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

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


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

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.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Snapshot Day Revisited

Did you come to the Library on Snapshot Day?

On Wednesday, February 10, 2010, libraries across Illinois participated in Snapshot: One Day in the Life of Your Library by collecting information, comments, and photographs from events in a typical library day.

The results provide indisputable proof that libraries consistently provide invaluable services to their communities.

Below is a slideshow of some pictures that were taken at the Glenview Library on Snapshot Day.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tax Day Freebies 2010

Happy Tax Day!! Several local businesses and national chains are offering free deals today (or in April) for stressed out income tax filers. Here's where you can get some economic relief for filing your taxes. Look in the Glenview Public Library's ReferenceUSA online telephone business directory on our library web site for the closest location near you.

The Glenview Public Library has multiple tax forms FREE for the taking in the Reference Room of the library on the first floor, 1930 Glenview Road, 847-729-7500 ext 111. GPL charges 10 cents per page for copying HOWEVER, our reference librarians will help you find and print your forms from or the Illinois Department of Revenue if you find that you need additional forms for 2009 or previous years.

Participating businesses where you can get a tax day deal:

Through Thursday, Staples will copy up to 30 single-sided (or 15 double-sided) pages of tax-related documents at no charge. The nearest Glenview location for Staples is 1509 Waukegan Road, Glenview, IL 60025; 847-832-0283. Both Staples and the Glenview Public Library are open until 9 PM on Thursday April 15.

Office Depot stores will copy up to 25 single-sided pages of tax-related documents FREE. Check for information, hours and participating locations.

Thursday is “Tax Day Bites” day at Cinnabon bakeries. Stop by between 6 and 8 p.m. for free cupcake bites. Find locations at

Participating IHOP restaurants are offering a special deduction to cash-strapped parents. Through April 30, get a free kid’s meal with each adult entree purchase. (Here’s the fine print: Free kid’s meals available to children 12 and younger from 4 to 10 p.m. daily.) Find locations at or with ReferenceUSA.

On Thursday bring a reusable travel mug to any participating Starbucks and get a free brewed coffee (up to 20 ounces).

Whole Foods grocery stores are giving taxpayers a break on April 15. Shoppers at participating stores will save anywhere from 6 to 9.5 percent depending upon store location by not paying sales tax on any items in the store.

Everyone who walks into a participating Subway on Tax Day gets a free cookie. There are four Glenview locations according to the library online telephone directory.

To find other Free deals every day check out Free Things To Do in Chicago's web site.

Library Account Unavailable April 19 through April 22

All “My Account” functions in iBistro, the Library's catalog, will be unavailable from April 19 through April 22 while the system software is upgraded. This includes the ability to renew materials and place electronic holds. Please contact the Reference desk to place a hold or for further assistance at 847-729-7500.

Thank you for your patience.

FINRA BrokerCheck®

Look Up a Brokerage Firm or Individual Broker in FINRA BrokerCheck.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States.

BrokerCheck is a free tool to help investors research the professional backgrounds of current and former FINRA-registered brokerage firms and brokers. It should be the first resource investors turn to when choosing whether to do business or continue to do business with a particular broker or brokerage firm.

Through BrokerCheck, investors can:

· Search for both brokers and brokerage firms
· Obtain online delivery of a background report
· View explanatory information to help them better understand the content, context and source of the information provided
· See links to additional resources and tools

The information made available through BrokerCheck is derived from the Central Registration Depository (CRD®), the securities industry online registration and licensing database. Information in CRD is obtained through forms that brokers, brokerage firms and regulators complete as part of the securities industry registration and licensing process. BrokerCheck features professional background information on approximately 850,000 current and former FINRA-registered brokers and 17,000 current and former FINRA-registered brokerage firms.

For questions regarding BrokerCheck call toll-free (800) 289-9999 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern Time.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Library of Congress Acquires Entire Twitter Archive

The Library of Congress has announced on its blog this morning that it has acquired the entire Twitter archive. “Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter’s inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. That’s a LOT of tweets, by the way: Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day, with the total numbering in the billions.

There will be formal press releases later from both LC and Twitter, but already journalists and scholars are speculating on what this archive could mean for research. Just two examples of important tweets in the past few years include the first-ever tweet from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey (, President Obama’s tweet about winning the 2008 election (

In recent years we have learned that many early American television broadcasters routinely taped over shows like the Ernie Kovacs show and the early Tonight shows with Jack Parr and Johnny Carson permanently erasing the historical record of these broadcasts. Librarians have been concerned about the preservation of digital content since the inception of the Internet.

So if you think the Library of Congress is “just books,” think of this: "The Library has been collecting materials from the web since it began harvesting congressional and presidential campaign websites in 2000. Today we hold more than 167 terabytes of web-based information, including legal blogs, websites of candidates for national office, and websites of Members of Congress."

