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Good things come in a canvas bag thanks to Library Delivery Services, a free program that brings books, movies, music and magazines to Arlington Heights residents who are homebound due to physical limitations or illness.
“It’s like Christmas morning. You open up those bags and can hardly wait to see what’s in them,” says Pamella Davis, a voracious reader who twice a month receives five canvas bags filled with books, about 50 titles, delivered to the Arlington Heights health care facility where she lives.
Library Delivery Services is available to any Arlington Heights resident who is unable to visit the library, either long term or for a shorter timeframe due to a setback in health or mobility.  Eligible participants meet one-on-one with a reader’s advisor from the library to share their tastes in books, movies and music.  Staff then carefully select materials to match these preferences to create a customized reader experience. Materials are personally delivered to individuals living in their own homes every four weeks, and every two weeks to residents residing in local health care facilities. 
“I like a book that reads fast like a movie or TV show…thrillers, romance, westerns,” says Arlington Heights resident Susan Klich who reads 20 books each month. “I have the library’s phone number memorized. I’ll call over and say ‘can you add this to my list please?’ And they do!”
Each month Library Delivery visits nearly 100 homes and health care sites and places more than 800 items into the hands of what may be some of the library’s most grateful customers.

“It’s a mental thing really that keeps me going on the positive side of glass half-full,” adds Klich. “It just makes me so darn happy.”

Would you or someone you know – a family member, friend or neighbor –benefit from our Library Delivery service? Learn more by contacting the library at 847-870-3712 or by clicking here


Finding a job was job one for the more than 400 local teens who turned out in record numbers on Tuesday evening, February 6 at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for the Sixth Annual Teen Job Fair. Organized by the Arlington Heights' Youth Commission and presented in partnership with the library, the fair featured 26 area businesses and organizations -- the most ever for this high school student-focused gathering. The annual event offers students a convenient one-stop resource for finding part-time employment for the weekends and after-school or for landing a summer job or volunteer experience.
"I like how everything is right here in the same room rather than trying to figure it all out online," said Arlington Heights teen Stephanie Leigh, who came to the fair to scout out job opportunities for the summer along with her friend, Leah Chacko. Both teens are freshmen at Rolling Meadows High School.
"I've really enjoyed just going around," Chacko added. "It's been easier to get to know each job and the different aspects to them in person. Everyone has been really nice."
The two-hour fair took place in the Hendrickson Room where each business showcased their brand with banners, handouts detailing hiring criteria and information on hours and pay rate, plus staff on-hand eager to answer questions and offer assistance on how to best navigate the online application and interview process.
"We hire a lot of seasonal positions for guest services and this has been a good way to reach potential employees," said Megan Brandt, human resources assistant at Arlington Park International Racecourse. Brandt estimated that in the first 45 minutes of the fair she had already talked to about 25 teens looking for summer work. "It's also nice to see a lot of parents here tonight. For us, it's a good place to build awareness and to remind people that we're here."
Businesses and Organizations that Participated in the Job Fair:
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Arlington Heights Park District
Arlington Heights School District 25
Arlington International Racecourse
Church Creek
Culver's of Buffalo Grove
Frontier Days (volunteer opportunities)
High School District 214 (internship opportunities)
Home Depot
Jeff Ellis Management, LLC
Jewel Osco Arlington Heights Road
Jewel Osco- Vail Street
Let It Snow, Make It Go - Village of Arlington Heights Teen Snow Shoveling Program
Lutheran Home
Mariano's Fresh Market
Met2Plastic, LLC
Northwest Community Healthcare
Northwest Electrical Supply
Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)
Rolling Meadows Park District
Soccer City - Lil Kickers NWI & Skilz Academny
SportsKids Inc.
The Student Conservation Association
Transitional Care of Arlington Heights
Wheeling Park District

Adults, Jobs, Teen
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, the loan period is one week.  

If you missed the library's annual Readers’ Party and are looking for your next winter read, here is a recap of staff recommendations:
Something Like Happy by Eva Wood
Recommended by Sherri T, Readers Advisory
Coming to my Senses by Alice Waters
Recommended by Joan L, Readers Advisory
Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert’s Renegade Life by Emily Kaiser Thelin
Recommended by Katie M, Senior Services
River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks
Recommended by Barb W, Senior Services
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Recommended by Pam S, Readers Advisory
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Recommended by Julie J, School Services
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Recommended by Alice S, Teen Services

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Recommended by Sonya H, Teen Services

Find more Staff Picks here
Want recommendations on what to read next? Complete our Book Me form and our librarians will provide a list of recommended books for you to try.

Close to 500 people stopped by the library on Saturday evening to get a first look at the library’s newest traveling exhibit, XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness.
The opening night party filled the Marketplace and Kids’ World and gave partygoers of all ages the opportunity to explore the power of feelings with many family-friendly activities.
“It’s nice to see so many different families. So many different ages, so many different faces,” said Sheila Whiteside, who came to the party with her husband and two children. “I think [the exhibit] reminds us to come back to the basics. It reminds us of what is really important. My kids are smiling and we’re happy.”
The main attraction of the night was the debut of XOXO. Families couldn’t get enough of exploring the different parts of this hands-on exhibit. Some popular activities included Holding Hands, which allows people to hold hands to get a memorable quote to appear; Talk to Someone, where families can communicate with one another using telephones set up in the library; and Release the Negative, an activity where participants can write down negative feelings and send them into a paper shredder.
“There’s a lot of things you can do here with people that you love and care about,” said nine-year-old Kanon Koshino as she got ready to send a photo she drew of a thunderstorm into Release the Negative’s paper shredder. “You can show how you feel angry, sad and happy.”
Attendees also visited the Hub for button making and yarn art activities, the Training Center for a virtual Google Expedition to Paris and Kids’ World for a scavenger hunt, storytimes and arts and crafts.
Another highlight of the evening that impressed partygoers was an hour-long performance from Istvan & His Imaginary Band that kept children engaged with bubbles, tambourines and fun music. Istvan performed in the Hendrickson Room to an enthusiastic crowd, which included Tracy Brooks and her three children.
“[XOXO] is great, it’s keeping the kids active and giving them unique things to see and touch,” Brooks said. “I like that [Istvan & His Imaginary Band] passed out tambourines, they got to feel and touch their own instruments.”

Visit XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness during regular library hours from now to Saturday, March 31 in Kids’ World and the Marketplace. This exhibit was created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh with support from The Fetzer Institute and is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Library.


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Every January, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library hosts a Preschool and Childcare Information Night. Directors and teachers from Arlington Heights, as well as surrounding areas, gather to share information about their programs. Some even have summer camp options for school age children.
This year, we had 41 different facilities participate in our open house. If you were unable to join us, we have pamphlets and brochures from all the participants. Stop by the Kids’ World desk anytime to take a look at the Preschool and Childcare Information binder.

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 is on display in the library during 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.

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.

This winter, XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness invites you to explore the power of feelings and the effect they have on yourselves and others. Children, caregivers and families are invited to play and act silly while considering what makes you happy, sad and mad. Work together to ask questions, listen and learn more about the people around you through words, movement, art making and other hands-on activities. This interactive exhibit is especially suited for children ages 2–12 and their families, as well as school groups, however, all ages are welcome. XOXO is open during regular library hours in the Marketplace and Kids’ World, now through Saturday, March 31. 
This exhibit is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness was created in 2014 by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, with support from The Fetzer Institute.
For more information, visit http://www.ahml.info/xoxo

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.”

The Cape Town peace cranes were on display in December 2017 at the library.



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