News from the Research Desk

Many New Web Resources

This week MPPL rolled out a number of new web resources from Gale.

  • Testing & Education Reference Center features test prep exams, detailed information on colleges and universities, graduate and professional programs, scholarships and awards.
  • Gale General OneFile is an article database. You can search it directly here, or search it with our other article databases in Article Finder.
  • Gale Business Insights: Global is designed for professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and general researchers, delivering comprehensive international business intelligence, compiled into a logical, usable context.
  • Gale Small Business Resource Center covers all major areas of starting and operating a business: financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more. Startups, established businesses, and business students alike can find answers from its mobile responsive experience.

Fake News Resources

What is Fake News?

“Fake news is made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated to look like credible journalistic reports that are easily spread online to large audiences willing to believe the fictions and spread the word.”– PolitiFact

Fake news is a type of completely made up and deliberately spread story, manipulated to resemble credible journalism and to attract maximum attention and, with it, gain revenue or political gain.– The Guardian

Fake News is NOT:

-New– it’s been around since the advent of printing.
-News you disagree with
-News that paints someone who you admire in an unflattering light.
-Satire (see below).

How to Spot Fake News

-Some sites are upfront about publishing satire, e.g. The Onion, Borowitz Report, ClickHole. Check the “About” section of a site if unsure.
-Avoid sites that end in “” and “lo”; these are more often than not entire fake news sites.
-Be aware of promoted or sponsored posts– companies have paid for these to appear on social media feeds, websites, and even Google searches.
-If a story elicits a strong emotion response, read on! Shocking headlines (clickbait) are often designed to stun readers into sharing them without fully reading the article.
-Use multiple sources to fact-check stories.

Source: International Federation of Library Associations and Instutitions,

Albuquerque Public Library Guide to Fake News
25 Fake News Sites Found on Facebook (compiled by Dr. Melissa Zimdars of Merrimack College)
The News Literacy Project
12 Examples of Native Ads (And Why They Work)

Tales Told by Found Photographs

The stories of our families are told through  many forms of documents.  Family photographs, however, are unique because they have visually captured moments in time that now only live as memories.  A discarded photograph album lead a writer in New York to the story of black families that lived in the Crown Heights neighborhood of New York City during the middle of the 20th Century.  This writer, Anne Correal, describes the journey she undertook to discover whose photographs they were and how the album was left forsaken on the street.  Her article “Love and Black Lives, in Pictures Found on a Brooklyn Street” appeared in the New York Times in January 2017.  It traces the paths that many African American families took from the Deep South to the North in an event known as the Great Migration.  Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson is a book in the Library’s collection which also illuminates this event in American history.  There are now also other books and videos on display in the Library which document African American history.  If you are interested in learning more about your own family’s history and managing your own family photographic collections, come talk to our Research Services staff who will help you get started.


New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – February 2017

New Books

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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How to Survive a Plague

by David France
A riveting, powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease.

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Settle for More

by Megyn Kelly
The top-rated cable news anchor presents a revelatory memoir that also imparts the values and lessons that have shaped her career—her tough-love father’s early death, the news events that led to her anchor position, and her ongoing feud with Donald Trump.

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Cultivating Empathy

by Nathan C. Walker
The Reverend Nathan C. Walker presents a collection of essays about his own wrestlings with personal and cultural conflicts and his commitment to stop “otherizing,” which occurs when we either demonize or romanticize people.

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Hidden Figures

by Margot Lee Shetterly
An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA’s African-American women mathematicians to the space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.

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They Can’t Kill Us All

by Wesley Lowery
With bracing intensity and incredible access, the author examines the economic, political and personal histories that inform the Black Lives Matter movement, and place what it has accomplished—and what remains to be done—in the context of the last fifty years of American history.

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Selling Hitler

by Nicholas O’Shaughnessy
The Nazis pursued propaganda not just as a tool of government, but also as the medium through which power itself was exercised. The author also presents the argument that Hitler, not Goebbels, was the prime mover in the propaganda regime of the Third Reich— its editor and first author.

