What's Up at the Library?

Space Launch Party
Saturday, June 22, 1–3 p.m. / Throughout the library
Drop in
Get your summer started with a blast as we launch Earth from Space, an exhibit celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first Man on the Moon. Enjoy out-of-this-world activities at this all-ages event, including space crafts, an intergalactic scavenger hunt, stories and photo ops. We’ll even have a custom built planetarium! Learn more
Earth from Space
June 21 – August 11
Dunton Entrance and Main Street
Drop in
Marking the 50th anniversary of the first man moon landing, this exhibit showcases 20 satellite images created by Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service. See rare reviews of natural disasters and man-made ecological effects on the Earth, listen to NASA-produced video and audio materials, and enjoy a space-themed photo op. Earth from Space is a collaboration with geographer and curator Andrew Johnston at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s (NASM) Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. The traveling exhibit won a 2007 U.S. Geological Survey communications award for science content.

The exhibit presents large color reproductions of images captured by high-tech satellites constantly circling the globe, recording conditions and events that are nearly impossible to document on the planet’s surface. Earth from Space is brought to you courtesy of the United States Geological Survey and the Smithsonian Institution. Learn more


Explore the value maps can add to your genealogy research with Ginger Frere, a Newberry Library Scholar-in-Residence. We'll discuss maps of early Illinois and where to find them, as well as the stories that maps can help you tell as a family historian. We'll look at migration routes, land ownership, political jurisdictions and more.
Date and time: Monday, June 17, 7-8 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Adults, Genealogy
Learn from local expert Bruce Bixler about different ways to set up your profile so that it is appealing to employers, as well as how to add marketable links to your profile – driving traffic from other digital platforms back to your LinkedIn profile.
Date and time: Tuesday, June 25, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Adults, business
Potterhead or Trekkie, Marvel or D.C., fans, gamers and nerds of all ages and stripes are invited to Arlington Heights’ premiere comics and pop culture event. Find something for everyone with our wide variety of awesome activities, fan-themed crafts and hands-on workshops throughout the library. Meet some of your favorite characters – or come dressed up yourself! Visit Artists’ Alley to meet artists, illustrators and authors.
This year, we welcome the incredibly talented Jarrett Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular Lunch Lady and Jedi Academy book series and National Book Award Finalist for Hey, Kiddo.
Date and time: Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Throughout the library

Join Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot from WBEZ's Sound Opinions as they examine the music world through a lens of #MeToo. Since fall 2017, #MeToo has shined a spotlight on sexual harassment and assault in many aspects of American culture, including Hollywood, media and politics, where powerful men have fallen rapidly. However, the music world had lagged behind up until now.
Date and time: Thursday, July 11, 7-9 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

The votes are in! The winning title from our community vote for this fall's One Book, One Village is...
This is the first time we asked you to help us choose 'the book' for our annual community read and more than 1,150 people responded! Of the three books on the ballot, which ran from March 18-April 14, The Feather Thief captured about 43% of the vote. Thank you to everyone who voted!
Save the Date
We are pleased to announce that author Kirk Wallace Johnson will visit Arlington Heights on Thursday, October 10. Watch for details on this exciting event and other OBOV-related programs and book discussions coming this fall on our website and in our September newsletter.
About The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

Truth is stranger than fiction in this gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime. In 2009, an American music student broke into the Tring Museum of Natural History in London, stole 299 rare birds and disappeared into the night. Written like a true crime thriller, Johnson investigates the case years later and discovers bizarre twists and memorable characters that weave together into a page-turner you won’t soon forget about greed, obsession and man’s destructive relationship with nature.

The fast-paced writing and true series of events will hook readers from the beginning. The book opens a conversation on the consequences of one’s actions, conservationism and human’s relationship with nature.

“Captivating...Everything the author touches in this thoroughly engaging true-crime tale turns to storytelling gold. . . . Johnson's flair for telling an engrossing story is, like the beautiful birds he describes, exquisite. . . . A superb tale about obsession, nature, and man's ‘unrelenting desire to lay claim to its beauty, whatever the cost.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

About Kirk Wallace Johnson
Kirk Wallace Johnson is the founder of the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies, and the author of To Be a Friend is Fatal: the Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind.
His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
Prior to the List Project, Johnson served in Iraq with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Baghdad and then Fallujah as the Agency’s first coordinator for reconstruction in the war-torn city.

He is a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, and the recipient of fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin, Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Wurlitzer Foundation. Prior to his work in Iraq, he conducted research on political Islamism as a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt. Johnson received his BA from the University of Chicago in 2002.
Born in West Chicago, he lives in Los Angeles.

Cooking with Chickpeas
Tuesday, July 9, 7–8:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
Chickpeas are this summer's hottest trend. Join Nicole Duval, owner of Nicole's Fit Kitchen, to learn all about the history, health benefits and culinary versatility of the mighty chickpea. 
Cookbook Book Club: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
Saturday, July 27, 2–3:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room South
Excite all your senses as we discuss Samin Nosrat's bestseller Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Learn how mastering these elements can make your cooking more delicious. Or better yet, come and taste for yourself! Books will be available at the Info Desk. Try out some techniques and recipes at home and join the conversation. Arlington Heights cardholders only.

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. The unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans - until now. A facilitated discussion will follow the film. Rated PG, 96 minutes.
Date and time: Tuesday, June 18, 7-9 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Our expert staff have a wide range of reading tastes and love to help connect readers to their next book. Let us help you pick your next read. You can even make your request without leaving home. Fill out your preferences online on our “Book Me” form and our advisors will send you a customized list of recommended books to read. Tell us what you really liked or didn’t like in books you have read. Based on your preferences, library staff will curate a list of at least 10 books they think you will enjoy. This is also a great way to be introduced to books or authors you might not have found otherwise.
Want recommendations on what to read next? Complete a Book Me form today.

Heading abroad over the summer? Make sure to learn the language. The library offers a number of free online language-learning tools including:

• Little Pim: Fun, easy lessons for kids, pre-K to 2nd grade. It covers Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, English, German, Arabic, Russian.

• Pronunciator: Covers 100 languages. Many have “8-Week Travel Prep” lessons and scheduled “Live Conversation” sessions that let you talk in real-time with a Pronunciator representative. Kids can use their special “Young Learners” lessons. Pronunciator is an in-depth resource that includes a special evaluation tool to help improve your pronunciation skills.

• Mango Languages: Lively introductory lessons for 72 languages. Special “Conversations” lessons give you a quick-start. Some language lessons also have full-length foreign-language feature films (for adult audiences) to help improve your language comprehension.
Both Mango and Pronunciator are also valuable tools for learning English as a Second Language (ESL).

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