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Seven Kinds of Easily Accessible Legal Forms

Everyone needs legal assistance at one time or another. Rest assured MPPL has Gale LegalForms resource at the ready.

State-Specific
Gale LegalForms is relevant to Illinois laws. There are categories like divorce, bankruptcy, power of attorney, and incorporation (among others). You simply choose a category and then choose from a list of available forms. Each form gives a full description to help anyone choose what they need. With one click, the form opens with spaces to click and fill in your own information like your name, city, and even case number. Forms are available in a variety of formats, including Microsoft Word, Rich Text, PDF, and sometimes even Word Perfect. The forms included in the database are official forms that law firms use, so you never have to wonder if they will be accepted by the court system.

Highly Searchable
Forms can be keyword searched by category or title too. This makes finding a form by keyword very easy. For example, if you need information about “quit claim deeds” and you didn’t know that was a real estate term, you could just search “quit claim.” The search results include every available form related to those keywords.

Sample Letters
One of the categories provided is “Sample Letters.” There are letters to use for requesting a credit report of a minor, to remove your name from a mail marketing list, employment letters for suspensions, warnings, and disciplinary action, and a sample letter to request an extension on a lease from tenant to landlord. These are just a few of the handy sample letters available.

Tax Forms
There are also links to tax forms available in Gale LegalForms. When you choose a state, the database links you to that state’s treasury department web site. It is a quick, easy way to find the list of available tax forms for your state without having to navigate the whole of the state web site.

Attorney Directory
An Attorney Directory is also built into LegalForms. You can find an attorney practicing in a particular field of law very quickly by browsing the practice area categories. There is a description of the firm under most entries that includes information like when the firm was established, what the firm specializes in, who to ask for, or how many attorneys are practicing there. Once you find a promising entry, you can click on “Start” next to the name and fill out a client intake form that goes directly to the attorney’s office.

Additional Resources
There are external links from LegalForms too.  Here you can find links to places to get vital records, the IRS, or the court system. Again, having these direct links help you find specific agencies of the law quickly and easily. You may not always know what different agencies are called, or what they do, so having direct links brings you  one step closer to the right information.

Easy to Use Interface
The left side menu remains consistent throughout your use of LegalForms. It includes the search box, but also a link to “Definitions.” Within definitions is another search box to search for a specific legal term, or choose from A to Z to browse a list of terms under each letter of the alphabet.

Similar in style to the definitions is a “Law Digest” in that left side menu. This is more of a legal encyclopedia, as it goes into more detail about legal terms than just a definition. For example, the entry on “Environmental Protection Agency” includes articles about the agency’s various activities and even a bibliography with links for further reading.

The third item in the left side menu is a “Legal Q & A” button. Here you can choose a category of the law (like “automobiles – insurance” or “civil actions – liens”) and read questions and answers on that subject.

As you can see, LegalForms contains a wealth of information on virtually any legal topic. You can easily find the right form and open, edit, and save it immediately for personal use. Legal situations can be emotional and overwhelming, so having trustworthy and convenient links to legal information puts everyone at ease. With remote access to LegalForms, you can be assured that your privacy is respected.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – November 2017

New Books
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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Understanding the Digital World


by Brian W. Kernighan
A must-read for all who want to know more about computers and communications, Kernighan explains, precisely and carefully, not only how these technologies operate but also how they influence our daily lives, in terms anyone can understand, no matter what their experience and knowledge of technology.

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Bears by the Numbers


by Lew Freedman
Since the Chicago Bears first adopted uniform numbers in 1932, the team has handed out only 99 numbers to more than 1,000 players. That’s a lot of overlap. It also makes for a lot of good stories. Bears by the Numbers tells those stories for every Bear since ’32, from Red Grange to Pernell McPhee.

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Diaper Dude


by Chris Pegula
Filled with useful information, hilarious stories of dad madness, a little psychology and science, and engaging sidebars, Diaper Dude covers everything from bonding and babyproofing to toddlerhood, tantrums, and tag-teaming with your partner to cover all the bases while staying (somewhat) sane.

