The Spark: Spring 2023

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Community Connections

Glenview, IL


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President: Ruth Rosenblum

Vice President: Thomas Blanchard

Secretary: Winifred Clonts

Trustee: M. David Johnson

Trustee: Allan J. Ruter

Trustee: Carol A. Schmitt

Trustee: Kathy Davis Vega


Library Director: Lindsey Dorfman

Deputy Director: Teri Room

Business Manager: Christine Klimusko

Communications: Hilary Gabel

Facilities Manager: Mark Depa

Information Technology: Allen Bettig

Innovation Services: Deanna Musurlian

Material Services: Karen Kee

Patron Experience: Jean Sanders

Youth Services: Barbara Littlefield


President: Lenore Pettinger

Friends Used Book Store: 847.901.5910


President: Jackie Lutz


Design: Heather Brown, Olivia Doret

Editor: Kathleen Mammoser

Photo Policy: Attendance at Library programs and events constitutes consent to be photographed for Glenview Library publicity purposes.

ADA accommodations are provided for all programs. Requests must be made when registering for a program. Advance notice of five business days required

Letter from the Library Director

GPL is setting its sights on becoming an even stronger community hub over the next several years by offering meaningful ways for our community to engage with the Library and each other. This work includes developing new experiences that reflect and appeal to our diverse community and expanding and enhancing relationships with local groups and community partners. Our Community Connections programs are a great example of this work in action. These illuminating panel discussions allow Glenview to engage in conversations on various important topics, learn more about what is happening in the community, and connect with neighbors.

Our upcoming event, Community Connections: An Asian American Conversation, promises to be engaging and informative. Long-time Glenview resident Yvonne Wolf will facilitate a panel discussion that will give members of Glenview's Asian-American community a chance to share their experiences with others. We are excited to offer this program because events like this provide an important opportunity for people of all backgrounds to learn from one another's experiences and to shape our understanding of our shared humanity through dialogue and exchange. You can read more about this program on page 13. We hope to see you there!

Art in the Library

Making the Cut • Thursday, March 16 – Tuesday, May 16

After scanning hundreds of vintage negatives shot by her late father, Joan Tortorici Ruppert discovered a new way of looking at them by looking through them. Armed with paper prints, an X-Acto knife, and a camera, Joan captures spontaneous, one-ofa-kind collages that blend past and present, monochrome and color, stillness and motion. Making the Cut is a modern love note to her father’s photographic legacy.

Meet the Artist

Sunday, March 26, 1-2 PM • Lobby Chat with Joan Ruppert at this informal meet and greet and learn more about her work.

1930 Glenview

News & Announcements

Enriching the Community with Conversation

Yvonne Wolf came to the US from Taiwan when she was eight years old, and later settled in the Glenview area with her family in 2011. Soon after moving to Glenview, she began volunteering for Glenview TV, becoming the host of the local author program called Off the Shelf. This volunteer position helped her learn and connect with numerous stories about Glenview and the people that live here.

This spring at the Library, Yvonne will be hosting Community Connections: An Asian American Conversation (pg. 13). We talked to Yvonne about her time in Glenview, and what she hopes to accomplish during the upcoming conversation.

What is your connection to the Glenview Public Library?

When my family moved to the area, the Glenview Library became a destination for our daily adventures. We enjoyed activities and programs for children and met other families that have become lifelong friends. As an active community member, I quickly saw opportunities to give back by contributing to cross cultural programming that integrates and celebrates the diversity that we found here.

Tell us a little about the upcoming panel discussion.

The 2020 Census tells us that Asian Americans are the fastest growing demographic in our area. Whereas European and American cultures share many commonalities, I found that I could help our community to learn more about East Asian cultures. For many years, I have hosted experienced-based learning opportunities to help stimulate conversation and build community. I invited a few local residents of Korean, Mongolian, and Filipino heritages to answer some basic questions and share their experiences so people can get familiar with East Asian cultures.

What kind of impact do you hope this discussion will have?

As an intercultural consultant, I have found that interpersonal exchanges often communicate goodwill and can make unfamiliar cultures seem less puzzling. There is no surprise that there are cultural misunderstandings and misinformation. In 2021, I was invited to a library panel to discuss Asian American experiences, and I’m delighted to be invited back this year. I realize that we can use this opportunity to start a positive cross-cultural conversation and build community connections.

New Reading Terrace Opens This Spring

Enjoy the warmth of spring on the Library’s reading terrace. Relax in new outdoor seating while taking in our native plant garden and views of Jackman Park. The terrace will open daily to patrons from April 1 through October 31. Thank you to the Friends of the Glenview Public Library for their generous support of this project.



Glenview Public Library’s annual community-wide reading program returns! Join with friends, neighbors, and Library staff in reading Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma. After you’ve read the book, join us on March 5 for a virtual live interview with the author herself.

Copies of the book are available at the Reader Services Desk. Ebooks, audiobooks, and large type books are also available for check out.

Programs & Book Discussions

Author Interview with Haben Girma R H

Sunday, March 5, 2-3 PM • Community Room or Zoom

An interview with Haben Girma, author of the book Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law. Watch via Zoom or join us in the Library to watch the author interview together.

Page Turners Book Discussion

Monday, March 6, 1-2 PM • Community Room East March’s discussion title will be Haben by Haben Girma. Drop in.

Crip Camp: Film Screening and Discussion

Sunday, March 12, 1:30-4 PM • Community Room View the documentary Barack Obama called “a gripping look at the history of the disability rights movement and a timely call to action” followed by a film discussion led by Library staff. Drop in.

