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Library Staff Favorites of 2014

With 2015 just around the corner bringing a whole new crop of to-be-read lists to tackle, shows to watch, and music to experience, Staff at Mount Prospect Public Library took time to pause and look at what brought us joy in 2014. Check out staff members’ favorite books, CDs, or DVDs they read, watched and/or listened to in 2014. Feel free to share what is on your list of favorites for the year!

 

Picture of AllisonAllison
South Branch:
The Magician’s Land
The Melancholy of Mechagirl

Picture of AmyAmy
Community Services:
Tell the Wolves I’m Home
The Fall

Picture of AmyAmy
Youth Services:
Never Say Die
Clink

Cover of Barb B.Barb
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Enough Said
I Must Say

Barbara
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Orphan Black S. 2
Ready Player One

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of CarlaCarla
Administration:
The Round House
Omar

Picture of Carmel Shane
Carmel Shane

Circulation:
Once Upon a Time
18 Months

Picture of Carol
Carol

Community Services:
Little Failure
Hotel Florida

Picture of CathleenCathleen
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Station Eleven
Bron/Broen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colleen
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Steelheart
The 100

Picture of CynthiaCynthia
Research Services:
Ready Player One
The Returned

Picture of DaleDale
Research Services:

Hysterical
Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Picture of DianeDiane
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Among Others
Guardians of the Galaxy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of DonnaDonna
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Winter Street
Duets II

Picture of ErinErin
Youth Services:
The Screaming Staircase
Hilda and the Bird Parade

Picture of Eva
Eva
Research Services:
Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Tell the Wolves I’m Home

Picture of JanineJanine
Circulation:

True Detective
Ready Player One


Jenny

Fiction/AV/Teen:

About Time
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of Joe
Joe
Research Services:
Lowball
Rick and Morty

Picture of KarenKaren
Registration:
Ancillary Justice
Neptune’s Inferno

Picture of LarryLarry
Fiction/AV/Teen:

The Martian
Redshirts

Picture of LindaLinda
IT Services:
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
The Martian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of MartaMarta
Fiction/AV/Teen:

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
The Awakening of Miss Prim

Picture of Mary JaneMary Jane
Research Services:
Controlled Descent
How Dogs Love Us

Picture of MeganMegan
South Branch:
Red Rising
Saga

Picture of NancyNancy
Fiction/AV/Teen:
My Salinger Year
American Hustle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of NicoleNicole
Circulation:
The Paying Guests
Life in Motion

Picture of PaulaPaula
Registration:
Rush
Dad is Fat

Picture of PennyPenny
Research Services:

Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Leaving Time

Picture of RosemaryRosemary
Technical Services:
Natchez Burning
How the Light Gets In

Picture of StevenSteve
Research Services:
Death on the Nile
Cosmos

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 19, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Literary, Movies and TV, Music, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction, Romance

Music: Talking is Hard by Walk the Moon

Cover of Talking is HardIn their second full album, Talking is Hard, Walk the Moon has created a conglomeration of electropop and contemporary indie rock. While mimicking the same positivity and dance beats evident in their self-titled first album, the band of four explores the spectrum of their sound, allowing some tracks to lean further toward the rock genre while others, such as “Aquaman,” to fall into a smooth 1980’s sound. The twelve tracks are distinctly different from one another, but they work cohesively, sharing catchy choruses, sharp lyrics, and a similar fast-paced energy. This lively CD is for the listener looking for something to brighten his or her day.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 11, 2014 Categories: Music

Staff Pick: Are You Serious? by Van Duren

Photo of JohnVan Duren came out of the same 70’s Memphis music scene as the cultishly adored band Big Star, so it isn’t too surprising that his 1977 debut album Are You Serious? draws heavily from shared influences like Badfinger and Todd Rundgren.  Melodic almost to a fault, Are You Serious? is an overlooked gem of 70’s power-pop.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 25, 2014 Categories: Music, Picks by John, Staff Picks

Music: What’s Your Favorite Sad Song?

“For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.” -Reba McEntire

Every once in a while nothing can feel better than listening to a really sad song. This week, Entertainment Weekly‘s staff shared their favorite sad songs in the article “Research Shows Sad Songs Can Make You Less Sad, So Here’s a Playlist.” This got Mount Prospect Public Library’s Fiction/AV/Teen Services thinking about some of their own favorites. Check them out below:

Nancy: “Wish You Were Here
by Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here

John: “Keep Me in Your Heart
by Warren Zevon
Cover of The Wind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cathleen: “Sad Clown
by Jars of Clay Cover of If I Left the Zoo

Barbara F.: “I Am… I Said
by Neil DiamondCover of The Greatest Hits 1966-1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barb B.: “Eleanor Rigby
by The BeatlesCover of The Beatles Greatest Hits 1970-2002

Colleen: “The Man That Got Away
by Judy GarlandCover of A Star is Born

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joyce: “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” by Elton John Cover of Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002

Diane: “I Will Go Sailing No More
by Randy Newman
Cover of Disney Pixar All Time Favorites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna: “Cat’s in the Cradle
by Harry ChapinCover of Greatest Stories Live

Jenny: “The Lowering (A Sad day in Greenvilletown)” by The Avett BrothersCover of Four Thieves Gone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marta: “Alone Again (Naturally)
by Gilbert O’Sullivan Entertainment The Greatest Hits 1972

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always, feel free to stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk on the second floor where we can help you find sad songs, happy songs, and everything in between!

