Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiday Fun Facts

Did you know that the U.S. Census Bureau ranks the states by number of major toy makers? Illinois and New York are tied at #3 (31 each), outranked only by Florida (32) and California (93).

Did you know that in 2015 the U.S. imported $392 million worth of  tapered candles? Many of these candles were lit during Diwali, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Click here for other fun facts for the holiday season from the U.S. Census bureau.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

IRS Face-To-Face Help Now By Appointment

As the tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that an appointment is required for in-person tax help at all IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TAC).

IRS TACs are a vital part of the service IRS provides when a tax issue cannot be resolved on-line or by phone. All IRS TACs now provide face-to-face service by-appointment. Instead of taxpayers going directly to their local TAC, they can call 844-545-5640 to reach an IRS representative, who is trained to either help them resolve their issue or schedule an appointment for them to get the help they need.

The Contact Your Local Office tool on helps taxpayers find the closest IRS TAC, the days and hours of operation, and a list of services provided.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Fake News Not a Problem for Library Users

Fake news is not a problem when you use the public library web site to access legitimate electronic news subscriptions; available for free with your Glenview Public Library card number.

The Glenview Public Library website has several newspaper and magazine links available both in the library and from home that are the real deal from real publishers.

Connect to the library's electronic subscriptions like Press Reader to access more than 3200 newspapers from around the world and more than 2900 magazines in full text. Scroll or swipe through the page view of each publication with pictures, illustrations and ads included. Download the Press Reader app, visit a library hot spot and walk away with the entire publication downloaded to your smart phone or internet device for reading at your leisure, all for free.

No time to visit the library, then visit our web pages for access to downloadable magazines (Zinio or Press Reader), eBooks (MyMediaMall), audio books (MyMediaMall or Hoopla); or movies and music (Hoopla).  These items automatically expire when due with no overdue fines.

Be a smart library user, avoid fake news, and download free content with your library card through the library's 24 Hour Library web site and library app.  Your library card  gives you access to free electronic content that is not fake and it's free to members.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Village Candidate Filing to Start

The filing period for candidates seeking election to the Glenview Village Board of Trustees in the Consolidated Election on April 4, 2017 starts next Monday.

Requirements for municipal candidates include: one-year residency in the municipality preceding the election; nomination petitions signed by at least 5 percent of people who voted in the last regular election; a statement of candidacy; and a statement of economic interest filed with the Cook County Clerk.

Paperwork can be filed in the Village Manager's Office, 2500 East Lake Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, December 12, through Monday, December 19. Four-year terms for three trustee positions and the Village President are up for election.  

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Income Tax Scams Update

The IRS warns taxpayers of numerous tax scams nationwide. Some of the most prevalent IRS impersonations are: 

Requesting fake tax payments 

Targeting students and parents and demanding payment for a fake "Federal Student Tax"  

Sending a fraudulent tax bill for tax year 2015 regarding the Affordable Care Act

Summaries of these and other recent schemes are available here, along with instructions of what to do if you receive a suspicious call.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

A Backpack, a Bear and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin

In a necessary reminder of how bad life was in the former Soviet Union, Lev Golinkin reveals his family's journey to the United States. His parents and sister must adjust to whatever is thrown at them as they escape and arrive in Vienna, Indiana and finally New Jersey. Golinkin was nine then, but as an adult felt compelled to retrace the steps that brought him to the U.S. His intent was to find the people who made his escape possible. And he was able to locate and interact with some of them. It is a well-written, revealing and compelling story told with compassion and honesty. - Iva Freeman

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Resume Help

JobNow offers practical help for your job search, including one-on-one live resume review and practice interviews. Help is available 3PM - 10PM. Log in with your library card and be prepared to upload your resume. Other services include resume templates, interview tips, and job coaching.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

News from Consumer Checkbook

Access Consumers' Checkbook from the Glenview Public Library website with your Glenview library card number or at any computer inside the library building.

Go to the Glenview Public Library website and click on Research 24/7   Enter your library card number when prompted.

