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National Library Week

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National Library Week 2014, April 12–18

During this annual celebration to honor our nation’s libraries and the communities they serve, special programs have been designed to inspire creative thinking, develop new skills, and cultivate special interests.

Food For Fines

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.


For All Ages

Breaktime! Tips for Healthy Snacking

Saturday, April 12, 10 AM-Noon
Library Lobby

Whatever your daily schedule, everyone needs a break and an energy boost at different times of the day. Whole Foods Market Northbrook will be on hand with samples and advice to steer you in the right direction when making snack choices for yourself and your family. Just drop in.

Patron Appreciation Reception

Thursday, April 17, 2-4 PM
Library Lobby

The Circulation Staff invites you to a reception in the Library Lobby. Drop in for light refreshments to celebrate this special week that honors our nation's libraries and patrons.


For Kids & Families

Open Door Yoga & Family Class

Saturday, April 12, 10 AM-Noon
Community Room
Family Yoga Class Registration begins March 15

Sign up for our Family Yoga Class from 10:30-11:15 AM, or drop in to observe and try a pose or two anytime between 10 AM-Noon. Families will learn partner poses to do together. Yoga instructor Shawna Schwalb of Positivecaring Co., and Stephanie Borkan, LAc, LMT of Be Optimal Holistic Health Center will guide you. Wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat or beach towel. No prior yoga experience necessary. Stop by the Whole Foods Market Northbrook table in the Lobby to also learn about healthy snacks.

Sakura Festival

Sunday, April 13, 2-4 PM
Community Room & Lobby

Visit with local students as they share fun aspects of Japanese traditions and culture. Celebrate the return of the cherry blossoms while you try your hand at crafts, snacks, and games. Presented by Glenbrook South High School’s Japanese Club. Just drop in.

Marvelous Makers: Drop-In Afterschool Surprises (grades K-8)

April 14-17, 3:30-5 PM
Youth Program Room

Stop by and see what’s happening! A different activity each day, so be sure to drop in.

Computer Science 101: Coding Lab (grades K-8)

Friday, April 18, 1-4 PM (No School Day)
Youth Program Room
Registration begins March 21
1 PM Session OR
2 PM Session OR
3 PM Session

Learn to think like a computer scientist. Using, a variety of activities will be available for independent or group work. Tools to bring along: Library card (to log on to a computer), headphones (for grades 3 & up). Children ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


For Teens

Make It & Take It • Recycle, Reuse & Create • Just Drop In

Saturday, April 12, 12-2 PM • Teen Scene
Grades 9-12

Looking for something fun to do on a Saturday afternoon? Stop by the Teen Scene and help yourself to craft supplies—yarn, scrapbook pages, bottle caps, and more. Use your creative genius to turn something old into something new. A National Library Week special program.


For Adults

The Writing Life • Author & Illustrator Meet & Greet

Saturday, April 12, 1-3 PM
Library Lobby

Meet a local novelist (Marc Joenz), poet (Angela Narciso Torres), cookbook author (Jill Houk), and illustrator (Kathy O’Malley). Learn about the unique inspiration behind their works, as well as how their works are published. Whether you are looking for your next great read or could use a dose of encouragement for your own work, treat yourself to this informal literary experience. Book signing and sale. Just drop in.

The Truth About Gluten

Monday, April 14, 9:30-10:45 AM
Community Room
Registration begins March 17

What’s all the concern about gluten? Sort it all out with Dr. Cari Jacobson of Be Optimal Holistic Health Center and Shawna Schwalb of Positivecaring Co. Whole Foods Market Northbrook will provide gluten free snacks. Supervised play room provided for ages 3+ during the lecture.

To the North Pole & Beyond
Pushing the Limits of Possibility

Tuesday, April 15, 7 PM

Polar explorer John Huston’s stories ( from the end of the earth weave together themes of teamwork, leadership, planning, environmental awareness, perseverance, optimism, and courage. Through John’s stunning photographs and powerful voice, learn how life can change when goals are set and realized. John has shared his many adventures and expeditions on CNN, The History Channel, and NPR.

Meditation Transformation

Thursday, April 17, 10 AM

Experience the transformative powers of meditation with an introduction to this ancient art. iRest® Meditation is a guided practice designed to help people learn to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, and chronic pain. iRest® provides tools to guide us through these layers of distraction that keep us from experiencing deep peace and well-being. Instructor Gemma Adams ( is a lifelong Glenview resident, teaching yoga and meditation in the community since 2006. Wear comfortable clothes.
A Glenview Park District Partner program.

All Is Lost

Friday, April 18, 2 & 6:30 PM

Anchored by another remarkable performance by Robert Redford, All Is Lost is a tense drama about an unnamed man on a solo ocean voyage—forced to fight for his survival and face his mortality. A perfect selection for National Library Week, as we explore the many ways that lives can change.