1930 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL 60025
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It takes a community working together to make things happen—and many exciting things are happening at the Glenview Public Library, due to its collaborative efforts with community groups and organizations. In times of tight budgets and economic challenges, the Library has developed many enduring community partnerships. These relationships maximize the return for both entities, allowing for a more diverse collection of programs and services to reach a larger audience at reduced costs. A sampling of these exciting and innovative ventures includes:
Glenview Park District: An Intergovernmental Agreement with the Glenview Park District has allowed for the development of creative, cost-effective programming and resource sharing, which benefits overlapping community constituencies. Through the ongoing efforts of an interagency program team, many innovative classes, workshops, and special events have been piloted. Golf pros from the Park District taught putting techniques to youngsters on the miniature golf course set up in the Library’s Youth Services area for the Caddy Stacks program. Park District instructors teach Fitness Samplers at the Library. The seasonal StoryWalk® Trail encourages families to share a book together as they wind their way through Little Bear Garden. In June, children had an opportunity to get “up close and personal” with Buttercup, the cow, a pair of sheep, and some chickens visiting from Wagner Farm. This special encounter took place on the Library’s north lawn, followed by a picnic in Jackman Park.
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.
The Glen Town Center: The Library’s Youth Services Department and The Glen Town Center join forces each quarter to provide special entertainment, in addition to the Flight-to-Fun Kids Club, which meets monthly during the school year. The Book Market at Hangar One provides the space; The Glen Town Center provides the setup; the Library provides staff to assist...and costs are shared equally. This partnership allows the Library to provide a caliber of programming for children that would be cost-prohibitive on its own. The On-the-Go programs attracted 1,577 youth in 2012 and are on target to top that number in 2013, as 1,262 children have already participated!
North Suburban Special Education District (NSSED): NSSED has supported the Library’s services to youth with special needs. NSSED assisted with funding a program on autism, presented by Dr. Martha Herbert, Harvard researcher and author of The Autism Revolution. NSSED will be partnering with the Library in 2014 to launch the Friendship Ambassadors and Friendship Club programs, which are designed to provide social opportunities in a welcoming environment for children of all abilities (grades 3-8). Friendship Ambassador volunteers (grades 4-12) will receive training by NSSED to prepare them to work with special needs children.
Village of Glenview Senior Services: The Village has partnered with the Library to create the popular series, GLENergy: Exploring the Senior Lifestyle. Staff strives to bring educational, cultural, and informational programming to Glenview’s older adult population. Due to its popularity, GLENergy will become a monthly event in 2014.
Local Businesses: College Nannies & Tutors of Glenview conduct quarterly preparatory seminars for college-bound teens, including the ACT Prep Test and the ACT Test Taking Workshop. Whole Foods Market Northbrook sponsors the Teen Chef cooking competition, providing food, utensils, and culinary know-how for this very popular event.
Neighboring Library Partnerships: Joint programs with other local libraries are an important component of ongoing partnership building. One such shared activity is the BookBites: Reading Social discussion group, co-sponsored by the Niles Public Library and hosted by The Glenview House on the first Thursday of the month, 7 PM. Librarians from the Glenview and Niles Libraries lead the discussion, while participants get to know each other and enjoy a light snack or refreshment.
Volunteer Service: Volunteerism also plays an integral role in library partnerships. Monthly financial planning consultations are provided at no charge to patrons, courtesy of Ed Gjertsen, a Certified Financial Planner®. Volunteer and chess player extraordinaire, Steve Levenson, has conducted the monthly Youth Chess Club on Friday nights for over a decade.
These are but a few examples of the many collaborative efforts that regularly take place at the Library, enriching the lives of Glenview residents.