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The Enlightened Mr. Parkinson


by Cherry Lewis
Describes the scientific contributions made by the namesake of Parkinson’s disease, who identified the condition 200 years ago, and who was a political and scientific radical rumored to be involved in a plot to kill King George III and who jump-started a fossil craze.

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The Chicago Food Encyclopedia


Discover the visionary restaurateurs, beloved haunts, and food companies (current and past) that not only helped build Chicago but fed a growing nation. From chef Grant Achatz to the edible (but unloved) zebra mussel, this A-to-Z compendium is the ultimate reference on the history of the city and its food.

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The Vietnam War


by Geoffrey C. Ward
A vibrantly photographed companion to the multi-part PBS film examines the Vietnam War’s role in debates that continue in today’s world, drawing on extensive interviews with contributors at all levels in America and Vietnam to explain why and how the war happened as well as its complicated legacy.

Forthcoming Titles:

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Redefining Aging


by Ann Kaiser Stearns
Best-selling author Stearns explores the practical and personal challenges of both caregiving and successful aging, coupling findings from the latest research with powerful insights and problem-solving tips to help caregivers.

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Garden City


by Anna Yudina
A spectacular global survey of some of the world’s most inventive buildings—increasingly relevant in the face of climate change—which bring architecture and horticulture into a sustainable whole.

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Blood Profits


by Vanessa Neumann
A sobering report by an expert on countering illicit trade explains the dangerous consequences of purchasing contraband, from cheap cigarettes and prostitute services to fake designer bags and bootleg DVDs.

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Ancestors


by David Hertzel
Hertzel draws on his interviews with more than thirty people from a variety of cultural backgrounds across the United States and the world to provide an engaging foray into the nature of relationships between people today and their ancestors, exploring what ancestry means in the modern world.

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Better Together


by Jonathan Sposato
Sposato provides powerful and implementable solutions to fostering gender equality in your business. As a result, your business will be more successful, your customers will be happier with better products/services, and your employees will be much more fulfilled.

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A People’s History of Chicago


by Kevin Coval
Coval celebrates the history of Chicago from the perspective of those on the margins, whose stories often go untold. His seventy-seven poems (for the city’s seventy-seven neighborhoods) honor the everyday lives of these people, whose cultural and political revolutions continue to shape the social landscape.

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Spice is the Variety of Life

If you think that spice is the variety of life and love international cuisine, AtoZ World Food has you covered. Our newest web resource contains traditional recipes for 174 countries in all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, dessert, and beverages. That’s over 6,000 recipes and 9,000 food photos. And if you’re interested in beer, that are over 750 world beer reviews!

NEFE Has Financial Education Resources for You!

The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is the leading private nonprofit 501(c)(3) national foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life. With more than a quarter-century of dedication to the public good, NEFE continues its legacy of service with commitment to providing financial education and practical information to people at all financial levels, including high school and college students, folks planning for retirement, and overspenders. NEFE provides objective and credible information through its programs and partnerships. Their materials continually evolve with the changing financial climate, technological advancements, and societal trends to meet consumers’ shifting needs. All NEFE resources and teaching materials are provided at no cost: consumer and educational resources, current financial news, programs and initiatives and more–check it out at www.nefe.org today and find something to help your own financial literacy grow!

Mount Prospect Introduces Organics Collection Program

Mount Prospect has replaced their existing yard waste collection program with a new Organics Collection Program. Yard waste will still be accepted along with organic material including fruits, vegetables, meat etc. All yard waste and organic material will be collected in unlimited quantities for no additional charge, but residents must provide their own rigid container. The Organics Collection Program will run from April through mid-December.

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For more detailed information on the Organics Program and other solid waste information: Solid Waste Edition Mount Prospect Newsletter, September 2017

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – October 2017

New Books
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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Runnin’ With the Devil


by Noel E. Monk
The rock-and-roll veteran best known for his work with the Sex Pistols and Van Halen shares behind-the-scenes, previously untold stories about David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen and the legendary band that strongly influenced 1980s rock music.

