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 .

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.