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Mount Prospect in the News

Events in Mount Prospect over the past 100 years have been documented by a few local newspapers; occasionally the Chicago Tribune would make brief mentions of the village, and the Daily Herald has been a source of Mount Prospect news since 1901.

Two other newspapers were focused just on Mount Prospect. Both papers document life in Mount Prospect during challenging times in history:


From 1932-1942 the Mount Prospect Review covered local events during the Great Depression and early World War II years.
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From April 1966 to June 1970 The Prospect Day covered events during a time of great growth and change in Mount Prospect. Digital copies of these newspapers are searchable on the MPPL website.

The Mount Prospect Review and the historical Daily Herald can be searched through the web resource Newspaper Archive. This source is only available in the Library. The Prospect Day was recently digitized and is available on the MPPL website on this page. The Historical Chicago Tribune, Newspaper Archive and Prospect Day can also be accessed by going to the newspapers section of the Web Resources page of the MPPL website.

If you have questions about how to use these resources, please ask for assistance at the Research Services Desk, call the desk at 847-253-5675 or chat online with a librarian.

Daylight Saving Time: Past and Present

On Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 AM, we will join most of North America and Europe, and parts of the rest of the world in “springing forward” and turning our clocks an hour ahead. Popular lore often attributes the one hour shift in daylight to farmers, but the reality is much more complicated. Benjamin Franklin is credited with the modern notion that a time change would save energy, though William Willett, a British builder, formally introduced the idea to the British Parliament in 1908. One year after Willet’s death in 1915, Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire were the first countries/states to officially enact Daylight Saving Time as an effort to save energy during World War I.

In the United States, The Calder Act established Daylight Saving Time and U.S. Time Zones on March 19th, 1918. The law was officially repealed in October of 1919, though many states and cities did not follow suit, creating a great deal of confusion until Congress passed the Uniform Time Act of 1966. 

On March 6th, 2019, the Florida Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act, aimed at keeping Daylight Saving Time all year, instead of reverting back to Standard Time from November to March.  Currently, American Samoa, the majority of Arizona, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands do not participate in Daylight Saving Time.

Don’t forget to set your clocks one hour ahead!

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Re-entry Help

Do you know someone who is reentering the community after having served time in prison?
Below are some resources that may be helpful.

Illinois Re-Entry Resources 
A website for people returning home from prison, created by the Education Justice Project and Chi Hack Night.

Safer Foundation One of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of services designed exclusively for people with criminal records.

Prison Fellowship 
Trains and inspires churches and communities—inside and outside of prison—to support the restoration of those affected by incarceration.

Ear Hustle
A Podcast that brings you the stories of life inside prison, shared by those living it.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – March 2019

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!

Liquid Rules book cover The Origins of the Anglo Saxons book cover Best Seller: A Century of America's Favorite Books book cover

Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives by Mark Miodownik

The Origin of the Anglo-Saxons: Decoding the Ancestry of the English by Jean Manco

Best Seller: A Century of America’s Favorite Books by Robert McParland

Nobody's Looking at You book cover Midnight in Chernobyl book cover How to Hide an Empire book cover

Nobody’s Looking at You: Essays by Janet Malcom

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr

Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe book cover Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now book cover Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a tribe called Quest book cover

Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe by Roger McNamee

Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now by Alan Rusbridger

Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib

Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life book cover My Greek Table book cover The Annotated Little Women book cover

Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life by Edith Hall

My Greek Table: Authentic Flavors and Modern Home Cooking from My Kitchen to Yours by Diane Kochilas

The Annotated Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Creativebug, Our New Web Resource

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