Consumers Checkbook Logo

The Winter 2017 issue of Consumers' Checkbook, 
available at Checkbook.orgincludes 
comprehensive ratings on quality, company-by-company 
price comparisons, and advice on service providers in the 
following categories:

and Air-Conditioning Contractors

Replacing your home's heating or cooling equipment costs 
thousands of dollars. So it makes sense to maintain your 
current equipment properly and get good repairs when needed. 
Our evaluations of area heating and air-conditioning 
services for quality and price will help you find a competent contractor.

Spotting the Best Carpet and Rug Cleaners

Having your carpet and rugs periodically cleaned will help 
them last longer and look better. We tell you about the 
different cleaning processes, the pros and cons of hiring 
a professional rather than doing it yourself, how to choose 
a competent company, and what problems just can't be fixed.

Window Installers: Who to Choose for Nice New Views

The right windows can make your home feel light and bright and give it 
 character and charm. But old windows can be drafty, energy-wasteful, 
 difficult to open and close—and can make your house look past its 
prime. We tell you about your options and provide ratings of local installers.

Buying Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses

Finding the right place to buy glasses or contact lenses can help you 
see better, look better, and feel better. We rate area vision centers for 
quality and price. 

Flower Power: Ratings of Florists

Because many florists' customers buy a product that is arranged and 
delivered sight unseen, it's no surprise that so many problems exist for 
floral purchases. To help you find one you can trust, we've rated area shops f
or quality and price.


Don't miss our valuable information on basement waterproofers, 
furniture stores, upholsterers, shoe repair shops, watch repair shops, 
and How to Get a Good Deal on a New Car.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cubs Victory Parade Friday

The official celebration of the Chicago Cubs World Series championship will take place on Friday, November 4, starting at 10 AM at Wrigley Field, followed by a victory rally in Grant Park at 12 Noon. Here are the details for the Cubs celebration on Friday morning.

Tech Talk for Non-Techies

Have you heard about Twitter but don't really know what it is? Come to the Monday, November 7 evening workshop for non-techies to see a demonstration and have your questions answered.

If you struggle or have difficulty understanding your device, software or the Internet in general, this workshop is designed as a question and answer session to help you improve your technology skills, knowledge and comfort level.

Join this group of non-expert users at the Tech Talk for Non-Techies hands-on workshop at the Glenview Public Library at 7 PM Monday November 7 in the second floor Technology Lab. New members welcome. Topics vary monthly.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Need an article?

The Glenview Public Library can inter-library loan books from other libraries for you.  But did you know that we can get magazine and journal articles as well?  Whether it is from a magazine, newspaper, or even a scholarly journal, the Reference Desk can help you find that article you are looking for.  We fill out a form, just like requesting a book.   We will ask for the name of the article, when and where it appeared, the author, and other details.  We then send requests to libraries that carry the newspaper or magazine the article you want is in.  If they agree to send a copy, we let you know!  So the next time you are working on a paper, or doing a research project, and there’s that one article you want but can’t find anywhere, keep us in mind.  Maybe we can find it for you!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Medicare Open Enrollment Scams

Medicare scams are a year-round concern, but the coming weeks warrant special attention. Open enrollment runs from October 15 through December 7, and during that time period Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their health plan and prescription coverage. For identity thieves, it's open season.
Read these tips.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Chicago Tribune Archives

Do you want to see how Illinois voted in the 1860 presidential election?  Are you looking for your great-grandmother’s obituary?  What else was being reported on April 15, 1912?  If you are writing a paper, researching local history, or just interested in what life was like when history was being reported, The Chicago Tribune Archives can provide answers.  These archives contain news stories spanning from 1849 to 1984.  The articles can then be printed out, downloaded as pdfs, or emailed to you to be read later.    The Chicago Tribune Archive is available through our website at the library, or at home with a Glenview Public Library card.

Monday, October 3, 2016

New Look for Consumer Reports Online

Consumer Reports Online has updated their interface and gone green.  Their ratings, formerly on a scale of red to black, are now green for excellent and red for poor.  Additional new features include interactive videos and virtual tours of products.  Same great ratings, brand new look!

