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News from the Reference Desk

Be Safe on the Roads: IDOT You Tube

The Illinois Department of Transportation launched a new YouTube video series this week aptly called “On The Move.”

IDOT says videos will be produced on an ongoing basis and allow Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider to keep Illinois citizens up to date on state transportation issues.

“This video series is an opportunity for me to provide further details on several imperative topics here at IDOT and also to elaborate on what we are working on to help keep you, the motorist, informed” said Schneider in a press release. “I look forward to discussing new projects and initiatives as well as letting you know how you can help us keep our roads safe.”

The inaugural video of the series concentrates on traffic safety. Schneider gives the lowdown on those digital billboard displays which keep a running total of the number of traffic fatalities which have occurred on roads within the state and then spends some time passing on some solid traffic safety tips.

By Patricia Smolin on September 12, 2012 Categories: Travel

Selected Mobile Wireless Service Providers

The FCC produced its annual Mobile Wireless Competition Report last year, graphing various statistics regarding mobile wireless service providers and national usage.  Among the mass amounts of data collected, this analysis produces measurement of price level and usage trends, types of mobile devices, operating systems, and applications purchased and used by consumers.

By Patricia Smolin on September 10, 2012 Categories: Consumer, Technology

The Kid’s Pantry

The Kid’s Pantry is a non-for-profit organization that takes in donations of children’s items and donates them back out to the community.  Everything is given free of charge.  They are currently open year round on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm and Fridays from 10-11am.  They are located at 400 E. Gregory St., Mount Prospect, IL (224-715-4466).

They also have semi-annual giveaways in the spring and fall where all stock is set up in the gym.  They invite the community through multiple media outlets and word of mouth to come on a Friday evening and all day Saturday and receive what they need for free.

The Kid’s Pantry was started by two stay-at-home moms who have a passion for kids and the community.  Through the help of their church, they have been able to keep expanding, and to collect more items. Please visit them at their location, by email  (thekidspantry@gmail.com) or on Facebook to learn more about receiving from their collection or to offer donations.

By Patricia Smolin on August 31, 2012 Categories: Children

1940 Census Now Searchable by Name

The 1940 Census was made available to the public in April 2012 by the National Archives.  At first it could only be searched using street addresses.  With the help of scores of volunteers who indexed millions of names, it is now possible to search the 1940 Census by name.  The Census is available at www.familysearch.org for free.  It is also available for free at www.ancestry.com through 2013.  If you need assistance using this resource, please contact the Reference Department.

By Patricia Smolin on August 10, 2012 Categories: Census

Searching for Medicare Costs?

Need to find specifics for premium types, costs, and services?  A detailed chart is available at http://www.medicare.gov/cost/

By Patricia Smolin on August 9, 2012 Categories: Consumer, Health, Seniors

Women and Leadership

Some new titles in the Library’s collection were recently discussed at the Mount Prospect Women’s Chamber Lunch:

I’d Rather Be in Charge: A Legendary Business Leader’s Roadmap for Achieving Pride, Power, and Joy at Work by Charlotte Beers. (2012)

am-BITCH-ous : Learn to Be Her Now by Debra Condren. (2006)

Seducing the Boys Club: Uncensored Tactics From a Woman at the Top by Nina DiSesa. 2008)

Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success by Deborah M. Kolb, Judith Williams, Carol Frohlinger. (2010)

Iron Butterflies: Women Transforming Themselves and the World by Birute Regine. (2010)

Pushback: How Smart Women Ask–and Stand Up–for What They Want by Selena Rezvani and Lois P. Frankel (2012)

The Crporate Dominatrix: Six Roles to Play to Get Your Way at Work  by Lisa Robyn (2007)

Breaking into the Boys’ Club: 8 Ways for Women to Get Ahead in Business by Molly D. Shepard, Jane K. Stimmler, and Peter J. Dean. (2009)

 

By Patricia Smolin on July 25, 2012 Categories: Business

Has Your Job Been Affected by Foreign Competition?

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal program that provides a path for employment growth and opportunity through aid to US workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade.

The TAA program seeks to provide these trade-affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed. The program benefits and services that are available to individual workers are administered by the states through agreements between the Secretary of Labor and each state Governor.

Program eligibility, technical assistance, and oversight are provided by the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance.

By Patricia Smolin on July 24, 2012 Categories: Employment, Jobs

New Business Title Recommendations

Please take a look at some of the new business titles we’ve added to our collection.

Mind Over Business: How to Unleash Your Business and Sales Success by Rewiring the Mind/Body Connection by Kenneth Baum and Bob Andelman

Breakthrough Entrepreneurship by Jon Burgstone and Bill Murphy Jr.

Outthink the Competition: How a New Generation of Strategists Sees Options Others Ignore by Kaihan Krippendorff

The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup (Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) by Noam Wasserman

Coming Soon:

The Bootstrapper’s Guide to the Mobile Web: Practical Plans to Get Your Business Mobile in Just a Few Days for Just a Few Bucks by Deltina Hay

At Your Service: How to Attract New Customers, Increase Sales, and Grow Your Business Using Simple Customer Service Techniques by Frank Eliason

Sexy Little Numbers: How to Grow Your Business Using the Data You Already Have by Dimitri Maex and Paul B. Brown

By Patricia Smolin on June 23, 2012 Categories: Business, Employment, Jobs

Apartment Hunting

Searching for a new place in Chicago or nearby suburbs? Here are some sites you may want to try for a rental or apartment finding service:

apartment.com

Apartment People

Apartment Finder

Apartment Guide

Rent.com

Chicago Apartment Hunter

By Patricia Smolin on June 20, 2012 Categories: Housing, Rent

Summer Driving

The U.S. Department of Energy has a site for fuel economy information which many drivers may find helpful in saving money, finding the right car, and checking EPA ratings. Please take a look at www.fueleconomy.gov.

By Patricia Smolin on June 15, 2012 Categories: Auto, Consumer, Environment