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The Return of CreativeBug

On Jan. 1, Mount Prospect Public Library will welcome back the crafting tutorial site, CreativeBug. This is a resource for arts and crafts enthusiasts with more than 1,000 video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Video topics include sewing, quilting, knitting, paper crafts, food, jewelry, and holiday crafts. You will be able to access it on our Web Resources page.

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New year, new job?

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If finding a new job is on your list of goals for 2023, check out some of these library resources: 

Join us on Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. for a virtual program, Job Search Essentials for 2023 to find out what you need to know to be prepared for the current job market. Gene Flynn of the Barrington Career Center will discuss current trends and share strategies for successful career moves. Topics to be addressed include applicant tracking systems, virtual interviews and why networking hasn’t gone out of style. Register here. 

On Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. hear from Lauren Milligan of ResuMAYDAY about how to strategically and effectively use your LinkedIn profile to enhance your job search and career development. Registration is available for LinkedIn 2.0: Advanced LinkedIn Tips for Job Seekers, a virtual program. Register here. 

Resume review is available by appointment to Mount Prospect Public Library cardholders. Contact business librarian Angela Baker abaker@mppl.org to set up an appointment. 

Get one-on-one support from a live, online career coach in resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and more through Brainfuse JobNow. Login with your library card number and PIN to access live sessions, available 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. CST. Online resume review is available within one business day.   

There are also many books to support job searching and career transitions, available from the library and more online resources on the Jobs and Career Development Research Guide. For assistance in accessing any of these library resources, stop by the Research Desk at the library, or contact us to request a reference appointment.       

Resources for Charitable Giving

For many reasons, the end of the year is a common time to make charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations. Some are inspired to participate in Giving Tuesday, while others are thinking ahead to their tax returns. Whatever your reason for getting caught up in the spirit of generosity, there are free resources available to help you make informed decisions about the organizations you choose to support: 

National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations – This print resource is available inside the library. 

ProPublica Nonprofit Explorer – View financial details from millions of tax returns filed by tax-exempt organizations. 

GuideStar – This free nonprofit lookup includes many IRS 990 forms. A free account is required to view the most detailed information. 

Charity Navigator – Independent ratings from an organization that is dedicated to supporting charitable giving. 

For help accessing any of these resources, stop by the Research Desk at the library, or contact us to request a reference appointment.   

Election Day is November 8

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Are you ready to vote in the mid-term elections? Early voting is currently happening through November 7 at Mount Prospect Village Hall, and Election Day voting will be held at polling places on November 8. Whether you plan to vote by mail, in-person or vote early, find answers to many common questions on the library’s Voter Resources Research Guide

Don’t forget that due to congressional redistricting following the 2020 census, some Mount Prospect residents will see some new names on their ballot. To avoid any election day surprises, sample ballots are available through the Cook County Clerk’s Office. For more detailed information about the candidates on the ballot, check out Ballotready.org or Voteforjudges.org

With questions about accessing any of these resources, stop by the Research Desk at the library, or contact us to request a reference appointment. 

Resources for the job search

Looking for work, changing careers, or preparing to return to the workforce after an extended pause can be overwhelming. The Mount Prospect Public Library has resources for career development available for job seekers no matter where they are in their career path. 

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Brainfuse JobNowJob seekers can get help from a live, online career coach to support resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and more. Live sessions are available 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. CST. Additionally, resume review is available within one business day. 

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Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep – Under the “Career Resources” tab, this database includes a robust resume and cover letter builder, skills assessments, and additional career development tools. 

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LinkedIn Learning – High-quality and in-depth, these courses include valuable information about best practices in resume writing in a variety of situations, including switching fields and returning to work after a prolonged absence. Add new tech skills to your resume after completing a LinkedIn Learning course.

Resume review is available to Mount Prospect Public Library cardholders by appointment. Contact the Research Desk to make an appointment. 

There are also many books to support job searching and career transitions, available from the library and more online resources on the Jobs and Career Development Research Guide.