News from the Research Desk

Arbor Day 2017

Image result for arbor dayFriday, April 28 is Arbor Day and a great reminder that trees are one of our community’s most vital natural resources. The Arbor Day Foundation provides a wealth of useful information about the importance of trees in our environment and tools to help homeowners choose the best trees for their yard and location. The Arbor Day Foundation also sells trees relatively inexpensively: “the purchases you make through the Arbor Day Foundation will help support important tree planting efforts around the globe.” They make it very easy to choose appropriate trees for your conditions: just enter your zip code and a list of dozens of trees suitable for your climate will appear. Prices range from $5.00 for one tree to $45.00 for a collection of 5. Spring is the best time to plant trees before the summer heat: celebrate Arbor Day this year and plant a tree!

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – April 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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Lower Ed

by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Drawing on her personal experience as a former counselor at two for-profit colleges and interviews with students, senior executives and activists, a renowned sociologist reveals how for-profit schools have become so successful and deciphers the benefits, credentials pitfalls and real costs of a for-profit education.

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The Girl at the Baggage Claim

by Gish Jen
A provocative study on the contrast between Eastern and Western ideas about the self and society shares personal and scientific insights into how perception differences shape ongoing debates about art, education, geopolitics and business.

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Running with a Police Escort

by Jill Grunenwald
Having always struggled with her weight, Grunenwald at one time hit the scales at more than 300 pounds and decided that she needed to make a life-style change, pronto. She enrolled in Weight Watchers and did something else that she never thought she’d do; she started running. And believe it or not, it wasn’t that bad.

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The Blood of Emmett Till

by Timothy B. Tyson
The event that launched the civil rights movement—the 1955 lynching of young Emmett Till— is now reexamined by an award-winning author with access to never-before-heard accounts from those involved as well as recently recovered court transcripts from the trial.

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The Turtle’s Beating Heart

by Denise Low
Low unravels her family’s hidden Native American history as part of the Lenape diaspora, discovering the lasting impact of trauma and substance abuse, the deep sense of loss and shame related to suppressed family emotions, and the power of collective memory.

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The Gig Economy

by Diane Mulcahy
Mulcahy offers tips for managing employment in an economy characterized by contract work and freelance assignments, describing strategies for creating multiple sources of income, developing new skills, financing time off, and retaining a personal safety net.

Forthcoming Titles:

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Schadenfreude, a Love Story

by Rebecca Schuman
A debut book by the education columnist for Slate traces her experiences as a Jewish teen intellectual whose fateful relationship with a boy who introduced her to Kafka inspired her love for German language and culture.

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Theft by Finding

by David Sedaris
An anthology of personal favorite diary entries by the best-selling author features excerpts that have inspired his famed autobiographical essays and shares insights into the intimate arenas of his life.

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The Airbnb Story

by Leigh Gallagher
Fortune editor Leigh Gallagher explores the success of Airbnb, the online lodging platform that has become, in under a decade, the largest provider of accommodations in the world, along with the more controversial side of its story.

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Adventure Cats

by Laura J. Moss
The cofounder of– the online resource for information on safely exploring the great outdoors with your feline– presents a collection of amazing photos and stories of real-life cats, and all the how-to owners need to take their cats beyond the backyard.

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Are We Screwed?

by Geoff Dembicki
The millennial generation has lived with the looming reality of global warming and will be most affected by its impacts. In vividly reported dispatches, Dembicki examines what millennial responses to climate change look like and how they are shaping our future.

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Tinker Dabble Doodle Try

by Srini Pillay, M.D.
A Harvard psychiatrist and brain imaging researcher teaches a revolutionary way to become a sharper thinker and get things done—in the boardroom, living room, or classroom—by harnessing the brain’s ability to wander.

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Being Irish

On St. Patrick’s Day it is often said in the United States that everyone is a little Irish. But how many people of Irish descent are there in the United States? An exact figure is a challenge to determine but the United States Census figures project it to be around 33 million. Here is a Census Bureau report issued in 2004 which describes the results of an ancestry question on the 2000 Census. An article from the website Irish Central compares figures from the 2000 Census to those from the American Community Survey in 2014. It also explains why it is difficult to pin down exact figures regarding ethnicity. If you want to see if there is an Irish ancestor in your background, there are resources at the Mount Prospect Public Library which can help. Look through this list of Irish genealogy books in our collection. Investigate the genealogy online resources Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest, and Find My Past. If you would like some help with this research, please come to the Research Services Desk and set up an appointment with the genealogy librarian or make an appointment online. Whatever your background, wear a little green and have some fun on St. Patrick’s Day!