I Am Who I Am R

Tuesday, March 14, 7-8 PM • Community Room Three seasoned solo performers share personal vignettes based on their real-life stories about living with a disability. Funny and touching, these stories will change the way you think about disability.


The Book

In her memoir, Haben takes readers through a game of blind hide-and-seek in Louisiana, a climb up an iceberg in Alaska, and a magical moment with President Obama at The White House. Warm, funny, thoughtful, and uplifting, this captivating memoir is a testament to one woman’s determination to find the keys to connection.

The Author

Haben Girma is a human rights lawyer advancing disability justice. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change. She received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and TIME100 Talks. Haben was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she currently lives.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

The Library provides ADA accommodations for Library programs and meetings. To request accommodations call 847.729.7500 or fill out the online form at The Library requires five business days' notice if special accommodation is needed. A hearing loop is installed in the Community Room and Multipurpose Room for individuals with reduced ranges of hearing. T-coil hearing aid users can listen directly to the sound system using their hearing aids, while non-hearing aid users can listen through a headset using one of the Library's loop receivers.

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Kids & Families

Inspire lifelong learning, foster social skills, and promote language development.


Registration begins 3/20 for weekly storytimes.

Baby Storytime (birth-23 months w/adult) R 9:30-10 AM

Youth Program Room

Monday Movers (all ages w/adult) 10:30-11 AM

Community Room Drop in.


Baby Signs (birth-age 4 w/adult) R

Toddler Storytime (ages 2-3 w/adult) R

9:30-10 AM or 10:30-11 AM

Youth Program Room

R = Register or 847.729.7500 Visit Any Library Service Desk.

T = Ticketed

Arrive 20 minutes early for your program ticket. Preference given to GPL cardholders.

Wednesdays, March 22 & May 31, 10:30-11:15 AM

Youth Program Room

Pre-readers and their families learn American Sign Language together.

Korean Storytime (birth-age 6 w/adult) R

Fridays, March 24, April 28 & May 26, 10:30-11 AM

Youth Program Room

Enjoy a bilingual storytime featuring songs, stories, and rhymes for the whole family.

Lehigh the Fox Storytime (all ages w/adult) R

Saturday, March 25, 2-3 PM • Community Room

Celebrate GPL’s mascot Lehigh with a storytime featuring fox stories, a craft, and a special visit from Lehigh!

Welcome Spring Storytime (all ages w/adult)

Friday, March 31, 9:30-10:15 AM • Youth Program Room

Welcome spring with a storytime and fun rainbow craft. Drop in.

Magic Wands Craft (ages 2+ w/adult)

Friday, April 14, 1-3 PM • Youth Program Room

Let your creativity sparkle by making your very own magic wand. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime (birth-12 months w/adult) R 9:15-9:45 AM

Youth Program Room

Preschool Nature Storytime (ages 3-5 w/adult) R 10:30-11 AM or 1:30-2 PM

Youth Program Room

Family Storytime (all ages w/adult)

9:30-10 AM or 5:45-6:15 PM

Community Room (AM) Youth Program Room (PM) Drop in.

Baby Storytime (birth-23 months w/adult) R 10:30-11 AM

Youth Program Room

Earth Day Storytime & Craft (all ages w/adult)

Monday, April 17, 4:30-5:30 PM • Youth Program Room

Enjoy a story and craft about planet Earth and the beauty all around us. Drop in.

Explore Chinese Culture (all ages w/ adult)

Saturday, May 6, 10:30-11:15 AM • Youth Program Room

Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month by learning about Chinese culture through storytelling and music. Drop in.

Ukulele Storytime (all ages w/ adult)

Friday, May 19, 9:30-10:15 AM • Community Room

Sing along, dance, and enjoy the sounds of the ukulele in this fun music-based storytime. Drop in.



Smile & Rhyme at Heinen’s (ages 2+ w/adult)

Tuesdays, March 21 & April 18

10:30-11 AM • Heinen’s Grocery Store

Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes in the cafe, then stay for a snack and to chat. Drop in.

STEAM Stories at Kohl Children’s Museum (ages 2+ w/adult)

Sundays, March 5, April 2 & May 7 10:30 or 11:15 AM • Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd.

Enjoy STEAM storytime with your GPL Librarians! Meet at Spotlight Studio; museum admission not required for storytime. Drop in.

Storytime at Wagner Farm (ages 2+ w/adult)

Monday, March 20, 10:30 AM

Friday, April 21, 10:30 AM

Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd.

Join us for farm stories followed by a meet and greet with animals at Wagner Farm! Drop in.


Family Trivia Night R

Thursday, March 30, 7-8:30 PM

Community Room

StoryWalk (all ages w/adult)

March-May • Little Bear Garden at Gallery Park

Jayden's Impossible Garden by Melina Mangal. With the help of his neighbor, Mr. Curtis, nine-year-old Jayden helps his mother see that nature and beauty are all around, even in the big city. Drop in.

StoryWalk Storytime (all ages w/adult)

Friday, April 7, 9:30 or 10 AM • Little Bear Garden at Gallery Park

Take a walk and enjoy a special craft with the Youth Services Librarians during StoryWalk. Drop in.

Think you’re smart, huh? Test your knowledge over four rounds of springy trivia and see if you can beat the competition. Prizes awarded to the highest scoring team or individual.

