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In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Tamara Kaldor of Chicago Play Pro will share the best apps to use with children (ages 3–10) with special needs. Tamara is a developmental therapist, autism expert and assistive technology specialist. The last half hour will be dedicated to questions.
Date and time: Tuesday, April 28, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Marketplace

Kids' World
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

Thanks to generosity of the Friends of the Library, programs in the Hendrickson Room are now much clearer for those with hearing aids and cochlear implants. A new audio loop system has been installed that sends electromagnetic signals to a tiny receiver already in most hearing aids and cochlear implants. It allows people who use them to hear sounds directly from the AV system. This reduces or cuts out background noise making it much easier to hear. To use the system, attendees need only set their hearing aids to the T (telecoil) setting.
In addition to the audio loop system, the library offers a number of other assistive devices.

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

Adults, business
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


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.

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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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

Adults, business
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.

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