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Eclipse Glasses Alert

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ECLIPSE GLASSES ALERT

In the past few weeks, the Glencoe Public Library distributed 130 pairs of eclipse glasses that were ordered in June from Amazon and were advertised as ISO certified. Unfortunately, we have since learned from Amazon that Amazon has issued a warning regarding glasses (including the glasses that we purchased from them) that have not been verified as being ISO compliant. Amazon is warning people not to use these glasses. Using glasses that are not ISO-compliant may damage your eyes if used to view the sun. If you received orange glasses marked “SolarEclipseGlasses2017.com” (see photo), DO NOT use them to view the sun. For a list of vendors approved by the American Astronomical Society, see https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters. For alternative ways of safely viewing the eclipse, see https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.

If you have any questions, please call us at (847) 835-5056. Ask for Becky Halcli, Grace Hayek, or Liz McClain.

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Lost and Finally Found at the Glencoe Library: The Missing Purse Case Is Opened and Shut

Lost and Finally Found at the Glencoe Library: The Missing Purse Case Is Opened and Shut


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Glencoe, IL---July 12, 2017) The Mystery of the Purse in the Ceiling is solved.
In a case worthy of Nancy Drew, the teenaged sleuth of young adult fiction, the Glencoe Public Library is happy to announce that the owner of a long-lost handbag has been found.
In April, construction workers discovered an old black clutch in the ductwork above a disused lower-level restroom. It contained just a few clues: two black-and-white photographs, an appointment card for “Ellen Pritikin” at a Glencoe dentist’s office, a pencil, a nail brush, a single earring, and a lipstick in a very bright shade.
The library put the purse and its contents on display and asked its patrons to help solve the mystery. An initial article on the case in Daily North Shore sparked even more interest. Leads came in from university professors, amateur genealogists, current Glencoe residents, and former residents living as far away as Maine. The case was covered by Chicago-area television and radio stations as well as print media.
Librarians being the original search engines that they are, Glencoe staff revved up and got to work. Starting from the Tuesday, October 11, date on the dental card, one of the reference librarians used a perpetual calendar and old phone book listings to deduce that the purse was lost in 1966 or a few years earlier. She called Pritikins in the area, but found none who knew an Ellen Pritikin. She identified an Ellen Pritikin as graduating from nearby Evanston Township High School in 1964. Glencoe architect Scott Javore, who specializes in historic properties, was consulted about the house shown in one of the photographs. Through online resources, the librarian eventually located the woman whose belongings went missing 56 years ago.
Ellen Pritikin Polito, who lives in Berkeley, California, was delighted to hear the news but says she doesn’t remember the incident, which likely happened in 1960 when she was about to enter New Trier High School as a freshman.
In an email to the library, Ms. Polito wrote, “I don’t remember losing the purse, but I’m sure it was stolen. I would have had a wallet, which you didn’t find. I figure the loss was forgettable to me because I didn’t have any ID such as a driver’s license that needed to be replaced and probably not a lot of money. I’m sure the wallet was stolen to be checked out later, and the purse dumped.”
Ms. Polito was a volunteer at the library for two summers—1959 and 1960—and may have had the purse stolen while she was busy stamping and shelving books.
The library will return Ms. Polito’s belongings, of course, although its lost-and-found policy is to discard items left more than six months. She’s looking forward to receiving the photographs. One is of a girl she doesn’t remember, but the other is of her grandmother Fanny Pritikin in front of Ms. Polito’s aunt’s Kewanee, Illinois, home. “She wasn’t a woman who liked to be in photographs,” said Ms. Polito, “so I only have a couple of images of her.”
The library’s executive director, Andrew Kim, extended his thanks to reference librarian/detective Maureen Liebenson and to the many members of the public who contributed clues and enthusiasm.
Ms. Polito told the library, “It’s fascinating to me how many people have gotten involved in trying to solve this little mystery.”

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What's Hot for Summer YA Reading Club


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Join our YA Summer Reading Club!

May 24 thru August 28

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Ravinia Tickets are HERE!

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Grab your FREE Ravinia tickets today!

Starting Tuesday, May 30th we will giving away Ravinia tickets to Glencoe residents. They will be on a first come first served basis, and 2 tickets per person limit. We will not be able to hold or reserve any tickets, and no date exchanges are permitted. While supplies last!

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Join us for Page to Stage at Writers Theatre

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Join us as we Kick-off our Page to Stage series on Monday, May 15th at 7:00 PM.This will be held at Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court. For more information view the FLYER

 

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Friends Classical Musical Concert: Sunday

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Friends of the Library Musical Concert

Join us Sunday, April 9th at 5:00 PM for a wonderful musical concert. The Friends of the Glencoe Public Library will be presenting an afternoon concert featuring The Dorel Ensemble! Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. They will play a program of Bartok (Hungarian Folk Melodies for Violin and Cello), Villa-Lobos (Deuz Choros, Duo for Violin and Cello), and Beethoven (String Quartet No. 1 in F major, op. 18). The musicians are Liba Shacht, Ying Chai, Weijing Wang, and John Sharp.

Please note the library closes at 4:00 PM. The doors will reopen at 4:30 for seating, with the concert beginning promptly at 5:00 PM. For more info, visit the FLYER

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March Excerpts Now Online

 

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Now online is our March 2017 Spring Edition of Excerpts. View our listing of programs, news, and special events happening at the library this spring. To read the flyer online click HERE. Our weekly enewsletter is a great addition as well to stay up to date on what's happening at the library. Sign up by clicking HERE

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Library Board Meeting Rescheduled

Notice of Rescheduled Library Board Meeting:

The March board meeting will be held Wednesday, March 15th at 8:00 PM in the Hammond Room. For more information please click HERE

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The World Series Trophy Comes to Glencoe

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Misner Auditorium-Central School, March 21st from 4:30-6:00 PM. For more information view the FLYER

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Introducing Roku Streaming Players

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The Glencoe Public Library now has Roku Streaming Players for Checkout!

These easy to connect devices, use your home WiFi to stream free entertainment. We've loaded each one with dozens of movies, channels and more. Each Roku also has access to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video! No subscription required, we've got it all covered. What you need, is a HDMI capatible TV and a Internet connection. We supply the cables, and after a quick setup you're ready to stream! Stop by the reference desk to learn more. These Rokus are available to Glencoe cardholders only and circulate for 2 weeks. They are reserveable, however they are not renewable. To reserve one today, search our Catalog

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