Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nonfiction Review

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss by Edmund De Waal

The fate of a collection of 264 netsuke, tiny Japanese carvings, parallels that of a wealthy Jewish family living in Vienna as the Nazis came to power. The carvings were originally collected by Parisian art expert Charles Ephrussi and are given as a wedding gift to his cousin Viktor. Viktor and his wife, Emmy, bring them to Vienna where they remain until the Nazis seize their home and possessions. Vivid descriptions and haunting stories bring to life the tribulations of the Ephrussi family as World War II overtakes them.The author, an acclaimed ceramicist, is the fifth generation of his family to own the netsuke collection. - Teri Room Washington Post Review

Friday, April 24, 2015

Celebrate Arbor Day Today

Arbor Day is traditionally a time for people to think about planting, nurturing and celebrating trees.

Glenview is proud of its leafy canopy and works hard to effectively manage public trees. These local efforts earned the Village status as a Tree City USA for a 30th consecutive year and secured a Tree City USAGrowth Award for a fifth consecutive year.

In honor of Arbor Day, a tree was planted this year at Glenview District 34's Pleasant Ridge School.

Read about how the Village of Glenview maintains parkway trees.   

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Does Your Dog Need a Flu Shot?

More than 1000 dogs in the Chicago land area have recently been infected with canine influenza. The disease can be highly contagious and is spread by direct contact with infected dogs, by coming into contact with contaminated objects, and by moving contaminated objects between infected and uninfected dogs.

Symptoms can vary but are similar to human flu symptoms: persistent cough, runny nose, loss of appetite, fever and lethargy.  Canine flu is treatable but severity and lack of treatment can result in pneumonia. About 80 percent of infected dogs will have a "mild" form of the disease but at least 6 dogs in the Midwest have died. If you are unsure whether your dog has the flu, your veterinarian can test for canine influenza and recommend treatment. Dog breeds with shorter noses like pugs, French bulldogs, and Pekingese may have more difficulty with the infection.

Tests from the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have identified this recent outbreak as H3N2, the first time H3N2 has been identified in Chicago. Veterinarians are still recommending a flu shot for your dog although it may or may not protect your pet from this particular strain of flu virus. Veterinarians say that canine flu is not related to avian flu and is not contagious to humans but may cause respiratory disease in cats although as yet no cases in cats have been reported.

Public health officials in Chicago are advising that local dog owners refrain from taking their pets to dog parks, doggie day cares, and pet groomers.
Here are some key tips for keeping your pet safe from dog flu:
  • Consider getting the flu vaccine for your dog.
  • If you suspect that your dog is unwell, keep your dog out of contact with other dogs.
  • Avoid places where dogs congregate to limit exposure.
  • If you come in contact with an infected dog, you could transmit the infection to your dog via clothing or skin. Clothing, equipment, surfaces and hands should be disinfected.
 For more information check out the ASPCA advisory on how to keep your pet safe or care for infected animals.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

All That Jazz ~ April is Jazz Appreciation month

Chicago is a great place to visit for anyone who loves jazz. From traditional to experimental styles, you can find something to see live throughout the year in the City and suburbs. Before heading out to listen, take a look at books and DVDs in our collection to make your listening experience richer and more meaningful. Listen to different musicians via CDs to get an idea what you might encounter on your live music field trip. All our collections have ways for you to increase your knowledge and listening pleasure, whether at a live venue or with headphones. Check this link for a sampling of Jazz musicians in the Audiovisual collection on the first floor.

Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life  Wynton Marsalis with Geoffrey C. Ward
Part memoir, part jazz studies, Marsalis guides the reader through the history and vocabulary of jazz and the blues. He is adept at describing his education and the history in terms the non-musician can understand; what makes jazz jazz. Even if the reader is a musician, the information presented will be useful for appreciating jazz and the musicians who bring the music to the world. Chapter six provides a small biography of the big names in jazz with suggested selections for listening.

What to Listen for in Jazz  Barry Kernfeld
Barry Kernfeld has organized his jazz appreciation book around 21 historic jazz recordings, ranging from Tin Roof Blues (1923) though Honeymooners (1987). These songs were chosen to provide the listener/reader with an introduction to jazz rhythms, forms, arrangement, composition, improvisation, stay and sound. Analysis of each is provided by the book, and the songs are all available on the enclosed CD. The three appendices provide biographical sketches of key musicians, a discography and information on chords and notation.

Szwed’s book will walk you through the history of jazz from its beginnings to the end of the 20th century. Each section has ideas of what to listen for and listen to from different recordings. Although this book is about 15 years old, it contains good information on historic jazz forms and styles, and the musicians involved.

Readers will learn what jazz is, how it’s made and how to listen. The blend of written text and audio clips is designed to assist undergraduate students improve their listening skills and appreciate the layers of sound in jazz recordings. However, the text is accessible to enthusiasts of any age and experience.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Harms Road Work Starting on Monday, April 13

The east leg of the intersection of Harms Road and Glenview Road and Harms Road in both directions from Glenview Road to Wilmette Avenue are scheduled to be closed to traffic beginning Monday, April 13.

