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It's not too early to start looking for the right preschool or child care for your little one. Meet teachers and providers from over 30 local programs at this open house for adults.
Date and Time: Wednesday, January 16, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
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The new drive-up book drop is now open in the northeast corner of the underground parking lot.  Watch for the signs that will direct you through a new traffic pattern. 

Did you get a new eReader over the holidays? Find out how to use your new device with the library's eBooks collection. Learn the capabilities of the Nook, Kindle, iPad, or other tablets and how to use them with the library's downloadable eBooks and audiobooks.
Date and Time: Saturday, January 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Training Center
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Want to meet for a homework project? Need to find a place for an interview? Use one of the seven new small conference rooms that are now available on the library's second floor. That makes a total of 11 rooms currently available for individuals and groups. A.H. cardholders can reserve a small conference room by calling 847-392-0100 or stopping by the Info Desk or the second-floor desk.
Conference rooms:
  • May be booked up to a week in advance by A.H. cardholders only
  • Can be used for up to two hours at a time
  • May be used by individuals or groups of up to six people
  • Have dry-erase boards and Internet connection
Hours are:
  • 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday
  • noon-5 p.m., Sunday
View diagram of conference rooms.
Read full guidelines for conference room use.

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Come study with your friends or project partners in our study lounge with tons of group study spaces, comfy chairs and delicious snacks from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. We’ll have iPads, laptops and office and homework supplies, as well as staff to help you with homework/study needs. For high school teens.

Dates and times: Saturday, January 12–Thursday, January 17
Weekdays: 2–8 p.m. / Weekends: noon–6 p.m. 
Location: Campus Life Teen Center, 112 N. Belmont Ave.
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This popular monthly film discussion program is presented by Dann Gire, the film editor for the Daily Herald and a contributing corresponding critic for Ebert Presents on PBS and Raymond Benson, a film historian and novelist.
Each month offers a fun-filled evening discussing a different film theme, including film clips, cinema history, trivia and more. This month the topic is "Heeeere's Jack!" - The Films of Jack Nicholson. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Date and time: Thursday, January 10, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Executive Director Jason Kuhl is quoted in The New York Times in an article today “Libraries See Opening as Bookstores Close.”  Kuhl states “A library has limited shelf space, so you almost have to think of it as a store, and stock it with the things that people want.” 

At Arlington Heights Memorial Library, we are changing the library to respond to the way customers are using the library in our renovation which is currently underway.  In January we will unveil our new Marketplace, and it will be the library’s centerpiece.  It is where you’ll find the things you want the most - like our expanded selection of the newest and most popular books, arranged so you can easily find what you are looking for.
To read the entire article, please click here.

Sign-up has begun for our Winter Reading Program. Pick up a reading log at the Kids’ World Desk or on the bookmobile. Keep track of your reading to earn a prize and a free book of your choice. You can read or be read to. For ages infancy–13.
Dates: Saturday, December 15–Sunday, January 27

The following collections are now in their permanent locations:
  • DVDs and music CDs are just west of the main elevators.
  • Fiction books are in the northwest corner of the library.
  • Nonfiction books are in the northeast corner of the library.
  • Magazines are on the north wall near Fiction.

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The holidays will be brighter for many families thanks to the generosity of our library users and community partners.  We were able to donate 826 books to Wheeling Township’s holiday Adopt-a-Family program.  We would like to thank everyone who contributed.  Special thanks go to Rolling Green Nine-Hole Golf League, American Legion Auxiliary Post #208; and our community partners: Tuscan Market & Wine Shop, Mariano’s Fresh Market, California Pizza Kitchen, Northwest Speech and Hearing Center at Northwest Community Hospital, California Pizza Kitchen, and the Chamber of Commerce Professional Women’s Council.

Since we have started the book drive in 1998, we have donated 13,111 books to children in need. Thanks for helping provide the gift of literacy in our community during the holidays.

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