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NEW Weekly Phone-in Discussion Program

Join us for a weekly phone-based short story discussion! We listen to a short story, or an excerpt from a book, and discuss it in this live, phone-in, hour-long program.

To register for the program, or for more information, call us at (847) 870-3712 or email us at

Things To Do From Home

Read, Watch or Listen from Home

Request your card today and start reading, watching, listening and learning online.

Virtual and Interactive tours of historical sites

Explore your interests or learn something new using our online databases! See our Databases page for a complete list.

  • Ancestry Library Edition - Family history data, census information, immigration, etc. NOTE: Ancestry Library Edition will be available to home users until May 31, 2020.
  • Consumer's Checkbook - Find high-quality products and services at competitive prices.  Full access (including at-home access and the ability to submit reviews) is for Arlington Heights cardholders only.  Non-Arlington Heights cardholders, please click here for limited access.
  • Creativebug - More than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Includes sewing/quilting/knitting, paper crafts, food, jewelry, holiday crafts and more. Arlington Heights cardholders only.
  • National Geographic - Full-text issues of National Geographic (1880-present) and  National Geographic Traveler (2010-present).  Hundreds of maps, videos and images.
  • Udemy - Offers over 3500 on-demand video tutorials covering technology (e.g., Office, Windows, and Mac OS, coding, etc.), business & management, job & career skills, and personal growth.

Looking for Something to Watch?

If you're looking for something to watch right now, Senior Services staff created some resources for you!

Browse these curated lists of movies you can stream or download.

Classic Films

Award-Winning Films

Documentary Films