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 IRS.gov 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 Lynda.com.  Over 9000 courses in the Lynda.com 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

Marketing

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 

CAD

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 

Photography

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 Lynda.com in the 24/7 library www.glenviewpl.org. 


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 www.glenviewpl.org 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.
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