Thursday, April 30, 2015

Financial Independence for Women Seminar

Financial Independence for Women
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
7 PM, Community Room East
Please register here.

We all face the challenge of gaining control over our financial situation.  And for women, add on these factors:  women have a longer life expectancy than men, women spend fewer years in the work force due to child-rearing or part-time work, women still generally receive less pay than men.

How to cope?  Learn how to be in charge of your own finances.  From budgeting and investment principles to family and retirement considerations, Ameriprise financial advisor Roshni Khory will show you ways to gain control over your financial situation and protect the people and things you love most.  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nonfiction Review

How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood by Jim Grimsley

In 1966 Grimsley was a middle school student in North Carolina. He was, of course, attending a segregated school. Not having had much to do with any black people, and as a closeted gay and a hemophiliac, he was very different from most other students. The memoir explores how things were forty years ago when an abrupt decree stated that there would be no more separate schools. Wealthy whites were able to create private schools but Grimsley, from a poor family, attended public schools through high school. Grimsley reflects on his newly integrated classes, while living in a racist society--at home, in church and of course in school. This memoir revisits a difficult and sad point in time, and the reader is lucky to have Grimsley's shared experience. - Iva Freeman

Join us for a discussion of Susan Orlean's Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Cover image for Rin Tin Tin : the life and the legendBookit! Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, May 27
7 PM, Multipurpose Room
No registration necessary -- Just drop in!

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean

Rin Tin Tin, discovered as an orphaned puppy on a World War I battlefield, grew up to be one of the most recognizable canines in the world. The German shepherd's unlikely rise to stardom is both meticulously researched and unexpectedly moving. No ordinary pooch, the nation's favorite underdog-turned-American hero also played an important role in mobilizing Americans to stand up and fight against Hitler. This is both a historical look at twentieth century entertainment and a thoughtful meditation on man's best friend.

Copies of Rin Tin Tin are available now at the Reader Services Desk.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Learning Opportunities in the Tech Lab

So much to learn this month! Classes are held in the Technology Lab on the second floor, unless otherwise noted. 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.

Financial Independence for Women: Wednesday, May 6, 7 pm Community Room East 
Ameriprise Financial Advisor Roshni Khory will be on hand to show ways to get control of your financial situation. From budgets to investment principles, family to retirement considerations, this class will give you tools to protect the people and things you love most.

Internet Searching Basics: Thursday, May 7, 2 pm
If searching online is baffling for you, this class is for you. Our instructor will guide you through finding and evaluating useful websites.

Craigslist: Monday, May 11, 2 pm
Join in this class for an overview of online selling, buying, and searching for items. Students will learn about online classified ads by looking at buying and selling, searching for ads for rental properties, items for sale, and jobs. Must have a valid email address

Word 2010 Basics: Tuesday, May 12, 10 am
Find out the nuts and bolts of word processing with Microsoft Word 2010. This class provides a broad overview of the most essential features to get you started.
Facebook Basics: Wednesday, May 13, 10 am
Learn how to use one of the most popular social media platforms. Our class will teach you the basics of signing up, creating a profile and (most important) adding friends. Must have a valid email address

Travel Planning Online: Thursday, May 14, 2 pm
Are you getting ready for summer vacations? Find out about online resources and tools for all aspects of getting your trip together, from purchasing airline tickets to vacation packages.

Immigration Records: 
                       Wednesday, May 20, 2 pm
As you go further in your family searching, you will encounter the immigrants who traveled long distances to get the USA. Learn about different types of immigration records, where they are located and how to use them to discover your immigrant ancestors.

CCH, Consumers Reports and More Online Finds: Thursday, May 21, 2 pm
Get familiar with some of the library’s online resources for consumers, investors, and small business owners. Examples include Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook (evaluates local services), Record Information Services (public records), CCH (company histories), and Press Display (national and international newspapers). All these resources can be used from your home computer.

