Friends of the Library honored for 50 years of service to the community

In recognition of their 50 years of service to the community, the Friends of the Library were honored at the Village of Arlington Heights Board Meeting on Monday, March 5. Mayor Tom Hayes presented the Friends of the Library President Mike Dennehy with a special plaque honoring five decades of accomplishments by the not-for-profit organization that raises funds to provide gifts (programs, materials, equipment, and artwork) for the library. The mayor publicly thanked the Friends for their outstanding contributions to the library including more than $1.5 million in assistance raised through a book boutique in the library and four quarterly book sales including the upcoming spring sale to be held April 27-29.
Pictured left to right: Library Board President Debbie Smart, Friends of the Library President Mike Dennehy, Mayor Tom Hayes and Interim Executive Director of the Library Mike Driskell
Official proclamation from the Village Board Meeting:
Whereas, the Friends of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library have served for many years as the vital link between the library and the community, holding popular events, encouraging others to join, and promoting the library as a learning commons and an institution essential to literacy and quality of life; and

Whereas, the Friends’ gift of their time and commitment to the library sets an example for all in how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community; and

Whereas, the residents of Arlington Heights have benefitted from the hard work, commitment and support of the Friends of the Library; and

Whereas, since their incorporation in 1968, the Friends of the Library have devoted countless hours to the raising of more than $1.5 million in assistance to the library through four yearly book sales and a book boutique in the library; and
Whereas, the Friends of the Library have advocated to citizens and community leaders the importance of the library, its potential, and its future, The Village of Arlington Heights Board hereby declares their support and congratulations to the Friends of the Library for 50 years of service to the community; and

Now therefore, be it resolved that the Village of Arlington Height recognizes and sincerely thanks the Friends of the Library for 50 years of distinguished service and for all they have contributed to the Arlington Heights community and the library; and 

Furthermore, be it resolved  that the Board extend its warmest regards and appreciation to the Friends of the Library, along with its best wishes for success in future endeavors.
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