Thursday, December 31, 2009

Register to Vote January 5 at the Library

Are you registered to vote? Do you want to change your party, your address, your name?

The regular deadline for registering to vote in the February primary election is Tuesday, January 5. You can do that at the Glenview Village Hall, Finance Department, 1225 Waukegan Road, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Evening registration will be held by the League of Women Voters at the Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road on Tuesday, January 5 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 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.

New DVD Fines and Limits

Effective January 1, 2010, the daily overdue fines for DVDs will be raised from $1.00 to $1.50. The good news is that now you can checkout 10 DVDs at one time, instead of 5.

Turn Off the Texting



Effective January 1, 2010 a new state law (625 ILCS 5/12-610.2) prohibits sending, reading, or composing text messages, instant messages, or emails -- or surfing the Internet -- while driving. However, you may do these things while stopped in traffic, if your vehicle is in neutral or park, or if it's pulled over on the shoulder of the road. The prohibition also does not apply to motorists reporting an emergency.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Charitable Contributions

As we look forward to the New Year, many of us count our own blessings and think about giving to one of the many charities that do so much to help the growing number of needy. If you need some help determining the best recipients of your generosity, take a look at www.charitynavigator.org. They'll help you determine that your chosen organization puts your dollars to good use.
Other options are to contact your local foodbank, your local United Way, or one of the many organizations that have greater demands this year. Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Parking During Construction

Library's South Lot Parking options during construction include the Library’s South Lot, right across the street at the corner of Washington and Glenview Road; it includes 3 handicapped accessible spots. 10 additional spaces are conveniently located across the RR tracks on East Railroad Avenue, near the Glenview House. 4 more handicapped accessible spaces are located in the alley behind the Library, off Washington Street.

Check the information kiosk in the lobby for construction and parking updates.

Thank you for your patience during construction.

Friday, December 4, 2009

OLPH Resume Help Saturday December 19



Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Parish at 1775 Grove Street in Glenview is offering a free resume review session from 9 to noon on December 19 with several accredited job counselors available for advice. The program is offered through the auspices of the parish "Career and Business Networking Group" run by John Doherty, owner of a professional outplacement firm.The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month and is open to anyone. For more information contact Mr. Doherty at 847-564-1753.


H1N1 Flu shots for High Risk Illinois Residents, December 6, 9 & 12

Go to the to the Village of Skokie H1N1 vaccination clinic reservation system at http://www.skokie.org/ to reserve your spot. A total of 5,000 reservations will be accepted for each of the clinics that will be held December 9 from noon to 8 p.m. and on December 6 and December 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All clinics will be held at Oakton Community Center, 4701 Oakton Street.Due to the national shortage of H1N1 vaccine, these clinics are only open to individuals in priority groups that include pregnant women, individuals between 6 months to 24 years of age, people age 25 to 64 with underlying medical conditions (such as asthma or diabetes), healthcare workers and caregivers of children under 6 months of age.Individuals 65 years of age or older are not considered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be in the priority groups even if they have an underlying medical condition. Therefore, at this time vaccinations will NOT be available to persons in that age group. Each person seeking a vaccination must schedule an appointment. Please create a separate appointment for each individual who will be receiving a vaccine, regardless of that person's age (even infants). Each individual must present an appointment confirmation for admittance to a clinic. Source: Glenview Announcements,12.3.09 &www.skokie.org

Business License Renewal Deadline Coming Up

Run a business here in Glenview? Just a reminder that the deadline for renewing your Village Business License for 2010 is December 31. After January 4, 2010 a late fee is assessed. Contact the Village of Glenview Finance Department at 847-904-4350.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Reminder: Holiday Book Sale Dec.5-Dec.13



Stock up on items for cold weather indoor fun at the
Friends of the Glenview Public Library Annual Holiday Book Sale beginning this Saturday, December 5 through Sunday, December 13, during normal library hours: Monday through Friday 9 to 9, Saturdays 9-5 and Sundays 1-5.Visit the Book Sale on the second floor or in the lobby. You'll find great values and thousands of titles. Support your library and save!

Recycle Your Holiday Lights


Glenview is doing a Holiday Lights Recycling Program this winter.

