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The Library will be closed on January 1, New Year's Day, and will close at 5 p.m. on New Year's Eve, December 31 .

blu_ray_blog Thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Library, we now have Blu-ray Discs available for checkout.  Blu-rays have greater storage capacity than regular DVDs and offer a high-definition viewing experience.  Blu-rays cannot be played in regular DVD players—you do need to have a Blu-ray player (or a PlayStation 3 console) in order to use them.  This new collection is located with the “New DVDs” and is available to AHML cardholders only.  They may be reserved, and there is a limit of two per cardholder.  The checkout period for blu-rays—like regular DVDs—is one week.  You can see a list of those we own by searching Blu-ray as a subject in the online catalog.

Arlington Heights is truly a community of good neighbors. Thanks to your generosity, the Library's first food drive collected more than 1,100 pounds of food for the CEDA and Wheeling Township food pantries. In addition, we collected more than 400 pounds of pet food and items for the Buddy Foundation. This was our 12th year of collecting new children's books for Wheeling Township's Adopt-a-Family holiday basket program. And once again our community of readers responded generously, donating 600 books and bringing our total to 10,293. We would like to thank everyone who participated - the many individuals and families who visited the Library; local book groups; staff at Toshiba Business Solutions, Rosseland Construction, and Arlington Heights Memorial Library; and community groups including Post 208 American Legion Auxiliary and the Professional Women's Council of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. Our sincere thanks to everyone who took time to shop for books and food to donate and share this holiday season.

WinterReading09-10 Dates: December 19-January 31 Location: Kids' World Desk Join the Winter Reading Program and get the new year off to a great start. Beginning December 19, you can pick up a booklet at the Kids' World Desk to keep track of your reading time. When you are finished, bring the booklet in for a prize. You can read or be read to. For children ages infancy-13.

 5star_library For the second year in a row, Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service gave Arlington Heights Memorial Library a Five-Star rating – making it one of America’s top-rated libraries. Only 1% of public libraries across the nation are awarded this distinction.

Just added to the Library's business databases, Plunkett Research provides a wealth of information about industry trends and statistics for a wide variety of industries from advertising to wireless communications. In addition Plunkett profiles thousands of industry-leading companies, spanning both public and privately held firms. It features information about industry associations and organizations, too. Plunkett is an excellent tool for job seekers, investors, students, market researchers and others. Plunkett Research is available through our web site under research. Click on databases by subject, then business. You need to be an A.H. cardholder to use it outside of the Library.

If you live in Arlington Heights and are temporarily or permanently homebound, we can bring the Library to you. Through our Library Visitor Program, every month our volunteers will bring you books, DVDs, music CDs and audiobooks of your choosing. It is easy to sign up. Call 847-870-3710 or fill out the form online.

Mango, our online database for language instruction, now offers 23 more languages. To find it, just click on Mango on the World Languages page. If you just need to learn some basic words and phrases for an upcoming business trip or vacation and don't have much time, click on Mango Basic. With Mango Basic, you can learn: Arab (Leventine), Chinese (Mandarin), Dari, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Pashto, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese. It also offers ESL courses in French, German, Italian Russian, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Arabic, Korean, and Vietnamese. To use Mango, you must be an A.H. cardholder.

genealogy_family_treasures Date and time: Friday, December 11, 9:30 a.m.–noon Location: Hendrickson Room South Do you have old photographs that need repair? Eric Basir of Photo Graphix in Evanston will show how to scan photos and make repairs. Bring a photo or document to the program, and Mr. Basir might use it to show how to preserve it. In addition, Scott Gibrich of Connect Pros in Hoffman Estates will explain how you can convert those older media formats so you can preserve and enjoy them today.  Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.

movie club Date and time: Thursday, December 10, 7:30 p.m. Location: Hendrickson Room Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire and James Bond novelist/film historian Raymond Benson discuss animated films at this month's movie club. See film clips and get the inside story about your favorite animated films. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.

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