Home access to Ancestry Library Edition will end December 31. Although it will be sad to lose this great access, it will remain a continuing presence for use inside the library. Fortunately, we have a slate of genealogy resources which are always available for you to use at home. HeritageQuest, MyHeritage, and Fold3 are just three of them. Visit our web resources page to see them all.
News from the Research Desk
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Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace is now available and will run through January 15, 2022. Visit Get Covered Illinois to learn if you are eligible for health insurance through the ACA Marketplace, find a local assister to help with the enrollment process and more.
To enroll in health insurance through the ACA Marketplace, visit Healthcare.gov.
More health resources
Digitallearn.org offers free, short online courses that introduce how to enroll in health insurance using Healthcare.gov or finding health information online.
Medlineplus.gov provides the latest health information direct to consumers from the National Library of Medicine.
MyHealthFinder presents evidence-based information on preventative care.
There has been a lot of information in the media concerning the COVID vaccine booster shot. It can be difficult to get a clear picture of who is eligible and what kind of shot is available. Based on the information from the CDC, Walgreens recently posted a short list of answers to these important questions. Here is the basic information you need to know:
Who is eligible and when?
The CDC recommends a booster dose for fully vaccinated people who received their second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months ago. Health and eligibility requirements include:
- Ages 65+
- Long-term care facility residents ages 18+
- Individuals ages 50-64 with underlying medical conditions*
- Individuals ages 18-49 with underlying medical conditions*, based on individual benefit and risk
- Individuals ages 18-64 who are at an increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupation or institutional setting, such as healthcare and essential workers, based on individual benefit and risk
- *See this webpage from the CDC for additional information
Why should I get a booster?
Like with many vaccines, immunity can decrease over time. A booster shot is designed to continue providing longer-term protection and reduce risk of hospitalization.
What if I got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
Right now, boosters are only recommended for patients who completed their Pfizer vaccine series and meet the current eligibility criteria. Updates on a Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shot will be provided in the future.
It is always good practice to consult your doctor about this or any other medical issue. For additional information about the COVID vaccine booster shot please see this CDC webpage.
Changes in the labor market mean that many people are looking for a new job or transitioning to a new industry. Getting started with writing a new resume can be overwhelming, and MPPL cardholders have access to some helpful online resources to support resume and cover letter writing:
Adult Career Center from Tutor.com – Not just for students, job seekers can get support from Tutor.com in resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and more. MPPL cardholders can access five free online sessions with a qualified career coach every week. Live sessions are available 2 – 9 p.m. CST. Additionally, resume and cover letter review is available with a 12-hour turnaround.
Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep – Under the “Explore Career” tab, this database includes a robust resume and cover letter builder, skills assessments, and additional career development tools.
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.
There are also many books to support job searching and career transitions, available from the library.
Find more online resources on the Jobs and Career Development Research Guide. With questions about any of these resources, or to set up a time to meet with a librarian for a resume review appointment, please contact the Research Desk to request a reference appointment.
Many services at local DMV’s, including Des Plaines and Schaumburg, now require an advance appointment. In order to cope with COVID-19 backlogs, the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office announced procedure changes for some services.
At some facilities, make an appointment in advance for:
*Behind-the-wheel road tests
*Applying for or renewing REAL IDs
*Applying for standard Driver’s License/Identification Card.
For some services, a visit to the DMV can be avoided by completing the transaction online, including:
*Driver’s License/Identification Card Renewal (if eligible)
*Duplicate driver’s license or State ID
*License plate renewal or replacement.
To make an appointment or to access online services, visit: https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/drivers/appointments/home.html. To make an appointment over the phone, call the appointment helpline at 844-817-4649.