Friday, December 31, 2010

Year End Summary of 2010 Events

As 2010 comes to a close it can be interesting to look at the news and events of the past year. Glenview Public Library Online Services offers World News Digest so that you can conveniently review events from 2010 or any year from 1940 to present. The top news stories of 2010 are currently featured by category and topic in this comprehensive world news source.

World News Digest is an online almanac and news service that is provided to Glenview Public Library members. It can be used to look up events and news from a particular date or year for homework assignments, research projects or just to check out the events on important dates like birthdays and anniversaries. World News Digest is only available to Glenview Public Library cardholders who access it from the library home page by entering their library bar code number as their individual username and login.

Your library card number gives you access to a number of paid online resources, newspapers, journals, language courses, computer skills courses, and downloadable ebooks that are free to library members only. The Glenview Public Library is proud to offer these online services through our web site and encourages all library card holders to check out their library's online electronic collections and to use their library card for electronic access to online materials.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Giving Wisely

Be smart about your charitable donations this holiday season. The following websites will help you determine which charities will use your donation in the most trustworthy manner, with the least amount going to administrative costs.

Charity Navigator - Evaluates the financial health of over 5,500 of America's largest charities.

Just Give - Information on nearly 1.5 million charities.

Charity Watch - From the American Institute of Philanthropy.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Winter Solstice

The solstice (from the Latin phrase for "sun stands still") takes place twice a year, when the sun is at its greatest distance from the equator. In the northern hemisphere the winter solstice occurs on December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. The summer solstice, on either June 20 or 21, takes place when the sun shines directly over the Tropic of Cancer.

The winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year, as well as the first day of winter. This year the winter solstice occurs on December 21 at 5:38 pm CST. After the solstice the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter. So hang in there!

This year's solstice holds a special treat for skywatchers in the Chicago region: A full lunar eclipse will occur on the night of the solstice; these two events won't coincide again for 84 years.

For more information click here.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Toys for Tots

On Saturday, December 18 at 7 pm, a concert to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign will be held at Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm Street in Glenview. The concert is free; please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate for Toys for Tots. You may also drop off toys at any of the Glenview fire stations through December 18.

For more information call 847-724-2210.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

IRS ANNOUNCES TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT RATE


The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has set the 2011 standard rate for deducting business use of a car at 51 cents per mile, up from the 2010 rate of 50 cents.

The rate is based on an annual study of "fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile," according to an IRS statement.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Visit the Used Book Store

The Friends of the Glenview Public Library operate a Used Book Store at the west end of the lobby of the new Library. Stop by and browse the collections of adult's and children's hardcovers and paperbacks, magazines, DVDs, cassettes, and more in the beautiful new space. Your purchase will benefit the Library. The Used Book Store is open during regular library hours.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

More Mango Languages


Mango Languages is an online service provided by the Glenview Public Library to assist library members in learning a foreign language or in learning English as a Second Language. Mango online courses are available in-house at any library computer or from home for library members with a GPL card. Mango Languages is expanding once again in the number of language courses offered online. Seven new languages have been added: Tamil, Indonesian, Dutch, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, and Ukrainian. If you are interested in learning a language extensively, or just need a few phrases to talk to a neighbor or for your next trip abroad, check out Mango Languages for free online learning. Check out our Online Services web page to find this resource or to access one of the many other online indexes, journals, newspapers, eBooks, practice exams, and educational courses that we offer to library users.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

On December 7, 1941, the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu came under surprise attack by Japanese ships and airplanes. Casualties were heavy, and much of the American Pacific fleet was destroyed. The attack brought the United States into World War II.

Every year on December 7 we honor the more than 3,500 Americans who were killed or wounded during the attack. For more information and photos click here.

To read more about the Pearl Harbor attack and its historical significance, consider these titles, available at the Glenview Public Library: Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq, by John W. Dower; Sealing Their Fate: The Twenty-Two Days That Decided World War II, by David Downing; and Reflections of Pearl Harbor: An Oral History of December 7, 1941, by K.D. Richardson.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Will Your Car Make It Through The Winter?

