Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Laws and Fees for 2012

Among the new laws and fees that begin Jan. 1, 2012 are these that can impact Glenview residents:
• The number of electronic products banned from Illinois landfills expands from four to 17. For the list and suggestions on how to dispose of unwanted video games, VCRs, DVD players and the like, go here.
• Illinois law will require back seat passengers to wear seat belts, regardless of their age or seating position. The move will strengthen the State of Illinois' current seat belt law, which requires passengers in the front seat and anyone under the age of 19 year old to wear a properly secure seat belt. The new law exempts riders in buses, emergency vehicles and those in the backseat of taxis. For more,go here.
• Tolls nearly double on Illinois tollways to pay for a $12.1 billion program of expanding and building highways. Basic I-Pass toll rates will rise from 40 cents to 75 cents, with those who use cash continuing to pay double what I-Pass users do. For more, go here.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Need to Improve Your Technology Skills?

Did you get a new digital reader or PC for Christmas? Or did you give an electronic device to someone who is struggling to use it? Why not recommend or take advantage of the free workshops at the Glenview Public Library to improve your technology skills. In January we are offering:

Mouse Skills: an Introduction to basic skills needed to use the Internet effectively; on Thursday, January 5 at 10 AM. Registration required.

Basic Internet Searching: Learn how to find and evaluate useful web sites on Wednesday, January 11 at 10 AM. Registration required.

eReader Drop-In Sessions: Learn how to download an eBook to your eReader on Saturday, January 7 at 10 AM. First come, first served.

Introduction to MyMediaMall: Discover the Library's collection of free downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks and learn how to download them to a computer and eReader on Friday, January 13, 10 AM. Registration required.

To register for one of these workshops, simply stop in or telephone the Library at 847-729-7500 and give us your Glenview Public Library card number. Read the LINES newsletter for other upcoming Library events and workshops for all ages.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Senior Housing Assistance Applications Available

Glenview residents ages 62 and older may qualify for housing assistance in 2012. This form lists eligibility requirements and explains how to apply. Documentation must be filed between Feb. 6 and 17.

Don't Give to Burglars

The winter holiday season--and the presence of presents being bought for celebrations--often mean a rise in the number of reported vehicle burglaries. The Glenview Police Department suggests you take steps to keep from having your car damaged and/or belongings stolen. Here are a few tips to avoid being a victim of car burglary:
1. Bring valuables from your car into your home.
2. If you need to leave smaller, less valuable item(s) in your car overnight, keep them out of view by locking the item(s) in a glove box, center console or trunk.
3. While shopping use a cover to keep items left in a visible trunk out of view.
4. Lock the doors to your car, but don't rely on pressing the automatic lock on your key ring without verifying the doors are locked or lock the doors manually.
5. Don't leave the garage door opener in a car parked in the driveway overnight for a thief to access other cars in the garage.

Friday, December 16, 2011

GBS @ 50

In August of 1962, Glenbrook South opened its doors. 

The book GBS@50 captures the people, events and stories of Glenbrook South High school for each of its 50 academic years.

Find out more about the book, and order a copy.

The Glenview Public Library owns a copy that can be checked out, as well as an archival copy in the Genealogy & Local History Room:

373.7731 GBS
GBS @ 50 /
c2011 -- Glenbrook South High School, published in conjunction with Jostens, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-615-52974-5

Thursday, December 15, 2011

What Do I Read Next?

As any avid reader knows, it's always a good idea to have your next book on the nightstand, ready to go. Glenview Public Library's NextReads newsletters can help you keep your nightstand full. NextReads is an email newsletter subscription service that provides reading suggestions for all ages in more than 20 interest categories, and it includes links to BiblioCommons, our online catalog. Choose from Fiction A to Z; Armchair Travel; Kids' Books; Thrillers and Suspense; Business and Personal Finance; History and Current Events; and many more. Subscribe here and you're on your way to your next read!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Winter Break Fun at the Ice Center

Check out all the activities at the Glenview's Ice Center's 11th Annual Winter Carnival, from December 19 to January 1, 2012. Beginner lessons, a family New Year's Eve party, public skating, and parent-child hockey scrimmages are just a few of the possibilities. The Ice Center is located at 1851 Landwehr Road in Glenview. For more information call (847) 724-2800.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Auto Repair With Your Library Card

Did you know that the Glenview Public Library offers free comprehensive auto repair information as part of our Online Services collection of electronic databases? Auto Repair Reference Center has drawings and step-by-step photographs, technical service bulletins and recalls, wiring diagrams, specifications, maintenance schedules and an estimator for labor repair charges.

