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Exciting updates are coming to Kids’ World this fall, creating additional developmentally appropriate, interactive learning zones for kids.

These updates will include:

  • NEW: Everbright lightboard and floor projection system
  • An enclosed play area for infants, early walkers and their caregivers
  • Improved area for preschooler dramatic play
  • Defined area for grades K-3 hands-on exploration
  • Defined area for tweens

“The vision for the Kids’ World refresh is to create flexible, interactive and experiential learning zones dedicated to specific age groups with resources and activities to meet their developmental needs and interests,” said Trixie Dantis, Youth Services Manager. “We are committed to offering

It's a wrap! Thank you to the more than 100 people who showed up for our Lit Stroll event on Saturday, June 25 and to all of the authors, local venues and The Book Stall for helping bring this special program to Arlington Heights.

Attendees got to meet four different authors - Lisa Barr, Elizabeth Berg, Mia P. Manansala and Jon Seidel - while making their way around Downtown Arlington Heights at Peggy Kinnane's Irish Restaurant & Pub, Hey Nonny, Arlington Ale House and La Tasca Tapas Restaurant.

Throughout the day they were able to hear about all of the authors'

All summer long, we are taking our favorite stories and activities to your favorite parks and places around town. Join us for a Movie in the Park, pack a picnic lunch and listen to live music at our Music in the Park family concerts or enjoy stories and songs at our weekly Storytimes in the Park. Tweens and teens can take in the calming effects of the great outdoors and try yoga at North School Park. Plus our StoryWalk® series continues with a new story each month for families to enjoy while walking around Lake Arlington.

Let's Go on a StoryWalk® at the Lake

Join us at Lake

June 19, 1865 is the day when the last enslaved people in the United States were told they were free in Galveston, Texas - two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. June 19 is now known as Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery and celebrates African-American freedom, culture and achievements.

We invite you to join us at the library and around town for the following programs in June:

Pre-Civil War Quilts: Secret Codes to Freedom on the Underground Railroad
Tuesday, June 14, 7-8:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room / Register

Juneteenth Book Discussion: The

Pride Month originated with the 1969 Stonewall Riots and Uprising in New York City and recognizes the commitment to achieve equality, liberty and justice under law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals.

We invite you to join us at the library and around town for the following programs in June:

Pride Parade Prep
June 1-4 / Hub / Drop in

Rainbow Pride Storytime
Saturday, June 4, 10-10:30 a.m. / Lindsey Room / Day-of tickets

Pride Month Pop-Up at the Farmers Market
Saturday, June 11, 9 a.m.-noon / N. Vail Ave. and W. Fremont St. /

Joining the 2022 Page Turners Summer Adult Reading Program is easy!

Create an account or sign in on the library's Beanstack page.

Complete five activities each month for a chance to win a gift card to an Arlington Heights business. Registration begins Monday, May 23rd. Start reading and completing eligible activities starting June 1st. The program runs through August 31, and five raffle winners will be announced at the end of each month. 

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! This month celebrates and recognizes the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. In celebration, we've put together a curated list of books that highlight Asian American and Pacific Islander American voices. From Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng to Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn, check out the full list here:

May is National Bike Month! Get your bike ready for the season at the Makerplace! Our new Dero Fixit Bike Repair Station, located right out front of the Makerplace, has all the tools you’ll need to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing tires to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. Place your bike up on the hanger arms and allow the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments.   

Need air in your tires? Check out the station’s convenient Air Kit, which includes a rugged bike pump along with an integrated wheel holder and PSI pressure gauge.  

The Fixit Bike

From sponsoring used book sales to maintaining the Friends Book Shop, the Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization that contributes to the library in so many ways. One Friends of the Library volunteer, Leeanne Smith, has been named as the library’s 2021 Volunteer of the Year.

Of the 13,000 hours of volunteer service completed in 2021, 3,850 came from Friends of the Library volunteers such as Smith, who also works full-time as a physical therapist at Northwest Community Hospital.

Smith contributed more than 460 hours of service this past year, and she achieved 15 years of service and

April is Earth Month, and the library has invited the community to learn with us, dig deeper and be inspired to become an even better caregiver of the Earth through programming, crafts and more. In celebration, we've also put together a curated list of books to recognize the importance of adopting earth-friendly habits. From Jane Goodall to Robin Wall Kimmerer, click here to take a look at our Earth Month Book List.