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Harry Potter Book Night came back and was better than ever on Thursday, February 7 with 596 wizards and Muggles showing up for a fun, spellbinding evening to celebrate all things Harry Potter. Many came dressed up in Harry Potter-themed costumes, ready to take part in all of the activities taking place throughout the library including Diagon Alley, Quidditch matches with Lumos Quidditch, the Sorting Hat and Harry Potter trivia. Harry Potter Book Night is a one-day international event with celebrations taking place around the globe.
 
A photo gallery from this event can be seen on the library's
 
Arlington Heights cardholders have access to Kanopy, a collection of over 30,000 films from over 1,000 top producers, such as Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, PBS, Media Education Foundation, Stanford Executive Briefings, New Day Films, Cohen Films, California Newsreel, Collective Eye and more. Sample feature film titles include Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, and the documentary Grey Gardens.
 
Kanopy launches on average 500 new releases per month, ensuring the collection is fresh with the new content. You can watch up to eight videos per month
 
If you're still looking for Valentine's Day gift ideas, look no further than our new Creativebug database. Creativebug provides access to more than 1,000 award-winning DIY classes that are perfect for any occassion. It is also a great resource for patterns, templates and recipes. From painted chocolate hearts to festive holiday cards, there is plenty to learn while using Creativebug, which is a must-have resource for DIYers of all ages. Find out more and beginning crafting today at ahml.info/onlinelearning.
 
Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks, eComics and more, 24/7 with your library card and hoopla. Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla offers Hollywood blockbusters to bestselling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche and hard-to-find as well.
 
Ready to get started? Click here to visit the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's hoopla collection.
 
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.
 
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