Mini-lights (or Italian lights), C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights, extension cords, etc. All colors and lengths will be accepted. Garland, live greens, wreathes, or other non-recyclables are NOT accepted.

Village of Glenview Public Works1333 Shermer Road24-hour outside drop-off at Public WorksDecember 1, 2009 - January 31, 2010(847) 657-3030

For more information about recycling, visit the SWANCC website.

Emergency Contact Database

Emergency Contact Database registration is available through the Illinois Secretary of State's Web site.

This new program allows any individual who holds an Illinois driver’s license or identification card to voluntarily register their emergency contact numbers in the event they are ever involved in an emergency situation, such as a traffic crash, and unable to communicate directly with law enforcement. The information, once registered on the database, is stored securely so that it is only accessible by law enforcement via LEADS (Law Enforcement Agencies Data System).


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Book Sale

The Friends of the Glenview Library's annual Holiday Used Book Sale will be held Saturday, December 5 through Sunday, December 13, during normal Library hours. Visit the Book Sale on the second floor or in the lobby. You'll find great values and thousands of titles. Support your library and save!

Collection Highlight

December's Reference book display features rule books, handbooks and dictionaries for indoor and outdoor games to keep yourself and your family entertained through the holiday season and beyond.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Census Bureau Thanksgiving Facts

Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.

Visit the Census Bureau's Thanksgiving Page to learn more facts and figures pertaining to Thanksgiving, including statistics about turkeys, cranberries, pumpkins, and places named after tham.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

National Day of Listening


The Illinois State Library encourages you to take part in StoryCorps' National Day of Listening on Friday November 27.

On the day after Thanksgiving, set aside one hour to record a conversation with someone important to you.

Download a free Do-it-Yourself Instruction Guide with step-by-stepinterview instructions, equipment recommendations and great questions.

If you interview Illinois veterans, you can also submit their stories to Secretary of State Jesse White's Illinois Veterans History Project.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Golf Road to Be Closed This Weekend


The Illinois Department Of Transportation (IDOT) will close Golf Road completely at the Metra railroad bridge from 5 a.m. on Saturday, November 21 through 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 22. The full closure is required for the removal of the existing center span steel beams. If you're heading east on Golf, take Waukegan north to Glenview Road or Lake Avenue or south to Dempster. If you're heading west, go north along Harms to Glenview Road or Lake Avenue or south along Skokie Boulevard to Dempster.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Turkey Roasting Tips


We're less than two weeks until Thanksgiving. This link to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's webpage on how to safely roast a turkey covers all aspects of turkey preparation, including fresh vs. frozen, pre-stuffing, thawing, timetable for roasting, leftovers, etc.. It also lists hotline phone numbers.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Going Green with Your Library Card

I recently read an article on a pro-environment blog about libraries being a green alternative to book stores and I started thinking that our library is to print what Whole Foods Market is to organic food. Every day our library recirculates books, magazines and newspapers instead of printing new ones thus saving trees, ink and manufacturing pollution. Each library shelf offers hundreds of choices in recycled materials and each time a book or magazine or newspaper is read or checked out, one less is printed. If you are recycling paper from home, you should also be using your library card. Sure you may have to wait a bit to get the latest bestseller, but your patience helps the planet. What’s better for the earth, waiting for a week for your neighbor to finish reading a book, or each of us buying a copy? Just by using your library card you are going green and helping to save the planet. In addition to reusing and recirculating print materials, the Glenview Public Library has many digital copies of articles, eBooks, and downloadable media to read online, email to yourself or others, or save to your PC, iPod or MP3. Check out our Online Services at http://www.glenviewpl.org/databases.htm .

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Grove's Arts & Craft Faire



The Grove's Arts & Craft Faire features American handmade gifts. You are invited to do your holiday shopping November 5-8 and November 12-15 at The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Avenue in Glenview. Hours: Thursday & Friday, 10 am-8 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-5 pm.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Collection Highlight

November's Reference book display features biographies of scientists, artists, blues musicians, novelists, and more.

