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.