Thursday, March 5, 2015

Discover inspirational women during Women's History Month

Women's History Month began during Jimmy Carter's presidency as Women's History Week. In  1986, it became an entire month of celebrating the contributions of women to society. Each year a theme is chosen. This year's theme is "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives." For more on the women highlighted in this year's theme, check out the National Women's History Project.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott

Named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal, this book tells the true stories of four women who risked all during the Civil War. Other books by Karen Abbott are American Rose about Gypsy Rose Lee and Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys and the Battle for America's Soul.



Tall Blondes by Lynn Sherr

Who doesn't love giraffes? This cultural history of the amazing mammal is easy to read. By the end, you will have an arsenal of giraffe facts to share. Lynn Sherr, journalist, is one of the women highlighted by the National Women's History Project. She fell in love with giraffes on a visit to the African bush, and is a tall blonde herself. Other interesting books about women by Lynn Sherr are Failure is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words and Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space. Sherr is also the author of a memoir, Outside the Box and Swim: Why We Love the Water.

Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft by Lyndall Gordon

Follow the amazing life of the founder of modern feminism in this biography by renowned author Lyndall Gordon. The book looks at all aspects of Mary Wollstonecraft - as teacher, writer, lover and traveler. Other books about women by Lyndall Gordon are Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds and Charlotte Bronte: A Passionate Life.



Check back each week to find more ideas for exploring the women whose lives or published works are part of the Glenview Public Library collection, Be sure to see our display on the first floor to the left of the check out desk.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New in Nonfiction

Look for these titles in New Nonfiction on the first floor. Or call the Reference desk to place a reserve.


Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius by John Carlin. Call Number 364.1523 CAR

Far more than just a sensational crime story, the courtroom confrontation between a white, privileged, twenty-seven-year-old male athlete on trial for murder and the black female judge who alone would decide his fate, exposes the complex social and political realities of post-Apartheid South Africa.
The Modern Flower Painter: Creating Vibrant Botanical Portraits in Watercolour by Anna Mason. Call Number 751.422434 MAS

Anna Mason's exceptional floral artwork has won awards from the Royal Horticultural Society and International Artist magazine. In this book she shares her innovative watercolor technique so that you can paint flowers in her clean, crisp style. The book covers every aspect of painting modern botanical-style portraits of flowers, from tips on gathering your reference to Anna's six stage watercolor process.

Top 100 Meals in Minutes: Quick and Easy Meals for Babies and Toddlers by Annabel Karmel. Call Number 641.5622 KAR

Cooking for the whole family doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming, and it shouldn't feel like a chore. Top 100 Meals in Minutes features delicious, nutritionally balanced recipes that are simple to prepare. From chicken meatballs in barbecue sauce to jambalaya and sweet potato butternut squash soup, Annabel's latest collection of easy recipes will leave everyone feeling full and satisfied.

The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II by Jan Jarboe Russell. Call Number 940.5317 RUS

The dramatic story of a secret FDR-approved American internment camp in Texas during World War II, where thousands of families - many US citizens - were incarcerated. From 1942 to 1948, trains delivered thousands of civilians from the United States and Latin America to Crystal City, Texas, a small desert town at the southern tip of Texas.  During the course of the war, hundreds of prisoners in Crystal City, including their American-born children, were exchanged for other more important Americans-diplomats, businessmen, soldiers, physicians, and missionaries-behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Join us on Wednesday, March 25 for our BOOKit! nonfiction book discussion

BOOKit! Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, March 25 • 7 PM
The Glenview Public Library
Just drop in!
New members are always welcome.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo 

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo tells the dramatic story of families striving for a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement near the Mumbai airport. Meet Abdul, an enterprising teenager, Asha, a woman who is hopeful that her beautiful daughter will become Annawadi's first female college graduate, and the young theif Kalu, one of the poorest children in the settlement. Terror and global recession rock the city and suppressed tensions turn brutal, revealing one of the twenty-first century's hidden worlds.

Stop by the Reader Services desk to reserve your copy today!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Nonfiction Review: Midnight in Siberia

Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia by David Greene. Call Number: 914.70486 GRE

NPR correspondent David Greene brings contemporary Russia to life as he takes the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok. This is a 6,000 mile trip where he is either freezing or on an overheated train. He does meet some fascinating people--most are hard working and ambitious but thwarted by the heavy bureaucracy. Many of the women were divorced and raising children by themselves because of widespread alcoholism. One of the more surprising meet-ups was the son of the man who invented the Kalashnikov (AK-47). Green has portrayed fascinating people, mostly living less than ideal lives. An informative look into contemporary Russia.

