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