Buddha Belly Family Yoga (all ages) R

Saturdays, April 22 & May 27, 11 AM-Noon

Community Room

Children and caregivers unplug and bond through moving, breathing, and connecting. Presented by Buddha Belly Family Yoga studio.


Crosstown Exotics Bug and Reptile Show (all ages) T

Saturday, March 11, 3-4 PM

Community Room

Explore the world of reptiles and amphibians and how they have been able to survive since the age of the dinosaurs.

Little Miss Ann Family Concert (all ages) T

Saturday, April 15, 10:30-11:15 AM

Community Room

Sing, clap, jump, and dance at this upbeat, interactive folk rock concert with Little Miss Ann.

Earth Day Sensory Exploration (all ages w/adult)

Saturday, April 22, 1-2 PM

Youth Program Room

Explore the various ways nature and recycled materials can be repurposed into art and building. Drop in.

Crafty Friday: Mother's Day (all ages w/adult) R

Friday, May 12, 4:30-5:30 PM

Youth Program Room

Visit the Library to make a wonderful handmade gift for someone you love this Mother's Day!

Dance & Music Academy

Presents: Cinderella (all ages) T

Saturday, April 29, 10:30-11:15 AM

Community Room

Enjoy a story, dance lesson, and performances from the Dance and Music Academy’s spring performance, Cinderella.

Dancing Drums: A Bharatanatyam Performance (all ages) T

Saturday, May 13, 10:30-11:15 AM

Community Room

Listen to percussion instruments and enjoy Indian classical dance by Ramya Ravi.



Snacking for Mindfulness (grades 3-5) R

Wednesday, March 8, 4:30-5:15 PM • Youth Program Room

Learn how to make snacks even better! By engaging all of our senses, we can make snack time a time for mindfulness too.

K-9 Reading Buddies (grades K-5) R

Thursdays, March 9 & April 13, 4:30-5:30 PM • Community Room

Read fun stories to a trained therapy dog from the K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore. After registration you will be assigned a 15 minute time slot.

Tinker Time (grades 1-3) R

Tuesdays, March 21, April 18 & May 16, 4:30-5:30 PM

Youth Program Room

Explore your inner maker through hands-on STEAM activities.

Escape Room (grades 2-4) R

Friday, April 7, 11-11:30 AM & Noon-12:30 PM

Youth Program Room

Do you have what it takes to solve the puzzles and escape the world of Dr. Seuss?

LEGO Club (grades K-3) R

Monday, April 24, 4:30-5:30 PM • Youth Program Room

Create a LEGO project around a specific theme and take your project home.

Board Game Book Club (grades 3-5) R

Wednesday, May 10, 4:30-6 PM • Youth Program Room

This book club is all about solving mysteries! Read a mystery book from the provided list, then discuss your book and play the board game Clue.

DIY Spring Snow Globes (grades 2-5) R

Monday, May 15, 5-6 PM • Youth Program Room

Use simple materials to create a miniature DIY spring snow globe.

Series Starter Book Club (grades 2-3) R

Wednesdays, 4:30-5:15 PM • Youth Program Room

April 26

The Secret Explorers and Lost Whales by SJ King.

May 24

Aven Green: Sleuthing Machine by Dusti Bowling.

Discover new books and series to read! Open to GPL cardholders and students in Glenview schools. In-person registration required, receive a free book while supplies last.

Author Visit: Linda Ragsdale (grades K-5 w/adult) R

Sunday, March 19, 2-4 PM • Community Room

Meet author Linda Ragsdale, founder of The Peace Dragon Children draw their own Peace Dragons and learn how local Avoca West student art inspired a world peace project.

Author Visit: Mandy Yom (grades preK-2 w/ adult) R

Thursday, May 4, 5:30-6:30 PM • Community Room

Meet Glenview District 34 sponsored author Mandy Yom, author of Nami’s New Friend. Copies of her book will be given to children ages 3-8 living in the Glenview D34 boundaries, while supplies last.


Tweens & Teens


Glenview’s Got STEAM (grades 5-8) R

Thursdays, 4:30-6 PM

March 2: Chemistry @ Glenbrook South

April 6: Robotics @ GPL

Presented by Glenview’s Got STEAM of Glenbrook South. No prior knowledge required.

Stop Motion (grades 5-8) R

Friday, March 10, 4:30-6:30 PM

Youth Program Room

Learn how to make stop motion videos using an iPad and LEGO figures.

Taste Travelers: Pi Day Special (grades 4-8) R

Tuesday, March 14, 4:30-5:30 PM

Youth Program Room

Taste and rate unique snacks from around the world. A new country or continent will be featured at each event.

Let’s Play Chess (grades K-8) R

Wednesdays, March 15, April 19 & May 17

7-8:30 PM • Youth Program Room

Learn fundamentals and strategy with volunteer chess instructor Steve Levenson.

Dungeons & Dragons (grades 5-8) R

Fridays, March 17, April 21 & May 19

4:30-6 PM • Youth Program Room

Explore dark dungeons, battle mighty dragons, and save the innocent.

Smash Bros Tournament (grades 4-8) R

Saturday, March 18, 2-4 PM

Community Room

Battle to be the best! Compete for prizes and bragging rights.

Escape Room (grades 5-8) R

Friday, April 7, 2-2:30 PM & 3-3:30 PM

Youth Program Room

Do you have what it takes to solve the puzzles and escape the world of Dr. Seuss?

DIY Mushroom Houses (grades 4-8) R

Wednesday, April 12, 4:30-5:30 PM

Youth Program Room

Transform terracotta pots into mushroom homes perfect for any garden.

