Month: June 2017

News from the Research Desk Blog

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.

EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens

Now that the days are at their longest and the sun’s rays are the most direct, proper use of effective sunscreen is essential and insures that summer fun in the sun does not cause skin damage. To select the most protective products as well as the least harmful, consult the Environmental Working Group’s annual Guide to Sunscreens.

From the EWG website:

The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.
We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.
Since 2007, when EWG published its first Sunscreen Guide, many sun protection products sold in the U.S. are safer and federal regulators have cracked down on some of the worst phony marketing claims. But our investigation of more than 880 beach and sport sunscreens, 480 moisturizers and 120 lip products with SPF for our 11th annual guide found that serious concerns remain.

Oxford Dictionaries

MPPL now subscribes to Oxford Dictionaries, the online dictionary that does everything you want an online dictionary to do (according to a review I found in Booklist, Sept. 1, 2010). That sounds like a tall order because most people just want spelling and definition, but Oxford Dictionaries surpasses all expectations. Is has not just definitions and spellings but also rhymes, audio files, related words, word origin, examples in sentences, and links to their foreign language dictionaries which are all included in this package. The other dictionaries are French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Arabic. Also, you should check out the Oxford Dictionaries fun, informative and trippy Oxford Words blog.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – June 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:

Cover of How Not to Hate Your Husband After KidsHow Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids
by Jancee Dunn
A candid account of the author’s struggles to revitalize her post-baby marriage describes how she resented societal roles that made her the only caregiver to her new daughter and the counseling and research that were part of her effort to resolve unbalanced family dynamics.

Cover of Extreme TeamsExtreme Teams
by Robert Bruce Shaw
What do you need to do to create a team that can successfully face the challenges of today’s world?
To answer that question, author Shaw examines the work practices of innovative high-growth companies such as Whole Foods, Pixar, and Netflix. These firms became groundbreaking leaders in their industries, in part, by boldly rewriting the rules of teamwork.

Cover of Killers of the Flower MoonKillers of the Flower Moon
by David Grann
The best-selling author of The Lost City of Z presents a true account of the early 20th-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Cover of Spider from MarsSpider from Mars
by Woody Woodmansey
The last surviving member of David Bowie’s band The Spiders From Mars shares never-before-told stories and photographs and recalls the wild tours, eccentric characters, and the rock ‘n roll excess that drove the band apart.

Cover of Dinner with DiMaggioDinner with DiMaggio
by Dr. Rock Positano and John Positano
A portrait of the iconic Yankee star by his doctor and friend describes how they supported one another throughout DiMaggio’s final years, in an account that discusses such topics as DiMaggio’s career-ending injuries and his relationships with first wife Dorothy Arnold and Marilyn Monroe.

Adulthood for BeginnersAdulthood for Beginners
by Andy Boyle
According to writer, comedian, and web developer Andy Boyle, adult life can be strange and unpredictable for young adults because they don’t know what to expect. Here, he tells them all about work, dating, their bodies, and how to behave in the world.

Forthcoming Titles:

Cover of Among the Living and the DeadAmong the Living and the Dead
by Inara Verzemnieks
Journeying back to the remote Latvian village where her family broke apart, the author comes to know her grandmother’s sister and the trauma of her exile to Siberia under Stalin, while reconstructing her grandmother’s survival through her years as a refugee.

Cover of GrantGrant
by Ron Chernow
The definitive biography of the 18th President of the United States, Hamilton author Chernow presents a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant’s life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.

Cover of What the Qur'an MeantWhat the Qur’an Meant
by Garry Wills
In this book Wills, as a non-Muslim with an open mind, reads the Qur’an with sympathy but with rigor, trying to discover why other non-Muslims—such as Pope Francis—find it an inspiring book, worthy to guide people down through the centuries.

Cover of Not So Good a Gay ManNot So Good a Gay Man
by Frank M. Robinson
This deeply personal autobiography, addressed to a friend in the gay community, explains the life of one gay man over eight decades in America, granting insights into Robinson’s work not just as a journalist and writer, but as a gay man navigating the often perilous social landscape of 20th century life in the United States.

Cover of Shark DrunkShark Drunk
by Morten Stroknes
The true story of two friends, the author and the eccentric artist Hugo Aasjord, as they embark on a wild pursuit of the famed Greenland shark– from a tiny rubber boat. Together, the two men tackle existential questions, survive the world’s most powerful maelstrom, and, yes, get drunk, as they attempt to understand the ocean from every possible angle.

Cover of The Voice of AmericaThe Voice of America
by Mitchell Stephens
Few Americans today recognize his name, but Lowell Thomas was as well known in his time as any American journalist ever has been. Though they may not know it, journalists today too are following a path he blazed. Stephens offers a hugely entertaining, sometimes critical portrait of this larger than life figure.

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