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Come hang out for an afternoon of hilarious improvised comedy. We’ll split into teams and play funny games where the jokes come right off the top of your head. You’ll be laughing so hard that it hurts! For teens in grades 7–12.
 
Date and time: Tuesday, January 20, 1–2:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room
 


Teen
 
Join us for an intellectually stimulating discussion of Leo Tolstoy and Russian literature from University of Chicago scholar William Nickell, followed by a lecture of the music and choreography of the ballet Anna Karenina. Join us for one or both discussions. Tea and treats provided.
 
Date and time: Sunday, January 18, 1–3:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
 
 
Life Readers Classics Study
Want a more in-depth study? Sign up for our upcoming Life Readers series on Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. The novel will be broken down into six monthly segments, and the course will view various film adaptations. Members supply their own books.
 
Date and time: Monthly beginning Thursday, January 22, 7:30–9 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room
 
 


Adults
 
Papers piling up at home? Feeling out of control? Professional organizer Lynn Gooding shares tips and tricks for better home organization. Learn how to get your house in order and save yourself valuable time.
 
Date and time: Thursday, January 15, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
 


Adults
 
Learn some of the fundamentals of graphic design, including typography, color, balance, contrast, white space and more.
Arlington Heights cardholders only.
 
Date and time: Monday, January 19, 7:30–9 p.m.
Location: Training Center
 


 
You're a knitter, Harry! Learn how to make a Hogwarts house scarf using a variety of stitching methods: needles, looms and even our arms. We'll also be watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to compare our creations with the scarves on screen. Your scarf will keep you warm, look cool and is a great accessory to wear to Harry Potter Book Night on February 5. For teens in grades 7–12.
 
Date and time: Friday, January 16, 6–9 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room and the Hub
 


Teen

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



Come explore our re-designed digital media lab, the Studio, and get creative.  Interested in making your own movie or music video, or maybe you would like to touch up some old family photos?  Make a reservation for up to two hours at a time or drop in. If you need help with your project, you can make an appointment for one-to-one assistance.  Learn more about the Studio. Funded by the Friends of the Library.
 
Available for Arlington Heights residents ages 12 and older, business cardholders and local high school students.
 
 
 
 

 



 
For the seventh consecutive time, Arlington Heights Memorial Library has received a five-star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries. Five stars is the highest rating that a library can receive, and we are one of only 21 libraries in the nation to have earned five stars for each of the past seven years. Star ratings are based on the annual number of library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use.
 
This is an honor for not only our staff and the Library Board of Trustees, but also for you, our customers. Thank you for making us a 5-star library once again. See Library Journal's 2014 index of star libraries.
 


 
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 AWESOME!!!”
“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.


 
One of the library's goals is to be the go-to place for residents to learn the tech skills they need for business, school and home.  Check out Treehouse, an online resource for learning advanced tech skills such as coding, web design and app development. Arlington Heights cardholders can enroll in any of eight different tech tracks that can ultimately give the user the ability to create an online portfolio to show to potential employers.  Learn more about Treehouse and get started today.
 


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