Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Class offerings for June

Classes are held in the Technology Lab, located on the second floor, unless otherwise noted. To register for classes, have your Glenview library card handy. 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, and have basic computer and mouse skills. 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.

Tech Talk (formerly Beyond Google )– Just Drop In
      Monday, June 1,  7 pm
New members are always welcomed in this exciting class that helps participants become Internet savvy. Questions from the group determine the direction of discussion, so come with your list of things that stumped you during the month. The group meets the first Monday of each month.

European Genealogy
     Friday, June 5, 10 am
Learn how to find European sources for your immigrant ancestors.

Word 2010 Basics 
      Tuesday, June 9, 2 pm
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.

The Unforgettable Story of Unbroken with Byron Kinney
      Saturday, June 13, 1 pm, Community Room
The story of the best-selling book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, about the life of WWII POW survivor Louis Zamperini, is a riveting story of survival, suffering, salvation, and forgiveness. WWII Air Force B-29 pilot Byron Kinney will share his personal connection to this fascinating story via his mission to Japan, which was instrumental in saving 700 starving POWs, including Zamperini. Mr. Kinney will also speak about the continuing story of their relationship, especially during the past 25 years. Presented in partnership with the North Surburban Genealogical Society.

Internet Searching Basics
    Tuesday, June 16, 2 pm
Lost in the Internet? We'll help you find your way. Learn how to find and evaluate useful websites.

Internet Searching Intermediate
    Thursday, June 25, 2 pm
Spend less time searching and more time finding what you need. Basic search skills required.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Celebrate National Bike Month and pedal off holiday calories

Now that you have your Memorial Day recipes all set, it’s time to investigate how to shed the calories. Luckily, May is National Bike Month. Here are some highlights of the nonfiction bike books that will get everyone ready to go. Bike Glenview maps and two reading lists for biking books can be found on the east end of the Information Desk in the lobby.

Leah Garcia and Jilayne Lovejoy

This is an easy to use guide to cycling with each topic heading comprising two pages of concise material. The critical information is covered quite thoroughly; photography is clear and pertinent. In addition to the items listed in the subtitle, the book covers food on the road, etiquette, indoor cycling and travel.
Tori Bortman

The cover boasts the claim “everything a new cyclist needs to know to gear up and start riding.” It does this in wonderful detail. You can find the perfect bike by using the questionnaire provided, plus the descriptions of every part of the bike and why they matter. Other chapters cover essentials of helmets, hand signals and how to ride in a group. The book ends with basic maintenance including how to change a tire and find the puncture in the tube.

Greg Borzo

Pick from 72 rides across the city and suburbs. For those riding with children, included are 27 kid-friendly trips. Borzo's book is laid out in a user-friendly manner. First you will find a chart of all the rides, color coded by area, and indicating characteristics of the trails. Descriptions of each ride consists of four pages starting with an “At a Glance” preview. There is a narrative description, along with a ride log and map. The photography is lovely and the maps are easy to read.

Ted Villaire

This book includes 34 rides in Chicago, plus two Wisconsin rides and one in Indiana. Nearly half the rides are suitable for families with children. There is a table providing a chart of ride characteristics, plus a section giving the reader a quick glance, a narrative description and a mileage log and map. Photos are not as plentiful, but the maps and descriptions are clear and easy to understand. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Get Ready For Mouthwatering Burger Goodness

It seems only right that May would be National Hamburger Month. After boning up on how to barbecue, let's get ready to grill up those burger patties for Memorial Day picnics. Find more books about hamburgers in our catalog.

James McNair and Jeffrey Starr

Find new ways to spice up your next party with these 16 prize winning menus. Each section features a fully outlined party with recipes for everything from appetizers to dessert. Also included are wine and beverage pairings that will bring out the best in the recipes. These prize winning burgers are not all made with beef – there are fish, chicken and pork options too. 

