Monday, December 29, 2008

Fed Up With the Weather?

Are you thinking of getting away for a quick break from the Chicago area weather? Research your next vacation online through the Glenview Public Library's web site.

If you are planning a vacation or just like to dream of one, take a look at the online publication Destinations available through the Library PressDisplay link on our Online Services pages.

Destinations is a full color electronic publication with gorgeous pictures of your dream vacation. There are special editions of Destination for Island, Golf, Ocean or Wine vacations. Access is free at a Library PC or from your home PC with your Glenview Public Library card. Enter the library card number when prompted after clicking on the Library PressDisplay link, then search by publication name, Destinations, or browse through the English language publications list.

Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or just armchair travel, you will enjoy exploring this online publication provided through the Glenview Public Library Online Services Pages.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sandbag Availability

Pre-made sandbags are now available for pick up at the Village of Glenview Public Works Service Center, 1333 Shermer Road. Crews are also in the process of delivering additional sand and bags to 14 locations throughout Glenview.

Emergency Sandbag Drop Locations:
1340 Pine Street
1466 Central Parkway
1520 Sequoia Trail
1550 Blackthorn Drive
1615 Sequoia Trail
1727 Sequoia Trail
426 Crab Tree Lane
644 Echo Lane
706 Forest Road
716 Indian Road
734 Arbor Lane
Public Works Service Center
Raleigh Road/Drake Road
Tanglewood Drive

Medicare Part D Enrollment Deadline is December 31

Check out whether you are a first time enrollee or a current Medicare Part D prescription drug plan participant.
If you are new to the program, click on the Start with Seven Simple Steps tab to begin. A click on the Review 2009 Choices tab leads to help in deciding if you should switch your current Medicare drug plan and how to do a switch.
If you need help with financing your plan, the Find Extra Help Paying link explains some options. Another useful source for help with Part D is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). The Illinois office can be reached at 1-800-548-9034 from 8-5 on Monday through Friday. Thanks to the North Shore Senior Center newsletter for the heads up on this!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Are You Planning a Reunion?

Whether you are planning a class reunion or a family reunion, locating people can be challenging.

Find them in the ReferenceUSA database, which can locate someone by their surname or even by their first name. You can search a specific town, or state. But if you have no idea where they live, you can search "all."

There is a free Internet public records site called ZabaSearch, which shows previous addresses for your friends or relatives, even if their phone number was unlisted.

If you are wondering if someone is deceased,you can look them up in the Social Security Death Index. They will only be listed there if they are deceased.

Happy hunting!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Improve Your Web Searching!

The Common Craft Show provides short, simple videos focused on making complex ideas easy to understand. They use a whiteboard-and-paper format that they call Paperworks, designed to cut out the noise and stick to what matters. Check out their short video on techniques to improve your web search strategies:

For more short, simple videos on complex topics, visit the Common Craft Show often.

Recycling in Glenview

SWANCC (Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County) provides information on where in Glenview to drop-off materials to be recycled such as automotive products, CFL bulbs, and computers.

Automotive products

C&M Auto Service
835 Milwaukee Ave
(847) 724-6311
Accepts oil, antifreeze, car batteries and gasoline (quantities limit to 4 gallons).
Charges $1.50 per tire

Six J's
601 Greenwood Road
(847) 729-4050
Accepts antifreeze and car batteries.
Charges $0.25 per gallon of oil and $2.00 per tire for recycling.

Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulbs

Village Hall
1225 Waukegan Rd
(847) 657-3030
M-F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Not accepting 4' lights.


Abt Electronics
Abt recycles cardboard, polystyrene (styrofoam), appliances, all batteries, cell phones and electronics. Please bring your recyclables to the freestanding building located just west of the main building.
Available Thursday - Saturday from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
- TVs over 32 inches - $30.00- TVs under 32 inches - $10.00- All computers, fax machines, VCRs, and DVD players—$5- Refrigerators - $29.00- Air Conditioners - $15.00
1200 N. Milwaukee Ave. Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 967-8830

Provides a recycling program for residents and businesses at any location nationwide. $10.00 per item (keyboards and mice are included in the cost). Only computer materials accepted.
1509 Waukegan RoadGlenview, IL 60025847-832-0283


Bess Hardware & Sports, Inc.
1850 Glenview Rd
(847) 724-2200
Accepts rechargeable batteries.

