News from the Reference Desk Category: Education

A Chance to Complete Your College Degree

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Are you someone who started college but did not finish for whatever reason–lack of time, money, energy? Perhaps now as other students go back to school or to college you can as well! Eastern Illinois University and District 214 Community Education are partnering to offer an Adult Degree Completion Program with evening and weekend courses. This program is available online and in person.  Adults in the program can earn a Bachelor of Arts in general studies from Eastern. An open house will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 30 at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road in Arlington Heights, Room A334. The $30 application fee will be waived for those who attend this event. Enter through Door 4. Reservations to the open house are not required but are appreciated and can be made by phone at (217) 549-3347 or by email at chicago@eiu.edu. For more information about the program, visit www.eiu.edu/bgs.

Back to School with Good Money Habits

It’s back-to-school time again! MPPL wants to help young patrons, in alliance with their parents, learn about good money habits. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s Money as You Grow webpage has tips and activities that can help grow the money skills, habits, and attitudes of children of all ages. Money as You Grow Bookshelf materials helps parents and caregivers bring money topics to life during the time they are reading with their children. This program provides a list of books that are commonly found in libraries or bookstores for children ages four to ten. There are free downloadable reading guides for each book that help parents and caregivers explain key money ideas, and includes questions and activities that can help children understand and use the key ideas in daily life. Take a look and see what we have available!

Vaping Becomes Epidemic in Suburban Schools

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E-cigarette use (vaping) among teenagers is a growing epidemic that’s quickly outpacing other substances, such as alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs and opioids, health experts warn. Vaping use in middle and high school students in the United States has skyrocketed with an estimated 3.6 million users in 2018. A common perception is that e-cigarettes aren’t harmful to users, however; the Daily Herald reports that the majority of companies add the addictive chemical nicotine to their vaping products. Furthermore, health officials report that vaping can cause severe respiratory problems including cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

District officials for School District 214 say that vaping has exploded among their high school students and that it’s a top concern for them going forward. They have begun taking action to battle the epidemic by bringing in experts to do presentations for students, parents and teachers as well as installing monitors in areas students commonly vape like bathrooms and locker rooms.

To read more, visit: https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190820/why-teen-vaping-is-an-epidemic-that-needs-urgent-attention-experts-warn

Information gathered from The Daily Herald. 

Public Library Association and Capital One Offer Tools to Increase Financial Well-Being

The Public Library Association (PLA) and American Library Association (ALA) are working with  to bring innovative financial well-being resources to public libraries across the U.S. Through this project, PLA and ALA will help public libraries nationwide learn about Capital One’s , which teaches consumers basic mobile banking skills. Ready, Set, Bank is designed specifically for older adults, and offers numerous, unbranded videos to guide learners through every step of the process, with overviews and step-by-step tutorials to help them manage their finances online — regardless of where they bank. The curriculum is also available in Spanish, through .

May Is National Older Americans Month

Are you an older American interested in improving your financial literacy? Get informed with free tools and resources available at the CFPB’s Working with Older Adults webpage. You can also download guides for specific topics such as Reverse Mortgages and Managing Someone Else’s Money, as well as find informational blogs about related topics. Free publications—such as Money Smart for Older Adults and Understanding the Benefits of Social Security (in English and Spanish)—can be ordered here. The Administration for Community Living is the federal government agency that sponsors this observance. Get more information here.