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We are in the final stages of preparation for launching our new website. User testing is complete, and the exact launch date will be announced soon. All user accounts will be transferred to the new site without disruption to account access.
The new website design will feature:
  • better catalog search results
  • a self-checkout option in the library with your mobile device
  • a new room booking feature for conference rooms
  • the ability to increase or decrease the font size on the site
  • an option to translate the site into over 100 different languages
We've designed the new website in response to user feedback about navigation and usability challenges. The redesign includes many new features for a better user experience that is more responsive and compatible with more mobile devices.
Check back for the latest updates on our launch date.

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 13, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Put on your favorite PJs and get ready for fun.
Jammin' in My Jammies
Thursday, June 20, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Put on your favorite PJs and get ready for fun.
Block Party
Thursday, June 27, 6:30–7 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Bring your builder for hands-on fun with all things construction. Create with blocks, bricks and tubes. Expand your child's imagination with construction books for young audiences.

Author and former Daily Herald reporter Sheryl Jedlinski shares the knowledge, lifestyle changes and humorous adventures that have helped her enjoy a full, productive life despite 20-plus years with Parkinson’s disease and two rounds of advanced cancer. Jedlinski's insights empower anyone facing life-changing events to dream new dreams to fit their “New Normal.” Copies of Jedlinski’s book, Parkinson's, You're Kidding Me, Right? will be available for sale and signing.
Date and time: Tuesday, June 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

In 1919, Arlington Heights residents welcomed home their family and friends who served during World War I while also remembering the village’s fallen heroes during what is now known as Arlington Heights’ Memorial Day Parade.
100 years later, the Veterans Memorial Committee is busy getting ready for the parade’s 100-year anniversary, and there are plenty of big plans underway to commemorate those who have served, past and present.
This year the parade will begin at 9:30 a.m., Monday, May 27 at Sigwalt Street and Arlington Heights Road in front of the Village Hall.
Commemorative coins will be presented to fallen hero families, veterans, active military, and people and organizations who have supported Memorial Day in Arlington Heights.
An Illinois National Guard helicopter will also land in Recreation Park at 10 a.m. and will be open to the public for tours, and a video covering the history of the parade has been created by the Veterans Memorial Committee and community partners, and can be seen below.
Following the parade there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony in Memorial Park at 11 a.m. honoring the 58 Arlington Heights veterans who died in service, from the Civil War to Afghanistan.
The library will be closed all day on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Don't forget to stop by and join the library's bookmobile, which will be present during the parade.


The Board of Library Trustees and the family and friends of the late Richard Frisbie gathered at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Monday evening, May 6, for the dedication of the Richard Frisbie Board Room. Frisbie, who served as a library trustee from 1967 to 2011, holds the distinction as the longest-serving trustee.
"Dick was a dedicated and gifted leader in our community and served on the library board for 44 years," said Joan Brody-Garkisch, vice-president and secretary of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Library Trustees. "During that time, he held every office on the board and served eight years as board president."  
In recognition of his outstanding service, the board officially named the second floor board room in Frisbie's honor. During the dedication ceremony, Dick was remembered not only for his service, but also for his unwavering support of intellectual freedom and First Amendment rights. In 2004, the Illinois Library Association named him Trustee of the Year and also honored him with its Intellectual Freedom Award. 
"We are so fortunate to have had him lead our library board for so many years," said Brody-Garkisch. "His service to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is a model for all library trustees."
Frisbie passed away on August 28, 2018 at his home in Arlington Heights. He was 91 years old.

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Summer 2019 newsletter is out! Read it online here.
Registration for most programs, June-August, opens on June 1. Summer reading programs begin registering on June 3. 
Are you missing your newsletter? If you live in Arlington Heights, and did not receive yours in the mail, email us at CommunicationsMarketing@ahml.info and we'll get one out to you right away.

More than 700 people including parents, student artists, teachers and community members stopped by the library's Marketplace and Kids' World on Thursday, May 2 to celebrate the opening of the 27th Annual District 25 Student Art Show.
"The library is thrilled to again be hosting the District 25 Student Art Show," said Executive Director Mike Driskell. "Now in its 27th year, this is the longest-running partnership event in the library's history."
A live performance from the Thomas Middle School Jazz Band was enjoyed by all at the event. The opening night reception also featured plenty of refreshments and a short film screening from the students of Dryden Elementary School in Kids' World
Over 200 works of art ranging from 2D illustrations to digital art to sculptures are featured in this year's show from seven elementary schools and two middle schools. This artwork is on view in the Marketplace, the Dunton display cases and the Kids' World display cases.
Stop by the library from now through Thursday, May 23 to see all of these creative pieces.
See what kids have to say about creating art in this behind the scenes of the District 25 Student Art Show:

It's National Library Week, a time to celebrate libraries and their workers! This year’s theme is Libraries = Strong Communities in recognition of the role libraries play in engaging and empowering the people they serve.
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is proud to share its 2018 Annual Report during National Library Week. We invite you to take a look at our year in review and join us in celebrating Libraries=Strong Communities.
We want to know how your public library has had an impact on your life and your community. Do you have a library story to share? Email us at LibraryStories@ahml.info and we may share your story in an upcoming newsletter.

"We need the help of all the amazing architects in this room to help build a better Arlington Heights Memorial Library," said Human Resources Manager Lisa Haack to a large gathering of volunteers at the library's Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, March 27. The luncheon honored the library's 425 volunteers who contributed 28,298 hours of service in 2018.
"One thing that really stood out to me when I started working at the library was I didn't know who was a library staff member and who was a volunteer," Haack said. "We all wear the same nametag [and you are all] an extension of our team."
Funded by the Friends of the Library, this year's gathering honored those who volunteer in all areas of the library including the English as a Second Language (ESL) office, Kids' World, genealogy, the Senior Center, the Friends of the Library and the bookmobile.
Twenty-nine volunteers received special recognition for achieving Hours of Service milestones from 500 hours to 17,500 hours. Years of service were also recognized and spanned from three years to 30 years of service.
Linda Gadlin received the top honor of the day as she was named Volunteer of the Year. This one-time award is given to the volunteer who has contributed the greatest number of hours during the previous year but has not previously received the award. She earned Volunteer of the Year for contributing 416 hours of service in 2018 by working in the library's ESL office.
"I enjoy teaching English as a second language to adults who are very appreciative and watching them climb the ladder of fluency and proficiency," Gadlin said. She began volunteering in the ESL office soon after her retirement in 2014. She tutors students one-on-one and teaches Culture & Conversation every Friday afternoon.
"Linda helped me a lot," said Mikkio K., one of Gadlin's students. "Before I didn't have friends here, but the library helped me to meet people. Now they know me, they know my name, and it is good. The library is my home base and Linda is like my family now."
Those who have worked with Gadlin spoke positively about her time at the library.
"Her dedication to her students, her passion for teaching, and her genuine desire to help others as they adapt to life in Arlington Heights can be seen by everyone," said ESL Coordinator Tracy Karim. "Our ESL program would not be the same without her [and] she truly is deserving of the Volunteer of the Year award."

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