Abt Electronics
Abt recycles cardboard, polystyrene (styrofoam), appliances, all batteries, cell phones and electronics. Please bring your recyclables to the freestanding building located just west of the main building.
Available Thursday - Saturday from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
- TVs over 32 inches - $30.00- TVs under 32 inches - $10.00- All computers, fax machines, VCRs, and DVD players—$5- Refrigerators - $29.00- Air Conditioners - $15.00
1200 N. Milwaukee Ave. Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 967-8830


Glenview Community Church Resale Shop
1000 Elm Street
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 724-2638
Accepts clothing and small housewares.
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9 am – 1 pm
Thursday 9 am – 5 pm

Village Treasure House
1825 Glenview Road, Glenview
(847) 832-1030
Furniture and home furnishings


Inspectional Services Annex
South of Village Hall
1215 Waukegan Rd
(847) 904-4340
First Friday of each month, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Senior Center
2400 Chestnut AveGlenview, IL 60026(847) 724-4793

Plastic Bags

Dominick’s Finer Foods
Jewel Food


Abt Electronics
Abt recycles cardboard, polystyrene (styrofoam), appliances, all batteries, cell phones and electronics. Please bring your recyclables to the freestanding building located just west of the main building.
Available Thursday - Saturday from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
- TVs over 32 inches - $30.00- TVs under 32 inches - $10.00- All computers, fax machines, VCRs, and DVD players—$5- Refrigerators - $29.00- Air Conditioners - $15.00
1200 N. Milwaukee Ave. Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 967-8830

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Libraries Offer Free Relief in Tough Times

Recently Brian Williams of NBC News offered this video clip of how public libraries help during tough economic times. Many library users already know that a library card helps save money with low-cost or free DVDs and videos, computer access, free wifi, magazines, newspapers,and music cds.

Did you know that the Glenview Public Library also loans educational games for children? And there are free programs and Internet workshops too. Of course, we have books too!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Images From Glenview's Past...On Your Computer Screen!

The Glenview Public Library participates in the Digital Past Project of the North Suburban Library System.

Digital Past is dedicated to putting people in touch with interesting pictures, books, maps, and other images from the old days of Glenview and surroundinig communities. You can think of Digital Past as a visual index to pictures you never knew existed!

When you visit the Digital Past website, there are 4 ways you can find the picture you want

1) You can SEARCH all the pictures using a word such as "Glenview" or "automobile."

2) You can BROWSE pictures from a particular institution, such as the Glenview Public Library, by selecting it on the pull-down menu.

3) You can BROWSE lists of proper names, institutions, and cities by selecting a letter of the alphabet and looking for what you want on those lists.

4) You can explore the EXHIBITS, which are online photo albums of interesting topics.

The Glenview Public Library has recently uploaded its 1966 Annual Report, which includes pictures from the Second Library Groundbreaking. Click here to see it. The 8 links to the left reveal the 8 pages of the report.

You never know who or what you will find in Digital Past!

Avoid Winter Driving-Use the RTA Trip Planner!

Don't let winter weather leave you housebound!
Use the online RTA Trip Planner to get around the greater Chicago area. A new drop-down menu feature allows you to choose your desired arrival time instead of your departure time. The Trip Planner will figure out your necessary departure time for you!

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Are you getting ready to mail your holiday greeting cards?
Did you know that blue United States Postal Service mailboxes are disappearing throughout the United States?
The Mailbox Locator helps you find USPS collection stations (blue mailboxes) and post offices in your area, and also offers the opportunity to discuss the status of individual blue mailboxes. Every listing includes a link to a message board where you can report changes to each mailbox listing. Have the pick-up times changed? Has the mailbox been moved? Is it gone altogether? Let others know by posting to the comment board.

Click on a state name or enter a zip code to see a list of US Postal Service blue mailboxes and post office locations in that area. Every listing contains location information (most with maps) and scheduled pick-up times for each mailbox.

Mailbox Locator

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Driving in Bad Weather

It’s that time of year! Weather can be a big factor in how long it takes you to arrive at your destination. Keep these tips in mind when driving during snow storms or on ice.

1. Know your vehicle and how it will respond to icy conditions. Practice in hazardous conditions in a unoccupied parking lot.
2. Slow and easy is best. Braking and changes in direction should be done slowly. And you’ll need twice as much distance between you and the vehicle in front of you when stopping.
3. Some sections of a road are prone to black ice or slippery when wet – bridges, shaded areas of the road, overpasses, and tunnels. Approach slowly.
4. Low beams provide the best visibility in snow storms.
5. Maintain your tires. Tires that are in proper working condition and are adequately inflated provide better traction.
6. Keep an emergency kit in your car. Suggestions for the kit include battery jumper cables, first aid kit, shovel, basic tools, blankets, extra clothing, flashlight, bag of sand, and a cell phone or CB radio.
Learn more from the Driving Safety Tips page at The Weather Channel.

You Can't Use It To Do Your Holiday Shopping...