Content includes:

Coverage of more than 37,000 vehicles from 1945 to present
Millions of drawings and step-by-step photographs
Approximately 110,000 technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer
Over 180,000 enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing
Specifications & maintenance schedules
Labor Time Guide & Estimator
Video overviews of auto systems with AutoIQ
Quick Tips (a complete guide to vehicle ownership & maintenance)
Diagnostic information

Interface features include:

Ability to print/email/save high-quality
PDF recordsMore than 37,000 vehicles coveredIn-depth repair information from the major original equipment manufacturers, including Ford, Honda, and GMC
On-Board Diagnostics (OBD II) codes with description and troubleshooting information

All of this valuable automobile repair information to keep your car running is available through the Library's web site. Log in to the Online Services with your Glenview Public Library card number for home access or visit the library and use one of the many computers available on the second floor.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Song Fest

The public is invited to the Glenview Senior Center on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at 12:30 PM for a Holiday Song Fest. The free event will feature local senior choral groups, the Springman Junior High Choir, and Love to Dance Tap Dancers. The Fest will take place in the Lakeview room of the Senior Center, located at 2400 Chestnut Avenue in Glenview.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Overnight parking ban begins Dec. 1

Overnight parking between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. is prohibited on all public streets in the Village of Glenview from December 1 through March 31. This requirement facilitates snow plowing and public safety. In the event there is no means of off-street parking, on-street-parking permits may be granted upon application to the Glenview Police Department. For more information regarding on-street parking permits, contact the Police Department at (847) 729-5000.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Glenview Holiday in the Park and Parade

Glenview's business community officially kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, Novemer 26, with the 17th annual Holiday in the Park and Parade. The event begins at noon with a parade starting at Glenview Road and Church Street and ending at Jackman Park, at Lehigh Avenue and Prairie Street. The parade features Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Medinah Shriners on "flying carpets," the Glenbrook South Marching Band and other floats and units representing local businesses, service organizations and Scout troops. At Jackman Park, visitors can purchase hot chocolate, hot cider and other refreshments and have their pictures taken with Santa.

The Glenview Chamber of Commerce also wants you to know that Saturday, Nov. 26, has been designated "Small Business Saturday," a promotion designed to encourage shopping at small businesses. For more information, click here.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Veterans Day Ceremony November 11

Village President Kerry Cummings is among the speakers at the Veterans Day Observance organized by the Joseph M. Sesterhenn American Legion Post 166 beginning at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Memorial Plaza at Glenview Road and River Drive. Village Hall offices will be open on Veterans Day, but the Public Works facility, 1333 Shermer Road, will be closed.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Housing Experts Speak on Monday, November 7

"Ask Experts about Housing for People with Mental Illness" will be the topic of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) meeting being held from 7-9 on Monday, November 7, at the Glenview Police Department on the northwest corner of East Lake Avenue at Shermer Road.
Speakers will be Hugh Brady, President of NAMI and Susan Shimon, Director of New Foundation Center.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

The American Diabetes Association web site has information and resources for diabetes prevention and treatment. Many Americans are unaware that nearly 26 million children and adults are living with diabetes and another 79 million are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Many do not consider diabetes to be a serious ailment yet each year diabetes kills more people than breast cancer and AIDS combined. For more information on diabetes and other health topics you can take advantage of the online collection of books, journals, magazines and newspapers through the Glenview Public Library's online services page for articles from EBSCO Health Source for consumer or academic level or other online indexes. Glenview residents with a Glenview Public Library card can use most of our Online Services from home by logging in with their library bar code number.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Drug Take Back Day

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency is sponsoring a National Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, to collect unused or expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines for safe disposal. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will collect pharmaceuticals at the gatehouse of the North Side Water Reclamation Plant, 3500 Howard St., Skokie, and the Cook County Sheriff's Office collection is at the Skokie Court House, 5600 W. Old Orchard Road. The Lake County Sheriff's Department is also accepting controlled substances at its site: Beach Park Village Hall, 11270 W. Wadsworth Road, Beach Park. For more information, contact the Drug Free Communities Program at (847) 731-2658.