Book Club: Video Game Remix (grades 5-8) R

Saturday, April 15, 2-4 PM

Community Room

Read a book from the alien themed booklist and swap strange stories with each other, then play a goofy video game: Superola Champion Edition.

Intro to Scratch (grades 3-8) R

Thursday, April 20, 5:30-6:30 PM • Tech Lab Learn the basics of the Scratch programming language to create a simple animation.

Taste Travelers (grades 4-8) R

Tuesdays, April 25 & May 23, 4:30-5:30 PM

Youth Program Room

Taste and rate unique snacks from around the world. A new country or continent will be featured at each event.

Sculpey Sculptures (grades 5-8) R

Friday, May 5, 4:30-5:30 PM

Youth Program Room

Learn how to mold Sculpey polymer clay to create a spring themed miniature sculpture.

Connect to the power of ideas, inspiration, and each other.
R = Register or 847.729.7500 Visit Any Library Service Desk.
volunteer opportunities!


GPL partnered with Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook and volunteer Emi Lewis to install a new Kindness Rock Garden at the Library as part of Emi's mitzvah project. This spring, be sure to visit the Kindness Rock Garden on the north side of the building, take a painted rock, and leave a painted rock on your next visit. Earn service credit by painting rocks for the garden. See Volunteer @ Home for more info.


Unless noted, these programs are for grades 9-12.

How to Survive Your Freshman Year of College R

Saturday, April 22, 11 AM-Noon • Multipurpose Room

Learn tips and tricks to ensure your mental wellness is a top priority, how to take care of yourself and others during your first year away from home, and prepare your mind, body and spirit for this exciting new stage of your life. For high school seniors.

Glenview Northbrook Coalition for Youth

Wednesday, May 24, 5-7 PM • Lobby Ask questions and learn more about Glenview Northbrook Coalition for Youth (GNCY) and their services. Teens studying for finals at the Library will receive a goodie bag. Drop in.

Study for Finals @ Your Library

Multiple dates in May

Meeting rooms open for individual or group study. Please check Library website for dates and times. Drop in.


Volunteer @ Home: March 1-31 (grades 6-12)

Paint rocks to donate for the Library’s Kindness Rock Garden. Four rocks equal 1-hour of service. Drop off your Kindness Rocks and receive your volunteer certificate or credit in our online volunteer information center all month long. Find instructions at

Summer Volunteer Opportunities (grades 6-12)

Applications Due: April 1-May 15

If you’re friendly, patient, and enthusiastic about working with children, sign up to become a volunteer at the Glenview Public Library! Glenview youth volunteers must be in grades 6-12 and a Glenview Village resident or attend a school served by the Glenview Public Library to apply. Visit to learn more.

Service Project: Fleece Blankets (teens & adults) R

Wednesday, April 26, 5-7 PM • Community Room East

Celebrate National Library Week by making a no-sew fleece blanket. All finished blankets will be donated to JourneyCare Hospice in Glenview. Limit 20.

For creative programs for teens check out page 15!

Adults & Seniors

Learn new skills, achieve your goals, and connect with your community.



Supremes of Justice R H

Monday, March 20, 7-8:30 PM • Community Room West or Zoom

Join an interactive discussion with Professor/Attorney Tauya Forst and Attorney/Adjunct Professor Richard Forst as they discuss the only six women appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Learn how the Lady Justices have impacted the bench.

The Women Who Built Hollywood R H

Wednesday, March 22, 7-8 PM • Community Room West or Zoom

Women have been highly influential in the film industry ever since the Silent Era on and off screen. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a multimedia presentation about the lives and legacies of some of classic Hollywood’s incredible female directors and stars.

Hit Girls: Women of Punk in the USA ‘79-83 R

Thursday, March 23, 7-8 PM • Zoom

Chicago writer and musician Jen B. Larson, in conversation with Todd Novak of Hozac Records and Books, talks about new her book Hit Girls, examining the critical role women played in punk rock. Presented in partnership with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.


Is an Electric Vehicle Right for You?


Thursday, April 6, 7-8 PM • Community Room West

Learn about the benefits and some of the common myths of electric vehicles. Presented by Kate Carney, Cook County Department of Environment & Sustainability’s Community Outreach Coordinator.

Literary Gardens R

Tuesday, April 11, 7-8:30 PM • Community Room West

From Agatha Christie to Michael Pollan, join master gardener and natural history writer Cindy Crosby for a fun look at gardens in literature and poetry.

Rachel Carson: Silent Spring R

Wednesday, April 12, 7-8 PM • Community Room

Actress and historian Leslie Goddard becomes environmentalist Rachel Carson in this living history program, portraying Carson’s love for the natural world, passion for writing, and her work to awaken us to the beauty and fragility of nature.

Plan for Nature in Glenview R

Wednesday, April 19, 7-8 PM • Community Room East

Glenview's Plan for Nature has increased habitat through use of native plantings and naturalized open space over the past 15 years. Join us to consider and discuss the ways we all can contribute to improving our local environment.

R = Register or 847.729.7500 Visit Any Library Service Desk. H = Hybrid Hybrid programs are held simultaneously via Zoom and in-person. Physical space is limited.


Beyond the Neighborhood: The Music of Fred Rogers R

Sunday, March 26, 2-3 PM • Community Room

Chicago-based vocalist Keri Johnsrud and pianist Kevin Bales come together again to perform innovative versions of songs from the beloved children's television program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Eli Winter R

Sunday, April 16, 2-3 PM • Community Room

Join Eli Winter, a guitarist and native Houstonian, praised as a “generational talent,” for an afternoon of instrumental guitar music.