...but your library card is still one of the most valuable items in your wallet. Here are 10 things you can do with your Glenview Library card:

1. Login to our subscription databases from home.

2. Check out a book on our self-check machine.

3. Place a reserve on an item that's checked out.

4. Leave it at the Reference Services desk while you peruse the Wall Street Journal or Value Line.

5. Register for an Internet class.

6. Check your Library account in iBistro, our online catalog.

7. Reserve a computer.

8. Leave it at the Periodicals desk while you read older issues of the Chicago Tribune.

9. Use it as a debit card to pay for your copies and printouts.

10. Request that a new book be purchased for the Library.

Recalls Online

Check Out Before You Shop!
To provide better service in alerting the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products, six federal agencies have joined together to create a "one stop shop" for U.S. government recalls.

Follow the tabs to obtain the latest recall information, to report a dangerous product, or to learn important safety tips!

Need Help Addressing Your Christmas Cards?

Update your holiday mailing list easily by using the electronic resources that the Glenview Public Library web site has to offer. Your library has an electronic directory, ReferenceUSA, that lists residential and business addresses and telephone numbers for all 50 states in the USA and Canada too. Finding an address anywhere in the country could not be easier. Search by last name, city, state, or telephone number.

Log in from home at and enter your library card number when prompted. If you don't have computer at home, either come by the library to use our public access computers that are free to visitors, or telephone the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500 extension 111 during library hours for help from a Reference Librarian. Sending those long lost friends and relatives a holiday greeting card is easy with the help of your Glenview Public Library online services.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Remember When Directory Assistance Was Free?

It is again! A new service from Google offers free business directory assistance from your cell or home phone. Dial 1-800-GOOG411 (1-800-466-4411). State the location (city and state) and business type. Connect to the location.

Click here for more information and to watch an instructional video.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Tips to Reduce Waste This Holiday Season

Partners for Environmental Progress estimate that each year Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, which equates to approximately one million extra tons of trash per week. With this in mind, here is a compilation of tips on how to cut down on the amount of garbage generated during the holiday season and ways to be a more environmentally-conscientious consumer.

For more waste-reducing ideas, visit

Provided by the Solid Waste Agency Of Northern Cook County

• Use reusable dishes, glassware, silverware and napkins for entertaining rather than disposable ones.
• For formal affairs, consider buying clothing from consignment shops.
• Give leftovers to guests to take home, put in containers and freeze for another time, or compost.
• Turn heat down. Guests will warm up the room naturally.
• Postmasters report that up to 20% of all mail is incorrectly addressed or otherwise undeliverable. Save time, money and resources by updating and paring down your list, and by sending e-mail wishes.
• Avoid cards with laminated, foil-stamped or metallic inks - look for cards printed with soy-based ink.
• Avoid glitzy foil-lined envelopes – they cannot be recycled.
• Look for a high post-consumer waste content for recycled paper cards (100% if possible).
• Plan ahead. Making a list and checking it twice will save time, money and last-minute shopping frenzies.
• Give gifts of the “heart” – give your time or talents. Offer to baby-sit, wash the car, do house chores, run errands, make a “trash to treasure” gift from odds and ends, give baked goodies, etc., or make a charitable donation in a loved ones memory.
• Keep it simple – less can be more. Think carefully about what gifts friends and family really need and want. One thoughtful gift may be better than six wrapped packages of unwanted gifts.
• Start a savings account or give a savings bond for children. It is fun to watch the money grow and it teaches children the value of fiscal conservation.
• Shop for gifts at an antique store, estate sale or a flea market, since one person’s trash is another’s treasure.
• Give waste-less gifts such as tickets to concerts, museums, or sporting events, gift certificates or house plants.
• Give durable products that will last.
• Need a stocking stuffer? Give packets of seeds. Plant indoors and transplant to the garden in spring.
• Bring your own durable cloth shopping bag to the store with you and consolidate purchases into one bag rather than getting a new bag for each purchase.
• Donate unwanted or unused gifts to charity or a shelter. Be sure to call your local charity or shelter to find out what donations are accepted.
• See SWANCC’s “Closing the Loop” brochure and “Eco-Friendly Marketplace” at for gifts made from recycled materials and eco-friendly fibers.
• Make your own personalized, festive gift wrap using materials you already have around the house or classroom (shopping bags, scraps of fabric, buttons, stencils, paint, etc.).
• Use the Comics for kids, the Financial Section for your favorite banker, an old map for the traveler, etc.
• Decorate packages with your own stamps. Draw a design on a potato, sponge or cork, then cut the material away from the outside of the design. Press the design into paint or an inkpad and stamp away.
• Make shiny ribbon by cutting strips of potato chip bags (inside of bag).
• Make your own gift tag from old cards or decorative paper, use pinking sheers for fancy edges.
• Reuse a container, bag or box that might have been thrown away to box a gift.
• Reuse packing cartons, bubble wrap and peanuts.
• Make paper beads from pieces of oddly shaped gift wrap and magazines.
• Approximately fifty million Christmas trees are purchased each year in the United States. Consider a potted tree that can be planted in the yard, or an artificial one to be reused for years to come.
• The smaller bulbs on a light strand, the lower the wattage. Low-wattage bulbs consume less energy and give off less heat.
• Homemade Ornaments: Make a nature ornament from twigs, bark, pine cones, etc., or drill a hole in fast food meal toys to create an ornament when a hook is added, or laminate a special photo for the tree.
• Tie old buttons on to a length of string to make old-fashioned looking garland.
• Make your own luminaries. Rinse out empty soup or coffee-type cans, remove the label and punch holes into the sides to make a snowflake design. Then place a candle in the bottom and light it.
• Save some fresh evergreen needles in a dish and set it in your bathroom. Whenever the air needs a fresh scent, stir up the needles.
• Use dried-out tree sprigs as kindling for a cozy fire.

