Library Life Episode 178

Library Life: June 2016

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • The informative treasure hunt, Observing Antique 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?

Library Life Episode 177

Library Life: May 2016

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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?

Library Life Episode 176

Library Life: April 2016

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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?

Library Life Episode 175

Library Life: March 2016

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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?

Library Life Episode 174

Library Life: February 2016

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the Winter Book Sale, one of the quarterly Book Sales organized by the Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library, who raise funds to help support the Library.
  • An interview with Certified Financial Planner John Daly, previewing the February 16 program Understanding the Impact of Rising Interest Rates and explaining how inflation, economic, and market conditions can have both positive and negative effects on your overall portfolio.
  • A window into Make & Take Craft at the South Branch where children of all ages are invited to make an assortment of crafts celebrating the Chinese New Year.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include encounters with aliens: Chariots of the Gods, by Erich Von Däniken; The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, by Jack Finney; and movies, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Cocoon. Best Book Pick within this theme: Communion, by Whitley Strieber.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The Disappearance of Emily H., by Barrie Summy. Other haunting stories include: I Text Dead People, by Rose Cooper; My Haunted House, by Angie Sage; Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator, by Jennifer Allison; Spirit’s Key, by Edith Cohn; and Seraphina and the Black Cloak, by Robert Beatty.
  • Super Saturday: Kids & Families Rock! With ScribbleMonster, the high-energy performance that mimics a great rock concert gets kids and their families on their feet singing and dancing.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite book or movie genre and why?

Library Life Episode 173

Library Life: January 2016

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Details of the Winter Reading Program: Escape with Books from the Library’s Youth, Teen, and Adult Services Departments.
  • An interview with Business Reference Librarian Joe Collier, highlighting The Entrepreneur’s Initiative, a collaboration between The Chamber of Commerce, Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association, Mount Prospect Public Library, and The Village of Mount Prospect, working together to connect people to resources that encourage, strengthen, and support small businesses.
  • A tour of the Discovery Zone, the newest addition to the Youth Services department where children in first through fifth grades can explore many exciting components of STEAM (science, technology, arts, and math).
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: Earmuffs for Everyone!, by Meghan McCarthy. Other invention and inventor stories include: Ferris and His Wheel, by Kathryn Gibbs Davis; The Day-Glo Brothers, by Chris Barton; So You Want to be an Inventor, by Judith St. George; Ben Franklin’s Big Splash, by Barb Rosenstock; and Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum, by Meghan McCarthy.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendation includes animals that make a difference: The Last Whale, by Michael Parfit; Elephant Company, by Vicki Croke; Shy Boy, by Monty Roberts; Cleo, The Cat Who Mended a Family, by Helen Brown; and The Killing of Wolf Number Ten, by Thomas McNamee. Best Book Pick within this theme: A Wolf Called Romeo, by Nick Jans.
  • Dream Catcher Craft, the hands-on program where patrons create a traditional article of Native American folklore meant to bring good dreams.
  • Patron Interview: What do you feel is the best invention and why?

Library Life Episode 172

Library Life: December 2015

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A behind the scenes look at Mount Prospect Public Library’s Technical Services Department, providing insight as to how the Library preserves the integrity of the online catalog.
  • An interview with Peter Garino, Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, describing the staged reading performances of Shakespeare’s works – the new Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation-sponsored signature series for 2016.
  • A front row seat of the beautiful sounds of O Solo Piano!, featuring the Italian piano masterworks performed by Chick Billington.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendation includes works featuring The White House: First Families, by Bonnie Angelo; To Serve the President, by Bradley H. Patterson; Inside the White House, by Noel Grove; and featured DVDs; Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and Inside The White House. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Residence, by Kate Anderson Brower.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: The Great Green Heist, by Varian Johnson. Other pranks, cons and heist stories include: The Terrible Two, by Mac Barnett and Jory John; The Taper Twins Go To War, by Geoff Rodkey; How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy, by Crystal Allen; Tricky Vic, by Greg Pizzoli; and The Fairy Ring, by Mary Losure.
  • Highlights from Professor Marvel’s Amazing Flea Circus, a performance called “the greatest show on earth in miniature.”
  • Patron Interview: What is your New Year’s Resolution and why?

