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Free tech courses available to job seekers

Computer displaying online learningA technical skills upgrade is one effective way to add valuable, attention-grabbing content to an existing resume. LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft are making several technical courses available for free of charge and certifications in selected skills available at a greatly reduced price for many workers 

LinkedIn Learning has identified ten jobs that are in-demand in today’s economy and are positioned to grow in the future. They are making ten LinkedIn Learning Paths aligned with these jobs available for everyone for free in 2021.  

The ten role-based learning paths are:  

  1. Software developer – Become a Software Developer
    Sales representative – Become a Sales Representative
    Project manager – Become a Project Manager
    IT administrator – Prepare for CompTIA Network+ Certification
    Customer service specialist – Become a Customer Service Specialist
    Digital marketer – Become a Digital Marketing Specialist
    IT support/help desk – Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Certification   
    Data analyst – Become a Data Analyst
    Financial analyst – Become a Financial Analyst
    Graphic designer – Become a Graphic Designer 

LinkedIn Learning has also made learning paths focused on helping professionals come up to speed on soft skills.  

  1. Job seeker – Finding a Job During Challenging Economic Times
    Critical soft skills – Master In-Demand Professional Soft Skills
    Digital transformation – Digital Transformation in Practice: Virtual Collaboration Tools (combination of digital fluency and remote work)  
    Allyship and inclusive conversations – Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for All 

In addition, Microsoft Learn is offering free and in-depth technical learning content that also supports these roles and job seekers pursuing developer roles can access the GitHub Learning Lab to practice their skills. 

Industry-recognized Microsoft Certifications are being offered at reduced cost. Exams that normally cost $100 or more will be offered for $15 for individuals who are unemployed or furloughed due to COVID-19. All exams are available in English, Spanish, French, German, and more. See the website for complete Terms and Conditions. 

Using Ancestry Library Edition from Home

family tree clip artGood news for genealogists and family historians!  ProQuest, the company which makes Ancestry Library Edition available to library patrons, is continuing to allow researchers to access ALE from home until June 30, 2021.  Ancestry Library Edition is the library version of the commercial Ancestry.com database. Mount Prospect card holders can access the Ancestry Library Edition database by going to the Library’s Web Resources page either in the Library or at home.  If you are at home you will first need to enter your library card number and PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number) in order to get to the full list of resources.  Ancestry Library Edition is at the top of the alphabetical list.

Please know that you can contact the Library’s Research Services Desk by phone, chat or email if you have any questions as you use the database.  The genealogy librarian is also available to chat or to set up a Reference by Appointment session to discuss Ancestry Library Edition or another genealogical research issue you have.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information Update

doctor holding vaccine vialThe topic of COVID-19 vaccination is a complex and rapidly changing one.  To better understand what vaccines are available and where to register for one, please consult the websites listed below.

General vaccine information compiled by the Mount Prospect Village can be seen here.

To learn general information about vaccines in the Cook County area please go to this site

Suburban Cook County residents can register to receive the vaccines by going to this site.

Residents of the City of Chicago can register for vaccines here.

The vaccine registration hotline for Cook County is 1-833-308-1988; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. 

If you are looking for vaccination locations, please go to this site prepared by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

On March 22, 2021 (in English) and March 29, 2021 (in Spanish), the Mount Prospect Public Library and the Village of Mount Prospect are co-hosting virtual presentations about the COVID-19 vaccines.  These programs are informational only and will focus on the vaccines themselves–which ones are available, how they work and what their effects may be.  If you would like to register for the English presentation, please go here.  If you would like to register for the Spanish presentation, please go here.

Cook County Waiving Late Fees for Two Months

cartoon house surrounded by moneyThe Cook County Treasurer’s office has announced that Cook county property owners have two additional months–until May 3–to pay the first installment of their property tax bills without a late fee. Taxpayers can pay the first installment, due March 2, without a late fee through May 3.  Late fees also will be waived for two months for the second installment due later this year.

Property owners can pay their bills by visiting the treasurer’s office online and entering their street address.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – January 2021

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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!

New in Entertainment

What to watch when: 1,000 TV shows for every mood and moment book cover James Bond Movie Encyclopedia book cover Jagged Little Pill: You Live, You Learn: The Stories Behind the Iconic Album and Groundbreaking Musical book cover

What to Watch When: 1,000 TV Shows for Every Mood and Moment by Christian Blauvelt

The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

Jagged little pill : you live, you learn : the stories behind the iconic album and groundbreaking musical by Alanis Morissette, Diablo Cody, and the complete cast & crew by Ruth Soukup

New in Retro 90’s Style

A very special 90210 book: 93 absolutely essential episodes from TV's most notorious zip code book cover Alright, Alright, Alright: An Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused book cover 100 best selling albums of the 90s book cover

A Very Special 90210 Book: 93 Absolutely Essential Episodes from TV’s Most Notorious Zip Code by Tara Araiano & Sarah D. Bunting

Alright, Alright, Alright: An Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused by Melissa Maerz

100 Best Selling Albums of the 90s by Peter Dodd

New in Cooking

Modern Flexitarian: plant-inspired recipes you can flex to add fish, meat, or dairy book cover Pie for Everyone: recipes and stories from Petee's Pie, New York's best pie shop book cover Parwana: recipies and stories from an Afghan kitchen book cover

Modern Flexitarian: Plant-Inspired Recipes You Can Flex to Add Fish, Meat, or Dairy by Lucy Taylor

Pie for Everyone: Recipes and Stories from Petee’s Pie, New York’s Best Pie Shop by Petra “Petee” Paredez

Parwana: Recipes and Stories from an Afghan Kitchen by Durkhanai Ayubi

New in Science

The Story of Life in ten and half species book cover Cosmos: Possible Worlds book cover The Science of Why 5 book cover

The Story of Life in Ten and 1/2 Species by Marianne Taylor

Cosmos: Possible Worlds: The Sequel to Carl Sagan’s Beloved Classic by Ann Druyan

The Science of Why. Volume 5: Answers to Questions about the ordinary, the odd, and the outlandish by Jay Ingram