Babe-alon 5 R

Sunday, May 7, 2-3 PM • Community Room

This charming and talented vocal trio of Kasey Foster, Kiley B. Moore, and Tara Smith is equal parts aural pleasure, nostalgia, and awe-inspiringly punny songs.

Virtual Opera Lecture Series: Carmen by Georges Bizet R

Thursday, March 9, 7-8 PM • Zoom

Tales of intrigue, love, and death from the current Lyric Opera of Chicago season. Moderated by Opera Lovers Lecture Corps.


History of Fleetwood Mac R

Thursday, April 27, 7-8 PM • Zoom

Trace the band’s career with a focus on their blockbuster album "Rumours."

Author Interview: Mary Roach R

Wednesday, March 1, 7-8 PM • Zoom

Virtual author interview with New York Times best-selling science author, Mary Roach. Made possible by Illinois Libraries Present.

Local Author Meet & Greet

Tuesday, April 11, 7-8 PM • Lobby

Stop by to meet local authors and explore their work. If you’re a local author and are interested in participating, visit for more information. Drop in.

Author Interview: Danny Trejo R

Wednesday, April 5, 7-8 PM • Zoom

Virtual author interview with Actor/ Author/Restaurateur Danny Trejo, who has developed a prolific career in the entertainment industry with a hard-earned and atypical road to success. Made possible by Illinois Libraries Present.

Author Interview: Will Shortz R

Tuesday, April 25, 7-8 PM • Zoom

Virtual author interview with New York Times' Will Shortz, the world's only academically accredited puzzle master. Made possible by Illinois Libraries Present.

An Evening with Thrity Umrigar R

Wednesday, April 26, 7-8 PM • Zoom

Virtual conversation with Indian-American journalist, critic, and novelist Thrity Umrigar, the best-selling author of the novels The Space Between Us, The World We Found, and The Secrets Between Us. Presented in partnership with multiple Illinois libraries.

Finding Readers for Your Writing R H

Monday, May 15, 7-8 PM

Multipurpose Room or Zoom

Join local author and teacher Mary LaMont for a workshop that will guide writers through two key stages of the writing process: revision and marketing.




(Meets Monthly)

Unless otherwise noted, all discussions held in-person at the Library, drop in. Print copies of the books, except where noted, are available at the Library one month prior to meetings. Limited digital copies are available through Libby, by OverDrive.

Thursdays, 7-8 PM • Offsite: Hackney's on Lake, 1514 E. Lake Ave

March 2: A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

April 6: China Room by Sunjeev Sahota

May 4: Peach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu Visit for details. Co-sponsored by the Niles-Maine District Library.

Page Turners Book Discussion

(Meets Monthly)

Mondays, 1-2 PM • Community Room East

March 6: Haben by Haben Girma

April 3: When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

May 1: Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang

Great Books Discussion (Meets Monthly)

Wednesdays, 10-11:30 AM

March 8: Poetics by Aristotle Community Room East

April 12: Medea by Euripides Community Room East

May 10: Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen Multipurpose Room

Participants responsible for obtaining their own materials. Questions? Contact Michael Bartlett

Next Chapter Book Club

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM

Meets Bi-Weekly • Teen Scene

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities read, make friends, and have fun together in this book club. Interested in becoming a member? Contact Janet McIntyre, Community Engagement Librarian, 847.729.7500 x2612.


Invisible Warriors: Screening and Discussion with Gregory S Cooke R

Introduction: Sunday, March 5, 2-3 PM

Discussion: Wednesday, March 15, 7-8 PM


Join documentary historian Gregory S. Cooke for an introduction to his film Invisible Warriors. Stream Invisible Warriors on YouTube after you register for either the live introduction to the film or the closing discussion, both featuring the film’s producer Gregory S. Cooke.

Glenview Writers Group H R

Mondays, March 13, April 10 & May 8

7-8:30 PM • Multipurpose Room or Zoom

Hone your writing skills in a friendly, supportive environment while giving and receiving encouragement and feedback on current projects. New and experienced writers of all genres are welcome.

Chicago’s Most Wanted: From Toddling Town to

Bustling Metropolis R

Thursday, April 13, 7-8 PM

Community Room East

From sports, to politics, to gangsters, to ghosts, Laura L. Enright presents amazing facts from her book Chicago’s Most Wanted: The Top Ten Book of Murderous Mobsters, Midway Monsters, and Windy City Oddities.

Palliative Care vs Hospice Care: What’s the Difference? R

Friday, April 14, 1-2 PM

Community Room West Learn about these two programs and how they can benefit your loved ones’ care. Presented by JourneyCare Hospice in partnership with the Village of Glenview Senior Services and North Shore Senior Center.

What Still Exists from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition? R

Tuesday, May 2, 7-8 PM • Community Room

From May 1, to October 30, 1893, Chicago was the focal point of the entire world! Local History Cop, Ray Johnson, travels back in time to show us the fair and what still remains.

Fact, Fiction, or Opinion? How to Become a Well-Informed Voter and Citizen R

March • Northbrook Public Library

Join the League of Women Voters in partnership with the Northbrook, Glenview, and Glencoe Public Libraries for a series of conversations and workshops on the topic of informed and active citizenship. Please check the Library's website or call 847.729.7500 x7700 for the date and time.


