Wauconda library installs new LED sign
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The Wauconda Area Library has just installed a new outdoor full-color digital LED sign, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. The new state-of-the-art sign replaced the library's existing sign near the library entrance on Main Street in Wauconda.
"What our Friends of the Library have done is nothing less than monumental," library Director Tom Kern said. "This new high-tech sign offers the library a very effective means of informing anyone who drives past about library events and services that they might otherwise not have known about. At the same time, it sends the message that this library is up to date with the latest technology — an important message for public libraries to be sending in this new age of easy-access digital resources for information and entertainment. We are very grateful to the Friends of the Library. Without their funding, the library would not have been able to purchase this sign." He noted that the sign will also be used to promote Friends events and book sales throughout the year.
The Friends' funding comes just one year after the Friends donated all the funding for the library's new van that services new book returns in Island Lake and Volo on a daily basis, as well as making regular rounds to all the public schools, homebound library users, and senior centers. As if that was not enough, the Friends also donated $5000 toward the purchase of the library's popular new self-checkout station located in the Children's Services department.
As bright and colorful as the new sign seems at times, it utilizes the existing power line that supplied the two flood lights that lit the former sign, thanks to the extremely energy-efficient LED lighting in the display. The programmable LED display was manufactured by ThinkSign Optoelectronics, and North Shore Signs of Libertyville constructed and installed the sign. The library easily controls the content and appearance of the display with the user-friendly software provided by ThinkSign. The library opted for higher resolution 16 mm pixels, enabling the sign to display images and text that are relatively sharp and easy to read.
Further information is available at www.wauclib.org or by calling the library at (847) 526-6225.
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