Winter weather in the midwest can be tough on the vehicles we drive. If you need to keep your car running through another winter, maintenance and repair can be essential. The Glenview Public Library not only has a extensive collection of automobile repair manuals on the nonfiction shelves in the 629 call number section, we also have an online resource called Automotive Repair Reference Center that has repair information for more than 33,800 vehicles from 1945 to present, with drawings and step-by-step photographs, technical service bulletins and recalls, wiring diagrams, specifications, maintenance schedules and a Labor Time Guide and Estimator. Whether it is a simple job of changing the windshield wipers or a full tune up, Automotive Repair Reference Center can help you decide whether you want to do the job yourself or hire an automechanic by giving you detailed instructions and an estimate the labor time and cost involved. If you decide that your car needs to be replaced, the library has automobile price guides and Consumer Reports at the reference desk to help you buy or sell a car. You can access these resources in person at the library or login through the library web site with your GPL library card number. Using the library automotive resources in print or online can help you save money and make the your vehicle safer to drive.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holiday in the Park and Parade

Looking for something to do the Saturday after Thanksgiving? Sponsored by the Glenview Chamber of Commerce, Holiday in the Park is a free community event that officially opens the holiday season. The parade begins on Glenview Road at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at noon and continues west to Jackman Park. The fun includes hayrides, carolers, train rides, hot drinks, and popcorn. Click here for more information.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Turkey Hotlines

Here's a link to the Thanksgiving and Holiday Cooking Hotlines page at about.com, including websites for the USDA, Butterball, and Foster Farms. In addition to safety information for turkey preparation, you will find a variety of related resources about menus, baking, side dishes, and ideas for leftovers.

Good luck in the kitchen, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day


Thank you to all who have served our great country.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Daylight Savings Time

This Sunday at 2:00 a.m. local time, most residents of the U.S. will turn back their clocks an hour marking the conclusion of daylight savings time. What started us on this ritual in the first place?
The Fall temporal transition is often a welcome one, given that one glorious hour of extra sleep. The hassle of resetting our clocks often leaves people wondering why? These were just a few of the reasons listed:


~Energy Use ~Retailers benefit from extra afternoon sunlight ~ Reduction in traffic fatalities ~Sunlight strongly influences Seasonal Affective Disorder.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC) is telling all consumers it's a good time to replace their smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm batteries.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/11/101104-daylight-savings-2010-time-savings-when-end-fall-back-science-nation-time-change












































Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Safe Disposal of Medications and Sharps

Drop off unwanted medications and sharps (needles or lancets) on the first Friday of each month from 9 to noon in the lobby of Village Hall, 1225 Waukegan Road. The Village partners with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) to provide this service, the goal of which is to reduce the danger caused by these items if they end up in the water supply or are left loose in garbage cans.

Upcoming drop-off dates are:

Friday, November 5
Friday, December 3
Friday, January 7

All drugs must be in their original containers with the labels attached; black out personal information on the label. Sharps should be in rigid transparent containers.

Click here
for more information.

Vote Today!



November 2 is the day to exercise your right to vote.


Verify your voter registration, find your polling place or see a sample ballot at the Cook County Clerk's Web site.


Celebrate democracy by going to the polls and casting your ballot.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pumpkin Facts and Trivia