Consumer Reports Online can be accessed from our website in the library, or at home with a valid Glenview library card.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

My Father Before Me by Chris Forhan

A readable and engaging exploration of a family. Forhan felt completed to discover who his father was before he killed himself in his mid forties leaving his wife and 8 children. He was able to interview a number of people who knew his father in a variety of capacities: his wife, Chris' siblings, other relatives, and employers. A business associate who Eddie, the father, had spent a lot of time with said he had never mentioned that he had a family. Forhan's own life story is woven throughout and reveals details about American life in the 60s and 70s. Solid and memorable. 
- Iva Freeman

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

As head writer of the sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, Jessi Klein is largely responsible for taking Schumer’s particular brand of humor – think bawdy, subversive, and feminist-friendly – and launching it into the cultural zeitgeist. Fans of the series will find particular delight in You’ll Grow Out of It, Klein’s new book of similarly minded essays, which are largely about trying and failing to live up to contemporary standards of femininity. Klein is not afraid to overshare – she gets candidly hilarious (and sometimes gross) about her adventures in dating, wedding planning, infertility, and childbirth. Some essays are more relatable than others; as a thin, white, and highly paid TV producer, Klein is not exactly an ideal everywoman. (Her struggles include feeling less than glamorous at the Emmys, fighting with her boyfriend on an impossibly luxurious spa vacation, and deciding whether or not to purchase a $10,000 wedding dress.) And yet, with her self-deprecating humor, Klein still manages to charm, especially when she’s railing against impossible beauty regimens and gender disparities. (On the pressures of the natural childbirth movement, Klein observes, “No one ever asks a man if he’s having a ‘natural root canal.”) Ultimately, You’ll Grow Out of It is a satisfying and riotously funny book about one woman’s awkward journey into womanhood. – Romi Pekarek Smith

Monday, September 19, 2016

Library Program--Doing Business Online: Safety Matters

Doing Business Online: Safety Matters
Thursday, September 22, 2016
7-8 PM
Community Room

There is nothing more convenient than doing your banking or making a purchase from the comfort of your home.  However, venturing out on the internet takes us away from the safety and security our homes provide.
Glenview Credit Union will discuss how to be prepared when facing the risks posed by the Internet.

Please register here.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Consumer Reports Online

Buying a new Refrigerator?  Wondering about the safety features on SUV’s? Want a guide on purchasing mattresses?  Consumer Reports Online can answer these questions and many more. Through rigorous testing of thousands of products, Consumer Reports provides detailed buying guides for a large range of products, along with news stories, pricing, recommendations, and their very popular ratings.
Ratings for mattresses

Easily find what you are looking for with this fully searchable web tool. Search by category, brand, or product number.  You access Consumer Reports Online through our website in the library or at home with a valid Glenview library card.
Happy hunting!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Join us for a discussion of Hector Tobar's The 33

Bookit! Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, September 28
7 PM, Multipurpose Room
No registration necessary -- Just drop in!

The 33: Deep Down Dark: the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free by Hector Tobar

When a Chilean mine collapsed in 2010, 33 miners were buried underground beneath thousands of feet of rock for 69 days. Meanwhile, their families and the world waited to see whether the men would be rescued alive. In this gripping survival tale, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Hector Tobar recreates the disaster with tension building suspense.

Copies of The 33 are available now at the Reader Services Desk.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Labor Day Trivia

Happy Labor Day!
The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade. The parade inspired similar events across the country, and by 1894 more than half the states were observing a “workingmen’s holiday” on one day or another. Later that year, with Congress passing legislation and President Grover Cleveland signing the bill on June 29, the first Monday in September was designated “Labor Day.” This national holiday is a creation of the labor movement in the late 19th century and pays tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

Who Are We Celebrating?
158.5 million
The number of people age 16 and over in the nation’s labor force as of May 2016.

16.4 million
The number of wage and salary workers age 16 and over represented by a union in 2015. This group included both union members (14.8 million) and workers who reported no union affiliation but whose jobs were covered by a union contract (1.6 million). Among states, New York continued to have the highest union membership rate (24.7 percent), and South Carolina had the lowest rate (2.1 percent). 

