Thursday, December 31, 2015

Senior Housing Assistance Program

The Village's Senior Housing Assistance Program is designed to assist Glenview residents with their property taxes or rent. Applications for the 2016 program are now available. The Village has approved up to $1,922 per year toward rent or property taxes for qualifying Glenview senior citizens.

To qualify for the Village's Senior Housing Assistance Program, you must have lived in Glenview for at least two years and you must be at least 62. Qualifying annual income for a single person must be below $17,655, and for a two-person household it must be below $23,895.  Medical expenses, such as insurance premiums and medications, are deducted from the income with verification of the payment.​​

Click here to access the application and instructions.

Completed applications and documentation will be accepted at Glenview Village Hall Senior Services, 2500 East Lake Avenue, from February 1 through 5 -- one week only -- after which home visits will be scheduled. Call (847) 904-4366 with questions.

Recycle Christmas Trees and Holiday Lights

Now that that the holidays are over, there is an environmentally responsible way to dispose of your Christmas tree. Trees can be dropped off until January 31 at these designated collection points:
  • Glenview Public Works, 2498 East Lake Avenue
  • Johns Park, 2101 Central Road
  • Flick Park, 3600 Glenview Road
  • Cunliff Park, 540 Echo Lane
  • Cole Park, 1031 Kenilworth Avenue
  • Willow Park, 2600 Greenwood Avenue
  • Gallery Park, 2500 West Lake Avenue (by the tennis courts)

Residents can drop off holiday lights for recycling at the Public Works Department, at the corner of East Lake Avenue and Shermer Road, through February 26, 2016. A receptacle is outside the center for collection marked with a sign.
Acceptable items for recycling include: mini-lights or Italian lights; C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights and extension cords. All colors and lengths of lights will be accepted.
Items that will not be acceptable for recycling include: garlands, live greens, wreaths or other non-recyclable materials.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

File Assessment Appeals

The Cook County Board of Review is accepting 2015 assessment appeals from Northfield Township property owners through January 8, 2016. Any reductions gained would be reflected in the owners' July 2016 second installment tax bill.

A free seminar on how to file an appeal is scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, at the Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road.  The seminar will be presented by the Northfield Township Assessor's Office. 

For more information, call the Northfield Township Assessor's Office at (847) 724-8300.

2016 Tax Season Opens Jan. 19 for Nation’s Taxpayers

Following a review of the tax extenders legislation signed into law last week, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that the nation’s tax season will begin as scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.

The IRS will begin accepting individual electronic returns that day. The IRS expects to receive more than 150 million individual returns in 2016, with more than four out of five being prepared using tax return preparation software and e-filed. The IRS will begin processing paper tax returns at the same time. There is no advantage to people filing tax returns on paper in early January instead of waiting for e-file to begin.

“We look forward to opening the 2016 tax season on time,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “Our employees have been working hard throughout this year to make this happen. We also appreciate the help from the nation’s tax professionals and the software community, who are critical to helping taxpayers during the filing season.”

As part of the Security Summit initiative, the IRS has been working closely with the tax industry and state revenue departments to provide stronger protections against identity theft for taxpayers during the coming filing season.

The filing deadline to submit 2015 tax returns is Monday, April 18, 2016, rather than the traditional April 15 date. Washington, D.C., will celebrate Emancipation Day on that Friday, which pushes the deadline to the following Monday for most of the nation.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Serve Voters on Election Day. Do Good. Get Paid.

The Cook County Clerk's office is looking for community members to work as suburban poll workers for the March 15, 2016 Presidential Primary.  It's a unique opportunity to get paid for serving voters and supporting local democracy.  Poll workers are paid $175 or $325 based on the position they choose. Bilingual judges are always needed. Visit or call 312.603.0965 to learn more and submit an application.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Library Program--Estate Planning: What Does One Need to Do?

