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Date and time: Friday,  December 19, 1:30–3 p.m.
Location: Training Center

Stop by the Kids’ World Desk to pick up your game card. Keep track of how much you read. When you have finished, come in to choose your own book. For ages 5–12.
Dates: December 14–January 25
Location: Kids' World
Drop in

Oculus Rift, the future of 3D virtual reality and interactive video gaming, has arrived at the library. On Saturday, December 13 more than 115 customers, of all ages, dropped by the Marketplace for a hands-on demonstration of the head-mounted virtual reality device. Resembling a pair of ski goggles, the Oculus Rift headset displays a 3D experience that makes you feel like you're part of the game. Nearly 40 people had the opportunity to try it out first-hand. Here are some of their reactions:
“It was very nice being able to experience this piece of technology through the library.”
“Excellent! Thank you for offering this experience.”
If you'd like to learn about and experience Oculus Rift, look for these upcoming programs:
Oculus Rift: Making Virtual Reality a Reality
Date and time: Saturdays, January 17 and February 28, 1–3 p.m.
Location: The Marketplace
Drop in
Come early to sign up for a demo as time slots fill up fast. For ages 13 and up.

Open enrollment for coverage through the Affordable Care Act started November 15, 2014. The library can provide information resources for individual enrollment assistance. Ask at the Info Desk.

Individual Appointments
Register for an individual appointment with a certified ACA navigator to receive help enrolling in a health care program based on your needs starting December 19, 2014. Register at the library's second-floor kiosk, or call 847-392-0100.

Appointments are available January 7–February 15:
Wednesdays, 4–9 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sunday, February 15, 12:30–5 p.m.
  • Fact Sheets
Stop at the stanchion on the first floor of the library across from the Checkout Desk to pick up a copy of a fact sheet to help you understand the changes to health care and how to get enrolled.
  • Helpful Links: 
The official Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace: getcoveredillinois.gov    
Healthcare.gov – the official federal government website for healthcare information: healthcare.gov

Had enough family time? Stop in for snacks, movies and crafts all day long. For teens in grades 7–12.
Date and time: Friday, December 26, noon–7 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room and the Hub

Adults, Teen
We're calling all fandoms to help solve a murder mystery of Sherlockian proportions! Whether you're a SuperWhoLock or a Potterhead, you can come test your knowledge and your powers of deduction to solve a fandom-themed mystery. Cosplay is encouraged. There will be prizes, snacks and lots of geeking out. For teens in grades 7–12.
Date and time: Monday, December 22, 4–6 p.m.
Location: The Hub

Adults, Teen
In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world. (via IMDB.com) Rated PG-13, 97 min. Refreshments will be served.
Date and time: Friday, December 26, 7–9 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Let's have ourselves a very kawaii (the Japanese word for cute) holiday! We’ll have hot chocolate and some cookies while watching an anime, Sailor Moon Crystal. Get a small drawing lesson, learn a Japanese phrase and make some kawaii perler bead creations to take home. Cosplay is encouraged. For teens in grades 7–12.
Date and time: Friday, December 19, 6–8 p.m.
Location: The Hub

Join us on an art expedition as we travel to Africa and learn about the Ndebele tribe. We will see how they paint their homes using shapes and colors symbolizing messages and ideas. We will also learn about the symbolic use of color in Kente cloth designs. Each traveler will go home with a colorful mixed media creation. For ages 8–10.
Date and time: Friday, December 12, 4:15–5:15 p.m.
Location: Lindsey Room

Kids' World
Thanksgiving festivities began a few days early for library volunteers who enjoyed slices of pie in recognition of all they do for the library. The invite read, “In this season of Thanksgiving, stop by for pie!”  Dozens accepted the sweet offering which included a seasonal spread of pumpkin and apple pies, served up with caramel toppings, in the Hendrickson Room.

In 2013, 461 volunteers contributed 28,695 hours of service to the library in the areas of genealogy, ESL, the Friends of the Library, at the Senior Center and as Dunton Street greeters. Volunteers can also be found in Kids’ World, on the bookmobile and as part of the Library Visitor program, which delivers library materials to Arlington Heights residents who are homebound.
“Volunteers are involved in all facets of the library,” says Caryl Medsker, Volunteer Services Coordinator. “We really are grateful for all that they do.”


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