Library News

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."
The League of Women Voters of the Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect and Buffalo Grove areas will present a Candidates Forum, Saturday, March 14 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Arlington Heights Village Hall, 3rd floor, 33 South Arlington Heights Road.
The forum will give voters the opportunity to become familiar with the candidates, including those running for two seats on the Library Board of Trustees. Incumbent board president Kerry W. Pearson is running for another term along with three write-in candidates: Carole Medal, Stefan Tucker and Patricia Turner.  Audience members will be able to write and submit questions to candidates to create a community conversation.
The forum will also include those running for the Village of Arlington Heights Board of Trustees, Arlington Heights Park District Board of Commissioners, District 214 School Board and District 25 School Board. 
You can watch the forum live on the Village's access channels, WOW Channel 6 or Comcast Channel 17. 
Election Day is Tuesday, April 7. Visit the Cook County Clerk's website for complete voter information including how to cast your vote for a write-in candidate.  
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.
You can now listen to eAudiobooks through the 3M Cloud Library service, using the updated iOS, Android or PC/Mac app. The eAudiobooks play within the app and can be borrowed for two weeks, just like regular eBooks. Simply look for the “Introducing Audiobooks” shelves on the “Featured” tab of the app.  You can also customize your search results to only show eBooks or eAudiobooks.
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.
Arlington Heights resident Isabel Frye celebrated her 9th birthday in a very fun and creative way on Saturday, October 25. Her parents planned a scavenger hunt and hid clues at five stops around town including the library. The 10 party goers descended on Kids’ World mid-afternoon and after some quick sleuthing on the computer, they discovered their next clue – a scroll hidden inside a children’s book featuring The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. The cryptic message directed the kids to a different section of the library where a costumed Edgar (Isabel’s uncle) presented a very special and theatrical reading of Poe’s eerie poem to Isabel (pictured wearing blue bow) and friends. 

Register for August programs and classes. 

Remember to log in before you register. When you're finished, you’ll then be able to view a list of all of your registrations by clicking on Program Registrations on your account page.


If you missed the State of the Village event held at the library on April 30, you can now watch the video of the presentation. Residents had the opportunity to hear from the park district, local school districts, the library and also the mayor, Tom Hayes, about highlights of the past year and details for what lies ahead. The presentation is also being broadcast this week on Channel 6 on WideOpenWest, Channel 17 on Comcast and Channel 99 on U-Verse. You can also read more about the event in this Daily Herald article.

Have you seen our latest newsletter?  Residents should have received the library's May-June issue of the newsletter in their mailboxes, but it can also be viewed on our website.

Need to learn a new language? Want to refresh the language skills you already have? The library is pleased to now offer A.H. cardholders access to Pronunciator, a new tool for learning languages. With 80 foreign languages to choose from, Pronunciator offers users a full range of services, including interactive language lessons, virtual conversations, quizzes, downloadable MP3s and an available app. It also offers a large ESL curriculum in 50 different languages to help learn and improve English language skills.  Learn more


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If registration for this event is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Wait listed registrants are moved to the confirmed registration list (in the order of registration) when cancelations are received. You will receive an email notification if you are moved from the wait list to the confirmed registration list.

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The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public.  These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.  Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
By contributing patron-generated content, patrons grant the Library an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon that content.
By submitting patron-generated content, patrons warrant they are the sole authors or that they have obtained all necessary permission associated with copyrights and trademarks to submit such content.
Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit.  The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
The Library reserves the right not to post submitted content or to remove patron-generated content for any reason, including but not limited to:
  • content that is profane, obscene, or pornographic;
  • content that is abusive, discriminatory or hateful on account of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation;
  • content that contains threats, personal attacks, or harassment;
  • content that contains solicitations or advertisements;
  • content that is invasive of another person’s privacy;
  • content that is unrelated to the discussion or venue in which it is posted;
  • content that is in violation of the Library’s Code of Conduct or any other Library policy