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Take a virtual reality tour of several colleges and universities across the country. Explore dorms, quads and campus buildings without getting out of your seat. For high school students only.

Date and time: Wednesday, March 29, 2–3:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Adults, Teen
In addition to being a great musician, many people consider Bob Dylan to be an extraordinary poet. In a program specially developed for the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, the hosts of WBEZ’s Sound Opinions, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, will discuss Bob Dylan's work, and his impact on the world of both music and literature.

Date and time: Thursday, April 6, 7:30-9 p.m.
Location: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 West Campbell St.
Registration required. Register here. 
WBEZ's Sound Opinions broadcasts to more than 120 radio stations across the country and has produced more than 550 episodes. It can be heard in the Chicago market on WBEZ on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit soundopinions.org. For more information on this year's Poetry Month events and programs at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, visit our program calendar

To help combat obstacles faced by older workers, Lauren Milligan will cover easy-to-implement resume and cover letter tips, interview strategies and modern job-search techniques. We will also talk about age discrimination and how it can be overcome.
Date and time: Wednesday, March 22, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

First-Time Homebuyers’ Workshop
Ready to take that first step into home buying? Sue Duchek of Picket Fence Realty will share search tips and best practices for working with a realtor, Larry Lettow from Pacor Mortgage will take you through the mortgage process. Home inspection will also be covered. Let our panel of experts help you become a prepared and confident homebuyer.

Date and time: Thursday, March 30, 7–9 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room


Did you ever see a balloon artist creating flowers, swords and animals and wish you could do that? Now is your chance. Balloon sculptor extraordinaire Ryan Freeman will educate and entertain you in this hands-on workshop for teens in grades 7–12 and adults.
Date and time: Tuesday, March 28, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

College Knowledge: Practice ACT and SAT Exams
Take a shot at the ACT or SAT at one of our practice exam times. Make sure your pencils and brain are sharp! Presented by Arlington Heights Huntington Learning Center. For high school students only.
Date and times: Tuesday, March 28, 1:30–5 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Adults, Teen
Laura won renown as an Academy Award-nominated 1944 film. Vera Caspary's equally haunting novel is remarkable for its electrifying plot twists and darkly complex characters-including a woman who stands as the ultimate femme fatale.
Date and time: Sunday, March 26, 2–3:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room
Register and pick up a copy of the book and DVD at the Info Desk


Library users living in the northern part of Arlington Heights now have the added convenience of returning their library items at book drops located at Camelot and Frontier Parks. In partnership with the Arlington Heights Park District, this program will continue to provide library service in this area.  It was initiated to take advantage of the high traffic at the parks during the summer swim season and to save busy families from having to make an extra trip to the library.

All library items can be returned at our book drop outside at Camelot Park, located at 1005 E. Suffield, or Frontier Park at 1933 N. Kennicott.

Library News
Media Bias and Alternative Facts
With today's abundance of media sources, it can be hard to determine the facts. Come learn about and discuss journalistic practices and how to recognize media bias with Michael Spikes from the Center for News Literacy.
Date and time: Thursday, March 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

What is fake news?
The Internet is full of viral misinformation. Fake news is a false news story designed to look like credible information and makes it difficult to decipher fact from fiction. Fake news typically spreads fast online. How can we wade through it? Always reflect on how you encountered the story. Was it promoted on a website? Did it show up in a social media feed? Was it sent to you by someone you know? Trace the story to its original source.

Here are some other helpful steps to analyze news sources and tools for fact checking.

Put it to the CRAAP Test:
Currency—Can you find a date of the article or photograph? When was it last updated?
Relevance—Who is the intended audience? How does the source meet your needs?
Accuracy—Is the information supported by evidence? Does it cite other sources?
Authority—Who is the author? What are their credentials?
Purpose—Does the site give facts or opinions? Does it have a clear bias?
Is it true? Check out these unbiased fact-checking websites:
Independent, self-sufficient entity wholly owned by its operators who investigate rumors.
Non-partisan, non-profit which acts as a consumer advocate for voters. A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Independent fact checking website created by the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. PolitiFact has won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
Where does the bias lie in the media?
Check out this study from the Pew Research Institute
Other resources and articles about Fake News
When Fake News Stories Make Real News Headlines

Looking for more information? Contact a Specialty Info Librarian at questions@ahml.info or attend our next program on Thursday, March 23.


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