Library News


The new catalog is now available on our website. Try it out and let us know what you think. To use it, click on Search New Catalog before you enter the title you are searching for. If you want to place a hold on an item, you will need to create a new account by creating your own username and password.
With your new account you can access your account information and much more:
  •  Log in and stay logged in
  •  Set your usual pickup location for holds
  •  Create and save lists (wish lists)
  •  Tagging, rating and reviewing is integrated in your account
  •  Place holds more easily
  •  Easier renewals and freezes
  •  Save searches
Click here to create your new username and password.
Beginning December 12, we will be unveiling a new and improved library catalog with features you've been asking for. Here are some of the improvements that will make using the catalog even easier:
  • You will be able to create your own username and password instead of using your library card number. 
  • Once you are logged in, you will stay logged in.
  • You can keep a wish list of items you want to check out.
  • It will be easier to place holds and renew items



We're 4 for 4! For the fourth consecutive year, the library has received a five-star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public Library Service 2011. Five stars is the highest rating that a library can receive. Only 85 libraries across the country received this rating which is based on the annual number of library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use. Thanks for making us a 5-star library!

Library eBooks for Kindle are now available through our website.
See instructions for downloading eBooks to the Kindle. Questions? Contact the Welcome Desk at 847-506-2640.

Got a great green idea? Enter the Illinois Library Association’s “Go Green, Win Green” contest, and you may win one of four $1,000 cash prizes. To learn more and to submit an entry, click here.

On Monday, August 15, long time library volunteer Joe Cesario was awarded the fourth annual Dr. Kenneth Hood Award by Village President Arlene Mulder at the Village Board Meeting. This special award is given by the Village's Senior Citizens Commission.
After retiring from a long career at First National Bank of Chicago where he developed computer applications and networks, Joe turned to teaching computer classes for seniors and tutoring unemployed people seeking computer skills for work. For the past 11 years he has contributed over 3000 hours as a volunteer for the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, significantly impacting the lives of many seniors who use the library’s services at the Senior Center.  Joe was also the recipient of the 2007 Arlington Heights Memorial Library Volunteer of the Year award.
Make a difference by going green at AHML!  We are continuing to collect small electronics for recycling through our partnership with Recycling Avenue, a nonprofit company run by a group of young adults who are physically challenged. Check here for a list of accepted items. All donations are tax deductible and forms are located on the blue recycling bin near the Returns Desk.

On Friday, July 29, Farm Bureau members from Cook and Kendall counties toured the library with State Representative David Harris as part of the Farm Bureau's Adopt-A-Legislator program.
Farmers from rural areas are matched with city and suburban legislators and visit their districts to learn about the important issues for cities and suburbs. Legislators like Representative Harris then visit the rural districts for farm tours to learn about the issues facing farmers.
In addition to the library, the tour also included Village Hall, the downtown business area, Tuscan Market, Metropolis and the Backstretch at Arlington Park. According to Representative Harris, the library was chosen for the tour because "it is one of the leading libraries in the state," and he wanted to showcase the Business Center, a "great resource for the community."

The library's Flinstone mobile with Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty and members of the Royal Order of Water Buffalos won first place for creativity (non-commercial category) in the July 4 parade. This is the fifth year that we can claim this distinction thanks to the talents of Information Technology Manager Mike Driskell and his family and friends who built the float.
Also participating in the parade was the bookmobile along with a group of our junior library volunteers, staff members and Trustee G. Victor Johnson. Our thanks to the Friends of the Library once again for generously funding the float and giveaways.
View more photos of the parade.

Susan Auld, the facilitator for the Poetry Place (the Library's writing group for poets), had her poem, Practicing the Art of Zen, featured on on June 8. Her poem first appeared on the Illinois State Poets Society Website. Congratulations to Susan!
Learn more about the Poetry Place group.
The Poetry Place meets next on Sunday, June 26, at 1 p.m. Registration is required.
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.