Health Databases

We recently let go of a subscription to our web resource Consumer Health Complete. However, in anticipation of this, we have bulked up the Gale Virtual Reference Library health books. You can easily search through trusted 150 or more trusted titles in health and wellness. Here is the link to that: GVRL Medicine Books. We also have Consumer Reports for nearly continuous coverage of their reliable research into health fads, prescription drugs, understanding health insurance, finding comfortable mattresses, and much more. Here is a link to that: Consumer Reports. If you think we should get more health books for GVRL, please let us know because we are always looking to improve the collection.


New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – March 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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by Bill Gertz
A look at the state of information-technology warfare between the world powers, and how changes in infrastructure and leadership are needed for America to catch up with its adversaries and meet the challenge.

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The Stress Test

by Ian Robertson
An experienced clinical psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist presents a revelatory study of how and why we react to pressure as we do, and how we can change our response to stress to our benefit.

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by Mark Ribowsky
Examining Hank Williams’s music while also re-creating days and nights choked in booze and desperation, Ribowsky traces the miraculous rise of this music legend to a sad, lonely end on New Year’s Day, 1953.

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Deep Life

by Tullis C. Onstott
Onstott takes readers to uncharted regions deep beneath Earth’s crust in search of life in extreme environments, and reveals how astonishing new discoveries by geomicrobiologists are helping the quest to find life in the solar system.

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A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

by Melissa Fleming
Fleming shares the harrowing journey of Syrian refugee Doaa Al Zamel, who was cast adrift in a frigid sea with the children of drowned parents after their dangerously overcrowded ship sank, in an account that details what their experiences reveal about an on-going international crisis.

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How to Murder Your Life

by Cat Marnell
A former beauty editor at Lucky describes her secret life as a prescription-drug addict and bulimic who manipulated doctors into supporting her destructive lifestyle, recounting her struggles to balance her literary ambition with her disease.

Forthcoming Titles:

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The 1997 Masters

by Tiger Woods with Lorne Rubenstein
Woods reflects on his record-setting 1997 Masters victory, in which his historic twelve-shot win created an iconic moment for him and for all of sports history.

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The Rules Do Not Apply

by Ariel Levy
A gorgeous, darkly humorous memoir for readers of Cheryl Strayed about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention, as well as a portrait of a generation used to assuming they’re entitled to everything—based on this award-winning writer’s New Yorker article “Thanksgiving in Mongolia.”

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The House of Morgan

by Ron Chernow
A candid history of the American banking dynasty spans four generations and chronicles both the evolution of modern finance and the glamorous social strata of the times.

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Jane Austen, the Secret Radical

by Helena Kelly
A brilliant, illuminating reassessment of the life and work of Jane Austen that makes clear how Austen has been misread for the past two centuries and that shows us how she intended her books to be read, revealing, as well, how truly radical a writer she was.

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The Islamic Enlightenment

by Christopher de Bellaigue
A revisionist history of the 19th and 20th centuries challenges current understandings about the Middle East and Islam, focusing on the stories of Istanbul, Cairo and Tehran to reveal the intellectual, cultural and political sophistication of their populations.

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South and West

by Joan Didion
Two excerpts from never-before-seen notebooks by the National Book Award-winning author offer insights into her literary mind and process and include notes on her Sacramento upbringing and her experiences during a formative Rolling Stone assignment.

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Many New Web Resources

This week MPPL rolled out a number of new web resources from Gale.

  • Testing & Education Reference Center features test prep exams, detailed information on colleges and universities, graduate and professional programs, scholarships and awards.
  • Gale General OneFile is an article database. You can search it directly here, or search it with our other article databases in Article Finder.
  • Gale Business Insights: Global is designed for professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and general researchers, delivering comprehensive international business intelligence, compiled into a logical, usable context.
  • Gale Small Business Resource Center covers all major areas of starting and operating a business: financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more. Startups, established businesses, and business students alike can find answers from its mobile responsive experience.

Fake News Resources

What is Fake News?

“Fake news is made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated to look like credible journalistic reports that are easily spread online to large audiences willing to believe the fictions and spread the word.”– PolitiFact

Fake news is a type of completely made up and deliberately spread story, manipulated to resemble credible journalism and to attract maximum attention and, with it, gain revenue or political gain.– The Guardian

Fake News is NOT:

-New– it’s been around since the advent of printing.
-News you disagree with
-News that paints someone who you admire in an unflattering light.
-Satire (see below).

How to Spot Fake News

-Some sites are upfront about publishing satire, e.g. The Onion, Borowitz Report, ClickHole. Check the “About” section of a site if unsure.
-Avoid sites that end in “” and “lo”; these are more often than not entire fake news sites.
-Be aware of promoted or sponsored posts– companies have paid for these to appear on social media feeds, websites, and even Google searches.
-If a story elicits a strong emotion response, read on! Shocking headlines (clickbait) are often designed to stun readers into sharing them without fully reading the article.
-Use multiple sources to fact-check stories.

