Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Are you a science geek?

Do you find the science and technology report the most interesting part of the news?  If so, the Glenview Public Library has free factual online resources for you.  Today's Science provides online articles on current science topics without the junk.  Find articles about:

A Dino for the Record Books

Stretching nearly as long as a Boeing 737 airliner, a newly discovered supermassive dinosaur that lived 77 million years ago may have been the largest land...

When Being Fat Is Beneficial

While many humans work hard to keep weight off of their bodies, most marine mammals try their hardest to keep the fat on. The thick layers of blubber provide...

Plants Get a Boost from Souped-up Photosynthesis

Hunger affects over one billion people worldwide, and, if current trends continue, that number is expected to rise. Several options are available to combat...

These are just three examples of the type of science articles you will find in  Today's Science .  The next time you need to research a topic, don't rely only on Google for your research.  Use the quality electronic resources that your Glenview Public Library card number allows you to access for better search results.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Required Distributions from Your IRA

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers born before July 1, 1944, that they generally must receive payments from their individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Dec. 31.

Known as required minimum distributions (RMDs), these payments normally must be made by the end of 2014. But a special rule allows first-year recipients of these payments, those who reached age 70½ during 2014, to wait until as late as April 1, 2015 to receive their first RMDs. This means that those born after June 30, 1943 and before July 1, 1944 are eligible for this special rule. Though payments made to these taxpayers in early 2015 can be counted toward their 2014 RMD, they are still taxable in 2015.    

The required distribution rules apply to owners of traditional IRAs but not Roth IRAs while the original owner is alive. They also apply to participants in various workplace retirement plans, including 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) plans.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New in Nonfiction

Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant. Call Number 808.83873 MON

Welcome to a world where humans live side by side with monsters, from vampires both nostalgic and bumbling to an eight-legged alien who makes tea. Explore ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection, even across extreme borders.
Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini. Call Number 940.547252 ZAM

Hero of the motion picture and bestselling book Unbroken, Zamperini shares a lifetime of wisdom, insight, and humor from his most inspiring life. In his own words, he reveals the essential values and lessons that sustained him throughout his remarkable journey.
Word for Word: A Translator's Memoir of Literature, Politics, and Survival in Soviet Russia by Lilianna Lungina. Call Number B Lungina, L. LUN

A bestselling sensation in Russia, Word for Word is the story of a nation's literary conscience--the history of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of a single person.
Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top by Bo Burlingham. Call Number 658.407132 BUR

Burlingham interviewed dozens of owners who have sold or bequeathed their companies. Through their stories, he offers an inspirational and enlightening guide through one of the most stressful processes every business owner must face.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Remember The Northfield Township Food Pantry

After Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving back. The Northfield Township Food Pantry asks you consider making a donation.

A reminder--the Northfield Township office and food panty have relocated to 2550 Waukegan Road, Suite 100, Glenview

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday

Shopping between Black Friday and Cyber Monday?  Don't forget your local businesses.  Today is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting the small businesses that anchor our local communities and strengthen our economy. You can show your support today by shopping and dining at your local small businesses.  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Real Reviews for Readers

Nonfiction reviews by Reference staff.

Without You There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite by Suki Kim. Call Number 818.6 KIM

North Korea is a sadder place than one can imagine. Suki Kim takes us there with a real life experience as a teacher at an elite school for boys. Her reportage was possible by keeping her notes on smuggled flash drives. At times chilling, informative and fascinating, Kim's command of both English and Korean allowed her to experience how often citizens are fed the party line. They are taught everything good in their life comes because of their wonderful leader, hence the title. She comes to love her students and now back in the U.S., she'll never know how their lives turned out. Very necessary reading.

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos. Call Number 951.06 OSN

Osnos, a journalist and former China correspondent for the New Yorker, has found a broad range of fascinating people to write about. This is a series of articles and sketches of ordinary people, famous people (artist Ai Weiwei) and people in the booming tech industry. Because Osnos is fluent in Mandarin he gets to understand how ordinary people experience the profound economic and cultural changes in China today. This book won the National Book Award.

Dancing Fish and Ammonites: A Memoir by Penelope Lively. Call Number 828.914 LIV

A lively little collection of personal essays by a wonderful writer. Most of her output has been novels and Moon Tiger won the Booker. Lively is aware that at age 80 she is going to have to slow down. But her pleasures are not diminished: she reflects on her love of literature, her family and memories of travel and growing up in Egypt. Lively is a particularly engaging writer, and this memoir is a special read.

