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Fifth-grade students from Olive-Mary Stitt School became library employees for a day during their visit on Friday, March 15. The seven students were able to get actual work experience in the library's Circulation department and Kids' World. These students learned about checking in books and other items, assisting in the drive-up window and more. This experience was part of World of Work (WOW), a program that gives kids the opportunity to act as employees for a day for local businesses that interest them. This program was supported by 19 Arlington Heights businesses with 114 students from Olive-Mary Stitt School participating.

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is considering the acquisition of a building at 112. N. Belmont Ave. to use as a library makerspace. Learn more about the proposed project here. 

Library parking lot full? Did you know parking is also available across the street from the library in the commuter lot on Vail Avenue? After noon on weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday, the Vail commuter lot is free. The commuter lot is located on Vail Avenue between St. James and Fremont. Enter from Vail Avenue or St. James.

On Tuesday, February 19, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Library Trustees adopted two policy changes, updating the current policy for Unattended and/or Unsupervised Children (7.002) in the library and adopting a new policy for Vulnerable Adults (7.0015) in the library. These changes are effective immediately.
Unattended and/or Unsupervised Children (7.002)
The Board of Library Trustees and staff of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library are committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment for all children who visit the library.  As a public facility, the library takes reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of children while they are using the library.  Library facilities are not designed or licensed to provide child care needs including emergency care, nutrition, adult supervision or physical exercise.
Children are considered mature enough to use the library unattended if (1) the parent or caregiver determines that they are mature enough; (2) they are at least nine years old; and (3) they are able to tell staff their full name, parent or caregiver’s name, and parent or caregiver’s phone number upon request.  Children who do not meet all three criteria must be directly supervised when in the library by someone who is at least fourteen years old and does meet all the criteria.
This policy change raises the age a child may be in the library unattended from eight to nine years old.
Vulnerable Adults (7.0015)
All adults who can understand and follow the Library’s Code of Conduct and who can care for themselves are welcome in the library.
Vulnerable adults must be attended and have adequate supervision by an adult over the age of 18 during their visit.   A vulnerable adult is functionally, mentally or physically unable to care for themselves and should not be left unattended or unsupervised when in the library.  Library facilities are neither designed nor licensed to provide adult care needs.
This is a new policy.
Read the full policy here.

Harry Potter Book Night came back and was better than ever on Thursday, February 7 with 596 wizards and Muggles showing up for a fun, spellbinding evening to celebrate all things Harry Potter. Many came dressed up in Harry Potter-themed costumes, ready to take part in all of the activities taking place throughout the library including Diagon Alley, Quidditch matches with Lumos Quidditch, the Sorting Hat and Harry Potter trivia. Harry Potter Book Night is a one-day international event with celebrations taking place around the globe.
A photo gallery from this event can be seen on the library's Facebook page.

Lauree Harp, a long-time resident of Arlington Heights, is organizing a group of volunteers who will donate their time as founding board members of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Foundation. Joining her are Miriam Cooper, Betsy Kmiecik, Gary McClung, Michael Mulder, Claudia Starck and John Walsh.
"A library foundation can provide opportunities for a variety of revenue sources to supplement tax support," said Harp. 

The Foundation is a separate entity from the Friends of the Library. Foundation board members will focus on individual, foundation and corporate gifts, as well as planned giving opportunities. The group has applied for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. The Foundation and Friends of the Library have a mutual focus on providing the Library with revenue sources. To donate to the foundation or for more information, visit ahmlfoundation.org.


When the weather outside is frightful, get all your books and audiobooks from the comfort of your own home by downloading cloudLibrary. The cloudLibrary allows you to borrow and read eBooks and eAudiobooks from your local public library for free. This app includes a fully functional reader allowing library cardholders to read eBooks directly in the app, as well as bookmark and save the position of your book across devices.
Browse and check out eBooks and audiobooks from our cloudLibrary web portal or from your device.

Download the cloudLibrary app (iOS, Android, Nook HD/Samsung, Kindle Fire, Windows, ChromeOS)

Cloud Library support | Video Tutorial (with printable instructions)

Learn more about books, audiobooks, magazines and more available for download from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library here

Arlington Heights cardholders have access to Kanopy, a collection of over 30,000 films from over 1,000 top producers, such as Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, PBS, Media Education Foundation, Stanford Executive Briefings, New Day Films, Cohen Films, California Newsreel, Collective Eye and more. Sample feature film titles include Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, and the documentary Grey Gardens.
Kanopy launches on average 500 new releases per month, ensuring the collection is fresh with the new content. You can watch up to eight videos per month and never need to place a hold. 
The link to Kanopy is on the library's Downloads page or you can bookmark http://ahml.kanopystreaming.com. Once you're there, click on the "Sign Up" link and create your profile (you'll be asked for you AHML card number).

If you're still looking for Valentine's Day gift ideas, look no further than our new Creativebug database. Creativebug provides access to more than 1,000 award-winning DIY classes that are perfect for any occassion. It is also a great resource for patterns, templates and recipes. From painted chocolate hearts to festive holiday cards, there is plenty to learn while using Creativebug, which is a must-have resource for DIYers of all ages. Find out more and beginning crafting today at ahml.info/onlinelearning.

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Ready to get started? Click here to visit the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's hoopla collection.

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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.
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