  • Pumpkins have been grown in America for over 5,000 years.
  • In 1584, after French explorer Jacques Cartier explored the St. Lawrence region of North America, he reported finding “gros melons.” The name was translated into English as “pompions,” which has since evolved into the modern “pumpkin.”
  • The Irish brought the tradition of pumpkin carving to America. Originally, they carved turnips to celebrate All Hallows Eve - but pumpkins were plentiful in the states, and easier to handle.
  • Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.
  • Pumpkin seeds were used for medicine by Native American Indians.
  • In colonial times, Native Americans roasted long strips of pumpkin in an open fire.
  • The top ten pumpkin producing counties in Illinois are Tazewell, Kankakee, Mason, Logan, Will, Marshall, Kane, Pike, Carroll and Woodford.
  • Around 90 to 95% of the processed pumpkins in the United States are grown in Illinois.
  • Antarctica is the only continent where pumpkins can't grow.
  • A new world record for heaviest pumpkin -- 1,810 pounds! -- was set this year by grower Chris Stevens from New Richmond, Wisconsin.
  • New Guinness world record for the largest pumpkin pie has been set by the membership of the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers, who has baked pumpkin pie weighing 3,699 pounds and diameter of 20 feet.
  • Pumpkins are not just orange; you can find pumpkins that are green, yellow, red, white, blue, and even tan!
  • Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.
  • Pumpkin ridges are called ribs.
  • One cup of pumpkin contains zero cholesterol.
  • Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber. They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron.
  • Pumpkins are 90% water.
  • Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  • Pumpkins are fruit.
  • Canned pumpkin, scooped into a plastic food storage container, will keep up to three months in the freezer.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Protect Your Identity

http://flic.kr/p/6wPSUd  Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country. It occurs when someone obtains credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, bank account information or other pieces of private information and uses them to commit fraud or deception.

How to guard against identity theft:

- Obtain a free credit report and check for any inaccurate information.

- Never give your Social Security number, mother's maiden name or account numbers to strangers who contact you, especially by phone, internet, mail, or e-mail.

- Don't leave outgoing mail in your mailbox; take it to a mailbox or post office.

- Tear or shred charge receipts, copies of credit applications, insurance forms, physician statements, bank checks and statements, expired charge cards and credit offers you get in the mail.

Contact the Illinois Attorney General Identifty Theft Hotline if you think your identity has been stolen.

To obtain a free credit report go to http://www.annualcreditreport.com/.

More information is available from the Federal Trade Commission.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Talking Tech @ the Library


On Wednesday, October 20, 2 PM our Library staff will talk about the new Library building's expanded technical resources in a 45 minute presentation. Register online at glenviewpl.org/registration.htm. Or telephone 847-729-7500 or walk-in registration will be available at the Reference Services Desk. The presentation will be held in the Library's new Tech Lab on the second floor.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Grand Opening October 9


The long wait is over! The Glenview Public Library Board of Trustees invite Glenview residents and friends to an opening celebration of the new Glenview Library from 1 to 5 PM on Saturday October 9. Join us for family activities, live music, visit with the library construction mascot, Diggit, and explore our beautiful newly constructed facility. Light refreshements will be served following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 PM on Saturday Oct 9. The festivities will continue through October with a Festival of Programs to celebrate the opening. Guided tours will be available on Saturday and in coming weeks; check the tour schedule to register for a tour in English, Korean, Russian, Polish or Spanish. Parking will be available in the library lot on Washington and Glenview Road. Auxiliary parking will be available in the Metra commuter lots. Library staff will be available to guide you through our new building, answer questions, and welcome you. Regular library hours will resume on Sunday October 10.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation

This summer several Chicago Public Libraries took part in an innovative pilot project:
Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation.
The project asked: Can an engagement with 25 icons of American art—from Dorothea Lange’s 1936 photograph, Migrant Mother and Children, to Chicagoan Kerry James Marshall’s Many Mansions—act as a “starting point for broader civic engagement”? Libraries provided a place to meet, stimulating questions about the art, community, and identity, and materials for the teens to create their own art. The project succeeded beautifully. For more information:
http://www.atyourlibrary.org/engaging-teens-chicago-public-libraries.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Your Library Card is Also A Password



Did you know that your Glenview Public Library membership card is your password to online periodicals, e-books, language courses, computer skills tutorials, practice exams and you never have to check out a book to use these services? Simply go to the library's online resources page and enter the bar code number from your GPL library card when prompted for access to online publications in full text, downloadable audio books and much more.


