The Upper Arlington Public Library will host a discussion next week about some of the community's historic milestones as part of a new online chat program.
On Thursday, Oct. 25, a new "Live Chat Events" program will be unveiled in which people can participate in discussions about local issues and events through an Internet chat room.
The inaugural discussion will take place from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature images and information related to Upper Arlington's history and historic events.
It also will include a segment on UA historical trivia. Participants can take part in the conversation, pose their own questions or test their knowledge of local people and events.
"We realize with everyone's busy lives, it's not always possible to make it to the library building to attend a library program," said Christine Minx, UAPL communications specialist. "We want to reach people where they are, and we think live chats are a way to reach people for programs, conversations and things like that without having them actually come to the library."
The live chat can be accessed Oct. 25 by visiting http://bit.ly/SZC2y0 between 7 and 7:30 p.m.
Sara Klein, digital collections coordinator for the library, will lead the interactive discussion by providing images from the library's history archives, as well as information about those images and Upper Arlington history.
Klein then will lead a trivia session to test chat room participants' knowledge of Upper Arlington history.
"This chat, while it's online, will be live and open to the community," said Ruth McNeil, community relations manager for the Upper Arlington Library. "It's an introduction to the UA archives with UA history trivia.
"It's free and open to anyone who has access to the Internet."
There is no need to create an online account or to log in for the live chat. However, participants will be asked to enter a name.
Live chat information and discussions will be archived by the library for those who cannot participate in the actual online conversations. Those archives will be accessible through the library's main website at ualibrary.org.
Additional information about Live Chat events can be found on the library's website or on its Facebook page, facebook.com/UAPublicLibrary.
McNeil said the library hopes to hold Live Chat events on different topics each month.
"It's a fun, interactive way to connect with the UA Library, presenters and other library patrons," she said.