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The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program offers free tax preparation help to anyone, with special attention to those over the age of 50, who cannot afford a tax preparation service. Appointments are required and run from early February through mid-April.

Schedule your appointment in person at the Info Desk, Second Floor Desk, online or call 847-392-0100. If you have brokerage statements, please make your appointments for late March or early April. All returns will be e-filed, and you will receive a paper copy of your return. If filing a joint return, both spouses must be present, or bring a signed Power

February is Black History Month, a month where we pay tribute to the profound contributions of African Americans to the history and culture of the United States. In celebration of Black History Month, our Readers' Advisors have curated two booklists: Black History Month Booklist and Black Voices 2023.

From Washington Black by Esi Edugyan to The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, the Black History Month Booklist features fiction and nonfiction books that honor the achievements, rich culture and history of African Americans and recognizes the important contributions of Black individuals in society. View Black History Month Booklist here.

Black Voices 2023

When the weather outside is frightful, instantly borrow digital newspapers, magazines, books, movies and more - from home! The library's online newsstand has newspapers and magazines available to instantly borrow via your PC or mobile device using your Arlington Heights Memorial Library card. Read the Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and hundreds more all conveniently located through our online newsstand.

TV shows, movies, eBooks, eAudiobooks and music are also available to instantly download with an AHML library card using services like hoopla and Kanopy. Here is a snapshot of services and some of the titles you can stream and download

The best books entertain us, educate us on important topics, keep us turning pages into the wee hours or provide us with welcome escape. Check out what our advisors loved reading in 2022. If you would like a personalized list of book recommendations, fill out a Book Me form at and our staff will send you a customized selection based on your preferences.

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For the eleventh time, Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML) has received a five-star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries. Five stars is the highest rating that a library can receive.

 “We are honored to once again receive a five-star rating in this national ranking of public libraries," said Executive Director Mike Driskell. "This award acknowledges the work of our exceptional staff and the community of Arlington Heights that so strongly supports and uses the library."  

Library Journal comprises its scores for America's Star Libraries using statistics from eight service criteria: circulation of physical items, circulation of e-materials, library visits, program attendance, public

Thank you to all of our wonderful customers, staff and community groups who helped contribute to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Holiday Book Drive for 2022.

This year more than 1,000 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, the Lakeshore Circle Book Club and Patton Elementary School for their very generous donations.

The library book drive has provided more than 23,000 books to children and teens in need since 1998. Thank you again for helping provide

Get ready to show us your creative side! Creator Spotlight features aspiring creators and the work they are making in the library’s Makerplace and in the Studio or with items from our Library of Things collection. Whether it's a piece of music, an Arduino-powered arcade cabinet, a photo of a painting you just completed or even a finished puzzle, we want to shine the spotlight on what you created and show others too - on our website and on the library’s social media channels! Do you want to be highlighted in our Creator Spotlight? Go to to fill

Jennifer Borrell has been selected by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Trustees to replace longtime board member Debbie Smart, who stepped down in September.  

A senior taxonomist at Etsy, Borrell has served on the board of the Friends of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library since 2018. Her volunteer experience also includes work with St. John United Church of Christ, Windsor Elementary School PTA, RefugeeOne, the Arlington Heights youth commission and the League of Women Voters. Her master's degree in library science is from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She moved to Arlington Heights in 2009.  


November 11 is Veterans Day, a time to honor veterans and thank them for their service. In this same spirit on every day throughout the year, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is pleased to offer a special library card for current and former members of the United States Armed Forces. In addition to offering the same benefits as standard resident library cards, this card also allows the cardholder to print up to the cost equivalent of 100 black and white letter pages per week at no charge. The card is distinct in its patriotic design and any active-duty military or veteran resident of Arlington Heights is eligible. Learn more

November is Native American Heritage Month! At the Board of Library Trustees meeting on October 25, 2022, the Board approved a resolution recognizing National Native American Heritage Month in November 2022. This month celebrates and recognizes the cultures, traditions, histories and contributions of Native and Indigenous people.

In celebration, we've put together a curated list of books that highlights Native and Indigenous voices. There There by Tommy Orange, Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot, The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman and more - check out the full list of fiction and nonfiction titles