Library Life Episode 171

Library Life: November 2015

This episode of Library Life includes:

Highlights from Cultural Series Festival Night: Musica Italiana featuring a sampling of some of Italy’s best works performed by Main Street Opera.

An interview with Pat Klawitter, President of the Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library, detailing the longtime history of the Friends and how their support of the Library has evolved over the years.

A front row seat in the hands-on program All New Elegant Paper Craft Projects, where patrons are taught how to prepare and assemble an array of unique gifts for that special someone.

Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: Shooting at the Stars, by John Hendrix. Other picture books for older readers include: Abe’s Fish, by Jen Bryant; Heroes of the Surf, by Nancy Carpenter; Wall, by Tom Clohosy Cole; Bunny the Brave War Horse, by Elizabeth MacLeod; and The Kite That Bridged Two Nations, by Alexis O’Neill.

Adult Services Staff Recommendation includes books on Grammar and the English language: Between You and Me, by Mary Norris; Woe is I, by Patricia T. O’Connor; Word Nerd, by John D. Williams Jr.; If I was You, by Lauren Sussman; and Kiss My Asterisk by Jenny Baranick. Best Book Pick within this theme: One Day in the Life of the English Language, by Frank Cioffi.

A preview of The Prospect Madrigals: A Holiday Concert, an a cappella performance featuring 20 students from Prospect High School showcasing music written and composed in the 16th century.

Patron Interview: What is your favorite holiday tradition and why?

Library Life Episode 170

Library Life: October 2015

This episode of Library Life includes:

Highlights from a South Branch concert featuring the traditional sounds and exciting rhythms of Jarochicanos Fandango.

An interview and demonstration with Paul Seils, President of Busse’s Flowers & Gifts, Inc., featuring tips and techniques for arranging a stunning flower display, in addition to details about the November 17 program, Thanksgiving Floral Design.

A peek into the future to Explore 3-D Printing, the exciting technology where ideas can become a reality.

Adult Services Staff Recommendation includes selections from Reaktion Books’ Animals series: Spider, by Katarzyna Michalski and Sergiusz Michalski; Flamingo, by Caitlin R. Kight; Elephant, by Dan Wylie; Hare, by Simon Carnell; and Tortoise by Peter Young. Best Book Pick in this series: Monkey, by Desmond Morris.

Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: The House of a Million Pets, by Ann Hodgman. Other books with an animal theme include: For the Love of Dogs, by Allison Weiss Entrekin; Dewey the Library Cat, by Vicki Myron; Rascal, by Sterling North; Dozer’s Run, by Debby Levy; and The Tarantula in My Purse, by Jean Craighead George.

Scenes from Super Saturday: Very Funny Magic With Dennis DeBondt, an energetic and interactive comedy magic show that delights guest with a larger-than-life, supernatural sense of humor.

Patron Interview: What is your favorite science fiction thriller and why?

Library Life Episode 169

Library Life: September 2015

This episode of Library Life includes:

Highlights from The Music of Carole King, Carly Simon, and Joni Mitchell, a cabaret style performance, sponsored by the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation, featuring memorable classics written by the three legendary

An interview with NAMI Reads Program Director, Nancy Sussman, and NAMI Board Member and Educator, Judy Graff, on the history of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and their upcoming October 14 program, NAMI Reads: An Evening With Author Anna Berry.

A front row seat to Meet Amelia Earhart, the dramatic portrayal by Leslie Goddard who tells the story of this American Aviator and her journey as she perused her own passions while inspiring others to do the same.

Adult Services Staff Recommendation includes books on Human Behavior: Shyness, by Philip G. Zimbardo; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon; The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier; Unhinged, by Anna Berry; and the film, Body Heat starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner. Best Book Pick on this subject: The Hidden Brain, by Shankar Vedantam.

Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: Closed for the Season, by Mary Downing Hahn. Other books set in abandoned places include: Lost Cities, by Natalie Lunis; Haunted Houses, by Robert D. San Souci; The Dragon of Cripple Creek, by Troy Howell; Crandalls’ Castle, by Betty Ren Wright; and Swindle, by Gordon Korman.

>Scenes from Super Saturday: Improve Playhouse Presents The Three Little Pigs, an interactive performance captivating young audience members with their silly scenarios, catchy songs and their unique twist on a classic tale.

Patron Interview: What was the most enjoyable concert you ever attended and why?