Thursday, May 21, 2015

Celebrate National Bike Month and pedal off holiday calories

Now that you have your Memorial Day recipes all set, it’s time to investigate how to shed the calories. Luckily, May is National Bike Month. Here are some highlights of the nonfiction bike books that will get everyone ready to go. Bike Glenview maps and two reading lists for biking books can be found on the east end of the Information Desk in the lobby.

Leah Garcia and Jilayne Lovejoy

This is an easy to use guide to cycling with each topic heading comprising two pages of concise material. The critical information is covered quite thoroughly; photography is clear and pertinent. In addition to the items listed in the subtitle, the book covers food on the road, etiquette, indoor cycling and travel.
Tori Bortman

The cover boasts the claim “everything a new cyclist needs to know to gear up and start riding.” It does this in wonderful detail. You can find the perfect bike by using the questionnaire provided, plus the descriptions of every part of the bike and why they matter. Other chapters cover essentials of helmets, hand signals and how to ride in a group. The book ends with basic maintenance including how to change a tire and find the puncture in the tube.

Greg Borzo

Pick from 72 rides across the city and suburbs. For those riding with children, included are 27 kid-friendly trips. Borzo's book is laid out in a user-friendly manner. First you will find a chart of all the rides, color coded by area, and indicating characteristics of the trails. Descriptions of each ride consists of four pages starting with an “At a Glance” preview. There is a narrative description, along with a ride log and map. The photography is lovely and the maps are easy to read.

Ted Villaire

This book includes 34 rides in Chicago, plus two Wisconsin rides and one in Indiana. Nearly half the rides are suitable for families with children. There is a table providing a chart of ride characteristics, plus a section giving the reader a quick glance, a narrative description and a mileage log and map. Photos are not as plentiful, but the maps and descriptions are clear and easy to understand. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Get Ready For Mouthwatering Burger Goodness

It seems only right that May would be National Hamburger Month. After boning up on how to barbecue, let's get ready to grill up those burger patties for Memorial Day picnics. Find more books about hamburgers in our catalog.

James McNair and Jeffrey Starr

Find new ways to spice up your next party with these 16 prize winning menus. Each section features a fully outlined party with recipes for everything from appetizers to dessert. Also included are wine and beverage pairings that will bring out the best in the recipes. These prize winning burgers are not all made with beef – there are fish, chicken and pork options too. 

Food writer and cultural historian John T. Edge takes on an iconic American favorite in this tour of an American favorite. Readers will discover regional burger delights through the stories of the folks who created and serve them. His mouthwatering descriptions are accompanied by many recipes. If you are ready for a road trip, he has included the list of burger joints he visited.

The Book of Burger  
Rachael Ray

Every sort of burger has a presence in Rachael Ray’s book. Photos are close ups of the described burger and will inspire even timid cooks. Besides burgers, there are recipes for sides and sauces (she lets us in on how to make Homemade Tots!), and a section called Burger Bash that includes QR codes to get more information.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Nonfiction Book Review

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The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion by Meghan Daum

Meghan Daum’s The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion is a first-rate personal essay collection, one that showcases the author’s personal brand of sparkling wit and razor-sharp truth telling. These are the type of essays that are so brazenly honest that readers may sometimes find themselves cringing with empathy. There is little wonder that the author has been compared to a young Joan Didion. Daum displays a similar knack for using elegant but precise language to unpack the specific anxieties of urban modern life. Whether she is recounting her battle with a mysterious and near-fatal illness, laying bare her ambivalent feelings about her child-free existence, or lamenting her troubled relationship with her late mother, Daum makes a compelling case that the seemingly “unspeakable” thoughts we all have are essentially what make us human, and are therefore definitely worth sharing. - Romi Pekarek Smith

Friday, May 1, 2015

May is National Bike Month

Glenview is a great town for biking, and Bike Glenview is the community resource for residents to get the most out of pedaling around town. Visit the Bike Glenview website for a list of bike-related events and view videos on bike basics. Pick up a Bike Glenview map at any Glenview Park District facility, Village Hall and the Glenview Public Library.

May is National Bike Month, including National Bike toSchool Day on Wednesday, May 6, and National Bike to Work Week May 11-15.  

Is it Barbecue or BBQ? Get ready to fire up the grill in May

National Barbecue Month, Hamburger Month and Bike Month are all rolled into the month of May. Find inspiration for your Memorial Day picnic with ideas included in the first and second blog installments this month. The third post will help you shed the pounds gained while preparing those recipes for the first weekend of summer with a highlight on bikes. We hope you enjoy the books below and that you will check the shelves for other mouthwatering cooking ideas. Tell us about the best recipes in the comment section below or on our Facebook page.

BBQ or Barbecue? However you spell it, it means mouthwatering goodness! Look for the shelf tags announcing that you have arrived in the Grilling section (641.5784 and 641.76). Check this travel book so you can sample BBQ when you’re on the road.

This book, geared toward men in their 20’s and 30’s, covers everything from types of grills to types of beer. Carruthers and Valenciana began the ManBQue movement in Chicago with MEATups of men getting together to relax with grilling, drinking beer and listening to tunes. Don't worry if you aren't in their demographic. The recipes sound very good, and the photography will make your mouth water.  

