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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. There are two applications for the Summer Volunteer Squad–one for returning volunteers, the other for new volunteers. Applications received after April 30 will be considered for Traditionalists Squad only. For students entering grades 7–12.

Adults, Teen
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, software architect
  •  Patricia Turner, CPA
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
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.

Grow your own food this summer with the help of horticulturist Sharon Yielsa. Learn how to plan your edible garden, best planting times and techniques, and how to care for your established garden.
Date and time: Thursday, April 2, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

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
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
Technology was the word of the day as members of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce jump started their morning, Thursday, March 19, learning about the latest tech tools and businesses services available at the library. It was all part of the library's Technology Breakfast Buffet. More than 40 local businesses and community leaders took part in the early-morning event which kicked off with a demonstration of the Oculus Rift,  the library's newest virtual reality device.
"It was really awesome," said Village Trustee Robin LaBedz, who wore the ski goggle-like headset and experienced a virtual trip through space. "I felt like I was flying around through outer space. It was really amazing and fun."
In other sessions, participants learned about 3D printing and the Studio, the library's digital media center. They also visited the Business Center and the Training Center where they were introduced to tech classes and the online tools that are available to support local businesses.
"I'm amazed at the wealth of resources, classes and creative services available here at the library at no cost," said Jill Halco of Springboard, a 10-person  Arlington Heights firm which specializes in marketing and branding for hospitals, healthcare and medical associations. "The library is a fabulous resource right in my own backyard."

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


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