Monday, January 7, 2019

Health and Wellness

( This educational pamphlet uses fun and interactive activities to teach parents how to help their child’s development. Each section of the book explains a different age; from 2 months to 5 years. Various educational pamphlets on display now in the Government Documents area of the library, Adult Reference Services, main level. Some pamphlets available in Spanish.

Deborah Andrew

Monday, December 10, 2018

Flags fly at half staff

December 7, 2018 is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  It is an opportunity to honor all Pearl Harbor survivors and pays tribute to the more than 2,400 Americans who lost their lives.  Flags flown at half-staff and also lowered in honor of the late President George H.W. Bush who passed away November 30, 2018.
For additional information on the attack on Pearl Harbor, check:
the official Pearl Harbor website, and "A Date Which Will Live in Infamy" from the Chronicle of Higher Education and FDR's Address to the Nation.
To find out more about President George H.W. Bush, check:
here to find his WWII Distinguished Flying Cross citation and pictures and text from President Bush's inaugural address from the Library of Congress archives and the Public Papers of the Presidents: George H W Bush and the Presidential Proclamation appointing December 5th as the National Day of Mourning.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Illinois Celebrates Its 200th Birthday!

On December 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the union. The Illinois Bicentennial is a yearlong celebration of what has been BORN, BUILT & GROWN in the State and a reminder of why we are Illinois Proud.
For more information about the Illinois Bicentennial celebration, visit  Also check out the Illinois Blue Book and the Illinois State website for current Illinois information.

Famous Illinoisans
Jane Addams social worker, Cedarville
Jack Benny comedian, Chicago
Black Hawk Sauk Indian chief
Harry A. Blackmun jurist, Nashville
Ray Bradbury author, Waukegan
William Jennings Bryan orator, politician, Salem
Edgar Rice Burroughs author, Chicago
Jennie Garth actress, Urbana
Cindy Crawford model, DeKalb
Richard J. Daley mayor, Chicago
Miles Davis musician, Alton
Walt Disney film animator, producer, Chicago
Harrison Ford actor, Chicago
Benny Goodman musician, Chicago
Dorothy Hamill ice skater, Chicago
Ernest Hemingway author, Oak Park
Charlton Heston actor, Evanston
Wild Bill Hickok scout, Troy Grove
William Holden actor, O'Fallon
Rock Hudson actor, Winnetka
Burl Ives singer, Hunt City
Quincy Jones composer, Chicago
Bill Murray actor, Wilmette
Bob Newhart actor, comedian, Chicago
Frank Norris author, Chicago
Richard Pryor comedian, actor, Peoria
Ronald Reagan U.S. president, actor, Tampico
Carl Sandburg poet, Galesburg
McLean Stevenson actor, Bloomington
Raquel Welch actress, Chicago
Florenz Ziegfield theatrical producer, Chicago

Paulette Harding
Reference Services Department

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Launch to the Sun

On Saturday, NASA will launch the Parker Solar Probe (named after Dr. Eugene Parker, who is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago).
"Nestled atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy-one of the world's most powerful rockets-with a third stage added, Parker Solar Probe will blast off toward the sun with a whopping 55 times more energy than is required to reach Mars. About the size of a small car, it weighs a mere 1,400 pounds."
The spacecraft's path through the corona allows it to observe the acceleration of the very solar wind that Parker predicted, right as it makes a critical transition from slower than the speed of sound to faster than it.
The mission will last seven years, and the probe will complete twenty-four orbits of the sun (as well as "flying by" Venus seven times).
How close will it get to the sun? About 3.8 million miles.
Further reading about the sun:
The Sun as a Star
Exploring the Sun: Solar Science Since Galileo
523.709 HUF
The Dynamic Sun
Mysteries of the Sun

