Library Life Episode 179

Library Life: July 2016

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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?

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?