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Summer's coming and the library has children's resources for those days while you're on the go. Have a smartphone or tablet? Content in the library's eBook and audiobook and streaming services offers Kids' Mode to display age-appropriate content for younger kids, with resources that range from educational to exciting.Kanopy Kids
Enjoy 30 days of unlimited viewing of all content in Kanopy's kids' mode for just one viewing credit. Go to the "More" menu in the Kanopy app (or the "Kids" link on the Kanopy website) and start watching! Movies include Ernest & Celestine, Good Night Gorilla or Mr

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which pays tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.

We've recently put together a curated reading list that highlights Asian American and Pacific Islander voices in literature. This list contains a variety of titles to check out including books like Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn, Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala, The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen and more. Explore the whole list at

Local businesses can now use SizeUp Arlington Heights via the library to access industry-specific and hyperlocal information to help them make smarter decisions using Big Data analysis. The research is individually customized for each company. Local businesses can:  

  1. Rank their business performance compared to industry competitors  

  1. Discover potential customers, suppliers, and better understand their competitive landscape  

  1. Optimize advertising to target ideal customer segments  

SizeUp Arlington Heights helps to level the competitive business playing field by providing small businesses with similar market research that typically only large corporations can afford to access. 

Small businesses create the majority of all net new private

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Suggest a purchase! Purchase suggestions are accepted from Arlington Heights Memorial Library cardholders through our website at

The library regularly reviews these requests and adds newly released popular materials to the collection including items to our Library of Things collection. Is there a book you'd like to read or new technology or piece of household equipment that we don't have in our collection that you'd like to try out and borrow? Let us know about it; some of the best ideas and newest additions to our collection come from our cardholders. If we do not purchase your requested item

The library's May Newsletter is now available to read online. Learn what's happening at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library including the bookmobile's 50th year milestone, National Senior Health and Fitness Day and Kids' Mode for eBooks and streaming. Plus, join the library around town including the Community Bike Ride on May 20 and the Farmers Market all season long. Learn too how you and your family can march with the library in the annual Fourth of July parade.It's never too early to start planning!

The online edition includes live links to easily register for your favorite programs and services.

Register for programs through our online calendar

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is proud to share its 2022 year in review! The report highlights important milestones, special events and notable accomplishments as the library connected with customers in so many ways: in-person and virtually, at the library and beyond through community outreach and partnerships. The report features a selection of stories and highlights from 2022, along with messages from Executive Director Mike Driskell and Board President Greg Zyck. View annual report here.  

Thank you to all of our customers for being a part of our story and for connecting with your library in 2022!

“Together Again” was the theme of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s Volunteer Recognition Celebration and Concert, which honored the library’s more than 450 volunteers who contributed more than 19,000 hours of service in 2022. After a three-year hiatus, this year the celebration returned in-person in the library’s Hendrickson Room. 

“As I began to reflect on this year’s theme, I asked myself ‘What things go together?’ Peanut butter and jelly, of course. Macaroni and cheese, yum! And most importantly, volunteers and the library,” said Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Begich to the large gathering of volunteers on Tuesday, April 18. 

The afternoon served

Library volunteers help in departments all across the library to serve the Arlington Heights community, and it’s because of their contributions that the library is able to provide services that would otherwise not be possible. Carol Rech, the library’s 2022 Volunteer of the Year, believes that volunteering is as simple as “giving back or stepping in to help where help is needed.” 

Rech has done just that; contributing 636 hours of service this past year, achieving both the 1,500 and 2,000 hours of service milestones.  

Volunteering is something that has always been a part of Rech’s life – as a

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to celebrate volunteers everywhere who lend their time, talent and voices to build stronger communities.

At the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, we have many reasons to celebrate volunteerism. In 2022, 458 volunteers contributed more than 19,000 hours of service, up from the previous year as many volunteers returned to the library. Library volunteers represent many ages, with 250+ active adult volunteers and more than 200 teens and tweens who volunteered at the library in 2022. Some 100 teens and tweens gave of their time during summer break and completed more than 1,000 hours of service

Heidi Croatt, Ph.D., founder of parenting education program Beyond Birds & Bees, will share information with parents and caregivers on how to successfully communicate with your child on topics related to sex and sexual development. Each scheduled program will share content that is specific to that age group based on research on child and teen development. The goal in every session is to help parents feel more confident communicating with their children about topics that are often taboo or uncomfortable. For caregivers and parents.Dates and times: Tuesdays in April, 6:30-8 p.m.Location: Live on ZoomClick below to register