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Two library services that began in the 1980s, Night Owl Reference Service and Library Cable Network, are being retired as of June 30.
Night Owl Reference Service
This service offered answers to questions from Arlington Heights residents after library hours via the phone. The service was discontinued due to a decreasing number of participating libraries and questions answered.
Night Owl paved the way for the next generation of reference service: the Ask Away online chat, which is available 24/7 to Arlington Heights residents. You can also ask a question at the Library by phoning 847-506-2634 and text-messaging.
Library Cable Network
Arlington Heights was a charter member of the Library Cable Network (LCN) Channel 24 which featured videos of programs taped at the Library and its three partnering libraries. In the current economy, the cable production studio could no longer generate enough income to keep the studio operating.“In the 1980’s, creating a cable TV studio for library programs was visionary,” remarked AHML Director Paula Moore. “Our library was a founding partner in this innovative service designed to make our residents aware of library services. But the times have changed with the arrival of web sites such as YouTube and the hundreds of cable channels now available. It was a business decision to retire the channel and direct our resources to other library services. The Board of Library Trustees and staff thank you for your viewership over the past twenty-six years. It’s been a long and gratifying run.”
This year is the 30th anniversary of the Library’s volunteer program. At our annual recognition luncheon, generously funded by the Friends of the Library, we celebrated this milestone and honored all our dedicated volunteers who contributed 26,606 hours of service in 2008. Click here to see photos of volunteers who received special recognition.
The Library’s new bookmobile is making its rounds with a new look and great updates users will appreciate. The new color and graphics on the outside are just the beginning. It is three feet longer so it has more room to carry the newest books, movies, music and magazines. It also has a higher ceiling, additional skylights and better lighting. And with lower steps into the bookmobile, it is even easier to come aboard. In addition to the added space, it has a new “green” feature – a battery pack that helps save fuel by using the generator less. Check here to see when it is coming to a stop near you.To visit the What's Up at the Library blog homepage, click here.
Drop by the library during March and April to view a traveling exhibit about the debates that eventually propelled Abraham Lincoln to the White House. Funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the exhibit contains information about the debates, the political climate of the time, and the 1858 senatorial election results. Although Douglas defeated Lincoln in that 1858 election, Lincoln later defeated him, and others, for the presidency.
Historians from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum helped to develop the exhibit's content, text and graphics.
Want to learn more about our 16th president? Check out this program coming up in March:
The Roads That Lead to Lincoln – March 17To visit the What's Up at the Library blog homepage, click here.