For electronic biographical information, search in the database Biography Resource Center using your Glenview Public Library card.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Need to Dispose of Unwanted Medications and Sharps?

In partnership with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, the Village will once again be serving as a drop-off point for unwanted medications and sharps (needles or lancets) next Friday, November 6. Between 9 a.m. and noon, bring your items to the lobby of Village Hall, 1225 Waukegan Road. But before you do, here are a few reminders:
  • This is a self-service program. Residents place their own items in the SWANNC bins.
  • Controlled substances/ narcotics are not accepted.
  • All drugs must be in their original containers with the labels attached. Black out personal information. SWANCC can't accept unidentified medicines or baggies of loose pills.
  • Sharps (syringes, needles, lancets) must be in proper containers: either a sharps container or a rigid, transparent container (these can be provided).
  • This program is for individual consumers only--it is not for commercial, retail or medical entities.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fall Back

Image by Randy Son of Robert
Daylight Saving Time ends and standard time resumes at 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday in November. After your last Halloween party guest departs on Saturday night, turn your clocks back one hour and enjoy the extra sleep.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Image by Indigoprime John's Place - Personalized Auto Care in Glenview is celebrating Halloween with a pumpkin carving contest. Show your artistic side and create a pumpkin masterpiece for a chance at a cash prize.

Starting on Friday, October 23rd, visit John's Place at 2200 Waukegan Road and pick up a free pumpkin to use for the competition. Bring your carved pumpkin back to the store by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 30. Winners will be announced at 5:00 p.m. Winners need not be present to win. There will be refreshments for participants and those attending.

For more information call (224) 456-7087 or email chellie@johnsplaceglenview.com.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Collection Highlight

Poisonous plants, venomous animals, hazardous chemicals and other scary subjects are featured in the Reference Department's October book display.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Glenview's Melzer Family


The Images of America series book, Glenview, by Beverly Roberts Dawson, discusses the arrival of the first Europeans in South Northfield, which became Glenview, and continues through the first 70 years following incorporation.

"John Melzer immigrated to South Northfield from Germany and bought the family home in 1871...Three generations of the Melzers are pictured here. From left to right are: first row, Lulu and Josephine (Adam's younger daughters); second row, two Heimgartner children, John Melzer and his wife, Katherine Melzer (Adam's daughter), William Melzer (Adam's son), Louisa Melzer (Adam's wife) and Adam Melzer; third row, Mrs. Heimgartner (John's niece) holding the hand of her child and Mr. Heimgartner at the far right in front of the cellar entrance." (p. 35, Glenview)

Meet Charlotte Melzer, a descendant of this founding family of Glenview, and hear her stories, on Sunday, October 18, 2-4 PM in the Maynard Room of the Glenview Public Library, as we celebrate National Family History month by celebrating the family history of Glenview's founding families.

Thank you to Beverly R. Dawson, and to the Glenview History Center, for permission to use the picture and the quotation from Ms. Dawson's book, Glenview.

You can see the book at 977.31 DAW and check out a copy. There are also copies in the Reference Room at R977.31 DAW and RRA 977.31 DAW.

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Parking Machines to be Installed at Metra Stations


Over the course of next week, the Village of Glenview will be installing new parking machines at the Downtown and North Glenview Metra Stations. All machines should be in place by October 19. The machines will still take cash -- and, for the first time, will take credit cards. However, they will no longer take free Village-issued debit cards.
Not sure you'll be able to spend the balance on your card in time? The Village will be providing reimbursement up to $60 through December 1. There are several ways to request a refund, but your old debit card must be returned to the Village in order to have the refund processed. Check the Village website for all the details.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

World Sight Day


8 October 2009
World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired held on the second Thursday in October. This year the focus is on eye health and equal access care.
Globally, visual impairment is most prevalent in men and women 50 years and older: while the majority of eye conditions for this age group, such as cataract, can be easily treated, in some parts of the world there is still the need to ensure that women and men receive eye care services on an equal basis.
World Sight Day is observed around the world by all partners involved in preventing visual impairment or restoring sight. It is also the main advocacy event for the prevention of blindness and for "Vision 2020: The Right to Sight", a global effort to prevent blindness created by WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Glenview Village Closures on October 9


Glenview Village Hall and Public Works Department will close at 12:30 PM on Friday, October 9 for a staff event. The Police, Fire and Dispatch Departments will all remain open.

