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News from the Reference Desk


Interested in which community is hosting fireworks? The Chicago Tribune published a list of many towns getting ready to celebrate the holiday.

By Patricia Smolin on July 2, 2013 Categories: Uncategorized

Legal Assistance Referrals/Recomendaciones de Abogados

Speak to an Attorney for free, provided by Between Friends, an advocacy organization to help battered women and children of domestic violence.  You can call to set an appointment at either at Rolling Meadows or a Chicago location.  Please call for a specific location 773-274-5232 x23.

Also, please review the attached to find dates of this service and free or low cost legal services.


By Patricia Smolin on April 19, 2012 Categories: Uncategorized

NEW! Sign up for the Experience Mount Prospect Text Marketing Program


Sign up for the Experience Mount Prospect Text Marketing Program to receive the latest news on shopping, dining and events in Mount Prospect.

Using a cell phone, just text EXMP to 36000 and you will be ready to receive news, coupons and special offers from your favorite Mount Prospect businesses!

Sign up today – our first message is going out next week and you won’t want to miss it!

This program is sponsored by the Village of Mount Prospect. To stop receiving messages, text STOP to 36000.

By Patricia Smolin on March 30, 2012 Categories: Uncategorized

Copyright Questions

We often receive questions about copyright; e.g. ownership of one’s work, what is needed to use another’s work, public domain, etc.  A helpful guideline is provided by the U.S. Copyright Office.

Steps to copyright an image can be also useful, as well as how to determine which images provided by Google may have restrictions on use, especially for advertising.

By Patricia Smolin on Categories: Uncategorized

E-file Your Income Tax Forms

If you have not yet attempted to file your state and federal income tax forms electronically, be aware that e-filing has personal benefits. If you are receiving a refund, you can elect to have it directly deposited in to your bank account, and you will get your money much faster than if you wait to have a check sent to you.  By filing electronically and choosing direct deposit, the time lapse from submitting your form to getting your refund can be less than a week! And you will not be using any paper in the entire transaction.

 The IRS allows anyone to e-file their federal forms for free: Free File. 

The State of Illinois also allows e-filing: e-Services for Individuals and direct electronic deposit for refunds.

Make this the year you go electronic: save paper and time!

By julie collins on February 26, 2012 Categories: Uncategorized

Treasury to End Over-the-Counter Sales of Paper U.S. Savings Bonds in 2012

The Bureau of the Public Debt announced this summer that as of January 1, 2012, paper savings bonds will no longer be sold at financial institutions. This action, which supports the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s goal to increase the number of electronic transactions with citizens and businesses, will save American taxpayers approximately $70 million over the first five years.

But savings bonds, introduced in 1935, are not going away. Electronic savings bonds in Series EE and I will remain available through purchase in TreasuryDirect®, a secure, web-based system operated by Public Debt – where investors have been purchasing savings bonds, available 24/7, since 2002.

Those currently holding paper savings bonds can continue to redeem them at financial institutions. Bonds, which have not matured, but were lost, stolen or destroyed, can be reissued in paper or electronic form.

Series I paper savings bonds remain available for purchase using part or all of one’s tax refund. For more information on this feature, visit

For more information about the elimination of paper savings bonds and how to enroll in TreasuryDirect, visit

By Patricia Smolin on November 13, 2011 Categories: Uncategorized

Happy Birthday Lady Liberty

Top third of the statue of libertyThe Statue of Liberty is officially 125 years old this Friday, October 28.  New webcams showing the view from her crown have been installed and will be live on that date.

By MPPL on October 24, 2011 Categories: Uncategorized

Social Security office relocated

The Social Security Administration has moved from its location on Euclid and Elmhurst in Prospect Hts. to:
705 N. Wheeling Rd.
Mount Prospect, Il 60056
The new location opened on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011.  The office is on the southeast corner of Kensington and Wolf roads, about a block east of the southeast corner of Randhurst.
By MPPL on October 18, 2011 Categories: Uncategorized

Jobs in 2011 with Higher Salaries, an online career portal, recently named the top 'comeback jobs' of 2011.  Take a look at the Top 10 List and if any of these jobs appeal to you, please ask one of our reference librarians to introduce you to our online subscription, Ferguson's Career Guidance Center.

By MPPL on June 2, 2011 Categories: Uncategorized

Harper Job Fair on April 1, 2011

Harper College will host a Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in its Wellness and Sports Center, located on the lower level of Building M on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine.

Read more in the Daily Herald article

By MPPL on March 31, 2011 Categories: Uncategorized