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Vickie L. Novak

A Quarterly Message
From Library Director
Vickie L. Novak

The Fifth Anniversary Edition

On October 9, 2010, the doors of the new Glenview Public Library opened to an eager crowd of more than 6,000 residents. Since that day five years ago, over 2.1 million patrons have walked through the doors of your hometown library. Your ongoing support is deeply appreciated by the Board of Trustees and Staff. To commemorate the first five years, I asked the Library’s managers to share a service, feature, or even a feeling that gives them a special sense of place and encourages them to serve their community with excellence as the doors open anew each day.

Jane Berry, Assistant Director & Christine Klimusko, Business Manager: Spacious meeting rooms are available to meet the Library’s operational needs, as well as to provide gathering space for community groups of up to 180 people. Whether you choose to host a meeting or to participate in one of the Library’s diverse programs, the state-of-the-art rooms are guaranteed to enhance your experience. In 2014 alone, 36,056 patrons attended library-sponsored programs and the public meeting rooms were reserved 11,925 times over the course of the year.

Jennifer Black, Communications Director: Upon entering the Library lobby, a welcoming spirit envelops the visitor. Tables and chairs to study or mingle, a beverage alcove, a community bulletin board, and the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore (always filled with great bargains) greet you. The entry area also showcases Art in the Library, featuring the incredible talents of local artists. Seventeen exhibits have graced the lobby walls since Opening Day.

Maryann Bowler, Head of Circulation Services: A popular feature of the new Library is the Drive-Up Window and Book Drops. Inclement weather? Pressed for time? Call ahead and have your item(s) routed to the Drive-Up Window for pick up or drive up to return items from the comfort of your vehicle. So far this year, more than 3,500 patrons have embraced this quick and convenient service. Next visit, check it out!

Linda Burns, Head of Reader Services • The fireplace, glowing warmly from November to April, is a special place for patrons to read or simply de-stress. Seeing high school students in the Teen Scene and patrons of all ages enjoying the Library’s vast array of collections in the many sunlit reading nooks is especially gratifying. With over 400 magazines titles and 317,000 print and AV items in the collection, there is something for everyone and a special place to enjoy the library experience.

Diane Comen, Head of Reference Services: The Genealogy & Local History Room offers a vast array of specialized resources for the amateur to the seasoned genealogist. Donated in 1968, the Lundberg Collection contains rare books, periodicals, and personal papers dating from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century. This comfortable room is staffed by volunteers who contributed 1,284 hours in 2014. Computer workshops and topical programs are also offered throughout the year.

Mark Depa, Facilities Manager: The building’s infrastructure features many elements which incorporate green technology. Sunlight is harvested through a networked lighting-control system designed with photo sensors to dim lighting in the presence of adequate daylight, providing energy-efficient lighting throughout the building—not to mention the optimal environment natural light provides for enjoying the collections. The green roofs offer a delightful natural sanctuary for birds and butterflies, while reducing storm water run-off and heating and cooling loads.

Barbara Littlefield, Head of Youth Services: The three Study Rooms in Youth Services are a popular feature with students of all ages reserving the colorful, glass-fronted rooms—an astonishing 11,162 times since the doors of the new Library opened. The dedicated Youth Services Program Room has enabled the expansion of innovative programming for children. There is a lively program in this bright and cheerful room almost every day of the year.

Teri Room, Head of Technical Services: Technology is yours via the Library. The Technology Lab provides 22 computers for individual or class use. Library resources are available to you 24/7 with the website, downloadables, databases, and social media. “Friend” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter to read staff picks and keep up with what’s happening daily. If you’re up late, out of town, or just feel like staying in, we have what you need.

Whether you take advantage of the Drive-Up Services this winter, curl up at the fireplace with a great read, host your community group in a meeting room, or explore any of the other features and services mentioned above, we look forward to serving you in 2016 and celebrating a new year together. ~ Vickie L. Novak

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