10 South Emerson, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 | 847/253-5675

News from the Reference Desk

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

By MPPL on September 14, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

New Website: "Illinois is Broke"

Check out the new website 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

Mango Languages

Learn-a-new-language-mango~1 Learn-a-new-language-mango~1
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

Auto Repair Reference Center (Ebsco)

Patrons can find the Toyota recall information on Vehicle Speed Control:  Accelerator Pedal within the library's Auto Repair Reference Center (Ebsco).  The recall is tied to these Toyota vehicles in the database as of March 22, 2010: 

Avalon – 2005-2008, Camry – 2007-2009, Corolla – 2009, Sequoia – 2008, Tundra – 2007-2008

You can find the notice once you have selected the year, make, model and engine size of your vehicle:

  • Service Bulletins and Recalls
  • Fuel Systems, Drivability, Filters (Air & Fuel)
  • 02/05/2010 – RECALL – Vehicle Speed Control

Access to MPPL database subscriptions is available to all visiting patrons from within the library and remotely to all Mount Prospect resident cardholders.  Please contact us at the Reference Desk should you need assistance tapping into this resource.

By MPPL on March 24, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Lee DeWyze on American Idol

Lee DeWyze from Mount Prospect is competing again tonight on American Idol.  He will appear on the Fox network tonight between 7-9p CT and voting takes place for 2 hours after the event.

By MPPL on March 16, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Jump Start Your Business: Generating Leads and Holding On to Customers

This morning's program was presented by Bonnie Richter with the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Harper College as part of the Jump Start Your Business series, cosponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Library.  The presentation material is now available: Download Generating Leads

By MPPL on March 9, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Job Fair on March 6, 2010: Arlington Park & Levy Restaurants

Arlington Park and Levy Restaurants will be recruiting for several hundred jobs for the 2010 racing season at a Job Fair to be held Saturday, March 6 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.


Positions to be filled include:


Security Officers

Guest Services Representatives


Housekeeping Staff

Concessions, Restaurants, Banquets Back Of House – Kitchen personnel


Interviews will be conducted on-site. Please bring copies of resumes and reference to the job fair.


By MPPL on March 2, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

The CARD Act of 2009

The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (CARD Act) of 2009 goes into effect on Monday, February 22, 2010.  Know what this means for your credit card contracts, protection, and practices from the White House Press Office. The SunTimes also published an article today which outlines some of those changes.

By MPPL on February 1, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Residential Energy Credit IRS Form 5695

The nonbusiness energy property credit has been reinstated for qualified property placed in service after 2008. The credit is limited to a total of $1,500 for tax years 2009 and 2010. The credit has also been expanded to include certain biomass fuel stoves and asphalt roofs. 


Please take a look at Form 5695 to see if you qualify for this credit.

By MPPL on January 11, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized