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Bring the kids and get a first look at the library’s newest traveling exhibit, XOXO An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness. Celebrate the exhibit’s opening and join in an evening of family-friendly activities including live music by Istvan and His Imaginary Band, storytimes, a scavenger hunt, an all-ages dance party, “strands of love” craft project and more.
Light refreshments served.
Date and time: Saturday, January 20, 6-8 p.m.
Location: Kids' World and Marketplace
Visit XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness, January 20-March 31, in Kids' World and the Marketplace. The exhibit was created by the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh with support from The Fetzer Museum and is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Library.

Adults, Family
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is undergoing a strategic planning process, and we would like your input and comments. As part of the process, we are conducting an online community survey.  We encourage all residents – whether or not you use the library regularly – to complete the survey. 

Click here to take the survey online.
Paper copies of the survey will also be available at the library, Senior Center and on the bookmobile. The short survey only takes 10–15 minutes to complete. It includes an open-ended comment section, and all suggestions for the future direction of the library are encouraged. 

All survey responses are confidential. Survey results, along with input from the Board, community stakeholders and library staff, will form the basis for the strategic plan.
Don’t miss this opportunity to impact the future of the library! Take the survey now. 

Join us tonight to watch the documentary film, Life on the Line. This thought-provoking short-form documentary follows a year in the life of 11-year-old Kimberly Torrez as she and her family await the visa that will allow them to return to the United States after unforeseen circumstances trap them in the border-town of Nogales, Mexico. Life on the Line illuminates the changing face of America and the impact of our immigration policies through the story of one girl and her family. A moderated discussion will follow the film.
Date and time: Wednesday, January 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Kids’ World is now reopened
Kids’ World will reopen today at 9 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, however all storytimes that take place in Kids’ World will be canceled including:
Wednesday, January 17
Baby Time: 9:30-10 a.m.
Kids’ Playgroup: 10:15-11:45 a.m.
Toddler Time: 10:30-11 a.m.
My Time: 1:30-2 p.m.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

When submitting your resume online, it may be screened by an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). This software ranks your resume according to keywords. Studies indicate that up to 75 percent of qualified job seekers may be overlooked because their resume did not follow ATS rules. Local expert Denis Curtin will offer recommendations for making your resume ATS friendly and selecting the best words to describe your background.
Date and time: Thursday, January 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Adults, business
Close to 100 Arlington Heights residents and students from the High School District 214 Newcomer Center experienced the art of community service on Monday, Jan. 15 by working together at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library to create a large three-panel mural honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Under the guidance of renowned local artist Gino Savarino, participants of all ages gathered in the library’s Cardinal Room to paint during one of the three 90-minute sessions.
“It’s like a giant coloring book, just paint and stay in the lines,” said Savarino as he welcomed participants. “I’ll be there to guide you every step of the way.”
Throughout the day, participants took turns applying bright swaths of color and painted side-by-side, filling in the canvases that were designed by Savarino to convey a pop art feel and include images that reflect Dr. King’s legacy and symbols of Arlington Heights. 
“The goal was to provide an opportunity for the community to come together to honor Dr. King’s legacy and to work together to create something that will be a lasting legacy,” said Angela Jones, the library’s Community Engagement Liaison.
Among the participants were 25 students from the Newcomer Center, District 214’s facility that prepares students who are new to the United States to successfully transition to their home high schools. The students, both current and former, represented five countries.
“What are your dreams for the future?” asked Newcomer Center Coordinator Mario Perez to the students and residents who gathered. Perez, one of the event organizers, encouraged students and residents to share personal experiences and family stories of immigration in small group discussions between painting sessions.
“Being able to participate in something where you are part of the whole is so important,” said Arlington Heights resident Julie Kurka, who brought her 11-year-old sixth-grader to the library to paint on her day off of school. “Rather than just doing for yourself, it’s nice to do more and give back.”
The completed mural will be on display in the library in February and will eventually be permanently hung at the Newcomer Center, which is housed at the Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights. The event organizers plan to bring the mural to local schools and other community locations in the coming months.

More and more people are noticing coyotes roaming in their neighborhoods. What should you do if you encounter a coyote? Have your questions answered by experts from the River Trails Nature Center.
Date and time: Monday, January 29, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

This free service is offered through the AARP Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program.
Appointments are required and run from early February through mid-April.
Schedule your appointment in person at the Info Desk or call 847-392-0100.
If you have broker statements, please make your appointments for late March or early April. All returns will be e-filed, and you will receive a paper copy of your return. If filing a joint return, both spouses must be present, or bring a signed Power of Attorney.
Bring the following items to your tax appointment:
  • Picture ID and Social Security card, Medicare card or SSA-1099.
  • Copies of all your W-2, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-R, 1099-B forms for 2017.
  • Copy of your 2016 federal and state income tax forms filed in 2017.
  • Receipts and information for all planned itemized deductions (medical and dental expenses, taxes and interest paid, gifts to charities and other deductions). Total your receipts before coming.
  • Real estate tax bills for property taxes paid in 2017.
  • Closing statements for any real estate sold in 2017, including original cost of property and cost of any improvements.
  • Social Security SSA-1099 for 2017.
  • Railroad retirement forms for 2017, RRB-1099 and RRB-1099R.
  • Any Affordable Care Act Forms (i.e. 1095).
  • Check from your bank for possible direct deposit or direct debit information.
  • If using Power of Attorney, you must bring a copy of the official form.

Experiment with music at this month's Tech Bar. Located on the library’s first floor, this interactive display features  a selection of electronic music-making tools including Roli Blocks, Theremini, Stylophone Beatbox, littleBits Synth Kit and Otamatones. Stop by The Music Box display near the Tech Help Desk and experiment with different musical styles, mix your own tracks and play with these new and exciting music-making devices.
Location: First floor of the library
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