GLENergy - Estate Planning: What Does One Need to Do?
Friday, December 11, 2015
1-2 PM
Community Room East

Learn about the benefits of an estate plan and how to protect your financial interests, while providing a smooth transition to the next generation and creating a lasting legacy. Presented by Jennifer L. Czerwinski, Senior Vice President & Trust Officer of Wintrust Wealth Management and Brad Walker, Senior Vice President of Wintrust Wealth Management. Please register here.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Standard and Poors Free Webinar:Equity Outlook

Equity Outlook: Rates, Recessions and Elections

The Glenview Public Library in conjunction with Standard & Poors is pleased to offer its library members access to this free webinar, registration is required.

Equity markets are being whipsawed by international tensions, slowing growth, elevated valuations, and an eventual start of a rate-tightening cycle. Going forward, equity markets will also have to contend with an upcoming U.S. presidential election. How will the year unfold, and which sector will likely be in the cross hairs of both political parties? And is it really true that investors can use market and sector performances leading up to the election to identify which candidate will likely be elected? 

Tune into S&P Capital IQ's Equity Outlook on December 14th at 11AM ET to hear S&P experts address these questions.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Glenview Village Hall Is Moving

Village Hall at 1225 Waukegan Road will close to the public at 5 PM Thursday, December 10, and be closed all day Friday, December 11, to allow staff to move to the new consolidated Glenview Municipal Center at 2500 East Lake Avenue. Along with a 16,000-square-foot addition, 19,290 square feet of former police space was repurposed for Village Hall and police uses. The Public Works Department, also located within the campus across Shermer Road, will have a new address of 2498 East Lake Avenue.

When reopened as the Glenview Municipal Center, the facility at 2500 East Lake Avenue will offer access to primary Village Hall services (water billing, business licenses and building permits) in the main lobby through the south entrance. Senior Services and the Medical Loan Closet will be located on the first floor, as well as the Recycling Center. Phone numbers and emails will be unchanged.

During the transition, other Village, police and fire services will be uninterrupted. The Glenview Police Department will remain at 2500 East Lake Avenue.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Nonfiction Book Review

Moser is known for the many books he has beautifully illustrated. In this brief memoir, which also has drawings, he concentrates on the difficult relationship with his older brother. Growing up in the Jim Crow south, both boys saw it with different eyes: Tommy, the older, stayed in Tennessee and retained his racist and anti-Semitic views, while Barry spent his adulthood in New England happy to escape a place where the KKK could march without anyone challenging their right to do so. Their rift kept the brothers apart for most of their lives but they were able to make peace and become friends before Tommy's death. This is a heartfelt examination of both lives. A solid memoir.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Library Program--Social Security & Your Retirement

Social Security and Your Retirement
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
7-8:30 PM
Community Room
Social security will likely be the foundation of your retirement income. Before taking benefits it's important to understand your options and the effect your decisions have on your retirement. Please join local financial advisor, Colleen Walsh, to learn about the basics of social security so you are better equipped to make informed decisions. Please register here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Turkey Tips

Here are a couple of places to get last-minute tips and help with your Thanksgiving turkey.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture fields thousands of calls to its "meat and poultry hotline" from people who need help preparing their Thanksgiving dinner. The hotline staff will take calls from 7 AM to 1 PM CST on Thanksgiving day, and from 9 AM to 3 PM in the days leading up to the holiday. The hotline number is 1-888-674-6854.  Help is also available from the USDA's Ask Karen website.

Professionally trained experts answer the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line. During November and December, their experts are available at 1-800-BUTTERBALL.  You can also find online tips at

Enjoy your holiday!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Our Shrinking Aviary

Rachel Carson in Silent Spring sounded the alarm: pesticides were killing off our songbirds. Fifty three years later,  the world is losing whole species of birds at an alarming rate. Human responses to this crisis are abundant in the book world. Sometimes they are grave and factual, or curious, funny and even weird. Here are a few.