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Everything All at Once

by Bill Nye
This is the story of how Bill Nye became Bill Nye and how he became a champion of change and an advocate of science. It’s how he became The Science Guy. Bill teaches us that we have the power to make real change. Join him in… dare we say it… changing the world.

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So You Think You’re a Chicago Cubs Fan?


by Sam Pathy
Get ready to test and expand your knowledge of Cubs baseball. Rather than merely posing questions and providing answers, you’ll get details behind each– stories that bring to life players and coaches, games and seasons.

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I’ll Push You


by Patrick Gray
A travel adventure full of love, humor, and spiritual truth, I’ll Push You exemplifies what every friendship is meant to be and shows what it means to never find yourself alone. You’ll discover how love and faith can push past all limits—and make us the best versions of ourselves.

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Shark Drunk


by Morten Andreas Strøksnes
The author describes his experience fishing for the Greenland shark off the coast Norway with his friend, a mission that sees the two tackle existential questions, survive a maelstrom, and get drunk while trying to understand the ocean from every angle.

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To Siri With Love


by Judith Newman
A full-length account of the viral New York Times op-ed column of the same name shares inspirational and laugh-out-loud stories about the author’s life with her an autistic son, whose therapeutic use of Apple’s electronic personal assistant became an unusual example of the power of technology.

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Death in the Air


by Kate Winkler Dawson
A historical narrative describes the events of December 1952 in London, when a smog descended that halted the entire city, as well as allowed a serial killer, John Reginald Christie, to strike at least seven victims.

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Resilience


by Lisa Lisson
Part leadership guide, part memoir of loss, and part personal empowerment primer on how to achieve your goals no matter what the universe throws at you, Resilience is an inspirational story about how to rise to the top in a man’s world, triumph over adversity, lead a fulfilling life, and live each day with purpose and gratitude.

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Under Surveillance


by Randolph Lewis
A worried but ultimately genial guide to the landscape of surveillance, Lewis helps us see the hidden costs of living in a “control society” in which surveillance is deemed essential to governance and business alike, prompings us to think deeply about “the soft tissue damage” inflicted by the culture of surveillance.

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Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century


by Iric Nathanson
Today, Minneapolis is considered one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. However, like most cities, Minneapolis has its own checkered history. Flavored with contemporary newspaper quotations and illustrated with period images, this political history inspires greater understanding of a preeminent American city.

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Paleo Principles


by Sarah Ballantyne
The New York Times best-selling author provides readers with the principles of following a Paleo life style, offering practical tips, strategies, visual guides and over 200 recipes that conform to a nutrient-dense, whole foods diet.

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Friends Divided


by Gordon S. Wood
A dual portrait of the second and third presidents shares insights into their disparate backgrounds, the partnership decisions that helped establish America’s foundation and the unexpected ways their subsequent falling out and reconciliation corrected the course of a young republic.

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MPFD Fire Extinguisher Training Available for Local Businesses

We’ve all seen the fire extinguishers in our workplaces, but how many of us actually know how to use one in the case of a fire? Well, help is available–did you know that the Mount prospect Fire Dept (MPFD) offers free fire extinguisher training for businesses in Mount Prospect? Participants will learn how to prevent fires within the workplace, the different types of extinguishers and their correct usage, as well as get practical experience using one on a live fire! Classes are offered on site at no charge, limited to 20 participants per session, contact Cory Pikora the MPFD (847.818.5260 or cpikora@mountprospect.org) with questions or to schedule a session!

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Enrollment

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Community Assistance recently announced that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning October 1, 2017.

LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families, in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of households. Applications are processed through a network of 35 local administering agencies around the state. These agencies will begin accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis from the elderly and people with disabilities starting on October 1, 2017.