15.2 million
The number of employed female workers age 16 and over in service occupations in 2014. Among male workers age 16 and over, 11.8 million were employed in service-related occupations.

The percentage increase in employment, or 141.9 million, in the U.S. between December 2014 and December 2015. In December 2015, the 342 U.S. counties with 75,000 or more jobs accounted for 72.5 percent of total U.S. employment and 77.8 percent of total wages. These
342 counties had a net job growth of 2.2 million over the year, which accounted for 81.4 percent of the overall U.S. employment increase.

Another Day, Another Dollar
$50,383 and $39,621
The 2014 real median earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers, respectively. The 2014 real median household income of $53,657 is not statistically different in real terms from the 2013 median of $54,462.

The Commute to Work
6.3 million
The number of commuters who left for work between midnight and 4:59 a.m. in 2014. They represented 4.5 percent of all commuters. The most common time was between 7 a.m. and 7:29 a.m. – with 20.6 million commuters.                                                                                                                            
The percentage of workers age 16 and over who drove alone to work in 2015. Another 9.2 percent carpooled and 0.6 percent biked to work.

26.0 minutes
The average time it took workers in the U.S. to commute to work in 2014. New York (32.6 minutes) and Maryland (32.3 minutes) had the most time-consuming commutes.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. R. Vance

Vance has provided the reader with a clear understanding of growing up in the holler. He gives his impressions of life in the Ohio rust belt, populated by mostly Scots IrishA graduate of Yale Law School, he knew no one who had gone to an Ivy League school, or any family members who had even completed college. The book has reached a wide audience because it explains why many people living in poverty see hope in Trump's promises to bring jobs back. Vance weaves his own success story alongside the story of his own family; they worked in the coal mines, as day laborers and mill workers. Many had issues with drug addiction, alcoholism, and joblessness among other struggles. Vance shows  an ever present loyalty to place and family. Vance shares valuable insights that only an observant insider could reveal. On August 17, 2016 Terry Gross had an excellent interview with Vance on NPR's Fresh Air. - Iva Freeman

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin
Toobin perfectly captures the wild times of the Patty Hearst kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army. They were a hot mess with no clear mission statement. Toobin did not have Ms. Hearst's cooperation for this well-researched coverage of the case. She, however, had published her own version ten years after the sensational event. The extensive research included FBI files, letters, books by many people involved, and thousands of legal documents. The Hearst family background is covered as well as Patty's shifting allegiances. Toobin keeps the reader riveted--those old enough to remember the era will learn there was more to the story, and younger readers will learn about those crazy radical sixties. - Iva Freeman

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

Grit by Angela Duckworth
MacArthur winner Duckworth examines this topic in a highly original and exploratory manner. Her vast research reveals such things as admission to West Point, finalists in the National Spelling Bee, and parenting with grit. Chapters include the motivation techniques of football coaches and business leaders. She infuses her own life experiences, as well as how her own family pursues grit (or not). The book is a practical overview of a topic of perpetual interest: why do some people push themselves harder to succeed than others? - Iva Freeman

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Glenview's Olympians!

Glenview is well represented in the Olympic Games.  Good luck to all our athletes!
  • Olivia Smoliga of Glenview will swim the women's 100 back individually and is expected to lead off the USA’s 4×100 medley relay which will contend for Olympic gold.
  • Laura Zeng, who trained at the North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center in Glenview, competes in the rhythmic gymnastics women's individual all-around.
  • Loyola Academy graduate Conor Dwyer swims in the men's 400 and 200 meter freestyle.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Free Recycling and Paper Shredding Event Saturday

The Northfield Township Road District will offer a special recycling and paper shredding community event at the Glenview Farmers Market at Wagner Farm on Saturday, July 23, from 8 AM to 12 Noon. Recyclables and documents will be collected in the lot to the north of Wagner Farm, located at 1510 Wagner Road in Glenview. For details about acceptable items and quantities, visit

Friday, July 15, 2016

Glenview Road Street Party Tonight

Party in the streets!  Music, Art, deals, and more!
TONIGHT in Downtown Glenview 6-11pm
Glenview Road between Waukegan and Harlem

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Shorter Lines for Airline Passengers via TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck allows airline passengers to go through shorter lines.  It also eliminates the need to
remove shoes, belts, jackets and laptops.  PreCheck has become more popular as airports have recently seen longer lines.

