Month: August 2017

News from the Research Desk Blog

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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