Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Homeowners in Northfield Township can safely dispose of unwanted household cleaning and maintenance products this week through Northfield Township’s Household Hazardous Waste Program.

The items can be dropped off between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, September 18, and Friday, September 19, at the Northfield Township Road District garage, 1928 Lehigh Avenue.

Acceptable items are: antifreeze, cleaning products that are consumer commodities only, charcoal lighter fluid, driveway sealer (limit of 2 five-gallon buckets), drain cleaners, paint thinners and gasoline in approved/original containers only, insecticide and herbicides.

For more information, click here. Identification will be checked.

Real Reviews for Readers

Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario. Call Number 305.23 NAZ

Though the book was written seven years ago, it covers one of the hottest topic in today's news--children and young adults who cross into the U.S. from Central America and their lives once they succeed in arriving here. Nazario, a journalist, worked backward to study one young man's journey; she retraced his steps from his home in Honduras to meeting his mother after an eleven year separation. The most revealing aspect of the book was the harrowing journey from Honduras to Mexico and finally, through an expensive coyote, to Laredo, Texas. The sadness of his life with his mother after both of their sacrifices was a poignant portrait as there was a huge adjustment on both sides. This is an unforgettable and revealing story of hardship and perseverance

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. Call Number B CLARK, H. DED

This is one of those true stories that deserved the special treatment and research that Dedman did. He co-wrote it with Huguette Clark's cousin who had phone conversations with the reclusive heiress when she lived in a hospital room for the last twenty years of her life. The daughter of a copper baron richer than Carnegie or Rockefeller and worth $300 million, she acquired apartments and houses in New York, California and Connecticut, but never lived in them or even visited. That wasn't even the oddest part: she collected dolls and had houses made especially for them by European craftsman. She never saw the dolls but had a caretaker take photos and bring them to her hospital room. She had a view of an air conditioning unit from her last hospital room but owned a home in Santa Barbara on a mesa. A remarkable exploration of wealth and the sad life of Huguette Clark. (Worth reading just to learn about the caretaker, a Licensed Practical Nurse, who inherited $30 million.)

Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush by Geoff Dyer. Call Number 359.9435 DYE

Though this is a subject I had no particular interest in exploring, Dyer takes the reader through the fascinating world of life on an aircraft carrier. We learn what the crew is engaged in, that no alcohol is allowed, that most of those serving are about 20 years old, and that they are purposely kept busy most of the time. And there is a "jail" on board when they do get into trouble. Dyer had to be accompanied at all times or he'd be lost. (At least that is what the journalist was told.) From the kitchens to the flight deck, Dyer shares what he learned in the two weeks he lived on board. Fascinating, at times funny, and very informative.

The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit. Call Number 814.54 SOL

Solnit is a brilliant observer; she can take a variety of unrelated topics and somehow they are connected. Included in these essays are: her relationship with her mother, Che Guevara and leprosy, her own health problems, apricots, Iceland and many others. Don't worry if these may not appear to grab your interest--you will be enthralled by her inventive prose, her wisdom and clear thinking. I am a fan.

- Reviews by Iva Freeman

Thursday, September 11, 2014

New in Nonfiction

Find these titles and many more in the New Nonfiction on the first floor.

The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Germanic Ancestry in Europe by James M. Beidler. Call Number 929.1072043 BEI

Follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Prussia, W├╝rttemberg and beyond. Beidler walks you through the exciting journey of researching your Germany heritage, whether your ancestors came from lands now in modern-day Germany or other German-speaking areas of Europe.

The Art of Whimsical Lettering by Joanne Sharpe. Call Number 745.61 SHA

Create stylized fonts and expressive artwork based on your own handwriting. Learn twenty art techniques for creating a variety of lettering styles using a variety of mixed media tools and products.

The Plant Lover's Guide to Sedums by Brent Horvath. Call Number 635.93372 HOR

Sedum breeder and nurseryman Brent Horvath dispenses growing tips and design advice for using these rewarding and versatile plants in every part of your garden.
Love Sick: A Memoir of Searching for Mr. Good Enough by Frances Kuffel. Call Number 306.7 KUF

In this sharp and irreverent memoir, Frances Kuffel recalls her quest to replace her on-again, off-again lover with someone new and preferably less unstable. Fifty-three and never married, Frances opens her mind to all possibilities. Once she finally figures out what she's looking for, the only challenge left is to find him.
The Virgin Way: Everything I know About Leadership by Richard Branson. Call Number 658.4092 BRA

Virgin Group founder Branson has taken on giants like British Airways and won, and monsters like Coca-Cola and lost. Now he gives an inside look at his strikingly different swashbuckling style of leadership.

