Thursday, December 28, 2017

How Many People in the World?

The US Census Bureau has projected statistics for the US and world populations on New Year's Day, 2018.  The US expects one birth every 8 seconds, and the world estimate is 4.3 births every second.  See more population statistics here, and check out the World Population Clock.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 Holiday Season in Figures from the US Census Bureau

The holiday season is a time for gathering and celebrating with family and friends, gift-giving, reflection and thanks. To commemorate this time of year, the U.S. Census Bureau presents this jolly list of holiday-related facts and figures from its collection of statistics.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Senior Housing Assistance

The 2018 Village Senior Housing Assistance Program is designed to help Glenview residents with their property taxes or rent. The Village of Glenview has approved up to $1,999 per year toward rent or property taxes for qualifying Glenview senior citizens.

Recipients must be at least 62 years old, and have lived within the corporate limits of the Village for at least two years. For a one-person household, total yearly income must be below $18,090. For a two-person household, total yearly income must be below $24,360.

Completed applications, including all required documentation, will be accepted until 5:00 PM on February 9, 2018. Return completed applications to Glenview Village Hall, Senior Services, 2500 East Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL 60026.

Click here for the application and more information.

Friday, December 1, 2017


Thursday, December 7, 2017

7:00 PM
Community Room East

What is your credit report and why is it so important?  How do you access the report and make sure it is correct and secure?  Glenview Credit Union will answer these questions and more about credit reports, credit scores, and their role in your financial well-being. 
Register here.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Turkey Talk-Line

Last minute questions about cooking your turkey? Get live advice from the Turkey Talk-Line, sponsored by Butterball.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and neighbors from the staff at the Glenview Public Library.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Who’s ready for more board gaming?
 Adult Board Gaming will meet again in December and January. 
  • On Saturday, December 2, we'll be at Heinen’s Grocery Store, located at Waukegan and Glenview Roads, from 1 PM-4 PM. Play some games while you enjoy the café.
  • On Monday, January 8, we'll be back at the Library from 6:30-8:30.  
Now you can find us on Meetup.

Game On!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Join us Saturday for our BYOB parenting playgroup!

BYOB Parenting Playgroup (birth-23 months)

Saturday, November 18 • 10-11:15 AM • Youth Program Room

Bring Your Own Baby, enjoy playtime, and meet other new parents. This month, a pediatric dentist from Yummy Dental & Orthodontics will be stopping by with a few tips on how to keep baby's teeth and gums healthy during the first years of life. Light refreshments will be served. Just drop in.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fraud Awareness Week

Fraud can happen to anyone, anywhere and anytime. Chances are you have received a few fraudulent emails, ambiguous phone calls, encountered fake online ads, questionable posts on social networking sites or maybe someone has come knocking at your door. Avoid becoming a victim. November 12-18, 2017, is Fraud Awareness Week, a good time to protect yourself and your loved ones.

1. Brush up on common scams and warning signs.
2. Keep personal information confidential.
3. Change your passwords and PINs.
4. Order your credit reports.
5. Shred unneeded documents.
6. Watch out for unusual transactions.
7. Talk to your loved ones about fraud.
8. Report fraud to the authorities.

Check out this page from USA.GOV for details.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Daylight Saving Time Begins This Sunday

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 AM.  Set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday.  The time change is a good reminder to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors as well. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017


Take a look at these fun facts about Halloween from the United States Census Bureau.  4.1 million kids ages 5-14 are potential trick-or-treaters!

Friday, October 20, 2017

GBS Homecoming Parade This Saturday

Be aware that portions of Shermer Road, Glenview Road and Harlem Avenue will be closed to traffic between 7:00 AM and noon Saturday, October 21, for the Glenbrook South Homecoming Parade. On-street commuter parking north of Glenview Road to Jackman Park will be temporarily blocked off.

See this map for the route.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New parents -- join us Saturday for our BYOB playgroup!

BYOB Parenting Playgroup (birth-23 months)

Saturday, October 21 • 10-11:15 AM • Youth Program Room

Bring Your Own Baby, enjoy playtime, and meet other new parents. This month, Kathryn Smart, MS, RN, CRRN, Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge, will be stopping by to show parents how to access online resources from the hospital's Children's Health Resource Center. Light refreshments will be served. Just drop in.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Game On!

