Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Presidents Day!

Want to read some presidential non-fiction to celebrate the holiday? Come to the library--we're open! Here are some new (2012 and 2013) titles:

Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage By Jeffrey Frank
Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation By Scott Farris
The Candidate: What it Takes to Win--and Hold--the White House By Samuel L. Popkin
Indispensible: When Leaders Really Matter By Gautam Mukunda
Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive By Ray Raphael
The Obamas By Jodi Kantor
The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity By Nancy Gibbs

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Frederick Douglass

An abolitionist and former slave known for his eloquent oratory and writing, Douglass was born in Maryland in February of 1818, the son of a slave and an unknown white man. Although it was forbidden to teach slaves to read and write, Douglass learned the alphabet from Sophia Auld, at the Auld's home in Baltimore when he was around 12. Through reading, Douglass was able to educate himself, and he began to develop the ideas that would lead to his anti-slavery philosophy. Throughout his long life, Douglass worked tirelessly to improve the lives of African Americans. After the Civil War, for which he recruited northern blacks for the Union Army, Douglass fought for the rights of women and African Americans alike.

The library owns Douglass' classic autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, in several formats.

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Friday, February 8, 2013


Residents new to Glenview or those who have lived here for years can learn more about the Village, local governments and community organizations at the Glenview Resident Open House, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 23, at Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave.
Representatives of the Village of Glenview (including police, fire, dispatch and senior services), Glenview Park District, Glenview Public Library, Glenview Chamber of Commerce, Northfield Township, NorthShore Glenbrook Hospital and the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWNACC) will be available.

Activities include free blood pressure checks, crafts for kids and voter registration. Refreshments are being donated by Catered by Design. For more information, call (847) 904-4371.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Happy Birthday!

Our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, was born on February 12, 1809. Although he was born in Kentucky, his family moved to Illinois in 1830 when he was 21. He lived in Illinois until he became President in 1861. Lincoln represented Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives for one term (1847-1849), and he was a member of the Illinois Legislature from 1834 to 1841 (four terms).  Because of this, Illinois designated "Land of Lincoln" as the official state slogan in 1955. Lincoln's home in Springfield, Illinois is a National Historic Site administered by the National Park Service. The Lincoln Tomb in Springfield is a state historic site.

For more information, try these links


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, an annual observance of the achievements of African Americans. The timing coincides with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass on February 14, and Abraham Lincoln on February 12. Historian, author, and journalist Carter G. Woodson, pictured left, is known as the Father of Black History, and it was his proposal in 1926 that led to the week-long observance that was eventually established as Black History Month in 1976. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

For more information about Black History Month, click here.

Friday, February 1, 2013

When Can I Expect My Tax Refund?

Finished filing your federal income taxes?  Take a look at this video from the IRS to find out when you can expect your income tax refund.