Every day I see television commercials for online services that savvy library members know they can get for free with their library card from the Glenview Public Library's web site. If you are purchasing articles online, or paying for online subscriptions you are throwing money away and not using your library card to its full advantage. For example, Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest is available for free from our Genealogy page if you want to trace your family tree. Legal forms are available from our subscription to Gale Legal Forms so why pay to use Legalzoom.com. If you need to learn a language check out Mango for free online video language courses instead of purchasing Rosetta Stone discs. If you need a tutor for yourself or a student in your family, consider using Live Homework Help for instant online tutoring for grade level 4 up through junior college. Why pay for magazines and newspapers to read on your Kindle when many of the same publications are available from your library for free from Library Press Display on our News and Newspaper page, along with the Chicago Tribune Archive back to 1849 for historical research. For magazine articles we have online indexes and you can even set up a user alert in EBSCOhost or ProQuest to have each new issue sent to your email account as soon as it is published.



The library building is closed until October 9 but the library web site is open 24/7. For more information on how to use your library card as a password to online publications and how to use the library web site, register and attend the Google & Beyond workshop on November 1 in our new library technology lab.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Measure, Pack, Label

As anyone who has moved can tell you, it's a lot of work. Although our actual move doesn't officially begin until September 7, our moving company, Hallett Movers, is hard at work right now measuring and labelling the collection.

We will be closed from September 5 until October 9, but don't despair! Nearby libraries will honor your Glenview library card. Our book drops will be open. Our website http://www.glenviewpl.org/ will be available, as will our electronic databases and this blog. Join us for the Opening Day celebration from 1 to 5 on October 9!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Waukegan Road Resurfacing to Begin


Phase I of the Waukegan Road Construction Project (installing curb bump-outs and raised medians along the road) has been completed, and Phase II (resurfacing Waukegan Road between Golf and Willow) will begin within the next week. Work will proceed from south to north and there will be ongoing lane closures wherever the contractor is working. This means that traffic will be adversely affected; you may want to give yourself extra time if you plan to use Waukegan Road. Resurfacing should be completed by the end of September.

At that time, the Village will begin Phase III of the project: installing stamped, colored concrete pedestrian crosswalks along Waukegan at five intersections: Overlook, Dewes, Glenview, Grove, and East Lake. Please feel free to call IDOT at (773) 594-0723 or the Village's Capital Projects Department at (847) 998-9500 with questions or concerns.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

19th Amendment

Ninety years ago today on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment became law when the Tennessee Legislature became the 36th state legislature to ratify the proposed amendment by a margin of one vote. Illinois was one of the first states to approve the amendment on June 10, 1919 along with Michigan and Wisconsin. That amendment states that: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex," otherwise known as the culmination of the Women's Suffrage Movement.


Ninety years ago, Women's Suffrage was controversial and many marched, protested, and were jailed for demonstrating in favor of the passage of the 19th Amendment. You may register to vote in person at the Glenview Village Hall or by mail through the Cook County Clerk's Office.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

We Are Moving

The beautiful new Glenview Public Library is nearing completion. We will be closed Sunday, September 5 through Friday, October 8 while we move. During this period, neighboring libraries will welcome Glenview Library patrons. Join us for an opening celebration Saturday, October 9, 1-5 pm.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Searching for a Video News Story


Many savvy library members know that the Glenview Public Library web site offers several online newspaper resources for searching newspaper articles going backward as far as 1985, or in the case of the Chicago Tribune Archive back to 1849. However did you know that Newsbank America's Newspapers has recently added video news clips from 111 television news stations around the country? For a list of video resources in Newsbank click on the "Source Type" tab on the search interface screen and select "video."