Are you a grownup who likes socializing around a gaming table?  Then you’re in luck!  On Monday, October 16, from 6:30-8:30 we will be hosting Game On!  A board game night for adults!

Explore a haunted house in Betrayal at the House on the Hill!  Travel across the nation by train in Ticket to Ride!  Build the best colony on the island in Settlers of Catan!  Or try out one of our other games!   Play an old favorite, or try something new!  Staff and volunteers will be on-hand to help you get started.  No registration, just drop in!  Game on!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Join us for a discussion of H Is for Hawk

Bookit! Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, September 27
7 PM, Multipurpose Room
No registration necessary -- Just drop in!

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Helen Macdonald’s childhood obsession with falconry gives her comfort and purpose when she is grief-stricken following her father’s death. She acquires a goshawk named Mabel and embarks on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.

Copies of H Is for Hawk are available now at the Reader Services Desk.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Northfield Township Property Tax Appeals

The Cook County Assessor's Office is accepting 2017 assessment appeals from Northfield Township property owners through September 1. Any changes in assessed value would impact real estate taxes paid in 2018.

NorthfieldTownship Assessor's Department staff can advise homeowners on how to build effective appeals. Call (847) 724-8300. Research and appeals can also be done directly online at the Cook County Assessor’s website.

Paper appeal forms are available at:
Northfield Township, 2550 Waukegan Road, Suite 100, Glenview, or
Cook County Assessor's satellite office in the Skokie Courthouse, 5600 Old Orchard Road, Room 149, Skokie.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

More Tips to Enjoy the Eclipse

Eclipse Preparation Underway at Illinois Department of Transportation

Agency working with law enforcement, public asked to plan ahead

SPRINGFIELD – Although the sun might go missing for a little while, the Illinois Department of Transportation promises to stay active leading up to the solar eclipse to make sure traffic keeps moving and the traveling public remains safe. Carbondale is in the path of the total eclipse, making it one of the prime viewing areas in the country for the Aug. 21 event. The rest of the state will experience a partial eclipse of approximately 90 percent.

“The Illinois Department of Transportation is proud to be one of several state agencies teaming up to make sure that Illinois is prepared to host this historic occasion,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said. “We also need the public to do its part. By following a few basic guidelines, the eclipse can be safe and exciting for everyone.” 

Up to 200,000 people are expected to visit southern Illinois to view the eclipse and take part in local festivities in the days leading up to it.

Unlike some states, Illinois is placing no special restrictions on truck activities due to the eclipse.  To help with traffic flow, lane closures on major IDOT projects in the southern part of the state will be temporarily lifted during the weekend before the eclipse and the following day. Throughout the state, digital message boards will be used to communicate traffic and safety messages.

The department also is coordinating with Illinois State Police and local law enforcement to ensure that traffic control points are appropriately staffed. 

If you are traveling during the eclipse, here are some commonsense tips:
  •  Plan ahead: Do not expect to park and view the eclipse from the side of the road. 
  • Anticipate increased pedestrian and bike traffic near popular viewing areas.
  • Do not wear special viewing glasses or take photos of the eclipse while driving.
  • On the day of the eclipse, drive with your headlights on.
  • Use the Getting Around Illinois website to get the latest on traffic conditions.

 To help answer questions about the eclipse, IDOT has created a special page on its website.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Health and Safety Tips for the Solar Eclipse

Looking at the sun when it is partially eclipsed is unsafe
SPRINGFIELD – On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S.  The last total solar eclipse seen coast to coast in the U.S. was in 1918.  Starting shortly before noon and lasting until 2:45 p.m. central time, people in Illinois can see the moon pass in front of the sun.  There is a 70-mile wide path across the country called the path of totality, when the sun will be completely blocked by the moon.  Parts of southern Illinois are in the path of totality and people there will see a total eclipse.  Totality in Carbondale and the immediate surrounding area will last approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds.  Central and northern Illinois will see varying degrees of the partial eclipse with decreasing magnitude further north.  More information about the path of the eclipse and how long it will last can be found on the American Astronomical Society website.

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief phase when the moon entirely eclipses the sun.  The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. 