Disposing of old medicines safely keeps others from abusing them without your knowledge and keeps pharmaceuticals out of drinking water and wastewater.

Glenview offers an unwanted drugs and sharps collection from 9 a.m. to noon the first Friday of every month. The next collection day at Village Hall, 1225 Waukegan Road, is Nov. 4.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Glenview Street Survey Under Way

Weather permitting, Infrastructure Management Services LLC of Rolling Meadows will have a van traversing all 165 miles of Glenview's roadways through next week to update the Village’s pavement evaluation system. The Village wants to ensure its data completely and accurately reflects current conditions. Surveys of surface conditions will note the amount of cracking, rut depth, roughness and texture of the pavement. Deflection testing will determine soundness of the pavement base. The data will be used by Village staff to set priorities for the 2013-17 Capital Improvement Program.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fire Department Open House

Plan to stop by Station 14 of the Glenview Fire Department for their Open House on Sunday, October 23 from 11 AM - 4 PM. Station 14 is located at 2250 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview. Included in the Open House will be station tours, refreshments, fire truck tours and live demonstrations.

Glenview Fire Department is celebrating 100 years of service this year.

For more information on fire safety, visit the National Fire Protection Association.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Skunk Population Increases Locally

The smell of skunk is permeating Glenview and we’re not suffering alone. The Chicago Wildlife News reports the Chicago area skunk population has increased eight of the last ten years, citing the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which monitors the population through a road-kill index. Animal care and control experts recommend homeowners “skunk-proof” their property by blocking animals from getting underneath porches and bushes. Glenview’s animal control officer occasionally refers residents to a listing of private companies to remove animals from their properties, but historically has not handled wildlife. Glenview does not trap and release wildlife due to IDNR regulations and the likelihood of skunk sprays, which can shoot up to 10 feet and temporarily impair vision. For more information, contact the Village of Glenview Resolution Center at 847-724-1700.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Village Resolution Center-One Stop Shopping for Help

The Village of Glenview Resolution Center, the "go-to center" for obtaining non-emergency information and access to Village services, is celebrating its second successful year.The Center is staffed 8-5 Monday-Friday and deals with problems such as hanging parkway tree branches, dead animals, street repairs, snow plowing issues, storm damage cleanup as well as providing how-to information for issues such as payment of water and sewer bills, voter registration, commuter parking,permits and business licenses .The number to call is 847-724-1700. Online access to the Village Resolution Center is available 24/7.Requests posted after normal working hours will be answered the following work day.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Volunteers Sought for Planting Project

The Village of Glenview's Natural Resources Commission is looking for helpers to install plants at the Village's new permeable concrete parking lot west of the intersection of Compass Road and Lehigh Avenue. The more than 3,000 plants will help the lot absorb and filter storm water, to minimize water pollution and runoff. The planting project, which is being overseen by an Eagle Scout candidate, takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Tools, gloves and snacks will be provided. Call (847) 904-4536 for more information.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Museum Day - September 24, 2011

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket...for free.

Participating Museums in Illinois.

Ticket Information.

Fine Print for this offer:

  • Only an official Museum Day ticket is eligible for free entry. Official tickets can be found on the Museum Day website.

  • One ticket per household, for two people.

  • A ticket will gain entry to only one of the participating museums, excluding parking and special events and exhibits.

  • If museum reaches capacity, museum has right to limit the number of guests until space becomes available.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Social Media Week Sept 19-23

Are you using social media to market your organization, business or interests to the best advantage? Are you curious about Facebook and Twitter? Do you have plans to learn more about social media to promote a brand, business, or organization? Learn more about Social Media Week Chicago and how it can help you use and take advantage of free social media opportunities to market your brand. More than 70 Social Media Week events are scheduled in Chicago for experienced media types and for newbies. Read more about and plan to attend one of these Chicago events to develop a social media strategy. This week events are planned at various locations around Chicago. Crain's Chicago Business has Social Media Week Chicago in their weekly calendar of events. Or check out this issue of Chicago Insider's Guide. Learn more about using social media as a marketing tool.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Chase the Bear Glenview Run

The Rotary Club of Glenview Sunrise is hosting its 14th annual Glenview Run on Sunday, September 18 at Hoffman School, 2000 Harrison St., in Glenview. The Chase the Bear Glenview Run features a 1 mile Family Fun run-walk, in addition to 5K and 10K races. The Family Fun Run starts at 8:15; arrive between 7 AM and 7:45 AM for registration and check-in. Also featured will be fitness-related vendors, a pre-race stretching program, and a performance by the Glenbrook South High School Drum Line.