Cover image for Silence of the songbirdsBiologist Bridget Stutchbury brings the science of bird extinction into updated and grim focus in Silence of the Songbirds. The problem has morphed from the disappearance of individuals to the extinction of species to a "full-blown global biodiversity crisis." As species disappear, "their jobs as pollinators, fruit-eaters, insect-eaters, scavengers, and nutrient recyclers will not get done." And the consequences are dire.

Cover image for The birds of Pandemonium : life among the exotic and the endangered"Gonzovationist" artist Ralph Steadman and his comrade-in-arms, Ceri Levy, celebrate the good news: there is still time to save many bird species if we get our act together. In Nextinction, they have created a hilarious and profound catalog, with portraits and commentaries, of these "next to go" birds. Included are a number of "boids" from Steadman's deep subconscious. Don't miss the Puccini Frisk, the one-legged Black Flutterwot and the Gregorian Thwacksplat. But, seriously, this is a serious book.

On a more personal note, Michele Raffin lives with more than 350   avian friends in Pandemonium, the bird shelter she and her family started with Oscar the bedraggled finch. In The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic and the Endangered she portrays individuals she has cared for--among them Mylie, a Catalina macaw and Amadeus, a Lady Ross's turaco--and what they have taught her. Their very real personalities and intelligence shine.

Cover image for Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual : renewing the world's bird supply since 2031
In Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual, the year is 2031 and Alfred Willis has a creative response to the bird crisis--build your own bird from the high-quality, handcrafted parts his company supplies. Legs of hand-tooled Italian leather and feathers of 100% Indian silk. You can teach your bird to fly and sing!  A bizarre and beautiful take on what the future may hold for us. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Local Author Fair November 7

Discover Glenview’s literary talent! Meet authors from Glenview TV’s innovative Off the Shelf program, an ongoing cable series (Channels 6 or 17 depending on your neighborhood) featuring lively conversations with authors from and around Glenview. Whether you are shopping for a meaningful holiday gift, looking to add to your home library, or collecting signed books, this is the event for you. Fiction and nonfiction titles will be represented for readers of all ages. From cooking to health, history to mystery…your neighbors are busy writing about the world as they perceive and experience it.
Author fairs are growing in popularity as a special way for writers to network with a new audience…and with each other. Come for an hour or spend the afternoon browsing, mingling, and building your personal collection. Talking to local authors about their lives and work is also a unique literary and community experience.

Saturday, November 7
11 AM-2 PM
Community Room

Visit for a list of authors, titles, and Fair activities. Light refreshments will be served. This special event is co-sponsored by the Village of Glenview. Just drop in.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Nonfiction Book Review

Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back by Janice P. Nimura

Three Japanese young women came to America in the late 19th century completely on their own. They were only 6, 10, and 11, and expected to return to their Meiji-era Japan with an ability to share what they absorbed. They stayed ten years and became fluent in English; the youngest knew no Japanese when she returned. The author, married to a Japanese man, lived in Japan for two years after her marriage and did extensive research on the girls' lives in America. There is a brief background on Japanese history, then the book concentrates on the girls' adjustment to American customs, food, and schooling. The most impressive story is of Sutematsu who graduated from Vassar, the first Japanese woman to earn a bachelor's degree.  This is a fascinating reading experience of three young women who subsequently returned to Japan to share their unique American experience. - Iva Freeman