Friday, July 30, 2010

Tax Break on School Supplies Aug.6-15

The State of Illinois is giving students a sales tax break on the purchase of school supplies from August 6-15. This results in a 5% reduction in the total tax . Local taxes will still be charged.
Qualifying items include clothing and footwear under $100 retail price and many traditional school supplies.
Items not covered include computers and related computer supplies; clothing and footwear over $100 retail; art supplies and textbooks.
For complete details see the Illinois Department of Revenue lists and definitions.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Elderhostel/Exploritas Now Called Road Scholar


The not-for-profit educational vacation company sponsored by Elderhostel has changed its name to Road Scholar. It had previously changed its name to Exploritas.
The group sponsors both domestic and international tours with an educational intent. You can sign up for their e-mail newsletter or receive catalogs of their learning opportunities in the mail.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ice Cream Social-Yard Sale-Glenview History Center-Sunday July 11

Come out Sunday afternoon, 1-4, July 11, and support the Glenview History Center, 1121 Waukegan Road.

Have an ice cream treat and purchase some yard sale treasures including china, glassware, collectibles, books, housewares and antiques. Something for everyone!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Glenview Summer Festival, June 26

Glenview Summer Festival, formerly known as the Glenview Street Sale, will take place Saturday, June 26, on Glenview Road, west of Waukegan to Harlem Avenue, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.This event, hosted by the Glenview Chamber of Commerce, allows Glenview merchants a chance to showcase their wares at bargain prices. In addition, area restaurants will sell samples of their delicacies, artists/crafters will show their hand-made jewelry, pottery, etc. Glenview Service Clubs will be represented with raffles and activities.
Come for the food and live entertainment! Fun for the whole family!

Friday, June 4, 2010

2010 County Fair Dates



Horses, popcorn, and blue ribbons! What do these all have in common? They're all part of a County Fair. And to find your county fair, click on the title "2010 County Fair Dates" above. The Illinois Department of Agriculture's website has a complete listing of all the county fairs in Illinois for 2010. Enjoy the cotton candy!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Collection Highlight

This month's Reference book display celebrates the 175th Anniversary of the birth of one of Glenview's most famous native sons - Robert Kennicott - Smithsonian scholar and a founder of the Chicago Academy of Sciences. Visit The Grove National Historic Landmark, 1421 Milwaukee Avenue in Glenview, on June 5 and 6 for the grand opening of a special exhibition honoring Kennicott, including tours of the Kennicott family home, exhibits, and a lecture. The exhibition runs until October 3.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Studying for an Exam??


The next date for taking the ACT college admission exam is June 12. Do you know someone that is preparing to take this exam? If so they should know about the exam preparation resources that the Glenview Public Library offers online through the GPL website. Your library subscribes to Learning Express Library for its members to use in the library or from their home computers. Log on with your library card number and practice for the ACT exam or many others. Learning Express Library offers students of all ages a chance to prepare with exam questions similar to the ones they will find on the actual test.

Document Destruction Event


Now you can safely destroy your unneeded documents at no cost by shredding and recycling them at the SWANCC Document Destruction Event on Saturday, June 12, sponsored by the Village of Glenview and Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC). Drop by Public Works, 1333 Shermer Road between 9-11 AM. Please remove your paper from three-ring binders, take off any binder clips, and put it all in a paper bag or cardboard box.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Save Illinois Libraries


Funding shortages and the state budget crisis in Illinois have impacted public libraries throughout the state. Library systems which support local libraries are closing and/or cutting back services including our own North Suburban Library System which is closing at the end of May 2010 due to lack of funding from the state legislature. Staff have been layed off, educational programs cancelled, and even interlibrary loan services that transport books between libraries are threatened.


Libraries remain a valuable community investment especially in hard economic times. When individuals need to control their budget with free entertainment and reading materials, libraries offer check out of books, DVDs and periodicals. When individuals need job search help and resume writing services, libraries offer free access to the Internet and Microsoft Office. Glenview Public Library members can update their job skills with computer training courses through Learning Express Library on the GPL web site. The Illinois Library Association lists the many economic benefits of libraries. Savelibraries.org lists ways in which you can advocate for libraries. Support Illinois libraries by contacting your local representatives to tell them what your library means to you.