Visit for more information or call 847-657-9977. Early online application is encouraged and the online fee is discounted.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Smoke from Minnesota Wildfire Reaches Illinois

The information below is from the National Weather Service regarding smoke from a northeastern Minnesota wildfire spreading into the northern Illinois area today. For further information visit and click on the State of Illinois in the United States map on the home page.

Smoke from a large wildfire over northeast Minnesota has been moving into far northern Illinois this afternoon...due to Northerly winds behind a cold front which moved across the area early this morning. Although the fire is more than 400 miles northwest of the area...the combination of sinking air and northerly winds behind the front has transported smoke all the way into northern Illinois. The smoke will likely persist through the afternoon and into the overnight hours...before winds become more westerly in advance of another cold front which will approach early Wednesday morning. Smoke will likely continue to spread to the southeast across much of northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana through this evening. Expect hazy skies and a distinct burning odor.

The Lake County Illinois emergency manager reports that smoke is prevalent enough to cause people to report difficulty breathing and burning of their eyes. Individuals with respiratory problems should use caution while smoke affects the area.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month. Visit to learn more about Hunger Action Month and all the ways you can get involved to help feed those in need this month. Please consider doing something to help stamp out hunger in America such as:

  • Visit Jewel-Osco stores throughout September to help support local hunger relief.
    Visit for details.

  • Drive Away Hunger - Donate 10 cans of nonperishable food at a participating Chevy dealer and receive a ticket to the Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers game on Sept. 20. Additionally, for every test drive at a participating dealer through Sept. 20, will donate $10 to the Food Depository.

  • During Kraft's Huddle To Fight Hunger, purchase Kraft products at participation retailers to generate a donation to Feeding America. which will benefit the Food Depository, and receive a coupon book for future savings.

  • Support your local pantry, soup kitchen or shelter by volunteering. Find the agency nearest you by using the Food Depository’s Agency Locator online at

  • Donate each month to the Food Depository to help feed those in need. Have a particular
    passion or talent? Donate your skills to make a difference. Call the Greater Chicago Food Pantry at 773-247-FOOD to learn about making an in-kind gift.

  • Call your U.S. Senators and deliver the following message "Please help us make ending hunger a reality by supporting federal nutrition programs in the budget and the Farm Bill." Dick Durbin, 202-224-2152; Mark Kirk, 202-224-2854.

  • Learn how difficult it is to survive on a limited budget during Feeding Illinois’ SNAP Hunger
    Challenge. Experience firsthand the financial and nutritional obstacles too many Chicagoans face at

Friday, September 9, 2011

Remembering 9-11 in Art

A new exhibit has been installed in the Glenview Public Library lobby to honor the 9-11 tragedy. This new exhibit, The Change Within Remembering 9-11 in Art, is by Elisa Boughner. Deeply moved by the events of 9-11, Boughner painted a series of works expressing the many emotions she felt in the aftermath of the 9-11 tragedy. Each painting has a small description explaining the meaning behind the work. This is the first time Boughner has exhibited her 9-11 portfolio outside her own studio.

Elisa Boughner will be at the Glenview Public Library for a Gallery Talk on Wednesday, September 14, 6:30 PM. Boughner's glasswork and jewelry are on display in the library lobby display cases and a brochure about Boughner's art and studio is available at the Information Desk for more information about the artist.

In these next few weeks as we honor the fallen at the 10th anniversary of this shared national tragedy, take a few quiet minutes to stroll through the exhibit and remember.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Play to Win

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Stop by the Circulation Desk for sign-up details and to pick up your welcome kit including a special beverage offer.