Word 2010 Formatting & Images: Tuesday, May 26, 2 pm
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 skills to create documents with different formatting styles, images, and clip art.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nonfiction Review

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss by Edmund De Waal

The fate of a collection of 264 netsuke, tiny Japanese carvings, parallels that of a wealthy Jewish family living in Vienna as the Nazis came to power. The carvings were originally collected by Parisian art expert Charles Ephrussi and are given as a wedding gift to his cousin Viktor. Viktor and his wife, Emmy, bring them to Vienna where they remain until the Nazis seize their home and possessions. Vivid descriptions and haunting stories bring to life the tribulations of the Ephrussi family as World War II overtakes them.The author, an acclaimed ceramicist, is the fifth generation of his family to own the netsuke collection. - Teri Room Washington Post Review

Friday, April 24, 2015

Celebrate Arbor Day Today

Arbor Day is traditionally a time for people to think about planting, nurturing and celebrating trees.

Glenview is proud of its leafy canopy and works hard to effectively manage public trees. These local efforts earned the Village status as a Tree City USA for a 30th consecutive year and secured a Tree City USAGrowth Award for a fifth consecutive year.

In honor of Arbor Day, a tree was planted this year at Glenview District 34's Pleasant Ridge School.

Read about how the Village of Glenview maintains parkway trees.   

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Does Your Dog Need a Flu Shot?

More than 1000 dogs in the Chicago land area have recently been infected with canine influenza. The disease can be highly contagious and is spread by direct contact with infected dogs, by coming into contact with contaminated objects, and by moving contaminated objects between infected and uninfected dogs.

Symptoms can vary but are similar to human flu symptoms: persistent cough, runny nose, loss of appetite, fever and lethargy.  Canine flu is treatable but severity and lack of treatment can result in pneumonia. About 80 percent of infected dogs will have a "mild" form of the disease but at least 6 dogs in the Midwest have died. If you are unsure whether your dog has the flu, your veterinarian can test for canine influenza and recommend treatment. Dog breeds with shorter noses like pugs, French bulldogs, and Pekingese may have more difficulty with the infection.

Tests from the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have identified this recent outbreak as H3N2, the first time H3N2 has been identified in Chicago. Veterinarians are still recommending a flu shot for your dog although it may or may not protect your pet from this particular strain of flu virus. Veterinarians say that canine flu is not related to avian flu and is not contagious to humans but may cause respiratory disease in cats although as yet no cases in cats have been reported.

Public health officials in Chicago are advising that local dog owners refrain from taking their pets to dog parks, doggie day cares, and pet groomers.
Here are some key tips for keeping your pet safe from dog flu:
  • Consider getting the flu vaccine for your dog.
  • If you suspect that your dog is unwell, keep your dog out of contact with other dogs.
  • Avoid places where dogs congregate to limit exposure.
  • If you come in contact with an infected dog, you could transmit the infection to your dog via clothing or skin. Clothing, equipment, surfaces and hands should be disinfected.
 For more information check out the ASPCA advisory on how to keep your pet safe or care for infected animals.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

All That Jazz ~ April is Jazz Appreciation month

Chicago is a great place to visit for anyone who loves jazz. From traditional to experimental styles, you can find something to see live throughout the year in the City and suburbs. Before heading out to listen, take a look at books and DVDs in our collection to make your listening experience richer and more meaningful. Listen to different musicians via CDs to get an idea what you might encounter on your live music field trip. All our collections have ways for you to increase your knowledge and listening pleasure, whether at a live venue or with headphones. Check this link for a sampling of Jazz musicians in the Audiovisual collection on the first floor.

Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life  Wynton Marsalis with Geoffrey C. Ward
Part memoir, part jazz studies, Marsalis guides the reader through the history and vocabulary of jazz and the blues. He is adept at describing his education and the history in terms the non-musician can understand; what makes jazz jazz. Even if the reader is a musician, the information presented will be useful for appreciating jazz and the musicians who bring the music to the world. Chapter six provides a small biography of the big names in jazz with suggested selections for listening.

