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Library Life Episode 162

By MPPL on February 25, 2015 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 161

By MPPL on January 25, 2015 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 160

Library Life: December 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the October 5 performance of the Chicago Korean Dance Company, a vibrant presentation of Korean Culture and costume.
  • An interview with author Cyndee Schaeffer, detailing her mother’s remarkable story as a WWII WAC (Women’s Army Corps) member featuring excerpts from letters describing life during wartime from her book, Mollie’s War.
  • A visit from author Beth Finke and her Seeing Eye dog as they introduce her book, Hanni and Beth Safe & Sound, a story of how Beth travels safely around the city with the help of Hanni, a specially-trained Golden/Labrador Retriever .
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: Josephine, by Hruby Powell. Other Superstars of the Harlem Renaissance include: Mister and Lady Day, by Amy Novesky: Baby Flo, by Alan Schroeder; Ellington Was Not a Street, by Ntozake Shange; Harlem’s Little Blackbird, by Renée Watson; and Sugar Hill, by Carole Boston Weatherford.
  • Adult Services Staff Book Recommendation includes books that fluctuate between disaster stories and stories of survival: Isaac’s Storm, by Erik Larson; Frozen In Time, by Mitchell Zuckoff; Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand; The Perfect Storm, by Sebastian Junger: The Boys In The Boat, by Daniel James Brown; and best book pick: Trapped Under The Sea, by Neil Swidey.
  • A window into the November 20 Kindergarten Club: Fantastic Foods program where participants listen to a short story, create crafts, enjoy snacks, and watch a short movie all relating to foods to help foster their love of reading and help develop lifelong learning habits.
  • Patron Interview: What is your 2015 New Year’s resolution?
By MPPL on December 30, 2014 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 159

Library Life: November 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the Chicago Cuatro Orchestra performance from September 22, a dynamic presentation celebrating the national instrument of Puerto Rico.
  • An interview with Feng Shui Practitioner and Educator Juliette Looye, about the October 30 program, Creating a Healthy and Happy Home With Feng Shui.
  • A trip outside for Nature Storytime at Melas Park: an event held in conjunction with the Mount Prospect Park District bringing to life the story Who Hops by Katie Davis.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut, by Laurie Keller. Other Early Chapter Book Series include: Ricky Vargas: The Funniest Kid in the World, by Alan Katz; Heroes in Training, by Jean Holub; The Notebook of Doom, by Troy Cummings; Lulu and the Duck in the Park, by Hilary McKay; and Down Girl and Sit, by Lucy Nolan.
  • Adult Services Staff Book Recommendation includes books that have a food connection: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows; The Persian Pickle Club, by Sandra Dallas; The Jane Austin Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler; The Love Goddess’ Cooking School, by Melissa Senate; and best book pick: The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister.
  • A sneak peak of the December 1 Prospect High School Madrigal Singers Holiday Concert program and interview with Choir Director, Jennifer Troiano.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite holiday song and why?
By MPPL on November 30, 2014 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 158

Library Life: October 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the Library Art Tour, a showcase of the public art collection inside and outside the Library.
  • An interview with Chiropractic Acupuncturist Dr. Lauren Keller, about the October 29 program, Discover the Chinese Healing Art of Acupuncture.
  • An Evening With Leslie Stella: a visit with Chicago Author Leslie Stella, who discussed her 2014 Suburban Mosaic Teen Selection Novel, Permanent Record.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison. Other thriller books include: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn; The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty; You Should Have Known, by Jean Hanff Korelitz; Until It’s Over, by Nicci French; and The Breaker by Minette Walters.
  • Youth Book Recommendations include Mysterious Circumstances: The Magician’s Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo; The Clockwork Three, by Matthew J. Kirby; Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee; The Thickety, by J.A. White; Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt; Drizzle, by Kathleen Van Cleve; and Best Book Pick, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
  • Selections from the family program Super Saturday: The Fabulous Fable Factory where children were delighted with a musical performance of 6 popular Aesop’s Fables by the Chicago Theater Company, American Eagle Productions.
  • Patron Interview: Who is your favorite author and why?
By MPPL on October 30, 2014 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 157

Library Life: September 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation Concert, Mearra: Selkie From The Sea.
  • An interview with world traveler, photo journalist, and travel columnist Bill Helmuth, about the Library’s annual cultural series Journey to the Far East.
  • Experience Yoga: an interactive presentation given by Yoga Instructor, Stephan Nakon where attendees experienced mindful movements for all levels.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: The First Patient by Michael Palmer. Other political thriller books include: Critical, by Robin Cook; The Judos Gate, by Jack Higgins; The Inner Circle, by Brad Meltzer; The Water’s Lovely, by Ruth Rendell; and The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor.
  • Youth Book Recommendations include Illuminated Reads: Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo; The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children’s Poems, edited by Donald Hall; Castle How it Works, by David Macaulay; The Houdini Box, by Brian Selznick; and Best Book Pick, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley.
  • Selections from the family program Super Saturday: Animal Quest where children were delighted and educated about a variety of animals through an interactive and entertaining experience.
  • Patron Interview: Where in the Far East would you most like to travel and why?
By MPPL on September 20, 2014 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 156

