Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Game On!

Are you a grownup who likes socializing around a gaming table?  Then you’re in luck!  On Monday, October 16, from 6:30-8:30 we will be hosting Game On!  A board game night for adults!

Explore a haunted house in Betrayal at the House on the Hill!  Travel across the nation by train in Ticket to Ride!  Build the best colony on the island in Settlers of Catan!  Or try out one of our other games!   Play an old favorite, or try something new!  Staff and volunteers will be on-hand to help you get started.  No registration, just drop in!  Game on!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Join us for a discussion of H Is for Hawk

Bookit! Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, September 27
7 PM, Multipurpose Room
No registration necessary -- Just drop in!

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Helen Macdonald’s childhood obsession with falconry gives her comfort and purpose when she is grief-stricken following her father’s death. She acquires a goshawk named Mabel and embarks on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.

Copies of H Is for Hawk are available now at the Reader Services Desk.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Northfield Township Property Tax Appeals

The Cook County Assessor's Office is accepting 2017 assessment appeals from Northfield Township property owners through September 1. Any changes in assessed value would impact real estate taxes paid in 2018.

NorthfieldTownship Assessor's Department staff can advise homeowners on how to build effective appeals. Call (847) 724-8300. Research and appeals can also be done directly online at the Cook County Assessor’s website.

Paper appeal forms are available at:
Northfield Township, 2550 Waukegan Road, Suite 100, Glenview, or
Cook County Assessor's satellite office in the Skokie Courthouse, 5600 Old Orchard Road, Room 149, Skokie.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

More Tips to Enjoy the Eclipse

Eclipse Preparation Underway at Illinois Department of Transportation

Agency working with law enforcement, public asked to plan ahead

SPRINGFIELD – Although the sun might go missing for a little while, the Illinois Department of Transportation promises to stay active leading up to the solar eclipse to make sure traffic keeps moving and the traveling public remains safe. Carbondale is in the path of the total eclipse, making it one of the prime viewing areas in the country for the Aug. 21 event. The rest of the state will experience a partial eclipse of approximately 90 percent.

“The Illinois Department of Transportation is proud to be one of several state agencies teaming up to make sure that Illinois is prepared to host this historic occasion,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said. “We also need the public to do its part. By following a few basic guidelines, the eclipse can be safe and exciting for everyone.” 

Up to 200,000 people are expected to visit southern Illinois to view the eclipse and take part in local festivities in the days leading up to it.

Unlike some states, Illinois is placing no special restrictions on truck activities due to the eclipse.  To help with traffic flow, lane closures on major IDOT projects in the southern part of the state will be temporarily lifted during the weekend before the eclipse and the following day. Throughout the state, digital message boards will be used to communicate traffic and safety messages.

The department also is coordinating with Illinois State Police and local law enforcement to ensure that traffic control points are appropriately staffed. 

If you are traveling during the eclipse, here are some commonsense tips:
  •  Plan ahead: Do not expect to park and view the eclipse from the side of the road. 
  • Anticipate increased pedestrian and bike traffic near popular viewing areas.
  • Do not wear special viewing glasses or take photos of the eclipse while driving.
  • On the day of the eclipse, drive with your headlights on.
  • Use the Getting Around Illinois website to get the latest on traffic conditions.

 To help answer questions about the eclipse, IDOT has created a special page on its website.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Health and Safety Tips for the Solar Eclipse

Looking at the sun when it is partially eclipsed is unsafe
SPRINGFIELD – On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S.  The last total solar eclipse seen coast to coast in the U.S. was in 1918.  Starting shortly before noon and lasting until 2:45 p.m. central time, people in Illinois can see the moon pass in front of the sun.  There is a 70-mile wide path across the country called the path of totality, when the sun will be completely blocked by the moon.  Parts of southern Illinois are in the path of totality and people there will see a total eclipse.  Totality in Carbondale and the immediate surrounding area will last approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds.  Central and northern Illinois will see varying degrees of the partial eclipse with decreasing magnitude further north.  More information about the path of the eclipse and how long it will last can be found on the American Astronomical Society website.

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief phase when the moon entirely eclipses the sun.  The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. 

“Looking at the sun without eclipse glasses or solar viewers can cause ‘eclipse blindness’ or retinal burns,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.” 

To date, four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17. Follow this link for more information about eclipse glasses and solar viewers from the American Astronomical Society.

If you’re planning to spend the day outside and turn the eclipse viewing into an event, keep in mind sun and heat safety.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Illinois Unclaimed Property

In Illinois, forgotten bank and investment accounts are a common form of unclaimed property. How does an account become forgotten? Typically, as businesses upgrade technology, an address might be accidentally altered or a name misspelled. One number off on an address, or one letter off on a name, could create enough confusion to ‘misplace’ an account. Or, when people move, a little-used account might be overlooked when completing the change of address forms.

In Illinois, property is considered unclaimed if the owner has not touched it in five years. A database of unclaimed properties can be found here.