Monday, September 8, 2014

September is Hunger Action Month

Think about the pantry this month
  Pantry
September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign to take action on the issue of hunger in America. There are families without enough food to eat in Glenview who turn to the Northfield Township Food Pantry for assistance.

Consider dropping off non-perishable food donations at the pantry, 3801 W. Lake Avenue, or make a credit card donation here. These Glenview businesses also provide drop-off locations during regular hours: AAA Lock & Key, 1730 Waukegan Road; Effective Air, 2033 Johns Court; First American Bank, 2102 Willow Road; and the Book Market at Hangar One, 2651 Navy Boulevard.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

New in Nonfiction

Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One With the Universe, by Jim Davies. Call Number 155.7 DAV

A look at what grabs our attention and why. Davies (cognitive science, Carleton Univ.) explains how our old and new brains interact with each other, and how the element of surprise keeps us captivated.
Indoor Kitchen Gardening: Turn Your Home Into A Year-round Vegetable Garden, by Elizabeth Millard. Call Number 635.048 MIL

Imagine serving a home-cooked meal highlighted with beet, arugula, and broccoli microgreens grown right in your kitchen. Filled with mouthwatering photography and more than 200 pages of Do-It-Yourself in-home gardening information and projects, Indoor Kitchen Gardening is your gateway to an exciting new growing method.

Help your Kids With Computer Coding: A Unique Step-by-step Visual Guide, From Binary Code to Building Games, by Carol Vorderman. Call Number 005.1 VOR

This unique guide is full of fun exercises and helpful tips that will help children learn all aspects of coding. Step-by-step explanations make the complex art of programming clear, teaching the basics of JavaScript, Python, and C++.

Art on Skin: Tattoos, Style, and the Human Canvas, by Nancy J. Hajeski. Call Number 391.65 HAJ

The twenty-first century has seen a boom in tattooing, with millions of American's-23 percent of them- boasting ink on their body. This popular pastime is not something to be taken lightly, as there are dozens of aspects to consider when planning your ink. Art on Skin helps with that planning by detailing the different types of art, ink, and artists that comprise the industry.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Health Information in 48 Languages

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in 48 languages.  MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Recycling Events in Glenview This Weekend



Recyclables will be collected at the Glenview Farmers Market at Wagner Farm on Saturday, July 19 from 8 am to noon. Follow this link for accepted items: Northfield Township Road District Recycling Program.

Also, the Village of Glenview and SWANCC are sponsoring a one-day residential recycling event on the same day from 9 am to noon in the parking lot behind the Glenview Police Department, 2500 E. Lake Avenue. Unwanted electronics and documents for shredding will be accepted at this free event.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

New in Nonfiction

Find these titles in our New Nonfiction collection, again located on the first floor.
America's most Wanted Recipes at the Grill, by Ron Douglas. Call Number 641.5784 DOU

When it's grilling season, Douglas, bestselling author of America's Most Wanted Recipes, likes to do it up right. Not just a few burgers on the grill, but steaks, seafood, corn on the cob, and of course his favorite restaurant remakes. If you've ever wanted to make the savory grilled dishes from your favorite restaurants in the comfort of your own backyard then you've found your cookbook. Included are more than 150 copycat recipes from the most popular restaurants in the US: Applebee's Riblets with Honey Barbecue Sauce, California Pizza Kitchen's Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza, the Cheesecake Factory's SkinnyLicious Grilled Chicken, Famous Dave's Pit Barbeque Ribs, KFC's Honey BBQ Sauce, TGI Friday's Jack Daniels Grill Glaze, and much more.

The New Rules of Running: Five Steps to Run Faster and Longer for Life, by Vijay Vad. Call Number 796.42 VAD

From top sports medicine specialist Vijay Vad, The New Rules of Running is the definitive guide to injury-free running, racing, and marathoning, Learn how to prevent and treat the most common running injuries to keep you running healthily and happily for life.

Backyard Building : Treehouses, Sheds, Arbors, Gates, and Other Garden Projects, by Jeanie and David Stiles. Call Number 690.89 STI

Add backyard accessories to your personal outdoor space to enhance your enjoyment, relaxation, and entertainment. Irresistible color photographs and illustrations accompany the projects. The fundamentals of tools and materials and useful tips based on real-life questions from the couple's popular website will guide you through the building process in a user-friendly way.