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?
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 Recommendation: The 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?
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?
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?
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.