Monday, October 19, 2015

Nonfiction Book Review

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

 In feminist circles, the term "mansplaining" -- which refers to the patronizing, condescending language that men sometimes lapse into when they talk to women -- has become a cultural touchstone and the topic of countless recent blog posts and think pieces. Though she didn't coin the phrase itself, author and activist Rebecca Solnit launched the concept of mansplaining into the mainstream with her excellent 2014 essay collection Men Explain Things to Me. The book begins with the titular essay, in which the author relates a series of comic anecdotes about overconfident men assuming they know things their female counterparts don't. But it soon becomes clear that she has more than just linguistics on her mind. As the book progresses, Solnit wades into darker and murkier waters, exploring the link between gendered language and the habitual ways in which women are literally silenced, victimized, and devalued -- through spousal abuse, rape, and misogyny-fueled murders. Some essays are more abstract than others, and connections between topics are sometimes tenuous (an essay about Virginia Woolf seems particularly nebulous). Luckily, these minor missteps are offset by the urgency and grace of Solnit's writing style, which remains grounded and confident throughout. By turns sobering and scathingly funny, Men Explain Things to Me is a slim but challenging book, one that has rightly earned a spot in the contemporary feminist canon. -- Romi Pekarek Smith

Monday, October 5, 2015

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Is your business prepared in the event of a cybersecurity breach? Now is the time to take stock of your cybersecurity health, including the importance of securing information through best cybersecurity practices, identifying your risk and the types of cyberthreat, and learning best practices for guarding against cyberthreats.
Learn more from the U.S. Small Business Administration on how to protect yourself from a cybersecurity breach, and join the SBA webinar Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity at Work on Thursday, October 8, 1-2 PM Central Time.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Non-traditional ways to use your library card - Part 4

Your Glenview Public Library card number can help you:

12. Get help writing your resume.

Our electronic subscription to JobNow will help you write your resume or chat with an interview coach. Other resources on our Employment webpage will help you enhance your job skills by learning a computer skill or researching employers in the area in ReferenceUSA or Regional Business News . Login with your GPL library card number for free access.

13. Watch a feature film or attend a concert or lecture.

Twice per month the Glenview Public Library offers free feature film shows in our auditorium. Check out our other adult programs, concerts, and lectures and plan to attend. To reserve a seat, register with your GPL library card number in person at a library service desk or online.

14. Check out toys and games

The Glenview Public Library has an extensive collection of games and toys in the Youth Services Department that are available for checkout and take home to play. The collection includes popular board games, educational flashcards, puzzles, blocks, trains, dinosaurs, and more. Search the library catalog with the subject "toys" and include the format "toy" to see a online listing of items in the jGames collection. Are your grandchildren are coming to visit? Use your GPL library card to check out as many toys as you like for a one week loan period.

16. Ask a question even when the library is closed.

The Glenview Public Library subscribes to a national 24/7 online cooperative reference service that makes it possible to AskALibrarian via online chat whenever your questions arise. Librarians on duty may be from another library in the cooperative but will have access to our local policy pages and are experts knowledgeable in internet searching and library databases.  No library card required when accessed through the Glenview Library web site

Use your Glenview Library card number as your username to access our 24/7 library of online resources, digital publications, and electronic subscription through your library website at
Celebrate National Library Card month by getting a library card or renewing your borrowing privileges at the Glenview Public Library.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Drug Take-Back Event Saturday September 26

Unused and expired prescription drugs--including controlled substances--will be collected at the Glenview Police Department on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, September 26.

Drop off medication from 10 AM to 2 PM in the department lot, 2500 East Lake Avenue. No liquids or needles will be accepted. The pills do not have to be in their original container.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Non-traditional ways to use your library card - Part 3

Your Glenview Public Library card number can help you:

9. Read newspapers from around the world.

Your library has newspapers in both print and digital formats.  Look on the shelves behind the fire place where you will find print copies of local newspapers. Electronically we have an even wider selection of newspaper titles and dates. The Chicago Tribune Archive  has articles and pdf pages with more than 100 years of issues,1849 to present. We also have an electronic subscription to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Newspapers from towns throughout Illinois are available in Newsbank.
Newstand has major newspapers from all parts of the USA. And PressDisplay has current issues (up to 3 months) of newspapers from around the world in more than 60 languages. Login with your GPL library card number for free access.