Here at the Glenview Public Library our web site includes many online resources, e-books, e-audio books, and publication indexes that library members can access from their home computers or whenever they visit the library to use our Internet PCs.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Anniversary of the Attack on Fort Sumter: April 12, 1861

After months of escalating tension, Major Robert Anderson refused to evacuate Fort Sumter at Charleston, South Carolina. Confederate troups under the command of General P.T. Beauregard opened fire on the harbor fort at 4:30 AM and continued until Major Anderson surrendered on April 13. No lives were lost despite the firing of 40,000 shells in the first major engagement of the American Civil War.

To read about Fort Sumter and other historical events, connect to the Glenview Public Library's online resources page to search History Study Center, one of our many electronic services that your library makes available to members through the library's web site or at computers throughout the library when you visit us.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Gale and NEWSWEEK Celebrate National Library Week

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, in partnership with NEWSWEEK magazine, is celebrating National Library Week, with a full-page ad in NEWSWEEK. On newsstands April 12, 2010, the ad recognizes the importance of libraries and invites readers to join the celebration by visiting their library and expressing appreciation for its services.

“Now more than ever, libraries play a vital role in the community,” said John Barnes, Gale’s executive vice president of strategic marketing and development. “At a time when families are fighting a wave of unemployment, businesses struggle to survive, and the country as a whole is working to rebuild, it is exactly the time we need libraries the most. Ironically, library funding is now more endangered than ever before.

“As we move forward to a knowledge and information-based economy, libraries are key to our country’s turnaround and future success,” continued Barnes. “Libraries need support from the communities they serve. The ad encourages people to do what they can to help libraries, whether it is a monetary donation or simply visiting the library to say thanks for all the library offers the community.”

The NEWSWEEK advertisement also references another way to stay connected with the library: by downloading the AccessMyLibrary (AML) mobile application for the iPhone – making access to library research just a click away on a mobile phone. Gale’s new mobile application helps iPhone users find their local library and then access a vast array of information that the library has acquired on their behalf. The free Gale AccessMyLibrary iPhone application expands libraries reach into the community and can be downloaded at the iTunes store. The Glenview Public Library subscribes to several Gale electronic services that library members can access in the library or from their home computers. Just enter your library card number when prompted for online access to thousands of reliable reference resources.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Free Access to Historical Newspapers through Proquest

To celebrate libraries and the ways you help communities thrive, ProQuest offers free and open access to many popular resources. Access is available from Monday, April 12 through Sunday, April 18.

ProQuest® African American Heritage (try it out learn more) is a groundbreaking resource that brings together records critical to African American family history research and connects users to a community of research experts. ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ - Black Newspapers (try it out learn more) for eye-witness accounts of history being made, start here. Search and browse continuous runs of the following full-image Historical Newspapers:
The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988)
Chicago Defender (1910-1975)
Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)
New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)

Food For Fines

Food for Fines In Honor of National Library Week April 11-17

Join the Glenview Public Library Board and Staff to provide meals to those in our community most in need. All items will be donated to the Northfield Township Pantry.

One food item = $1 or less in outstanding fines. example: Fine of $4.00 = 4 food items; Fine of $4.25 = 5 food items.

Actual cost of food will not be considered in canceling fines. Food will be accepted for overdue fines only, NOT for lost or damaged items.

Accepted Food Items include:

Canned Fruit or Vegetables, Canned Pasta Sauce, Pork and Beans, Soup, Cereal, boxed Macaroni and Cheese, Canned Meat or Fish, Peanut Butter, Rice, Pet Food.

Only unopened, pre-packaged food will be accepted. Please: no glass, expired/opened food, gum, candy, popcorn, potato chips, ramen noodles, or perishables.

Bring your food items to the Circulation Desk at the Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview IL from April 11–17

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

National Library Week, April 11 - 17

National Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians. Glenview Public Library's celebration kicks off Sunday, April 11, with a tribute to Chicago's musical heritage featuring Sark Antaramian and his soulful sax. Register at the Readers Services desk or call 847-729-7500. On Thursday join us for a Patron Appreciation Reception, 2-4 p.m., in the entry foyer. Just drop in. Teens can celebrate and indulge their creativity on Saturday, 1 - 3 p.m., at The Art of Duct Tape. Materials, instruction sheets, and samples will be provided free of charge. Attendance is limited; register at the Readers Services desk or call 847-729-7500.

Click here for more information from the American Library Association. Happy National Library Week!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Collection Highlight

In Reference we are celebrating the Earth with a display of books about all things related to our wonderful planet: weather, minerals, caves, rivers, energy, and volcanoes, to name a few.