An explanation of the newly revised Winter Reading Program for adult, teen, and youth patrons.
An interview with Certified Dream Builder Coach Tom Wendt, previewing his upcoming program; Conquering Procrastination on January 24.
A peek inside the Best Children’s Books of 2016, the annual Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation program where Youth Services staff share their favorite new releases with parents, families, and teachers.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books dealing with grief, healing, and unraveling secrets: The Untelling, by Tayari Jones; The Sweet Hereafter, by Russell Banks; In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware; My Sunshine Away, by M.O. Walsh; and In the Wake, by Per Petterson. Best Book Pick within this theme: Did You Ever Have a Family, by Bill Clegg.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The Land of Stories, by Chris Colfer. Other altered magical fairy tales include: Into the Wild, by Sarah Beth Durst; Ever After High: The Storybox of Legends, by Shannon Hale; Grounded, by Megan Morrison; Rump, by Liesl Shurtliff; and Half Upon a Time, by James Riley.
A front row seat to Super Saturday: Marilyn Price’s Wonder-filled Whirl of Puppets, an energetic performance with educational and entertaining stories where children in the audience become part of the show.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite novel of all time and why?
A front row seat to hear Las Guitarras de España and Flamenco Ensemble, as part of the 2016 Cultural Series Festival Night, which features Spain.
An interview with author, speaker and journalist John Wasik, previewing his upcoming program; Lightning Strikes: Tesla, Creativity, and the Soul of Innovation on November 22.
A peek inside the Kindergarten Clubhouse, the monthly program where students come to the Library after school for stories, songs, crafts, and snacks.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Milo Spek, Accidental Agent, by Linda Urban. Other fantasy books with a side of humor include: My Diary from the Edge of the World, by Jodi Lynn Anderson; The Menagerie, by Tui T. & Kari H. Sutherland; Small Persons with Wings, by Ellen Booraem; The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy; and Only You Can Save Mankind, by Terry Pratchett.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include social commentaries dealing with time travel: The Man Who Folded Himself, by David Gerrold; Kindered, by Octavia E. Butler; The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger; Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon; and The Alienist, by Caleb Carr. Best Book Pick within this theme: Time and Again, by Jack Finney.
A preview of the upcoming annual Library event, The Prospect Madrigal Holiday Concert, on December 5, along with an interview with Jennifer Troiano, Prospect High School Choir Director.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite holiday song and why?
A front row seat to the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation concert, Encore! Presents Pop, Rock and Roll, a collection of some of the most popular songs of our time ranging from the doo-wop of the 50’s up to current Broadway favorites.
An interview with Professional Storyteller William Peck, previewing his July 26 program The Blaze That Shaped a City, shedding light on facts behind the infamous story of the O’Leary’s cow and The Great Chicago Fire.
Useful tips during Practical Self Defense for Adults and Seniors where patrons learn simple and effective techniques to use against would-be attackers, helping to build a sense of confidence in an array of situations.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books focusing on Dystopia: Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAdam, by Margaret Atwood; Life as We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer; A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller Jr.; Super Sad True Love Story, by Garry Shteyngart; and 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami. Best Book Pick within this theme: Gold Fame Citrus, by Claire Vaye Watkins.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Space Case, by Stuart Gibbs. Other books featuring outer space: Origami Space, by Catherine Ard; 12 Things to Know About Space Exploration, by Rebecca Felix; Cleopatra in Space, by Mike Maihack; Space Rocks!, by Tom O’Donnell; and You’ll Like it Here (Everybody Does), by Ruth White.
Highlights from Science Alliance Presents Lights, Camera, Action! the hands-on, energetic demonstration of the basic principles of physics, including rides on a hovercraft.
Patron Interview: Which rock band is your ultimate favorite and why?
The informative treasure hunt, ObservingAntique and Collectible Appraisals with Karl Gates, where patrons learn background information, design history, and common uses for some of their most valued family heirlooms.
An interview with Renee Dorn, Youth Services of Elk Grove Township Program Coordinator, previewing her May 28 program How to Help Kids With Social Skills Deficits, which provides practical strategies and local resources to help empower children with important social skills.