Friday, December 5, 2008

A Great Internet Resource for Illinois Residents

Illinois CLICKS! links you to the best web sites in 14 popular categories.

These sites are especially pertinent to Illinois residents, and have been selected by Illinois librarians for their high quality and authoritative nature.

Here you will find easy access to law, government, immigration, business, genealogy, childcare, jobs, health, and other areas affecting your life as a resident of Illinois.

Enjoy this direct route to the information you need, even when you can't ask a librarian how to find it.


Library Book Sale Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7

Stock up on items for cold weather indoor fun at the Friends of the Glenview Public Library Annual Holiday Book Sale this Saturday, December 6, from 9-5, and Sunday, December 7, from 1-5, in the Maynard Room on the lower level. Prices are half off the previously assigned prices. All items from the second-level bookstore are also included in the reduced price sale. Audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes as well as books will be offered.
Something for everyone!

Find Flicks in a Flash!

Looking for a movie? To focus your search
in the GPL catalogue, click on "Other Searches".

Then click on "Movie Search".

From here you can search by title, stars, director and more. This is a fast and efficient search, giving only movie results!

Looking for New Holiday Recipes?

The RecipeSource website is the home of SOAR, "The Searchable Online Archive of Recipes." It was started in 1993 by Jennifer Snider when she was a student at the University of California at Berkeley, and is the biggest, the best, and one of the oldest recipe websites.

You can search SOAR for recipes by a keywords in the name of recipe (such as "Hanukkah" or "Yuletide"); browse by region (continent or country) or non-regional cuisine(Jewish) or type of cuisine (Holiday Foods, Candy, or Cookies).

When browsing by type of cuisine, there is a "Restricted and Special Diet" option, which includes recipes for baby food, gluten-free recipes, etc. The type of cuisine also includes an option for "Miscellaneous and Other," which includes categories such as gift ideas, medieval recipes, etc.

You can even e-mail the site editors your own recipes for inclusion!

Happy holiday cooking to you!


Turkey Day Saved by Connections!

A GPL staff member reported that her son called and said his "Turkey Day" in Germany was saved when he consulted the TURKEY HOTLINES posted on this blog! Maybe we have a hot item to help you out in a crisis, too!


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

How much is your antique worth?

The Reference collection has a number of current guides to help you ascertain the value of your antiques and collectibles.

  • Judith Miller's Antiques Price Guide (R745.1 MIL)

  • Schroeder's Antiques Price Guide (R745.1075 SCH)

  • Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price List (R745.1075 KOV)

  • Warman's Antiques and Collectibles 2009 Price Guide (R745.1 WAR)

Other helpful sources in this regard are online auction websites like eBay, where you can look for the selling prices of items similar to yours.

If neither books nor the Internet provides the answer, the American Society of Appraisers website will help you find an appraiser in your area.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Digital TV February 17 Conversion Deadline Reminder

If you do not have cable, satellite or a digital TV, you will need to add a converter box to your analog television before February 17, 2009. You can request a maximum of two discount coupons to purchase converter boxes in one of four ways:

-Apply online at

-Call the Coupon Program toll-free 24-hour automated system 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009).

-Mail a coupon application to: PO BOX 2000, Portland, OR 97208-2000.

-Fax a coupon application to 1-877-DTV-4ME2 (1-877-388-4632)
Deaf or hard of hearing callers may dial 1-877-530-2634 (English/TTY) or 1-866-495-1161 (Spanish/TTY). TTY Service is available from 9 AM - 9 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday.

If you have more questions, call the library at 847-729-7500, extension 112, to sign up for "Switching Over to Digital TV" on Tuesday, January 13, at 7 p.m. in the Glenview Public Library Maynard Room. Marc Cook of ABT electronics will help to clarify the process.


