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The Illinois Primary Election is today, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Early voting occurred March 5 through 19.  We have gathered some valuable information about the election to help you as you learn about candidates and get ready to vote.

Register to Vote

Register to vote online at the Cook County Clerk’s Office until March 4.  After that, you can take part in Grace Period Registration and Voting up to election day.  For that, you will need to bring two pieces of ID to a designated location.  You can even register and vote on Election Day, in your home precinct at your polling place.
Your Voter Information Tool
Enter your address at the Cook County Clerk’s website to look up your polling place, a sample ballot, your early voting site, and your current elected officials.
Learn About Candidates
As you prepare for Election Day, you can learn more about candidates from various sources:
Chicago Sun Times 2018 Illinois Primary Voting Guide
Chicago Tribune endorsements
Chicago Tribune candidate surveys
Daily Herald news, endorsements, profiles, etc.
Illinois State Bar Association Judicial Evaluations
Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluations (2018 coming soon)
For additional information, some organizations also perform fact checking and publish articles:
Ballotpedia Illinois:  A nonpartisan and nonprofit online encyclopedia of American politics and elections.
Politifact Illinois:  A Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website.
Looking for more information? Contact a Specialty Info Services Librarian at questions@ahml.info.

Think you can't be a runner? Former Running Times contributing writer Danny Smith shows you how to go from the couch to a 5K with a detailed and proven 10-week program that blends walking and running. Leave with a plan and the necessary knowledge to take charge of your health.
Date and time: Thursday, March 29, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Take a shot at the ACT or SAT at this practice exam. Test takers will receive their total score and section scores by email and can schedule a free consultation with the exam prep experts at Huntington Learning Center to review their test results in detail and discuss opportunities for improvement. This practice test will not include the writing portion for either exam. For testing accommodations, please contact teens@ahml.info. Bring your graphing calculator and a sharp pencil. For high school students only.
Date and time: Tuesday, March 27, 1-5:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Adults, Teen
Step into the Hundred Acre Wood with three classic tales featured in the original work by A.A. Milne. Enjoy the adventures of Winnie the Pooh and all his friends. Presented by American Eagle Productions. For ages 4 and up with an adult. This program is in conjunction with XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness. Performance will feature an American Sign Language interpreter.
Date and time: Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m.-noon
Location: Hendrickson Room

Adults, Family
Six women and six stories. Educational entertainer Martina Mathisen artfully interweaves tales of power, personality and politics. Do these six famous wives deserve their popular labels? Come meet them, and decide for yourself.
Date and time: Thursday, March 22, 1–2:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Join us every Thursday evening for family fun. The theme changes weekly, but the family time together remains the same. Ages 0-6; siblings welcome. Space is limited; tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis at the Kids' World Desk before each program begins. 
Jammin' in My Jammies
Thursday, March 22, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Put on your favorite PJs and be ready for fun.
Silly Springtime Storytime
Thursday, March 29, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Hooray for Spring! Let's celebrate and get silly in this fun Springtime Storytime!
Mini Movers
Thursday, April 5, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Enjoy songs, stories, musical instruments and dramatic movement.

When Lisa Becker and her boyfriend Jack were planning to host the next movie night for their group of friends, the Arlington Heights residents decided to go big.

“We knew we wanted to do a projector, and we planned to rent it,” Becker said. “It was my boyfriend who said, ‘let’s check with the library because they have so much equipment over there.’”

“We called and it was a super duper coincidence that the library had just gotten a projector kit, and we could borrow it for free!”

The day before their party, Becker picked up the Projector Kit – a quasi-movie theater on wheels. The portable kit includes a projector, cable and adapters for common playback devices, extension cord and power strip, a Bluetooth sound bar and a collapsible screen that when assembled measures approximately 10 feet wide by 8 feet tall.

“The screen is huge,” she laughed. “But it was super easy to set it all up. The kit came with step-by-step instructions, and we did it in about 30 to 45 minutes.”

The end result was a movie night to remember featuring an oversized screening of Shrek 2 in the couple’s garage.

“Our friends were so excited and thought it was awesome,” Becker said. “It was pretty sweet.”

• Arlington Heights card required
• Four day loan, no renewals
• Call 847-392-0100 to reserve
• Playback device (DVD player, laptop, etc.)
• Small stand or table to hold the sound bar and projector

Support our Community Food Drive, offered in partnership with Wheeling Township Food Pantry, throughout the month of March. Acceptable items include canned fruits, veggies, beans and soup; canned meat; cereal; whole grain pasta and rice; peanut butter; crackers and cookies. This food drive is in conjunction with XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness.
Dates: Now through the end of March 2018
Location: Drop off donations in the collection bin on the library's first floor

In recognition of their 50 years of service to the community, the Friends of the Library were honored at the Village of Arlington Heights Board Meeting on Monday, March 5. Mayor Tom Hayes presented the Friends of the Library President Mike Dennehy with a special plaque honoring five decades of accomplishments by the not-for-profit organization that raises funds to provide gifts (programs, materials, equipment, and artwork) for the library. The mayor publicly thanked the Friends for their outstanding contributions to the library including more than $1.5 million in assistance raised through a book boutique in the library and four quarterly book sales including the upcoming spring sale to be held April 27-29.
Pictured left to right: Library Board President Debbie Smart, Friends of the Library President Mike Dennehy, Mayor Tom Hayes and Interim Executive Director of the Library Mike Driskell
Official proclamation from the Village Board Meeting:
Whereas, the Friends of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library have served for many years as the vital link between the library and the community, holding popular events, encouraging others to join, and promoting the library as a learning commons and an institution essential to literacy and quality of life; and

Whereas, the Friends’ gift of their time and commitment to the library sets an example for all in how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community; and

Whereas, the residents of Arlington Heights have benefitted from the hard work, commitment and support of the Friends of the Library; and

Whereas, since their incorporation in 1968, the Friends of the Library have devoted countless hours to the raising of more than $1.5 million in assistance to the library through four yearly book sales and a book boutique in the library; and
Whereas, the Friends of the Library have advocated to citizens and community leaders the importance of the library, its potential, and its future, The Village of Arlington Heights Board hereby declares their support and congratulations to the Friends of the Library for 50 years of service to the community; and

Now therefore, be it resolved that the Village of Arlington Height recognizes and sincerely thanks the Friends of the Library for 50 years of distinguished service and for all they have contributed to the Arlington Heights community and the library; and 

Furthermore, be it resolved  that the Board extend its warmest regards and appreciation to the Friends of the Library, along with its best wishes for success in future endeavors.

Fifth-grade students from Olive-Mary Stitt School got to see what it's like to work in a library during their visit on Friday, March 2. The students were able to get real-life work experience in the library's Circulation department, the bookmobile, the Hub and Kids' World. These students learned about checking in books, movies and other items, re-shelving items, how the bookmobile operates and more. This experience was part of World of Work (WOW), a program that gives kids the opportunity to act as employees for a day for local businesses that interest them. This year the program was supported by 22 Arlington Heights businesses with 105 students from Olive-Mary Stitt School participating.


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