Saturday, March 28, 2015

Springtime Learning includes several new classes

Classes are held in the Technology Lab on the second floor. To register for classes, have your library card handy and sign up online, by calling the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500 x7700, or visiting us in person. Participants must be at least 18 years old. If space permits, walk-ins are welcome on the day of the class. Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment, so sign up early! Be on time -- latecomers will not be seated.

Getting Started on Pinterest:  Thursday, April 2, 10 am
Did you love making scrapbooks? This class is a basic overview of Pinterest and the basics of boards and pinning. No messy glue or bulging folders of torn out pages.  Participants must have a valid email address to create a Pinterest account.

Beyond Google – A Drop-In Group:  Monday, April 6, 7 pm
New members are always welcome in this exciting class that helps participants become Internet savvy. Questions from the group direct the discussion, so come with your list of things that stumped you during the month. The group meets the first Monday of each month.

Internet Searching – Intermediate: Wednesday, April 8, 2 pm
Now that basic skills are under control, sign up for this intermediate level class to spend less time searching and more time finding the information you need.

Publisher 2010 Basics: Tuesday, April 14, 2 pm
Participants will learn about templates, tabs, and picture tools to be able to create colorful and interesting cards, posters and other items.

Twitter: Thursday, April 16, 2 pm
Have you wondered what all the fuss is about tweets? Come to this class to get acquainted with this popular social media service. Please sign up for a Twitter account before class.

Genealogy Research Day: Saturday, April 18, 1 pm
Participants will be working in both the Technology Lab and the Genealogy & Local History room. Genealogy experts will be on hand to help if you are just getting started, or have hit a brick wall. Both computer sources and print collections can be utilized during the three hours of research time. Researchers can receive individualized help, and you may learn some cool new tricks. Registration is preferred. Drop in any time between 1 – 4 pm.

Chicago & Cook County Resources: Tuesday April 21, 10 am
If you have ancestors who lived or worked in the Chicago and Cook County area, this new class will give you a run down on genealogy resources to assist in your search.

LinkedIn: Wednesday, April 29, 2 pm

Learn how to make LinkedIn work in the best possible manner for your needs. This social media site is growing in popularity and importance in many areas, including job searches. You will learn about making connections and building your professional identity in this 90 minute class.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Earth Hour This Saturday Evening

Earth Hour is an annual worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Individuals, communities, households and businesses are encouraged to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour. The 2015 event takes place on Saturday, March 28, from 8:30-9:30 PM at your location’s local time. Over 170 countries and territories have confirmed their participation this year, with more than 1200 landmarks and close to 40 UNESCO world heritage sites set for the switch off.  The goal is to encourage an interconnected global community to support a sustainable world and raise awareness of environmental challenges. The theme for this year’s Earth Hour campaign is "Change Climate Change". 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Happy Birthday, Aretha Franklin and Elton John!

Aretha Franklin, also known as "The Queen of Soul," turns 73 today!

"When asked by Patricia Smith of the Boston Globe how she felt about being called the 'Queen of Soul,' Aretha Franklin's reply was characterized by grace but no false modesty. 'It's an acknowledgment of my art,' she mused. 'It means I am excelling at my art and my first love. And I am most appreciative.' Since she burst onto the public consciousness in the late 1960s with a batch of milestone recordings, Franklin has served as a standard against which all subsequent soul divas have been measured."
(This information can be found through Biography in Context, one of GPL's many research databases. It contains full text biographies from over 130 reference sources and access to biographical articles from more than 265 magazines.)

To read more about the life of Aretha Franklin, be sure to check out:

Cover image for Respect : the life of Aretha Franklin

 Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz 
(Click on the link to place a hold on the book)

Elton John, the talented singer/songwriter/pianist, turns 68 today!

"He is one of the rare pop singers who is able to reach mainstream audiences while still earning the respect of rock critics; this is because John’s original compositions exhibit piano virtuosity and an easy familiarity with rockabilly, gospel, blues, and both soft and classical rock. DeVoss calls John an entertainer of 'astonishing versatility' whose 'appeal knows no demographic limits.'"
(This information can be found through Gale Virtual Reference Library, one of GPL's many research databases. Use this database to search e-reference books on multiple topics.)

Did you know that the nonfiction collection has fun sheet music, like the one below? Come upstairs to discover more! 

Cover image for Elton John ballads.

Elton John Ballads
(Click on the link to place a hold on the item)

What does ex-NFL player Chris Borland know that you should know?


