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Come sing and dance to the lively music of Wendy and DB. This award-winning duo awakens your child's imagination with original songs and play. For ages 3 and up.
Date and time: Wednesday, December 14, 10–11 a.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Explore hands-on activities with your little one and mingle with other parents during this special playgroup. Siblings are welcome. For ages 0–3.
Dates: Mondays, December 12 and 19
Wednesday, December 21
Thursday, December 15
Time: 9:30–11 a.m
Location: Hendrickson Room
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This popular monthly film discussion program presented by Daily Herald movie critic Dann Gire and film historian and novelist Raymond Benson offers a fun-filled evening discussing a different film theme each month, including film clips, cinema history, trivia and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Date and time: Thursday, December 8, 7:30–9:30 p.m. 
Location: Hendrickson Room

For the ninth consecutive year, 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. Star ratings are based on the annual number of library visits, circulation, program attendance, public Internet computer use and circulation of electronic materials.
In 2016, 7,349 U.S. public libraries qualified to be rated on the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. This year there are 260 Star Libraries, each receiving three-star, four-star, or five-star designations.
Nineteen libraries in Illinois have been named Star Libraries for 2016, and out of these 19 libraries, Arlington Heights Memorial Library was one of just three public libraries in the state to earn a top five-star rating.

This is an honor for not only our staff and the Board of Library Trustees, but also for you, our customers. Thank you for making us a five-star library once again. Read more about Library Journal's 2016 index of America's Star Libraries here.


Following a six-month pilot period, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Trustees voted to extend the library’s weekend hours, remaining open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and opening the library an hour earlier, at 11 a.m., on Sundays. The cost for the library’s extended hours will be managed within the library’s currently approved budget.
The library’s new hours are:
Monday–Friday  9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday  9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday  11 a.m.–8 p.m.
The pilot program was based upon a recent survey of library customers which indicated many residents wished the library offered more hours on the weekends. An extensive study of customer use during the pilot program confirmed these survey results. For example, use of the Studio saw a 67 percent increase in weekend reservations. On average, 165 customers visited the library per hour during the pilot program, using the library during hours the library previously would have not been open.
"These expanded hours stem from the fact that people's lives are busier than ever, and we want to make it as convenient as possible for them to visit the library," said Executive Director Jason Kuhl. “We saw strong use of the library in all areas and are happy to continue this customer service going forward.”

Drop in for a hands-on demonstration of the Oculus Rift, a head-mounted virtual reality device. Learn about Oculus Rift hardware, software, and some of the cool things developers are making for it. Come early to sign up for a demo as time slots fill up fast! For ages 13 and up.
Dates and times:
Saturday, December 10, 1–3 p.m.
Saturday, December 21, 2–4 p.m.
Location: Marketplace
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Amy Meadows, former director of Windows and Marketing Events for Marshall Field’s and Macy’s provides a sneak peek into the design and execution of the famed animated windows, Main Aisle decor and the Great Tree.
Date and time: Tuesday, December 13, 7–8:15 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Home for the Holidays: Stories of Family
The holiday season, when families come together, is a perfect time for telling and retelling family stories and sharing memories of loved ones. Learn techniques for gathering these stories for future generations from personal historian Diane Dassow, who will lead you through the process of conducting successful interviews. Come share your favorite holiday stories, listen to others, and enjoy cider and cookies. Bring the family.
Date and time: Saturday, December 10, 1–3 p.m. 
Location: Cardinal Room
Other Genealogy Classes in December:
Finding Your Ancestors Online
This class is offered every other month, with various topics on best methods and databases for genealogical researching online.
Date and time: Friday, December 9, 9:30–11 a.m. 
Location: Training Center
Swedish Genealogy Research Help
Wednesday, December 14, noon–7 p.m. / Shackley Room, first floor of the library
Do you have Swedish ancestors? Kathy Meade, who has more than seven years’ experience helping people trace their Swedish ancestry, will be available to help you with your research. Kathy can also direct you to additional Swedish research resources.
Date and time: Wednesday, December 14, noon–7 p.m.
Location: Shackley Room, first floor of the library

Adults, Genealogy
Take time to relax during the busy holiday season. Join us for a session of coloring, just for adults. Enjoy cocoa, conversation and a fantastic selection of coloring pages. Limited pencils and markers provided - feel free to bring your favorites with a friend.
Date and time: Thursday, December 15, 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room South


Let the library help you save a little money on gift giving this season. Drop in anytime during this session and leave with a complete handmade gift and some budget-gifting inspiration.  This project will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and is best for ages 5+. While supplies last.
Date and time: Saturday, December 10,1–3 p.m.
Location: Marketplace
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Adults, Family

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