Friday, November 28, 2008

Flood Loan Applications Due Tuesday, December 2

The Small Business Administration is offering low-interest loans for repairing homes, apartments, businesses and non-profits damaged by the September 13 though October 5 storms. Loans are also available to replace personal property such as furniture, appliances, machinery and equipment. Application forms are online at The SBA Customer service phones are available at 1-800-659-2955, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT. Additional information is available at


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Giving Thanks Through the Food Pantry

During this holiday season giving thanks can include giving to those in need. The Northfield Township Food Pantry is in need of donations. Our local food pantry is entirely supported by the generosity of individuals, businesses, civic groups and the faith community. A list of wanted items is posted on the Northfield Township web site. The food pantry accepts food donations, financial donations, and volunteers. Donations can be dropped off at the Northfield Township Food Pantry, 3801 West Lake Ave in Glenview. To volunteer, please call Mary Lou Kratochwill at 847-724-8300 or email During this festive time of year it is particularly important to remember those who can use our help.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Turkey Hotlines

Many of these toll-free hotlines are active year-round. Check out the links where you will find the answers to many Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline(888) 674-6854 from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Closed weekends and holidays, except Thanksgiving. Special hours of operation on Thanksgiving are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

Reynolds Turkey Tips Line(800) 745-4000 Open through December 31, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Butterball Turkey Talk Line(800) BUTTERBALL (800-288-8373) Available November 1 through December 28, weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST; Thanksgiving Day, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST; Nov. 24 to Dec. 25, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST.

Perdue Chicken(800) 473-7383 Available weekdays year-round (except the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m Eastern Time. Thanksgiving week: Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST, Nov. 27, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST, Thanksgiving Day, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m EST.

Shady Brook Farms Turkey Line(888) 723-4468. Available 24-hours, 7 days-a-week, automated messages by famous chefs and winemakers, through Jan. 1.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Interested in Genealogy and Family History?

The Glenview Public Library has a genealogy Web page with information to get you started in researching your family history. Explore at

Every month, a hands-on training workshop is offered, giving instruction in using the Library's online genealogy resources. The Library also brings in well-known genealogists or local historians from time-to-time to talk about interesting topics in genealogy.

To receive occasional e-mails notifying you about classes and presentations here at the Library, along with other important genealogical announcements, send an e-mail to Deena at with the subject line "subscribe genealogy."

We look forward to helping you grow your family tree!


Launch of Connections!

The Reference Services Department blog Connections launches officially today. Connections embodies the concept of relationship -- in this instance, a relationship between the Library and its Community and information. The Reference Services staff will be updating Connections frequently, so, please, come back often! Welcome to Connections!

Saturday, November 15, 2008


As you probably know, cranberries are popular at the Thanksgiving table. Fortunately for Illinoisans, our neighbor Wisconsin is one of the states, along with Massachusetts, Washington, and Oregon, where cranberries are extensively cultivated, so fresh, almost-local cranberries are readily available here at this time of year. According to The New Food Lover’s Companion (in Reference at R641.03 HER) cranberries are grown in huge sandy bogs on low, trailing vines. They are also called bounceberries, because ripe ones bounce, and craneberries because their pink blossoms resemble the shape of crane’s heads, and because cranes are often seen wading through cranberry bogs.

According to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (in Reference at R641.3 OXF) cranberries were cultivated by Native Americans long before white settlers arrived, which makes cranberries particularly appropriate for Thanksgiving fare.

For more information on cranberries, including history and recipes, click here. Also, here are a few cookbooks you can check out from our non-fiction collection, each with several mouthwatering cranberry recipes: Seriously Simple Holidays, 641.568 WOR; The Thanksgiving Cookbook, 641.568 GAR; and The Nantucket Holiday Table, 641.568 SIM.

Enjoy the season.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Search Alerts

Do you have a favorite columnist who regularly writes for a newspaper, magazine or journal? Do you subscribe to a publication just so you can read articles by your favorite author? Do you read professional journals that are routed multiple times around your officeplace before they reach you? Did you know that the Glenview Public Library subscribes to over 20,000 publications in electronic format? The electronic periodicals are searchable online through the Glenview Public Library online resources page and you can have either the entire publication, or just the articles you select, sent to your email.

You can search our electronic periodicals collection from our Website ,, inside or outside the library,whenever you need an article; or you can set up a Search Alert to send articles to your e-mail account automatically daily, weekly or monthly. Two of our online publication indexes, Proquest and Ebscohost, allow users to create their own user accounts, mark documents, save search histories, and set up alerts - allconveniently saving you time.

In the ProQuest online index to periodicals look for the "My Research" link where you can create your own user account. In the Ebscohost online index the Search Alert pages can be created by clicking "My Ebscohost".