Come to the Glenview Public Library
 "Concussions:What to Know" 
 at 10-11 a.m. on Monday, March 30 to find out!
This event, presented by the Sports Legacy Institute is a fun, interactive education program designed to teach student athletes in grades 4-12 and their parents about concussions through video, interactive games and discussion. Call the Reference Desk to sign up. 847-729-7500, ext.7700.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wrapping up Women's History Month

 As Women's History Month draws to a close, here are three more inspiring stories of women doing great things. The display in the lobby is also full of amazing life stories that are certain to provide an insight into the amazing contributions women have made to culture and society. When you have finished, why not leave a comment on the Blog or on our Facebook page about the woman or women you learned about this month.

Little Women of Baghlan: The Story of a Nursing School for Girls in Afghanistan, the Peace Corps, and Life Before the Taliban by Susan Fox

Jo Carter’s story of the creation of a nursing school in Kabul, Afghanistan has all the elements of intrigue and suspense novels. Based on the daily journal kept by Carter over two years, Fox’s book tells the story of an Afghanistan that has been buried by the events of recent history. Her story is one of interaction of a group of Americans with the citizens of Baghlan, not one of political or religious agendas. Little Women of Baghlan was a 2014 finalist for the Chicago Writers Association book of the year.

Widowed at age 27 with a young child, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin took control over her husband’s business and built an empire. Through war and the challenges of being a woman in a male dominated industry, the reader is taken on a journey of courage and determination of the woman who made champagne the symbol it is today. Another book by Tilar J Mazzeo is The Secret of Chanel No. 5: the intimate history of the world's most famous perfume.

Seth Koven’s book is a study of the relationship between a wealthy woman from a progressive London family, and a girl whose father’s death left the family in poverty. The two made an unlikely bond to create Kingsley Hall, Britain’s first “people’s house,” in the slums of East London. The basis for their social reform movement was the Sermon on the Mount. While the book is largely about the work that went into creating Kingsley Hall and its history, the story of their friendship is most compelling. Koven contrasts the friendship with the politics and religion of the late 19th and early 20th century in this well researched book.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Taxpayers Receiving Identity Verification Letter Should Use

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who receive requests from the IRS to verify their identities that the Identity Verification Service website,, offers the fastest, easiest way to complete the task.

Taxpayers may receive a letter when the IRS stops suspicious tax returns that have indications of being identity theft but contains a real taxpayer’s name and/or Social Security number. Only those taxpayers receiving Letter 5071C should access

The website will ask a series of questions that only the real taxpayer can answer. Once the identity is verified, the taxpayers can confirm whether or not they filed the return in question. If they did not file the return, the IRS can take steps at that time to assist them. If they did file the return, it will take approximately six weeks to process it and issue a refund.

Letter 5071C is mailed through the U.S. Postal Service to the address on the return. It asks taxpayers to verify their identities in order for the IRS to complete processing of the returns if the taxpayers did file it or reject the returns if the taxpayers did not file it. The IRS does not request such information via email, nor will the IRS call a taxpayer directly to ask this information without you receiving a letter first. The letter number can be found in the upper corner of the page.

The letter gives taxpayers two options to contact the IRS and confirm whether or not they filed the return. Taxpayers may use the site or call a toll-free number on the letter. Because of the high-volume on the toll-free numbers, the IRS-sponsored website,, is the safest, fastest option for taxpayers with web access.

Taxpayers should have available their prior year tax return and their current year tax return, if they filed one, including supporting documents, such as Forms W-2 and 1099 and Schedules A and C.
Taxpayers also may access through by going to Understanding Your 5071C Letter or the UnderstandingYour IRS Notice or Letter page. The tool is also available in Spanish. Taxpayers should always be aware of tax scams, efforts to solicit personally identifiable information and IRS impersonations. However, is a secure, IRS-supported site that allows taxpayers to verify their identities quickly and safely. is the official IRS website. Always look for a URL ending with “.gov” – not “.com,” “.org,” “.net,” or other nongovernmental URLs.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Nonfiction Review

My Mistake: A Memoir by Daniel Menaker
First, the ideal reader must be a fan of the New Yorker. Second, he or she must be a fan of memoirs. Menaker's New Yorker anecdotes are fresh and entertaining. He weaves his own climb through the publishing houses and back to the New Yorker with readable prose. Menaker is connected as an insider and he shares memories of working with such luminaries as William Maxwell and Alice Munro. For those interested in publishing--past and present--this book will be gobbled up. - Iva Freeman

Monday, March 16, 2015

More inspirational women to discover during Women's History Month

The collection at the Glenview Public Library abounds with fascinating books about the lives of women. Here are three more suggestions that will introduce you to stories and the lives of women in unusual places. Don't forget to check out our display in the lobby for more books on women's history.

