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
News from the Reference Desk
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.
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:
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 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.
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
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
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.
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
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:
Guest Services Representatives
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.
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.
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.