment in person at the Info Desk or call 847-392-0100.
 
If you have broker statements, please make your appointments 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 tax appointment:
  • Picture ID and Social Security card, Medicare card or SSA-1099.
  • Copies of all your W-2, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-R, 1099-B forms for 2017.
  • Copy of your 2016 federal and state income tax forms filed in 2017.
  • 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 2017.
  • Closing statements for any real estate sold in 2017, including original cost of property and cost of any improvements.
  • Social Security SSA-1099 for 2017.
  • Railroad retirement forms for 2017, 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.
 


 
Experiment with music at this month's Tech Bar. Located on the library’s first floor, this interactive display features  a selection of electronic music-making tools including Roli Blocks, Theremini, Stylophone Beatbox, littleBits Synth Kit and Otamatones. Stop by The Music Box display near the Tech Help Desk and experiment with different musical styles, mix your own tracks and play with these new and exciting music-making devices.
 
Location: First floor of the library
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Wings of hope took flight this fall as young visitors to the library and students in Cape Town, South Africa exchanged messages of peace by creating and trading origami paper cranes in a global initiative known as the Peace Crane Project. The cultural exchange aims to connect children from around the world through the arts and promote peace and understanding.
 
For library visitors, the experience began in September when a DIY drop-in art station was set up in Kids’ World, which provided the supplies needed to fold a paper crane or dove. While creating their origami, children were invited to make a peace pledge that stated, “Each crane I fold encloses a thought, a hope, a wish representing my commitment to peace.” Some 50 paper cranes were collected at the library and then mailed to the Loreto Primary School more than 8,000 miles away in Cape Town.
 
There, students had also created origami cranes – destined for the Arlington Heights Memorial Library! On International Peace Day, their teacher emailed the library, “We send messages of peace from our small seaside town at the southernmost tip of Africa. We are thankful to have an opportunity to reach out in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the globe.”
 
The paper cranes arrived at the library from South Africa in late October. Most came with handwritten messages of peace for their friends in Arlington Heights:

“Peace is the way of living life.”
“Peace is not bought it’s given.”
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Stop by the Marketplace in December to see the Cape Town peace cranes on display.

 


Adults
 
This year's Winter Reading Challenge will take place from Monday, December 18 to Sunday, January 28. To participate, pick up your Winter Reading Challenge log at the Kids' World Desk starting Monday, December 18.
 
Age 0-4
It is never to early to build your child's literacy skills. 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 seven, bring the log back and select a free book to keep.
 
Age 5-Grade 3
Create your own Winter Reading Challenge. 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 the wheel and receive a STEM activity to take home.
 
Grades 4-6
Challenge yourself to read and make something new. You decide how much you want to read, and make projects at home or at the library with provided supplies. Drop by the Kids' World Desk to pick up a new project each week. Once you have completed your reading goal, you can select a free book.


 
Free mentoring and small business resources provided by SCORE Chicago (Counselors to America’s Small Business) will be offered at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library beginning in January 2018.

Local small business owners and entrepreneurs are encouraged to take advantage of free mentoring resources for improving the life of their business.

Mentoring services will be available at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library by appointment only on the first Thursday of each month starting on January 4 (three, one-hour sessions at 9 a.m.,10 a.m. and 11 a.m. are available) in the library’s Business Conference Room 172.  Request a one-hour meeting at https://chicago.score.org/branch/arlington-heights-library

Through this new partnership, SCORE Chicago’s highly experienced and trained business counselors (current and retired business owners and executives) will provide complementary and confidential mentoring sessions.
 
The national SCORE Association is a not-for-profit organization with 320 plus chapters and 11,000 plus volunteer mentors throughout the United States. Since 1964, SCORE on a national level has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs.
 
For more information, contact Diane Malik, Specialty Info Services Advisor, 847-870-2458 or dmalik@ahml.info


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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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