Forthcoming Titles:

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Insane Clown President

by Matt Taibbi
The story of the 2016 presidential contest, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion, is in fact the story of Western civilization’s very own train wreck. The author explores the seismic shift in how we perceive our national institutions, the democratic process, and the future of the country.

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Climate of Hope

by Michael R. Bloomberg & Carl Pope
The former NYC Mayor and the former Sierra Club head present a manifesto on how the benefits of taking action on climate change can be real, immediate, and significant, sharing disparate perspectives on related issues while explaining how anyone can make positive changes regardless of Washington politics.

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A Fine Mess

by T.R. Reid
The Washington Post correspondent and best-selling author presents an international investigation into America’s failing tax code to share plainspoken assessments of current problems and what the author believes can be learned from other democratic nations.

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The Broken Ladder

by Keith Payne
Psychologist Keith Payne examines how inequality in today’s society divides us not just economically, but also has profound consequences for how we think, how our cardiovascular systems respond to stress, how our immune systems function, and how we view moral ideas such as justice and fairness.

Letters to a Young Muslim

Letters to a Young Muslim

by Omar Saif Ghobash
In a series of personal letters to his son, the ambassador from the UAE to Russia offers a clear-eyed inspiration for the next generation of Muslims to understand how to be faithful to their religion and still navigate through the complexities of today’s world.

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R.I.P. G.O.P.

by Martin Schram
The award-winning author and Washington journalist brings his keen eye to the important and timely issue of the diminishing Republican Party, pulling from demographics, polling, and political science analysis to paint a startlingly bleak picture of the Republican Party.

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Business plans made easy with Intercept

Writing a business plan is essential for anyone trying to start a new business, entrepreneurs, and even established businesses needing a semi-regular review. A solid business plan can be the key to securing the funding you need–but it can be complex, even for those with experience. Well, luckily MPPL is here to help with our newest business database, Intercept by Deziner Software. This exciting new tool takes a comprehensive, step-by-step approach with built-in cross-checking to help you create your optimal plan–kind of like Turbo Tax for writing a business plan. Give it a try! It might seem a little daunting at first, but stick with it, and remember, the Research Dept. staff are always here to help you navigate and learn–just stop by the desk, give us a call or set up a Reference Appointment!


Exploring Demographics with Our New Web Resource

If you like demographics, then we have a great new resource for you, Social Explorer. You can access over 200 years of government data and see it displayed in maps. It’s an intriguing way to discover trends in aging, race, income, employment, election results, health, and crime data. These are but a few of the options. I’ve been comparing where I live in Chicago to where I always said I wanted to live, Nome, Alaska. Where I live now, there are 33,334 people per square mile, compared to 5,695 in the area around MPPL, but only 5.4 in Nome. It must be very quiet. And what is really neat is that much of this data can be compared over time, and some European and UK information is also available.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – January 2017

New Books

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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The Power of Off

by Nancy Colier
A respected therapist presents an essential resource for anyone struggling with the invasive influence of modern technology. She begins by examining how today’s devices push our buttons so effectively, then offers self-evaluation tools and mindfulness practices to help us take back control of our lives.

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Please Enjoy Your Happiness

by Paul Brinkley-Rogers
A Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent recounts his haunting love affair with a mysterious older Japanese woman in 1959 when he was a sailor.

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Hitler’s Wehrmacht, 1935-1945

by Rolf-Dieter Müller
Now available for the first time in English, this meticulously researched yet accessible overview by eminent historian Müller provides the most comprehensive analysis of the unified armed forces mobilized by Adolf Hitler in 1935 to date, illuminating its role in a complex, horrific era.

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What the F

by Benjamin K. Bergen
In this smart and hilarious book, a linguist and cognitive scientist, revealing how our brains process language and why languages vary around the world and over time, shows us how and why we swear, which, it seems, is an intimate part of us that we have decided to selectively deny.

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Feminist Fight Club

by Jessica Bennett
A humorous, incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work draws on the experiences of a group of women who gather regularly to discuss gender-related frustrations at the workplace and how to handle them, profiling a range of predatory male archetypes and more.

