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. 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 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 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 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 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 – - 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:

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.