Paulette Harding
Reference Services

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


picture from Wikipedia

On July, 13, 2018, the Department of Justice announced indictments against 12 Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) officers "for committing federal crimes that were intended to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election."
Link to the indictments:
and the press release:
When most Americans think of Soviet/Russian intelligence activity in our country, they primarily think of the state security services, the KGB (Committee for State Security) and its main post-Soviet successor, the FSB (Federal Security Service).  Some of the most famous and effective Soviet/Russian intelligence operations in the United States, however, have involved an organization few Americans have heard of, one dubbed "the neighbors" by their KGB/FSB rivals: the Glavnoye Razvedyvatelnoye Upravlenie (GRU), the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Armed Forces General Staff: Soviet/Russian military intelligence.  From the recruitment of State Department official Alger Hiss in the 1930's, to the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the 2016 election-related hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the GRU has played an important yet overlooked role in many of Moscow's most influential intelligence activities in this country.
It has employed tools of the digital age in cyberspace.  One of the most ambitious and effective hacking organizations, dubbed APT-28, or "Fancy Bear" is believed to be run by the GRU.  According to US Government and private analysts, it was Fancy Bear that conducted the 2016 election-related hacks here in the US, directed at the DNC and other political targets.
On December 29, 2016, the Obama Administration sanctioned the GRU "for tampering, altering, or causing a misappropriation of information with the purpose of effect or interfering with the 2016 U.S. election process."
"Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections." Office of the Director of National Intelligence. January 6, 2017.
CIA. Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room.
Cold War International History Project: Venona Project and Vassiliev Notebooks Index and Concordance.
Fact Sheet: Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment. White House Office of the Press Secretary. December 29, 2016
FBI FOIA Vault: Alger Hiss' FBI File.
Wilson Center Digital Archive: Vassiliev Notebooks.
Paulette Harding
Reference Service Department

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Remembering the Attack on the Aleutian Islands

Remembering the Attack on the Aleutian Islands

While most people know something about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, few are aware of the Japanese attack and invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands from June 3 to 7, 1942.  Attu is the westernmost of the Aleutian Islands and one of the Near Islands.  On Attu Island, the Japanese captured 42 residents of Attu, including the Island's school teacher.  Forty people were transported to Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan. They were held as prisoners of war from September 1942 until 1945.  Twenty-one people died during their internment, including four babies, born in Japan.  In 2012, the National Park Service published Nick Golodoff's Attu Boy (I 29.2:AT 8/3). Golodoff was six when his family was captured and sent to Japan.  This book combines transcriptions of the oral histories of Attu survivors with Golodoff's memoir.  Sadly, during the war, Golodoff's village was destroyed, and the United States Government opted to annex the island for military purposes.  The Aleuts were not allowed to return.

Today, Attu is part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the Alaska National Maritime Wildlife Refuge.  To learn more about the experience of the native people, check out the National Park Service's publications, Aleutian Voices: Forced to leave, the removal of the Unangax of Unalaska, 22 July 1942 (I 29.165:2/1) and Lost Villages of the Eastern Aleutians: Biorka, Kashega, Makushin (I 29.2:AL 2/2).

In June 1942, the United States launched its first offensive in the Pacific, the Aleutian Campaign.  From June 1942 to May 1943 Japan held the Island of Attu.  The Battle of Attu took place May 11-30, 1943.  With Canadian support, U.S. forces defeated Japanese forces in what was the second deadliest battle in the Pacific Theater.  More than 3,000 Japanese and Americans died fighting in Attu.  Attu: the Forgotten Battle, by John Haile Cloe, explores the battle and its impact on the Island.  Aleutian Islands (D 114.7/5:AL2) from the U.S. Army Center of Military History provides an overview of the Aleutian Islands Campaign.  Major Fleet-Versus-Fleet Operations in the Pacific War, 1941-1945 (D 208.210:22/2016), a publication of the Naval War College, explores three major naval operations of World War II initiated by imperial Japan that resulted in the battles of the Coral Sea, Midway/Aleutians, and the Philippine Sea.

For additional reading, check out Aleutians Campaign, June 1942-August 1943 (D 201.2:AL 2) and Battle for the Aleutians: a brief illustrated history (I 49.2:AL 2/2)

Paulette Harding
Reference Services

Thursday, March 1, 2018

FAFSA is open!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available for the 2018-2019 school year.  Procrastinating can cost you.  Illinois awards financial aid on a first-come first-served basis.

Completing the FAFSA on the web is the application methods that provides the quickest results.  Poplar Creek Public Library main and branch libraries have the worksheet available to assist in gathering information necessary to fill in the form.  First obtain an FSA ID from the U.S. Department of Education.  If you and/or your parent already applied for financial aid in a prior academic year, the same FSA ID will be used to complete this year too.

Even if you think you will not qualify for federal grants, most states and many colleges also use the form to award grants and scholarships.  And it's required to take out any federal student loans, which are cheaper and safer than private market loans.

If you have any questions regarding the financial aid application process, contact an ISAC (Illinois Student Assistance Commission) Call Center Representative by calling 800-899-ISAC (4722). English and Spanish-speaking counselors are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.