Happy Birthday Barcode


Today in 1952 the barcode was patented by Bernard Silver and Joseph Woodland. It helps us get through check out lines faster and more efficiently. Your library card has a bar code on it too. It helps our staff check out your materials or you can use it to check out your own books at our self-check station in the lobby opposite the check out desk.

As a library visitor you are probably familiar with the check out process. However did you know that your library barcode has an online computer function? The bar code number on your library card allows you to access all of the online services available through the library web site from your home computer.

Your library subscribes to a variety of online services for card holders to use 24/7. Whenever you want home access the online journals, books, and databases, simply enter your bar code number to login as a library user. Online access to materials is another way your library and your library card works to serve you better.
P.S. You don't need a scanner, just enter the barcode number via your keyboard.

Monday, October 5, 2009

October 18: Family History Month Celebration

Mark your calendar!

On Sunday, October 18, from 2 to 4 PM in the Maynard Room, the Glenview Public Library will celebrate National Family History Month with a panel discussion and reception honoring Glenview's Founding Families.

To register, please call (847) 729-7500 x112 or x113.

Joyce Hutchings, Charlotte Melzer, and Don Long, whose family trees include various names prominent in Glenview history, will reminisce about Glenview and their families.

Hear their stories, and mingle with them at an informal reception.

The following slide show displays portraits of some of their ancestors:

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Glenview Green Table at the Farmers Market



The Green Table at the Farmers Market is cosponsored by the Village of Glenview and the Glenview Park District. Pleasant Ridge School Planet Protectors Club and other District 34 Environmental Club members invite you to participate in this and other PTA efforts. For more information, visit Take Baby Steps.

DATE: Saturday, October 3, 2009TIME: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.LOCATION: Wagner Farm, Lake St. and Wagner Rd., Glenview

The market is open from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

For information, call Henrietta Saunders at 847-814-2329.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

GLENVIEW STATE BANK PAPER SHREDDING EVENT


Glenview State Bank holds its final paper shredding event of 2009 on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, from 9:00AM to NOON at the branch located at 2222 Chestnut Avenue in Glenview. Help to protect your identity by securely destroying documents no longer required for your records and other papers containing confidential information. This service is available to all individuals. PLEASE NOTE: There is a limit of 25 lbs. per person. Cardboard boxes will be emptied and returned to you to recycle with your regular home recycling service. Paper bags (not plastic) will be accepted.

Stimulus Act Documents


Glenview Public Library Reference Services Department has received:
Stimulus: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5, Official Text. R343.7304 STI Vol. 1
and
Stimulus: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Essential Documents. R343.7304 STI Vol. 2.

Ask at the Reference Desk for these items.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Today is R.E.A.D. in America Day

Art by Charles Santore
R.E.A.D. stands for "Reading helps Everyone Accomplish Dreams." On the National Mall in Washington DC this annual event will be celebrated with the National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress. The Festival includes presentations by authors, illustrators, and poets, reading-promotion activities, and book signings. Celebrate R.E.A.D. in America Day here at home in Glenview by reading to yourself, a child or loved one, and - of course - visiting the library!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Golf Road Closing - Sept. 25 thru 28

Between Friday, September 25 at 6:30 pm and Monday, September 28 at 6:00 am, Metra will be closing Golf Road ENTIRELY where it passes underneath the railroad bridge just east of Waukegan Road. This is in order to facilitate reconstruction of the bridge. Westbound traffic will be detoured north on Harms to East Lake; southbound traffic will be detoured on Waukegan to either Dempster or East Lake.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Watching the Supreme Court

The first Monday in October is the traditional start of the Supreme Court term. This year the court held its first session of the 2009-2010 term on September 9. The official web site of the Supreme Court will tell you about their calendar, and the cases on the court docket, read the opinions of the Supreme Court, including the transcripts of oral arguments before the court and a Guide for Counsel which advises attorneys how to present their case to the justices.