The fee is $85 and is valid for five years.  The web site lists FAQs:

Appointments can be made online at:

There is a phone number for applications:  (855)347-8371
There is also a number for Customer Service:  (866) 289-9673

Friday, July 1, 2016

Glenview Celebrates Independence Day

Glenview's annual Independence Day festivities provide a colorful display of community pride and patriotism -- highlighted by the 51st annual parade and evening fireworks display.

The parade steps off at 11:15 a.m. with the children's bike parade from the intersection  of Harlem Avenue and Glenview Road, travels south on Harlem and turns west onto Central Road, ending at Johns Park. This year's parade marshal is Mark Walther, who recently retired after 25 years as District 34's Hoffman School principal and 15 years as co-chair of Character Counts! in Glenview.

This year's Twilight Concert and Fireworks Show will be held at Gallery Park. Click here for maps and information about parking and street closures. The North Shore Concert Band begins at 7 p.m., followed by the fireworks at dusk.

Starting next week, you can watch the parade on GVTV, cable channel 6 or 17 (depending on your neighborhood) and AT&T U-verse channel 99 PEG. Check the program schedule for times.

Please note that the Glenview Public Library will be closed on Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4 for the holiday.  Village Hall and all Village offices will be closed Monday, July 4.  Due to the holiday, refuse, recycling and yard waste collections will move one day from their normal schedules, so that Monday collections will take place on Tuesday, July 6, regular Tuesday collections on Wednesday, July 7, and so forth.

On Monday, July 4, Pace buses will be operate on a Sunday schedule. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Glenview Summer Fest Saturday June 25

The 43rd annual Glenview Summer Fest (formerly known as the Street Sale) will feature merchants, local government information, restaurant tastings, service clubs and arts and crafts from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM Saturday, June 25, along Harlem/Lehigh Avenue between Glenview Road and Washington Street. The area will be blocked off roughly between 6 AM and 7 PM.
Be sure to stop by the Glenview Public Library's table.  Our Youth Services Department and VolunTEENS will represent us.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Property Tax Information

The Cook County Assessor's Office reassesses all homes by township every three years, and the appeal process is open only for 30 days, which is indicated by a notice sent to the property.
The notice was mailed to residents of Maine Township on May 26. The deadline for appeals is June 27. If any supporting documents are required to be filed, those documents need to be brought to the Maine Township Assessor's Office on or before June 21.

Assessment notices for Northfield Township are scheduled to be mailed July 28. Once the notice is received, homeowners can file an appeal either at the Northfield Township Assessor's Office or online.

Notices for Niles Township are scheduled to be mailed on September 1.  Contact the Niles Township  Assessor's Office for more information.

Thursday, June 16, 2016



Foundations of Investing
Wednesday, June 22
7-8:30 PM
Community Room

Yev Kozachuk, financial advisor with Edward Jones, will discuss stocks, bonds, mutual funds, IRAs, 401Ks and financial goals for the beginning and experienced investor.  Please register here.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Honor the Flag on Flag Day June 14

Worn and damaged flags will be honored at a retirement and disposal ceremony at 7 PM, Tuesday, June 14, at the Jackman Park gazebo, Lehigh Avenue and Washington Street. The event is sponsored by Father John J. Dussman Council 3731 and the Bishop Raymond P. Hillinger Asssembly 1595, both of the Knights of Columbus, with the cooperation of Joseph M. Sesterhenn American Legion Post 166 and the Navy League-Glenview Council, assisted by Boy, Cub and Girl Scouts. For information, call (847) 729-3646.

