Two Chicago theater icons, Blair Thomas and singer-songwriter Michael Smith, collaborate on this staging of an Oscar Wilde classic. Original puppets and music tell the story of a grumpy old giant who learns a valuable lesson about generosity. For grades 2 and up. Running time 45 minutes. This program will include American Sign Language interpretation and is in conjunction with XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness.
Date and time: Saturday, February 24, 11 a.m.-noon
Location: Windsor Elementary School, 1315 E. Miner Street
More about the Performers
Founded in 2002 Blair Thomas & Company is an internationally recognized Chicago-based theater company creating innovative puppetry performances incorporating musical, literary and puppetry traditions to create uniquely expressive spectacle theater.
This winter, XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness invites you to explore the power of feelings and the effect they have on yourselves and others. Children, caregivers and families are invited to play and act silly while considering what makes you happy, sad and mad. Work together to ask questions, listen and learn more about the people around you through words, movement, art making and other hands-on activities. This interactive exhibit is especially suited for children ages 2–12 and their families, as well as school groups, however, all ages are welcome. XOXO is open during regular library hours in the Marketplace and Kids’ World, now through Saturday, March 31. 
This exhibit is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness was created in 2014 by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, with support from The Fetzer Institute.
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A little sugar, a lot of fun. We're having a recipe exchange! Choose a favorite recipe then come prepared to share a story that goes along with it. You will leave with a stack of treasured recipes. Email your recipe to or drop them off at the Info Desk no later than Wednesday, February 21. This program is in conjunction with XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness.
Date and time: Sunday, February 25, 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
Good things come in a canvas bag thanks to Library Delivery Services, a free program that brings books, movies, music and magazines to Arlington Heights residents who are homebound due to physical limitations or illness.
“It’s like Christmas morning. You open up those bags and can hardly wait to see what’s in them,” says Pamella Davis, a voracious reader who twice a month receives five canvas bags filled with books, about 50 titles, delivered to the Arlington Heights health care facility where she lives.
Library Delivery Services is available to any Arlington Heights resident who is unable to visit the library, either long term or for a shorter timeframe due to a setback in health or mobility.  Eligible participants meet one-on-one with a reader’s advisor from the library to share their tastes in books, movies and music.  Staff then carefully select materials to match these preferences to create a customized reader experience. Materials are personally delivered to individuals living in their own homes every four weeks, and every two weeks to residents residing in local health care facilities. 
“I like a book that reads fast like a movie or TV show…thrillers, romance, westerns,” says Arlington Heights resident Susan Klich who reads 20 books each month. “I have the library’s phone number memorized. I’ll call over and say ‘can you add this to my list please?’ And they do!”
Each month Library Delivery visits nearly 100 homes and health care sites and places more than 800 items into the hands of what may be some of the library’s most grateful customers.

“It’s a mental thing really that keeps me going on the positive side of glass half-full,” adds Klich. “It just makes me so darn happy.”

Would you or someone you know – a family member, friend or neighbor –benefit from our Library Delivery service? Learn more by contacting the library at 847-870-3712 or by clicking here

Get in the spirit of the 2018 Winter Olympics! Learn about curling in this hands-on demonstration of the sport during an "iceless" version of the game. Presenters from the Chicago Curling Club will talk about the history, equipment and rules of curling. Everyone will get a chance to try it out!
Date and time: Friday, February 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
Join us as we discuss The New York Times and Indie bestseller, Faithful by Alice Hoffman. Stay after the discussion to create your own inspirational postcard to send to a friend or loved one. Supplies provided.
Date and time: Tuesday, February 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room
About the Book: After surviving a traumatic car accident in her senior year of high school that radically alters the life of her best friend Helene, Shelby Richmond finds herself wayward, lonely and guilt-ridden. The novel details the years following the accident, as Shelby discovers her calling and sets forth on a path toward a better life through friendship, forgiveness and postcards from a guardian angel.

This program is in conjunction with XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness.


Finding a job was job one for the more than 400 local teens who turned out in record numbers on Tuesday evening, February 6 at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for the Sixth Annual Teen Job Fair. Organized by the Arlington Heights' Youth Commission and presented in partnership with the library, the fair featured 26 area businesses and organizations -- the most ever for this high school student-focused gathering. The annual event offers students a convenient one-stop resource for finding part-time employment for the weekends and after-school or for landing a summer job or volunteer experience.
"I like how everything is right here in the same room rather than trying to figure it all out online," said Arlington Heights teen Stephanie Leigh, who came to the fair to scout out job opportunities for the summer along with her friend, Leah Chacko. Both teens are freshmen at Rolling Meadows High School.
"I've really enjoyed just going around," Chacko added. "It's been easier to get to know each job and the different aspects to them in person. Everyone has been really nice."
The two-hour fair took place in the Hendrickson Room where each business showcased their brand with banners, handouts detailing hiring criteria and information on hours and pay rate, plus staff on-hand eager to answer questions and offer assistance on how to best navigate the online application and interview process.
"We hire a lot of seasonal positions for guest services and this has been a good way to reach potential employees," said Megan Brandt, human resources assistant at Arlington Park International Racecourse. Brandt estimated that in the first 45 minutes of the fair she had already talked to about 25 teens looking for summer work. "It's also nice to see a lot of parents here tonight. For us, it's a good place to build awareness and to remind people that we're here."
Businesses and Organizations that Participated in the Job Fair:
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Arlington Heights Park District
Arlington Heights School District 25
Arlington International Racecourse
Church Creek
Culver's of Buffalo Grove
Frontier Days (volunteer opportunities)
High School District 214 (internship opportunities)
Home Depot
Jeff Ellis Management, LLC
Jewel Osco Arlington Heights Road
Jewel Osco- Vail Street
Let It Snow, Make It Go - Village of Arlington Heights Teen Snow Shoveling Program
Lutheran Home
Mariano's Fresh Market
Met2Plastic, LLC
Northwest Community Healthcare
Northwest Electrical Supply
Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)
Rolling Meadows Park District
Soccer City - Lil Kickers NWI & Skilz Academny
SportsKids Inc.
The Student Conservation Association
Transitional Care of Arlington Heights
Wheeling Park District
The library will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28 for Staff In-Service Day. Regular hours will resume after 1 p.m. Click here to learn more about library hours.
AHML is ready for the snow! We have snow brushes available for check out. They are on the rack with the umbrellas near the Express Reserve shelves. Like the umbrellas, the loan period is one week.  
If you missed the library's annual Readers’ Party and are looking for your next winter read, here is a recap of staff recommendations:
Something Like Happy by Eva Wood
Recommended by Sherri T, Readers Advisory
Coming to my Senses by Alice Waters
Recommended by Joan L, Readers Advisory
Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert’s Renegade Life by Emily Kaiser Thelin
Recommended by Katie M, Senior Services
River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks
Recommended by Barb W, Senior Services
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Recommended by Pam S, Readers Advisory
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Recommended by Julie J, School Services
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Recommended by Alice S, Teen Services

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Recommended by Sonya H, Teen Services

Find more Staff Picks here
Want recommendations on what to read next? Complete our Book Me form and our librarians will provide a list of recommended books for you to try.
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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

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