Month: August 2019

News from the Research Desk Blog

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – September 2019

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!

New in Food

Rice Noodles. Yum.: Everyone's favorite Southeast Asian dishes Botanical baking: contemporary baking and cake decorating with edible flowers and herbs book cover healthy homemade dog treats: simple and delicious treats for your furry best friend

Rice. Noodles. Yum.: Everyone’s Favorite Southeast Asian Dishes by Abigail Sotto Raines, Creator of Manila Spoon

Botanical Baking: Contemporary Baking and Cake Decorating with Edible Flowers and Herbs by Juliet Sear

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats: More than 70 Simple & Delicious Treats for your Furry Best Friend by Serena Faber-Nelson

New in House Plants

Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers book cover How to make a plant love you: Cultivate green space in your home and heart book cover Wild at Home: How to style and care for beautiful plants book cover

Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers by Leslie F. Halleck

How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivate Green Space in your Home and Heart by Summer Rayne Oakes

Wild at Home: How to Style and Care for Beautiful Plants by Hilton Carter

New in Better Living

Science the Sh*t Out of Life: Nerdy Solutions to Life's Little Problems book cover Dare to Matter: Your Path to Making a Difference Now book cover How To: Absurd scientific advice for common real-world problems book cover

Science and the Sh*t Out of Life: Nerdy Solutions to Life’s Little Problems by Colin Stuart

Dare to Matter: Your Path to Making a Difference Now by Jordan Kassalow and Jennifer Krause

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall Munroe

New in Games

The Floor is Lava and 99 more games for everyone, everywhere book cover The Everything Tabletop Games Book: rom Settlers of Catan to Pandemic, find out which games to choose, how to play, and the best ways to win! book cover   100 best solitaire games: featuring 100 classic, new, challenging, & just plain fun solitaires book cover

The Floor is Lava: And 99 More Games for Everyone, Everywhere by Ivan Brett.

The Everything Tabletop Games Book: From Settlers of Catan to Pandemic, Find Out Which Games to Choose, How to Play, and the Best Ways to Win!  by Bebo of Be Bold Games

100 Best Solitaire Games: Featuring 100 Classic, New, Challenging, & Just Plain Fun Solitaires by Sloane Lee & Gabriel Packard

Vaping Becomes Epidemic in Suburban Schools

man using a vape

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E-cigarette use (vaping) among teenagers is a growing epidemic that’s quickly outpacing other substances, such as alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs and opioids, health experts warn. Vaping use in middle and high school students in the United States has skyrocketed with an estimated 3.6 million users in 2018. A common perception is that e-cigarettes aren’t harmful to users, however; the Daily Herald reports that the majority of companies add the addictive chemical nicotine to their vaping products. Furthermore, health officials report that vaping can cause severe respiratory problems including cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

District officials for School District 214 say that vaping has exploded among their high school students and that it’s a top concern for them going forward. They have begun taking action to battle the epidemic by bringing in experts to do presentations for students, parents and teachers as well as installing monitors in areas students commonly vape like bathrooms and locker rooms.

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Information gathered from The Daily Herald. 

Employers no longer can ask for past salary information

Governor JB Pritzker has signed into law an amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act that bans employers and employment agencies from asking about applicants’ past wage and compensation histories or using such information to screen candidates for a job. The new law takes effect on September 29, 2019. The idea behind the new prohibition is to help break a cycle where predominantly female and minority workers have received lower pay for performing the same or similar work as male and non-minority workers. Employers are more likely to perpetuate this situation if they base the new employees’ pay on what they had previously earned.

Employers can be penalized for asking the applicant or the applicant’s current or former employers for wage or salary history. The prohibition does not apply if a job applicant’s salary history is a matter of public record or if the applicant is a current employee applying with the same employer. If an applicant voluntarily provides wage or salary history, the employer has not violated the law and would not be penalized. This information, however, is not to be used to make a hiring decision or to determine the applicant’s salary. Likewise, the new law does not prohibit an employer from asking an applicant what they desire to make at the new position. Department of Labor staff also are available to answer questions from both employers and employees on the new law and can be reached on DOL’s Equal Pay Act Hotline: 866-372-4365.