Maybe you are an avid reader and want to know every time your favorite author releases a new book. Sign in on Novelist Plus to create access to a personal area you can use to collect information you plan on re-using in a NoveList Plus session. You do not need to sign in to conduct searches or print. Sign in only if you want to save items and reuse them the next time you use NoveList Plus. Once you sign in, all the items saved in your folder will be available to you the next time you sign in to My NoveList. Only you can access your personal folder items and the search alerts you create.

Search Alerts available through Glenview Public Library 24 hour Online Services save you time and are a green alternative to print subscriptions.


Friday, November 7, 2008

Milwaukee Underpass Down to One Lane on Friday, November 7

Construction Alert for Area Drivers:

On Friday, November 7, the Illinois Tollway Authority will be pouring concrete for the Tollway bridge that runs over Milwaukee Avenue between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. As a result, traffic on Milwaukee Avenue near the bridge will be reduced to one lane. Flaggers will direct traffic; vehicles traveling in either direction may experience stops of up to five minutes or more as oncoming traffic moves along the road.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a federal and state holiday observing the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918. It honors all veterans of the armed forces. This year Veterans Day will be observed on Tuesday, November 11.

Many schools, most government offices, post office branches, courts, and major banks will be closed.

Glenview Public Library will be open to serve you on Veterans Day our normal hours, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Have a Warm Winter

The federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income households with their home energy costs. Recipients receive an annual payment credit, sent directly to the utility company. Eligibility depends on gross family income; the amount of the grant is determined by income, household size and fuel type. Funds are limited.

If your energy services have been discontinued, your request will receive priority processing, as will applications from households that include elderly or disabled persons. If you or someone you know needs help heating their home this winter, visit for information about how to apply.

In Glenview, call the Glenview Senior Services Department at (847) 904-4366.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Citation Helpers

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A student often finds creating the citation list or bibliography at the end of the research paper the hardest part of the process. This task has become a lot easier with useful features included in the Glenview Public Library online databases like EbscoHost, Proquest and SIRS. Not only can you find the articles from over 20,000 online journals, newspapers and electronic resources through these free library resources, the citation format is provided for you with the search results.

Library research has come a long way from those big green magazine index books. Today you can search online through the Library's website 24/7. When you use one of the online databases to search for articles, you can email the full text to yourself. And the fully-formated citations are available via a link in the search result.

The Glenview Public Library's online resources have value added features that make research and writing research papers easier than ever. The next time you are in the library, ask one of our librarians to give you a tour of our online databases. You'll be glad you did.

Christian Science Monitor's Daily Newspaper Goes Digital!

A long-time mainstay of newstands (and in its steadily declining subscribers' mailboxes), the century-old Christian Science Monitor has announced that it is discontinuing its daily print edition, international in scope, and moving to a continuously-updated Web-first format in April 2009.

The Monitor will introduce a weekly print magazine and send out daily e-mails to subscribers, in addition to enhancing the 24-hour content on This cost-cutting move away from print to digital makes it the first national newspaper to cease printing its daily edition.

Although soon missing from newstands and from our print newspaper collection, the Christian Science Monitor is available in the Library to all users through the Library's electronic news journals and remotely to GPL cardholders. The digital world is at our fingertips.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Global Reference

Brand new to the Reference collection is the World Atlas, published by Dorling Kindersley, call number R912 WOR. This large format atlas brims with beautiful color maps of every country, accompanied by DK's inimitable photography. The world is in a constant state of change, and sometimes it's hard to stay current. This book, and the many other atlases in our collection, will help you brush up on your geography in a way that most web-based map sources can't.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Happy Hallowe-e-en!

Library staff will join the stores and restaurants providing tasty treats for Trick-or-Treaters at the Glen Town Center between 3 and 7 on Halloween. Location: 2671 Navy Boulevard in Glenview.

Regular Trick-or-Treating in Glenview is also between 3 and 7.

Here are some tips for keeping your little witches and goblins safe:
  • Have an adult or older sibling accompany your child.
  • Make a trick or treat route map for your children.
  • Cross streets only at the corner. Look both ways!
  • Remind children not to eat any candy until you've had a chance to inspect it.
And drivers, take extra caution on darkened streets. Watch for children crossing between parked cars.
Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Northfield Township Road District Recycling Program

On Saturdays November 8 and November 22 from 9 am to 12 noon, Northfield Township residents and businesses may bring acceptable items to be recycled to the Township facility at 1928 Lehigh Avenue in Glenview. Acceptable items are engine oil, transmission fluid, cell phones/pagers, computer hardware, clothing in usable condition, hydraulic oil, metal, batteries (all types), tires, and bikes/toys in usable condition. On-site document shredding is also being offered by Opportunity Secure Data Destruction. For additional information call the Road District at 847-724-7055 or the Township Office at 847-724-8300.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Evaluating the Judicial Ballot

To Judge or Not to Judge!

