Month: December 2020

News from the Research Desk Blog

Holiday Readings

clear frozen snowflakesDo you have questions about the many aspects of the winter holidays?  Do you wonder exactly what Santa Claus looks like or how to say “Merry Christmas” in Hawaiian?  The online publication JSTOR Daily has the answers!  Click here to see a list of fun and enlightening articles about Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and other winter activities.  May these articles brighten your holidays.

Gale Presents: Udemy

Mount Prospect Public Library card holders now have free access to Gale Presents: Udemy, an online learning platform that connects patrons to video-based courses taught by leading experts in business, technology, and more. Users can explore thousands of continuously updated, on-demand video courses that match their professional goals and personal interests.

Gale Presents: Udemy, from Gale, a Cengage Company, offers a unique, tailor-made learning experience for adults who want to upskill for a new job or advance in their current profession. This top collection, powered by Udemy for Business, helps learners get where they want to be personally and professionally.

Gale Presents: Udemy includes:

  • A wide selection of course topics with high-quality, in-demand content
  • Courses that are added and removed weekly, as new skills and demands emerge in each field
  • An opportunity to learn from world-class instructors working and making advancements in their fields
  • Anytime, anywhere access, allowing users to download classes off-line and listen via podcast-style audio or on Chromecast or Apple TV
  • A tailor-made learning experience based on skill needs and learning preferences
  • Video lectures, most of which offer subtitles and/or transcripts to support a variety of learning styles
  • Supplemental course content, such as assignments, quizzes, practice tests, and more
  • A certificate of completion, available for download when a course is finished

Major course categories include cloud computing, data science, design, development, finance and accounting, human resources, IT operations, leadership and management, marketing, office productivity, personal development, project management and operations, and sales.

Driver Services Facilities Closed until Jan. 5, 2021

Jesse White Extends Closure of Driver Services Facilities until Jan. 5, 2021

Driver’s licenses and ID card expirations are extended until June 1, 2021; Online renewals have been expanded to reduce facility visits for in-person services; Select facilities open to serve new drivers and CDL applicants only

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing that Driver Services facilities statewide will remain closed for in-person transactions until Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. White is reminding the public that expirations for driver’s licenses and ID cards have been extended until June 1, 2021.

Expanded Online Services
White also has expanded online services for the public, which they can take advantage of by visiting www.cyberdriveillinois.com. Some of these services include:

• Renewing a license plate sticker;
• Renewing a valid driver’s license for qualifying drivers;
• Renewing a valid ID card for those age 22-64 (seniors 65 and older have free, non-expiring IDs);
• Obtaining a driver record abstract;
• Filing Business Services documents, such as incorporations and annual reports; and
• Customers with issues involving administrative hearings may contact adminhearings@ilsos.gov.

Select Facilities Open to Serve New Drivers ONLY
In addition, White announced that the following facilities will be open for new drivers ONLY:

Bradley, 1111 Blatt St.; Charleston, 1010 E. St.; Chicago North, 5401 N. Elston Ave; Chicago South, 9901 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.; Danville/Tilton, #5 Southgate; DeKalb, 1360 Oakwood St.;  Marion, 1905 Rendleman St.; Mascoutah, 9221 Beller Dr.; Moline/Silvis, 2001 Fifth St., Ste. #10; Olney, 1302 S. West St.; Peoria, 3311 N. Sterling Ave., #12; Princeton, 225 Backbone Rd. East; Quincy, 2512 Locust St.; Rantoul, 421 S. Murray Rd.; Rockford, 4734 Baxter Rd.; Salem, 1375 W. Whittaker St.; and Springfield, 2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy.

Chicago North and Chicago South facilities will be open for new drivers only Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The other facilities listed above will operate under normal hours.

Select Facilities Open to Serve CDL Applicants ONLY
White also reiterated that 18 CDL facilities remain open for CDL written and road exams. These CDL facilities include:

Bradley, 1111 Blatt St.; Charleston, 1010 E. St.; Danville/Tilton, #5 Southgate; DeKalb, 1360 Oakwood St.; Elk Grove Village, 650 Roppolo Dr.; Marion, 1905 Rendleman St.; Mascoutah, 9221 Beller Dr.; Moline/Silvis, 2001 Fifth St., Ste. #10; Olney, 1302 S. West St.; Peoria, 3311 N. Sterling Ave., #12; Princeton, 225 Backbone Rd. East; Quincy, 2512 Locust St.; Rantoul, 421 S. Murray Rd.; Rockford, 4734 Baxter Rd.; Salem, 1375 W. Whittaker St.; South Holland, 41 W. 162nd St.; Springfield, 2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy.; and West Chicago, 1280 Powis Rd.

