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.