Yahoo!Green





Yahoo has launched a new site within their web site for Green topics like "How to Compost Anything"; "Six Gas Mileage Myths"; "12 Safe and Effective Sun Screens" and "Animals Most Threatened by the Gulf Oil Spill". The site at green.yahoo.com is a lot like their other special pages for finance, news, and entertainment, but aimed at those interested in the environment. The site has a great tool bar for Living Green, Global Warming issues, and Tools that include measuring your carbon footprint.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Illinois Financial Info


Check the Illinois Comptroller's Website for financial facts, information, and updates for the State of Illinois.

The Resource Library contains bulletins, reports, and articles. The Financial Queries Page displays financial expenditures. There is also a News Page, and more.

Be sure to explore the detailed topical links along the left margin of every page, in the pale blue section.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Glenview Farmers Market

Photo taken by Lauren CunninghamOpening day for Glenview Farmers Market is Saturday, June 26. The market is held at Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Road, Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon until October 9. Visit the market's website for more information. A list of farmers markets in Chicago and the suburbs can be found here.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Our Library, Then and Now

Here is an Animoto slide show of pictures taken over the years at the Glenview Public Library.

Each scene from the past is paired with a recent picture of the same actiivity. To see a full screen version of the slide show, be sure to click the "full screen" icon in the lower right of the Animoto screen.

You will see that we have been bringing good experiences and great service to our patrons for generations.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

World Bank Access to Information


The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors recently approved a new Access to Information policy. The World Bank Group now provides free, open, and easy access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe—some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years— through its new data portal at http://data.worldbank.org/ This new site currently contains the full World Development Indicators (WDI), Global Development Finance (GDF), and Africa Development Indicators (ADI) as well as several other World Bank databases such as Global Economic Monitor (GEM), Education Statistics, etc. For a full list of data sets available please go to http://data.worldbank.org/data-catalog Most of the data is available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Help Postal Carriers Stamp Out Hunger


Letter carriers throughout the Northern Illinois District will help “Stamp Out Hunger” this Saturday, May 8, during their 18th annual food drive. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations from homes as they deliver mail along their routes. This joint event of the National Association of Letter Carriers and the US Postal Service is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Employees at more than 217 post offices in the Northern Illinois District last year collected more than 335,000 pounds of food, which was part of the 73.4 million pounds of food collected nationally. Please help to make this year’s drive a success!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

EPA News on the BP Oil Spill

WASHINGTON – As part of the ongoing federal response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the EPA established a website to inform the public about the spill’s impact on the environment and the health of nearby residents. The website – http://www.epa.gov/bpspill - will contain data from EPA’s ongoing air monitoring along with other information about the agency’s activities in the region. Additional information on the broader response from the U.S. Coast Guard and other responding agencies is available at: http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/

Monday, May 3, 2010

Volunteer for 18th Annual Chicago River Day!

Join the Village's Natural Resources Commission on Saturday, May 8 as it works to beautify our piece of the river, collecting trash and clearing brush. It's all part of the Friends of the Chicago River's Annual Chicago River Day. Dress appropriately with close-toed shoes and comfortable clothes that can get dirty or damp. You are encouraged to bring water and sunscreen.
We'll meet in Kohl's parking lot at 9 a.m. and work through noon; free T-shirts, work gloves, tool and trash bags will be provided. Questions? Call (847) 729-2329.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Come to the Spring Book Sale Through May 15

Want some fun books for spring and summer reading?
Come to the fourth annual Friends of the Glenview Public Library Book Sale continuing now through Saturday, May 15.The sale materials are available during the hours the library is open. Monday-Friday 9 -9, Saturday 9 -5 and Sunday 1-5. Questions? Call the Library at 847-729-7500, Ext. 146.