There are several blogs dedicated to the happenings on the court and the impact that court decisions have on our lives. Two that stand out are the Election law blog and the SCOTUS blog.

Then there are some local law blogs like the Illinois Issues blog, and the Illinois State Bar Association web site that track Illinois state issues.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Heifer Hoedown

Image by Just chaos at flickrHelp the hungry at the 4th annual Heifer Hoedown at Wagner Farm on Sunday, September 20, 2009. Activities include hay rides, kids' games, live music, line dancing, and more. Wagner Farm is located at 1510 Wagner Road in Glenview. Admission is $5. Proceeds benefit Heifer International.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

1967 Library Construction

Here is a video of the first addition to the library, under construction in 1967:

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Collection Highlight

This month's Reference display features Family History. Come by and peruse a sample from our collection on genealogy, local history, and more.

Click here to see research databases for genealogy and here to visit GPL's Genealogy blog.


Monday, August 31, 2009

Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Clinics


The Cook County Department of Animal & Rabies Control has announced a series of community clinics to be held from June through September of 2009 that will allow pet owners in Cook County to receive discounts on rabies vaccinations and micro-chipping for their dogs, cats and ferrets through the Department’s mobile medical unit.
The shots and microchips are available to all dogs, cats and ferrets three months old and greater owned by Cook County residents with a valid ID. Residents must pay for the services by check or cash only. No credit or debit cards are accepted.

Fees
Rabies Vaccines - $7 single-year / $21 three-year
Microchip - $10Both fee schedules are below the cost that veterinarians typically charge for these procedures

Date/Locations - Clinics will be held in locations throughout Cook County from June through September.Rabies Vaccine and Microchip Clinic Schedule: June - September 2009 PDF


Tuesday September 1 at
The Jewel 2450 Waukegan, Northfield, IL


Clinic Information Flyer - Download the 2009 Rabies Vaccine and Microchip Clinic flyer.Rabies Vaccine and Microchip Clinic Flyer: June - September 2009 PDF

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Parkway Tree Request Deadline Tuesday


A final reminder from the Village of Glenview that the deadline for submitting parkway tree requests is this Tuesday, September 1st. Through the Village's Parkway Tree Program, residents may request a specific type of tree to be planted on the parkway in front of their property. Learn more by clicking the link above. You can email your request to treeplanting@glenview.il.us or call (847) 657-3030.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Two Ways to Help Feed the Community


You can help support the Northfield Township Food Pantry in two ways:
1. Bring your non-perishable food items to the Glenview Library all the hours we are open:
Monday-Friday 9-9
Saturday 9-5
Sunday 1-5
2. Buy a Peanut Butter Parfait at the Dairy Bar , 1015 Harlem Ave.,during September and 50 cents goes to the Food Pantry.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

October 8 is the date at Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook

Youth Services of Glenbrook/Northbrook is finally settled into their new headquarters at 3080 Westlake Avenue in the Glen.
Counseling rooms, a library, gym, stage and art and music rooms are some of the features of the new facility.

Mark your calendars for the ribbon cutting and housewarming party on Thursday, October 8. Director Nancy Bloom notes that they are registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Target for those desiring to bring needed items as gifts.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mosquito Spraying


The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District will again be conducting adult mosquito control operations (spraying) in portions of Glenview this evening, Tuesday, August 25, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., weather permitting.

Here's a NSMAD map of the specific area in Glenview to be covered, as well as additional adulticiding information from NSMAD.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Mother Daughter Tea

Bring your favorite doll to tea on September 12 at the Glenview History Center. Reservation are required...call (847) 724-4115 for more information.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Your Cell Phone and the National Do Not Call Registry


You may have received an email recently urging you to re-register your cell phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry or a "special" Do Not Call Cell Phone Registry. Here’s what you need to know about the National Do Not Call Registry Program:


  • FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling consumers on their cell phones without their consent.

  • The federal government does not maintain a national cell phone registry. Personal cell phone users have always been able to add their numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry – the same Registry consumers use to register their land lines.

  • Your registration will not expire. Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008.