“Looking at the sun without eclipse glasses or solar viewers can cause ‘eclipse blindness’ or retinal burns,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.” 

To date, four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17. Follow this link for more information about eclipse glasses and solar viewers from the American Astronomical Society.

If you’re planning to spend the day outside and turn the eclipse viewing into an event, keep in mind sun and heat safety.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Illinois Unclaimed Property

In Illinois, forgotten bank and investment accounts are a common form of unclaimed property. How does an account become forgotten? Typically, as businesses upgrade technology, an address might be accidentally altered or a name misspelled. One number off on an address, or one letter off on a name, could create enough confusion to ‘misplace’ an account. Or, when people move, a little-used account might be overlooked when completing the change of address forms.

In Illinois, property is considered unclaimed if the owner has not touched it in five years. A database of unclaimed properties can be found here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nonfiction Book Review

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin

Attractive, educated, and successful, Daphne Merkin appeared to have all the glamorous trappings of a charmed upper-middle class life – including a coveted position as a staff writer for The New Yorker. But in between landing lucrative book deals, summering in the Hamptons, and hobnobbing with Manhattan’s literati, she was also periodically staving off overwhelming urges to drown herself, slit her wrists, or walk into oncoming traffic. In her new memoir, This Close to Happy, Merkin paints a sharp and devastating portrait of despair. With graceful candor, she recounts her lifelong battle with clinical depression, which led to various hospital stays, myriad meds, and a rotating cast of therapists. She also describes her obsessive, destructive relationship with her mother, a withholding and enigmatic woman who loomed large in Merkin’s life, even after her death from lung cancer. This Close to Happy is a deeply intimate book, and some may cringe at the author’s propensity to overshare – or worse, they may characterize her as another “poor little rich girl” insufficiently aware of her obvious privilege. But the quality of her writing – elegant, perceptive, and utterly absorbing – ultimately elevates the material, so much so that the book essentially transcends the genre of confessional memoir. Furthermore, in the age of social media, where carefully crafted images of happiness are the norm, This Close to Happy qualifies as an especially courageous book. By sharing her descent into darkness, Merkin helps to shed light on a poorly understood disorder that unfortunately still carries a burden of stigma. --Romi Pekarek Smith

Friday, May 26, 2017

Protect Yourself This Mosquito Season

SPRINGFIELD – As we enter mosquito season, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding Illinoisans of the best ways to avoid being bitten.  Different types of mosquitoes can carry different types of diseases, like West Nile virus and Zika virus, but steps you can take to protect yourself from mosquito bites are essentially the same.

“Each year since 2002 when we saw the first human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois, we’ve seen the virus circulate across the state,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D. J.D.  “Now, for the second summer, we’re monitoring for Zika virus in Illinois.  While Zika is also primarily transmitted through the bite of a mosquito, the main type of mosquito that carries Zika virus is rarely found in Illinois.  However, taking some simple precautions can help you avoid mosquito bites, regardless of the type of mosquito or the diseases they carry.”

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected Culex pipiens, “house” mosquito.  Mild cases of West Nile virus infections may cause a slight fever or headache.  More severe infections are marked by a rapid onset of a high fever with head and body aches, disorientation, tremors, convulsions and, in the most severe cases, paralysis or death.  Symptoms usually occur from three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.  However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms.  People older than 50 are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile Virus.

Zika virus is primarily transmitted through the bite of an Aedes aegypti mosquito, a mosquito that rarely has been found in Illinois.  Unlike West Nile virus, Zika virus can be passed from person to person through sex, so it’s important to wear a condom if you or your partner may have been exposed to Zika.  Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will have only mild symptoms and might not realize they have been infected.  The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes), and typically last several days to a week.  However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects.  Since December 2015, 116 cases of Zika virus have been reported in Illinois; 115 cases are travel-related and one case occurred through sex with someone who traveled to an area with Zika virus.  More information about Zika virus can be found on the IDPH website.

