Posts tagged with "Seniors"

Posted by daccurso on 01/28/10
CurrentEvents1000 "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government..."--Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789. The members of the Current Events Group at the Arlington Heights Senior Center strive to stay well-informed and have been doing so each week for more than 20 years. On Thursday, January 28, the group celebrated its 1,000th session. It is the Library's longest-running group and started as an offshoot of a Great Books Discussion Group with Tom Bernett as the original leader. He created the model for discussion that they use today and led the group for 18 years. The current discussion leaders are George Galvan, Amy Burke, Robert Gilden, and until recently, Taft Lowell.   The group has a very loyal following. Original group members Julie Martin and Ellen Hoffman attended the special event as well as many members who have been coming for up to 15 years. The popular group started with 8 or 9 members and now has to be capped at 50 due to space limitations. The Library congratulates this great group on reaching its 1,000th session!
Posted by aharder on 02/05/18
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.  

Posted by aharder on 01/01/18
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.

Posted by aharder on 03/11/16
Do you have old home movies, photos or slides you need digitized? Wish you could record an oral history with a loved one who cannot get to the library’s recording studio? Need better tools to take professional photos of products for your business? With new equipment available from the library’s Studio, you can get creative with video, music, graphic design, digitization, photography and more.
New Features:
• Adobe’s Creative Cloud, featuring Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
• RetroScan, a tool for digitizing 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm film
• ProTools software for composing, recording, editing and mixing music and soundtracks
• Lighting Cube for product photography
• Recording Kits- bring the Studio home with you
• Wacom Tablet for check-out
• Zoom H4N Handheld Stereo Recorder with Built-in Microphones for check-out
Other Studio Equipment:
• Tools for digitizing VHS, cassettes, vinyl, photos, slides and more
• Logic Pro X and Garageband
• iMovie and Final Cut X
• Soundproof booth, electric drum kit and keyboards for recording
• Lighting, backdrops and cameras for video and photography
• GoPro cameras for check-out

The Studio is located on the first floor. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to use the Studio or attend an upcoming tech class. Call 847-392-0100 to make a reservation or book online at View tech classes at Learn more about the Studio at The Studio is funded by the Friends of the Library.


Posted by aharder on 02/20/18
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


Posted by aharder on 05/11/16

In the past year the library has presented storytimes, STEM clubs, book discussions, author visits, exhibits, summer reading programs and more. We've welcomed the community to celebrate the arts at the District 25 art show and reception, a fairy tale exhibit and costume gala and months of themed programs exploring fairy tales. Arlington Heights came together to read and discuss the themes behind the One Book, One Village book selection and tweens and teens found opportunities to learn and discover together. Local entrepreneurs gathered to share their experiences with small business owners and the library continued to offer new tools for customers to get creative in the Studio.

The library is a busy place thanks to our customers, with nearly 90,000 people attending programs at the library in 2015. Check out our video featuring highlights of the past year, then see a list of upcoming programs at

Posted by aharder on 08/14/17
Summer months were busy ones as families and readers of all ages worked to Build a Better World through this year's summer reading challenges. Parents enjoyed working with their children to practice kindness. Tweens and teens came out in record numbers, pushing themselves to read more diverse books. And hundreds of adults shared thanks for the people in their life who go above and beyond on our interactive chalkboard displays.

Overall, more than 4,000 babies, kids, tweens, teens and adults participated, broadening their reading selections and their world view. Some children who completed the summer reading program even used their final book prize as an opportunity to give back. They were excited to choose a book, not for themselves, but to share with a younger child.
What new experiences did you read about this summer? How did you give back to the community? It's never too late! Let’s all be inspired to Build a Better World all year long.

Posted by paichele on 02/10/16

Following a six-month pilot period in 2016, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Trustees voted to extend the library’s weekend hours, remaining open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and opening the library an hour earlier, at 11 a.m., on Sundays. The cost for the library’s extended hours was managed within the library’s approved budget.
The library’s new hours are:
Monday–Friday  9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday  9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday  11 a.m.–8 p.m.
The pilot program was based upon a survey of library customers which indicated many residents wished the library offered more hours on the weekends. An extensive study of customer use during the pilot program confirmed these survey results. For example, use of the Studio saw a 67 percent increase in weekend reservations. On average, 165 customers visited the library per hour during the pilot program, using the library during hours the library previously would have not been open.
"These expanded hours stem from the fact that people's lives are busier than ever, and we want to make it as convenient as possible for them to visit the library," said Executive Director Jason Kuhl. “We saw strong use of the library in all areas and are happy to continue this customer service going forward.”

Posted by aharder on 02/13/17

The library was bustling with activity this weekend with a record-breaking number of visitors coming to see the amazing one-of-a-kind creations of the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club on exhibit in the Hendrickson Room. More than 6,200 guests visited the exhibit Saturday and Sunday. Eleven train club members spent six hours assembling the main display. In addition to the Hendrickson exhibit, the library offered LEGO Club in the Marketplace, with large crowds on both days making models then displaying them at the library. Thanks to everyone who stopped by for all the LEGO fun! More photos in our Facebook gallery here. 

Posted by aharder on 05/25/17
Arlington Heights cardholders now have access to Kanopy, a collection of over 30,000 films from over 1,000 top producers, such as Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, PBS, Media Education Foundation, Stanford Executive Briefings, New Day Films, Cohen Films, California Newsreel, Collective Eye and more. Sample feature film titles include Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, and the documentary Grey Gardens.
Kanopy launches on average 500 new releases per month, ensuring the collection is fresh with the new content. You can watch up to eight videos per month and never need to place a hold. 
The link to Kanopy is on the library's Downloads page or you can bookmark Once you're there, click on the "Sign Up" link and create your profile (you'll be asked for you AHML card number).

If your status is Confirmed Registration, your spot for the event is confirmed.

If registration for this event is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Wait listed registrants are moved to the confirmed registration list (in the order of registration) when cancelations are received. You will receive an email notification if you are moved from the wait list to the confirmed registration list.

6.012 Patron-Generated Content

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.
By contributing patron-generated content, patrons grant the Library an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon that content.
By submitting patron-generated content, patrons warrant they are the sole authors or that they have obtained all necessary permission associated with copyrights and trademarks to submit such content.
Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit.  The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
The Library reserves the right not to post submitted content or to remove patron-generated content for any reason, including but not limited to:
  • content that is profane, obscene, or pornographic;
  • content that is abusive, discriminatory or hateful on account of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation;
  • content that contains threats, personal attacks, or harassment;
  • content that contains solicitations or advertisements;
  • content that is invasive of another person’s privacy;
  • content that is unrelated to the discussion or venue in which it is posted;
  • content that is in violation of the Library’s Code of Conduct or any other Library policy