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Vickie L. Novak

A Quarterly Message
From Library Director
Vickie L. Novak

The Meaning of Friendship

The greatest gift you can give someone is your time. Because when you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life you can never get back. ~ Anonymous

This quote fittingly describes the relationship between the Glenview Public Library and its Friends group. Supporting the Library’s mission since 1939, both philosophically and financially, the dedicated volunteers of the Friends of the Glenview Library have raised more than $1 million—used to enrich library programs and services. The Friends recently presented the Library with a check in the amount of $40,000, representing the fruits of their 2013 fund-raising efforts and their tireless dedication. The Friends have provided a full report of their activities and an invitation to their special meetings throughout the year later in this issue of the Library newsletter. I encourage you to read their report and consider getting involved in this dynamic organization.

The Friends’ $35,000 donation in 2012 was used to purchase a number of items, which add to the quality of service provided to Glenview residents. The following are illustrative of the items which were added as a result of this donation:

In addition to joint programming, Park District and Library facilities are shared for annual staff training and educational programs, and a display case for special Park District exhibits is reserved year-round in the Library’s lobby.

Enhanced Adult Enrichment Programs • nearly $2,000 was used to supplement the adult program budget, allowing the Library to add high quality programs for this audience and resulting in a 16% increase in 2013 Enrichment program attendance.

Wall-Mounted Lobby Display Unit • offers an attractive, eye-catching venue for the display of community events and library programs in a highly visible area of the Library Lobby.

Blackout Shades for the Community Room and Youth Services Program Room • allow for better, undistracted viewing of movies and presentations, by blocking the residual daylight from the rooms.

Sliding Bin Shelves in the Audio-Visual Room • provide ease of access to the Library’s CD collection.

Wooden Bookcase for the Genealogy Room • accommodates the expansion of the print genealogy collection.

Sandbox Server in the IT Department • allows the Library’s technology staff to test software on the network before releasing it for use on the public computers.

Discovery Activity Table in Youth Services • enhances the educational, creative toy options provided for children. Legos® and Duplos® are currently some of the most popular play items for youth of all ages—and their parents, too. Given their tremendous popularity, the Library even has a Lego® Club for children.

Early Literacy Kits and a Four-Person Study Table • further augment the services provided in Youth Services, rounding out the purchases made as a result of donations from the Friends in 2013.

On behalf of the Glenview Public Library Board of Trustees and Staff, I would like to acknowledge the support and generosity of the Friends of the Library. Everybody needs a Friend, and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have so many Friends!

National Library Week
Saturday, April 12–Friday, April 18

During this annual celebration to honor our nation’s libraries and the communities they serve, there is always a special theme shared by libraries across the nation. This year’s theme, Lives Change @ Your Library, lends itself to programming designed to inspire creative thinking, develop new skills, and cultivate special interests. See For Kids, Teens & Adult Programs for individual program descriptions. The Glenview Library’s mission to Educate, Enrich, Inspire & Entertain is truly fulfilled during this week of unique and motivational programs, activities, and events.

You’re Invited! The Circulation Department will also host the annual Patron Appreciation Reception on Thursday, April 17, 2-4 PM. Just drop in and enjoy celebratory refreshments in the Library Lobby.

Food for Fines is a meaningful Glenview Public Library tradition during National Library Week. For every food item you bring to the Library’s Circulation Desk from April 12–18, your outstanding fines will be reduced by $1 (not applicable to lost or damaged materials). All items will be donated to the Northfield Township Food Pantry. Change the lives of your neighbors in need by helping to restock the Food Pantry with your donations.

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