Reviews by Iva Freeman

Reasons to be Thankful for Libraries

Modern day libraries are gold mines of information and entertainment.  Some say they are old fashioned and some are convinced that they have been replaced by the Internet, but libraries are alive, well and doing more than ever before.  The benefits of the library are only limited by the number of times you decide to use the services and resources offered.

Books. Books are an incredible way to expand knowledge, personal development and entertainment, and libraries offer them for free.  There are those that argue that eBooks are taking over the world, but eBooks are offered by libraries too.  The best part about eBooks from libraries is that they are free and they automatically check themselves back in without incurring a fine.

Music. Libraries have amazing collections of CDs. Rock, pop, hip-hop, soundtracks, jazz, classical, you name it.  Libraries tend to have more of the oldies than newer songs, but this can be a definite plus.  Just exploring the music collection at your library is an adventure.

Movies. If you find movie theaters and Netflix expensive, check out the DVD collection at the library.  There is no need to spend money when you can just wait for your local library to get the most popular movie titles. Additionally, libraries are great for finding interesting documentaries and other classroom or personal development videos. 

Resources. Not only do libraries have stacks of encyclopedias, manuals, newspapers, magazines, and journals that can be used to your heart's content, they are full of librarians that know about research, popular reading, and electronic searching.  The library's web site offers access to electronic resources that you can access 23/7 even when the library building is closed.

Study space. Libraries have tons of open table space where you can work on study projects or relax while you read.  It's harder to be distracted while studying at the library when nearly everyone else around you is buried in a book or studying themselves.  

Computer/Internet access.  If all else fails at home and you're left without Internet access, your local library has you covered.  Bring your library card number with you to log onto a library PC, or bring your own laptop/tablet/device and use the library's wifi.  All you need to do is agree to the terms of use on the library's computer network.

Be thankful for your library.  It's one of the best community resources we have.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Chicago Consumers Checkbook

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Chicago Consumers' CHECKBOOK is one of the Glenview Public Library's online electronic resources that is free to library visitors and home users with GPL library cards.  Find the link to Chicago Consumers' Checkbook on our 24 Hour Library web page

If you do not have a Glenview Public Library card, come in today with proof of residency so that you can start using our electronic resources from home. Only Glenview Public Library members can access this resource from home.

Chicago Consumers' CHECKBOOK, includes comprehensive ratings of quality, company-by-company price comparisons, and advice on local service providers and retailers in the following categories: 

CHECKBOOK offers several resources to help consumers find the best doctors. At Checkbook.org, you will find ratings of primary care physicians, based on our surveys of area patients, plus ratings of hospitals, dentists, and more. Our updated list of "Top Doctors" provides you with physicians' opinions of their peers, we surveyed all actively practicing physicians in the area and asked them which one or two doctors in each of 38 specialty fields they would consider most desirable for care of a loved one. Our list includes doctors who were mentioned most often.
Pest Control: The War at Home
Here are strategies for addressing household pest problems, keeping them from returning, and, if you need help de-pesting your nest, ratings of local professionals for quality and price.
They may be furry, but they’re family. Just as you carefully choose physicians to treat the humans near and dear to you, you want top-notch healthcare for your pets. We help you find, and work with, a veterinarian who provides the care and service your critter deserves without wrecking your treat budget. Our ratings of area vets for quality and price will help you find the best.
Hardware Stores
No matter your fix-it skillset and toolset, every do-it-yourselfer also needs a reliable hardware store at the ready—preferably one that charges reasonable prices. To help you find one, we’ve rated area stores for quality and price.
Hiring a Housecleaner
Since you spend most of your waking hours working, when you finally have time for yourself you’d prefer to do anything but clean your house. You can confront the cleanup drudgery stoically, head on, or hire someone to do your dirty work.
See What You've Been Missing: Window Washers
Looking for someone who actually does windows? We provide ratings of some area firms that specialize in this work.
Time to Re-tire? Finding Deals for Your Wheels
Time to trade in your treads? Want to know how to find the best replacements, at the lowest cost? Here's a lesson on buying tires, including price comparisons of local and online suppliers..
Auto Detailers
For less than $200, a detailing shop can transform your ride, inside and out, leaving it looking used-car-lot new.
Tailors and Dressmakers
The right tailor can help you look good and save money—by repairing torn or worn garments; altering clothes when styles switch or your weight changes; fitting clothes from retailers that overcharge for or don’t offer alterations; and customizing garments that don’t fit so well off the rack..