Adult Summer Programs

The Music & Art of Patchouli & Terra Guitarra

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Enjoy an hour of folk-rock music from award-winning acoustic duo Patchouli & Terra Guitarra, Julie Patchouli and Bruce Hecksel. Original artwork by Bruce Hecksel creates a unique backdrop for the concert.

Chris Raschka Artist-in-Residence Live Art Demo

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Artist-in-residence, children's book author and illustrator Chris Raschka, works on his own creative projects in the library's Marketplace. Drop in to meet Chris and see him in action.

Chris Raschka: Artist Talk and Book Signing

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Enjoy an evening with our artist-in-residence, acclaimed author and illustrator Chris Raschka. Chris will share an overview of his 25 years of making books for children. Learn how this boy born in Pennsylvania and raised in suburban Chicago, who learned music and enrolled in medical school before writing his first book, went on to create a prolific 60 children’s books. Chris is widely acclaimed for favorites, including Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, published in 1992, and Yo? Yes! which garnered a Caldecott Honor in 1994. Best for ages 8 to adult. Book sale and signing will follow. May register with 1 guest each.

This event is presented in conjunction with Bravo! Chris Raschka, an art exhibit from the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, on display in the Marketplace from June 4 through August 12. Visit for more.

Chris Raschka Artist-in-Residence Live Art Demo

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Artist-in-residence, children's book author and illustrator Chris Raschka, works on his own creative projects in the library's Marketplace. Drop in to meet Chris and see him in action.

Super Hero Movie Night: Black Panther

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Get ready for FanCon by enjoying one of the most fan-loved films of the year!

T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake. PG 13. 2h 15min

Personal Best: An Evening of Storytelling for Adults

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for an evening of live storytelling for adults hosted by 3-time Moth StorySLAM winner and First Person Live producer Diane Kastiel. Enjoy eight tellers, sharing true stories from their lives about days they’ll never forget…and neither will you! Light refreshments will be served. Register with a guest.

Presented in conjunction with Bravo! Chris Raschka, an art exhibit running June 4 through August 12.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

H.O.M.E. Bar and Restaurant, 1227 N. Rand Road

Come out to create some truly bad art! We will provide the art supplies and you bring the "talent"! Prizes will be awarded for the most creative "mess-terpieces." Light refreshments will be served. Beverages and additional food may be purchased.

Night at the Lake: Suenos Latin Jazz

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Arlington Lakes Golf Club, 1211 South New Wilke Road

Sueños Latin-Jazz Quartet performs music from across the Latino diaspora, music that combines jazz improvisation with the infectious rhythms and melodies of the Caribbean, South and Central America and Spain. The members of the band are amongst the finest jazz musicians in the Chicagoland area.Bring your own lawn chair, sit back and relax!
Rain location: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Hendrickson Room

A Night of Improv with Annoyance Theater

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

For 30 years, The Annoyance Theatre has created some of Chicago’s finest comedy, using improvisation to create new and original plays, musicals, sketch-comedy and more in a vibrant, uncensored atmosphere. Join us for this special performance at the library.

Craft Swap

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Celebrate our summer of creativity with a craft supply swap! Drop off your new or slightly used craft supplies during one of the drop-off times (below) and receive your tickets for Swap Day. Then, join us on Swap Day to pick up some materials that will be “new” to you.

Drop off dates and times:
Monday, June 11, noon-2 p.m.
Tuesday, June 19, 6-8 p.m.
Sunday, June 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 7, 2-4 p.m.

Drop-off table will be on the main floor, near the Marketplace.

Dining Out in Chicago

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Over the past 170 years, Chicagoans have dined out in a myriad of settings. Chicago historian and urbanologist Max Grinnell will take patrons on a tour-du-table utilizing rare photographs, historic photographs, visual ephemera, and his own sage observations from over two decades of dining out in Chicago from Army & Lou’s to the late, great Como Inn.

Music Throughout the Americas

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Experience the sounds of Latin America through the voice of the guitar. From the high altitudes of the Andes to the bustling urban centers of Guadalajara and the Brazilian favelas to the humble ranches of México; the musical history of this exotic continent is as diverse as its landscapes. Join Wesley Hixson and Edgar Huerta on a musical journey you won’t want to miss.

Teen Film Fest

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for the 12th Annual Teen Film Fest! We'll screen this year's teen film entries, hear from our panel of judges, and award the winning teen filmmakers. More information on the event, a full list of award categories and submission guidelines at Meet filmmakers and actors on the red carpet preceding the event. Screening of films for all ages.


Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Just come and paint! We supply the paint, brushes and canvases and you let your imagination run wild! No instruction provided.

Great American Lit Trivia Night

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Fox & Hound, 910 W Dundee Rd., Arlington Heights

Gearing up to watch The Great American Read? PBS is seeking to find America’s best-loved book from a list of 100 favorite titles. Test your knowledge of the authors and books on this list for a chance to win. Enjoy free appetizers. Drinks and additional food available for purchase. Gather a group of up to 4 to play or we'll match you with one on site. Register beginning August 1

Night at the Lake: Peach's Beach Party

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Arlington Heights Golf Club, 1211 South New Wilke Road

Come celebrate the spirit of Jimmy Buffet with the music of Peach’s Beach Party. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, and a picnic-Hawaiian shirts optional!
Rain location: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Hendrickson Room

Gustav Klimt and the Woman in Gold

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Art historian Dr. Michelle Mishur will discuss important examples of Klimt’s work including The Kiss and The Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (aka “The Woman in Gold”). She also places Klimt within the art historical context of late nineteenth century French painting including the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Symbolist movements.

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