Skloot worked for over a decade to unravel the story behind the cells that were taken from Henrietta Lacks without her knowledge. Still alive today, the cells were to become one of the most important tools in medical research. If you like detective novels, the story of the dark history of medical research intertwined with Lacks family story will keep you turning the pages. This book was listed as one of the best books of 2010.

Wrinch was a “brilliant, colorful, controversial mathematician” who is more often known for a feud with Linus Pauling than her contributions to the fields of mathematics, physics, genetics and philosophy. She was the first woman to be awarded a doctor of science degree from Oxford. Senechal, who was an acquaintance of Wrinch, presents the life and work of Wrinch, along with the prejudices prevalent in the mid-twentieth century within the science community.

Are you someone who loves shoes, or live with someone who does? Discover just why shoes are awesome by taking a journey through modern women’s evolution via footwear fashions that reflect and shaped their lives. Fascination with shoes is explored through social history and pop culture of the last century into the present. Bergstein supports her research with interviews with experts in the fields of history and culture, shoe designers and female celebrities who helped bring the fashions to the world. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Nonfiction Review

For fans of Downton Abbey and those interested in the history behind Highclere Castle. The book, written by the current owner of the castle, covers the period of the first world war and the many contributions of the first owner, Lord Carnarvon. One fascinating fact was his contribution to the discovery of King Tut's tomb. Alfred Rothschild, whose wealth allowed the castle to be used as a hospital and to provide expert care for injured soldiers, was the father of Lady Almina. She was able to marry well and become one of the wealthiest women in England, in spite of being Rothschild's illegitimate daughter. The author is to be commended for her expert research of family archives and selecting fascinating photos of the family from the early days of the castle to the present. A satisfying and informative read. - Iva Freeman

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Learn Something New: Classes for March 2015

 Reference Services teaches computer workshops each month on a variety of topics. Most classes are held in the Technology Lab on the second floor. Register with your Glenview Library card in person or by phone at the Reference Desk, 847-729-7500, x 7700.

Tuesday, March 17, 2 PM: Internet Searching Basics
If the idea of surfing the web is perplexing, this class is for you. The instructor will help you find and evaluate useful websites.

Wednesday, March 18, 2 PM: Excel 2010 Basics
Do you need to create a spreadsheet? If it has been awhile since you used Excel, or if you have never used it, this class will teach you the basics of layout, data input, and writing formulas.

Tuesday, March 24, 10 AM: Beginning Genealogy
If you are inspired to find your ancestors by Genealogy Roadshow or Who Do You Think You Are? this 90 minute class will get you started. There will be time to explore the genealogy databases available through Glenview Public Library.

Tuesday, March 31, 2 PM: Word 2010 Formatting and Images
Word documents take on a new look when images are inserted. If you have a basic understanding of Word 2010, this class will expand your Word skills.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Discover inspirational women during Women's History Month

Women's History Month began during Jimmy Carter's presidency as Women's History Week. In  1986, it became an entire month of celebrating the contributions of women to society. Each year a theme is chosen. This year's theme is "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives." For more on the women highlighted in this year's theme, check out the National Women's History Project.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott

Named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal, this book tells the true stories of four women who risked all during the Civil War. Other books by Karen Abbott are American Rose about Gypsy Rose Lee and Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys and the Battle for America's Soul.

Tall Blondes by Lynn Sherr

Who doesn't love giraffes? This cultural history of the amazing mammal is easy to read. By the end, you will have an arsenal of giraffe facts to share. Lynn Sherr, journalist, is one of the women highlighted by the National Women's History Project. She fell in love with giraffes on a visit to the African bush, and is a tall blonde herself. Other interesting books about women by Lynn Sherr are Failure is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words and Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space. Sherr is also the author of a memoir, Outside the Box and Swim: Why We Love the Water.

Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft by Lyndall Gordon

Follow the amazing life of the founder of modern feminism in this biography by renowned author Lyndall Gordon. The book looks at all aspects of Mary Wollstonecraft - as teacher, writer, lover and traveler. Other books about women by Lyndall Gordon are Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds and Charlotte Bronte: A Passionate Life.

Check back each week to find more ideas for exploring the women whose lives or published works are part of the Glenview Public Library collection, Be sure to see our display on the first floor to the left of the check out desk.