The closure is necessary to facilitate the East of Harms Regional Stormwater project, which will help to prevent the Main Stem (Middle Fork) of the North Branch of the Chicago River from backing into storm sewers serving the neighborhood east of Harms Road between East Lake Avenue and Central Road.

Specifically, workers will be connecting a new 84-inch storm sewer under Harms Road to an existing 54-inch storm sewer under the intersection with Glenview Road. A 26-foot-by-14-foot concrete junction chamber -- about 20 feet deep -- will be constructed to connect the two very large pipes. Existing water main pipe, sanitary sewer pipe and AT&T utility lines will be relocated in the intersection at the same time.

The contractor will be working extended hours and weekends with the goal of reopening the intersection in early June. Harms Road north of Glenview Road to Wilmette Avenue, however, will remain closed to traffic until mid-September. View the closure map here.

Titanic Sinks in the Atlantic April 1912

The MS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City.  The sinking resulted in the loss of more than 1,500 passengers and crew.

Read details of the news as reported in the 1912 Chicago Tribune following the disaster in our electronic version of the CT newspaper archive.  The link is available on the Glenview Public Library web site for members and visitors to the library.  Enter you library card number as your username to be authenticated.   

The Chicago Tribune Archive is only one of more than 80 electronic resources and more than 30,000 full text publications available 24/7 from your home, office or school via the Internet.  Use your Glenview Public Library card to access our online resources any time day or night.  

If you don't have a library card, get one today!  Owning a library card gives you electronic access to eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers, Mango language learning, test prep exams, live chat tutoring and much more.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

You've Never Seen Dracula Performed Like This!

Cover image for The new annotated DraculaBram Stoker’s Dracula
The Vampire Story that Shook the World
Tuesday, April 14, 7-8:30 p.m.

Register here, or call the Reader Services Desk at 847-729-7500.

With respect to Edward Cullen and Bill Compton, there is only one vampire story that has captured the imagination of readers for over a century. Bram Stoker's 1897 masterpiece, Dracula, remains the most popular and widely read vampire novel of all time, and its iconic title character is still the most celebrated and imitated vampire in literary history. To celebrate National Library Week, join us for an unorthodox and thrilling one-woman performance of Dracula by actress and award-winning storyteller Megan Walls.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Count Like an Egyptian -- April is Mathematics Awareness Month

All four of the selections shed light on reasons why, even if you hated math in school, you should dip your toe into the exciting world of mathematics. These books are engaging. You can easily get lured into each author’s ideas when you only intended to skim the books, reading entire chapters. Matt Parker, David Reimer, and Alex Bellos have books that are best read from the beginning since the information in each chapter builds on ideas previously presented. John D. Barrow’s book, on the other hand, has ideas that are independent for the most part, and can be skimmed for items of personal interest. We encourage you to explore these books and the world of mathematics. As Matt Parker says in the first chapter of his book, “Herein lies the secret of mathematics: it’s one big game.” Don’t forget to continue your search for math related non-fiction books and the non-fiction DVD collection in the 510’s.

 Find out reasons mathematics and art are interrelated in John D. Barrow’s fun journey through 100 artistic items. From the designs of roller coasters to perfect pitch, why diamonds sparkle to those crazy whispering galleries, you’ll discover in lay terms the mathematical reasons behind the art.
Follow the link to see other titles by John D. Barrow.

David Reimer, a math professor at The College of New Jersey, produced a book that combines Egyptian culture and mathematics history in a hands-on and very fun manner. He fleshes out the way numbers worked in different eras in Egyptian history with mythology, and problems for solving (don’t worry, there are solutions provided). Reviews indicate the audience is junior high/high school, but the material covered is interesting to anyone looking to change how they approach problem solving.

Matt Parker, writer and stand-up comedian, takes readers by the hand to show the playful side of mathematics. His book is very readable. Included are many puzzles, games, and number questions with solutions. Some things qualify as “fun facts to amaze your friends,” and let the reader begin to discover his premise that mathematics is one big game. If you have convinced yourself that you hate math, that you are terrible at math, or some other rendition of that mantra, please check out a copy of this book. You will be amazed at how fun math can be and how easily you can begin to play the game.

Kirkus Reviews states this book is “great reading for the intellectually curious.” The first chapter weaves cultural ideology about the meaning of numbers with mathematics. Further chapters allude to the beauty and art of mathematics. Even the chapters that delve a bit beyond undergraduate knowledge encourage the reader to skip ahead to the next chapter to return to more elementary ideas. Bellos tells the reader in the preface, “The emphasis on surprise has made math the most playful of all intellectual disciplines. Numbers have always been toys, as much as they have been tools.”