Saturday, November 28, 2015

Library Program--Social Security & Your Retirement

Social Security and Your Retirement
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
7-8:30 PM
Community Room
Social security will likely be the foundation of your retirement income. Before taking benefits it's important to understand your options and the effect your decisions have on your retirement. Please join local financial advisor, Colleen Walsh, to learn about the basics of social security so you are better equipped to make informed decisions. Please register here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Turkey Tips

Here are a couple of places to get last-minute tips and help with your Thanksgiving turkey.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture fields thousands of calls to its "meat and poultry hotline" from people who need help preparing their Thanksgiving dinner. The hotline staff will take calls from 7 AM to 1 PM CST on Thanksgiving day, and from 9 AM to 3 PM in the days leading up to the holiday. The hotline number is 1-888-674-6854.  Help is also available from the USDA's Ask Karen website.

Professionally trained experts answer the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line. During November and December, their experts are available at 1-800-BUTTERBALL.  You can also find online tips at

Enjoy your holiday!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Our Shrinking Aviary

Rachel Carson in Silent Spring sounded the alarm: pesticides were killing off our songbirds. Fifty three years later,  the world is losing whole species of birds at an alarming rate. Human responses to this crisis are abundant in the book world. Sometimes they are grave and factual, or curious, funny and even weird. Here are a few.

Cover image for Silence of the songbirdsBiologist Bridget Stutchbury brings the science of bird extinction into updated and grim focus in Silence of the Songbirds. The problem has morphed from the disappearance of individuals to the extinction of species to a "full-blown global biodiversity crisis." As species disappear, "their jobs as pollinators, fruit-eaters, insect-eaters, scavengers, and nutrient recyclers will not get done." And the consequences are dire.

Cover image for The birds of Pandemonium : life among the exotic and the endangered"Gonzovationist" artist Ralph Steadman and his comrade-in-arms, Ceri Levy, celebrate the good news: there is still time to save many bird species if we get our act together. In Nextinction, they have created a hilarious and profound catalog, with portraits and commentaries, of these "next to go" birds. Included are a number of "boids" from Steadman's deep subconscious. Don't miss the Puccini Frisk, the one-legged Black Flutterwot and the Gregorian Thwacksplat. But, seriously, this is a serious book.

On a more personal note, Michele Raffin lives with more than 350   avian friends in Pandemonium, the bird shelter she and her family started with Oscar the bedraggled finch. In The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic and the Endangered she portrays individuals she has cared for--among them Mylie, a Catalina macaw and Amadeus, a Lady Ross's turaco--and what they have taught her. Their very real personalities and intelligence shine.

Cover image for Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual : renewing the world's bird supply since 2031
In Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual, the year is 2031 and Alfred Willis has a creative response to the bird crisis--build your own bird from the high-quality, handcrafted parts his company supplies. Legs of hand-tooled Italian leather and feathers of 100% Indian silk. You can teach your bird to fly and sing!  A bizarre and beautiful take on what the future may hold for us. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Local Author Fair November 7

Discover Glenview’s literary talent! Meet authors from Glenview TV’s innovative Off the Shelf program, an ongoing cable series (Channels 6 or 17 depending on your neighborhood) featuring lively conversations with authors from and around Glenview. Whether you are shopping for a meaningful holiday gift, looking to add to your home library, or collecting signed books, this is the event for you. Fiction and nonfiction titles will be represented for readers of all ages. From cooking to health, history to mystery…your neighbors are busy writing about the world as they perceive and experience it.
Author fairs are growing in popularity as a special way for writers to network with a new audience…and with each other. Come for an hour or spend the afternoon browsing, mingling, and building your personal collection. Talking to local authors about their lives and work is also a unique literary and community experience.

Saturday, November 7
11 AM-2 PM
Community Room

Visit for a list of authors, titles, and Fair activities. Light refreshments will be served. This special event is co-sponsored by the Village of Glenview. Just drop in.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Nonfiction Book Review

Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back by Janice P. Nimura

Three Japanese young women came to America in the late 19th century completely on their own. They were only 6, 10, and 11, and expected to return to their Meiji-era Japan with an ability to share what they absorbed. They stayed ten years and became fluent in English; the youngest knew no Japanese when she returned. The author, married to a Japanese man, lived in Japan for two years after her marriage and did extensive research on the girls' lives in America. There is a brief background on Japanese history, then the book concentrates on the girls' adjustment to American customs, food, and schooling. The most impressive story is of Sutematsu who graduated from Vassar, the first Japanese woman to earn a bachelor's degree.  This is a fascinating reading experience of three young women who subsequently returned to Japan to share their unique American experience. - Iva Freeman

Monday, October 19, 2015

Nonfiction Book Review

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

 In feminist circles, the term "mansplaining" -- which refers to the patronizing, condescending language that men sometimes lapse into when they talk to women -- has become a cultural touchstone and the topic of countless recent blog posts and think pieces. Though she didn't coin the phrase itself, author and activist Rebecca Solnit launched the concept of mansplaining into the mainstream with her excellent 2014 essay collection Men Explain Things to Me. The book begins with the titular essay, in which the author relates a series of comic anecdotes about overconfident men assuming they know things their female counterparts don't. But it soon becomes clear that she has more than just linguistics on her mind. As the book progresses, Solnit wades into darker and murkier waters, exploring the link between gendered language and the habitual ways in which women are literally silenced, victimized, and devalued -- through spousal abuse, rape, and misogyny-fueled murders. Some essays are more abstract than others, and connections between topics are sometimes tenuous (an essay about Virginia Woolf seems particularly nebulous). Luckily, these minor missteps are offset by the urgency and grace of Solnit's writing style, which remains grounded and confident throughout. By turns sobering and scathingly funny, Men Explain Things to Me is a slim but challenging book, one that has rightly earned a spot in the contemporary feminist canon. -- Romi Pekarek Smith

Monday, October 5, 2015

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Is your business prepared in the event of a cybersecurity breach? Now is the time to take stock of your cybersecurity health, including the importance of securing information through best cybersecurity practices, identifying your risk and the types of cyberthreat, and learning best practices for guarding against cyberthreats.
Learn more from the U.S. Small Business Administration on how to protect yourself from a cybersecurity breach, and join the SBA webinar Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity at Work on Thursday, October 8, 1-2 PM Central Time.