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Stop by the Tech Learning Center Desk at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and ask for a COVID-19 vaccine card protector. This protective vinyl pouch is perfect for keeping your COVID-19 vaccine card safe and clean. Vaccine card protectors are available to Arlington Heights cardholders while supplies last. These vinyl pouches come in two different sizes - the larger size (4 5/8 inches x 3 7/8 inches) fits the cards given out at the Arlington Heights Park District, while the smaller size (4 1/2 inches x 3 3/8 inches) fits the cards given out at other Cook County sites. Limited 1 to 2 pouches per customer.

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Join music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, hosts of the Sound Opinions, the world's only rock ‘n’ roll talk show, for a live, online event celebrating Chicago music. They’ll trace the city's rich musical history through the 10 artists they feel contributed the most enduring and influential sounds over the past half-century. Genres include Gospel, Blues, Rock, R&B and more!​

Will your favorite Chicago artists make the cut? Join us and find out!

Date and time: Tuesday, May 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Live on Zoom with Closed-captioning

This program is in partnership with suburban Chicagoland libraries. 

Sound Opinions is your

Join us for a virtual fireside chat with journalist, author and filmmaker Alex Kotlowitz, author of national bestseller There Are No Children Here. For 40 years, Kotlowitz has been telling stories from the heart of America, deeply intimate tales of struggle and perseverance. His most recent book, An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago, has been named a best book of the year by NPRThe Washington PostThe EconomistThe National Book Review and more. His body of work has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award for books which “illuminate astonishing

Mike Driskell

So much has changed at our library in the past year. The COVID-19 pandemic challenged all of us beyond what we could have ever imagined, and it will continue to impact the library and our community, for years to come.

We began this unforeseen journey in March of 2020 with what at the time for us appeared to be a two-week library closure. We soon realized the road ahead was headed in an unchartered direction as our best-made plans took a serious turn off course. And at worst, some of us faced or suffered personal challenges and losses in our lives

The library is now offering license plate renewal stickers for sale at the Circulation Desk. Read below for more information and if you have any questions, please call at 847-392-0100 or chat the library at

What is the cost to renew a license plate?
Generally the cost is $151 per sticker, but the sticker cost depends on the license plate. For instance, there are added fees for personalized plates and vanity plates. In addition, there are service fees associated with each sticker purchase:

  • $7.50 service fee for each sticker
  • $5.00 service fee for each sticker if paying by credit

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library stands in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. We strongly condemn discrimination, acts of violence and hate speech against our AAPI neighbors and businesses.

The library remains committed to the continuous anti-racism work we began in 2017 related to diversity, equity and inclusion. We provide access to diverse collections and voices, spaces, programs, and training and resources that create connections and continue conversations.

We support the statements of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, the American Library Association Executive Board, the Illinois Library AssociationRAILS and public libraries across Illinois.


Get a front row seat as we travel through Chicagoland museums and institutions. With everything from the Art Institute of Chicago, to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and great family attractions on the roster, your spring will offer cultural exploration for everyone in the family. Led by docents, you’ll get up close and personal with exhibits and behind-the-scenes peeks. This series is presented in partnership with over 30 area libraries. Register for each program you are interested in individually, and you'll receive a link in email to join the program. 

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
Saturday, May

March is Women's History Month, a month that honors the contribution of women throughout history. In celebration, we've put together several curated lists that highlight the voices of phenomenal women in film, literature and music.

Phenomenal Women - Fiction Writers
Phenomenal Women - Directors
Phenomenal Women - Biography/Memoir
Phenomenal Women - Music
Phenomenal Women - Science
Phenomenal Women - Poetry

Start your search for the daycare, preschool, elementary, middle or high school that fits your needs with the help of our Kids' World Wakelet.  This easy-to-use online tool includes lots of great information and resources for parents and caregivers including information from our Virtual School Information Fair held earlier this year. Find resources, tour classrooms virtually and access information about dozens of area schools and organizations in Arlington Heights and the surrounding area using our Wakelets: School Information Fair: Daycares and Preschools and School Information Fair: K-12.  Get started here.