Two trustees vote no, but board approves a vote that essentially gives their OK to a $6 million renovation and reconfiguration plan.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Sunday, October 9, 2011
This week, the App Hunter reviews the OverDrive Media Console app, which allows library patrons on mobile devices to upload ebooks and audio books.
Imagine this: Walking into your local library and finding an advertisement for an app that allows you to checkout ebooks and audiobooks on your mobile device! Inside, you yell, "Genius! Why hasn't this existed before?" That's exactly what happened to me with the OverDrive Media Console app. OverDrive has so much promise, so many tantalising possibilities that you can't help but like it. Earlier: A Review of Panoramic Photos by the Pano App. In my case, I really, really wanted to like it. But the experience speaks for itself. I tried this app out a year ago but was frustrated by its limited book selection and even more limited functionality. For example, I wanted to listen to The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vol. 1 on my iPhone. …
Friday, September 9, 2011
Changes made after previous board violates Open Meeting Act.
In an effort to increase transparency between the Morton Grove Library Board of Trustees and the public, some noticeable changes were put into place at last night’s board meeting. Three video cameras were on hand filming the meeting in its entirety from local media outlets including MGTV. President Mark Albers said the library’s partnership with MGTV would “help instruct [the board] how to tape these meetings and post them on YouTube.” He added this would “give more accessibility to our patrons and our public.” Earlier: Read Patch’s complete coverage of the ongoing library board dispute. Albers also mentioned the possibility of airing the meeting on MGTV in the future. This new addition comes in the wake of the Cook County State’s Attorney…
Monday, July 25, 2011
Board member says "immediate" steps are being taken to find a replacement for former director.
The library board recently appointed two interim replacements to fill former Executive Director Ben Schapiro’s shoes, but officials remain closemouthed about the details surrounding his departure. The board appointed Assistant Director Kevin Justie and Natalya Fishman, head of reference, as interim co-directors at a July 14 board meeting. “They are well-respected by the staff,” said Catherine Peters, treasurer of the library board. Earlier: The board votes to remove Schapiro The board is taking “immediate” steps to find a new director, according to Peters. She would not offer any timelines for the search process. Questions remain about departure It is still unclear if the board fired Schapiro or if he resigned. Officials have kept quiet …
Sunday, June 12, 2011
The summer reading program takes an international theme. Kids, teens and adults can take part, and there are some good prizes.
If you're a teen, you can win an Apple iPod touch. If you're an adult, you can win a Sony Digital Reader. And if you're a kid, you can get plenty of prizes. The Niles Library hopes the prizes will entice people to take part in its "One World, Many Stories" summer reading program. Those clever librarians know that the prizes are just a foot in the door--the books themselves are the real reward. "It's a lot of fun. It's all free," said Clara Sheffer of the library staff. "You get to play the game, win prizes, read what you like to read and, for kids, keep up your reading skills over the summer." All ages, from baby to adult, are encouraged to take part, she stressed, adding it's important for little kids to be read to. For every hour …
Monday, April 4, 2011
Before you go to the polls, see whether these candidates are qualified and what they stand for. You may carry this into the voting booth.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Have you learned enough about the candidates to make an informed choice? Remember, the people you elect will likely either raise your taxes or cut your services. Since they'll work for you, the citizens, take a moment to peruse their "job applications." Click on the candidates' highlighted names to see their answers to Patch.com's questions. VILLAGE OF MORTON GROVE TRUSTEES (Vote for 3) Georgianne Brunner Shelden "Shel" Marcus Rita Minx John Pietron John Thill Maria Toth MORTON GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY TRUSTEES There are two races here: 1) Six-year terms (Vote for 3) Mark Albers Paul Berg Laura Frisch Lawrence "Larry" Levin Renee Miller (write-in candidate) Catherine Peters 2) Two-year term (Vote …
Monday, March 7, 2011
Morton Grove Patch interviews Ronnie Rund, who celebrated her retirement at the library this past weekend.
I recently sat down with Ronnie Rund, a children's librarian for more than 30 years at the Morton Grove Public Library. She retired at the end of February. Q. What made you want to become a librarian? A. I walked into the library one day with my then four-year-old son. Joan Gross was at that time the head children’s librarian. Her assistant had just quit. Joan told me I’d be perfect for the job and suggested I apply for it. I got the job. Shortly thereafter, I began to work on my master’s degree in library science at Rosary College. I took one course per semester. Q. What did you like best about being a children’s librarian? A. I always enjoyed the annual Battle of the Books competition. I loved the children’s enthusiasm and was…
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Keep the kids busy with movies, video games, and sports this weekend.
Niles West Girls Regional Final February 17 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. Cheer on the girls of Niles West as they head to Skokie for the 4A Regional Finals Quiet on the Set video club February 17 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Kids grades 4-8 can learn how to write, act, and direct their own movies at the Niles public library. It’s a creative, collaborative, fun filled experience. Teen Dinner and a Movie Night February 18 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. $18 Teens can enjoy a three course dinner with other kids thier own age followed by a movie at the Niles Teen Center. Dinner is $18, but there will be snacks for sale for a little extra if you want candy during the movie. Middle School Night February 18 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. $3 Kids grades 5-8 are welcome to the Prairie View Community…
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
We know all the best places to go with your kids this weekend - and many of them are free!
Feb 10 - Kids in the Kitchen 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Free Do you have a budding Iron Chef? The Morton Grove Public Library will teach your youngest cook how to make some adventurous Asian and Pacific Island dishes. Feb 10 - Reading with Rover 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Free Help your kids build confidence by reading out loud to service dogs. These cuddly canines are the world’s most patient listeners and a great audience for whatever story your child wants to read. Feb 11 - Bibliobop Dance Party 10:00 a.m. - Noon Free Who says parents never go dancing anymore? Now we dance with the kids! This Saturday morning, DJ Miss Cate spins tunes for babies, toddlers and kids to all feel the rhythm! Shake your stuff with the whole family. Feb 11 - Open Season 3 4:00…
Monday, January 10, 2011
Largest such competition in Morton Grove history draws hundreds at Winter Library Challenge
For two hours Sunday afternoon, the typically quiet and solemn shelves of the Morton Grove Public Library bubbled over with glee and silliness. The library hosted a kick-off party for the Winter Library Challenge with the largest game of Simon Says the community has ever seen. Minivans crowded the "parking lot as about 200 kids and parents descended upon the library’s Baxter Room for the day’s festivities. The restless crowd, of kindergarten through 6th grade, was treated to free pizza and juice and watched ''Hong Kong Phooey'' cartoons as they awaited the main event. Youth services librarian and event emcee Brenda Glenn urged the children to register for the winter reading program and quizzed the youngsters on library and other community …