Music of the Mongolian Horse

Fiddle R

Saturday, April 22, 2-3 PM

Community Room

Local students and teachers perform and speak about the rich history of the horse fiddle, or Morin Khuur, a traditional Mongolian stringed instrument carved in the shape of a horse’s head.

Community Connections: An Asian American Conversation R

Wednesday, May 3, 7-8 PM

Community Room

Join our panelists of Chinese, Korean, Mongolian, and Filipino American descent in a community building conversation to learn about our diverse population.

Cuisine Quest: Southeast Asia and India R

Wednesday, May 10, 7-8:30 PM

Community Room

Tantalize your taste buds as Brian Michalski whisks you off on this whirlwind tour of iconic regional cuisine of southeast Asia.

Lotus Lantern Craft R

Thursday, May 18, 7-8:15 PM

Community Room East

Join the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project to learn how to make a traditional Korean lotus lantern and view a short documentary about Korean culture.

The Untold Story Behind Mahjong R H

Thursday, May 25, 7-8:30 PM

Community Room West or Zoom

Yvonne Wolf explains the history, symbols, Chinese expressions, and cultural evolution of the internationally popular Chinese game of mahjong.



Estate Planning Tips for the Modern Family R H

Friday, March 3, 1-2 PM • Community Room West or Zoom

Give you and your unique family peace of mind. Presented by Brandon E. Peck, Attorney and Partner, Peck Ritchey, LLC. Presented in partnership with the Village of Glenview Senior Services and North Shore Senior Center.

State Services: Rep. Gong-Gershowitz & Senator Fine

Rep. Gong-Gershowitz: Tuesdays, March 7 & May 2, 4-6 PM


Senator Fine: Tuesday, April 4, 4-6 PM • Lobby

Ask questions and get help from constituent advocates from the offices of State Senator Laura Fine (8th District) and State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (17th District) on Medicaid, SNAP benefits, senior services, rental assistance, unemployment benefits, and Secretary of State services. Drop in.

Game On! Board Game Night for Adults

Tuesdays, March 21, April 18 & May 16, 6:30-8:30 PM

Multipurpose Room

Whether you’re a veteran or new to the hobby, we have a game for you. Play one of our games or bring your own to teach. Drop in.

Illinois Secretary of State Mobile Drivers Express Unit

Thursday, April 13, 10 AM-2 PM • Community Room West Services available include Driver's License/State ID Card (Renewal, Replacement, Correction), License Plate Renewal Stickers, Organ/Tissue Donor Information, and Voter Registration with Driver's License/ID Renewal. Learn about fees and required documentation at No appointment required.

Transportation Options for Older Adults R

Friday, May 5, 1-2 PM • Community Room East

One of the greatest tools of aging in place is being able to get to and from locations outside the home. Learn about local transportation options for older adults. Presented by Northfield Township, North Shore Senior Center, Helping Hands of Glenview, and RTA. In partnership with the Village of Glenview Senior Services and North Shore Senior Center.

Blood Drive R

Wednesday, May 17, 1-7 PM • Community Room

The Library is partnering with Vitalant to host a blood drive. Please call 877.258.4825 to schedule an appointment or visit and use group code ORDO982A. Donors will receive a coupon for a pint of Culver’s frozen custard.


Doors open 30 minutes before screening. Drop in.

Banshees of Inisherin (114min/R/2022)

Friday, March 17, 2 & 6:30 PM • Community Room

Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship with alarming consequences for both.

Till (130min/PG-13/2022)

Friday, April 21, 2 & 6:30 PM • Community Room

Based on the true story of Mamie Till-Mobley's relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till.

Armageddon Time (114min/R/2022)

Friday, May 19, 2 & 6:30 PM • Community Room

A deeply personal coming-of-age story, a young boy struggles with the expectations of family growing up in a world of privilege, inequality, and racial prejudice.

FREE AARP Tax Preparation Service R

Trained volunteers offer free tax preparation help with Federal and State of Illinois tax returns. Appointment dates will be announced in February. Check the Library website or call the Reference Desk at 847.729.7500 x7700 for more information.


Beyond Books

Learn, engage, and feel inspired

information, activities, and programs beyond books.

Patrons are encouraged to book an appointment to use the Innovation Center. Visit for details.

Sunday: 2-4 PM*

Monday: Noon-8 PM

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Noon-8 PM

Thursday: Noon-8 PM

Friday: 10 AM-4 PM**

Saturday: 10 AM-4 PM

*Software Sundays are quiet hours to accommodate patrons with auditory sensitivities.

**Closed for staff training the second Friday of each month.


Unless noted, programs are for adults and teens. Registration begins 3 weeks before the program date.

Graphic Design Bootcamp R

Thursdays, March 9, 16 & 23, 6-7:30 PM

Learn design concepts, terminology, and composition in this 3-week program. Explore vector design and build skills to tackle measurement guides, line and shape creation, fills, transparencies, file formats, layers, and image composition. Register only if you can attend all 3 weeks. Basic computer proficiency required.

Warhammer Alliance

Sundays, March 19, April 16 & May 21

1:30-4:30 PM

Attention brothers and sisters of the Imperium, The Emperor needs you! Join your fellow tabletop gaming enthusiasts in crafting, painting, and playing everything Warhammer! Drop in.

Intro to Hand Sewing (grades 3-5) R

Wednesday, March 29, 5:30-6:30 PM

Begin to sew by learning the basic techniques of hand sewing like adding a button, and a couple different stitches.

Laser Engraved Wooden Spoons R

Thursday, April 6, 6-7:30 PM

Personalize your kitchen with your own laser engraved wooden spoon!

