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Learn about today's three commercially available DNA tests and the five leading commercial testing companies. Examples of results will be discussed along with DNA analytical tools. (No DNA tests will be distributed.)

Date and time: Saturday, February 25, 2–4 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Adults, Genealogy

Following a six-month pilot period, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Trustees voted to extend the library’s weekend hours, remaining open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and opening the library an hour earlier, at 11 a.m., on Sundays. The cost for the library’s extended hours will be managed within the library’s currently approved budget.
The library’s new hours are:
Monday–Friday  9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday  9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday  11 a.m.–8 p.m.
The pilot program was based upon a recent survey of library customers which indicated many residents wished the library offered more hours on the weekends. An extensive study of customer use during the pilot program confirmed these survey results. For example, use of the Studio saw a 67 percent increase in weekend reservations. On average, 165 customers visited the library per hour during the pilot program, using the library during hours the library previously would have not been open.
"These expanded hours stem from the fact that people's lives are busier than ever, and we want to make it as convenient as possible for them to visit the library," said Executive Director Jason Kuhl. “We saw strong use of the library in all areas and are happy to continue this customer service going forward.”

Did you miss our last program on How to Spot Fake News? Join us for this additional session of How to Spot Fake News on February 23. The Internet is full of viral misinformation — how can we wade through it? Our librarians will take you through helpful steps to analyze news sources, offer further tools for fact checking, and answer your questions. This is a repeat of the program offered January 24.
Date and time: Thursday, February 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Job interviews can be tough, and sometimes things don’t go as expected. Career coach Bob Podgorski will give you seven practical and tested tips for recovering from those difficult interview situations.
Date and time: Wednesday, February 22, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Adults, business
Escape the cold with this high-energy performance jam-packed with upbeat sing-a-longs and dancing. See why Jeanie B and the Jelly Beans are favorites throughout the Chicagoland area and Billboard and Parent Choice award winner.
Date and time: Saturday, February 25, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Celebrate the birthday of Johnny Cash with a tribute performance by well-known local performer Steve Justman. Steve will guide us through the life and music of this beloved icon.
Date and time: Sunday, February 26, 2–3 p.m.
Location:  Hendrickson Room

Free Income Tax Assistance
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 in the Hendrickson Room. Schedule your appointment in person at the Info Desk or call 847-392-0100. If you have broker statements, please make your appointments for later March or early April.
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:
1. Picture ID and Social Security card, Medicare card, or SSA-1099
2. Copies of all your W-2, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-R, 1099-B forms for 2016.
3. Copy of your 2015 federal and state income tax forms filed in 2016
4. Receipts and information for all planned itemized deductions (i.e. medical and dental expenses, taxes and interest you paid, gifts to charities and other miscellaneous deductions). Please total your receipts before coming.
5. Real estate tax bills for property taxes paid in 2016.
6. Closing statements for any real estate sold in 2016. Also, original cost of property and cost of any improvements.
7. Social Security SSA-1099 for 2016
8. Railroad retirement forms for 2016, RRB-1099 and RRB-1099R.
9. Any Affordable Care Act Forms (i.e. 1095)
10. Check from your bank for possible direct deposit or direct debit information.
11. If using Power of Attorney, must bring copy of official form.

All returns will be e-filed, and you will receive a paper copy of your return.


The library was bustling with activity this weekend with a record-breaking number of visitors coming to see the amazing one-of-a-kind creations of the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club on exhibit in the Hendrickson Room. More than 6,200 guests visited the exhibit Saturday and Sunday. Eleven train club members spent six hours assembling the main display. In addition to the Hendrickson exhibit, the library offered LEGO Club in the Marketplace, with large crowds on both days making models then displaying them at the library. Thanks to everyone who stopped by for all the LEGO fun! More photos in our Facebook gallery here. 

What is fake news?
The Internet is full of viral misinformation. Fake news is a false news story designed to look like credible information and makes it difficult to decipher fact from fiction. Fake news typically spreads fast online. How can we wade through it? Always reflect on how you encountered the story. Was it promoted on a website? Did it show up in a social media feed? Was it sent to you by someone you know? Trace the story to its original source.

Here are some other helpful steps to analyze news sources and tools for fact checking.

Put it to the CRAAP Test:
Currency—Can you find a date of the article or photograph? When was it last updated?
Relevance—Who is the intended audience? How does the source meet your needs?
Accuracy—Is the information supported by evidence? Does it cite other sources?
Authority—Who is the author? What are their credentials?
Purpose—Does the site give facts or opinions? Does it have a clear bias?
Is it true? Check out these unbiased fact-checking websites:
Independent, self-sufficient entity wholly owned by its operators who investigate rumors.
Non-partisan, non-profit which acts as a consumer advocate for voters. A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Independent fact checking website created by the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. PolitiFact has won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
Where does the bias lie in the media?
Check out this study from the Pew Research Institute
Other resources and articles about Fake News
When Fake News Stories Make Real News Headlines

Looking for more information? Contact a Specialty Info Librarian at questions@ahml.info or attend our next program on Fake News on Thursday, March 23.
NEW PROGRAM ADDED: How to Spot Fake News
Did you miss our last program on How to Spot Fake News? Join us for this additional session of How to Spot Fake News on February 23. The Internet is full of viral misinformation — how can we wade through it? Our librarians will take you through helpful steps to analyze news sources, offer further tools for fact checking, and answer your questions. This is a repeat of the program offered January 24. 
Date and time: Thursday, February 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room


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