Visit the Reference Services on the second floor and try your luck at our weekly quiz for a chance to win a Starbuck's gift card. You can't win if you don't play!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Glenview Remembers

Come to Gallery Park on Sunday, September 11, 2011 to observe the 10th anniversary of the events of 9/11.

Gallery Park is located at Patriot Blvd. and Chestnut Ave. in Glenview. The tribute begins at 7:00 PM and will include the bagpipes and drums of the Emerald Society; the Glenbrook South High School vocal groups Nine and Solace; a Boy Scout/Girl Scout Flag Ceremony; a Police 3-Volley Salute; the Firefighters’ Last Alarm Bell Ceremony; and the playing of “Taps”.

For more information visit

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Neuroscience Research Group Presentation September 12

The doctors of the Northwestern University Schizophrenia Research Group will present a program on their research findings about the neurological abnormalities related to the biological causes of schizophrenia on Monday, September 12, 7-9 p.m. at the Glenview Police Dept. Building Community Room, 2500 East Lake Ave. The program is sponsored by the North Suburban Cook County NAMI group headquartered in Northfield and is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the front of the building.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Parking Lot is Complete

The lower level of the new parking structure at the Glenview Public Library is now open.

The garage security door on the lower level will automatically close and lock at library closing, 9:00 PM Monday-Friday, 5:00 PM on the weekends. Please be aware that you must remove your vehicle before closing or it will be locked in. Those who park in the lower level and leave the library, returning after the building and garage have been secured, will not be able to retrieve their vehicles until the next day that the library is open.

Please drive safely.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gale LegalForms Easier to Use

Enhancements and Additions have been added to Gale LegalForms Make it Easier for Library Patrons to ‘Take the Law into Their own Hands.’

Gale LegalForms is an online legal resource available to library users through the Glenview Public Library Online Services web page. It is designed to help public library patrons create accurate and reliable legal documents. Gale LegalForms offers an easy-to-use, step-by-step approach to addressing basic legal matters, such as developing a will, conducting real estate transactions including rental or lease agreements, and more. Users have access to thousands of customizable online legal documents that are available to GPL library card holders anytime from any place through the library's web site. Users of Gale LegalForms avoid hours of research often required to develop legal documents. Users can simply locate the appropriate form that’s needed, download the form and plug in their information.

Gale LegalForms now also includes a Law Digest module which contains access to a collection of case law summaries that are ideal for research. Within each Law Digest entry users can find additional resources, including government organizations and their contact information, a bibliography for further research, and links to related subjects. The Legal Q&A section houses a collection of real attorney-provided legal answers to questions from everyday people.

Gale Legal Forms is available to library users from any PC within the Glenview Public Library or remotely for home users who have a Glenview Public Library card.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Keep Your Credit Rating Healthy

Credit ratings are in the news these days. Have you ever wondered about yours? Are you interested in improving your credit after being hit by the recession? Morningstar editor Esther Pak recently published an excellent article about improving and keeping your credit score strong. Morningstar is one of our GPL Online Services that Glenview Public Library card holders can access through our web site at You can access Morningstar, Valueline, and other business information services by using your GPL bar code number on our library web site for access to these premium paid online services.

Below is Pak's article reprinted in full:

Investing Tip of the Month

How to Keep a Credit Score High

By Esther Pak, Assistant Site Editor of

Your credit score serves as a key determinant of the costs of some of the most important and substantial purchases you'll make--like buying a home or car--as well as the interest rates that accompany your credit cards. Damaged credit can affect how much you pay for services such as insurance.

Conducting a Checkup

Whether you're actively in the market for credit or not, it's helpful to know your current credit situation. For starters, every year you can obtain a free credit report from the three major credit bureaus at only authorized source for consumers to obtain free credit reports. But keep in mind that this site doesn't provide actual FICO scores--you'll have to pay to see those. At, you can buy two (TransUnion and Equifax) of your three FICO scores for $19.95 each. Note that other sites may provide generic credit scores but those are not the scores that lenders typically use.

As you evaluate your scores, keep in mind that lenders have varying standards when it comes to what constitutes a good credit score. The general rule of thumb is that a credit score above 720 is considered excellent, which puts you in a very good place when securing loans and other types of credit. On the other hand, a score below 620 is considered subpar and will tend to translate to higher interest rates on loans.

