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How will you put some spark in your summer? Create your summer at the library with unique reading programs and challenges for every age. Meet and be inspired by the library's artist-in-residence, award-winning author and illustrator Chris Raschka, and see his artwork on display in the Marketplace, June 4 through August 12. Explore fun, engaging, interactive programs to fuel your creativity, all summer long. Watch your mailbox for the library's summer newsletter for more information. Registration for all summer reading programs begins June 4. See more information on our summer reading program page. 

Don't have the internet at home? Going on vacation and need a reliable connection? Working out of the office and want offsite internet? The library is excited to begin lending its ten new Mobile Hotspots to Arlington Heights cardholders.
What is a Hotspot?
  • A hotspot is a device that uses a cellular connection to provide internet access to your devices.
  • Connect your device to the hotspot via Wi-Fi and browse the internet with up to 4G LTE speeds.
  • Franklin R910 Mobile Hotspots:
  - Allow multiple users/devices to connect to internet.
  - Have up to 12 hour battery life.
  - Work only in the U.S on Sprint’s cellular network.
Who can check out a Hotspot?
  • Hotspots are only available to Arlington Heights Memorial Library cardholders.

Where can I check out a Hotspot?

How long can I keep it?
Is internet usage tracked by the library?

Repairs to the underground garage will take place Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20 weather permitting. Drive-up window service and underground parking will be disrupted and at times, unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience. Here's what to expect:  
Tuesday, June 19 - Temporary closures and disruptions
Asphalt work at the entry to the underground parking lot weather permitting.
  • The underground garage will be temporarily closed to vehicles in the early morning and again in the afternoon.
  • The drive-up window will be temporarily unavailable early morning and again in the afternoon. Holds can be picked up in the library next to the Checkout Desk. If you have questions or need special accommodations, call 847-392-0100.
  • Pedestrian walkways open. Customers will be able to enter the library on foot through the underground garage.
  • Outdoor parking lot will be available.
  • Dunton Street book drop available.
As asphalt work is completed on June 19, vehicles will be able to enter and/or park in the underground garage. Drive-up window service will resume. 
Wednesday, June 20 - Closures
Paving work weather permitting. Stamping and coloring of the asphalt will be done during this day.   
  • The underground parking lot will be closed to vehicles and remain off-limits overnight to allow for the paint to cure.
  • The drive-up window will be closed. Holds can be picked up in the library next to the Checkout Desk. If you have questions or need special accommodations, call 847-392-0100.
  • Pedestrian walkways open. Customers will be able to enter the library on foot through the underground garage. 
  • Parking in the outdoor lot will be available.
  • Dunton Street book drop available.
We anticipate the underground parking lot and drive-up window will reopen on Thursday, June 21. Again, we appreciate your patience during these repairs. 

Get in on the excitement of the World Cup this summer at the library! Score big and enjoy an action-packed line-up of programs, live screenings and books to match every step of the competition:
Follow June 14 – 29 World Cup group stage enjoying titles from all participating countries:
• Group A:  Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay   https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4853
• Group B:  Iran, Morocco, Portugal, Spain   https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4854
• Group C:  Australia, Denmark, France, Peru   https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4839
• Group D:  Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria   https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4855
• Group E:  Brazil, Costa Rica, Serbia, Switzerland   https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4856
• Group F:  Germany, Korea, Mexico, Sweden   https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4857
• Group G:  Belgium, England, Panama, Tunisia   https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4858
• Group H:  Colombia, Japan, Poland, Senegal  https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/4859
World Cup Screenings
Friday, July 6; Saturday, July 7;Tuesday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 11
Enjoy snacks from the competing countries as you watch a live match! All matches begin at 1 p.m. in the Hendrickson Room. Drop in
Soccer Fun   
Celebrate summer, soccer and the World Cup with activities, crafts and refreshments. Coaches from the Arlington Heights Park District will be on hand to teach soccer skills to kids of all ages.
Thursday, July 12, 1– 3 p.m.
Patriot Park, 700 N. Schoenbeck Rd.
Drop in
Join us for these memorable soccer-themed films, also on the big screen in the Hendrickson Room.
Wednesday Cinema: Bend it Like Beckham
Wednesday, June 20, 1–3 p.m. / Hendrickson Room South
Catch World Cup fever with Bend it Like Beckham. A kaleidoscope of color and culture clash humorously as an Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way. Rated PG-13; 1 hour and 52 minutes.
A Wider Lens: The Two Escobars
Tuesday, July 10, 7–9 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
The rise of Colombian soccer is attributed to the influx of drug money into the sport by Pablo Escobar and the other drug cartels. However, the team's swift decline after Escobar's death results in the murder of star player Andres Escobar. The Two Escobars is a riveting examination of the intersection of sports, crime, and politics.
Looking for some World Cup reads? Check out these books for kids and teens:

