Mount Prospect Public Library Videos

Library Life Episode 195

Library Life: November 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

    • A front row seat to the Parisian cabaret concert Festival Night: Your Passport to Paris.
    • An interview with President and Co-owner of Busse’s Flowers & Gifts Inc. Paul Siels, demonstrating steps to Create a Holiday Centerpiece.
    • Excerpts from Books on the Chopping Block in honor of Banned Books Week.
    • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books highlighting the works of Nelson Algren: The Man With the Golden Arm; The Neon Wilderness; Chicago: City on the Make; A Walk on the Wild Side; and Nonconformity: Writing on Writing. Best Book Pick within this theme: Algren: A Life, by Mary Wisniewski.
    • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Making it Right: Building Peace, Settling Conflict, by Marilee Peters. Other books featuring real life kid heroes: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba; Malala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan, by Jeanette Winter; The Snowshoeing Adventure of Milton Dhub, Blizzard Trecker, by Margaret K. Watterer; Gabe & Izzy: Standing up For America’s Bullied, by Gabrielle Ford; and Through My Eyes, by Ruby Bridges.
    • A preview of the annual seasonal performance by Prospect High School Madrigals.
    • Patron Interview: What is your favorite holiday tradition and why?

Library Life Episode 194

Library Life: October 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A front row seat to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper with Kaleidoscope Eyes.
  • An interview with art educator Lindy Rubin about her program, The French Influence on Chicago Architecture.
  • An introduction to 3-D virtual technology in Z-Space Days.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Restart, by Gordon Korman. Other books featuring bullies: Save Me a Seat, by Sara Weeks and Gita Varadarajan; Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully, by Rachel Vail; Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories, by R. J. Palacio; Absolutely Almost, by Lisa Graff; and Booked, by Kwame Alexander.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring politics: Eighteen Acres, by Nicolle Wallace; Trudy Hopedale, by Jeffrey Frank; American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld; The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller; and Piece of Mind, by Michelle Adelman. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Hopefuls, by Jennifer Close.
  • A fascinating look at the writing process during Addictively Chilling Thrillers: Mary Kubica.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite Beatles song and why?

Library Life Episode 193

Library Life: September 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A front row seat to the eclectic event Jammin’ in the Stacks featuring the Alfonso Ponticelli trio.
  • An interview with seasoned traveler Ralph Danielson about his program, Incomparable Paris.
  • An interactive cultural learning experience during the 11th Annual Sister Cities Family French Festival.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The Jumbies, by Tracy Baptiste. Other books featuring monsters: The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier; Serafina and the Black Cloak, by Robert Beatty; The Dark Pond, by Joseph Bruchac; The Sasquatch Escape, by Suzanne Selfors; and Jellaby: The Lost Monster, by Kean Soo.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring transcendental meditation: Free Spirit, by Joshua Safran; Running with Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs; The Tale of Love and Darkness, by Amos Oz; A Girl Named Zippy, by Haven Kimmel; and Transcendence by Norman E. Rosenthal MD. Best Book Pick within this theme: Greetings from Utopia Park, by Claire Hoffman.
  • A play-by-play introduction to Fantasy Football: Playing to Win.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite football team and why?

Library Life Episode 192

Library Life: August 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Uncovering household treasures and their value during What’s it Worth?
  • An interview with musical biographer Susan Benjamin about her program, Mary Martin: She Had to Crow.
  • Marble Machine Mayhem creative fun with young adult patrons.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring supernatural crime agents: London Falling, by Paul Cornell; The Troupe, by Robert Jackson Bennett; Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson; Borderline, by Mishell Baker; and Angelmaker, by Nick Harkaway. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The Inquisitor’s Tale, by Adam Gidwitz. Other books set in Medieval Times: The Midwife’s Apprentice, by Karen Cushman; Crispin: The Cross of Lead, by Avi; Will in Scarlet, by Matthew Cody; The Seeing Stone, by Kevin Crossley-Holland; and Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village, by Laura Amy Schlitz.
  • Animal Coverings with River Trails Nature Center at South Branch.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite aspect of autumn and why?

Library Life Episode 191

Library Life: July 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation concert: Encore! Carry On.
  • An interview with radio historian Steve Darnall about his program, Radio Nation: A Beginner’s Guide to the Golden Age of Radio.
  • Public Art Tour with Art Committee member Paula Zoern-Loga.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books that promote the idea that Less is More: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo; It’s All Too Much, by Peter Walsh; Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul, by Ruth Soukup; Simplify Your Space, by Marcia Ramsland; and Keep This Toss That, by  Jamie Novak. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Joy of Less, by Francine Jay.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The Terrible Two, by Mac Barnett and Jory John. Other 2018 Bluestem Nominees: Stick Dog, by Tom Watson; The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown; Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth, by Judd Winick; Save Me a Seat, by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan; and A Blind Guide to Stinkville, by Beth Vrabel.
  • Bird Tales: Storytime at The Wildbird Shack
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite wild bird and why?