Predicting how bad the mosquito season will be is like predicting the weather - it can change week to week.  The key factors in determining high or low levels of mosquito activity are temperature and rainfall.  Although people usually notice mosquitoes during rainy conditions, those mosquitoes are commonly called floodwater or nuisance mosquitoes (Aedes vexans) and typically do not carry disease.  In hot, dry weather, mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus breed in stagnant water, like street catch basins and ditches, and multiply rapidly.  Similarly, the type of mosquito that carries Zika virus also breeds in stagnant water like empty flower pots, tires, and any container that holds water that is not changed weekly.  There are two other types of mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus and Aedes triseriatus) found in Illinois that can also carry disease and breed in water-collecting containers. 

Here are some simple precautions you can take to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and protect yourself from being bitten.  Precautions include practicing the three “R’s” – reduce, repel, and report.
  •        REDUCE - make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.  Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings.  Try to keep doors and windows shut. Eliminate, or refresh each week all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, and any other containers.
  •        REPEL - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions.  Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
  •        REPORT – report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week such as roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.  The local health department or city government may be able to add larvicide to the water, which will kill any mosquito eggs.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the IDPH website.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14

In 1914, Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. The U.S. Census Bureau has compiled a variety of statistics on mothers and their characteristics.  Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Join us for a discussion of I Am Malala

Bookit! Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, May 24
7 PM, Multipurpose Room
No registration necessary -- Just drop in!

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai gained international recognition when she began speaking out as a passionate advocate for girls' access to education. Unfortunately, she also attracted the attention of the local Taliban, who shot her in the head while she was riding a school bus. In her inspirational autobiography I Am Malala, the author recounts her miraculous survival and details her continuing efforts to campaign for peace and human rights.

Copies of I Am Malala are available now at the Reader Services Desk.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Celebrate National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, 2017

The Corporation for National and Community Service's Volunteering and Civic Life in America website shows how states and cities rank on different factors related to volunteering and civic engagement. The data for this website were collected through two supplements to the Current PopulationSurvey – the Volunteer Supplement and the Civic Supplement. The Current Population Survey is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households, (approximately 90,000 adults) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tax Day 2017

According to the IRS, “People have until Tuesday, April 18, 2017 to file their 2016 returns and pay any taxes due. The deadline is later this year due to several factors. The usual April 15 deadline falls on Saturday this year, which would normally give taxpayers until at least the following Monday. However, Emancipation Day, a D.C. holiday, is observed on Monday, April 17, giving taxpayers nationwide an additional day to file.”

The filing date for Illinois State income tax returns is also April 18, 2017. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day was originated in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages. 

Tuesday was selected to represent how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week.

In 2015, women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 80 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 20 percent. The gap has narrowed since 1960, due largely to women’s progress in education and workforce participation and to men’s wages rising at a slower rate. 

The American  Association of University Women has compiled an updated report on the gender pay gap.  Interesting and informative reading on this important issue.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

IRS Services for People with Disabilities

Hundreds of accessible federal tax forms and publications are available for download from the page. Select the Forms & Pubs tab and choose from large-print, text, accessible PDFs, ebraille, and HTML formats. Videos in American Sign Language with the latest tax information are also available. If you are unable to complete your tax returns because of a physical disability or are age 60 or older you may get assistance through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. Call 1-800-906-9887 to find a nearby VITA or TCE location.

Remember, if you need help printing tax forms, the Reference desk staff is here to help.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Early Voting Begins Monday

The April 4 Consolidated Election has a number of local offices on the ballot, including those for municipal, township, park district, public library and school board seats.

Glenview Village Hall, 2500 East Lake Avenue, is serving as an early voting polling place. Early voting will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 20, through Monday, April 3 (no Sunday voting).

Cook County residents can also register to vote at Glenview Village Hall during the grace period for registering at the same time and dates as early voting or at other sites through April 3. Bring two forms of identification.

