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Community members are invited to attend a State of the Village program hosted by the library. Representatives of governmental entities serving the residents of Arlington Heights, including the village, park district, school districts 21, 23, 25, 59 and 214 will give a brief presentation on highlights of the past year and future plans. The library will also give a presentation including announcing the book selection for this year's One Book, One Village community read.
This event is an informational community update; no official business will be conducted by these governmental boards. It will be broadcast on cable TV at a later date. Refreshments will be served.  For more information, call Deb Whisler, the library’s Director of Communications and Marketing, at 847-506-2613.
Date and time: Wednesday, April 29, 7:30–9 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
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Prior to the meeting, from 6–7:15 p.m., drop by the Tech Tools Demo in the Marketplace. Try the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, see a 3D printer demonstration and play with gadgets at the Tech Bar.

Inspiration loomed large for 53 fourth graders from St. James School who began their school week with a field trip to see the library's LEGO® ART+SCIENCE=ARCHITECTURE exhibit which features 13 world-famous landmarks built entirely out of LEGO® bricks. The students came with an important assignment - to think about how they too can build models. Theirs will be Midwest landmarks and will be part of the school’s Creative Learning Fair at the end of May.
"The students were reading the exhibit signs and really paying close attention to how many hours and how much hard work went into creating each of the buildings," said Darlene Potenza, a fourth grade teacher at St. James School. "It was also really exciting for them to see buildings they recognize or have visited either here in Chicago or other places."
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.
The exhibit runs through Sunday, May 3 on the first floor of the library.

Get an overview of the podcast production process, including software, recording, editing and distribution channels, as well as the tools the library offers in the Studio.
Date and time: Monday, April 27, 7:30–9 p.m.
Location: Training Center

Learn about one of America's great poets as Paul Passen performs and gives a brief history of songs from Carl Sandburg’s The American Songbag. You will hear some wonderful familiar and not-so-familiar songs.
Date and time: Saturday, April 25, 2–3 p.m.
Location: Marketplace
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Barb Ottolino of The Cultivated Choice will get you started on your summer garden. From seed planting to adding a few simple starter plants, let Barb show you how to create a stunning garden that blooms all summer long.
Date and time: Saturday, May 2, 2–3 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room


Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. It features more than 500 free events throughout Chicagoland and is designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. The library will host the following programs:
Finding Financial Advice That's Right for You
Date and time: Monday, April 20, 1:30–3 p.m.
Location: Senior Center, 1801 West Central Road
There are so many choices: broker, investment adviser or financial planner? Financial educator Karen Chan helps you navigate the often confusing maze of choices for financial advisors. While there’s no fool-proof way to select one, asking the right questions (and understanding the answers) can increase the chances of finding the best match for you.
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Financial Planning for the Business Owner
Date and time: Tuesday, April 21, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Business Center 
Growth can be tricky business for the entrepreneur. Get pointers from a local business banker on when to consider business financing, how to plan when deciding to get a loan and other financial considerations as your business grows.

When I'll Be 60: Protect Your Retirement
Date and time: Wednesday, April 22, 1–2:30 p.m.
Location: Business Center
Do you have questions about what to do as you approach retirement? This program will help you address issues like inflation, stages of retirement, when to collect Social Security, Roth IRA conversions, taxes and protecting your investments.

Wills and Trusts
Date and time: Wednesday, April 22, 7–8:30 p.m. 
Location: Business Center 
Attorney Jacob K. Ehrensaft will review wills, trusts, powers of attorney, probate and guardianship. Whether planning ahead or updating existing documents to reflect changes in the law and personal circumstances, Jacob can answer your questions.

Your business decisions should be based on the needs and wants of customers. Learn how to tap into the mindset of your target market to help you make the right marketing, operational and financial decisions.
Date and time: Tuesday, April 28, 6:30–8 p.m.
Location:  Business Center

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Stop by the Friends of the Library’s super spring used book sale and get super savings on thousands of books, music, movies and magazines. View a complete list of the silent auction items. Electronic devices, such as scanners, laptops and cell phones, are not permitted at the sale. Bills higher than $20 will no longer be accepted.
Dates, time and location:
Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Hendrickson Room and Cardinal Room
Sunday, April 26
Noon–4:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
noon–3:30 p.m. / Cardinal Room

Congratulations to Kerry W. Pearson and Carole Medal who have been elected to the Board of Library Trustees.
The Cook County Clerk's office released vote totals on Wednesday, April 15. They reported that Pearson, a board member since 2003, and Medal, one of three write-in candidates, received the most votes from the April 7 election. A recap of the library board election is reported in the Daily Herald.

Kerry and Carole will be sworn in to office at the May 19 Board of Library Trustees meeting to serve a six-year term.

This is a new opportunity to use our Business Center as a co-working space for those who work from home or would like an environment where they can collaborate, network and co-mingle. A business specialist from the library will be available to assist you with business resources. Co-working space in the Business Center is available the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 9 a.m.–noon.
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Wednesday, May 6, 9 a.m.–noon
Wednesday, May 20, 9 a.m.–noon
Wednesday, June 3, 9 a.m.–noon
Wednesday, June 17, 9 a.m.–noon

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