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Have Your Voice Heard!

The Village of Mount Prospect is providing opportunities for members of the communities to have their voices heard in regards to the future of Mount Prospect.

Coffee with Council – New “Open House” FormatImage result for coffee with council

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 8th, drop in to Coffee with Council which now has a new “Open House” format to accommodate residents’ busy holiday schedules. Village elected officials and staff will be available for an informal chat about anything concerning Mount Prospect – drop in anytime between 9 and 11am. Come as you are, go as you please – families are welcome. While you’re there, enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and a sweet treat.

Call 847-818-5300 for more information. Coffee with Council is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Image result for village of mount prospect strategic planContribute to the 2019 Strategic Plan

Village staff and elected officials would appreciate your thoughts on what they should include in the 2019 Strategic Plan. They have provided an open-response online survey which is open now through January 6, 2019 and can be found here:  Click here to view and complete the survey.

Don’t know what is included in a Strategic Plan? Each year since 2015, Village staff and Village Board work together to complete a Strategic Plan. This document helps identify top and high priority projects which will be the focus for various departments in the following year. Both immediate and longer-term items (5, 15 years into the future) are addressed in the Strategic Plan, which also includes overall Vision, Goals, and Action Items. To take a look at a 2-page compressed view of 2018’s 200+ page strategic plan, try taking a look at last year’s Strategic Plan Implementation Guide In Brief. 

December is National Write a Business Plan Month

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, budding small business owner or seasoned veteran of owning your own business, one thing you’ll definitely appreciate is the importance of having a solid business plan. Just in time for December–National Write a Business Plan Month–MPPL is here to help. Check out our collection for books on writing business plans, or dive right in by accessing Gale Small Business Builder from our list of web resources! GSBB is a user-friendly database that walks you through a step-by-step process for writing a business plan. It even works in tandem with related Gale Business databases to help you create a comprehensive plan designed for whatever your business, from retail to consulting and beyond. Try it this month and check out this video tutorial!

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – December 2018

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!

All Over the Map
by Betsy Mason
Created for map lovers by map lovers, this rich book explores the intriguing stories behind maps across history and illuminates how the art of cartography thrives today.

Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America
by Robert Bruegmann
An expansive take on American Art Deco that explores Chicago’s pivotal role in developing the architecture, graphic design, and product design that came to define middle-class style in the twentieth century.

Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt
by Chris Naunton
Archeologist Chris Naunton sheds light on the lives of these ancient Egyptians and makes an exciting case for the potential discovery of these lost tombs.

 

Food Can Fix It
by Dr. Mehmet Oz
With clear information and a meal plan full of superfoods, Dr. Oz explains how to kick-start weight loss, improve your energy, decrease inflammation, and prevent or alleviate a host of other common conditions.

AARP Memory Activity Book
by Helen Lambert
More than 70 brain-stimulating activities for people with memory loss or dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

I Am a Filipino and This Is How We Cook
Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad
Written by trailblazing restaurateurs, I Am a Filipino is a cookbook of modern Filipino recipes that captures the unexpected and addictive flavors of this vibrant and diverse cuisine.

The Literature Book
A global look at the greatest works of Eastern and Western literature and the themes that unite them, for students and lovers of literature and reading.

Writers: Their Lives and Works
by James Naughtie
From Shakespeare and Jane Austen to Gabriel García Márquez and Toni Morrison, this DK book features more than 100 biographies of the world’s greatest writers.

Bibliophile
by Jane Mount
In this love letter to all things bookish, Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations.

 

Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction
by Miranda Seymour
For fans of vintage YA, a humorous and in-depth history of beloved teen literature from the 1980s and 1990s, full of trivia and pop culture fun.

100 Greatest Film Scores
by Matt Lawson
This book examines the greatest film scores produced over a span of more than 80 years.

Drive: The Definitive History of Driving
by Giles Chapman
Charting the 130-years from the arrival of horseless carriages to the advent of driverless vehicles, celebrate the automobile and the romance of the open road.

Does Your Business Have a Disaster Recovery Plan?

Even with ample warning, no business owner can truly anticipate the extent to which a disaster may impeded their business’ ability to get back to normal after the crisis is over. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), up to 60% of small businesses never reopen their doors after a disaster. One way to improve the odds is by having a Disaster Recovery Plan. Read more about it and download a Disaster Recovery Plan template created by experts at Purdue University Global here.

Veterans Day, 2018

November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice which ended World War I–The Great War.  Ceremonies commemorating this event have been taking place across the United States and in Europe. The Great War impacted nearly every community in the United States but has often been considered the “Forgotten War.”  Today there are resources online which document many of the individual stories of the war.  Links to the stories of Illinois families can be found on this page of the United States World War I Commission website. Mount Prospect was just over a year old on the Armistice Day in 1918, but Mount Prospect’s citizens felt the impact of the war as well.  Relics of that time can be found at the Library’s Illinois Digital Archives page.  Among them are a uniform jacket and a gas mask.  After the war Mount Prospect veterans formed VFW  Post 1337 and the American Legion Post 525.  The names of the women who were charter members of the American Legion Auxiliary of Post 525 may be seen here.  Veterans in both organizations continue to be active in the community today and do much to honor those who served in the past and do so now.  Never forget.