“If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed,” wrote Benjamin Franklin in the Pennsylvania Gazette. Similarly, if libraries carried only the books that did not offend, they would be sadly lacking titles to fill the shelves.
Celebrate Banned Book Week (September 28 – October 5) with the Mount Prospect Public Library by reading a banned book. Here is a starter list of books that have been banned, in order of their appearance from the video below:
G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.” But are you sure you want to catch the train in the first place? Murder! Mystery! Heists! Trains are a classic high drama setting in movies.
To see what train-centric films the Library has, click here.
Bear Grylls is an adventurer. No, really. That’s his job – to adventure. He scaled Everest when he was only 23. He has a second degree black belt in Shotokan karate. He’s hiked Himalayan mountains. He was in the UK Special Forces until he suffered a broken back from a freefall parachuting accident in Zambia. All of this, he went through before what people know him most for, his hit Discovery Channel show, Man Vs. Wild. In Mud, Sweat, and Tears, Bear Grylls talks about his life before and during the show. If you like Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, you’ll probably enjoy Grylls’ page turning autobiography.
All too often we find ourselves harried by chaos. If you’d like to take a much needed break, sit back, relax, and watch Geoffrey Baer’s Biking the Boulevards. Spend a pleasant 90 minutes exploring Chicago’s beautiful and historic boulevards on DVD, then grab your bike and take your own tour!
Looking for an audiobook with laugh-out-loud humor, steamy romance, quirky suspense, and memorable supporting characters? If so, take a chance on Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right. Since she was a little girl, Charley Davidson has been talking to dead people. Now there are three murdered lawyers who won’t cross over, and it’s her responsibility to help them. She also has a very sexy someone visiting her lifelike dreams each night. What’s a woman to do? Lorelei King, the award-winning voice of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, plays to her strengths in narrating with the right blend of sarcasm, vulnerability, and fun.
Martin Clunes is a British actor best known as the lead character Doctor Martin Ellingham in the BBC series Doc Martin. Clunes has been around much longer than Doc Martin though, and he’s taken on everything from Shakespeare to serial killers in his acting.
Click here to see what movies and TV the Library has starring Martin Clunes.
13,997 Japanese Americans passed through Heart Mountain internment camp from August 1942 – September 1945. Bill Mambo and his family were in the thousands forced to live at the base of Heart Mountain in northern Wyoming. Mambo captured their daily lives on Kodachrome film and, though he was an amateur, the images Mambo captured show that, “However broad their smiles, the people in these pictures were living interrupted lives, or shattered ones. The music of their bright dances and parades masked a hum of dissent and discontent.” Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Images of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II, edited by Eric L. Muller, expresses the intimate details and hard truths of wartime living.
Robert Middlekauff’s The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763 – 1789 is a well-researched history of colonial life and politics during the American Revolution. Middlekauff describes the social, economic, and political conditions that led to the War for Independence in this worthy read for both history buffs and the curious layman.