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Candidate Forum for Arlington Heights Memorial Library Trustees
The League of Women Voters of Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect and Buffalo Grove will be holding a candidate forum for the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for the Library Board of Trustees race. This is your chance to get informed and educated about the candidates’ positions on a variety of topics in the upcoming election.

You may submit questions for the candidates before or during the forum. To submit in advance, email or text to 224-306-9521. The program will be moderated.

Date and time: Tuesday, March 9, 7 p.m.
Location: Live on Zoom

Coming this month, our Meet the Maker series continues when Shannon Downey of Badass Cross Stitch joins us for two sessions: Craftivism 101: A Hands-On Virtual Workshop, Friday, March 12, 6-8 p.m. on Zoom and Craftivism: A Conversation on Tuesday, March 16. noon-12:30 p.m. on Instagram Live (no registration required). More information here

Our Meet the Maker series gathers Makers from throughout the Chicagoland area to discuss what being a Maker means, demonstrate their work and answer questions. Included in our lineup, we've showcased textiles, screenprinting, mold making, ceramic arts and more! Join us on Instagram Live by following @ahml or Zoom for front-row seats to Meet

February is Black History Month and we've put together several curated lists that highlight Black voices in film, literature and music.

Black Voices - Cinema
Black Voices - Memoir/Biography
Black Voices - Music
Black Voices - Mystery
Black Voices - Romance
Black Voices - Science Fiction/Fantasy
Black Voices - Novels

We have compiled a list of resources to help you access information about the COVID-19 vaccine. Cook County is currently in Phase 1B for vaccine distribution (updated 2/1/21). Below you will find details about Cook County vaccine registration, eligibility, locations, as well as a link to the COVID-19 webpage for the Village of Arlington Heights. We have included information about the vaccine itself, as well as links to register for residents in nearby counties. Cook County has indicated that vaccine supply is very low and urges patience until the vaccine supply increases.

Learn more here:

Explore resources available through the library such as books, eBooks, films, articles and more on the topic of anti-racism. On this page, you'll also find resources around the web that AHML librarians have collected such as podcasts, websites and guides.


You can now browse the shelves from the comfort of your home, on a new web page called “Explore the Collection.” Virtually explore some of our popular collections for items currently available on the library’s shelves.  Place holds on the titles you want, and we’ll prepare them for you to pick up. 

You can browse books, audiobooks, large print, movies and video games for adult, teen and kids’ items. The page also highlights a featured collection, which will change on a regular basis.   

Explore the Collection here:

If you're looking for romance, we have something for you. Check out the book lists we've compiled - these romantic books are perfect for February.

Contemporary Romance
Historical Romance
Romantic Suspense
Paranormal Romance
Inspirational Romance

Say goodbye to library fines, Arlington Heights. As of Saturday, January 2, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is officially fine free.

What does this mean for any existing overdue fines  you may have had? If you had library fines on your account in 2020, they were waived on January 2.

“The focus has shifted to simply getting the materials back on time and continuing to allow access to the library,” said Executive Director Mike Driskell.

Customers are still responsible for returning library items as borrowing privileges will be suspended when an item is 14 days overdue, meaning their library card will no longer be

Why wait when you can instantly borrow and enjoy your favorite books, movies, music, TV shows, newspapers and magazines using the library's digital media services and your Arlington Heights Memorial Library card. 

Here is a snapshot of services and some items you can stream and download with no wait:

  • hoopla - The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (audiobook) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Part 15) by Jeff Kinney
  • Press Reader- 1000+ US and international newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, NY Post and Los Angeles Times
  • Flipster - Real Simple, Bon Appetit, Sports Illustrated, People and more of your favorite magazines for free

Library items can be picked closer to home through the bookmobile's new contactless hold pickup system. You can place a hold online for any one of our 24 regularly scheduled bookmobile stops. When you arrive to pick up your hold, text us at 847-533-2000 with your first and last name and we will text you back when your items are on the outdoor table next to the bookmobile ready for pickup. Your holds will already be checked out to your library card. Click here to learn more about the bookmobile's schedule.

You can also pick up holds at the