News from the Research Desk

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.

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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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In the Shadow of the Moon

On August 21, 2017 an event rich in history and scientific allure will occur–a solar eclipse.  In Mount Prospect at 1:19 PM the moon will cover 86.5 % of the sun.  To witness a total eclipse, one would have to travel over 200 miles south to the Carbondale, Illinois area.  The Adler Planetarium is making the most of this event despite there being only a partial eclipse in our area.  At its website there is information about viewing events and tips for viewing the partial eclipse safely.  The Adler Planetarium explains where to purchase the special viewing glasses and how to make your own special viewing tool.  To be part of a viewing event closer to home, go to the Harper College Campus.  From noon to 2 pm on August 21  three telescopes equipped with solar filters will be set up and a limited number of solar viewers will be available in front of the Avante Center (Building Z) on the college’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

The Library offers many resources for preparing for this eclipse.  There are two new books which discuss how eclipses occur, how astronomers studied them in the past and the continued fascination humans have for this wondrous astronomical event.  Look for American Eclipse by  David Baron and Eclipse: Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon by Frank Close. The Library’s online resources also offer many ways to better understand this event. May your experience of being in the shadow of the moon be a memorable (and safe) one!

Weiss Ratings Medigap Report

Our newest web resource is Financial Rating Series Online, “powered by Weiss Ratings and Grey House Publishing.”
Apart from bank, credit unions, and stock ratings, probably the most exciting aspect is the Weiss Ratings Medigap Report. “Build Your Own Customized Medicare Supplement Insurance Planner,” is how they subtitle it. These reports are available for people age 65 and older, though if you are younger you can still run the report to see what Medicare coverage you will get and to what extent you will need to cover your medical expenses. There are ratings in the report for a large number of insurance companies. Financial Rating Series Online is really just amazing!

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Get help with the Adult Career Center

Are you currently looking for a job? Need some help writing or polishing your resume? Want to brush up on your interviewing skills? Well MPPL has a resource for you! The Adult Career Center–found in our list of Web Resources at mppl.org–is the job/career side of Tutor.com, and offers a variety of services for job seekers including resume review, live career counseling and even interviewing tips! Simply login and authenticate with your MPPL library card, then create your own personal Tutor.com account to get started. Some features are available around the clock (like resume review–just submit it and an expert will review and reply with feedback within a few hours) while others are only accessible between 2-9 p.m. As always, research librarians are here to help you get started, so give it a try!

Leasing vs. Buying a New Car

Will you be needing a new car in the near future? Have you wondered what the advantages are to leasing a new car? Consumer Reports just published an article comparing and contrasting both approaches as well as a specific example that compares the financing details between buying and leasing a 2017 Honda Accord. There are pros and cons for both approaches but Consumer Reports provides all the necessary information in order to make an informed decision. The Library has a subscription to the online Consumer Reports which is linked on the Web Resources page–you will need your library card number and pin to access remotely. Please contact the Research Services Desk (847 590 4050/reference@mppl.org) on the second floor of the Library if you have any questions.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – July 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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Hunger


by Roxane Gay
The popular Tumblr blogger and best-selling author of Bad Feminist explores the devastating act of violence that triggered her personal challenges with food and body image, sharing advice for caring for oneself and eating in healthful and satisfying ways.

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H.H. Holmes


by Adam Selzer
A detailed historical account of the famed serial killer calls on never before examined primary documents to reveal how he managed to take advantage of the crowds drawn by the 1893 World’s Fair to create his own castle of horrors.

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Finding Fibonacci


by Keith Devlin
The compelling firsthand account of the author’s ten-year quest to tell the medieval mathematician Fibonacci’s story, including the project’s false starts and disappointments, the occasional lucky breaks, and the unique individuals he met along the way.

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This is Just My Face


by Gabourey Sidibe
The Oscar-nominated star of Precious and Empire delivers a much-awaited memoir that shares details about her childhood with a polygamous father in Harlem, her gifted mother who supported them by singing in the subway, and her own unconventional rise to fame.

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Was Revolution Inevitable?


edited by Tony Brenton
The Russian Revolution’s legacy overshadows other events involving Communism’s rise and eventual fall in Eastern Europe. Former British Ambassador to Russia has traced the events that led to the overthrow of the Tsarist regime and pinpointed moments when those events could have unfolded in a drastically different way.

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The Schmuck in My Office


by Jody Foster
A University of Pennsylvania professor of psychiatry provides guidance on dealing with disruptive co-workers, describing the types of personalities that may be present in the work environment and offering advice for establishing clear communication for a productive workplace.

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Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments


by Peter Catapano
Since 2010, The Stone— the immensely popular, award-winning philosophy column in the New York Times— has revived and reinterpreted age-old inquiries to speak to our contemporary condition, with insightful questions to energize and enliven the world of ethical thought.

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The Influential Mind


by Tali Sharot
Neuroscientist Sharot reveals the critical role of emotion in influence, the weakness of data and the power of curiosity. Relying on the latest research in neuroscience, behavioral economics and psychology, the book provides fascinating insight into the complex power of influence, good and bad.

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Catching Breath


by Kathryn Lougheed
Lougheed follows the history of tuberculosis through the ages, from its time as an infection of hunter-gatherers to the first human villages, which set it up with everything it needed to become the monstrous disease it is today, through to the perils of industrialization and urbanization.

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End of Its Rope


by Brandon L. Garrett
Today, death sentences in the U.S. are as rare as lightning strikes. Garrett discusses the reasons why and explains what the failed death penalty experiment teaches about the criminal justice system.

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Stephen Colbert’s Midnight Confessions


by Stephen Colbert
Based on his popular segment from The Late Show, Stephen Colbert and his team of writers now reveal his most shameful secrets to millions (although, actually, he’d like you to not to tell anyone).

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No Room for Small Dreams


by Shimon Peres
The late Israeli Prime Minister who won the Nobel Prize for his role in the Oslo Accords presents an intimate and personal account of the building and potential future of modern Israel.

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The Objects in Our Lives

Over the past few decades many electronic devices and other objects once vital in our lives have become obsolete.  Remember rotary telephones or even telephone booths?  The importance these objects had in our lives is significant.  Many museums are collecting these items to document the development of technology and our relationship to it.  At the McKinley Museum in Akron, Ohio, an exhibit includes objects from the 1980s.

 

The Mount Prospect Historical Society has been collecting items since the late 1960s.  These objects reflect the growth of Mount Prospect over the past 100 years.  They can be seen at the Friedrichs Museum in Mount Prospect at 101 South Maple.  If you cannot make it there in person, you can see professional photographs of many significant objects in the museum in a digital collection called Dimensions of Life in Mount Prospect.

It was almost a year ago that the Village unearthed the time capsule from 1992 as part of Mount Prospect’s Centennial Celebration.  If you haven’t viewed the items in the Library’s second-floor Harold Weary Genealogy Room, come and take a look before they become part of the new time capsule that will be buried in October 2017.

Turn Your Passion into a New Career?

It’s one of the things we all hear so much over the course of our lives–“find what you love to do and make it your career.” And while many have managed to find ways to accomplish this, for most of us it’s easier said than done. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, or that you shouldn’t even contemplate the possibility. The folks over at Practical Money Skills (produced by Visa, and one of the partners in this year’s Financial Literacy Summit held in April to kick off Money Smart Week) have put together a few strategies and guidelines to consider HERE if you’re someone who is looking to make a change in their life and career.