What to Listen for in Jazz  Barry Kernfeld
Barry Kernfeld has organized his jazz appreciation book around 21 historic jazz recordings, ranging from Tin Roof Blues (1923) though Honeymooners (1987). These songs were chosen to provide the listener/reader with an introduction to jazz rhythms, forms, arrangement, composition, improvisation, stay and sound. Analysis of each is provided by the book, and the songs are all available on the enclosed CD. The three appendices provide biographical sketches of key musicians, a discography and information on chords and notation.

Szwed’s book will walk you through the history of jazz from its beginnings to the end of the 20th century. Each section has ideas of what to listen for and listen to from different recordings. Although this book is about 15 years old, it contains good information on historic jazz forms and styles, and the musicians involved.

Readers will learn what jazz is, how it’s made and how to listen. The blend of written text and audio clips is designed to assist undergraduate students improve their listening skills and appreciate the layers of sound in jazz recordings. However, the text is accessible to enthusiasts of any age and experience.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Harms Road Work Starting on Monday, April 13

The east leg of the intersection of Harms Road and Glenview Road and Harms Road in both directions from Glenview Road to Wilmette Avenue are scheduled to be closed to traffic beginning Monday, April 13.

The closure is necessary to facilitate the East of Harms Regional Stormwater project, which will help to prevent the Main Stem (Middle Fork) of the North Branch of the Chicago River from backing into storm sewers serving the neighborhood east of Harms Road between East Lake Avenue and Central Road.

Specifically, workers will be connecting a new 84-inch storm sewer under Harms Road to an existing 54-inch storm sewer under the intersection with Glenview Road. A 26-foot-by-14-foot concrete junction chamber -- about 20 feet deep -- will be constructed to connect the two very large pipes. Existing water main pipe, sanitary sewer pipe and AT&T utility lines will be relocated in the intersection at the same time.

The contractor will be working extended hours and weekends with the goal of reopening the intersection in early June. Harms Road north of Glenview Road to Wilmette Avenue, however, will remain closed to traffic until mid-September. View the closure map here.

Titanic Sinks in the Atlantic April 1912

The MS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City.  The sinking resulted in the loss of more than 1,500 passengers and crew.

Read details of the news as reported in the 1912 Chicago Tribune following the disaster in our electronic version of the CT newspaper archive.  The link is available on the Glenview Public Library web site for members and visitors to the library.  Enter you library card number as your username to be authenticated.   

The Chicago Tribune Archive is only one of more than 80 electronic resources and more than 30,000 full text publications available 24/7 from your home, office or school via the Internet.  Use your Glenview Public Library card to access our online resources any time day or night.  

If you don't have a library card, get one today!  Owning a library card gives you electronic access to eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers, Mango language learning, test prep exams, live chat tutoring and much more.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

You've Never Seen Dracula Performed Like This!

Cover image for The new annotated DraculaBram Stoker’s Dracula
The Vampire Story that Shook the World
Tuesday, April 14, 7-8:30 p.m.

Register here, or call the Reader Services Desk at 847-729-7500.

With respect to Edward Cullen and Bill Compton, there is only one vampire story that has captured the imagination of readers for over a century. Bram Stoker's 1897 masterpiece, Dracula, remains the most popular and widely read vampire novel of all time, and its iconic title character is still the most celebrated and imitated vampire in literary history. To celebrate National Library Week, join us for an unorthodox and thrilling one-woman performance of Dracula by actress and award-winning storyteller Megan Walls.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Count Like an Egyptian -- April is Mathematics Awareness Month

All four of the selections shed light on reasons why, even if you hated math in school, you should dip your toe into the exciting world of mathematics. These books are engaging. You can easily get lured into each author’s ideas when you only intended to skim the books, reading entire chapters. Matt Parker, David Reimer, and Alex Bellos have books that are best read from the beginning since the information in each chapter builds on ideas previously presented. John D. Barrow’s book, on the other hand, has ideas that are independent for the most part, and can be skimmed for items of personal interest. We encourage you to explore these books and the world of mathematics. As Matt Parker says in the first chapter of his book, “Herein lies the secret of mathematics: it’s one big game.” Don’t forget to continue your search for math related non-fiction books and the non-fiction DVD collection in the 510’s.