Worn or torn American flags may also be turned in at the American Legion booth at the Glenview Summer Festival on June 25, in the marked box near the Veterans Memorial at Glenview Road and River Drive, or at the Recycling Center off the lobby inside Glenview Village Hall, 2500 East Lake Avenue.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Glenview Public Library as Online Learning Center

The Glenview Public Library website offers free access to online learning courses to learn a language, improve your work skills or support your education goals at any age level.  Your library card number gives you access to online videos from Mango Languages, Learning Express and To subscribe as an individual to any one of these learning sites would cost many hundreds of dollars, but your library subscribes for you and your card number gives you free access.  Log on from a library PC or from home.

Our newest addition to GPL online learning is for professional training for work skills, software, computer programming and social media. is used by many corporations as a training tool for employees.  Log on and improve your work skill for an existing job or add to your resume.

Mango Languages offers 72 languages including English as a Second Language for students, conversationalists and travelers.  Download the Mango app for your next vacation abroad to help you navigate during your foreign travels.

Learning Express offers instructional videos for all the Microsoft Office suite of programs, Word, Excel, etcetera, as well as practice tests for SAT, MCAT, GED, GMAT and more.

Online learning from your local library will help you succeed in your education and employment goals. Visit our website today. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Macdonald isn't only interested in hawks. She also writes about contemporary Britain, and about T.H. White and his sad life. Macdonald explores his attempt to tame a goshawk, and contrasts it with her adventures doing the same thing. T.H. White overcame a terrible childhood, and hid his homosexuality at a time when that was the only option. Another strong theme is her father and his career as a photographer. Macdonald shares her experience of recovering from the death of her father, a strong supporter of her early interest in hawks. A wonderful memoir and lesson on taming hawks. - Iva Freeman

Friday, June 3, 2016

Law Enforcement Torch Run

Each year, more than 3,000 law enforcement officers cover 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns to the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games in Normal, Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.
The torch is expected to make its way to Glenview around 10 AM Sunday, June 5, on its way to the June 10 opening ceremonies. Glenview officers will pick up the torch at Milwaukee and West Lake avenues and hand it off to Niles Police officers at Milwaukee Avenue and Dempster Street around 10:30 AM. Please drive slowly and be patient during this event.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Smart Library - Smart Library User

Use your mobile device to connect to the library website, the library catalog, and get library downloads, all free of course with your membership to the library.  The Glenview Public Library has its own app for iPhone or Android so you can use your smart phone to access library resources like eBooks, magazines, and hoopla streaming videos and music.  Not only is the library available 24/7, it is mobile and can be accessed where ever you are.  

The next time you are stuck waiting or have some extra time in line between errands, use your phone to place books on hold, check your library account, download an eBook or stream some music via hoopla, all free for the taking with your library card number as username.  The good news is that digital eBooks, electronic Magazines, and streaming music are never late or overdue because they check themselves back in at the end of the loan period. 

If you have a library account you can maximize your library membership by going online, downloading our library app and using it whenever and wherever you are. No need to visit the library to get started, just to to the Apple store or the Google Play store and down load the Glenview Public Library app, and start using your smart device to be a smart library user.  

Glenview Public Library   Use the Glenview Library mobile app to search the catalog, access your library account, find and checkout eBooks and eAudiobooks, see upcoming events, register for a program, and much more!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Child ID event

In honor of National Missing Children's Day, the Glenview Police Department is hosting a special event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Get your free child identification kit, made with the help of Glenview Police officers and their special friends: Elsa, Spiderman and Tommy Hawk.
At 1:13 p.m., 113 purple balloons will be released to honor the 113 missing Illinois children.
Register for this free event by email to:  

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Join us for a discussion of Little Failure

Bookit! Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, May 25
Cover image for Little failure :7 PM, Multipurpose Room
No registration necessary -- Just drop in!

Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart’s provocative and hilarious memoir tells the story of his disastrous attempts to fit in after his family moves from Soviet-era Leningrad to New York City. Nicknamed “Little Failure” by his mother, Gary’s salvation turns out to be a “pathological” love of reading, which ultimately leads him to pursue a successful career as a novelist.