Tips for Boosting Your Score
It might seem obvious that the best way to maintain a high credit score is to pay your bills on time. But some aspects of credit scoring are counterintuitive. Here are five tips for raising your score.

Stick With the Majors
Having at least one major credit card, such as Visa or MasterCard, and paying your bills promptly will have a bigger impact than will good behavior with department store and gas cards. At the same time, having too many credit cards can work against you. You might be tempted to overextend your credit, and new credit inquiries, which are typically initiated when you apply for a new card, can lower your credit score.

Limit High Balances
The best way to improve your credit score is to pay down your revolving (or credit card) debt, because having a high balance/credit limit ratio doesn't bode well for your credit score. If you have a card that is close to being maxed out, consider transferring part of the balance to other cards. That's because it's generally better to have smaller balances on a few cards than a big balance just on one. Also keep your charges to 30% or less of a card's limit; 10% is ideal. If you're having trouble sticking to the limits, set up e-mail or text alerts with credit card companies to let you know when you're approaching a limit you've set.

Comb Through Your Credit Report
When you receive your credit report, scrutinize it for any erroneous information, such as improperly reported late payments or accounts that don't belong to you. Also bear in mind that identity theft can swiftly hack away at your credit score. If you do spot fraudulent activity related to your cards, cancel all credit cards and alert your card issuer. Then, file a police report in the community and a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Also call the toll-free fraud number at any one of the three major credit reporting agencies to place a fraud alert on all three of your reports. Doing so will ensure that all potential lenders speak with you directly and require you to answer a series of security questions before authorizing a new line of credit.

Keep Up Good Habits
If a history of making late payments with a credit card company has adversely affected your credit score, make it a priority to keep paying your bills on time going forward. Delinquencies on payments remain on your credit report for seven years, though some bankruptcies and unpaid tax liens can remain on your record for 15 years. So even though rebuilding your credit history might not be fun, it's possible to undo black marks on your record.

Maintain Old Relationships
Although those in credit-improvement mode might reflexively embark on an account-closing spree, it's usually wise to hang on to your oldest credit card accounts. That's because the length of your credit history is an important factor in your credit score, so closing old accounts can actually hurt your credit rating by making you look like a much newer borrower than you are. Moreover, closing an unused account without paying down your debt increases your utilization ratio, which is the amount of your total debt divided by your total available credit, and that too can be a negative for your credit rating.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Mosquito Spraying in Glenview

Recent heavy and frequent rainfalls have produced a bumper crop of mosquitos. As a result, the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District has targeted Glenview and other North Shore communities for mosquito adulticide spraying. The Village posts information on its website about when and where the treatments are scheduled after notification by the abatement district. For tips on how to avoid mosquito bites and more information on the abatement district's treatment programs, go to the NSMAD website.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Let Your Legislators Know How You Feel-Give Them a Tweet!

Did you get caught up in the recent phone logjam trying to get to your legislators to let them know how you feel about the debt ceiling controversy?
Next time, forget about calling, just send them a tweet!
The helpful folks at FearlessRevolution Blog have put together a list of all federal senators and members of congress and their twitter handles to make it easy for you to express your thoughts in 140 characters or less!

Dog Days of Summer

There are only nine of them left, so hang in there! According to Chase’s Calendar of Events, the Dog Days begin on July 3 and end August 11. In the Northern Hemisphere they are typically the hottest days of the year, no surprise there. They were originally called dog days because at one time they coincided with Sirius' – the Dog Star’s – rising at about the same time as the sun. This is no longer true, but the name stuck. The Ancients sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the period to appease the rage of Sirius, but these days, we recommend a tall, frosty drink and air conditioning.

Learn more about the Dog Days here.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Recycle Unwanted Drugs and Batteries

Head to Village Hall between 9 a.m. and noon next Friday, Aug. 5, to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs, used syringes and used batteries. Sponsored by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), those items will be accepted to ensure they don't end up in our water supply and are disposed of safely. Click here to learn how to bring in medications for disposal, and here for instructions on battery disposal.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Need to Contact Your Federal Representatives? makes it easy to contact your U.S. Senator, Representative in the U.S. House, the President and others. Locate and contact your representatives with a few clicks and let them know what you think. Besides online contact links, addresses and phone numbers are also provided.

