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Join Anime Academy as we look at how different Asian cultures bring in the new year. There will be games, snacks, crafts and anime showings at this cultural event. For teens in grades 7–12.

Date and time: Saturday, January 21, 3–5 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Adults, Teen

College Knowledge: ACT vs SAT Exams
ACT and SAT exams are often a necessary part of getting into college. Learn about the differences between the exams to determine which one may be a better fit for you as a test taker. Parents of teens are welcome to attend. Presented by Huntington Learning Center of Arlington Heights. For high school students only.
Date and time: Saturday, January 28, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room
College Knowledge: Practice ACT and SAT Exams
Take a shot at the ACT or SAT at one of our practice exam times. Choose an exam for each date. Make sure your pencils and brain are sharp! Presented by Arlington Heights Huntington Learning Center. For high school students only.
Dates and times: Saturday, February 18 and Tuesday, March 28, 1:30–5 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
Register beginning February 1

Adults, Teen

Join us from your home or office for this business webinar. See demos and learn about our most popular database resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs, including how to pull your own mailing list and do demographic and industry research, and discover powerful online learning resources for you and your employees. These databases are all accessible from your home or office with a business or residential library card.

Date and time: Wednesday, January 25, noon–1 p.m.
Register  Participants must provide an email address during registration to get login details prior to the webinar.

Adults, business

Learn how to make healthy snacks while parents or caregivers discuss family nutrition with Lindy Camardella of Momentum Health Center. Together, try new and healthy foods to add to your grocery list. For grades 4–6, with adult.

Date and time:Tuesday, January 24, 7–8:15 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room


Your immigrant ancestors are the foundation of your roots in the U.S. Why did they come, and how did they arrive here? Learn how to find emigration, immigration and naturalization records, and discover the details of your ancestor's journey. A list of over 30 websites and other resources will be included.
Date and time: Wednesday, January 25, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Adults, Genealogy
The Internet is full of viral misinformation — how can we wade through it? Our librarians will take you through helpful steps to analyze news sources, offer further tools for fact checking and answer your questions.
Date and time: Tuesday, January 24, 7-8 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Come and join us to create some truly bad art! We will provide the art supplies and you bring the "talent." Prizes will be awarded for the most creative "mess-terpieces." Light refreshments will be served. Beverages may be purchased.
Date and time: Thursday, January 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: House of Music and Entertainment, 1227 N. Rand Rd.

Drop by to find a great selection of used books, movies, music, magazines, puzzles and games at great prices at this sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. A silent auction will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m.– 2 p.m. See silent auction list. 
Electronic devices, such as scanners, laptops and cell phones, are not permitted at the sale. Bills higher than $20 are no longer accepted.
Date and time: Saturday, February 4
9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Hendrickson Room and Cardinal Room
Silent Auction 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Date and time: Sunday, February 5
noon–4:30 p.m., Hendrickson Room 
noon–3:30 p.m. Cardinal Room

Winter Reading Challenge
December 12–January 29 / Kids’ World
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.—Groucho Marx
Like so many things, reading is good for you. It increases vocabulary, stimulates the developing brain in children and provides a higher aptitude for learning in general. But why would one of our most iconic comedians call books our best friend? Could reading provide children with more than just these cognitive benefits? Studies have shown that children who read regularly also benefit socio-emotionally. Sharing time with a caregiver while a story is read aloud is nurturing and beneficial at any age, not just for the very young. Children also learn about the world and themselves through the topics covered in both fiction and nonfiction, and they develop empathy by putting themselves into “someone else’s shoes.”

The goal of the Winter Reading Challenge is to help children find joy in reading and maybe discover a new “best friend.” It was developed for three different reading audiences.
• Ages 0–4: Includes activities that promote literacy and are fun for the child and caregiver to do together.
• Grades K–4: Your child is in control, setting reading goals and having an opportunity to spin a wheel and receive experiential learning activities to share with caregivers and friends.
• Grades 4–6: Tweens set their own reading goals and are invited to complete weekly STEM challenges.

Are you ready to accept the challenge? Stop by the Kids’ World Desk to pick up a game card starting December 12. Keep track of your reading and when the card is full, bring it in to select a free book of your choice.

Following a six-month pilot period, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Trustees voted to extend the library’s weekend hours, remaining open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and opening the library an hour earlier, at 11 a.m., on Sundays. The cost for the library’s extended hours will be managed within the library’s currently approved budget.
The library’s new hours are:
Monday–Friday  9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday  9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday  11 a.m.–8 p.m.
The pilot program was based upon a recent survey of library customers which indicated many residents wished the library offered more hours on the weekends. An extensive study of customer use during the pilot program confirmed these survey results. For example, use of the Studio saw a 67 percent increase in weekend reservations. On average, 165 customers visited the library per hour during the pilot program, using the library during hours the library previously would have not been open.
"These expanded hours stem from the fact that people's lives are busier than ever, and we want to make it as convenient as possible for them to visit the library," said Executive Director Jason Kuhl. “We saw strong use of the library in all areas and are happy to continue this customer service going forward.”

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