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

Google Celebrates 10 Years!

Google opened its doors in September 1998. The 7th of September, to be exact. Two graduate students worked out a unique approach to solving one of computing's biggest challenges: retrieving relevant information from a massive set of data. Ever wonder the inspiration of the name "Google?" Check out Google's history to discover more fascinating facts about Google's impactful ten years on the development and use of the Internet.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Voter Registration Locations - 2008 - Glenview area


Bring two pieces of identification with your current legal name and address. One must be a picture ID.
If you are a naturalized citizen, bring your naturalization papers or a valid passport.

1. Glenview Village Hall: 1225 Waukegan Road, Glenview, IL 60025; Hours: M-F 8am- 5pm; (847)724-1700

2.Cook County Courthouse building: 5600 W. Old Orchard Road, Room 149, Skokie, IL 60077
M-F 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m.(847) 470-7233

3. Northfield Township Office: 3801 W Lake Ave # 101, Glenview, IL 60026; (847) 724-8300; M – Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Thurs 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.;

4. League of Women Voters: Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL 60025; Tuesday, October 7 only, 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m; 847-729-7500, ext 111;


Glenview Freedom Memorial

From the Village of Glenview:

Three years in the making, this Memorial at the corner of Patriot and Navy Boulevard in Gallery Park will honor all branches of the U.S. military; past, present and future. Join local dignitaries, including Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn and Village President Kerry Cummings, for this special ceremony on Thursday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

It's not to late to file for your IRS Stimulus Rebate

Find out if you are eligible?

How do you get it? Just file a federal tax return for 2007 by Oct. 15, 2008, even if you normally don't have to because your income usually doesn't meet the filing threshhold. Those who normally don't have to file a tax return and can use the short form for the stimulus payment can check out tax package 1040A-3 which has instructions, a sample Form 1040A and a blank Form 1040A — everything needed to file the tax form.

Warning — Scam Artists Are Contacting Taxpayers about the Stimulus Payments
The IRS is not e-mailing or calling taxpayers about their stimulus payment. So if someone claiming to be from the IRS calls or e-mails you about the payments and asks you for a Social Security, bank account or credit card number or similar information, it's a scam. The scammers are trying to get your personal and financial information so they can empty your bank account, run up charges on your credit card and more. Find out more — see IR-2008-11, IRS Warns of New E-Mail and Telephone Scams Using the IRS Name; Advance Payment Scams Starting.

The IRS website at has complete information.