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An Evening with Author Barbara Bradley Hagerty
How do you thrive in midlife? Bestselling author and award-winning journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty tackles this question in her most recent book, Life Reimagined: The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife. Through extensive research and her own life experiences, Hagerty realized that midlife can be a new beginning.
Hagerty discusses renegotiating your purpose, refocusing your energies and transforming the way you think about the world and yourself during at this special library event. A question-and-answer period and book signing will follow her presentation. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Books will be available for purchase.
Date and time: Friday, May 12, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
Making the Most of Midlife: A Community Conversation
If you’re feeling inspired by the ideas in Life Reimagined, we welcome you to join in a community conversation. Discuss your own midlife experience and share ideas with others about how to get the most out of this exciting time. Reading the book ahead of time is not required, but is encouraged.
Date and time: Thursday, May 18, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room


New York Times bestselling author John Jackson Miller will discuss his work writing novels and comic books in the Star Wars universe, which includes the first new canon novel, Star Wars: A New Dawn, and the Knights of the Old Republic comics series. A book signing will follow. Bring your copies of his work or purchase some at the event.

Date and time: Saturday, May 6, 3–5 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room


Financial educator Karen Chan shows how the right strategy can help you get the most from your IRA, 401(k) or other retirement plan. Rollovers, qualified charitable distributions, Roth conversions, and other tools can help you manage income taxes, streamline (or even avoid) distributions and simplify your life. Learn about required minimum distributions, when it makes sense to take money out before you reach age 70 1/2, how to choose the right beneficiary and what to do when you inherit an account.

Date and time: Thursday, April 27, 2–3:30 p.m.
Location: Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road
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Adults, Seniors
Friends Super Spring Used Book Sale 
Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Hendrickson Room and Cardinal Room
Silent Auction- 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Sunday, April 30
11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. /Cardinal Room
Shop the Friends of the Library super spring used book sale and get super savings on thousands of books, movies, music and magazines at great prices. A complete list of the silent auction items is available here. Electronic devices, such as scanners, laptops and cell phones, are not permitted at the sale. Bills higher than $20 will no longer be accepted.

Join us for movie night in the Hub! Hang out and watch a movie on our big screen. For teens grades 7-12.

Date and time: Friday, April 28,  7 p.m.
Location: Hub
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Adults, Teen
Applications available and accepted Saturday, April 1–Sunday, April 30

Students entering grades 7–12 are invited to volunteer at the library this summer. Sign up for one of 12 Summer Volunteer Squads offering experiences ranging from art to coding to helping with summer reading. Get full descriptions of squads and an application here. Applications received after April 30 will be placed on a waitlist in the order they were received.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become the ultimate networker? These folks have certain traits and characteristics which can be duplicated to increase your visibility and ultimate success in finding work. Career coach Bob Podgorski will teach the seven key factors of successful career networking and how to apply them.

Date and time: Wednesday, April 26, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Business Center

Adults, business
Proving we're never too old for picture books, more than 225 Arlington Heights adults and children filled the Hendrickson Room Wednesday, April 12 to hear New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Peter Brown. During his 90-minute appearance, Brown entertained his audience talking about how he grew from being a creative, little guy into a big guy who makes picture books for a living. He shared books he made as a child and offered a glimpse into his world as the creator of The Curious Garden, Children Make Terrible Pets, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and The Wild Robot. He  also demonstrated his signature drawing that earned him a Caldecott Honor in 2013 as the illustrator of Creepy Carrots!

In addition to his library appearance, the Brooklyn-based author traveled to eleven area elementary schools where he held writing and drawing workshops over the course of four days, April 10-13. During this Friends of the Library-sponsored tour, more than 3,400 Arlington Heights students had the opportunity to meet the award-winning author including those in Districts 25, 21 and 59 and at two private schools.


The Arlington Heights Memorial Library honored the service of two longtime trustees, David F. Unumb and Deborah A. Nelson, at its Board of Library Trustees meeting Tuesday night.
David F. Unumb retires from the board after more than 20 years of service, beginning in 1983, and spanning a time period of four different decades.  He served as president of the board from 1989 to 1991; oversaw the hiring of three executive directors, and was a leader on the Building, Personnel and Long Range Planning Committees.
Deborah A. Nelson retires after nine years of service, including her leadership as board treasurer, chair of the Finance Committee, and chair of the Long Range/Strategic Planning Committee.
The staff at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and the Board of Library Trustees recognizes and sincerely thanks Deborah A. Nelson and David F. Unumb for their years of service and for all they have contributed to the library and to the Arlington Heights community. The board also extends its warmest congratulations and appreciation along with its best wishes for success in all of their future endeavors.

Need help with a question about a federal government agency or want to express your opinion on legislation? Drop in and meet one-on-one with a staff member from U.S. House of Representative Jan Schakowsky's office at the library. Open office hours will take place on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. No registration required. Customers can stop by the first floor Conference Room, to discuss their concerns or questions. Topics include:
• Immigration
• Veterans Affairs

• Internal Revenue Service

• Social Security & Medicare
• Federal Grants
Dates: Wednesdays, April 19 and May 3 and 17
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Conference Room, located on the first floor of the library
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