How do I register? Go online at http://www.donotcall.gov/ or call toll-free 1-888-382-1222 from the telephone number you wish to register. Registrations become effective within 31 days of signing up.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Corn Roast

Image by Melissa Maples Come to the Northfield Farmers’ Market (6 Happ Road across from New Trier High School’s Northfield Campus) for a Corn Roast to benefit Northfield Township Food Pantry on Saturday, August 22 from 9:00 a.m.– 12 p.m. Sponsored by Sunset Foods and the Northfield Chamber of Commerce.



Sunday, August 16, 2009

Back To School Resources


Some may think that today's students are more comfortable online that with books. Of course the Glenview Public Library has an excellent collection of books and publications for students of all ages, but what you may not realize is that the Library also has many specialized online resources for students.

Three in particular are easy to use and designed to help with homework assignments and school advancement. Learning Express Library has a selection of tutorials and examinations to help students increase reading and math comprehension or prepare for the SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE and more.

SIRS Knowledge Source covers issues that students are most likely to study and debate by choosing the best published articles on each topic. It is particularly helpful in presenting both sides of social issues.

If you or your student is struggling with a particular homework assignment contact an online tutor through Live Homework Help. Students can chat online with a trained professional, ask questions and even upload documents to be reviewed together with the tutor.

All these and more online services are available on the Library web site in-house or from home by entering your Glenview Public Library card number. If you need help using an online library service, don't hesitate to ask.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

GPL Online Services: America's Newspapers


Did you toss out or recycle the newspaper before you had a chance to clip out that article you meant to save? Are you cutting costs by cutting back on subscriptions? Would you like to read news from your former home town or see what is happening in cities across the country? The Library provides online access to more than 800 newspapers throughout the US and around the world.

America's Newspapers provides online access to The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times, The Glenview Announcements, The Daily Herald and 100 other newspapers in Illinois alone. All these publications are searchable through the Glenview Public Library web site by entering your library card number.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Truth or Urban Legend?





How many times have you received an email that sounds almost plausible but made you wonder? How do you tell if that rumor you just heard is a fact or an urban legend? Have you ever passed along a story only to learn later that it was a hoax? With email, blogs, instant communication and web "news" circulating around the Internet we receive more information and misinformation than ever before. Here are two websites dedicated to unveiling Internet myths, fake emails, mis-statements, fraud and outright lies.

Snopes.com dedicated to debunking rumors and exposing hoaxes of various kinds is arranged by category for easy browsing. No tall tale is too ridiculous for the folklore specialists at Snopes.com to investigate.

Factcheck.org is more serious in nature and tends to concentrate on US politics and policies through a non-partisan approach.

Is either of these web sites infallible? No, any resource can make a mistake no matter how exalted it's reputation. Whenever possible avoid depending on a single source no matter how reliable it has been in the past. The best possible research is to look at many resources and to use your own careful judgement.

The Glenview Public Library reference team is available to help you in researching topics of interest, large or small. Our library web site offers library users online access to articles, encyclopedias, e-books, telephone directories and more. Be a savvy consumer of information in the Internet age through the use of online library resources.

Metra tracks closed August 20-27 at Glenview Road

Metra has informed the Village that it will be closing the Glenview Road railroad crossing in downtown Glenview completely for eight days as it undertakes track repairs from
Thursday, August 20 @ 7 a.m. - Thursday, August 27 @ 7 a.m.
During this time, motorists will not be able to proceed east or west along Glenview Road over the railroad tracks. Instead, they will be detoured to Dewes Street, one block south of Glenview Road. Motorists should allow extra time due to potential delays during this time.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Making Searching Easier


Two recent enhancements to iBistro, the Library's catalog, make finding information easier. Now you can more efficiently search for movies, music, and audiobooks by clicking on the "Audiovisual Searches" tab. Also, link to the catalogs in libraries NOT in our system by clicking on "Other Library Catalogs" and searching their holdings.

If you need help searching iBistro, don't hesitate to ask.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Tracking Legislation Through Congress


In 1995 Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public and THOMAS was born. Through the THOMAS website we can track Congressional action, view the text of bills under consideration or recently passed, read the Congressional Record, view Congressional Committee Reports and learn more about our government.