Library News

corner of library

Study for your final exams in the Hub and we'll provide brain-powering snacks, laptops and group study areas to help you prepare.

For high school students only.

Dates and Times
Monday, May 23, 3-9 p.m.
Tuesday, May 24, 3-9 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25, noon-9 p.m.
Thursday, May 26, noon-9 p.m.
Tuesday, May 31-Thursday, June 2, noon-9 p.m.

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is serving as a drop-off location for a Humanitarian Aid Drive for Ukraine being organized by UCARE, the Ukrainian Children's Aid and Relief Effort, Inc. We are collecting new and unopened items and the following are needed:

  • New Children's Shoes - All sizes
  • Baby Food-New baby bottles, regular and lactose free baby formula, baby food with six-month shelf life (no glass jarred food)
  • Over-the-counter Medicines-Cough syrup, aspirin for adults/children, stomachache relief, Pedialyte powder, cold, fever and pain reducers, cough drops, chest congestion rubs and nose drops, Benadryl, chamomile lotion
  • Hygiene Products-Soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, wipes baby and

May is National Bike Month! Get your bike ready for the season at the Makerplace! Our new Dero Fixit Bike Repair Station, located right out front of the Makerplace, has all the tools you’ll need to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing tires to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. Place your bike up on the hanger arms and allow the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments.   

Need air in your tires? Check out the station’s convenient Air Kit, which includes a rugged bike pump along with an integrated wheel holder and PSI pressure gauge.  

The Fixit Bike

Join the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and Arlington Heights School District 25 as we celebrate arts in education this May. Drop in and view student artwork from all nine District 25 elementary and middle schools on the first floor of the library beginning Monday, May 2 through Wednesday, May 25.  Art pieces range from illustrations and mixed media to self-portraits and 3D art. 

Spring Art Show Receptions

The library welcomes students, family and educators for special receptions celebrating the art of District 25 students on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 4, 6-7:30 p.m. / First floor

Greenbriar, Ivy Hill, Olive-Mary Stitt, Patton

From sponsoring used book sales to maintaining the Friends Book Shop, the Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization that contributes to the library in so many ways. One Friends of the Library volunteer, Leeanne Smith, has been named as the library’s 2021 Volunteer of the Year.

Of the 13,000 hours of volunteer service completed in 2021, 3,850 came from Friends of the Library volunteers such as Smith, who also works full-time as a physical therapist at Northwest Community Hospital.

Smith contributed more than 460 hours of service this past year, and she achieved 15 years of service and

April is Earth Month, and the library has invited the community to learn with us, dig deeper and be inspired to become an even better caregiver of the Earth through programming, crafts and more. In celebration, we've also put together a curated list of books to recognize the importance of adopting earth-friendly habits. From Jane Goodall to Robin Wall Kimmerer, click here to take a look at our Earth Month Book List.

Looking for a fun way to give back to the community during your summer break? Join a Summer Volunteer Squad! The squads include helping at the summer reading table, with arts and crafts and other library events. This opportunity is for teens entering grades 7-12 in the fall of 2022. Online applications are open from April 1-30 for Arlington Heights residents. First time participants will be asked to sign up for an informal interview.

Learn more at

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is proud to share its 2021 year in review! The report highlights some of our favorite moments, special events and accomplishments as well as our service adaptations, many of which exemplify our staff's creative problem-solving to overcome pandemic-related challenges throughout the year. The report features a selection of stories and highlights from 2021, along with messages from Executive Director Mike Driskell and Board President Greg Zyck: Thank you to all of our customers for being a part of a very memorable 2021. 

Who couldn't use more laughter in their lives these days? Humorous memoirs let us lose ourselves in an author's personal memories, keen observations and often hilarious anecdotes. From Kevin Hart to David Sedaris, explore this list of books that library staff have compiled...because we all know that laughter is the best medicine.

March is Women's History Month, a month that honors the contribution of women throughout history, and March 8 was also International Women's Day. In celebration, we've put together a curated list of novels and nonfiction titles to recognize the experience of women from across the globe. Click here to take a look.