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Some day-to-day tasks like carrying grocery bags, holding a key to open a door and twisting off small lids or bottle caps just got a whole lot easier thanks to the library’s new Assistive Tools Kit, a collection of seven small devices selected for their functionality and ease to create using the library’s 3D printers.  The tools can be used by people of all ages and include a bottle opener, key turner, pen ball, palm pen, tube opener, signature guard and bag carrier. View the kit and learn more about each tool here.

Borrow an already assembled Assistive Tools Kit from our Library of Things to

Help the community and raise awareness during Hunger Action Month with our Community Food Drive, located on the first floor of the library from September 8-30. The Arlington Heights Memorial Library and Palatine Public Library have proudly teamed up with Faith Feeds Food Pantry to bring this event to the community. We welcome all non-perishable items that you can contribute.

Faith Feeds Food Pantry is a coalition of First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights, All Saints Lutheran Church (Palatine), St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Parish (Palatine) and Holy Family Catholic Community Parish (Inverness). They operate in Arlington Heights, Palatine

Illinois Libraries Present (ILP) kicks off a brand new season Wednesday, September 6, 7-8 p.m. on Zoom, with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, The Nickel Boys, Harlem Shuffle and the recently released Crook Manifesto, is the first in a series of distinguished authors and speakers who will headline ILP's lineup through May of 2024. 

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is proud to be a co-founding member of ILP, an award-winning, statewide collaborative that began in 2021. ILP delivers premier virtual events and connects communities and audiences across Illinois. ILP events cover a variety of topics and genres and are presented on Zoom. Many are recorded and

The results are in! The Arlington Heights Memorial Library has been voted the #1 Library in the Daily Herald's 2023 Readers' Choice Best of the Best! This annual contest naming the Best of the Best began in the spring when Daily Herald readers and followers were asked to nominate their favorite local businesses and places to visit. 

The top five nominees in each category, including Best Library, were identified and presented to the general public for an online vote beginning in June through early July. Winners were announced earlier this month.

AHML is truly grateful for the honor of being selected as the Best Library for 2023 and looks forward to continuing to

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library celebrated its seventh annual FanCon on Sunday, July 16. More than 900 people of all ages stopped by the library for the popular comic book and pop culture event. 

“It’s my first year coming. I have a 7-year-old son so there’s been a lot of great stuff for him to do here,” said Andrew Ryzner who showed up from Rolling Meadows for his family’s first ever FanCon. “Having particularly something that’s free to come to like this for the video game, comic book kind of crowd, is great.” 

Ryzner said he was most excited about

My library has WHAT?!? A giant Connect 4 game, a massive outdoor movie screen, musical instruments and more! One of the library's most exciting and diverse collections, the Library of Things, is full of the unexpected – from board games and guitar pedals to a sewing machine and wireless hotspots. The library has received many requests for non-traditional items in recent years, and this new collection allows customers even more ways to learn, create and save money at the library.
•              Capture your next snowboarding or snorkeling expedition with a GoPro.
•              Beachcomb on Lake Michigan

The bookmobile was on a roll at this year’s annual Fourth of July Parade, where we celebrated with a custom-built birthday cake float for the bookmobile’s 50th anniversary. Our parade entry also included library wristbands as giveaways. The parade float and the giveaways were made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Library. 

Special thanks to all of the library staff and volunteers, library board members, the Foundation, the Friends of the Library and our Summer Volunteer Squad who helped represent the library during the parade and passed out wristbands to thousands of parade goers. A big

Arlington Heights Memorial Library Youth Services staff recently accepted an award recognizing the Hub and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML) as a Safe Space for Youth. Awarded by Kenneth Young Center and Communities for Positive Youth Development's Youth Advocates for Change (YAC) group, the recognition is especially meaningful since the nomination and award come directly from the teen customers the library serves every day. 

Last month, area high school students and members of YAC were asked to nominate an organization, club or business that they see as exceptionally affirming, encouraging and safe. Out of the ten safe spaces for youth selected after the

June 19, 1865 is the day when the last enslaved people in the United States were told they were free in Galveston, Texas - two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. June 19 is now known as Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery and celebrates African-American freedom, culture and achievements.

Looking for inspiration and understanding through books and film? Our Readers Advisors have curated several lists of books and movies:

Juneteenth - Fiction
Juneteenth - Nonfiction
Juneteenth - Films

Pride Month originated with the 1969 Stonewall Riots and Uprising in New York City and recognizes the commitment to achieve equality, liberty and justice under law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals.

We invite you to join us at the library for the following programs:

Pride Parade Prep (for teens grades 7-12)
June 1-3 / Hub / Drop in

Pride Month Pop-up at the Farmers Market
Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m.-noon / N. Vail Ave. and W. Fremont St. / Drop in

Favorite Things: Celebrating Pride Month
Monday, June 12, 7-7:45 p.m. / Cardinal Room