Census Enumerators Hit the Streets Next Week


If you weren't able to return the recent 2010 Census Form you received in the mail, you can expect a knock on your door next month. Beginning May 1, Census Enumerators will fan out across the community, targeting nonresponders throughout the week, including evenings and weekends. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
  • An Enumerator will try to reach you multiple times, and may ask your neighbors about the best time to catch you at home.

  • They won't enter homes, but will seek to conduct interviews at the door.

  • A legitimate Census Enumerator will have a Census ID badge with a Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date. The badge will not have a photo. He or she may also be carrying a black census bag with a white Census Bureau logo.

  • Census Enumerators will not ask for your bank account numbers, income, credit card numbers, or social security numbers. Nor will they solicit donations, contact you by email, or ask for your citizenship status.

Remember: each resident counted can mean hundreds, if not thousands, of additional dollars to Glenview over the next ten years. We encourage you to participate!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Do You Have Junk?



The Glenview League of Women Voters is accepting donations of used books, household items, jewelry, furniture and clothes for their semi-annual fund raiser and Garage Sale. Your donated items will help the League send a delegate to the LWV National Convention. If items are cluttering up your home and you need to do a little spring cleaning, please consider donating them to this worthy cause.

Drop off your clean unbroken items Thursday afternoon from 3pm to 7pm May 13th at the Flick Park Fieldhouse just west of Flick Pool. The ladies of the League will be hosting their Garage Sale on Friday, May 14th from 9am to 3pm and Saturday, May 15th from 9am to 1 pm. Shop for a bargain during the sale or donate items before the sale begins.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

No Prescription Drug Coverage?

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.
A single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies. More than 2,500 prescriptions drugs are included.

1.Know the names of the medicines you take.
2. Call toll-free 1-888-477-2669.
3. A trained specialist will answer your questions and help you apply.
Call or go to http://www.pparx.org/.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Illinois Legal Aid


The Illinois Legal Aid website can help Illinois rersidents solve their legal problems.

A video shows how to search for help with a legal issue. You can also browse a library of articles, videos and forms.

The website features a directory of legal self help centers, as well as links for chat and live help.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

DID YOU KNOW?



Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours. It's the equivalent of a half gallon of gasoline!

Earth Day Celebrations

The 40th anniversary of Earth Day which began on April 22, 1970 is being observed in many different ways by different organizations. Wikipedia gives a history of Earth Day celebrations.


To view a list of Earth Day activities from the Earth Day Network check out the events list at lists events online.


The 2010 theme of the American Chemical Society is "Plants--The Green Machines". ACS is sponsoring contests, resources, products and various other activities to engage local communities in the national celebration.

The World Wildlife Fund can give you ideas on how to reduce your carbon footprint and help to save endangered species around the globe.


Local Harvest can help you locate farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food locally, and where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.


If you want to reduce, reuse and recycle, you can use your library card to check out books, magazines, DVDs, videos at the Glenview Public library rather than buying new. Shop at the Used Book store located on the Library's mezzanine. Or download a book to read electronically from MyMediaMall. All great ways to celebrate Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Telephone Bill Savings


Citizens Utility Board (CUB) counselors analyzed 25 telephone bills this morning at the Glenview Public Library for an average savings of $22.03 per month. If you missed the Phone Bill Clinic, you can still benefit from CUB’s expertise to save on your telephone bill. Call the CUB Phone Savings Hotline at 1-866-688-4282 for a complete phone bill analysis, or access the CUB web site at https://p2.secure.hostingprod.com/@citizensutilityboard.org/ssl/CostCutter.php.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Computer Recycling at Your Front Door

Image by ViNull on flickr For $25 SWANCC (Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County) will pick up your old computer and electronics. You can recycle up to 6 items. Additional items are $5 each with a maximum of 15 items. Cell phones and calculators are accepted at no cost and do not count toward your item total. To be eligible to participate you must 1) Live in a SWANCC member community and 2) Have street level access to your front door.