Intro to Machine Sewing R

Wednesday, April 12, 6-7:30 PM

Join us for beginner instruction to sewing on a sewing machine, learn proper threading techniques, bobbin winding, and how to troubleshoot common threading problems.

DIY Paper R

Saturday, April 22, 1-3 PM

Discover a new way to be sustainable on Earth Day by giving recycled paper new life through handmade papermaking.

Intro to Vinyl Cutting R

Thursday, May 4, 6-7:30 PM

Learn basic concepts and terminology related to designing and cutting vinyl for craft projects, including basic cutting software tools and processes.

Laser Engraved Cutting Boards R

Thursday, May 11, 6-7:30 PM

Get started designing for the laser with a simple but timeless project, an engraved cutting board!

Intro to 3D Printing R

Wednesday, May 17, 6-7:30 PM

Dive into the world of 3D printing! Learn about the tools and programs used to successfully design, discover, and print your very own 3D creations.

Sew for Good R

Thursday, May 25, 6-8 PM

Come together for a night of service to sew a project to donate to an organization that helps people in need. Sewing machine proficiency required.

R = Register or 847.729.7500 Visit Any Library Service Desk. H = Hybrid Hybrid programs are held simultaneously via Zoom and in-person. Physical space is limited.

R = Register or 847.729.7500. Visit Any Library Service Desk.

H = Hybrid

Hybrid programs are held simultaneously via Zoom and in-person. Physical space is limited.

You must know your username and password for classes that require account information.




Have a question about how to download an eBook? Need help with your iPad? Researching your family tree? Let us help! Set up a meeting with a trained librarian for reference and technology assistance. Schedule a one-on-one appointment by emailing or call 847.729.7500. Appointments are in-person or virtual on Zoom and limited to GPL cardholders.

Tech Help

Mondays, March 6 & 20, April 3 & 17, & May 1 & 15, 1-3 PM • Lobby

Get help using your device to access eBooks, social media, email, and more. Help is first come, first served and limited to 15 minutes. Bring your questions and your device. Drop in.

Cloud Storage R H

Thursday, April 20, 7-8:30 PM • Tech Lab or Zoom

What is cloud storage and how does it work? Learn about storing your files and pictures digitally.

Cutting the Cord: Streaming Services for TV R

Wednesday, May 17, 7-8 PM • Multipurpose Room

Tired of paying too much for cable? Cost-friendly alternatives like Roku, Netflix, Hoopla, Kanopy, and others can help you save a bundle and change the way you watch TV.


Excel Basics R

Thursday, March 9, 2-3:30 PM • Tech Lab

Discover the Excel layout, data input, and the basics for writing formulas.

Excel Working With Tables R H

Wednesday, April 12, 2-3:30 PM • Tech Lab or Zoom

Learn how to create tables and pivot tables, sort and filter data, and work with large spreadsheets. Basic Excel skills required.

Excel Formulas & Functions R H

Tuesday, May 30, 2-3:30 PM • Tech Lab or Zoom

Learn how to use formulas and functions to compute and manipulate totals, percentages, averages, and other calculations. Basic Excel skills required.


Google Drive Basics R H

Tuesday, May 9, 2-3:30 PM • Tech Lab or Zoom

Learn how to create, upload, and manage your content, and collaborate with others. Gmail account required.


iPhone Basics R H

Wednesday, March 15, 2-3:30 PM • Tech Lab or Zoom

Learn to navigate your iPhone’s home screen, customize your settings, download apps, and more in this beginner class. Demonstration only.

iCloud Basics R H

Wednesday, April 5, 2-3 PM • Tech Lab or Zoom

Learn how to store and share your files digitally and access the free web version of Apple’s office software. Apple account required.

Organizing Your Apple Computer R H

Thursday, May 11, 2-3 PM • Tech Lab or Zoom

Learn file organization, storage, and navigation tips for Apple computers. Demonstration only.

Apple Photos Basics R H

Monday, May 22, 2-3:30 PM • Tech Lab or Zoom

Learn to store, manage, and share your digital pictures using Apple’s Photos software. Apple account required.

New! Play games, sharpen your attention and memory skills, and improve your brain health with BrainHQ. Register for a free account with your GPL card, then sign in to track your progress.



Glenview Job Fair R

Saturday, March 11, 10 AM-1 PM • Community Room

Looking for a job? Meet with Glenview employers about full time, part time, and seasonal opportunities. Resume critiques available. Registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome. Registrants that attend will be entered in a raffle to win prizes! Presented in partnership with Glenview Chamber of Commerce and Express Employment Professionals.

Giving: A Financial Planning Perspective R

Thursday, March 23, 7-8 PM • Zoom

Learn strategies to stretch your charitable donation, save in taxes, and bring more hope and joy to those you support. Ed Gjertsen II, CFP, past National President of the Financial Planning Association, provides valuable insights and strategies to help you create your personal philanthropic plan. Presented in partnership with Wilmette & Winnetka-Northfield Public Libraries.


Tips for New Managers


Wednesday, March 29, 6:30-7:30 PM • Zoom

Sarah Mitial of People Architectural Group, LLC shares tips and tricks to help new managers gain the skills they need to make a smooth transition and have a positive impact on their team’s engagement, performance, and morale. Presented in collaboration with Lake Cook Career Collaborative member libraries.

