Friday, August 28, 2015

Online Consumer Reports Temporarily Unavailable

Our subscription vendor has notified us that Consumer Reports online, normally available to library members from the Glenview Public Library website, is undergoing essential maintenance on their servers.  Consumer Reports is posting regular updates to the situation on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that library users will continue to use our other online resources at 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Nonfiction Book Review

Cover image for Blackout : remembering the things I drank to forgetWith a successful writing career, a busy love life, and a circle of fashionable friends, Sarah Hepola was seemingly living the ultimate New York fantasy life. Like a real-life Carrie Bradshaw, Hepola spent her evenings getting wasted in fancy bars, waking up in strangers’ beds, and candidly retelling her drunken misadventures to friends as evidence that she was a modern, empowered, sexually liberated woman. But after experiencing a particularly disturbing alcohol-fueled blackout while on assignment in Paris, Hepola was forced to admit that her drinking was out of control -- and the accumulating gaps in her memory over the years had become no laughing matter. With laugh-out-loud humor and critical personal insight, Blackout tells the compelling story of one woman bravely fumbling towards sobriety. This is a superb memoir, one that will inspire not only readers who have battled addiction, but also those who have struggled with the desire to feel comfortable in their own naked skin. -- Romi Pekarek Smith

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Chase the Bear Glenview Run

The Rotary Club of Glenview Sunrise is hosting its 18th annual Glenview Run on Sunday, September 13 at Hoffman School, 2000 Harrison St., in Glenview. The Chase the Bear Glenview Run features a 1 mile Family Fun run-walk, in addition to 5K and 10K races. The Family Fun Run starts at 8:15; arrive between 7 AM and 7:45 AM for registration and check-in. Also featured will be fitness-related vendors, a pre-race stretching program, and a performance by the Glenbrook South High School Drum Line.

Visit for more information or call 847-657-9977. Early online application is encouraged and the online fee is discounted.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

August Computer Workshops

Classes are held  in the Technology Lab, located on the second floor, unless otherwise noted.  Class size is limited, and a Glenview Public Library card is required to register.  Walk-ins are welcome on the day of class, space permitting.  Participants must be 18 years old.  Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment; registrants will be notified. Latecomers will not be seated.  Register Online @ OR Call 847-729-7500 x 7700 OR Visit the Reference Services Desk.

Tech Talk - Monday, August 3, 7-8:30 PM
Just Drop-In - New members are welcome.
Join this Internet user discussion group—a monthly Q&A for exploring websites, social media, online searching & the Library’s electronic resources.  Topics vary monthly.

Twitter - Thursday, August 6, 2-3:30 PM
What is Twitter, anyway? Get acquainted with this online social networking service that has more than just text messaging.  Please sign up for a Twitter account before class.

WORD 2010 Basics - Tuesday, August 11, 10-11:30 PM
Overall introduction to this popular word processing software.

Facebook Basics  - Friday, August 14, 10-11:30 AM
Get started with the basics, including signing up, creating a profile, and adding friends. Valid email account required.​

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Nonfiction Review

What a writer! Mann covers a lot of ground in this wonderful reading/viewing experience. She provides many books in one: there is, threaded throughout, her own view of her youth and adulthood as a southerner. Her family's history is fascinating; she provides many photos, and expands on the most interesting aspects of it. She had Cy Twombly as a neighbor growing up and teachers who encouraged her creativity. There is, of course, her examination of the "scandal" caused by the publication of the lascivious photos of her young children. But running all through is the beauty and importance of Lexington, Virginia in her life and her love of natural beauty. This is an examination of a life that will remain with the reader for a long time. - Iva Freeman

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Join us for a discussion of The Boys in the Boat

Cover image for The boys in the boat : nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin OlympicsBookit! Nonfiction Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, July 22
7 PM, Multipurpose Room
No registration necessary -- Just drop in!
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

The University of Washington’s 1936 crew team and their epic quest for Olympic gold grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. Sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals from major universities to the German crew rowing for Hitler in the Berlin Olympics. Meet Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to find a place he can call home. An enigmatic coach and an eccentric British boat builder help create the crew’s trust in each other, making them victorious.

Copies of The Boys in the Boat are available now at the Reader Services Desk.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Science and Art in the Beauty of Plants

Hugo's sprightly prose and Llewellyn's intimate photography allow us to see the grace and intricacy of trees as never before. Oak trees have lovely, though admittedly tiny, flowers?  Curious about how pollination works in gingko trees? This book will encourage you to look more closely at these natural wonders.

The Art of Plant Evolution  W. John Kress and Shirley Sherwood.

Botanical illustration traditionally records beauty. Here evolutionary plant scientists and the best botanical artists join hands to move beyond tradition and explore relationships revealed through DNA sequencing. A tribute to Charles Darwin on the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.

Botany for Artists   Lizabeth Leech.

For those artists who want to portray the glory of plants with accuracy and precision, the book is the place to begin. Like the two books above, this volume is a fascinating read for scientists, artists and the rest of us.

New in Nonfiction

Look for these titles in New Nonfiction on the first floor.

Simple Lessons for a Better Life: Unexpected Inspiration from Inside the Nursing Home, Charles E. Dodgen

From Booklist: Clinical psychologist Dodgen has picked up some unexpected life lessons as he's watched patients, caregivers, and family members interact. His advice covers a variety of common situations. Dodgen urges patients to be active architects of their own health plan. 

Yucatan: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition, David Sterling

From Library JournalThe culmination of more than ten years of research, this is the definitive work on Yucatan cuisine and far more comprehensive than other books on "Mayan cooking."

The Engineering Book: From the Catapult to the Curiosity Rover: 250 Milestones in the History of Engineering, Marshall Brain

From BooklistThis chronologically arranged volume on engineering begins with the bow and arrow, circa 30,000 BCE, and ends with a glimpse into the future (Things We Have Yet to Engineer). Entries consist of a few paragraphs on one page, with a photo or illustration on the facing page. Sample entries include concepts (Professional engineer licensing, Laparoscopic surgery, Green Revolution) as well as items (Leaning Tower of Pisa, Elevator, Parafoil, Hard disk, Frozen pizza).

A History of Baseball in 100 Objects: A Tour through the Bats, Balls, Uniforms, Awards, Documents, and Other Artifacts that Tell the Story of the National Pastime, Josh Leventhal

From Library Journal: Each object is beautifully photographed, sometimes alongside other items from its era for perspective. The works are accompanied by intriguing essays detailing their significance and place in baseball history. These written pieces are thorough but brief enough for any reader to dip into while flipping through the pages.