Outreach Services

Services for Seniors and Patrons with Special Needs

Contact the Outreach Librarian for more information about services.
847-729-7500 x 2612

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Assistive Technology

The Library offers a number of assistive devices for use in the Library or for checkout.

Enhanced Materials

New Large Print Books

Popular large print fiction and nonfiction books are available for patron checkout.

Audio Descriptive DVDs
For the Visually Impaired

Audio Description provides commentary and narration which guides the listener through the presentation with concise, objective descriptions of new scenes, settings, costumes, body language, and “sight gags”, all slipped in between portions of dialogue or songs.


Glenview Public Library subscribes to Readers Digest and the New York Times in large print.

Homebound Service

Glenview residents who are temporarily or permanently homebound due to an illness or disability may have library materials brought to their home. Contact the Outreach Librarian for more information.

Homebound Volunteer Corps (PDF)

Volunteers pick up and deliver library materials to homebound patrons. For more information and an application (PDF), contact the Outreach Librarian.

Services for
Patrons with Caregivers

Adult residents of Glenview who have age, physical limitations, or transportation issues, may allow a documented caregiver to check out library materials on their behalf. Caregiver status may be assigned to: a spouse, friend/neighbor, relative or professional caregiver, one caregiver per card. To participate in this service, you must have a valid Glenview Public Library card. To enroll both patron and caregiver are required to sign the Patron/Caregiver Agreement prior to receiving service. To register please contact, the Circulation Desk at 847-729-7500 x 2250 or the Outreach Librarian at x 2612.

Special Accommodations
& Services

Glenview Public Library complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to allow them to participate in any library program or meeting should contact the Reader or Reference Services Desks for adult programs and Youth Services Desk for children’s programs. The Library requires five business days notice if special accommodations are needed.

A wheelchair is available for Library patrons at the Information Desk, generously donated by the Frisbie Senior Center, Helping Hands of Glenview, and the Glenview Senior Center. Convenient Drive-Up Services (PDF) allow patrons to pick up and drop off materials without leaving their vehicle.

Talking Books Program

A free service providing talking or Braille books to those with visual, physical, or reading disabilities. This service is provided by the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center. For more information or an application, contact the Outreach Librarian.

Helpful Websites for Seniors


Find out how Medicare works, apply, or find doctors, providers, plans, suppliers, forms and more.

Social Security

Whether you are applying for or receiving benefits, learn what you can do online, including estimating benefits, checking out your Social Security statement and managing your benefits.

North Shore Senior Center

Offers educational programs, social gatherings, volunteer opportunities and support services for older adults as well as information and assistance for caregivers and family members.

The East Wing, Glenview Senior Center

Provides members with recreation programs, classes, services and planned activities. The Glenview Senior Center is one of only 80 out of 1400 senior centers throughout the nation to be accredited by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC).

National Council on Aging

A nonprofit service and advocacy organization that improves the lives of older adults and the organizations that serves them. A wonderful tool for information on home equity questions, benefits, healthy aging, and Medicare. NCOA also has information for caregivers and advocates for older adults.


A user-friendly website for older adults from the National Institute of Health. You will find reliable, easy-to-understand online health information, videos with caption, exercise stories, quizzes and more.


Adult Literacy Classes

Conducted by Oakton Community College

A unique opportunity to improve English reading and writing skills. For native and non-native English speakers. A small, friendly group led by a teacher and volunteer tutors.

Fall Session:
Tuesdays & Thursdays
September 2–November 25

(No class on November 11)
9:15 AM-12:15 PM

Thursday, August 28, 9:15 AM-12:15 PM

Glenview Library Community Room West

Information: 847-635-1426


An educational Friday afternoon break for Seniors in the Community Room. A partner program with the Village of Glenview Senior Services and North Shore Senior Center.

Senior Housing

A Special Three-Part Series
Options, Issues & Answers

Part One:
Senior Housing: What are my options?

Friday, August 1, 1-2 PM
Community Room

Kathleen M. Swanson, JD, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (LAF), will talk about the differences between assisted living, supportive living, and skilled nursing home care. An informative program for older adults, their families, and caregivers.

Part Two:
Senior Housing Fair

Wednesday, September 10, 3:30-6 PM
Community Room

This open house will provide an opportunity for older adults and their families to explore the various types of senior residences in the Glenview area. Representatives will display materials and be available to talk about their facilities with Fair attendees. Just drop in.

Part Three:
Moving • Six Steps to Success

Friday, Oct. 3, 1-2 PM
Community Room

Moving and downsizing can be an overwhelming and emotional experience. Erin Marcus, Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist of Caring Transitions, will address the basic steps to be considered as you begin planning for your move. We all know moving can seem overwhelming at times, but when we break it down into a process, the seemingly impossible becomes possible.

Laughter Therapy: LOL to Good Health

Friday, November 7, 1-2 PM
Community Room

Laughter is a well-recognized tool used in healing and maintaining good mental health. Kathy Kanter, Provider Relations Liaison with Midwest Care Center and certified Laughter Leader with World Laughter Tour, will discuss the many benefits of laughter and will teach participants how to prevent “hardening of the attitudes” and produce a feeling of well-being.

CJE Senior Life

One-On-One Counseling
Exploring Resources & Options

Tuesdays: September 23, October 28 & November 25
30-minute appointments: 9:30 AM-Noon
Second Floor Study Room

Do you have questions about retirement and health insurance options? Are you facing a life changing decision, or concerned about long-term supports? CJE SeniorLife (CJE) Resource Specialists provide counseling to adults 60 and over, their families and caregivers. Counseling includes topics such as the selection of appropriate retirement benefits, picking the right health insurance and Medicare programs, determining housing needs, and identifying supportive resources. For more information and to make an appointment, call Kathy Gaeding at CJE SeniorLife, 773-508-1054.

Medicare Made Easy

Thursday, October 30, 1-2 PM
Community Room

October 15–December 7, 2014 is the open enrollment period for Medicare D prescription plan and Medicare Advantage health insurance plan. This is a good time to look at your health insurance and ensure your needs are being met. Kathy Gaeding from CJE SeniorLife, a trained Illinois Senior Health Insurance Counselor, will provide tips to help you make good choices, and guide you through the Medicare maze.