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 7, 2014 Categories: Lists, Music

Music: Danse Macabre on Favorite French Spectaculars

Favorite French Spectaculars CD cover‘Tis the time when the days shorten and the nights chill, when trees put on their autumn costumes and each step crackles like bonfire. Whether or not you are one to celebrate All Hallows Eve, the change in season calls for a little mood music, and Camille Saint-Saens’ classic “Danse Macabre” will spook your imagination. Featured on the recording Favorite French Spectaculars, with Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic, the piece was inspired by folk legends about the revels of the dead. The sharp summons of a solo violin is answered with a swirling symphonic waltz, and the two themes ebb and flow in playful, haunting harmony punctuated by clattering xylophone. Lilting winds give way to frantic dance, and you’ll find yourself bewitched by a fantastical music experience.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on October 20, 2014 Categories: Music

Music: The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Cover of The Goat Rodeo SessionsBest listened to outside or going on adventures, world class musicians Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Chris Thile (mandolin), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Edgar Meyer (bass), and guest vocalist Aoife O’Donovan blend genres to create The Goat Rodeo Sessions. With its fresh sweeping strings, this bluegrass/classical quartet will make any room feel expansive. The album is as diverse as its musicians, featuring upbeat tracks like “Quarter Chicken Dark,” haunting melodies in “Franz and the Eagle,” and quick intricate pieces showing off the individuals’ technical abilities, such as in “Where’s My Bow.” While the artists come alive in the album a one-night-only live concert, The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live, is also available to check out.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on September 18, 2014 Categories: Music

Music: Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett

Twenty Twenty music CD coverEven if you don’t know the name T Bone Burnett, you’ve probably experienced his cinematic compositions. From the music-as-character sounds of True Detective to the award-winning soundtrack of O Brother Where Art Thou?, Burnett’s earthy soulfulness is a testament to Americana in all its moods. This is an artist who played with Bob Dylan, produced Alison Krauss, and co-wrote “The Weary Kind” which collected a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and an Academy Award.  Evoking a back-porch gritty ease similar to the worlds of William Faulkner or Carson McCullers, Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett (2006) is roots music that speaks eloquently to the human condition. By turns rousing, mellow, witty, and earnest, it’s a collection ideal for an end-of-summer jamboree.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 18, 2014 Categories: Music

Music: Tony Award Winners

Step onstage with the newest Tony Award winners, and take your pick of musical comedy, rock opera, and jukebox hits. The spotlight shines on these original Broadway cast recordings — all of which are available in the Library collection.

Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder CD coverHedwig and the Angry Inch CD cover

Best Musical: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
** also winner for Best Direction, Best Book, and Best Costume Design

Best Revival of a Musical: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
** also winner of Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Neil Patrick Harris), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role (Lena Hall), and Best Lighting Design

Beautiful CD coverBridges of Madison County CD cover

Best Sound Design of a Musical: Beautiful — The Carole King Musical
** also winner of Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Jessie Mueller)

Best Original Score Written for the Theatre: Bridges of Madison County
** also winner of Best Orchestrations

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 17, 2014 Categories: Awards, Music

Movies and TV: The Punk Singer

The Punk Singer DVD coverKathleen Hanna, mother of the riot grrrl scene of the 1990s, is the titular subject of this biographical documentary that blends archival concert footage and old and new interviews. The Punk Singer is an engaging and provocative portrait of the artist. Hanna’s rise from feminist spoken word poet to leader of one of the decade’s most explosive and important bands is bumpy, exciting, and often inspiring. You’ll hear about her friendship with icons like Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, as well as her marriage to Beastie Boys‘ Adam Horowitz. But most compelling is her harrowing account of being diagnosed with Lyme Disease—an illness that threatened to end her career.

By MPPL on May 29, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV, Music

Music: The Only Place by Best Coast

The Only Place album coverIf the seemingly interminable polar vortex and belated start of spring has you pining for sunshine and summer tunes, check out The Only Place, the second album by neo-surf rock duo Best Coast. The entire thing is a love song to California, to beaches and babes, and to the beauty of young love and heartache. Sing along with Beth Cosentino as she declares “we wake up with the sun in our eyes…” to help jump start your own magical summer.

By MPPL on May 15, 2014 Categories: Music