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Celebrate Billie Holiday’s 100th Birthday with the Hersey Jazz Ensemble. This award-winning ensemble will play some of Holiday’s biggest and best-loved hits.
 
Date and time: Sunday, April 19, 2–3 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
 


Adults
 
Learn about the creator of our current LEGO® exhibit, Adam Reed Tucker, in this Daily Herald video and article and this Chicago Tribune article.
 
LEGO® ART+SCIENCE=ARCHITECTURE
Stop by the library during through April 30 to see an exhibit of 13 world-famous landmarks built entirely of LEGO® bricks. 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.

 
Date: March 1-April 30
Location: First Floor
 
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Tax Forms
Tax day is Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The library distributes tax forms provided by the IRS and the State of Illinois. This year both the state and the IRS have limited the number of forms they sent us. We currently have the federal 1040 form available.
 
Here are ways to obtain forms that the library does not have:

1. Find the form on our Tax Forms page  and download it from the IRS website.
2. Make copies of forms, schedules and instructions located in a large binder at the Info Desk.
3. Call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 if you would like to order forms, instructions or publications by mail.
4. Order forms online here to be delivered by mail.
 
Free Tax Assistance
Free tax preparation help from AARP tax aides is available in the library to individuals with low to medium income (with special attention to those over 60.)  Appointment times are Monday mornings through April 13.  Register online or call 847-392-0100 to make an appointment.
 
 
 
 


 
Take a tour of Japan with the author of The Order of Odd-Fish, James Kennedy, and even learn a little Japanese without leaving the library. After his presentation we will watch an anime that we will pick at the club. For teens in grades 7–12.
 
Date and time: Friday, April 17, 6–8 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room and Hub
 


Adults, Teen
 
Genealogist and Civil War enthusiast Jerry Allen will share the search strategies and resources he used to find his Civil War ancestor with only a photo and a name. 
 
Date and time: Saturday, April 18, 1:30–4 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
 


Adults, Genealogy
 
Technology was the word of the day as members of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce jump started their morning, Thursday, March 19, learning about the latest tech tools and business services available at the library. It was all part of the library's Technology Breakfast Buffet. More than 40 local businesses and community leaders took part in the early-morning event which kicked off with a demonstration of the Oculus Rift,  the library's newest virtual reality device.
 
"It was really awesome," said Village Trustee Robin LaBedz, who wore the ski goggle-like headset and experienced a virtual trip through space. "I felt like I was flying around through outer space. It was really amazing and fun."
 
In other sessions, participants learned about 3D printing and the Studio, the library's digital media center. They also visited the Business Center and the Training Center where they were introduced to tech classes and the online tools that are available to support local businesses.
 
"I'm amazed at the wealth of resources, classes and creative services available here at the library," said Jill Halco of Springboard, a 10-person  Arlington Heights firm which specializes in marketing and branding for hospitals, healthcare and medical associations. "The library is a fabulous resource right in my own backyard."
 
 


 
Arlington Heights cardholders can schedule a one-hour appointment to have their resumes reviewed. Maximum of two reviews within a six-month period or three reviews in a one-year period.
 
Date and time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. and Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m.
Location: Appointment Room next to the Shackley Room
 


Adults, business
 
Dramatist Martina Mathisen will reveal the truth behind this misunderstood queen. Let us eat cake during this celebration of Women's History Month. 
 
Date and time: Tuesday, March 24, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
 


Adults

When John Mazurek, a member of local knitting club that meets weekly at the library, moved away last December, his leaving inspired the group to become crafty in more ways than one.
 
“We wanted to stay in touch with John, and we knew the library offers all types of technology classes, " says Margaret Balazs, one of fifteen women who make up the remainder of the class. “So on a whim I called and asked, ‘Can you teach us how to Skype?’”
 
The answer was “yes.” Through a new library service called Tech à la Carte, Digital Services Manager Amy Pelman scheduled a Skype class just for them in the Training Center.
 
“How are the socks coming along,” the ladies joked when their tutorial resulted in a Skype connection with John more than 2,000 miles away in Salem, Oregon.  Screen to screen, the friends caught up, and John even gave them a tour of his new home using his laptop camera. "This is so fun,” said Arlington Heights resident Anna Sayles.
 

One week later, the group was back to their usual library meeting place, Conference Room H. Yarn, knitting needles and as hoped for, John in attendance via Skype.

 
 
Does Tech à la Carte work for your group?

• Designed for groups of 4–12 people
• Must be scheduled by an Arlington Heights cardholder, other participants need not be
• Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance
• Classes available on 60+ tech topics
 
If interested in a small group tech class, please call 847-506-2674.
 


 
It’s spring break, and we’re headed to Rio! Join us at 6 p.m. for fun activities and then stay to watch the movie Rio, which begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Rated G, 96 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
 
Date and time: Friday, March 20, 6–8:15 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
 


Adults, Family

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