Voters in the upcoming election may want to consult the following resources for evaluating the judicial ballot in the upcoming November 7 election. Judges make many long-lasting and wide-ranging decisions that affect citizens personally in their everyday lives. Voting for qualified judges helps keep the judicial system and the courts impartial and fair.

The Chicago Tribune offers advice on the qualifications of candidates on the judicial retention ballot.

Other resources: Why should I vote for judges? Summary of evaluations from local bar associations

A project of the Illinois Civil Justice League

Illinois State Bar Association

Illinois Federation of Teachers Political Action Committee

Saturday, October 11, 2008


The long-awaited Groundbreaking for the new Glenview Public Library will take place on Saturday, November 1. The initial phase will include the demolition of the Epco and Post Office facilities and the preparation of the sites for excavation. We invite the community to join with us in commemorating this momentous occasion. Please watch the Library and local media for exciting details on the special events, programs, and activities to take place during groundbreaking week.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Fire of 1871

In the Encyclopedia of Chicago, a collaborative effort of the Chicago History Museum, the Newberry Library, and Northwestern University, available online and as a print volume in the Library's Reference collection, read about the conflagration that spawned Chicago's reputation as a phoenix rising from the ashes. 137 years ago today, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 broke out in a barn (some say!) just south of the present-day Loop. It burned fiercely for 36 hours, destroying almost four square miles in the heart of the city. More than 18,000 structures and one-third of the city's 300,000 residents lost their homes, and at least 300, their lives. Experience real life reactions to the Fire at the Chicago Historical Society's The Great Chicago Fire - Web of Memory site. Each section of this online exhibition is divided into an "Essay" about the social and economic impact of the Fire, a "Gallery" with historic photos, sketches, and maps, and a "Library" of first-hand accounts of the fire and its aftermath.

A bronze, 33 foot sculpture of stylized flames entitled Pillar of Fire by sculptor Egon Weiner was erected in 1961, in front of the Chicago Fire Academy, on the point thought to be the origin of the Great Chicago Fire.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Back to School Means Homework

Got Homework?!? We can help! Success in school is a vital concern for parents and students. Assignments can be tricky and many students can benefit from tutoring in subjects that are challenging. Homework help is available through the Glenview Public Library web site for students of all ages. Look on our Homework page, click on the Live Homework Help link, then login with your GPL library card number. FREE online tutoring available in math, science, social studies, and English for grades K-12, college intro, and adult learners. Trained professional tutors are available everyday from 2:00 pm to 10L00 pm to offer homework coaching. The market price for online tutoring is 60 cents a minute, but, as a Glenview Public Library cardholder, you have access to this valuable service for free. Get the help your student needs, reduce anxiety, and see those grades improve.

Monday, October 6, 2008

How to Register to Vote after October 7

Grace-period Registration and Voting.
There is only one way to register during the 14-day grace period. Unregistered voters must sign up to vote in person at one of the County Clerk's six locations.
Note: Grace-period voters must vote absentee.
You can: 1) vote in person at the Clerk's office immediately after signing up to vote; or 2) receive an absentee ballot by mail that you can complete at home and return to the Clerk's office before Election Day.
Grace-period registrants are not eligible to vote at the polls on Election Day or take part in Early Voting.
Suburban Cook County Location Hours:
8:30 am to 4:30 pm - Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri
8:30 am to 7:00 pm - Wed
Locations:Downtown 69 W. Washington St., Suite 500 Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 603-0906. North suburbs/Skokie 5600 W. Old Orchard Road, Room 149 Skokie, IL 60077 (847) 470-7233. Northwest suburbs/Rolling Meadows 2121 Euclid Ave., Room 238 Rolling Meadows, IL 60008(847) 818-2850.West suburbs/Maywood 1311 Maybrook Square, Room 109 Maywood, IL 60153(708) for further information.

CEDA Housing Pre-application forms available

The forms for the CEDA housing program (formerly known as section 8) are at the Reader Services and Reference desks. More information can be found online at
There is a short window for filing: today (Oct. 6) through Friday Oct. 10.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. According to the website of the International Dyslexia Association, the prevalence of dyslexia in the population is from 10-20%. If your child is in a classroom of 30, as many as 6 students have dyslexia. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with reading, spelling, writing, and pronouncing words; it can make it difficult for them to succeed academically.

During the month of October the state branches of the International Dyslexia Association host workshops, lectures and fund-raisers to raise public awareness of the signs of dyslexia in adults and children. The Illinois branch of the International Dyslexia Association is in Glen Ellyn.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A picture is worth a thousand words!

Find world-class photos from around the world from the AP, FP, Getty Images, and others, marking today's date on the calendar at BBC News-A Day in Pictures.

