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When Home Won't Let You Stay: Stories of Refugees in America is a photography exhibition by documentary artist James A. Bowey consisting of contemporary color portraits accompanied by first-person poetic stories that provide new perspectives on the often hidden lives and compelling experiences of refugees in our communities.

Date and time: Thursday, February 12 to Thursday, March 25
Location: First floor


One photographer, 18 remarkable images. Meet the creative force behind our current exhibit.

For more than 15 years, photojournalist James A. Bowey traveled the world on assignment capturing stories and images of people faced with some of the

AHML is ready for the snow! We have snow brushes available for check out.
They are on the rack with the umbrellas near the Express Reserve shelves.
Like the umbrellas in our collection, the loan period is one week.
The Library of Things at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is a collection of unique items—from board games to wireless hotspots. The collection offers opportunities for learning, creating, and finding inspiration. Whether you want to explore new skills—or simply try something before you buy it—the Library of Things has something for you. Visit our display on the

Jenny Riddle brings to life Sally Field, based on Field's new memoir In Pieces. In a personal, vulnerable accounting of her life and career, we discover how Field eventually finds her own voice.

Date and time: Thursday, February 20, 2-3 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Back by popular demand! See the amazing one-of-a-kind creations of the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club in the Hendrickson Room on the second floor. Stop by the first floor for LEGO activities throughout the day. Fun for the whole family.

If needed, additional library parking is available at no cost across the street from the library in the commuter lot on Vail Avenue all day Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, February 15, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Sunday, February 16, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

All ages. Drop in

Did you know your library card can get you free or discounted passes to some Illinois cultural attractions, like the Chicago Maritime Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History and Illinois Holocaust Museum? Explore More Illinois is a free service provided by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library that provides instant online access to special offers and discounts from museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theaters and other cultural venues.

Log in with your library card number and browse for available offers. For more information, visit the Explore More Illinois website at

Who can use it?
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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

The February library newsletter is here! New for 2020 - You'll see improvements that we hope you find helpful, including program listings organized by age or interest, a table of contents, and a smaller, more portable format.

Look for new registration symbols next to each program that quickly let you know if you can register for a program at any time, if registration begins on February 1, or if a program requires day-of tickets. Programs without a symbol don’t require registration.

View our newsletter online and click on any programs that require registration to link directly to our website to

What do you do when you have run out of ideas for what to read next? Arlington Heights resident Ken
Nopar discovered the library’s “Book Me” form and now has a customized list of suggestions.

“I was out of ideas for books to read and needed something to refer back to when there was more room on
the shelf,” Nopar said. When he filled out his form online, he indicated he was into history and wrote down
a few of his favorite books. In return, he received a list of 10 books from library staff, most of which were

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,

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