The League of Women Voters of Glenview-Glencoe is holding a candidate forum from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Avenue.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

U.S House of Representatives Pi Day Resolution

Happy 3.14! In 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.Res. 224. Here is the summary: The House of Representatives (1) supports the designation of a “Pi Day” and its celebration around the world; (2) recognizes the continuing importance of National Science Foundation’s math and science education programs; and (3) encourages schools and educators to observe the day with appropriate activities that teach students about Pi and engage them about the study of mathematics.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Professional Training @ the Glenview Public Library

Work environments are changing rapidly and learning new work skills is absolutely necessary. Keep up to date and enhance your professional profile with online learning available through our library
website for free with your Glenview library card.  Study online in the library, at home, or on your mobile device with  Over 9000 courses in the library.  New items like these are added each week:

Business Skills

Hiring and Developing Your Future Workforce 

Business Software

Efficient Email Management with Outlook 2016 for Mac 
Customizing Macs for Accessibility and Ease of Use 

Digital Lifestyle

Twitter Essential Training


Social Selling with LinkedIn 
Learning SEO Tools 
Social Selling with Twitter 

Project Management

Agile Product Owner: Techniques 

3D and Animation

Learning TouchDesigner 
Game Art: Model & UV Map a Low Poly Character 


BIM Manager: Managing CAD Standards 
BIM Manager: Managing AutoCAD MEP & AutoCAD Civil 3D 

Graphic Design

Photoshop CC 2017 One-on-One: Advanced 
Making 3D Presentation Materials and Mockups

Motion Graphics and VFX

Practical Motion Background Workshop 
After Effects CC 2017 Essential Training: VFX 


Advanced Capture One Pro: Library Management 
GoPro HERO5: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques 
Fuji X-T2: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques 

User Experience

UX Design Techniques: Implementation Planning
Illustrator for UX Design w
UX Design Techniques: Overview

Data Science 

NoSQL for Data Science In Depth 

IT Infrastructure

Ethical Hacking: Perimeter Defenses 
Office 365: Troubleshoot Availability and Usage 
Microsoft Azure: Design and Implement a Storage Strategy 

Software Development

Learning the Python 3 Standard Library 
Learning iOS Notifications 
Computer Science Principles Lab: C# 
NoSQL Development with DocumentDB in Azure 
Swift 3 Essential Training: Beyond the Basics 
Swift: Delegations and Data Sources 

Web Development

Ionic 2 and AngularFire2: Building Mobile Apps
Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP

Don't delay. Start learning with the Glenview Public Library's access to in the 24/7 library 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Don't Miss Tax Exemptions

The Cook County Assessor's Office has extended the deadline for the Senior Citizen Exemption and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications for tax year 2016 to March 1, 2017. 

Savings from these exemptions will appear as deductions on the 2017 second installment property tax bills mailed this summer.

Under Illinois law, seniors must reapply annually for both the Senior and Senior Freeze Exemptions in order to continue receiving the deductions on the second installment of their property tax bills.

Also, see information on the Disabled Veterans Homeowner exemption here.

For more assistance, contact your township assessor's office:

Monday, February 13, 2017

Fun Facts for Valentine's Day

Have you ever wondered how much chocolate, jewelry and flowers are purchased for Valentine's Day?  The U.S. Census Bureau compiles fun facts for many holidays and occasions.  Take a look at these details and other interesting trivia for Valentine's Day.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Fake Charities on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2017

The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, one of the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for the 2017 filing season.

Click here for advice from the IRS on making safe charitable contributions.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Senior Housing Assistance

The 2017 Village Senior Housing Assistance Program is designed to help Glenview residents with their property taxes or rent. The Village of Glenview has approved up to $1,960 per year toward rent or property taxes for qualifying Glenview senior citizens. Applications are available for pickup at:
  • Glenview Village Hall, 2500 East Lake Avenue
  • Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road
  • North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield
  • Glenview Senior Center, 2400 Chestnut Avenue

Completed applications, including all needed documentation, will be accepted from February 6 through 10, 2017. Recipients must be at least 62 years old and have lived within the corporate limits of the Village for at least two years. For a one-person household, total yearly income must be below $17,655.

For a two-person household, total yearly income must be below $23,895. For more information, call Senior Services Coordinator Kim Hand at (847) 904-4366. The application can be downloaded here.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Too COLD! Stay home and download library eBooks, Magazines, or Newspapers.

There are multiple to ways access free library materials through our web site using your library card number to login from home.

MyMediaMall has eBooks and eAudioBooks in both fiction and non-fiction.

Hoopla has music and movies for streaming.

Zinio and Press Reader have magazines and newspapers in full page format for reading online.

So when it's too cold to leave home to visit the library do not despair. Use the internet, visit the library web page and look for Downloadables and the 24 Hour Library.