Adults

01/21/15
 
In recognition of the library's recent five-star rating, Illinois State Representative David Harris delivered a special congratulatory message direct from Springfield to the Library Board of Trustees. Speaking at their monthly meeting on January 20, Harris presented the Illinois House of Representatives Certificate of Recognition to Board President Kerry Pearson and Executive Director Jason Kuhl. The certificate reads:
 
"The 98th General Assembly, House of Representatives, acknowledges Arlington Heights Memorial Library in recognition of receiving a five star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries for seven years in a row."
 
The library was 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. The library's range of programs for children, teens and adults plus specialized services offered in the library's Business Center and Training Center were key in receiving this distinctive recognition.
 
"When I heard about the five-star rating I said that's a real achievement," Harris added. "It speaks well of the board, the staff and overall of the community's involvement. Hats off to all of you for what you do."
 
 
PHOTO: Left to right - Board President Kerry Pearson, Representative David Harris and Executive Director Jason Kuhl.
01/12/15
 
National Book Award nominee author? Check.
First-ever Printz Award winning graphic novelist? Check.
Amazing, vivid artwork and gripping, epic stories? Check and check.
Meet award–winning author and nominee for the National Book Award, Gene Luen Yang. He will discuss Boxers and Saints and describe the genesis of the two-volume graphic novel project about the Boxer Rebellion. He’ll talk about why historical events intrigue him and what he learned while researching. Yang's talk will be followed by questions from the audience and a book signing. Copies of his book will be available for purchase at the event. Open to all ages.
 
Date and time: Thursday, January 29, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Marketplace
 
01/01/15
 
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
 
12/18/14

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
01/27/15
 
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.
01/26/15
 
Tax Forms & Resources
Tax day is April 15, 2015. The library will distribute 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 are sending us. We will have the federal 1040,1040A and the 1040EZ forms available as well as the IL-1040 form and the IL-1040 instructions. We will not be getting any IRS instruction books or other forms.
 
Visit our Tax Forms page for current availability of forms at the library. The site also provides online links to popular tax forms available as PDF downloads and a list of helpful tax-related phone numbers.
 
There are three ways to obtain forms that the library does not have:
 
1. Call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 to order forms, instructions or publications by U.S. mail.
2. Order forms online here to be delivered by U.S. mail.
3. Visit our Tax Forms page  and click on the link to download a form from the IRS website.
 
AARP Tax Assistance
Sign up for free income tax preparation appointments through the AARP/IRS Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program. Available to any taxpayer with low to medium income with special attention to those over 60.  Register at 847-392-0100 or online for appointments on Monday mornings beginning February 16–April 13, in the library's Hendrickson Room. 
 
 
01/22/15
 
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.
01/22/15
 
Kraig Kenning is an Americana/ fingerstyle/blues singer-songwriter and National Slide Guitar Champion from Chicago. Touring the past 20 years, he has evoked comparisons to Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Bruce Cockburn, Michael Hedges, Jackson Browne and Leo Kottke. Kraig never fails to entertain with his slide guitar expertise and his original lyrics.
 
Date and time: Saturday, February 7, 2–3 p.m.
Location: Marketplace
 
Drop in
01/20/15
 
Get your wand and owl ready for Harry Potter Book Night! There will be something for everyone at this magical event celebrating the world of Harry Potter. Come in costume, and you could win a prize. Muggles only allowed as the guests of a wizard. For children, teens and families.
 
Date and time: Thursday, February 5, 6–7 p.m.
Location: Lindsey Room, Marketplace and the Hub
 
01/20/15
 
The family of talented cook Hassan Kadam has a life filled with both culinary delights and profound loss. Drifting through Europe after fleeing political violence in India, the Kadams arrive in France. A chance auto accident and the kindness of a young woman, in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val inspire Papa Kadam to set up aan Indian restaurant there. This puts the Kadams in direct competition with Madame Mallory's acclaimed haute cuisine establishment across the street. Rated PG, 122 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 
Date and time: Friday, January 30, 7–9 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room