MSNBC offers an entire week in photos and an archive of previous weeks. This site features the best in news photo journalism from around the world as judged by multimedia staff.

Viewing the world through the efforts of photojournalists help connect us visually to the story and to identify with the event happening half a world away.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Beach Party Mania

The History Channel notes today as the day Disney Legend Annette Funicello's first Beach movie, Beach Party, opened. Take home a video or DVD of one of these iconic beach-party films and re-live the sunny days of early-to-mid-60s beach-party mania. Look for Annette Funicello movies and CDs in the collections of the Glenview Public Library and other CCS libraries in the Library catalog.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Frog Town

Glenview, by local author Beverly Roberts Dawson, is a small book brimming with black and white photos of early Glenview. Recalling the area's marshy terrain, the author notes in her introduction, "By the beginning of the 20th century, the swampy area upon which early Glenview businesses and residences were built was called "frog town"; it extended north to present-day Glenview Road, west to the railroad tracks, east to Waukegan Road, and south to the Carriage Hill townhomes. Some owners of houses along Glenview Road, as well as Dewes and Prairie Streets, had to build small wooden bridges between their residences and the street." Photographs include portraits of Glenview's founding families and shots of early businesses, including the popular Dairy Bar. Stop by Reference to peruse this new title, or check out the copy in our circulating collection.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Glenview Subdivision on List of Endangered Buildings

Landmarks Illinois, a non-profit preservation group, recently released its seventh annual list of significant historical buildings that are in danger of demolition or substantial alteration. The Park Subdivision in Glenview was built in the 1890s by the Swedenborgian Church of New Jerusalem, consisting of a church on 10 acres with buildable lots for its members. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune (9/19/08) the church can no longer afford afford to pay taxes on the homes. Read the full report on the thirteen endangered sites here.

Bruce Springsteen Turns 59 Today!

And tomorrow, September 24, is the birthday of F. Scott Fitzgerald; also born on September 24 were John Marshall and Jim Henson. To discover "Today's Birthday", along with a brief biographical and career overview of the famous person, check out Infoplease, a comprehensive reference source that includes the contents of the Time Almanac, with Information Please, the ESPN/Information Please Almanac, The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, and the Infoplease Dictionary and allows you to search all these sources with one search term. Infoplease is only one of several comprehensive almanacs, available on the Web. The World Almanac also provides extensive information on topics of every kind and features free learning resources for students and teachers.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

CTA Bus Tracker

CTA Bus Tracker provides estimated bus stop arrival times and map locations for Chicago buses. Pinpoint the current location of the bus you're waiting for and get its estimated arrival time at your stop. Find out if your bus is on the list of bus routes tracked on the CTA Bus Tracker.

Bus Tracker can be viewed on browsers, such as Internet Explorer, that support html. Cell phones may not have the full Internet browser access capabilities necessary to run Bus Tracker. Customers should contact their cell phone service providers for information on their phone’s Internet capabilities. The CTA Bus Tracker also comes in a text only format for mobile phones.

Monday, September 15, 2008

"Mexicanos, Viva Mexico!"

Flag of Mexico image courtesy of 4 International Flags

Every year at midnight on September 15, the president of Mexico shouts a cry of patriotism based upon the legendary "Grito de Dolores" from the balcony of the National Palace, to a huge crowd in the mammoth plaza below, honoring the crucial and impulsive action that was the catalyst for the country's bloody struggle for independence from Spain. The following morning, on September 16, the day celebrated by Mexicans all over the world as their Independence Day, Mexico City is festive with the ringing of the bells of the National Palace; homes and buildings throughout the City are decorated with flags and banners; the sky is filled with brilliant fireworks displays; and a national military parade marches through the City into the main plaza. Read more about the history of this patriotic day for Mexicans all over the world at

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Smart Women Smart Money Conference

Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias will host a free financial literacy conference for women in the Chicago area on Wednesday, October 8 at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago.

Giannoulias will give the keynote address on how to “Recession-Proof Your Finances.” Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, “The Money coach,” will give plenary remarks. Breakout session topics will include: Investing for the Long Term; Saving Green/Going Green; The Dream Job, the Dream Life; Teaching Children About Finances; How Your Business Decisions Impact Your Bank Financing Options; and Managing Your Debt.

Check-in for the free event will begin at 8 a.m. and the Smart Women Smart
Money conference will follow from 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The SWSM conference is presented by Dollars and Sense Inc., a nonprofit organization. Sponsors include ComEd, Northern Trust, OppenheimerFunds, Citi, Harris, Humana, and Country Insurance.

Registration forms can be found online at under the Smart Women Smart Money link. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Barbara Chalko at (312) 814-4338 or at

TIME: 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
DATE: Wednesday, October 8, 2008
725 W. Roosevelt Road