Library Life: August 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the Sister Cities French Festival as young children and their families celebrate the ongoing relationship between Mount Prospect and Sèvres, France.
  • An interview with Suzanne Busse, President of the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation, about the volunteer-run, nonprofit organization that supports the library by providing special funding for programs and special projects.
  • Drawing 101 For Teens: a 6-session program where teens learn different sketching techniques from Teen Services Librarian, Coleen Seisser.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: The De-Textbook by Cracked.com. Other books featuring loads of facts include: Contrary to Popular Belief, by Joey Green; 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True, by Guy P. Harrison; Take Me To Your Leader, by Ian Harrison; Because I Said So, by Ken Jennings; and 1,000 Common Delusions by Cynthia Poppelmann.
  • Youth Book Recommendations include Illustrated Memoirs From Asia: Dancing to Freedom, by Li Cunxin; Manjiro, by Emily McCully; Drawing From Memory, by Allen Say; The House Baba Built, by Ed Young; Red Land Yellow River, by Angie Zhang; and Best Book Pick, Little White Duck by Na Liu.
  • Selections from the interactive program of Puppet Making held at the South Branch where children learn to work with their hands and master the art of puppet making using Library-provided recycled materials.
  • Patron Interview: What types of creative projects do you enjoy and why?
By MPPL on August 20, 2014 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 155

Library Life: July 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Excerpts from Antique Appraisals with Karl Gates as he presents the history and trends of the antique world.
  • An interview with Estelle Glaser Laughlin; Holocaust survivor, author and educator, about the June 10 program Transcending Darkness: A Girl’s Journey Out of the Holocaust, where she tells the harrowing tale of her own liberation from the Nazis.
  • Mad Scientists Club: a STEM focused program where children in grades 3-5 created their own apparatus which would safely house an egg as it was dropped from a great height.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: The Martian by Andy Wier. Other pieces featuring stories survival include: Remnant Population, by Elizabeth Moon; Adrift, by Steven Callahan; and the films 127 Hours, Forbidden Planet, and The Quiet Earth.
  • Youth Book Recommendations include the list of Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award 2015 nominees: Almost Home, by Joan Bauer; Unstoppable, by Tim Green; The Clockwork Three, by Matthew J. Kirby; Ungifted, by Gordon Kerman; The Five Lives of our Cat Zook, by Joanne Rocklin; and Best Book Pick, Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald.
  • Highlights of a visit from the River Trails Nature Center to the South Branch:an interactive presentation about animals found in our neighborhood and backyard with hands-on activities and role playing fun.
  • Patron Interview: What local animals do you enjoy watching in the wild and why? 
By MPPL on July 20, 2014 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 154

Library Life: June 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Enjoy the performance of Encore Sings Songs “Coast to Coast” as they feature the best of America in this Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation Concert.
  • An interview with Hy Speck, Educator and Tour Guide, about the June 26 program Destination: Millennium Park, detailing the fascinating history and contributors of Chicago’s showplace for cutting edge art, architecture, landscape design, music and more.
  • Duct Tape Crafts: a program where children in grades 3-5 can come to the library to use their imagination to make unique creations with duct tape.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: Gulp by Mary Roach. Other pieces featuring stories of the human body include: Stiff, by Mary Roach; Fantastic Voyage, by Isaac Asimov; Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan; Feed by M.T. Anderson and I Sing the Body Electric byRay Bradbury.
  • Youth Book Recommendations of overcoming obstacles: Middle School Get Me Out of Here, by James Patterson; Travel Team, by Mike Lupica; The Looser List, by H.N. Kowitt; Force Out, by Tim Green; Real Hoops, by Fred Bowen; and Best Book Pick, Double Dribble by W.C. Mack.
  • Highlights from the Super Saturdayevent: The Sama Sama Project, an energetic and interactive performance showcasing traditional Pilipino music, telling rich stories in honor of celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite summertime destination and why? 
By MPPL on June 20, 2014 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 153

Library Life: May 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:
• Details of the Discover the Magic Summer Reading Program which encourages readers of all ages to pick up a good book this summer.
• An interview with Rhody Hausauer, Interior Decorator, about the June 24 program Trash to Treasure, simplifying the creative design solutions used to repurpose household items.
• Teen Open Creation Session: a program where teens come to the library to use their imagination creating unique and useable works of art, with Library-provided supplies.
• Staff Best Book Recommendation: Warming Up by Mary Hutchings Reed. Other pieces featuring coming of age stories include: The Shipping News, by Annie Proulx; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie; Caramelo, by Sandra Cisneros; and the two films: Breaking Away and Big.
• Youth Book Recommendations of Magic: Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander; The Secret of Platform 13, by Eva Ibbotson; The Magic Thief, by Sarah Prineas; Dragon Rider, by Cornelia Funke; Doll Bones, by Holly Black; and Best Book Pick, Jinx by Sage Blackwood.
• Highlights from the Super Saturday event: The Rope Warrior where professional jump rope athlete and author, David Fisher returns to the Library to show how fitness can be fun with this enjoyable and creative sport.
• Patron Interview: What is your favorite recycled treasure and Why?

By MPPL on May 23, 2014 Categories: Library Life