“Commercial truck drivers provide essential services by ensuring goods can be transported safely and efficiently throughout the state and country during this pandemic,” White said.

CDL driving tests are by appointment only by calling 217-785-3013.

Seven Facilities Offering Drive-thru Services for License Plate Stickers
Lastly, White again reminded the public that seven facilities will continue offering drive-thru services for license plate sticker transactions ONLY. These facilities were selected due to the configuration of the buildings that allowed for drive-through transactions. The seven drive-through facilities are: Chicago North, 5401 N. Elston Ave.; Chicago South, 9901 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.; Chicago West, 5301 W. Lexington St.; Danville/Tilton, #5 Southgate; Macomb, 466 Deer Rd.; Rockford-Central, 3720 E. State St.; and Springfield, Dirksen 2701 S. Dirksen Parkway.

Expanded Online Renewals for Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards
In an effort to reduce future facility visits for in-person service, White has expanded online renewals for driver’s licenses and ID cards. Not everyone qualifies, particularly those who are required to pass a written or road test. For qualifying drivers, if the driver’s license or ID card expired between Feb. 1, 2020, through Jan. 31, 2021, then the individual will receive a letter this month with a unique PIN needed to renew online. If the driver’s license or ID card expires after Feb. 1, 2021, the individual will receive the PIN letter approximately 90 days before the expiration date. For more information on determining whether an individual qualifies for online renewal, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com and click on “Read more on how to renew your driver’s license or ID card online” near the top of the main page.

Thousands of customers have already taken advantage of the expanded driver’s license and ID card online renewal program, which results in fewer customers waiting in person at Driver Services facilities once they reopen.

“As the health and safety of employees and the public are paramount, we decided to extend the closure of Driver Services facilities until Jan 5, 2021, due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic,” said White. “Unfortunately, face-to-face transactions potentially increase the further spread of the virus, and protecting the health and safety of our residents is my top priority. We have extended expiration dates to assist people during this difficult time. We are also offering services to CDL holders and new drivers at select facilities. In addition, I am encouraging customers to consider using online services that are available for many office transactions.”

All other Secretary of State departments are open to serve the public. Check www.cyberdriveillinois.com for more information.

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Help for the Family Historian

family tree clip artWinter is a good time for working on compiling your family tree.  Since many of us are staying inside these days because of the pandemic and the colder weather, use this time to gather your family papers, delve into the many online resources available to genealogists, and reach out to family members during those holiday Zoom calls.  There are many ways to get help with this process if you are just beginning, have hit the inevitable “brick wall,” or just need some encouragement to continue the process.

The Mount Prospect Public Library offers an large collection of genealogy resources in print and online.  Click here to access the print genealogy collection.  Many of these books can be checked out.  Just put a book with the prefix GS in front of the call number on hold.  When you get an email message that the book is ready for you, you can then make a parking lot pickup appointment on line or by calling the library.  MPPL offers many online genealogy databases for use by Mount Prospect Public Library card holders.  You can see what is available here.  Click on the category “Genealogy” to narrow the list to those most helpful for family history research.  You will need to enter your library card number and PIN to access the resources from home.  Please note that Ancestry Library Edition is available for searching from home until March 31, 2021. The genealogy librarian Anne Shaughnessy is available to discuss your genealogy research with you.  You can call the library at 847-253-5675 to speak with her or set up a virtual Reference by Appointment.

Sometimes it is helpful to meet with others who are also compiling their family trees.  There are two organizations in our area which have meetings and host speakers on genealogical topics.  They are the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society and the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI).  Check the websites of NWSGS and CAGGNI for information about their upcoming meetings including their “members helping members (and non-members)” sessions.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City hosts a massive collection of genealogical information managed by an expert staff and skilled volunteers.  Now that staff is available to help you with your genealogical research during free 20 minute consultation sessions.  Please use the FamilySearch Research Wiki to schedule a consultation.  Sessions can be conducted in English or Spanish.  The scheduling app provides schedule information in the guest’s own local time to simplify making the connection across time zones.

Searching for one’s family history can be a challenging endeavor.  Getting help from others is part of that process.  May the resources mentioned here lead you to some intriguing stories!  Best wishes for success with your research.

Saying Goodbye to Rosetta Stone

Mount Prospect Public Library will no longer be subscribing to Rosetta Stone after December 31, 2020. If you are interested in studying languages, we have three  available on our Web Resources page.

These are Mango Languages, Lingo Lite, and our newest, Gale Present: Udemy.

Of course, we are happy to assist you with any of these. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.