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spring_booksaleSaturday, April 24 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Hendrickson Room and Lindsey Room Silent Auction - 9 a.m.–2 p.m.      Sunday, April 25 noon–4:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room                                       noon–3:30 p.m. / Lindsey Room Check the Friends' enewsletter for a complete list of items to be auctioned.  You can purchase a canvas bag for $5 to carry everything home. Electronic devices, such as scanners, laptops and cell phones, are not permitted at the sale. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

bkmle Blog (2)   April 14 is National Bookmobile Day, but we are celebrating all month long. Stop by the bookmobile during April and check out all the latest books, movies, magazines and music. While you're there, register to win Barnes & Noble gift cards. Six things you might not know about the Library's bookmobile: 
  • It is one of 930 bookmobiles in the nation.
  • It carries approximately 3,500 items.
  • More than 6,600 items are checked out per month.
  • About 1,800 people visit it every month.
  • It makes as many as 61 stops each month at schools, neighborhoods, parks and other locations.
  • It utilizes new, green technology: bio-diesel fuel, battery packs and sun roofs.


Beginning Thursday, April 1, the drive-up window will open one hour earlier, at 8 a.m., Monday–Friday.

ICanRead-Blog Bring your young readers to the Library to read to a librarian. After reading a story of their choice, they will receive a Polaroid snapshot and a magnetic "I Can Read" picture frame donated by the Friends of the Library. There's no registration, just stop by the Kids' World Desk at the following times: Wednesday, April 7, 6–7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 4–5 p.m. Saturday, April 10, 10–11 a.m. Monday, April 12, 6–7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 4–5 p.m.

The Library has census forms available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian. You can stop in and pick one up near the Answer Center on the first floor. From March 21-April 19, a census worker who speaks English and Spanish will be in the Library at the following times to assist patrons in filling out the forms. Mondays - noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays - 4-8 p,m. Saturdays - noon-4 p.m. Sundays - 1-4 p.m.

Date and time: Tuesday, April 13, 7 p.m. Location: Hendrickson Room Dennis Paige, an expert on native landscaping, will show you how to introduce your landscape to an unfolding range of colorful native prairie, woodland and wetland trees, shrubs, wildflowers, sedge and grasses. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.

money_smart_business_plans As part of the Federal Reserve Money Smart Week, the Library is sponsoring two programs to help you better manage your finances.  How to Write a Business Plan Monday, April 19, 7 p.m. / Business Center Shelley Hoyt Anderson, an economic educator with the University of Illinois Extension Service will show entrepreneurs the fundamentals of writing a business plan so that they can successfully compete in the local markets and contribute to our economy. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100. Protect Your Identity and Your Money  Thursday, April 22, 1 p.m. / Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1802 W. Central Rd. Kathy Reuter, Consumer and Family Economics Educator from the University of Illinois Extension, will help you understand how your personal information is being shared; how identity theft occurs, and how you can protect your financial and personal information. No registration required.

iron_chef (2) Date and time: Saturday, April 10, noon–2 p.m. Location: Hendrickson Room Are you a fan of the Food Network? Do you love to watch cooking shows? Be an audience member at our very own library cooking show - Teen Iron Chef.  Seventeen area high school chefs will be competing to come up with the best afternoon snack. Celebrity chefs will judge the event, and Whole Foods Market Palatine is providing the food and first-place prize. There's no registration; just drop by and watch.

vitaminssupplements  Date and time:  Monday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. Location: Training Center Are you looking for information about diseases, disorders, drugs or doctors? Are you interested in learning which hospitals are ranked the best? This presentation will show you some of the best sources for these topics. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.

Think books like the Encyclopedia of the Renaissance or the Encyclopedia of Popular Music can only be used in the Library?  Think again! We've made over 5,000 of our specialized dictionaries, indexes and encyclopedias part of our new Research collection. These books can be checked out, renewed and even requested online. Come in and check it out!

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