Join us for fun in the sun at area parks this summer. Drop by for a 20-minute storytime and browse in the bookmobile. In case of bad weather, the storytime will be canceled, but the bookmobile will still be available. Bookmobile stops from 11 a.m. to noon. Storytime is at 11:15 a.m.
Pioneer Park at the corner of Fairview and Fernandez
Tuesdays, June 12, 19, 26 and July 3,10, 17, 24 
Frontier Park in the northwest corner of the parking lot
Wednesdays, June 13, 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25

Night at the Lake
All concerts 7–8 p.m. / Arlington Lakes Golf Club, 1211 South New Wilke Rd.
Bring your own seating for this outdoor venue. Cash bar available and picnics encouraged. Rain location: Hendrickson Room, Arlington Heights Memorial Library. In partnership with Arlington Heights Park District. Drop in
Dave Rudolf: British Invasion
Relax on the patio and listen to Grammy-nominated Dave Rudolf’s trio play hits from the British Invasion, featuring music from the Beatles, the Kinks, the Who and more.
Sueños Latin Jazz
Thursday, July 19
Sueños Latin-Jazz Quartet performs music from across the Latino diaspora, music that combines jazz improvisation with the infectious rhythms and melodies of the Caribbean, South and Central America and Spain. The members of the band are amongst the finest jazz musicians in the Chicagoland area.

Peach's Beach Party
Thursday, August 16
Come celebrate the spirit of Jimmy Buffet with the music of Peach’s Beach Party. Hawaiian shirts optional!

Your house has a history. Was it moved, damaged by fire or englarged to accommodate a growing family? Tina Beaird of Tamarack Genealogy will provide strategies for researching the history of your home by using government records, newspapers, phone directories, maps and other resources.
Date and time: Wednesday, June 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Adults, Genealogy
Join us every Thursday evening for family fun. The theme changes weekly, but the family time together remains the same. Ages 0-6; siblings welcome. Space is limited; tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis at the Kids' World Desk before each program begins. 
Jammin' in My Jammies
Thursday, June 21, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Put on your favorite PJs and be ready for fun.
Jammin' in My Jammies
Thursday, June 28, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Put on your favorite PJs and be ready for fun.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet and get creative with acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Chris Raschka. The library’s summer artist-in-residence program will include experiences with the artist, from June 27–30, including a chance to watch Raschka in action as he works on his own creative projects in the library.
His exhibit, Bravo! Chris Raschka, showcases more than 50 works of art, and will be on display in the Marketplace from June 4 to August 12. Bright colors, freeform shapes, childlike characters and a vivid sense of movement and rhythm highlight Raschka’s signature artwork in watercolor, pastel and charcoal pencil.
Raschka has authored more than 60 children’s books, received two Caldecott Medals and has been selected for The New York Times’ Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year list multiple times. Come to the library to find inspiration from this award-winning artist at a bookmaking workshop, storytime, live art demonstration or artist talk.
Artist-in Residence Programs
Registration for artist-in-residence events opens June 1. 
Bookmaking Workshop for Kids
Wednesday, June 27, 1–3 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
For grades 3–6.
Register  (Program full)
Raschka at Work
Watch our artist-in-residence in action as he works on his own creative projects.
Thursday, June 28, 2–4 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
Drop in – No registration needed!
Artist Talk and Book Signing
Thursday, June 28, 7–8:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
For ages 8–adult.
Storytime and Book Signing
Friday, June 29, 10–11:30 a.m. / Hendrickson Room
For age 4–grade 4.
Raschka at Work
Watch our artist-in-residence in action as he works on his own creative projects.
Friday, June 29, 2–4 p.m. / Marketplace
Drop in – No registration needed!
Bookmaking Workshop for Adults
Saturday, June 30, 1–4 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
Register (Program full)
This residency is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Library. This exhibition was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. 

Discuss The Airbnb Story by Leigh Gallagher, a remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the creation and growth of Airbnb, the online lodging platform, that has become, in under a decade, the largest provider of accommodations in the world. No sign up required – just pick up a book at the Info Desk.
Date and time: Wednesday, July 11, 7–8 p.m.
Location: Business Center
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