Source: International Federation of Library Associations and Instutitions,

Albuquerque Public Library Guide to Fake News
25 Fake News Sites Found on Facebook (compiled by Dr. Melissa Zimdars of Merrimack College)
The News Literacy Project
12 Examples of Native Ads (And Why They Work)

Tales Told by Found Photographs

The stories of our families are told through  many forms of documents.  Family photographs, however, are unique because they have visually captured moments in time that now only live as memories.  A discarded photograph album lead a writer in New York to the story of black families that lived in the Crown Heights neighborhood of New York City during the middle of the 20th Century.  This writer, Anne Correal, describes the journey she undertook to discover whose photographs they were and how the album was left forsaken on the street.  Her article “Love and Black Lives, in Pictures Found on a Brooklyn Street” appeared in the New York Times in January 2017.  It traces the paths that many African American families took from the Deep South to the North in an event known as the Great Migration.  Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson is a book in the Library’s collection which also illuminates this event in American history.  There are now also other books and videos on display in the Library which document African American history.  If you are interested in learning more about your own family’s history and managing your own family photographic collections, come talk to our Research Services staff who will help you get started.


New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – February 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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How to Survive a Plague

by David France
A riveting, powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease.

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Settle for More

by Megyn Kelly
The top-rated cable news anchor presents a revelatory memoir that also imparts the values and lessons that have shaped her career—her tough-love father’s early death, the news events that led to her anchor position, and her ongoing feud with Donald Trump.

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Cultivating Empathy

by Nathan C. Walker
The Reverend Nathan C. Walker presents a collection of essays about his own wrestlings with personal and cultural conflicts and his commitment to stop “otherizing,” which occurs when we either demonize or romanticize people.

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Hidden Figures

by Margot Lee Shetterly
An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA’s African-American women mathematicians to the space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.

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They Can’t Kill Us All

by Wesley Lowery
With bracing intensity and incredible access, the author examines the economic, political and personal histories that inform the Black Lives Matter movement, and place what it has accomplished—and what remains to be done—in the context of the last fifty years of American history.

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Selling Hitler

by Nicholas O’Shaughnessy
The Nazis pursued propaganda not just as a tool of government, but also as the medium through which power itself was exercised. The author also presents the argument that Hitler, not Goebbels, was the prime mover in the propaganda regime of the Third Reich— its editor and first author.

Forthcoming Titles:

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Insane Clown President

by Matt Taibbi
The story of the 2016 presidential contest, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion, is in fact the story of Western civilization’s very own train wreck. The author explores the seismic shift in how we perceive our national institutions, the democratic process, and the future of the country.

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Climate of Hope

by Michael R. Bloomberg & Carl Pope
The former NYC Mayor and the former Sierra Club head present a manifesto on how the benefits of taking action on climate change can be real, immediate, and significant, sharing disparate perspectives on related issues while explaining how anyone can make positive changes regardless of Washington politics.

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A Fine Mess

by T.R. Reid
The Washington Post correspondent and best-selling author presents an international investigation into America’s failing tax code to share plainspoken assessments of current problems and what the author believes can be learned from other democratic nations.

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The Broken Ladder

by Keith Payne
Psychologist Keith Payne examines how inequality in today’s society divides us not just economically, but also has profound consequences for how we think, how our cardiovascular systems respond to stress, how our immune systems function, and how we view moral ideas such as justice and fairness.

Letters to a Young Muslim

Letters to a Young Muslim

by Omar Saif Ghobash
In a series of personal letters to his son, the ambassador from the UAE to Russia offers a clear-eyed inspiration for the next generation of Muslims to understand how to be faithful to their religion and still navigate through the complexities of today’s world.

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R.I.P. G.O.P.

by Martin Schram
The award-winning author and Washington journalist brings his keen eye to the important and timely issue of the diminishing Republican Party, pulling from demographics, polling, and political science analysis to paint a startlingly bleak picture of the Republican Party.

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Business plans made easy with Intercept

Writing a business plan is essential for anyone trying to start a new business, entrepreneurs, and even established businesses needing a semi-regular review. A solid business plan can be the key to securing the funding you need–but it can be complex, even for those with experience. Well, luckily MPPL is here to help with our newest business database, Intercept by Deziner Software. This exciting new tool takes a comprehensive, step-by-step approach with built-in cross-checking to help you create your optimal plan–kind of like Turbo Tax for writing a business plan. Give it a try! It might seem a little daunting at first, but stick with it, and remember, the Research Dept. staff are always here to help you navigate and learn–just stop by the desk, give us a call or set up a Reference Appointment!