 Find out reasons mathematics and art are interrelated in John D. Barrow’s fun journey through 100 artistic items. From the designs of roller coasters to perfect pitch, why diamonds sparkle to those crazy whispering galleries, you’ll discover in lay terms the mathematical reasons behind the art.
Follow the link to see other titles by John D. Barrow.

David Reimer, a math professor at The College of New Jersey, produced a book that combines Egyptian culture and mathematics history in a hands-on and very fun manner. He fleshes out the way numbers worked in different eras in Egyptian history with mythology, and problems for solving (don’t worry, there are solutions provided). Reviews indicate the audience is junior high/high school, but the material covered is interesting to anyone looking to change how they approach problem solving.

Matt Parker, writer and stand-up comedian, takes readers by the hand to show the playful side of mathematics. His book is very readable. Included are many puzzles, games, and number questions with solutions. Some things qualify as “fun facts to amaze your friends,” and let the reader begin to discover his premise that mathematics is one big game. If you have convinced yourself that you hate math, that you are terrible at math, or some other rendition of that mantra, please check out a copy of this book. You will be amazed at how fun math can be and how easily you can begin to play the game.

Kirkus Reviews states this book is “great reading for the intellectually curious.” The first chapter weaves cultural ideology about the meaning of numbers with mathematics. Further chapters allude to the beauty and art of mathematics. Even the chapters that delve a bit beyond undergraduate knowledge encourage the reader to skip ahead to the next chapter to return to more elementary ideas. Bellos tells the reader in the preface, “The emphasis on surprise has made math the most playful of all intellectual disciplines. Numbers have always been toys, as much as they have been tools.” 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Spotlight on a Reference Book

Did you know that today is the anniversary of the first modern Olympics in 1896? The event formally opened in Athens, Greece, after a 1,500-year break!

To learn about more information on the modern Olympics, take a look at the following reference book: 

Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Event
Edited by John E. Findling and Kimberly D. Pelle
(Click on the link for more information about the book)

Cover image for Encyclopedia of the modern Olympic movementA quaint idea in the 1890s, the Olympic Games are now the foremost sporting event in the world. Information on the winners and medals abounds, but this unique book provides information on the events surrounding the Olympics: political controversies, scandals, tragedies, economic issues, and peripheral incidents. Covering specific games from the 1896 Olympics in Athens to the 2002 games in Salt Lake City, this volume also presents plans for the 2004 Athens games, 2006 Turin games, and the 2008 summer games. (Google Books Review)

Come upstairs and browse the rest of our reference book collection!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Concussions:What to Know

In case you missed our March 30 program, here is the informational handout distributed by the community educators from the Sports Legacy Institute.

Missed our Pinterest class?

We had a group of enthusiastic students participate in our Getting Started on Pinterest class. If you were unable to attend, but are interested in finding out what you can do on this fun social networking site, follow the links below. 

Getting Started on Pinterest

Pinning ideas from Getting Started on Pinterest

Getting Started on Pinterest trifold brochure

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Nonfiction Review

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande

Gawande feels the medical help you will get in your last days or even years will not be of much help. He weaves together anecdotes of patients and their relatives who have suffered various aspects of aging, medical issues, and finally, dying. Gawande emphasizes that doctors aren't trained in talking to people about the end of life experience. Most important, Gawande feels, is that the patient is comfortable, knows what to expect, and has a say in it. Provocative, practical and informed information from an excellent thinker and writer. - Iva Freeman