Monday, June 30, 2014

Property Tax Appeals Seminar at the Library


The second installment property tax bill for tax year 2013 will be mailed on July 1, according to the Northfield Township Assessor's Office. This bill will have any exemptions for which a homeowner may qualify. If the tax bill is missing any exemptions, it should be taken to the Skokie Courthouse office of the Cook County Assessor so corrections can be made.
Northfield Township will be open for appeals beginning July 31 for a four-week period. Any reductions received will be effective for tax year 2014 payable in 2015.
The Village of Glenview has assembled a brochure, "Understanding Your Property Tax Bill," that describes how your property tax is calculated. 
The Glenview Public Library will host a Property Tax Appeals Seminar on  Wednesday, August 27 at 7 PM.  Taxpayer advocate Andrea Raila will show you how to lower property taxes, get tax exemptions and refunds, understand market value reassessment notices, and use self-help tax links.  Register here.
 

Stay Safe During Lightning

(Source: CDC.gov)

Safety precautions outdoors:

  • Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors. Find a safe, enclosed shelter.
  • If you are caught in an open area, Do NOT lie down. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly over 100 feet away.
  • Stay away from concrete floors or walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars. Being indoors does not automatically protect you from lightning. In fact, about one-third of lightning-strike injuries occur indoors.

Safety precautions indoors:

  • Avoid water during a thunderstorm. Lightning can travel through plumbing.
  • Avoid electronic equipment of all types. Lightning can travel through electrical systems and radio and television reception systems.
  • Avoid corded phones. However, cordless or cellular phones are safe to use during a storm.
  • Avoid concrete floors and walls.
 The risk of serious injury or death is severe, so.take thunderstorms seriously. Learn and follow  safety rules to keep yourself safe from lightning.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Visiting the Glenview Summer Festival? Stop by the Library!



The 41st annual Glenview Summer Festival (formerly known as the Street Sale) is set for a second year at its new location. Look for merchants, local government information, restaurant tastings, service clubs and arts and crafts along Harlem/Lehigh Avenue between Glenview Road and Washington Street. The fest runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28. The area will be blocked off between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Commuters, be sure your vehicles are not parked in the lot or stalls on the west side of the downtown Metra train station after 6 a.m. Saturday.

Remember, animals, bicycles and roller skate traffic will be restricted on Harlem/Lehigh Avenue within the boundaries of the festival to enhance the safety of participants.

Stop by the lobby at the Glenview Public Library to check out library databases.  The library subscribes to 60+ information databases. Whether you are looking for specific research topics, tools to enrich your reading experience, or live homework help in a pinch, begin your exciting information exploration today by exploring these featured databases.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Real Reviews for Readers

Little Failure: A Memoir, by Gary Shteyngart. Call Number 813.6 SHT

Brave, funny (laugh out loud funny), and complex. His portrait of his parents is the centerpiece of this close examination of his childhood with a quicker leap through his 20's and 30's. The focus of his immigrant experience is compelling, revealing and entertaining as well as sad--very sad. It is immediately apparent that Gary's (Russian name was Igor) quest to become fully American and blend in is not going to go smoothly. The reader simply inhales the stories of his relatives, his losses, his experiences and, of course, his pain. So well delivered that it all has to have happened. A stellar memoir.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing,
by Nina Sankovitch. Call Number 809.6 SAN

Letter writing is dying fast and Sankovitch has written a fitting and entertaining tribute. She discovered some fascinating correspondence in a trunk buried in the yard of a home she purchased. This led to doing research on other letters that interested her. She found love letters as well as letters from soldiers, her own letters and those of family members and even letters in epistolary novels. I sometimes wanted longer excerpts of what she shared, but excellent background and a complete bibliography will allow the reader to pursue the originals sources.

A Life Like Other People's, by Alan Bennett. Call Number 828.914 BEN

Alan Bennett's wit and wisdom is firmly displayed in this fascinating study of family secrets, depression (his mother, aunt and grandfather), loyalty, class and aging. Family photographs enhance the story. Every character is indeed a character, and Bennett provides the reader with a reading experience filled with humor and pathos.

- Reviews by Iva Freeman


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

IRS Adopts Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. Explore your rights and the IRS obligations to protect them.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

National CPR Week June 1-7, 2014


 
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can greatly increase the survival of a victim suffering from cardiac arrest. If more people knew how to perform CPR, people could save more lives. By learning this helpful first aid procedure, you might be able to save the life of someone you know or anyone who needs immediate help. If a victim stops breathing, CPR can revive the person and keep him or her stable until professional help arrives.
 
Check the Library's Nonfiction section for books on CPR and First Aid.
 
CPR certification classes are available through the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago

Monday, June 2, 2014

Craigslist Class

Thanks to everyone who attended the Craigslist workshop on Thursday! For those who didn't, here is the presentation from last week. You can use the arrows to browse through the slideshow.


And in response to a question from the class, it turns out there is no simple way of deleting your account from Craigslist.org. Some sources say that if you leave your account inactive (and you have deleted all posts) for a period of a few months, it will be deleted by the system. However, if you really want to get rid of it entirely, you should email Craigslist directly at abuse@craigslist.com.

Any more questions? Ask at the Reference Desk!