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Publishers' limit of library purchases impacts eBook access
Four major publishers recently changed their eBook and eAudiobook purchasing policies for libraries. These rules will make it difficult and more costly for us to get our customers these eBooks and eAudiobooks as quickly as possible and keep our hold lists low.

The change that may impact customers comes from Macmillan Publishers, which is imposing a two-month embargo on library eBooks effective November 1, 2019. This means public libraries will be allowed to purchase only one eBook copy of each new Macmillan release during the first eight weeks of publication. We expect

As a parent, do you find yourself struggling with how your kids are learning new math methods? Trying to keep up with what they’re learning in science? Students have been using’s live online homework help through the library for years, getting assistance with writing, math, science, standardized test prep and more.

Parents who help their students with homework and projects can also find it useful to get some refreshers from’s trained tutors, so they can keep up with what their kids are learning.’s adult-targeted services go beyond school topics, with resume/cover letter reviews, interview assistance, and tutors

“We want you to have fun with your kids and play and learn and grow together,” said Kids’ World Assistant Manager Maria Papanastassiou to the caregivers and children who came out to the library’s first family workshop program that began on Friday, September 13.

This five-week series of play and learning is an opportunity for caregivers and children to connect with each another. Stations filled with new toys for children between the ages of 0 and 3 were stationed throughout the Hendrickson Room, with information about the benefits they offer for a child’s development. The variety of toys included music,

Issues, controversies and arguments are everywhere in the news. However, with soundbites and social media posts, it’s difficult to understand all the nuances that are relevant. You can use several of the library’s online databases to help get a better understanding of what’s behind the hot topics of the day:

• Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints & Gale in Context: Global Issues—Feature background articles and point-of-view pieces on hot-button issues that require understanding from both sides.

• Alt-Press Watch—Articles from newspapers and magazines that represent voices outside the mainstream, across the political and cultural spectrum.

• CultureGrams—Background

We have learned that is making technical changes that unfortunately are incompatible with our system. As a result, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library discontinued access to on November 3, 2019. Learn more including how to download certificates here.

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library offers many online learning tools. In particular, we invite you to explore the following three resources. While they don't offer the exact same features as, each has its strengths:

Gale Courses (six-week, instructor-led online classes)
Treehouse (online tutorials focused on programming and web design; requires activation request) (free online training courses for

It’s a wrap! Thank you to all of the filmmakers, judges and student film supporters involved in making this year’s Teen Film Fest a huge success.

This year’s Teen Film Fest took place on Friday, August 9. The evening began with red carpet appearances from the stars of the night – the teen filmmakers themselves. Sixteen films were submitted for this year’s festival. The films ranged from a The Legend of Zelda-inspired stop-motion animated movie to a Stanley Kubrick-inspired horror film to a music video all about jellybeans that had attendees laughing and cheering along.

After each film, the

“An artist who goes to the moon does the same thing as an artist on Earth,” said picture book author Dean Robbins during his visit to the library on Monday, August 5. “They create art to show the world how they feel.”

Robbins is the writer of The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon, which tells the story of Alan Bean, the only artist to travel in outer space during the 1969 Apollo 12 mission. His lively presentation not only stressed the significance of space travel, but also the important role art can play in helping someone express themselves.


The marvel of space travel took center stage at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Wednesday evening, July 17, as New York Times bestselling author Robert Kurson shared a spellbinding account of humankind’s incredible journey to the Moon and the achievement of the Apollo 8 mission.

“Apollo 8 represents the first time human beings ever left home,” said Kurson, author of the critically acclaimed book, Rocket Men. “Apollo 8 was the greatest space story of them all, the most daring, the most dangerous and other astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, agreed with this.”

In a captivating presentation to an audience

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library celebrated FanCon’s fourth year as more than 800 residents of all ages stopped by the annual comic book and pop culture convention on Saturday, June 13.

Fans were dressed up in all sorts of fun costumes as they made their way throughout the library, participating in more than 20 different activities. From an intense Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament hosted by The Age of the Geeks that had 78 participants to fan-themed crafts, there was something for everyone at this year’s FanCon.

New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who is known

Summer started with a blast on Saturday, June 22, at a Space Launch Party celebrating the opening of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s Earth from Space exhibit and the Summer Reading Challenge program. Attendees of all ages participated in many space-related activities, including a planetarium. This life-size cardboard planetarium was created by the library's Summer Volunteer Squad teens, library volunteer Dan Raker, and staff. The planetarium reaches a total height of 10 feet and has a maximum capacity of 20 people per session.