Month: December 2017

News from the Research Desk Blog

When Will Tax Cuts Start?

President Trump is poised to sign the recently passed tax bill, and the first question on many folks’ lips is: when will the tax cuts start? Because the legislation is complex, it’s hard to know exactly when it will effect taxpayers across the U.S. Some of the bill’s impact will begin at the start of 2018, though other elements won’t take effect until 2019 and beyond. For instance, when you file your 2017 taxes in April, you’ll already be getting some benefits like lower tax withholding, but other perks won’t show until you file your tax return in April 2019. Luckily for us, the experts at Fortune magazine have broken it all down quite nicely HERE.

Announcing Rosetta Stone

I am pleased to announce MPPL now has a subscription to the well-known language learning resource, Rosetta Stone Library Solutions. This package features all 30 languages with all levels available to you. From experience, this resource works best an app on a mobile device though is still effective on a desktop computer if you have a microphone. There is a trick to opening the app after you have downloaded it so please read the instructions on our Library Apps webpage. You’ll get the hang of it because the steps should be easy for anyone with the motivation to learn a new language.

DNA Tests and Your Family History

The holidays are a time when many families are together to share meals, stories, and special events.  The memories which result can bring both pleasure and pain but form the core of our family histories along with vital documents and other official records.  In recent years DNA tests for discovering family ethnic origins have become more affordable and more available to the average consumer.  There are many companies which offer these tests.  But which one is best for your needs?  What do I do with the results?  How accurate are the results?  A genealogist with 30 years of experience offers some answers in this article.  In the Library’s Harold Weary Genealogy Room there are several books which explain the variety of DNA tests, what the results mean and how to use them to enrich the understanding of our family histories. Books from 2017 include Swabbed and Found: An Adopted Man’s DNA Journey to Discover His Family Tree  and The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy.  The book Genetic Genealogy in Practice from 2016 is considered by expert genealogists to be one of the best sources for understanding how to use DNA results in genealogy. So, when you see those advertisements for DNA tests from Ancestry or 23andMe, consider sending away for the kit.  The Library is here to help as you take this next step towards understanding your family history.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – December 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 Natural DefenseNatural Defense
by Emily Monosson
An environmental toxicologist and writer explores science’s most innovative strategies for employing ecology for our own protection, giving us a sneak peek into the fascinating and hopeful world of natural defenses where a sustainable approach to human welfare will benefit generations to come.
Cover of BunkBunk
by Kevin Young
The award-winning author of The Grey Album traces the history of the hoax as a distinct American phenomenon, exploring the roles of stereotype, suspicion, and racism as factors that have shaped fraudulent activities from the heyday of P. T. Barnum through the “fake news” activities of Donald Trump.
Cover of On the Road with Roz

by Roz Varon
For the past eight years Chicago television Traffic Anchor Roz Varon has been recording her travels in words and images. The reader becomes Roz’s awestruck travel companions at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, students of history while roaming the Jewish Deep South, and gleeful visitors to Walt Disney World.

Cover of Night Thoughts

by Wallace Shawn
Having recently passed the age of seventy, before which he found it difficult to piece together more than a few fragments of understanding, actor Wallace Shawn would like to pass on anything he’s learned before death or dementia close down the brief window available to him, but he may not be ready yet.

Cover of Space Oddities

by S.D. Tucker
Whether you’re intrigued by the notion of singing angels inhabiting the planets, secret houses hidden on meteorites, or alien nudist colonies on the moon, Space Oddities will introduce weird, wacky, and wonderful theories of what lies beyond the stars.

Cover of The RBG Workout

by Bryant Johnson
A lighthearted, fully illustrated fitness guide detailing octogenarian Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s twice-weekly workouts with the author, her personal trainer, demonstrates each exercise in accessible detail and is complemented by professional tips, informative sidebars and folksy health wisdom.

Forthcoming Titles:

Cover of Cryptoassets

by Chris Burniske
Bitcoin was the first cryptoasset, but today there are over 800 and counting, including ether, ripple, litecoin, monero, and more. This clear, concise, and accessible guide from two industry insiders shows you how to navigate this brave new blockchain world—and how to invest in these emerging assets to secure your financial future.

Cover of Fifty Years of 60 Minutes

by Jeff Fager
The executive producer of 60 Minutes tells the inside story of the legendary program, from its almost accidental birth through five decades of in-depth reporting by talented producers and beloved correspondents, including Harry Reasoner, Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft and others.

Cover of Growing Up Fisher

by Joely Fisher
A behind-the-scenes memoir by the half-sister of the late Carrie Fisher describes their upbringing in Hollywood, the author’s personal struggles with identity, her two-decade marriage, her experiences as a mother to five children, and how she became motivated to pursue a creative life in the wake of Carrie’s death.

Cover of Diversity and Inclusion the Submarine Way

by John Gregory Vincent
The efficiency of a strong submarine crew is the result of a community that makes acceptance of diversity and inclusion part of its expected norms. This book is the first step toward applying these techniques and practices to help your company succeed and thrive in a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Cover of If You're Bored With Your Camera Read This Book

by Demetrius Fordham
In this book you’ll find inspiring ideas and genuinely different techniques that you can use to capture anything, from artistic portraits, through to stunning street photography and unusual aboreals. It will open your eyes, and your lens cap, to new ideas.

Cover of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

by Margareta Magnusson
In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” A Swedish artist provides commentary and advice on this invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings, which can be undertaken at any life stage but should be done before others have to do it for you.

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