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For anyone who is learning to speak English, we invite you to practice your English conversation skills at a monthly social group. No need to call; just come. Everyone is welcome!
Date and time: Wednesday, December 8, 1:30–3 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

The big smiles on the faces of young and old as they walked through the doors of the Hendrickson Room for last weekend's LEGO train exhibit said it all. The exhibit, which drew 2,763 attendees, was a crowd pleaser for all ages. The attendance was 5% higher than in 2008 - the last time the train exhibit was here. The exhibit was put together by Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club members. Our next family event is Astronomy Night on Friday, October 15, at 7 p.m. in the Hendrickson Room. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs Solar System Ambassador Jim Kovac will present “Exoplanets: Worlds Beyond Our Solar System.” Then everyone is invited to go outside to the parking lot to look through powerful telescopes set up by members of the Northwest Suburban Astronomers Club. It's all free, and there's no registration.

  money_talks Date and time: Tuesday, September 28, 7 p.m. Location: Hendrickson Room South Learn the differences between a Roth IRA and a traditional IRA, as Bill Kmiecek from Wisdom Investments explains how and when to take distributions from a Roth, and the latest information on converting a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.

College education costs continue to skyrocket while families’ college savings funds continue to lose value. Joe Orsolini from College Aid Planners will discuss how to maximize need-based financial aid eligibility, target the right colleges for merit-based financial aid and offer tips for tax-saving opportunities. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
Date and time: Tuesday, November 23, 7 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

You can be creative while helping the environment by turning everyday objects into works of art. We will supply the materials. For ages 11–13. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
Date and time: Wednesday, November 24, 1–2:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Programs for job seekers are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
Power Resumes – Why They Work
Monday, November 15, 1:30-3 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
Licensed Career Counselor Roberta Glick offers the most up-to-date tips and techniques on constructing a resume that will stand out from all the others. Register
Uncommon Sources of Job Opportunities
Tuesday, November 16, 2–4 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
Human resources expert Bob Podgorski will show you how to develop alternative paths to job opportunities. Job seekers will leave with several new ideas to add to their re-careering campaigns. Register
Job Hunting on the Internet
Monday, November 29, 7–8:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
The Library’s reference staff will provide participants an overview of how to use the Internet to find employment, including using job search engines, websites to search for job postings, posting resumes and more. Register

If you are looking for ways to cut your energy costs, come to the Library and check out a Kill-A-Watt energy meter. We have four meters donated by Commonwealth Edison and local citizen Chuck Kulig, president of the nonprofit organization Get to Work America (shown above with Library Executive Director Paula Moore).
Plug your appliance into the Kill-A-Watt meter, and it will measure energy consumption by the kilowatt hour, like the utility company.  Ask for one at the Welcome Desk. The meters can be checked out for two weeks.

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For the third year in a row,  the Arlington Heights Memorial Library has received a five-star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public Library Service 2010.  Five stars is the highest rating that a library can receive. Only 85 libraries across the country received this rating which is based on the annual number of library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use. 

More than ever in these difficult economic times, people realize the value of their libraries. Our annual circulation is at an all-time high, and free programs, like our job seekers programs, money talks and cultural programs, have filled our meeting rooms with capacity crowds. We greatly appreciate the support of our community!

Pictured are Samantha Onnen, Carley Berowski, Erin Fitzgerald, Leah Cooke, Lizzie Seibert, Lydia Schultz, and Grace Nykol of South Middle School Cadette Troop 41075. Absent from the photo is Marina Santicola.The Library's "Read & Feed" drive just got a big boost from the sixth-graders of South Middle School Cadette Troop 41075. As their community service project, the troop organized a food drive to contribute to the Library's drive. Troop leader Tracie Santicola said the girls were concerned about so many people needing help in this economy, so they planned a two-part food collection. They collected food at their school, and also collected at Mariano's Fresh Market on Saturday, October 16. 

 "People were so generous in donating groceries or cash to buy groceries, and many shoppers said they recognized the girls from school, scouts, church and neighborhood functions," said troop co-leader Donna Fitzgerald. 

Many thanks to South Cadette Troop members for their hard work to help their neighbors! 

The Library will continue the "Read & Feed" drive until December 1. Your donations of food pantry and pet food items, as well as new children's books, are welcomed. All items will be delivered to Wheeling Township for their food pantry and "Adopt-a-Family" holiday baskets. For more information on donating, call Deb Whisler at 847-506-2613.

Date and time: Saturday, November 6, 2–3:30 p.m.
Location: Business Center

Photography expert Amanda Thomas will explore the themes of signs and symbols in  photographs and will also discuss techniques for taking unbelievable pictures. Disposable cameras will be given to all who register. This program is part of the Engage! Teen Art Project funded by the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust and from the Terra Foundation for American Art. For high school students. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.

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