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All good things must come to an end--even at the movies! And so it was that credits rolled on Thursday evening, December 14 for one of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's most popular and longest-running programs - Dann & Raymond's Movie Club!

For 17 years, Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire and film historian and author Raymond Benson educated, entertained and wowed library audiences with their encyclopedic knowledge and genuine good humor about all things movies and Hollywood.

"Seventeen years is as long as it takes to raise a child up through high school...think about that Dann," joked Benson as he and Gire welcomed the standing room only

The best books entertain us, educate us on important topics and keep us turning pages into the wee hours or provide us with a welcome escape. Check out what our Info Advisors loved reading during the past year and their choices for Best Books of 2023:

Sherri's Best of 2023

Jon's Best of 2023

Joan's Best of 2023

Danielle's Best of 2023

Lucy's Best of 2023

Eunice's Best of 2023

Favorite Things: Best of 2023

Join library staff on Zoom as we share our favorite books, movies and music of 2023 and discuss what we're looking forward to in 2024. Grab your

Winter Reading 2023
Monday, December 18-Sunday, January 28
Age 0-Grade 12

When the weather outside is frightful...curl up with a good book! This winter, youth from birth to grade 12 can track their reading, play to win winter prizes and earn a free book when they finish. Register and pick up a paper log in Kids' World or the Hub starting Monday, December 18, then track your reading at

Thank you to all of our customers, staff and community groups who helped contribute to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's 2023 Holiday Book Drive!
This year more than 870 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 Country Club Women’s Golf Association, State Representative Mary Beth Canty, Patton Elementary School and the Lakeshore Circle Book Club for their very generous donations. 
The library book drive has provided 23,970 books to children and teens in need since 1998. Thank you again for helping

Small but mighty is the inspiration behind the newest art installation at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. On display throughout December, the first-time Tiny Art Show features more than 170 canvases each measuring 4"x 4" in size. Best of all, each mini masterpiece was created by a local resident and together the impact is enormously entertaining.  

"We received so many unique pieces," said Nikki Camp, programs and exhibits coordinator. "There are tiny canvases from entire families. We have depictions of a sunrise and sunset, cozy winter nights and Christmastime. One piece uses buttons to create the artwork, and another depicts

Stop by the Hub and study for your final exams. We'll provide brain-powering snacks, laptops and group study areas to help you prepare. For high school students only.

Finals Study Lounge
Saturday, December 16, noon-5 p.m.
Sunday, December 17, noon-6 p.m.
Monday, December 18-Tuesday, December 19, 3-9 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20-Thursday, December 21, noon-9 p.m.

Hub Winter Break Hours
Tuesday, December 26-Friday, December 29, noon-9 p.m.
Saturday, December 30, Sunday, December 21 and Saturday, January 6, noon-5 p.m.
Saturday, January 7, noon-6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 2-Friday, January 5 and Monday, January 8, noon-9 p.m.

It was a day of remembrance, recollection and celebration at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Wednesday November 1 as nearly 40 people stopped by the library to decorate the Veteran’s Tree, a new community-created exhibit located on the library’s first floor. 

Those who showed up brought photos of Veterans in their lives and created ornaments to hang on the tree themselves, each with hand-written sentiments and details about their or a loved one's service. Every person that showed up had a story to share, some brought photos of themselves while others brought photos of loved ones. Altogether, a tree

November is Native American Heritage Month and we've got books and authors for you to celebrate with. In honor of this special heritage month, the library has curated new booklists that help explore and celebrate the diverse, rich stories, history and cultures of Indigenous Americans. Ranging in topic, tone and genre, this collection of books is sure to inspire, inform and entertain.

A few of the selections include:

  • Sisters of the Lost Nation by Nick Medina
  • A Council of Dolls by Mona Susan Power
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer
  • From

Share the gift of reading this holiday season with the library's annual Holiday Book Drive. Donate new children's books from Wednesday, November 1 through Thursday, November 30. Drop off your donation in the bin on the first floor of the library.

All books will go to families in our area whose incomes are below the federal poverty threshold, and will be distributed through the Wheeling Township Adopt-a-Family program. We are collecting new books for children and teens from infancy to age 18. Books in Spanish are also welcome.

Is your school, community group or business interested in collecting books for

The library’s One Book, One Village (OBOV) community read marked its 10-year anniversary in signature style giving readers and the Arlington Heights community an opportunity to meet its One Book author up close and personal, and Thursday night’s “An Evening with Catherine Adel West” did not disappoint.   

More than 160 filled Forest View Auditorium on October 26 to hear West, a Chicago born and raised author, delve into this year’s selected title, The Two Lives of Sara, with WBEZ award-winning reporter Natalie Moore. Another 70-some joined in via the library’s YouTube channel and watched as the event unfolded live