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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 www.irs.gov.

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

http://www.treasurydirect.gov/.

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

CareerBliss.com, 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

workNet Manufacturing America & Resources for Business Growth Conference

workNet is preparing for its Manufacturing America & Resources for Business Growth Conference to be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at the Forestview Educational Center.  Details for this free and informative event to assist community businesses can be found at http://worknetnccforum.eventbrite.com/?ref=ebtn

By MPPL on September 14, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

New Website: “Illinois is Broke”

Check out the new website IllinoisisBroke.com sponsored by "a coalition of concerned organizations and citizens from across the state – including business executives, civic organizations and social service agencies, small business owners and employees, parents and students. This effort was initiated by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago."

This website provides information on the current budget crisis in the state of Illinois and offers some ideas of how to realize real budget reform. 

By MPPL on June 17, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

New Website: "Illinois is Broke"

Check out the new website IllinoisisBroke.com sponsored by "a coalition of concerned organizations and citizens from across the state – including business executives, civic organizations and social service agencies, small business owners and employees, parents and students. This effort was initiated by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago."

This website provides information on the current budget crisis in the state of Illinois and offers some ideas of how to realize real budget reform. 

By MPPL on Categories: Uncategorized

Mango Languages

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Did you know we have a fun, fast and easy language learning program called Mango Languages?  The best part it is free for Mount Prospect patrons and you can access it anywhere there is Internet with you library card. Mango is the easiest and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language.  Mango is available in two versions:

Mango Basic:

Perfect for a foreign language beginner, Mango Basic teaches everyday greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time.  The courses, which require only two to five hours of time to complete, are currently available in 22 foreign languages and 14 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. 

Mango Complete:

Mango Complete offers a 100-lesson course that digs much deeper and is designed to provide a more complete understanding of the entire language and culture. It is available in nine foreign language and three ESL courses. Foreign language courses include Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.  ESL courses include Polish, Spanish and Portuguese.

By MPPL on May 5, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Money Smart Week® Chicago

Our Library is one of more than 120 partners participating in the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's upcoming Money Smart Week®.  The following are sessions which we will be offering and invite you to register for:

Understanding College Illinois!® Prepaid Tuition Plan, 4/20/10 at 7:30p

Taking Stock in the Market, 4/21/10 at 7:00p

Getting Through Tough Financial Times, 4/22/10 at 7:00p

Tax Implications of a Job Loss, 4/23/10 at 3:30p

 

Neighboring libraries are also participating; you may contact them directly to register for the following sessions:

 

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

How to Write a Business Plan, 4/19/10 at 7:00p

Protect Your Identity and Your Money, 4/22/10 at 1:00p

 

Schaumburg Township District Library

Informed Investing, 4/19/10 at 7:30p

Ready, Set, Retire, 4/20/10 at 7:30p

Smart Choices in Retirement, 4/21/10 at 1:00p and 3:00p

Credit Scoring and Your FICO Score, 4/21/10 at 7:00p

Roth IRAs: A Good Idea for Me?, 4/22/10 at 7:30p

 

By MPPL on April 7, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized