New Library Life Features the Encore! Singers, Programs on The Great Chicago Fire and Self Defense for Adults and Seniors, and the Science Alliance

Get your groove on with the latest episode of Library Life! We’ll be happy together when Encore! Presents Pop, Rock and Roll. Hear the story behind the program The Blaze That Shaped a City. Learn all about Practical Self Defense for Adults and Seniors.  Be amazed by the properties of physics during Science Alliance Presents Lights, Camera, Action! Click here to watch.

Have Your Webinar, Meeting, or Conference in MPPL’s New Foundation Room


Due to the generosity of the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation, patrons can now have a meeting, conference, or webinar in the high-tech Foundation Room on the second floor.

The room seats 10 and is equipped with a Windows 7 computer with a 50” monitor and webcam. The table includes built-in power and monitor (HDMI) connections for patron devices.

Business Librarian Joe Collier recently used the room to present a webinar.

“Compared to working from a cubicle, cramped office meeting room or noisy coffee shop, the Foundation Room–with its tech-savvy setup and calm, comfortable atmosphere–is the perfect environment for conducting video conferences, Skype interviews, giving webinars or simply hosting a professional meeting.”

Use of the Foundation Room is limited to an individual, a business or group needing to use the equipment available in the room. Permitted usage includes: online conferencing, technology-based collaboration, viewing online webinars, online interviews, and presentations.

Reservations for the Foundation Room can only be made by MPPL cardholders and may be made up to a month in advance with no minimum number of people. Noncardholders can use the room on a walk-in basis only. Use of the room is restricted to patrons age 18 and older. Click here for more information and for our conference room policy.

We’ve Raised Limits on AV Materials

books_on_grassWe try to offer patrons a wide variety of audiovisual materials, from DVDs and BluRay™ movies to CDs to audiobooks to Playaways®.

There are so many types of media to choose from, and so much to enjoy, that we are raising limits on many of our AV materials. We’re even raising the per family toy limit!

Click here to see the full chart of loan periods, limits, and fines.

We hope that these changes make managing your materials a little easier. If you have any questions, please ask at the Circulation Desk.

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It’s a Great Time For Lower Fines

new finesGood news! To better serve patrons, we’ve lowered fines on many items.

All Youth kits will check out for 3 weeks, and all will have fines of 10 cents per day. The exceptions to this new rule are Science-to-Go, STEAM, and Travel Kits, which will have a $1/day fine.

In addition, most items now allow a second renewal, as long as no one has the item requested. Art prints can still only be renewed once.

For more information, call 847/253-5675 or ask a Circulation staff member.

Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation Presents The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

shakespeare project head logo 2See and hear Shakespeare in a new light when the Library marks the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in 2016. The Mount Prospect Library Foundation brings The Shakespeare Project of Chicago to Mount Prospect by sponsoring three plays: The Winter’s Tale on January 19; Cymbeline on March 1; and Cardenio on April 19.

The Shakespeare Project will present theatrical readings of these works. As there are no sets, props, or costumes, you may find that these productions are the best way to experience Shakespeare’s words. At 7 p.m. the pre-show introduction begins. Following the play is a post-show discussion and opportunity to interact with the actors and creative team, which will further enrich your experience.

This program is sponsored by the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation, which raises funds for special programming and events.

The Winter’s Tale

January 19

Shakespeare’s romance not only contains the playwright’s most famous stage direction (“Exit, pursued by a bear”) but a story that goes to the deepest side of tragedy before finding its triumphant redemption.  A Sicilian king becomes consumed by the belief that his best friend has committed adultery with his wife, and this passionate jealousy ignites a series of events that takes us on an adventure in which we witness several miracles. This beautiful play may have you believing “What’s gone and what’s past help should be past grief.” Associate Artistic Director Barbara Zahora directs.


March 1

“How hard it is to hide the sparks of nature!”

Filled with intrigue and romance, Shakespeare’s Cymbeline features an evil queen, an innocent young princess, an upstanding young man, a conniving villain, and the titular king in the fantastical world of this twist-filled tale. Jeff Christian directs.


April 19

It’s Anselmo’s big wedding day, but he’s having second thoughts: Will his betrothed remain faithful to him? To put his new wife to the test, he asks his best man to try to seduce her. Join the wedding guests for a celebration like none you’ve ever witnessed in this delightful modern adaptation based on William Shakespeare and John Fletcher’s long-lost play, Cardenio. Peter Garino directs a cast of Shakespeare Project favorites in this special adaptation by Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Mee.