Library Life Episode 190

Library Life: June 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

    • Opera for Everyone performance by Main Street Opera.
    • An interview with Where the Water Meets the Sand author and educator, Tyra Manning PhD.
    • Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros/ Children’s Day, Book Day.
    • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include Spiritual Memoirs: Traveling Mercies, by Anne Lamott; The Journey Home, by Radhanath Swami; The Sound of Gravel, by Ruth Wariner; Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat, by Nevada Barr; and Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Barn at the End of the World, by Mary Rose O’Reilley.
    • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: I am Drums, by Mike Grosso. Other books featuring music and competition: Million Dollar Throw, by Mike Lupica; Just Juice, by Karen Hesse; Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebel, by Ginger Rue; A Crooked Kind of Perfect, by Linda Urban; and Mackenzie Blue, by Tina Wells.
    • Super Saturday: Urban Gateways Presents Chinese Folk & Classical Dance
    • Patron Interview: What is your favorite aspect of summer and why?

Library Life Episode 189

Library Life: May 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Reading by Design Summer Reading Program details from Adult, Teen, and Youth Services departments.
  • An interview with Madame President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson author, William Hazelgrove.
  • Tasty: The Fascinating Science of Flavor.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring Reality TV and Celebrity Gossip: All My Life, by Susan Lucci; The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating, by Carole Radziwill; Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index, by Kathy Griffin; Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence, by Ross Mathews; and Love, Loss, and What We Ate, by Padma Lakshmi. Best Book Pick within this theme: Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture, by Andy Cohen.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems, by Bob Raczka. Other books of poetry: Hi, Koo!, by Jon Muth; Bug Off! Creepy, Crawly Poems, by Jane Yolen; All the World, by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee; We Are Americans, by Walter Dean Meyer and Christopher Meyer; and Shrunken Treasures, by Scott Nash.
  • National Library Week: Trivia Contest.
  • Patron Interview: Which American first lady do you admire most and why?

Library Life Episode 188

Library Life: April 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Leslie Goddard program The Greatest Female Athlete: Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
  • An interview with Climate Reality Leader & Renewable Energy Specialist, Lisa Albrect.
  • TAB: Teen Advisory Board
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring Nature: How I Killed Pluto, by Mike Brown; What Stands in a Storm, by Kim Cross; Wicked Plants, by Amy Stewart; Water, by Markus Eisl, Gerald Mansberger, and Paul Schreilechner; and Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Invention of Nature, by Andrea Wulf.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The Great Pet Escape, by Victoria Jamieson. Other graphic novels with animals include: The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan, by Maxwell Eaton III; Bird & Squirrel On the Run, by James Burks; Hippopotamister, by John Green; Mr. Pants: Slacks, Camera, Action!, by Scott McCormick; and Apocalypse Bow Wow, by James Proimos III.
  • Super Saturday: Wendy & DB Music Show.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite aspect of spring and why?

Library Life Episode 187

Library Life: March 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation Mini Golf fundraiser.
  • An interview with GCC Financial Vice President of Wealth Management, Eric Rosenbloom.
  • Night Off? Game On!
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring Dysfunctional Families: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler; She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb; The Dinner, by Herman Koch; The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls; and Heartbroken, by Lisa Unger. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeny.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Other emotional reads include: The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin; The Honest Truth, by Dan Gemeinhart; Lost in the Sun, by Lisa Graff; The Secret Hum of a Daisy, by Tracy Holozer; and Ways to Live Forever, by Sally Nichols.
  • Super Saturday: The Story of Kweku: The Kid Who Brought Musiki to His People.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite table top or board game and why?

Library Life Episode 186

Library Life: February 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A step back in time for It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play, a radio theater performance of the 1946 film.
  • An interview with Mount Prospect Public Library Business Reference Librarian Joe Collier, discussing his Job Seekers Skills Series and Mount Prospect Entrepreneurs Initiative partnership.
  • A peek inside Crafternoon: Design-a-Dish, the ongoing advanced craft series featuring creative DIY projects.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include Shakespeare inspired works: Caliban’s Hour, by Tad Williams; Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel; The Gap of Time, by Jeanette Winterson; The Dead Fathers Club, by Matt Haig; and the DVD Slings and Arrows. Best Book Pick within this theme: Hag-Seed, by Margaret Atwood.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George. Other books featuring castle capers include: Igraine the Brave, by Cornelia Funke; Pure Dead Magic, by Debi Gliori; The Beasts of Clawstone Castle, by Eva Ibbotson; 100% Wolf, by Jane Lyons; and The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless, by Ahmet Zappa.
  • An energetic performance during Super Saturday: Popeye and Sailor, presenting fascinating tricks and educational pointers about interacting with dogs.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite type of pet and why?