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COVID-19 Library Update


(Glencoe, IL ― March 23, 2020) In keeping with other sensible measures to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Glencoe Public Library will remain closed to the public through Sunday, April 12, 2020. Rather than re-open on April 1, as previously announced, the library hopes to welcome back its patrons on Monday, April 13. The library board will reassess the opening date as events unfold.

All programs scheduled through the end of April have been postponed or canceled. All services are suspended during the closure. Library staff will work to determine what can be offered virtually and will continue to check email messages.

Glencoe patrons are urged to make the most of its online and streaming options, many of which are being expanded to meet greater need. See the library’s website (Digital Content/Books, Movies & More) for the full array of offerings and instructions on how to access them.



Covid-19 Closure FAQ's


Like other places of public gathering, the library must stay closed for now. We will welcome back our patrons just as soon as it’s safe to do so. Here are answers to some questions you may have:

What about the materials I already have checked out? You are encouraged to hold onto your materials until we re-open, but if you prefer you may return them through the book drop on the west side of the building. No overdue fines will accrue while we are closed.

I ordered library materials through inter-library loan. Will I still get them? The RAILS inter-library loan system is shut down for the time being. All holds will be filled when we resume normal operations.





The library stands with other Glencoe institutions in the effort to minimize exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus. To protect both patrons and staff, the building will be closed from 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 13. We hope to re-open on April 1.





Census 2020

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2020 Census: It’s Important to Be Counted!
Between March 12-20, Glencoe households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. You can respond online, by mail, or by phone. The library has partnered with the Glencoe-Glenview chapter of the League of Women Voters to provide assistance with census completion. A League representative will be at the library to answer your questions March 12 through April 1, 3:30-5:30 pm Mon-Fri (3:30-5:00 pm Sat-Sun).  
The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated over the coming ten years. The census affects funding for the Village, District 35, Glencoe Park District, the State of Illinois, area hospitals, and other critical organizations. 
Census Day is April 1, 2020. Each household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone. Every household that hasn't responded by early April will receive reminders and eventually a paper questionnaire. For more information, visit:



Winter Reading

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Join our Winter Reading Club for adults! Stop by the library or give us a call to sign up. These lists include lots of suggestions to get you started by our very own staff!

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Introducing Kanopy Streaming Entertainment

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Introducing our Newest Entertainment Offering, Kanopy!

The Glencoe Library is happy to now offer another addition to our streaming services, with Kanopy. This online resource works via the internet, mobile/tablet app, or with your TV streaming device. Over 30,000 thought-provoking, award-winning, and kid-friendly materials at your fingertips. No waiting, no overdues, and 10 checkouts per month. The checkout limit resets at the first of every month. Sign up with your library card today!

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New Library Catalog is Coming!

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During the week of April 16, CCS libraries will be transitioning to a new library catalog. You’ll see a new look as you search for library materials, and will be introduced to new features as we work to improve your library experience.




Our Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

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Friends of the Library Used Book Weekend is Here!

Find thousands of gently used books, movies, and more, all at reasonable prices. Sale begins Saturday, March 3 through Monday, March 5th. View the FLYER for more info.



Eclipse Glasses Alert

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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 “” (see photo), DO NOT use them to view the sun. For a list of vendors approved by the American Astronomical Society, see For alternative ways of safely viewing the eclipse, see

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



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

(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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