We’ve all seen the fire extinguishers in our workplaces, but how many of us actually know how to use one in the case of a fire? Well, help is available–did you know that the Mount prospect Fire Dept (MPFD) offers free fire extinguisher training for businesses in Mount Prospect? Participants will learn how to prevent fires within the workplace, the different types of extinguishers and their correct usage, as well as get practical experience using one on a live fire! Classes are offered on site at no charge, limited to 20 participants per session, contact Cory Pikora the MPFD (847.818.5260 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or to schedule a session!
News from the Research Desk
News from the Research Desk Blog
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Community Assistance recently announced that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning October 1, 2017.
LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families, in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of households. Applications are processed through a network of 35 local administering agencies around the state. These agencies will begin accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis from the elderly and people with disabilities starting on October 1, 2017.
For a complete listing of LIHEAP’s local administering agencies and additional information about the program, go to www.liheapIllinois.com.
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!
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!