Copies of Little Failure are available now at the Reader Services desk.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

McBride provides a loose, probing and thoughtful examination of James Brown's incredible life. A reader should not expect the same writing style that made "The Color of Water" such a remarkable read. McBride reveals how Brown evolved from a poor boy from rural Georgia who obtained  his first new clothes at age 8 to become a multi-millionaire in his twenties. He kept money in shoe boxes and never trusted banks. He once put cash in the floorboards of a hotel and a year later it was still there. McBride interviews everyone with connections to Brown--some of the ex-wives, the handlers, the lawyers, the accountants, the band members. Of special interest was his close relationship to Al Sharpton. McBride, a musician himself, provides solid analysis of Brown's influences.  For example Brown's signature song, "Cold Sweat"  was largely influenced by Miles Davis's "So What".  Brown was a complex and fascinating talent and there is probably a lot more to learn about his life. -Iva Freeman

Friday, May 6, 2016

National Bike Month--Bike Glenview

May is National Bike Month, and an opportunity to reintroduce Bike Glenview, a community-wide initiative aimed at getting everybody out and pedaling their bikes around town. Check out trail maps, summer events, instructional videos and more on the Bike Glenview website.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

Cover image for So sad today :So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

If the dark corners of the Internet had a poet laureate, it would be Melissa Broder. Her elegiac and artfully constructed tweets, first posted anonymously on the account @SoSadToday, quickly built the author a small but fiercely loyal fan base. In her new essay collection, also titled “So Sad Today,” Broder expounds on the themes that made her Internet-famous, namely her addictions, mental health challenges, and romantic obsessions. It’s sad stuff indeed – and sometimes lurid, as the author gets candid about her grotesque fetishes, destructive appetites, and crippling fear of death. Luckily, Broder displays a wry sense of humor throughout that helps to leaven the existential dread (chapter titles include “I Want to Be a Whole Person but Really Thin” and “Hello 911, I Can’t Stop Time.) As the book progresses, what emerges is something surprisingly poignant, and relatable – one woman’s search for connection and permanence in the Internet age. –Romi Pekarek Smith

Friday, April 29, 2016

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 30th

Prescription medications may contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Flushing medications down the toilet may harm water systems.  The FDA website recommends disposing of unused medications properly and safely.  Luckily in Glenview our local government provides a way to safely dispose of prescription drugs safely.  Read below:

Reminder: Safely dispose of drugs
The Glenview Police Department is a collection site for unused and expired prescription drugs -- including controlled substances -- on Saturday, April 30, which is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Drop off medication from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.

If you can't make it Saturday, the next First Friday collection of unused and expired prescription drugs is Friday, May 6, in the Village Hall lobby, 2500 East Lake Avenue. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

IRS Phone Scams Continue to Be a Serious Threat

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers. There are many variations. The caller may threaten you with arrest, court action or deportation to trick you into making a payment. Some schemes may say you're entitled to a huge refund. Don't become a victim to these schemes. Click here for advice from the IRS on how to protect yourself.

The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill. 
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. 
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. 
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

Chicago Consumers' Checkbook

Chicago Consumers' Checkbook is an online database offered by the Glenview Public Library. Here is a sample of helpful information found in this online resource:
Updated news from Consumers' CHECKBOOK
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Need help planning for retirement? Saving up for your kids' college costs? Estate planning? Figuring out what to do with an inheritance? If you don't already have a solid financial planner, it may be time to find one. Financial planners provide advice about money and stuff that's worth money. They can zero in on specific goals and provide broad advice on how to better accumulate wealth. Read more...

Buying and Installing New Doors
When it comes to curb appeal, your front door is front and center. Although replacing a worn door is a quick improvement that can dramatically improve your home's look, it can also be an expensive project, with many wood models costing more than $5000, including installation. And it'll be an unnecessarily expensive project if you choose a high-priced supplier: our undercover shoppers found very large price differences to install the same door. Read more...

To find other consumer tips go to the library web site  and click on the link for Research 24/7 or the graphic for the 24 Hour Library at  for more Consumer Information web links.