As always, if you need help, call the Reference desk at 847-729-7500.

Monday, July 25, 2011

ComEd Offers Outage Alerts

Glenview customers of ComEd might be interested in a text messaging service offered to cell phone subscribers. ComEd has partnered with AGENT511 to provide text messages alerting subscribers of estimated restoration times and other outage information when ComEd service is impacted. ComEd does not charge customers for the notification, but message and data rates may apply. Subscribers to the service could receive up to seven outage alert messages per day.

To subscribe to the outage alert program, go to this website. To sign up, a full name, account number, cell phone number and wireless provider are needed.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

What Are Libraries Worth

Many are under the impression that in the Internet age libraries are less busy or just going out of style. Not true according to a recent gathering of statistics by

There are 12,804 McDonalds in the United States and an estimated 122,101 libraries.

Libraries are visited 1,504,861,000 times per year and 65% of those polled had visited a library at least once in the past year.

Reference librarians answer more than 7.2 million questions weekly or if standing single file in line the questioners would stretch from New York City to Juneau, Alaska.

Each day libraries circulate nearly 4 times as many items as Amazon handles. U.S. library cardholders outnumber Amazon customers 5 to 1.

For more information on libraries visit the American Library Association web site fact sheet on American libraries.

So what are libraries worth? Books, DVDs, audiobooks, Internet and wifi access, research and homework help, reading and literacy programs....all available for free with your library card....more valuable than ever.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bicycle Safety-Not Just for Kids!

Did you know Illinois has Bicycle Rules of the Road that apply to all bicycle riders, children and adults? Some important rules remind riders that bicycle riders are subject to the same traffic laws that cars are. You need to ride in the same direction as cars and should be stopping at all stop signs and traffic lights.
One important caution:riders riding within a crosswalk are considered pedestrians and should not be riding against walk lights. Cars turning toward crosswalks will not be expecting you to proceed against a "don't walk" light. Check out the website for the Illinois Secretary of State for further bicycle rules and safety tips.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

When Do the New Legislative Districts Apply?

The simple answer: The new boundaries will apply to legislators elected in November 2012 and will remain the same boundaries until 2021.

More details: Every ten years following the census the Illinois General Assembly is charged with drawing new legislative district boundaries for both State General Assembly (State Senate and State Representative) and Federal Congressional (United States House of Representatives) legislative offices. The district boundaries are described in legislation which must be passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor, or approved by a supermajority vote of the General Assembly over the Governor's veto. During the Spring 2011 session, the General Assembly passed and the Governor signed legislation creating the new district boundaries. The congressional boundaries were contained in a separate bill. The new boundaries will apply to legislators elected in November 2012 and will remain the same boundaries until 2021.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

July 4th Facts

The US Census Bureau compiled these facts about the 4th of July:

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nantion. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.
2.5 million
In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
Source: Historical Statistics of the United StatesL Colonial Times to 1970
311.7 million
The nation's estimated poulation on this July Fourth.
Source: Population clock

$3.2 million
In 2010, the dollar value of US imports of American flags. The vast majority of this amount ($2.8 million) was for US flags made in China.
Dollar value of US flags exported in 2010. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $256,407 worth
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics; US Trade Online
$302.7 million
Annual dollar value of shipments of fabricated flags, banners and similar emblems by the nation's manufacturers, according to the latest published economic census data.
Source: 2007 Economic Census, Series EC0731SP1, Products and Services Code 3149998231

$190.7 million
The value of fireworks imported from China in 2010, representing the bulk of all US fireworks imported ($197.3 million). US exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $37.0 million in 2010, with Japan purchasing more than any other country ($6.3 million).
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics, US Trade Online

More fun facts and statistics from the US Census Bureau

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Village Hall Power Outage

Due to a power outage caused by Tuesday night’s powerful storm, Glenview Village Hall is closed Thursday, June 23, with personnel and services transferred to the Police Department, 2500 E. Lake Ave, to answer phones and coordinate resident requests. Any assistance that you may require can either be completed through the web, telephone or in-person at the Police Department. If power remains out at Village Hall for Friday, services will again be made available at the Police Department.
Non-emergency assistance is available at (847) 724-1700 or (847) 657-3030.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

In Case of Emergency....ICE Your Cell Phone

Help the first responders to find your emergency contact persons by entering them in your cell phone contacts list as ICE1, ICE2, etc.

