Saturday, February 28, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

Do You Have Computers and Electronics To Recycle?

The City of Evanston is hosting a cost-free computer and electronics recycling event on Saturday, March 14, 2009 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at James Park at 300 Dodge Avenue. Only residentially-generated equipment will be accepted at this collection event.

CRT Processing, LLC. will recycle all computer/electronic materials in an environmentally responsible manner at its Janesville, WI facility.

Questions can be addressed by the City of Evanston's Streets and Sanitation Division at (847) 866-2940.

Acceptable items:

The following materials will be accepted for recycling at the event:

Computers and peripherals, such as: PC's, monitors, hard drives, modems, printers, mice, keyboards, and scanners.
Office equipment and rroducts, such as: telephones, typewriters , answering machines, calculators, fax machines, copy machines, shredders, postage machines.

Entertainment & Visual Equipment, such as: TV's (no consoles), VCR's, DVD players, stereo equipment, cameras, camcorders, video game players, joysticks, microwaves, toasters or toaster ovens, blenders.

Unacceptable Items

The following materials will NOT be accepted at the event:

batteries, light bulbs, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, large home appliances, software disks, CD's or DVD's, chemicals, scrap metal, tires.

This event is only for computer and electronic material.

No household chemical waste will be accepted.

Please visit SWANCC for information on disposing of these items.

Census Testing Cancelled

Word just came from Washington. Census Testing has been terminated until further notice. They have enough applicants.March 5 and March 19 testing At the Glenview Library has been cancelled.

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching

The regular deadline for registering to vote in the April 7 election is Tuesday, March 10. 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 at the Glenview Public Library on Tuesday March 10 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
You'll need to 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.
There is a registration grace period that runs March 11-24. Keep in mind, though, that you can only take advantage of this grace period by registering at one of the six Cook County Clerk Offices (the nearest is in Skokie at 5600 West Old Orchard Road, Room 149.)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Internet Exchange Workshops and Registration

Learn in a small class setting with dedicated library staff. Improve your core computer skills and explore special Internet topics. Hands-on workshops are held in the Library's Training Room and are limited to six patrons, Glenview Library cardholders only. Registration begins on Monday, March 2, 2009, for all workshops and programs for the Library's Spring schedule of workshops. For questions or to register, call 847-729-7500, ext. 112, or visit the Reader Services Desk. Classes fill quickly; register early.

Here are some points to remember for the registration process:

Register with your Glenview Library card at the Reader Services Desk, in person or over the telephone, ext. 112.

Two workshop registrations only per visit or call.

Confirm your registration with staff at the Reader Services Desk, ext. 112, when you receive the reminder call or by return call before closing, two days before the scheduled class.

Unconfirmed registrations will be opened up to the waiting list as of 9:00 a.m. on the day before the scheduled class.

If notified that you have been moved from the waiting list to the main class list, you must confirm your attendance by 9:00 p.m. on the day before the scheduled class.

As of 9:00 a.m. on the day of the scheduled class/workshop, all unconfirmed seats will be available for first-come, first-served walk-ins. No registrations will be taken on the day of the class.

Reservations for each class will be held for only 15 minutes after the start of the class.

In order to provide personalized attention and hands-on participation in the instruction, enrollment is limited to six attendees per class/workshop.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Does the State of Illinois Have Your Money?

You may be among the millions of people, businesses and heirs who have cash or valuables owed to you in the State of Illinois. To find out, visit

If you find your name on the Cash Dash list, mail in the inquiry form. Once your claim is verified, the Treasurer will mail your unclaimed property or cash to you.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Economic Recovery Disclosure is a website that lets you, the taxpayer, figure out where the money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [ARRA] is going. Includes text of this economic stimulus plan (signed by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009), FAQ, timeline of the plan's operation, details about how the money will be used and estimated job effects, and related material. From the White House.URL:

Friday, February 20, 2009

Consumer Reports in Our Ebsco Database

Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted resources for information and advice on consumer products. Its website,, is the largest paid subscription-based website in the world with 3.3 million paying subscribers.

Did you know that the EBSCOhost database, to which the library subscribes, breaks down Consumer Reports topics further, allowing library patrons to explore the product reviews, ratings, news and comparisons?

When you log into EBSCOhost with your library card number, type your topic into the search box. To search ONLY for Consumer Reports articles, use the advanced search form. Before you click the "search" button, be sure to indicate "publication" (Consumer Reports) in the "Limit Your Results" section.

When the articles are displayed, click on the PDF version to see the magazine page in the form you are accustomed.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

News for Newzies

According to reports the newspaper publishing industry is under financial pressure due to the availability of online news services like Yahoo and Google. Both of these web sites deliver headlines to your computer desktop without a subscription cost. The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and even the New York Times have all been cited as soon to be obsolete; put out of business some say by readers preference for convenience.

Online news services are timely but some of the charm of reading a "real" newspaper is lost if you rely only on the web for news. If you miss the format of a printed newspaper and long for the contentment that turning pages still brings; if you like to see all the newspaper content including the advertisements, the comics, and the local stories from local writers, there is a green way to combine the best of both print and online news delivery without having paper pile up in your recycling bin.

