What's Up at the Library?

New York Times bestselling author John Jackson Miller will discuss his work writing novels and comic books in the Star Wars universe, which includes the first new canon novel, Star Wars: A New Dawn, and the Knights of the Old Republic comics series. A book signing will follow. Bring your copies of his work or purchase some at the event.
Date and time: Saturday, May 6, 3–5 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
Revenge of the Sixth
Jedi of all ages, fly over to the library for Star Wars-themed crafts, games, and fun. Wear your Star Wars costume and march in our costume parade! For families.
Date and time: Saturday, May 6, 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: Kids World and HUB
Drop in
Star Wars Trivia Night
May the “Fourth” be with you! You may need the Force, as well, to conquer the dark side and win this trivia competition. Bring a team (groups of 2-5), or come alone and find a team at the event. Prizes include gift cards for our host cantina, Peggy Kinnane's. Light refreshments provided, with beverages and additional food available for purchase. Must be 21 and up to attend.
Date and time: Thursday, May 4, 7:30 pm - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Peggy Kinnane’s Irish Restaurant & Pub, 8 N. Vail Ave.

An Evening with Author Barbara Bradley Hagerty
How do you thrive in midlife? Bestselling author and award-winning journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty tackles this question in her most recent book, Life Reimagined: The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife. Through extensive research and her own life experiences, Hagerty realized that midlife can be a new beginning.
Hagerty discusses renegotiating your purpose, refocusing your energies and transforming the way you think about the world and yourself during at this special library event. A question-and-answer period and book signing will follow her presentation. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Books will be available for purchase.
Date and time: Friday, May 12, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
An Afternoon Discussion With Author Barbara Bradley Hagerty
Can't join us for the evening program? Here is your chance to meet this bestselling author and award-winning journalist. Join us for an informal discussion with Barbara about the ideas explored
in her most recent book, Life, Reimagined: The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife. Bring your questions!
Date and time: Friday, May 12, 2 -3 p.m.
Location: Senior Center
Making the Most of Midlife: A Community Conversation
If you’re feeling inspired by the ideas in Life Reimagined, we welcome you to join in a community conversation. Discuss your own midlife experience and share ideas with others about how to get the most out of this exciting time. Reading the book ahead of time is not required, but is encouraged.
Date and time: Thursday, May 18, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room


Financial educator Karen Chan shows how the right strategy can help you get the most from your IRA, 401(k) or other retirement plan. Rollovers, qualified charitable distributions, Roth conversions, and other tools can help you manage income taxes, streamline (or even avoid) distributions and simplify your life. Learn about required minimum distributions, when it makes sense to take money out before you reach age 70 1/2, how to choose the right beneficiary and what to do when you inherit an account.

Date and time: Thursday, April 27, 2–3:30 p.m.
Location: Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road
Drop in

Adults, Seniors
Need help with a question about a federal government agency or want to express your opinion on legislation? Drop in and meet one-on-one with a staff member from U.S. House of Representative Jan Schakowsky's office at the library. Open office hours will take place on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. No registration required. Customers can stop by the first floor Conference Room, to discuss their concerns or questions. Topics include:
• Immigration
• Veterans Affairs

• Internal Revenue Service

• Social Security & Medicare
• Federal Grants
Dates: Wednesdays, May 3 and 17
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Conference Room, located on the first floor of the library
Drop in

Join us for movie night in the Hub! Hang out and watch a movie on our big screen. For teens grades 7-12.

Date and time: Friday, April 28,  7 p.m.
Location: Hub
Drop in

Adults, Teen

The library’s 3D printers are available for use by A.H. cardholders. For a small fee, library cardholders can submit their designs to be printed out using our MakerBot Replicator Mini 3D printers. The size is limited to 100 x 100 x 125 mm (approximately 3.9 x 3.9 x 4.9 in.) with a variety of colors to choose from. The cost of the print will vary depending on the amount of plastic used. Each print will cost $1.00 for the first five grams of material used and $0.25 for each additional gram. Allow up to two weeks for printing. For more information visit ahml.info/3d.

What is fake news?
The Internet is full of viral misinformation. Fake news is a false news story designed to look like credible information and makes it difficult to decipher fact from fiction. Fake news typically spreads fast online. How can we wade through it? Always reflect on how you encountered the story. Was it promoted on a website? Did it show up in a social media feed? Was it sent to you by someone you know? Trace the story to its original source.

Here are some other helpful steps to analyze news sources and tools for fact checking.

Put it to the CRAAP Test:
Currency—Can you find a date of the article or photograph? When was it last updated?
Relevance—Who is the intended audience? How does the source meet your needs?
Accuracy—Is the information supported by evidence? Does it cite other sources?
Authority—Who is the author? What are their credentials?
Purpose—Does the site give facts or opinions? Does it have a clear bias?
Is it true? Check out these unbiased fact-checking websites:
Independent, self-sufficient entity wholly owned by its operators who investigate rumors.
Non-partisan, non-profit which acts as a consumer advocate for voters. A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Independent fact checking website created by the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. PolitiFact has won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
Where does the bias lie in the media?
Check out this study from the Pew Research Institute
Other resources and articles about Fake News
When Fake News Stories Make Real News Headlines

Looking for more information? Contact a Specialty Info Librarian at questions@ahml.info.

Applications available and accepted Saturday, April 1–Sunday, April 30

Students entering grades 7–12 are invited to volunteer at the library this summer. Sign up for one of 12 Summer Volunteer Squads offering experiences ranging from art to coding to helping with summer reading. Get full descriptions of squads and an application here. Applications received after April 30 will be placed on a waitlist in the order they were received.

Friends Super Spring Used Book Sale 
Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Hendrickson Room and Cardinal Room
Silent Auction- 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Sunday, April 30
11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. /Cardinal Room
Shop the Friends of the Library super spring used book sale and get super savings on thousands of books, movies, music and magazines at great prices. A complete list of the silent auction items is available here. Electronic devices, such as scanners, laptops and cell phones, are not permitted at the sale. Bills higher than $20 will no longer be accepted.

Proving we're never too old for picture books, more than 225 Arlington Heights adults and children filled the Hendrickson Room Wednesday, April 12 to hear New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Peter Brown. During his 90-minute appearance, Brown entertained his audience talking about how he grew from being a creative, little guy into a big guy who makes picture books for a living. He shared books he made as a child and offered a glimpse into his world as the creator of The Curious Garden, Children Make Terrible Pets, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and The Wild Robot. He  also demonstrated his signature drawing that earned him a Caldecott Honor in 2013 as the illustrator of Creepy Carrots!

In addition to his library appearance, the Brooklyn-based author traveled to eleven area elementary schools where he held writing and drawing workshops over the course of four days, April 10-13. During this Friends of the Library-sponsored tour, more than 3,400 Arlington Heights students had the opportunity to meet the award-winning author including those in Districts 25, 21 and 59 and at two private schools.

Read more about Brown's visit in The Chicago Tribune.


Email Updates

Sign up to r​eceive our e-newsletters
  • Upcoming programs
  • Book recommendations
  • Literacy services for growing readers
  • Classes for local business owners

Library Newsletter

If your status is Confirmed Registration, your spot for the event is confirmed.

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.

6.012 Patron-Generated Content

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