A seat at the table with A Good Yarn: Knitting and Crocheting Guild where creators of all skill levels come together once a month for a relaxing and social gathering to work on various projects.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include works focusing on culinary skills: Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Julia Child; The Joy of Cooking, by Irma Rombauer; Mexico One Plate at a Time, by Rick Bayless; Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, by Marcella Hazan; and Good Eats Kitchen Classics Best Book Pick within this theme: Good Eats 3, by Alton Brown.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Harriet the Invincible, by Ursula Vernon. Other books featuring amazing animal characters: Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny, by John Himmelman; Nuts to You, by Lynne Rae Perkins; The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt; Appleblossom the Possum, by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Gary Rosen; and Lantern Sam and the Blue Street Bandits, by Michael D. Beil.
Highlights from Super Saturday: Songs and Dances of the South Pacific, celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and transporting patrons to two South Pacific destinations: Hawaii and Aotearoa.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite hobby and why?
The launch of Summer Reading Challenge: Read – For the Win, detailing how readers of all ages can get in the game and earn prizes for reading from the Adult, Teen, and Youth Services departments.
An interview with Public Affairs Manager, Illinois Comptroller’s Office, Katie Torrence, previewing the May 24 program Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft and Scams which provides useful information to educate and lessen one’s vulnerability to these crimes including common scams, ways to mitigate if your identity is stolen, and available resources.
A front row seat during National Library Week’s Adult Spelling Bee where local celebrities and patrons participate in this fun filled event, which is quickly becoming an annual tradition.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring mystery thrillers: The 6th Extinction, by James Rollins; The Great Zoo of China, by Matthew Reilly; Pulse, by Jeremy Robinson; In The Woods, by Tana French; and Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero. Best Book Pick within this theme: Relic, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Lulu’s Mysterious Mission, by Judith Viorst and Kevin Cornell. Other books featuring babysitters include: Mrs. Noodlekugel, by Daniel Pinkwater and Adam Stower; Crimebiters, by Tommy Greenwald; Captain Awesome, by Stan Kirby; Emma Dilemma, by Patricia Hermes; and The Day the Mustache Took Over, by Alan Katz.
A tour of Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros which celebrates different cultures and their enjoyment of books; including a book giveaway, snacks, STEAM activities, and a wonderful musical performance by the Cielito Lindo Family Folk Band.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite summer sport and why?
Highlights from Mini Golf at MPPL, the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation’s signature fundraising event which brings 18 holes of miniature golf into the Library for players of all ages to enjoy.
An interview with Musical Biographer Susan Benjamin, previewing the March 31 program Afternoon Encore: George Gershwin: The American Composer which tells the intriguing story of the iconic musician, his relationship with his brother, and the history behind many of his greatest works.
A visit to Playtime at the Library where young children and their caregivers come to participate in hands-on activities that introduce early literacy and child development skills through play-based learning.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring family and self-exploration: How to Save a Life, by Sara Zarr; Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell; Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green & David Levithan; Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt; and Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. Best Book Pick within this theme: I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The Truth About Twinkie Pie, by Kat Yeh. Other books featuring sisters include: The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall; West of the Moon, by Margi Preus; A Nearer Moon, by Melanie Crowder; Saffy’s Angel, by Hilary McKay; and The Sisters Grimm, by Michael Buckley and Peter Ferguson.
Super Saturday: The Dennehy Irish Dancers, a toe-tapping and mesmerizing performance by the troop of 18 dancers ranging from 6-13 years old, complete with a mini dance lesson for patrons.
Patron Interview: Who is your favorite American composer and why?
Highlights from Color Me Amazing, the adult program which reintroduces the joy of coloring with this relaxing and creative activity.
An interview with Financial Advisor Nancy Reiser, previewing the April 27 program Five Money Questions for Women where practical advice about taking stock of your own financial situation and goals is presented in a comfortable environment.
A visit to the Teen Open Lab: 3-D Printing where teens come to learn new technologies, like web-based Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to produce 3-D models of their unique project.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include Economics and Superheroes with a twist: Super Freakonomics, by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner; The Big Squeeze, by Steven Greenhouse, Inside Straight, by George R.R. Martin; Superheroes, by John Varley; and The Pursuit of Other Interests by Jim Kokoris. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Adventures of Unemployed Man, by Erich Origen and Gan Golan.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Water is Water, by Miranda Paul. Other nonfiction picture books include: Trombone Shorty, by Troy Andrews; I’m Trying to Love Spiders, by Bethany Barton; Gingerbread for Liberty, by Mara Rockliff; The Maine Coon’s Haiku, by Michael Rosen; and Winnie, by Sally M. Walker.
Mad Scientist Club Junior: We Can Dig It, the interactive and educational program that gets young patrons hooked on science through play-based learning and fun activities.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite aspect of this Library and why?