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by Roland Lazenby
Seventeen-time all-star; scorer of 81 points in a game; MVP and a shooting guard second only to Jordan in league history: Kobe Bryant is one of basketball’s absolute greatest players. An in-depth portrait of Bryant combining provocative stories with classic basketball reporting and the debates surrounding his achievements.

Forthcoming Titles:

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Washington’s Farewell

by John Avlon
The almost-forgotten Farewell Address of America’s first president conveys warnings about the forces Washington believed were endangering the nation’s democracy and is complemented by text placing the address against a backdrop of the dynamics of its time.

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Shakespeare: The Riddle of Genius

by Boris Johnson
The popular historian and British politician presents an examination of Shakespeare’s enduring influence and legacy, tracing his achievements against a backdrop of the dynamic Elizabethan Renaissance and the unique talent for language that has enabled the Bard to stand the test of time.

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Are Racists Crazy?

by Sander L. Gilman & James M. Thomas
An illuminating and riveting history of the discourse on racism, anti-Semitism, and psychopathology, Are Racists Crazy? connects past and present claims about race and racism, showing the dangerous implications of this specious line of thought for today.

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The Unsettlers

by Mark Sundeen
In a world of immersive journalism steeped in a distinctively American social history and sparked by a personal quest, the author chronicles the quest for the simple life through the stories of three very different couples and the visionaries, ascetics, and artists that inspired each of them to create a sustainable, ethical and authentic existence.

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When Bad Things Happen to Good Crocheters

by Beth Wolfensberger Singer
The basics of crochet are very quick to master, but feeling confident about how to move beyond the basics is a common dilemma. Filled with answers, fixes, insider tips, and secrets to help crocheters along the way, this is THE complete emergency crochet instruction guide for all crocheters.

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A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities

by J.C. McKeown
There are few disciplines as exciting and forward-looking as medicine. Unfortunately, however, many modern practitioners have lost sight of the origins of their discipline. McKeown aspires to cure this lapse by taking readers back to the early days of Western medicine in ancient Greece and Rome.

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The History of Santa Claus

The holiday season is full of traditional events and practices, many of which revolve around the figure of Santa Claus.  But who is this figure?  What is his history?  That story goes back to 280 CE in Myra, an area now in modern Turkey, where Saint Nicholas lived and worked as a bishop. After his death on December 6 in an unknown year, many stories developed about his kindness and generosity, especially to children.  These legends were adopted over the years by people in many areas of Europe where Saint Nicholas is still considered to be the source of gifts.  It is from him that Santa Claus as he is known today emerges with some help from Nordic mythology and the Protestant Reformation among other influences.  An article from National Geographic online gives a detailed description of this transition.  Additional information can be found at the Santa Claus entry on and the website of the St. Nicholas Center.  This far-reaching tale reveals how many cultures have added to the legend of Santa Claus, making him one figure that belongs to everyone.

SCORE Mentoring at MPPL

Do you own a local business or are thinking of starting one? Well, if you don’t already know about SCORE—you should! The SCORE Association, a resource partner of the Small Business Administration (SBA), is a national not-for-profit organization with 320+ chapters and 11,000+ volunteer mentors throughout the United States. SCORE volunteer mentors are successful current and former executives and business owners representing many skill areas and industries. They can help you with questions like: How do I start a business? Where can I obtain funding for my business? How can I grow my existing business? How can I manage my cash flow? How can I use social media in my marketing efforts?

SCORE mentors work with you one on one to help you with your business challenges,  advising clients about options for loans and other types of business financing. SCORE and the SBA do not provide financing directly, but often they can help point you in the right direction in where to look.

Free mentoring is now available by appointment  at Mount Prospect Public Library the first and third Wednesdays of every month. You can find more information and register for a mentoring session here at MPPL at Just search using the MP zip code 60056. Feel free to contact Business Reference Librarian Joe Collier with any questions!


Local Charities


Looking to donate to a deserving cause this holiday season?

Here are some local options to consider this season: