Month: February 2021

News from the Research Desk Blog

Using Ancestry Library Edition from Home

family tree clip artGood news for genealogists and family historians!  ProQuest, the company which makes Ancestry Library Edition available to library patrons, is continuing to allow researchers to access ALE from home until June 30, 2021.  Ancestry Library Edition is the library version of the commercial Ancestry.com database. Mount Prospect card holders can access the Ancestry Library Edition database by going to the Library’s Web Resources page either in the Library or at home.  If you are at home you will first need to enter your library card number and PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number) in order to get to the full list of resources.  Ancestry Library Edition is at the top of the alphabetical list.

Please know that you can contact the Library’s Research Services Desk by phone, chat or email if you have any questions as you use the database.  The genealogy librarian is also available to chat or to set up a Reference by Appointment session to discuss Ancestry Library Edition or another genealogical research issue you have.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information Update

doctor holding vaccine vialThe topic of COVID-19 vaccination is a complex and rapidly changing one.  To better understand what vaccines are available and where to register for one, please consult the websites listed below.

General vaccine information compiled by the Mount Prospect Village can be seen here.

To learn general information about vaccines in the Cook County area please go to this site

Suburban Cook County residents can register to receive the vaccines by going to this site.

Residents of the City of Chicago can register for vaccines here.

The vaccine registration hotline for Cook County is 1-833-308-1988; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. 

If you are looking for vaccination locations, please go to this site prepared by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

On March 22, 2021 (in English) and March 29, 2021 (in Spanish), the Mount Prospect Public Library and the Village of Mount Prospect are co-hosting virtual presentations about the COVID-19 vaccines.  These programs are informational only and will focus on the vaccines themselves–which ones are available, how they work and what their effects may be.  If you would like to register for the English presentation, please go here.  If you would like to register for the Spanish presentation, please go here.

Cook County Waiving Late Fees for Two Months

cartoon house surrounded by moneyThe Cook County Treasurer’s office has announced that Cook county property owners have two additional months–until May 3–to pay the first installment of their property tax bills without a late fee. Taxpayers can pay the first installment, due March 2, without a late fee through May 3.  Late fees also will be waived for two months for the second installment due later this year.

Property owners can pay their bills by visiting the treasurer’s office online and entering their street address.