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  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

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 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: