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High school teens looking for part-time work can drop in at the Teen Job Fair organized by the Arlington Heights Youth Commission and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Local businesses will be offering jobs with flexible hours and area organizations will have volunteer, internship and other opportunities available. High school students only.

Tuesday, February 4, 6-8 p.m. / Hendrickson Room

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Warm Up for the Teen Job Fair

Drop in before heading up to the Teen Job Fair, perfect your handshake, test out your interviewing skills and shake out your jitters before you meet a potential new boss.

Eternal glory! That’s what awaits any witch or wizard who participates in the Triwizard Tournament. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a Champion, attend Harry Potter Book Night and complete tasks only for those who dare to have fun! Create magical crafts, perfect your spell-casting abilities and navigate the Triwizard Maze. Ssssay hello to the Frog Lady and her snakes. Prove yourself at Potter trivia and much more! Wizarding wear encouraged, muggle attire tolerated. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Thursday, February 6, 6–8 p.m. / Throughout the library

All ages. REGISTER 


NEW! Yule(tide)

Saturday, December 14-Sunday, January 26

Ages 0–4: It is never too early to build your child’s literacy skills. By starting early, you form the foundation for your child’s success later in life. Simple activities involving talking, singing, reading, writing and playing together will help your child. Pick up an activity log in Kids’ World then check off the activities you complete. When you have completed ten, bring the log back and select a free book to take home.

Age 5–Grade 3: Pick up your Winter Reading Challenge card at the Kids’ World Desk and determine your own reading goal. Whether

Do you feel lost without having any football the week before the Big Game? Get a team together and test your knowledge with some football trivia!

Date and time: Sunday, January 26, 3-5 p.m.
Location: Gatsby's Pub, 427 E. Rand Rd.
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Make good on your New Year's resolutions to build new skills by visiting the library's Online Learning page, You'll find a wide variety of resources there including:

Gale Courses
Hundreds of six-week, instructor-led courses on topics ranging from tech skills to creative writing, gardening and starting a business.

Mango, Pronunciator & Little Pim
Learn a language with the ever-popular Mango or the more in-depth Pronunciator (which includes personalized learning tracks and an online pronunciation tool). Kids will want to start learning with the fun Little Pim.

Unleash your inner crafter! Whether it's knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, cooking,

The library will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31 for New Year's Eve and will be closed on New Year's Day, January 1, 2020.  


A big thank you to all of our wonderful customers, staff and community groups who helped contribute to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Holiday Book Drive. This year 1,879 books were generously donated for infants, children and teens for Wheeling Township's Adopt-a-Family program. Special thanks go to the library staff and volunteers, the Rolling Green Nine-Hole Golf League, Windsor Elementary School and the Friends of the Library for their very generous donations. The library book drive has provided 21,185 books to children and teens in need since 1998. Thank you again for helping provide the gift of literacy to our community


Maria Papanastassiou, Kids’ World assistant manager at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML), is a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Maria is one of only 10 librarians in the country to receive this prestigious national award presented by the American Library Association (ALA).

Recognized for her leadership in transforming lives through access to education, Maria's efforts have helped position AHML at the forefront of serving children who are differently abled. Papanastassiou’s work, passion and dedication has helped families with diverse needs find a home at the library.

Much of what Maria has accomplished lies rooted in

Welcome to our new website. All user accounts have been transferred to the new site.

We hope you find the new site helpful and easy to navigate, with:

  • better catalog search results
  • a self-checkout option in the library with your mobile device
  • a new room booking feature for conference rooms (available for Arlington Heights cardholders)
  • greater website security
  • better accessibility with the ability to increase or decrease the font size on the site, and
  • an option to translate the site into over 100 different languages

The redesign includes many new features for a better user experience that is more responsive

Please consider a donation to the newly-formed AHML Foundation. The Foundation supports the library through generous individual, foundation and corporate donations, ensuring the library's collection, programs and services will be available for generations of learners to come.

The Foundation invites you to join them in building the next-generation of library experience with AHML's new Makerspace. Learn more and donate here.