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October 1-7 is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. The week spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.


This year's theme is "Let Freedom Read" and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library offers several ways to show your support during Banned Books Week 2023:


Read from our Banned and Challenged Books Reading List


What better way

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library's makerspace at 112 N. Belmont Avenue, near Recreation Park, fosters creativity and innovation through making in a collaborative environment. 


Discover the place where you can be a Maker!  


Arlington Heights Memorial Library cardholders, ages 12 and up can:  


All makers aged 12 and up are welcome to  use the space and equipment to work independently on their

An Evening with Catherine Adel West
Thursday, October 26, 7-8:30 p.m. / Forest View Auditorium, 2121 S. Goebbert Rd. / Register

Save the date for our signature event celebrating the library's 2023 One Book, One Village selection, The Two Lives of Sara by Catherine Adel West. West will join us in-person at Forest View Auditorium to share the story behind The Two Lives of Sara. She'll be in conversation with WBEZ's award-winning journalist Natalie Moore. Register at the Info Desk, by phone at 847-392-0100 or online at ahml.info. This event will also be livestreamed on the library's YouTube

Each October, the library celebrates Inclusion Awareness Month, which recognizes the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s commitment to connect you to resources and programs, highlight enhancements in accessibility and invite community feedback. Featured programming includes a celebration kickoff on Friday, September 29 with a Grease Sock Hop dance party for adults presented in collaboration with Northwest Special Recreation Association, The Chicago Lighthouse Low Vision Products Road Show on October 10, and Make Some Music! A Supported Family Program on October 20. More information below.  


With the community’s feedback and guidance, the library continues to improve accessibility. During 2023, the library

October 1-7 is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. The week spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.


This year's theme is "Let Freedom Read" and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library offers several ways to show your support during Banned Books Week 2023:


Read from our Banned and Challenged Books Reading List


What better way

The library's Makerplace rolled out the party banner for its 2nd Anniversary on Sunday, September 17, noon- 3 p.m., at 112 N. Belmont Ave. The community was invited to drop in for an afternoon of celebratory making and was treated to hands-on activities like laser engraving pint glasses, suburban sketching, trying out some of the Makerplace's newest (and coolest!) equipment added in 2023 and enjoying a homemade sweet inspired by the this year's One Book, One Village title. Plus, our experts in 3D printing, quilting, costuming and more were on-hand to answer maker questions and casual curiosities.   


Learn more about the Makerplace here.


Make a Custom Bookmark at the Makerplace 


Throughout the month of September, the Makerplace invites

Each September since 2008, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library has ushered in a brand-new season of Dann and Raymond’s Movie Club, our popular monthly cinema history program featuring Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire and film historian and author Raymond Benson. This month, we do it again with one notable exception. The dynamic duo has decided to call it a wrap, and Thursday, September 14 marks the first of the final four installments of Dann & Raymond’s Movie Club in the library's Hendrickson Room.


We recently sat down with Dann and Raymond to talk about movie club and what has made it

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