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 called Mom, What’s That? 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 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.