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Library Life Episode 190

Library Life: June 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

    • Opera for Everyone performance by Main Street Opera.
    • An interview with Where the Water Meets the Sand author and educator, Tyra Manning PhD.
    • Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros/ Children’s Day, Book Day.
    • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include Spiritual Memoirs: Traveling Mercies, by Anne Lamott; The Journey Home, by Radhanath Swami; The Sound of Gravel, by Ruth Wariner; Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat, by Nevada Barr; and Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Barn at the End of the World, by Mary Rose O’Reilley.
    • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: I am Drums, by Mike Grosso. Other books featuring music and competition: Million Dollar Throw, by Mike Lupica; Just Juice, by Karen Hesse; Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebel, by Ginger Rue; A Crooked Kind of Perfect, by Linda Urban; and Mackenzie Blue, by Tina Wells.
    • Super Saturday: Urban Gateways Presents Chinese Folk & Classical Dance
    • Patron Interview: What is your favorite aspect of summer and why?

Library Life Episode 189

Library Life: May 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Reading by Design Summer Reading Program details from Adult, Teen, and Youth Services departments.
  • An interview with Madame President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson author, William Hazelgrove.
  • Tasty: The Fascinating Science of Flavor.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring Reality TV and Celebrity Gossip: All My Life, by Susan Lucci; The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating, by Carole Radziwill; Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index, by Kathy Griffin; Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence, by Ross Mathews; and Love, Loss, and What We Ate, by Padma Lakshmi. Best Book Pick within this theme: Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture, by Andy Cohen.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems, by Bob Raczka. Other books of poetry: Hi, Koo!, by Jon Muth; Bug Off! Creepy, Crawly Poems, by Jane Yolen; All the World, by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee; We Are Americans, by Walter Dean Meyer and Christopher Meyer; and Shrunken Treasures, by Scott Nash.
  • National Library Week: Trivia Contest.
  • Patron Interview: Which American first lady do you admire most and why?

Library Life Episode 188

Library Life: April 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Leslie Goddard program The Greatest Female Athlete: Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
  • An interview with Climate Reality Leader & Renewable Energy Specialist, Lisa Albrect.
  • TAB: Teen Advisory Board
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring Nature: How I Killed Pluto, by Mike Brown; What Stands in a Storm, by Kim Cross; Wicked Plants, by Amy Stewart; Water, by Markus Eisl, Gerald Mansberger, and Paul Schreilechner; and Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Invention of Nature, by Andrea Wulf.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The Great Pet Escape, by Victoria Jamieson. Other graphic novels with animals include: The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan, by Maxwell Eaton III; Bird & Squirrel On the Run, by James Burks; Hippopotamister, by John Green; Mr. Pants: Slacks, Camera, Action!, by Scott McCormick; and Apocalypse Bow Wow, by James Proimos III.
  • Super Saturday: Wendy & DB Music Show.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite aspect of spring and why?

Library Life Episode 187

Library Life: March 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation Mini Golf fundraiser.
  • An interview with GCC Financial Vice President of Wealth Management, Eric Rosenbloom.
  • Night Off? Game On!
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring Dysfunctional Families: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler; She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb; The Dinner, by Herman Koch; The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls; and Heartbroken, by Lisa Unger. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeny.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Other emotional reads include: The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin; The Honest Truth, by Dan Gemeinhart; Lost in the Sun, by Lisa Graff; The Secret Hum of a Daisy, by Tracy Holozer; and Ways to Live Forever, by Sally Nichols.
  • Super Saturday: The Story of Kweku: The Kid Who Brought Musiki to His People.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite table top or board game and why?

Library Life Episode 186

Library Life: February 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A step back in time for It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play, a radio theater performance of the 1946 film.
  • An interview with Mount Prospect Public Library Business Reference Librarian Joe Collier, discussing his Job Seekers Skills Series and Mount Prospect Entrepreneurs Initiative partnership.
  • A peek inside Crafternoon: Design-a-Dish, the ongoing advanced craft series featuring creative DIY projects.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include Shakespeare inspired works: Caliban’s Hour, by Tad Williams; Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel; The Gap of Time, by Jeanette Winterson; The Dead Fathers Club, by Matt Haig; and the DVD Slings and Arrows. Best Book Pick within this theme: Hag-Seed, by Margaret Atwood.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George. Other books featuring castle capers include: Igraine the Brave, by Cornelia Funke; Pure Dead Magic, by Debi Gliori; The Beasts of Clawstone Castle, by Eva Ibbotson; 100% Wolf, by Jane Lyons; and The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless, by Ahmet Zappa.
  • An energetic performance during Super Saturday: Popeye and Sailor, presenting fascinating tricks and educational pointers about interacting with dogs.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite type of pet and why?

Library Life Episode 185

Library Life: January 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A step back in time for The Story of Smoky The War Dog, the little dog with a big heart who became the #1 mascot of the South Pacific and was regarded as the first therapy dog in the world.
  • An interview with North West Housing Partnership Executive Director Robyn Sandys and North West Housing Partnership Housing Specialist Brina August, previewing their upcoming November 30th programs: Need Help with Home Repairs and Flood Damage?
  • A peek inside Click & Create: Pico Boards, the ongoing technology program for students in second through fifth grades, where patrons learn how to work with sensor boards and coding software.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books dealing with Personal Growth: An Ocean Apart, by Robin Pilcher; Britt-Marie Was Here, by Fredrik Backman; Stiltsville, by Susanna Daniel; After You, by Jojo Moyes; and Iris and Ruby, by Rosie Thomas. Best Book Pick within this theme: One-in a-Million Boy, by Monica Wood.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clanton. Other illustrated beginner chapter books include: Owl Diaries, by Rebecca Elliott; Baby Mouse Queen of the World!, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm; The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan, by Maxwell Eaton III; Bird & Squirrel on the Edge, by James Burks; and Fish Fish Fish, by Lee Nordling Meritxell Bosch.
  • A hands-on demonstration during Sew Much Fun, a modern spin on an age-old skill where young patrons learn the basics of sewing and are able to make a take-home item.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite winter pastime and why?

Library Life Episode 184

Library Life: December 2016

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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?

Library Life Episode 183

Library Life: November 2016

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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?