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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.
Leaders from eight governmental entities, including Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes, pictured, participated in the community conversation on Wednesday, April 29 at the library. Each took to the stage and presented current projects and significant developments that impact the village, area schools and park district. Watch State of the Village now.
For the third year in a row, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library has received a five-star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public Library Service 2010. Five stars is the highest rating that a library can receive. Only 85 libraries across the country received this rating which is based on the annual number of library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use.
More than ever in these difficult economic times, people realize the value of their libraries. Our annual circulation is at an all-time high, and free programs, like our job seekers programs, money talks and cultural programs, have filled our meeting rooms with capacity crowds. We greatly appreciate the support of our community!