Review by Iva Freeman, Reference Librarian




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

24 Reasons to Use the 24 Hour Library


  1. The 24 Hour Library is available 24/7 from the library website: www.glenviewpl.org.
  2. The 24 Hour Library is FREE with your library membership.
  3. The 24 Hour Library has eBooks, electronic magazines, downloadable media, indexes to scholarly research, online learning and more....
  4. Consumer Reports Online is included in the 24 Hour Library.
  5. The Wall Street Journal Online is included in the 24 Hour Library.
  6. Look up telephone numbers in ReferenceUSA in the 24 Hour Library.
  7. Learn a language online with Mango Languages in the 24 Hour Library
  8. Learn a new computer skill with Learning Express in the 24 Hour Library
  9. Track your investment portfolio with our library online subscription to Value Line, Morningstar, or S&P NetAdvantage in the 24 Hour Library
  10. Read international newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages with Press Display in the 24 Hour Library.
  11. Study online for the SAT, ACT, AP, GRE with Learning Express in the 24 Hour Library.
  12. Live online homework help is available with BrainFuse in the 24 Hour Library.
  13. Check auto repair costs with Auto Repair Reference Center in the 24 Hour Library.
  14. Research your family tree with Heritage Quest or Genealogy Bank in the 24 Hour Library.
  15. Prepare for an occupational exam with Learning Express in the 24 Hour Library.
  16. Search the Illinois Statewide Catalog in the 24 Hour Library.
  17. Access over 17,000 full text publications from the E-Journal Index in the 24 Hour Library.
  18. Download audio books and eBooks from MyMediaMall in the 24 Hour Library.
  19. Often the online publication in the 24 Hour Library is accessible before the print edition arrives.
  20. Did I say that the 24 Hour Library is free on our web site?
  21. You don't have to come into the library to use the 24 Hour Library.
  22. Download the Glenview Public Library app to use the 24 Hour Library from your mobile device.
  23. Your library membership saves you hundreds of dollars with the 24 Hour Library.
  24. The 24 Hour Library makes it easy to use the library anywhere anytime.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Morningstar 2015 Financial Literacy Webinar Series




Morningstar® Investment Research Center will again be hosting a series of live, interactive financial education webinars, available to library patrons. These workshops will focus on a variety of investing topics and may be viewed live at the library, or remotely by Glenview Public Library cardholders.  Webinar viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the presenters.

Schedule for 2015:
March 21
Individual Investor Conference.  Click here to register for the all-day March webinar.  
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April 22
7 Habits of Highly Successful People (Money Smart Week)
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July 22
5 Keys to Retirement Investing
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October 21
Stock Valuation 101

Programs will run from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Central time, with the exception of the Individual Investor Conference, which features a full day of programming.

Questions? Contact Morningstar® directly:
Telephone: 866-215-2509
Email: libraryservices@morningstar.com

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Affordable Care Act Questions?

February 15 is the deadline to sign up for 2015 coverage. 
To compare health plans use this handy comparison tool.

If you have questions about filling out your 2014 taxes regarding your ACA health insurance see this  handy IRS chart.

To obtain federal IRS forms 8965 and 8962 and to see Publication 5187 on the Health Care Law visit this IRS page.

To speak with an  ACA counselor, call Elizabeth Fahey at 847-644-5344 to set up an appointment. She will be at the Glenview Public Library, 9-4 on Saturday, February 7.

Was your Great-great Grandmother a Cherokee Princess?

The idea of an ancestor who was a Cherokee Princess may be a myth, but reviving your Cherokee heritage by learning the Cherokee language is not.

Mango Languages has partnered with the Cherokee Nation and the Tulsa County-City Library to create a language learning opportunity for those interested in learning this language.  Why learn Cherokee?  Cherokee is considered an endangered language with only 16,000 native speakers compared to 317,000 Cherokee citizens that make up the United States' largest tribal nation. The Cherokee Nation is seeing a resurgence of interest and engagement with Cherokee identity, culture and language in younger generations.  Read more about Mango Languages' commitment to using technology to preserve language and culture here.

The Glenview Public Library subscribes to Mango Languages for library users. You can take an online course in Cherokee or one of more than 64 other languages including English for non-native speakers.  Learn to speak, read and communicate in another language from a library computer, or from your laptop or mobile device using the library's wifi, or log in remotely outside the library. Mango Languages even has an app in the Google Play Store or on iTunes.

http://glenviewpl.org/researchDB/index.html
Language learning could not get easier using one of the electronic subscriptions that the Glenview Public Library provides for it's card holders. Click on the 24 Hour Library graphic to see a listing of our free online resources including genealogy, consumer information, education, research, eBooks, newspapers and magazines.