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First graders became dragon masters in our first Junior Maker Challenge.  Inspired by stories of castles and dragons, they put their imaginations to work.  Take a look at their medieval creations!

Kids' World
Come create a fun and fluffy St. Patrick's Day craft. Master the basics of needle felting, and walk away with your own awesome "sheepscape" in a jar. All materials provided.
Date and time: Sunday, March 8, 2:30–4 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Get ready for the SAT and show off your vocabulary skills with word trivia. Challenge your friends for a chance to win a Starbucks gift card to help you stay awake after late-night cramming. For high school students only.
Date and time: Thursday, March 5, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Adults, Teen
It's official! Arlington Heights won WGN-TV's first Battle of the 'Burbs, edging out Mount Prospect, 4-3, in a wacky games showdown featured on the Morning News, Thursday, February 19.
Hosted by WGN's Ana Belaval, Team Arlington Heights included the library’s Executive Director Jason Kuhl along with Mayor Tom Hayes, Arlington Park Bugler Monica Benson, SALUTE Founder Will Beiersdorf, and Chicago AAA Insurance Agent Matthew Staley. Mount Prospect's team included Mayor Arlene Juracek along with four other local leaders and business owners.
The competition played out throughout the morning broadcast and included a series of zaney events ranging from an egg pass and Bozo buckets to pin the mustache on the news anchor and a water balloon toss. In the end, Team Arlington Heights cinched the title by one point and secured bragging rights in the northwest 'burbs.
Watch Battle of the 'Burbs highlights including a pie-eating competition.
Picture: Go, Team Arlington Heights!  Left to right are Will Beiersdorf, Jason Kuhl, Monica Benson, Matthew Staley and Tom Hayes.

In the news
Join us to discuss Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder by Jim Clifton. Refreshments provided. Registration is required. Those registered can pick up a book at the Info Desk. Books contain a unique access code to take the Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder Assessment.
Date and time: Wednesday, February 25, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Armand's Pizzeria, 70 N. Vail Avenue

Adults, business
Are you skilled in the art of rocking out? Can you wail on a plastic guitar? Come by The Hub and play against other gamer musicians for the title of Guitar Hero Rock Legend. There will be food, prizes and healthy competition!
Date and time: Friday, February 20, 6–8 p.m.
Location: The Hub

Adults, Teen
Learn what LinkedIn is and the basics of creating an account. We will provide hands-on assistance in setting up an account. 
Date and time: Wednesday, February 18, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Training Center

The library celebrated all things Harry Potter on Thursday, February 5 and more than 200 people turned out for an evening of fun fit for a wizard. Wearing costumes and signature Harry styles, participants soaked in the magic and rolled up their sleeves for Hogwarts-themed activities in the Marketplace, the Hub and Kids' World: a potions class, owl examinations, a chance to make a Golden Snitch and the opportunity to don the Sorting Hat. Awards were given for best costumes and both wizards and Muggles alike enjoyed Harry Potter-inspired treats.
Harry Potter Book Night was a first time event in which libraries, schools and community groups around the world joined together on the same night to host celebrations honoring J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and the magic of Harry Potter.

Kids' World
How do you take an existing product and make it better? Just ask the 29 eighth graders at Thomas Middle School who recently completed a new, 9-week elective focused on three-dimensional printing, research and design. Titled 3D RD, the first-time course challenged the students to create or redesign every day products using 3D technology resources available both at school and at the library including Tinkercad, an online design application, and the Hub’s MakerBot 3D printer.

The course culminated on January 20 when the students presented their final 3D projects before an audience of some 50 parents and teachers. Thomas Middle School Principal Brian Kaye emceed the program which was held in the Hub. Students presented ideas and 3D models that ranged from a clever set of interchangeable scissors handles, designed by Arlington Heights students Zoe Axelrod and Annie Waz, to an always in demand TV remote holder.

“Give me a show of hands, how many of you guys have lost your remotes,” asked Emil Harb and Michael Macynski, the student engineers of a sleekly-designed TV remote holder. “This is the item that shall fulfill your needs!”

In all 12 groups of students presented and displayed their printed 3D prototypes at the library.

“The kids were really well-prepared,” says Teen Services Supervisor Tom Spicer, who worked with the District 25 students. “It was really great to see that they were able to start using the modeling software to design and print workable prototypes and products.”

“It was really gratifying to see the students present their final products,” added Jim Grant, Thomas Middle School industrial technology teacher and creator of the class. “It was fun trying something new, and it was great working with the Hub staff. The teamwork between the school and library provided enhanced learning for the students and resulted in some really innovative and creative 3D products.”

Thomas Middle School will offer 3D RD in the spring with a new class starting in April.

Transport yourself into the world of technological espionage and vanguard science in William Gibson’s bold novel, Neuromancer. This Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick award winner launched an innovative era in science fiction.
Date and time: Tuesday, February 10, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Fireplace area
Register and pick up a copy of the book at the Info Desk or call 847-392-0100.


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