Take a look at Library PressDisplay, an online newspaper product sold exclusively to libraries. Online access to the digitized pages of newspapers from around the world comes to you via your Glenview Public Library web site and your library card number. With Library Press Display you can access English language newspapers from Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. But you can also read English language papers published in more exotic foreign countries or if you read a foreign language, there is a good chance your language is one of the 38 languages in this online service provided for you by the Glenview Public Library. Your library card gives you access from your home computer to a newspaper subscription that is both modern and traditional.

Happy Birthday, Abe!

February 12 is a very special day for residents of Illinois.

Where is the best place to celebrate Lincoln's Birthday?

One of the best is the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois.

Celebrate in person, or online, through their webcasts, online exhibits, and other informative and interactive features.

Subscribe to their e-newsletter, visit the Mrs. President online exhibit, investigate their oral history collection, check out the Bicentennial Book Fair, watch the Bicentennial Webcast, and more!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Open House for New Glenview Residents-February 21

Representatives of the Library, Village, Park District, Schools, Chamber of Commerce, Townships, Glenbrook Hospital and other community organizations will have materials at the Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Street, from 9-11:30 a.m., Saturday, February 21,explaining their services at this free event. Get your blood pressure checked, register to vote and enjoy refreshments with Glenview's firefighters and Officer Friendly from the Police Department. There will be crafts for the kids and tasty goodies provided by local caterer, Catered by Design. Something for everyone!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Keeping Up With Government

Are you curious about new federal laws, rules, executive orders, public laws, and government actions that are created on a daily basis?

Visit the Federal Register page on the website of the National Archives.

Here, you can read both today's and tomorrow's Federal Register, and inspect the new documents.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Northfield Township Exemption Applications

Northfield Township seniors have until Feb. 18 to return senior citizen freeze and exemption renewal applications to the Cook County Assessor's office. The applications cover 2008 property taxes to be paid in 2009, and the savings will appear on tax bills mailed this fall.

The exemption is available to all seniors born in 1943 or earlier who own and occupy residential property, regardless of income. It reduces taxes by several hundred dollars.

The freeze provides seniors with additional tax savings if the combined income of all occupants in a senior's household is less than $55,000, and if the senior has been an owner-occupant of the house since Jan. 1, 2007. Seniors who did not qualify for the freeze in prior years may qualify this year, as the maximum income eligibility has increased this year to $55,000 from $50,000.

Taxpayers who recently turned 65 will not receive applications forms when the senior renewal forms are mailed, nor will seniors who have not received the freeze in prior years. "I encourage such individuals to call my office to obtain the forms and information necessary to receive the senior benefits," Assessor Patricia Damisch said. The forms are also available online at

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Digital TV Conversion Date Extended to June 12, 2009

If you do not have cable, satellite or a digital TV, you will need to add a converter box to your analog television before June 12, 2009. The previous date was February 17. Congress voted yesterday to extend the date as millions of people had not yet bought converter boxes and the government funds to subsidize their purchase have run out.There is currently a waiting list to receive the discount coupons. Information is available at
-Call the Coupon Program toll-free 24-hour automated system 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009).

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

7 Ways Your Library Can Save You Money

Energize your household budget
The following tips are great ways to cut costs at home, while using the library.

1. “Subscribe” to the library. Have you cut out magazine subscriptions at home or stopped the paper? Visit the Glenview Public Library to read the current issues of your favorite magazines. Don’t forget you can check-out back issues of almost all magazine subscriptions and take them home. Many people don’t know that they can also access online magazine databases on the library website. You can easily connect to thousands of full-text articles in your favorite magazines and newspapers. Take a look at our online magazine databases under Online Services.

2. “Watch” a movie from the library. Did you know the library has current DVDs and music CDs? Take a break from high rental rates and choose a DVD for a family movie night. We might even have the hard-to-find title your local video store can’t get in for you. Check out these Staff Favorites.

3. “Read” first then buy. Do you buy a lot of books? Think about checking books out and then buying those you can’t do without. The library can find just about any title you can imagine. If we don’t own it, we can most likely get it from another library in our consortium, in Illinois or the United States. Check out our reading suggestions.

4. “Access” our Internet and Wi-Fi. The Glenview Public Library has free Internet and Wi-Fi available.

5. “Attend” free programs at the library. Your library offers comprehensive programming for both kids and adults. These high quality programs include music, computer classes, guest speakers, book groups, arts and crafts, movies, and more.

6. “Save” gas and walk to our centrally located facility in downtown Glenview. While there, research which cars are most economical, learn how to reduce your carbon footprint, and maximize household savings by learning how to reduce energy consumption and increase efficiency. Consumer Reports is available online through the E-Journal Portal of full text journals.

7. “Find” a new job or learn a new skill. When you’re in, take a look at our résumé building books or job-hunting resources. You can sharpen your computer skills by taking an online class in Microsoft office from Learning Express Library. You’ll also be amazed at the variety of free classes the library offers throughout the year. It’s never too late to add some new tricks to your bag.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Census Jobs-New Test Dates-February 2009

The Census Bureau will be holding open testing at Glenview Public Library at 11:30 a.m. every Thursday in February for people who want to be census workers for the 2010 census. All test times are for non-supervisory positions. There is no pre-registration; walk-in basis.

Questions? Call the US Census 2010 toll free number 1-866-861-2010.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

February Free Days at the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago will offer free admission all day, every day for the entire month of February. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to get some culture while holding the line on spending. Enjoy the treasures of one of our best local institutions.