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


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.