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News from the Reference Desk

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 lgajda 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

Tax forms and publications

Many of the most commonly used tax forms and publications for 2009 are now available at the Library.  If you are not able to find the form or publication you need, you may either access them from the IRS at or visit the Reference Desk and we may download a form or short publication for you.  We also have compiled a Tax Information Guide for 2009, which includes information regarding local tax preparation assistance.  We also have multiple copies of 2009 tax guides available for 7-day checkouts.  Please contact the Reference desk if you have additional questions.

By MPPL on December 30, 2009 Categories: Uncategorized

Smart Shopping: Be an Informed Consumer

Reference Services recently offered a session which focused on evaluating quality purchases, comparing product features, and gauging professional/editor and peer/user reviews.  For patrons who were not able to attend our presentation, we've attached it in its original PowerPoint format.  Please let our Reference Department know if we can assist you further in any specific product or service search. Download Consumer Information Session 111209

By MPPL on November 13, 2009 Categories: Uncategorized

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The application period for low-income individuals of family in Illinois to apply winter home heating assistance has opened.  The state received $174.6 million in federal funds this year to assist low-income families with energy bills.  One person is eligible with a monthly income of up to $1,354 in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  A family of four can earn up to $2,756 per month.  Thirty-five local agencies administer grants.  Officials expect to help 300,000 households this winter.  Please visit for information.  The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families also has contact and application information.

By MPPL on November 5, 2009 Categories: Uncategorized