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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.


Adults, Family
 
Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks, eComics and more, 24/7 with your library card and hoopla. Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla offers Hollywood blockbusters to bestselling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche and hard-to-find as well.
 
Ready to get started? Click here to visit the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's hoopla collection.


Adults, Family
 
Our newest collection, the Library of Things, is full of the unexpected – from board games and guitar pedals to a sewing machine and wireless hotspots. The library has received many requests for non-traditional items in recent years, and this new collection allows customers even more ways to learn, create and save money at the library.
 
•              Capture your next snowboarding or snorkeling expedition with a GoPro.
•              Beachcomb on Lake Michigan with a metal detector.
•              Race your visiting cousin in Mario Kart with an extra Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
•              Play new games like Code Names, Truth Bombs or Settlers of Catan
•              Keep your blades from dulling with a knife sharpener.
•              And so much more!
 
The Library of Things will continue to grow based on your feedback. Visit the display in the first floor Marketplace or browse the collection online and suggest items for us to add.
 


Adults

Looking for preschool or childcare information? Choosing the right preschool or childcare that fits your family’s needs is a big job. Whether you’re looking for all day childcare or a preschool, we can help.

Every January, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library hosts a Preschool and Childcare Information Night. Directors and teachers from Arlington Heights, as well as surrounding areas, gather to share information about their programs. Some even have summer camp options for school age children.
 
This year, we had 44 different facilities participate in our open house. If you were unable to join us, we have pamphlets and brochures from all the participants. Stop by the Kids’ World desk anytime to take a look at the Preschool and Childcare Information binder.


 
Students from the local homeschool co-op H.E.A.R.T. recently created more than 150 personalized bookmarks for our Library Delivery Services, which takes books, and other library items, to Arlington Heights residents who are homebound and unable to visit the library in person. Sixteen students worked together to create the beautiful bookmarks including the Payne sisters of Arlington Heights. In a letter to the recipients, 9-year-old Adley Payne wrote:
 
Dear Reader,
 
My class made these bookmarks hoping they would add a little extra fun to our reading.
We like reading and the library too. Enjoy your book!
 
Warmly,
 
The Project Club Class at H.E.A.R.T. School
 
The bookmarks are already bringing joy to local residents who receive deliveries of books, movies and music from the library each month. If you or someone you know lives in Arlington Heights and is unable get to the library, we can bring the library to you. Learn more about Library Delivery Services.


Adults
 
Take a look at local historical newspapers from around the world with the library’s newest database – Newspapers.com. This database is easy to navigate, making it the perfect resource whether you’re someone trying to do genealogical research or a student completing a school project. Newspapers.com features more than 11,200 newspapers from the 1700s to the 2000s and millions of additional pages are added every month. Newspapers.com expands our access to historical databases, which include Proquest Historical Newspapers and American Ancestors.
 
Proquest Historical Newspapers provides fully scanned articles and pages from newspapers including The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun, and American Ancestors is a collection of genealogy databases maintained by the New England Historic Genealogical Society with over 14 billion records pulled from military sources, family histories, census data, etc. All of these databases can be found by visiting the library’s Research webpage and clicking on the Databases tab.


 
Thank you to all of our wonderful customers, staff and community groups who contributed to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Holiday Book Drive. A record-breaking 2,174 books were generously donated for infants, children and teens for Wheeling Township's Adopt-a-Family program, making this the largest donation since the Holiday Book Drive was introduced 20 years ago. Special thanks go to library staff and volunteers, the Board of Library Trustees, the Lakeshore Circle Book Club, the Rolling Green Nine-Hole Golf League and the Friends of the Library for their very generous donations. The library book drive has provided 19,306 books to children and teens in need since 1998. Thank you again for helping provide the gift of literacy in our community during the holidays.


 
Do you ever wish the library’s summer reading program would never end? Well, for teens and tweens in grades 4–8, it doesn’t have to! With the library’s new 100 Books Before High School program, readers can keep reading books, earning awesome prizes along the way and keep the fun (and learning) going all year long. Sign up, log books and get more information at ahml.beanstack.org.
 
Just for signing up, you’ll get a cool drawstring backpack to begin your journey. Keep logging every book you read. For every 20 books logged, you’ll earn a badge and a free book. Stop by the Kids’ World or Hub Desks to choose from our awesome selection of prize books, and get a real-life badge to wear proudly. Library staff will even help you figure out the perfect book for you to read next on your path to 100!
 
Once you reach the summit of Mount 100 Books, you’ll earn a High School Survival Kit. The tools in the kit were selected by our Teen Advisory Board, and include a USB power bank, mechanical pencil and lead refills, a touch-screen stylus, mints, a super-pack of sticky notes and so much more.
 
 
 
 
 


 
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library announced the appointment of Mike Driskell as the new Executive Director following a unanimous vote by the Board of Library Trustees at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 20.

Driskell “is the best leader for our library,” said Board of Library Trustees President Debbie Smart, “His honesty, integrity and demonstrated work ethic are impressive. The board has the utmost confidence in Mike Driskell as a person who has the vision, values, professionalism and dedication to continue moving the library forward in addressing the needs of our community.”

The board engaged executive search firm John Keister and Associates in Vernon Hills to conduct a national search to fill the position in June 2018. Keister worked with the board to present a group of four finalists earlier this month.

A 13-year veteran of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Driskell has served as the interim executive director since September 2017. He was named the library’s director of administration in November 2016, following 11 years of service as the information technology manager. Driskell has an undergraduate degree in computer information systems from Elmhurst College and is enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science program at Dominican University.

An Arlington Heights resident since 2005, Driskell is an active member of the Arlington Heights community and served as the 2017 chairman of the board of directors at the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.
 


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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

04/27/2011
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.
 
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  • 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;
 
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