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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

Library Life Episode 152

Library Life: April 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Details of the Library Homebound Delivery program which brings the services of the Library to all patrons.
  • An interview with Susan Benjamin, Musical Biographer, about the May 29 program, Barbra Streisand: The Soul of Stardom, detailing the compelling life story of Producer, Director, Screenplay Writer, Academy Award Winning Songwriter and Philanthropist, Barbara Streisand.
  • Coin Collecting and Appraisal, where Coin Collector, Dave Ekstrom, educates consumers about what makes certain coins valuable, how to treat them, and the details of coin composition, condition, and mintage.
  • Staff Best Book RecommendationThe Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa. Other pieces featuring places and times in history include: Maus, by Art Spiegelman; Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi; Nicholas and Alexandra, by Robert Massie; Seven Years in Tibet, by Heinrich Harres; and the film, The Last Emperor.
  • Youth Book Recommendations of Incredible Escapes: Can You Survive the Titanic, by Allison Lassieur; Desperate Escapes, by Simon Lewis; The Escape from Alcatraz, by Stephanie Watson; Great Escapes, by Charlotte Guillain; The Underground Railroad, by Dennis Brindell Fradin; and Best Book Pick, The Journey That Saved Curious George, by Louise Borden.
  • Highlights from the Afternoon Encore Program: Classical Piano Magic where Pianist, Charles Billingon performs pieces from the Golden Age of Piano music.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite female singer and Why? 
By MPPL on April 20, 2014 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 151

Library Life: March 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the February 19 Preschool Childcare Information Night program, where over 15 local childcare providers offered information on their programs to parents.
  • An interview with Sarah Okner, Historian and Librarian, about the April 30 program, Afternoon Encore: Life in Japanese American Internment Camps with stories and historical facts about segregation and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.
  • A Love Affair With Dessert, where Culinary Arts Instructor, Chef Michael Maddox, demonstrates the preparation of mouthwatering desserts.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: Building Stories by Chris Ware.
  • Youth Book Recommendations of Space Exploration: Space Tourism, by Steve Kortnecamp, Exploring Space, by Robert Snedden, Future Transport In Space, by Steve Parker, Space Explorers, by Eva Moore, Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce and How Do You Burp In Space, by Susan E. Goodman.
  • Excerpts from the Mad Scientists Club where children in grades 3 through 5 were able to learn about natural disasters and perform science experiments using different methods and equipment.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite dessert and Why?
By MPPL on March 22, 2014 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 150

Library Life: February 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the January 21 Scrapbooking With Tina program, where Paper Crafting Instructor, Tina Gary presented a Scrapbooking 101 session to patrons.
  • An interview with Danielle Schultz, Certified Financial Planner, about the April 8 program, Money Smart Week: Travel For Free (or Almost) with advice on how to best maximize your credit card Loyalty Programs and Mileage Points when planning your travels.
  • Crafting With Perler Beads at the Mount Prospect Public Library South Branch.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: One Goal II and DVD 17 Seconds.
  • Youth Book Recommendations of Novels in Verse: Odette’s Secrets, by Maryann Macdonald, The Lightening Dreamer, by Margarita Engle, Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War, by Helen Frost, Brains For Lunch, by K.A. Holt, Love That Dog, by Sharon Creech and Zorgamazoo, by Robert Paul Weston.
  • A conversation with Circus Boy Bobby Hunt where he describes his unique show using a blend of circus stunts, acrobats and stand-up comedy.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite winter pastime and Why? 
By MPPL on February 20, 2014 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 149

Library Life: January 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • An interview with Marianne Rowe, Communications Expert, about the program, Dating at 40, 50 and Beyond on Tuesday, February 18.
  • A visit from Transportation Planning Engineer, turned author, John Billheimer, where he sheds light on what it takes to be a successful mystery writer.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: Stella Bain by Anita Shreve, and other works by the author.
  • Youth Book Recommendations of Classic Adventure Stories: Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren, James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl, Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh, The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame,The Borrowers, by Mary Norton and The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster.
  • Highlights from Apps and Gadgets Fair.
  • Who is your favorite Author and Why? 
By MPPL on January 3, 2014 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 148

Library Life: December 2013

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A celebration of the Mount Prospect Public Library’s 70th anniversary
  • An interview with Dr. George Motto, Endocrinology and Metabolic Expert, about the program, Choosing Your Calories Wisely on Tuesday, January 14.
  • Highlights from two Cultural Series Events: The Lore and Lure of Spices From South Asia and Exploring Indian Cooking With Anupy Singla
  • Adult Book Recommendation: On Heaven and Earth by Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Abraham Skorka
  • Youth Book Recommendation: Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
  • What is Your Favorite Library Memory and Why? 
By MPPL on December 3, 2013 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 147

Library Life: November 2013

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A celebration of Bollywood dance styles as part of Cultural Month’s Festival Night.
  • An interview with Jennifer Troiano, choir director at Prospect High School, about the program The Prospect Madrigals: A Holiday Concert on Monday, December 9.
  • Healthy Holiday Food program.
  • Adult Book Recommendation: Friendship Bread by Darien Gee
  • Youth Book Recommendation: Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  • Books and Bites Family Book Club
By MPPL on November 3, 2013 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 146

Library Life: October 2013

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • The swinging music of the Legacy Girls performing as the Andrews Sisters.
  • An interview with Carrie Espinosa, insurance consultant at Horizon Benefit Services about the program Navigating Health Care Reform on Monday, September 30.
  • Magic: The Gathering teen gaming program.
  • Adult Book Recommendation: Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
  • Youth Book Recommendation: Doll Bones by Holly Black
  • Around the World With Frog Lady and Friends
By MPPL on October 30, 2013 Categories: Library Life

Library Life Episode 145

Library Life: September 2013

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Family French Festival
  • An interview with Paul Berg, professional photographer and presenter of India: The Magnificent Subcontinent, Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Learn to Draw: Still Life Class
  • Adult/Teen Book Recommendation: Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Youth Book Recommendation: Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger
  • Dog Safety
By MPPL on September 20, 2013 Categories: Library Life