For a complete listing of LIHEAP’s local administering agencies and additional information about the program, go to www.liheapIllinois.com.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – September 2017

New Books
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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Talking Guitar


by Jas Obrecht
In this lively collection of interviews, music writer Obrecht presents a celebration of the world’s most popular instrument as seen through the words of some of its most beloved players. In their own words, these guitar players reveal how they found their inspirations and mastered their instruments.

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Why We March


On January 21, 2017, millions of people gathered worldwide for the Women’s March, one of the largest demonstrations in political history. This inspiring collection features 500 of the most eloquent, provocative, uplifting, clever, and creative signs from across the United States and around the world.

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This is What a Librarian Looks Like


by Kyle Cassidy
An inspiring tribute in text and photos to librarians and libraries in all 50 American states and Canada describes the diverse backgrounds and motivations of today’s librarians, Cassidy profiles nearly 220 librarians, who also share their personal thoughts on what it means to be a librarian.

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Why


by Mario Livio
An internationally respected astrophysicist explores the science behind curiosity to evaluate its role in human creativity, ambition and culture, drawing on interviews with scientists and students while examining the lives of forefront intellectuals to identify how curiosity manifests in the brain.

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The Bucket List


edited by Kath Stathers
We all have things we’d like to do—one day—but work, family, school, money, and responsibilities get in the way. This invaluable guide to fun, fantastic, and life-affirming activities features an eclectic range of ideas such as self-improvement, sports-related endeavors, natural wonders, cultural experiences, culinary delights, and more.

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Rising Tides


by John R. Wennersten & Denise Robbins
Wennersten and Robbins sound an urgent wakeup call to the growing crisis of climate refugees, and offers an essential, continent-by-continent look at these dangers. Detailing a number of solutions, the authors argue that no nation can tackle this universal problem alone.

Forthcoming Titles:

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The Templars


by Dan Jones
Jerusalem 1119. A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. In this narrative history of the Knights Templar, extensive original sources were used to separate fact from myth, exploring their actual work and influence, the reasons they fell out of favor, and whether or not they were guilty of heresy.

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These Schools Belong to You and Me


by Deborah Meier
Arguing that public education and democracy are inextricably bound, and pushing against the tide of privatization, These Schools Belong to You and Me is a rousing call to both save and improve public schools to ensure that all students are empowered to help shape our future democracy.

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Women at the Wheel


by Katherine J. Parkin
Although women drove and had responsibility for their family’s car maintenance, twentieth-century popular culture was replete with humorous comments and judgmental critiques that effectively denied women pride in their driving abilities and car-related expertise. Parkin contends that, despite women’s long history with cars, these stereotypes persist.

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Do You Really Need That Pill?


by Jennifer Jacobs
This book—the first of its kind—tackles the epidemic overuse of prescription drugs. Combining stories of those who have suffered ill effects from taking too many drugs with data from cutting-edge medical findings, Jacobs helps readers realize they can choose different solutions to their health problems.

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Food Voices


by Andrianna Natsoulas
From the dairy farmers of Wisconsin to the clam collectors of Ecuador and many places in between, Natsoulas highlights the men and women who are fighting with their sweat and hands, trying to create– or actually re-create– a food system that values quality over quantity, and communities and the environment over the corporate bottom-line.

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Slugfest


by Reed Tucker
Combining primary-source reporting with in-depth research, a story of the greatest corporate rivalry never told—the battle between Marvel and DC—details the five-decade war that has resulted in an arsenal of schemes devised by the companies in an attempt to outmaneuver the competition.

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Price It! Antiques & Collectibles

If you wanted to sell that pair of 1991 Nike Air 180 shoes you found unworn in a box in your attic, how much do you think they would get you? Or what about that Briar Pipe your grandfather owned? What about 1968 Barbie Doll “Flats n’ Heels” assorted footwear, or an actual Model T Ford you found in a barn?

Our new web resource, Price It: Antiques & Collectibles contains hundreds of thousands of items sold on Ebay and at auction houses. In fact, it is the world’s largest resource of antiques and the prices collectors actually paid.

And of course it has currency and stamps!

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