You can also register with the State of Illinois Emergency Contact Database to give law enforcement personnel access to your contact information.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mango Celebrates Philippine Independence Day

June 12th is Philippine Independence Day and Mango is celebrating with the launch of a new Tagalog language learning course! Tagalog is one of two official languages of the Philippine region, and is spoken as a first or second language by the majority of the Philippine population. In no time at all, you will be able to catch a cab in Manila, book a snorkeling trip in beautiful Palawan, order up a tasty beverage at the diving resorts of Negros, or share your pride in Filipino culture here at home. Mango makes it easy!

Ready to check it out? Visit the Glenview Public Library Online Services Education page, then choose Mango Languages to access the Tagalog course and start learning! Mango offers other language courses too including French, Italian, Spanish, German and 30 others. Do you know someone struggling with English? Mango offers English courses for foreign speakers.

Online language learning is offered free to Glenview Public Library members through our website. Access all of our Online Services from your home PC by logging in on the Online Services page with your Glenview Library barcode card number as your password.

Mango is only one of the many Online Services that the Glenview Public Library has to offer to library members through our website. Check out and download ebooks, full text journals and newspapers; chat with a homework tutor; research your genealogy; find investment data and analysis; or look up telephone and public records through our web site. Your library pays for card holder access to these premium online services. Take advantage of your library membership by using your library card number as your password to online information. Your public library web site is way more than just an online catalog.

Happy Bloomsday

June 16th is an annual celebration among James Joyce fans around the world. Joyce's sprawling masterpiece, Ulysses, depicts one day - June 16, 1904 - in the life of Leopold Bloom. Worldwide celebrations include James Joyce lookalike contests, fun runs, readings, and this year, the "Bloomsday Burst" on Twitter.

Several copies of Ulysses await you today at the Glenview Public Library, including the audio cassette version.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Jackman Park Concerts Begin June 15

The Bearfoot in the Park concert series held at Jackman Park at Lehigh and Prairie starts tonight featuring the Glenview Concert Band from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the Park Center, 2400 Chestnut. If in doubt, call the outdoor weather hotline at 847-724-3337 after 6 p.m. The complete concert series list is available on the Glenview Park District website.

Summer In Glenview 2011

Two major events kickoff summer in Glenview on Saturday, June 25:
The Glenview Farmers Market opens at Wagner Farm from 8 a.m.-noon. The Market will run on Saturdays through October 8. Volunteer applications are available online.
The Chamber of Commerce Summer Festival (also known as "the summer street sale") takes place on Glenview Road from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Waukegan Road and Harlem Ave.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Final Call for Reading Volunteers!

Glenview Public Library needs you more than ever! We have 170 kids in grades 1-3 who need a reading buddy this summer! We are still short 30 volunteers. Each volunteer works with a specific child entering grades 1-3. You meet once a week for six weeks to read one-on-one and do an activity together. The program runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from June 28-August 4. There are morning, afternoon and evening time slots available. One training session is required.
If you would like to volunteer, Silvia, in the Youth Services Department, must hear from you by Monday, June 11, regarding your time availability. Please complete the VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM. Select the online version or the PDF to print out. If you cannot complete this by Monday, June 11, please call Silvia in the Youth Services Department at 847-729-7500 ext. 7900.


Join us on Sunday, June 12, at 2 PM for the dedication of the new Glenview Public Library. The Board of Trustees and Staff invite the community to celebrate the ceremonial conclusion of the Library building project.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Battery, Medicine Drop-Off

Residents can get rid of used batteries and unwanted medications from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, June 3 at Glenview Village Hall, 1225 Waukegan Road. Through the battery recycling program, any rechargeable NiCd, NiMh, lithium ion, lithium polymer or household alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D or 9V) can be dropped off. Unwanted and leftover medications must be in original containers with labels attached. Personal information can be blacked out. Sharps (needles or lancets) must be in proper containers, which can be provided. Both programs are done in conjunction with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, with the goal of properly disposing of these items so they don't end up contaminating our water supply or landfills.