10. Hear a story.

For kids and families, attend a story time in the Youth Services area of the library or at a scheduled remote location. Tickets and/or registration may be required. Registration on a first-come, first-serve basis with preference given to Glenview Library cardholders. Visit or call 847-729-7500 x 7900 for more information, Or maybe you need a story read to your child at home, on the go, or when the library is closed? Try Tumble Book Library on your PC or mobile device.  
Not a kid anymore? No worries. We have adult audiobooks on cd to check out from our AV collection, and digital downloadable audiobooks from My MediaMall. Search our library catalog for specific titles. Login with your GPL library card number for free access.

11. Learn about software or social media.

Take one of our free computer workshops held in our Technology Lab. Learn about Internet searching, Microsoft Office programs, CraigsList, Twitter, Facebook and more. Glenview Library members given first preference, must be 18 years or older. For questions or to register, visit or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500 x 7700.  No time to attend a class? Learning Express Library has video tutorials for popular software programs from Microsoft, Word, Excel, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Outlook, Windows, and more. Available both from a library computer (don't forget your headphones), or from your home PC. Login with your GPL library card number for free access. 

Use your Glenview Library card number as your username to access our 24/7 library of online resources, digital publications, and electronic subscriptions through your library website at
Celebrate National Library Card month by getting a library card or renewing your borrowing privileges at the Glenview Public Library.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Two Shredding and Recycling Events This Saturday, September 19

Document shredding, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 19, Glenview Police Department lot, 2500 East Lake Avenue, sponsored by State Rep.Laura Fine, D-17th.

Document shredding and recycling, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 19, Northfield Township Road District garage, 1928 Lehigh Avenue

Nonfiction Book Review

Cover image for The empathy exams : essaysThe Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams is a sophisticated and vivid essay collection that examines our capacity to care about others and to explore how those sentiments are inextricably linked to our own personal experiences. Jamison makes a compelling case that feeling another person’s pain is a complex and performative act – one that is easily distorted by societal or internal biases. The author masterfully illustrates this theme by recounting the bodily injuries and psychic wounds she has suffered throughout her life and how those experiences informed her understanding of others’ suffering. And while her anecdotes range from the banal (watching reality television in a drunken haze, getting over a summer romance) to the deeply traumatic (being punched in the face during a trip to Nicaragua, undergoing an abortion), Jamison never fails to elevate the material with her eloquent, lyrical style. She is that rare brand of essayist that can achieve elegance without verbosity, cleverness without pretension. The Empathy Exams is a compassionate but critical book, provoking readers into really feeling, and then making them wonder what all those feelings actually mean.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Non-traditional ways to use your library card - Part 2

Your Glenview Public Library card number

can help you:  

5.Trace your family tree.  

Access in-house from a library computer or use the library web site to search obituaries, newspaper archives, and genealogy databases. Login with your library card number for free access.

6. Reserve a study room.

Glenview Library members can reserve a 4 - 6 person study room for 2 hours with the library card number by telephoning 847-729-7500 or by visiting the Reference Desk on the second floor.  Only GPL members can reserve study rooms in advance.  One reservation at a time, up to a week in advance. Please arrive within 10 minutes of the start time or the reservation may be given away.

8. Get your magazine fix.

Read full digital copies of magazines, no holds, no due dates from your PC or mobile device. Both Zinio and PressReader offer downloadable digital magazines to library card holders.  
Zinio contains a selection of the most popular magazines and is available both in the library and remotely via our web site. Login with your library card number for free access.
PressReader offers hundreds of American and international magazines in multiple languages via download from a library hotspot. Bring your mobile device into the library, access PressReader, download publications for free, and walk away to read those publications at your convenience. Access via the library's wifi is free.

Use your Glenview Library card number as your username to our 24/7 library of electronic resources, digital publications and free subscriptions through your library website at

Celebrate National Library Card month by getting a library card or renewing your borrowing privileges at the Glenview Public Library. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Non-traditional ways to use your library card

Everyone knows that libraries are for books and your library card enables you to borrow books for free....but did you know you can also use your library card for these additional services and resources?
Your Glenview Public Library card can:

   1. Download free music
hoopla digital
Stream or download music movies, audiobooks or TV shows to your computer or mobile device (up to 5 items per month). All titles immediately available - no holds.  Get started at the hoopla site or get the hoopla app from the Apple Store, Google Play Market or Amazon. Login to hoopla with your library card number.