Food writer and cultural historian John T. Edge takes on an iconic American favorite in this tour of an American favorite. Readers will discover regional burger delights through the stories of the folks who created and serve them. His mouthwatering descriptions are accompanied by many recipes. If you are ready for a road trip, he has included the list of burger joints he visited.

The Book of Burger  
Rachael Ray

Every sort of burger has a presence in Rachael Ray’s book. Photos are close ups of the described burger and will inspire even timid cooks. Besides burgers, there are recipes for sides and sauces (she lets us in on how to make Homemade Tots!), and a section called Burger Bash that includes QR codes to get more information.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Nonfiction Book Review

Cover image for The unspeakable : and other subjects of discussion
The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion by Meghan Daum

Meghan Daum’s The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion is a first-rate personal essay collection, one that showcases the author’s personal brand of sparkling wit and razor-sharp truth telling. These are the type of essays that are so brazenly honest that readers may sometimes find themselves cringing with empathy. There is little wonder that the author has been compared to a young Joan Didion. Daum displays a similar knack for using elegant but precise language to unpack the specific anxieties of urban modern life. Whether she is recounting her battle with a mysterious and near-fatal illness, laying bare her ambivalent feelings about her child-free existence, or lamenting her troubled relationship with her late mother, Daum makes a compelling case that the seemingly “unspeakable” thoughts we all have are essentially what make us human, and are therefore definitely worth sharing. - Romi Pekarek Smith

Friday, May 1, 2015

May is National Bike Month

Glenview is a great town for biking, and Bike Glenview is the community resource for residents to get the most out of pedaling around town. Visit the Bike Glenview website for a list of bike-related events and view videos on bike basics. Pick up a Bike Glenview map at any Glenview Park District facility, Village Hall and the Glenview Public Library.

May is National Bike Month, including National Bike toSchool Day on Wednesday, May 6, and National Bike to Work Week May 11-15.  

Is it Barbecue or BBQ? Get ready to fire up the grill in May

National Barbecue Month, Hamburger Month and Bike Month are all rolled into the month of May. Find inspiration for your Memorial Day picnic with ideas included in the first and second blog installments this month. The third post will help you shed the pounds gained while preparing those recipes for the first weekend of summer with a highlight on bikes. We hope you enjoy the books below and that you will check the shelves for other mouthwatering cooking ideas. Tell us about the best recipes in the comment section below or on our Facebook page.

BBQ or Barbecue? However you spell it, it means mouthwatering goodness! Look for the shelf tags announcing that you have arrived in the Grilling section (641.5784 and 641.76). Check this travel book so you can sample BBQ when you’re on the road.

This book, geared toward men in their 20’s and 30’s, covers everything from types of grills to types of beer. Carruthers and Valenciana began the ManBQue movement in Chicago with MEATups of men getting together to relax with grilling, drinking beer and listening to tunes. Don't worry if you aren't in their demographic. The recipes sound very good, and the photography will make your mouth water.  

Grilling basics and safety are covered thoroughly in Schlesinger and Willoughby's book. Beverages, sides and meal planning are included in an easy to use format. In addition to delightful sounding recipes for everything from appetizers to dessert, each chapter has a few boxes with ideas like “Special Dinner for Two.” Several pages of glossy, full color photos tease the reader at the front of the book, making one eager to get to the grill and cook.

Student readers are given instructions for cooking on three of the most common types of smokers and grills. The more than 130 recipes in these 5 lessons are truly easy to follow. There are no glossy photos in these pages, but the drawings are clear and helpful. Each lesson and the recipes within give basic guidelines about things you may have always wondered about, like how to turn the vents on the lid and on the bottom of the kettle.

Just so no one thinks grilling is only for men…Elizabeth Karmel created a company called Girls at the Grill, and has taught at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. There are over 350 recipes that will inspire your inner grill chef. Right from the start, she educates the reader on differences between grilling and barbecuing. Her instructions at the beginning of sections provide all you need to know to create masterpiece recipes without messing up. She also provides recipes for items to accompany the grilled items, like apple pie and home-made ice cream sandwiches.