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  • Back to School with Good Money Habits

    It’s back-to-school time again! MPPL wants to help young patrons, in alliance with their parents, learn about good money habits. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s Money as You Grow webpage has tips and activities that can help grow the money skills, habits, and attitudes of children of all ages. Money as You Grow Bookshelf… Read more »

  • The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca K.S. Ansari

    Charlie O’Reilly’s younger brother Liam does things to bother Charlie just like many other younger brothers. One year for his birthday, Charlie wishes that his brother Liam would disappear. When he wakes up the next morning, Charlie realizes that his wish came true, and he is the only person who remembers Liam exists. Charlie’s best… Read more »

  • Shapes

    Before children learn actual letters, they are aware of shapes. Talk to your children about shapes you see in books or out in the world to focus on what’s alike and different. That will help them to distinguish differences in letters later on.

  • Library Life Episode 216

    Library Life August 2019 This episode of Library Life includes: A U.S. history lesson in the form of The History of Country Music with musician and entertainer, Steve Justman. An interview with MPPL South Branch Manager, Maria Garstecki about the Library’s South Branch at the Community Connections Center and the 10th Anniversary of the South… Read more »

  • Vaping Becomes Epidemic in Suburban Schools

    E-cigarette use (vaping) among teenagers is a growing epidemic that’s quickly outpacing other substances, such as alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs and opioids, health experts warn. Vaping use in middle and high school students in the United States has skyrocketed with an estimated 3.6 million users in 2018. A common perception is that e-cigarettes aren’t harmful… Read more »

  • Employers no longer can ask for past salary information

    Governor JB Pritzker has signed into law an amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act that bans employers and employment agencies from asking about applicants’ past wage and compensation histories or using such information to screen candidates for a job. The new law takes effect on September 29, 2019. The idea behind the new prohibition… Read more »