What's Up at the Library?

Are you interested in volunteering at the library this summer but would like more information? Join us for this informative evening and get your questions answered. For students entering grades 7–12 and their parents.
Date and time: Thursday, April 2, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room
Summer Volunteer Squad
Volunteer at the library this summer. Engage your talents while giving back to the community as you work closely with staff members and a small team on a common goal. Read about the summer volunteer squads and get full program details.
Applications will be available and accepted Wednesday, April 1–Thursday, April 30. Applications received after April 30 will be considered for Traditionalists Squad only. For students entering grades 7–12.

Adults, Teen
Topics include an overview of LinkedIn, building your network of connections, identifying LinkedIn Groups to join, and searching individuals, companies and jobs. Learn about the creating a job search agent, the options for job applications and   best practices. 
Date and time: Thursday, April 9, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Adults, business
Dave Ekstrom discusses coin collecting and coin and gold jewelry appraisal. Dave will be available after the presentation to appraise pieces you may have.
Date and time: Thursday, March 26, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Battle of the Recorded Bands Contest
Co-sponsored by and prizes provided by Guitar Center and School of Rock, Arlington Heights

• Use the library’s awesome production studios to record your music.
• Then submit your song to the contest – selected songs will be posted on our website and put to a vote.
• The band or solo project whose song gets the most votes will win prizes, including a Ticketmaster gift card, and will be invited to play a live gig at the library.
•Winners announced on May 1.

Want to give it a shot? Check out how it works including one-to-one assistance, audio production classes and music education opportunities.

Date: March 1–April 15

Adults, Teen
Tax Forms
Tax day is Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The library distributes tax forms provided by the IRS and the State of Illinois. This year both the state and the IRS have limited the number of forms they sent us. We currently have the federal 1040 form available.
Here are ways to obtain forms that the library does not have:

1. Find the form on our Tax Forms page  and download it from the IRS website.
2. Make copies of forms, schedules and instructions located in a large binder at the Info Desk.
3. Call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 if you would like to order forms, instructions or publications by mail.
4. Order forms online here to be delivered by mail.
Free Tax Assistance
Free tax preparation help from AARP tax aides is available in the library to individuals with low to medium income (with special attention to those over 60.)  Appointment times are Monday mornings through April 13.  Register online or call 847-392-0100 to make an appointment.

The election for two six-year positions on the Board of Library Trustees takes place on Tuesday, April 7. Incumbent board president Kerry W. Pearson is running for another term along with three write-in candidates and residents of Arlington Heights:
  •  Carole Medal, executive director of the Gail Borden Library in Elgin
  •  Stefan Tucker, a software architect
  •  Patricia Turner, a CPA for a nonprofit
Early voting is available at Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 South Arlington Heights Road, through Saturday, April 4.
Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Visit the Cook County Clerk's website for complete voter information including how to cast your vote for a write-in candidate.  

In the news
Arlington Heights cardholders can schedule a one-hour appointment to have their resumes reviewed. Maximum of two reviews within a six-month period or three reviews in a one-year period.
Date and time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. and Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m.
Location: Appointment Room next to the Shackley Room

Adults, business
Learn about the creator of our current LEGO® exhibit, Adam Reed Tucker, in this Daily Herald video and article.
Stop by the library during through April 30 to see an exhibit of 13 world-famous landmarks built entirely of LEGO® bricks. The exhibit was designed and created by Arlington Heights resident Adam Reed Tucker, LEGO® Certified Professional. Featured in the exhibit are the John Hancock Center, Marina City, Willis Tower, Trump Tower, Fallingwater, Empire State Building, St. Louis Arch, Transamerica Pyramid and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Ranging up to 17 feet high, some buildings are designed to expose their internal structure, so visitors can view the complex and intricate design and engineering that goes into construction of the models. This one-of-a-kind, museum-quality exhibit debuted at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in 2009 and has since been displayed across the United States.

Date: March 1-April 30
Location: First Floor
Drop in

Dramatist Martina Mathisen will reveal the truth behind this misunderstood queen. Let us eat cake during this celebration of Women's History Month. 
Date and time: Tuesday, March 24, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room


When John Mazurek, a member of local knitting club that meets weekly at the library, moved away last December, his leaving inspired the group to become crafty in more ways than one.
“We wanted to stay in touch with John, and we knew the library offers all types of technology classes, " says Margaret Balazs, one of fifteen women who make up the remainder of the class. “So on a whim I called and asked, ‘Can you teach us how to Skype?’”
The answer was “yes.” Through a new library service called Tech à la Carte, Digital Services Manager Amy Pelman scheduled a Skype class just for them in the Training Center.
“How are the socks coming along,” the ladies joked when their tutorial resulted in a Skype connection with John more than 2,000 miles away in Salem, Oregon.  Screen to screen, the friends caught up, and John even gave them a tour of his new home using his laptop camera. "This is so fun,” said Arlington Heights resident Anna Sayles.

One week later, the group was back to their usual library meeting place, Conference Room H. Yarn, knitting needles and as hoped for, John in attendance via Skype.

Does Tech à la Carte work for your group?

• Designed for groups of 4–12 people
• Must be scheduled by an Arlington Heights cardholder, other participants need not be
• Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance
• Classes available on 60+ tech topics
If interested in a small group tech class, please call 847-506-2674.

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