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Our newest collection, 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 with a metal detector.
•              Race your visiting cousin in Mario Kart with an extra Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
•              Play new games like Code

Looking for preschool or childcare information? Choosing the right preschool or childcare that fits your family’s needs is a big job. Whether you’re looking for all day childcare or a preschool, we can help.

Every January, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library hosts a Preschool and Childcare Information Night. Directors and teachers from Arlington Heights, as well as surrounding areas, gather to share information about their programs. Some even have summer camp options for school age children.
 
This year, we had 44 different facilities participate in our open house. If you were unable to join us, we have pamphlets and
 
Students from the local homeschool co-op H.E.A.R.T. recently created more than 150 personalized bookmarks for our Library Delivery Services, which takes books, and other library items, to Arlington Heights residents who are homebound and unable to visit the library in person. Sixteen students worked together to create the beautiful bookmarks including the Payne sisters of Arlington Heights. In a letter to the recipients, 9-year-old Adley Payne wrote:
 
Dear Reader,
 
My class made these bookmarks hoping they would add a little extra fun to our reading.
We like reading and the library too. Enjoy your book!
 
Warmly,
 
Take a look at local historical newspapers from around the world with the library’s newest database – Newspapers.com. This database is easy to navigate, making it the perfect resource whether you’re someone trying to do genealogical research or a student completing a school project. Newspapers.com features more than 11,200 newspapers from the 1700s to the 2000s and millions of additional pages are added every month. Newspapers.com expands our access to historical databases, which include Proquest Historical Newspapers and American Ancestors.
 
Proquest Historical Newspapers provides fully scanned articles and pages from newspapers including The Chicago Tribune,
 
Thank you to all of our wonderful customers, staff and community groups who contributed to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Holiday Book Drive. A record-breaking 2,174 books were generously donated for infants, children and teens for Wheeling Township's Adopt-a-Family program, making this the largest donation since the Holiday Book Drive was introduced 20 years ago. Special thanks go to library staff and volunteers, the Board of Library Trustees, the Lakeshore Circle Book Club, the Rolling Green Nine-Hole Golf League and the Friends of the Library for their very generous donations. The library book drive has provided 19,306 books to
 
 
As a young girl growing up Portland, Ore., Mary Hamilton fondly recalls Saturday mornings spent with her dad hitting garage sales, scouring for treasures, “It was always the thrill of the hunt…whatever came our way, whatever caught our eye.” 
 
Decades later, that same passion for ‘the hunt’ led the now Arlington Heights resident to the library’s Business Services department. Mary wanted to know – could she use her keen eye for collectible glassware to start her own online business? She scheduled an appointment and met one-on-one with a business specialist to help answer that question.
 
“That
 
Need to replace the dome light on your 2006 Honda Civic LX? Fix the carburetor on your Toro walk-behind mower? The library now offers access to the AutoMate auto repair database and the Small Engine Repair Reference Center.
 
AutoMate covers vehicles back to 1974 and includes service information, technical service bulletins, recall notes, diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs), maintenance schedules, estimated labor times and more.
 
The Small Engine Repair Reference Center provides detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for small engines, including lawn equipment, motorcycles, boat motors/watercraft and more, covering both routine maintenance and advanced repairs.
 
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The Arlington Heights Memorial Library announced the appointment of Mike Driskell as the new Executive Director following a unanimous vote by the Board of Library Trustees at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 20.

Driskell “is the best leader for our library,” said Board of Library Trustees President Debbie Smart, “His honesty, integrity and demonstrated work ethic are impressive. The board has the utmost confidence in Mike Driskell as a person who has the vision, values, professionalism and dedication to continue moving the library forward in addressing the needs of our community.”

The board engaged executive search firm
 

Two English as a Second Language (ESL) students recently had the opportunity to communicate not only through English, but also through the language of music, thanks to the library’s Tea & Talk program, a monthly social group that offers participants an opportunity to improve their conversation skills.
 
Piano teacher Yu Konno moved from Japan to Arlington Heights two years ago without knowing English. She began taking a Beginner ESL class at the library in September 2016 and later met her current tutor, Kathi Lieb, in March 2018. Hyejin Bae, a flutist from South Korea, was also matched with
 
Creativity can pop up in the most unexpected of places – just ask Arlington Heights resident Tim Perek.

“I was looking for a place to work, and I found this space,” said Perek, pointing to his surroundings in the library’s Studio. One of the many features of the Studio includes access to Adobe Creative Suite – a valuable tool and resource for Perek who recently launched a marketing consulting business, Illuminator Labs. Yet it was another piece of Studio equipment that eventually caught his eye.

“I see these drums, and it was kind of embarrassing at first,” Perek