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Library Life: MPPL Foundation Presents Denny Diamond and the Family Jewels; Mary Todd Lincoln and Her Famous Husband, and Click & Create: Computer Animation for Kids

Hello New Year! Good-bye clutter! Get organized once and for all. Learn how on this episode of Library Life. Then, there’s something about Mary. Hear a fascinating tale of the other Lincoln. Plus meet computer whiz kids and revel in a Diamond-studded musical tribute. Click here to watch.

By Carol on January 7, 2013 Categories: Library Life

Reaching Across the Ocean With Book Crossing 2012

The librarians of Mount Prospect and its Sister City, Sèvres, France, work cooperatively each year to create Book Crossing, an international, intergenerational reading program. The books selected for discussion seek to spark a dialogue among different age groups, and to offer many ways to participate—with no need to speak French! Click here to view photos from and read a summary of this year’s Book Crossing events.

By Carol on November 29, 2012 Categories: Library News

Try the Science Online Web Resource

Science Online is an information-packed, easy-to-use web resource that can help you find a great experiment for a school project or give you more insight into that topic you’ve always wondered about. The database offers science news and features and even suggests searches when you choose a subject. Science Online contains more than one-thousand science experiments and activities categorized by subject, grade range, and time required. Diagrams, illustrations, images, videos, and animations help you visualize concepts and one simple click allows you to save your research. There’s even a conversion calculator to help you solve those area, pressure, or velocity and speed equations.

By Carol on November 27, 2012 Categories: Library News

Library Life: Defamation: The Play; Homeschool Connection; Training to Be Top Dog; Going “Veg;” Autumn Traditions

Click here to watch the latest episode of Library Life,  featuring an interview with Richard Shavzin, an actor and director of Defamation: The Play, book recommendations from Library staff, tips on training your dog and on living a vegetarian life, and library visitors sharing their favorite fall activities.

By Carol on November 13, 2012 Categories: Library Life

Suburban Mosaic Fosters Understanding Through Literature

Now in its ninth year, the 2012-2013 Suburban Mosaic theme focuses on making a difference.  Discussion groups are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2012 and continue through the winter. This years’ books are The Submission by Amy Waldman for adults, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green for grades 9 and up; Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose for grades 5 – 8; How Tia Lola Learned to Teach by Julia Alvarez for grades 1 – 4; and Spork by Kyo Maclear for pre-K readers.

The vision of Suburban Mosaic is to “reach a deeper understanding of the various cultures that make up the suburbs of Cook and Lake County, Illinois, in order to reduce prejudice, racism, and the systemic marginalization of populations.”

View the books on display in the Youth Services and the Fiction/AV/Teen Services departments.

By Carol on August 8, 2012 Categories: Library News

Book Crossing: An Intercontinental Book Discussion

The librarians of Mount Prospect and its Sister City, Sèvres, France, work cooperatively to create Book Crossing, an international, intergenerational reading program. The books selected for discussion, written by French and American authors, seek to spark a dialogue among different age groups, and to offer many ways to participate—with no need to speak French! Mount Prospect and Sèvres residents young and old are invited to read the books and then participate in both traditional and online discussions.

By Carol on July 30, 2012 Categories: Events

Library Life: Antiques, Job Advice, and World Celebrations (Episode 131)

What’s It Worth? Library Life explores the fascinating world of antique appraisals. Then, discover your “return on hire.” Listen and learn how to impress your employer. Plus international experiences abound including the ancient art of henna designs and the festive music and dance of Polish Children’s Day. Click here to watch.

By Carol on Categories: Library Life

Discover the Benefits of Your MyMPPL Account

A new time-saving tool on the Library’s website is the option to establish a MyMPPL account, which allows you to create a personalized dashboard to track your library usage 24/7. You can manage what you have checked out or renew materials all through your MyMPPL account.

With your MyMPPL account, you can also move around the website, access Library web resources such as databases, and post comments on blogs without having to stop and reenter information.

Once you create a MyMPPL account, you can establish a Family Account. This feature lets you view information from multiple accounts on your dashboard, allowing you to see and manage all of them from one screen. You can add up to three additional library cards to your MyMPPL account.

Click on “New MyMPPL” on the top right corner of the homepage to set up your new MyMPPL account. After you have established your account, you can use the “MyMPPL Login” button from then on to access your dashboard.

Watch a video tour of all of the new features of the updated website.

You can still use the classic My Account interface if you prefer. Just click on “Classic My Account” on the top of the homepage or “My Account” in the catalog.

By Carol on June 27, 2012 Categories: Library News

What Do You Think About The New Site?

What do you think of our new website? We want to know!

By Carol on June 7, 2012 Categories: Library News

Library Life Episode 122 – October, 2011

Green is good! Discover earth-friendly design ideas with renowned architect and author of The Not So Big House on this episode of Library Life. Then we’re off to Green Fair 2011 before wrapping up with an encore of love songs. Click here to watch.

By MPPL on October 25, 2011 Categories: Library Life