Grilling basics and safety are covered thoroughly in Schlesinger and Willoughby's book. Beverages, sides and meal planning are included in an easy to use format. In addition to delightful sounding recipes for everything from appetizers to dessert, each chapter has a few boxes with ideas like “Special Dinner for Two.” Several pages of glossy, full color photos tease the reader at the front of the book, making one eager to get to the grill and cook.

Student readers are given instructions for cooking on three of the most common types of smokers and grills. The more than 130 recipes in these 5 lessons are truly easy to follow. There are no glossy photos in these pages, but the drawings are clear and helpful. Each lesson and the recipes within give basic guidelines about things you may have always wondered about, like how to turn the vents on the lid and on the bottom of the kettle.

Just so no one thinks grilling is only for men…Elizabeth Karmel created a company called Girls at the Grill, and has taught at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. There are over 350 recipes that will inspire your inner grill chef. Right from the start, she educates the reader on differences between grilling and barbecuing. Her instructions at the beginning of sections provide all you need to know to create masterpiece recipes without messing up. She also provides recipes for items to accompany the grilled items, like apple pie and home-made ice cream sandwiches.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Financial Independence for Women Seminar

Financial Independence for Women
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
7 PM, Community Room East
Please register here.

We all face the challenge of gaining control over our financial situation.  And for women, add on these factors:  women have a longer life expectancy than men, women spend fewer years in the work force due to child-rearing or part-time work, women still generally receive less pay than men.

How to cope?  Learn how to be in charge of your own finances.  From budgeting and investment principles to family and retirement considerations, Ameriprise financial advisor Roshni Khory will show you ways to gain control over your financial situation and protect the people and things you love most.  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nonfiction Review

How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood by Jim Grimsley

In 1966 Grimsley was a middle school student in North Carolina. He was, of course, attending a segregated school. Not having had much to do with any black people, and as a closeted gay and a hemophiliac, he was very different from most other students. The memoir explores how things were forty years ago when an abrupt decree stated that there would be no more separate schools. Wealthy whites were able to create private schools but Grimsley, from a poor family, attended public schools through high school. Grimsley reflects on his newly integrated classes, while living in a racist society--at home, in church and of course in school. This memoir revisits a difficult and sad point in time, and the reader is lucky to have Grimsley's shared experience. - Iva Freeman

Join us for a discussion of Susan Orlean's Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Cover image for Rin Tin Tin : the life and the legendBookit! Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, May 27
7 PM, Multipurpose Room
No registration necessary -- Just drop in!

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean

Rin Tin Tin, discovered as an orphaned puppy on a World War I battlefield, grew up to be one of the most recognizable canines in the world. The German shepherd's unlikely rise to stardom is both meticulously researched and unexpectedly moving. No ordinary pooch, the nation's favorite underdog-turned-American hero also played an important role in mobilizing Americans to stand up and fight against Hitler. This is both a historical look at twentieth century entertainment and a thoughtful meditation on man's best friend.

Copies of Rin Tin Tin are available now at the Reader Services Desk.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Learning Opportunities in the Tech Lab

So much to learn this month! Classes are held in the Technology Lab on the second floor, unless otherwise noted. To register for classes, have your library card handy and sign up online, by calling the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500 x7700, or visiting us in person. Participants must be at least 18 years old. If space permits, walk-ins are welcome on the day of the class. Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment, so sign up early! Be on time -- latecomers will not be seated.

Financial Independence for Women: Wednesday, May 6, 7 pm Community Room East 
Ameriprise Financial Advisor Roshni Khory will be on hand to show ways to get control of your financial situation. From budgets to investment principles, family to retirement considerations, this class will give you tools to protect the people and things you love most.

Internet Searching Basics: Thursday, May 7, 2 pm
If searching online is baffling for you, this class is for you. Our instructor will guide you through finding and evaluating useful websites.

Craigslist: Monday, May 11, 2 pm
Join in this class for an overview of online selling, buying, and searching for items. Students will learn about online classified ads by looking at buying and selling, searching for ads for rental properties, items for sale, and jobs. Must have a valid email address

Word 2010 Basics: Tuesday, May 12, 10 am
Find out the nuts and bolts of word processing with Microsoft Word 2010. This class provides a broad overview of the most essential features to get you started.
Facebook Basics: Wednesday, May 13, 10 am
Learn how to use one of the most popular social media platforms. Our class will teach you the basics of signing up, creating a profile and (most important) adding friends. Must have a valid email address

Travel Planning Online: Thursday, May 14, 2 pm
Are you getting ready for summer vacations? Find out about online resources and tools for all aspects of getting your trip together, from purchasing airline tickets to vacation packages.

Immigration Records: 
                       Wednesday, May 20, 2 pm
As you go further in your family searching, you will encounter the immigrants who traveled long distances to get the USA. Learn about different types of immigration records, where they are located and how to use them to discover your immigrant ancestors.

CCH, Consumers Reports and More Online Finds: Thursday, May 21, 2 pm
Get familiar with some of the library’s online resources for consumers, investors, and small business owners. Examples include Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook (evaluates local services), Record Information Services (public records), CCH (company histories), and Press Display (national and international newspapers). All these resources can be used from your home computer.

Word 2010 Formatting & Images: Tuesday, May 26, 2 pm
Word documents take on a new look when images are inserted. If you have a basic understanding of Word 2010, this class will expand your skills to create documents with different formatting styles, images, and clip art.