Fair Housing 101: Your Rights & Responsibilities R H

Tuesday, April 4, 7-8 PM • Community Room East or Zoom

Learn the fair housing rights and responsibilities that renters and housing providers need to know. Presented by Dominic Voz, Open Communities’ Assistant Director of Fair Housing.

Getting What You’re Worth: Negotiating Job Offers, Raises, and Promotions


Monday, April 24, 7-8 PM • Zoom

Does the thought of asking for a higher salary during a job offer negotiation scare you? Gina McClowry, owner of Gina McClowry Consulting, presents how negotiating is a part of life; approaching it with skill and confidence signals that you know your worth and that you will proactively manage your career success. Presented in collaboration with Lake Cook Career Collaborative member libraries.

VA Benefits & Services R H

Wednesday, April 26, 7-8 PM • Community Room West or Zoom

Find out if you are eligible for VA benefits and services including pensions, health care, education, disability compensation and more. Presented by James Harkins, Military/Veteran Outreach Specialist. Presented in partnership with the Village of Glenview Senior Services and North Shore Senior Center.

How to Transition a Good Idea into a Great Business

Tuesday, May 2, 6:30-7:30 PM • Zoom


Take concrete steps to make your business idea a reality by exploring the 9 essential building blocks needed to create a successful business model. Learn how to use the Business Model Canvas to capture the key ingredients of your business idea on a single page using a simple, thoughtful process. Presented by Chris Banakis of SCORE North Cook and Lake Counties. Presented in partnership with multiple area libraries.


Career Counseling Appointments


Fridays, March 3, April 7 & May 5, 11 AM-1 PM • Study Room 5

Lake Cook Career Collaborative

Looking for more Job & Career programs?

Find more virtual and in-person programs through the Lake Cook Career Collaborative:

Wednesdays, March 15, April 19 & May 17, 6:15-8:30 PM • Zoom

Consult with a career expert for resume help, LinkedIn profile review, and job search strategies for any stage of your career.

Financial Planning Appointments


Tuesdays, March 21, April 18 & May 16, 9-11 AM • Study Room 5

Do you have questions about how to invest, budget, or safeguard your finances? Schedule a free one-hour consultation with a Certified Financial Planner.

SCORE Counseling Appointments


Tuesday, March 21, April 18 & May 16, 1-4 PM • Zoom

SCORE North Cook and Lake Counties provides mentoring to local small business owners and entrepreneurs. Current and potential entrepreneurs can benefit from the experience of retired volunteer executives to develop business plans and grow businesses.


R = Register or 847.729.7500.

Visit Any Library Service Desk.

H = Hybrid Hybrid programs are held simultaneously via Zoom and in-person. Physical space is limited.


Getting Started with R

Wednesday, March 22, 2-3:30 PM • Tech Lab

Learn how to easily navigate this popular database.

She Came from Nowhere: Finding Hidden Female Ancestors R H

Saturday, April 8, 1-3 PM • Community Room or Zoom

Through two case studies, Katharine Andrew explores different solutions to the difficult genealogical problem of finding information on a female ancestor who seemingly came from nowhere. Presented in partnership with the North Suburban Genealogical Society.

Census Records


Thursday, April 13, 2-3:30 PM • Tech Lab or Zoom

Find your ancestors in census records with these tips and tricks.

Genealogy Research Night

Thursday, May 11, 5:30-8:30 PM • Genealogy & Local History Room

Socialize with other genealogists while using our print collections and online resources. Drop in to get individualized help from our genealogy experts, discuss your research with others, and enjoy free printing.

Fold3 R H

Wednesday, May 24, 2-3:30 PM • Tech Lab or Zoom

Learn how to use the Fold3 database to find your ancestor’s military records.

Thank You to the Friends and Foundation!

Thank you to the Friends of Glenview Public Library and the Glenview Public Library Foundation for their generous support of the Library in 2022. The Friends' $40,000 donation last year supported the implementation of the Library's new website and catalog, significantly improving our patron's digital experience. The Foundation funded several Library initiatives in 2022, including purchasing new, portable staging to enhance sightlines and visibility of performances and presentations at the Library. We are grateful to the Friends and Foundation for their generous support!


Foundation & Friends

2nd Annual Stay Home and Read a Book Ball

Join the Glenview Public Library Foundation for the 2nd Annual Stay Home and Read a Book Ball. Learn more and register at

WHEN: Sunday, March 19

WHERE: Wherever you choose to be! A far away destination or somewhere quite close.

HOW: (1) Register for the event and make a donation of any amount on our website. (2) On March 19, or anytime you choose to participate, choose a book, prepare your favorite snacks and drinks, and find a place to read. (3) While you are having a ball, tag the Foundation on Facebook and Instagram.

WHY: To support innovative programs and services within the Glenview Public Library that enrich access and inclusivity, and promote individual growth.



Reporting To You

Thanks to the dedication of over 50 volunteers, the Friends of the Glenview Library had a successful year raising funds to support the Library through sales at the Used Book Store and the Used Book Sale in April. This past December, at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch, the Friends presented library director Lindsey Dorfman with a $40,000 donation to the Library. In 2022, the Friends also awarded two $3,000 scholarships to GBS seniors and funded a new Little Free Library in Jackman Park created by Jacob Buzza and BSA Troop 17 in support of his Eagle Scout project.


Book Store. Find books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, LPs, and sheet music donated by the community for resale. In addition to the daily low prices, the store offers half-price sales each month.

The Friends of the Glenview Library are always looking for new members. Be part of the future and help support your Library in 2023! Pick up a membership form at the Used Book Store.

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