2. Get a free museum pass.

Free admission to seventeen area museums. 
Unique educational resource for families.  Check out a museum pass with your Glenview Public Library card by visiting the Youth Services or Readers Services desk.  Bring your Glenview library card with you. 

3. Help you learn a language or improve your English.

Online language learning for 71 languages and 19 ESL courses including Angielski Dia polskich rozmowcow (English for Polish speakers), Ingles para hispanoparlantes (English of Spanish Speakers), and  Mango Korean English (English for Korean Speakers).  Get the Mango app from the Apple Store, Google Play Market or from Amazon. Login to Mango with your library card number.

 4. Get live homework help from an online tutor.

Online tutoring for students of all ages, Grades K-12, College Intro and Adult Learners in a wide range of subjects. Tutors are available from 3-10 PM daily. Login to Brainfuse with your library card number.  Tambien en Espanol. 

Use your Glenview Library card number as your username to a 24/7 library of electronic resources, publications and free subscriptions through your library website at   

Celebrate National Library Card month by getting a library card or renewing your borrowing privileges at the Glenview Public Library.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Child Car Seat Safety Inspections at Glenview PD on Saturday, September 12

The Glenview Police Department will provide free child passenger seat inspections and demonstrate how to properly install the seats from 10 AM to 2 PM Saturday, September 12, at the Police Department, 2500 East Lake Avenue. Certified safety seat installers will be available.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Join us for a discussion of Orange Is the New Black

Cover image for Orange is the new black : my year in a women's prison

Bookit! Nonfiction Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, September 16
7 PM, Community Room East
No registration necessary -- Just drop in!

Orange Is The New Black: My Year in a Woman's Prison by Piper Kerman

The comfortable middle-class life of Piper Kerman turns upside down when she is caught and convicted for a crime she committed in her early 20s. Sentenced to more than a year in a federal correctional facility on conspiracy drug charges, Piper must learn to navigate the strange, brutal, surprising, and heartbreaking world of the American penal system. This funny and provocative memoir is not only a compelling read, but also a thoughtful rumination on class, race, gender, and the American justice system. 

Copies of Orange Is the New Black are available now at the Reader Services Desk.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

SBA Resources for Disaster Preparedness--Webinar September 9, 2 PM

When disaster strikes it can be devastating for business owners. This Small Business Administration webinar will help you to be prepared before a disaster occurs.
Webinar | The Keystone to Disaster Recovery: Communications
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | 2:00 to 2:30 PM ET
In this webinar, the SBA will discuss the steps and best practices for developing your emergency communication strategy for your business. There will be focus on recent events, and examples of the use of crisis communications strategy during those events. Topics will include:

  • Needs assessment for crisis communication 
  • Media communications strategies
  • The use of Social Media during a crisis
  • Basic Communications “Do’s” and “Don’ts”
Register for this SBA webinar here.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Labor Day Week-end Staycation

TOMORROW AND SUNDAY is the Glenview History Center Civil War Encampment.
Here's the schedule for all the exciting events happening at the Glenview History Center!  

1121 Waukegan Road, across the street from Heinan's Grocery right here in town.
Drop by any time and join us! Suggested donation at the gate is $5 /Individual or $10 /Family!

Camp Opens 9:00 am
Artillery Drill 10:00 am
Speaker 11:00 am
Artillery Drill 1:00 pm
Speaker 2:00 pm (Sunday speaker at 1:00)
Camp Closes 4:00 pm
Ongoing Activities - Stop by each area and talk to:
Museum Volunteers
Dismounted Cavalry
Signal Corps
Visit the Fashion Show in the Farmhouse
Food sales all day.