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Library Life Episode 168

Library Life: August 2015

This episode of Library Life includes:

Highlights from Encore! Presents: Welcome to the Theater, an all Broadway inspired dynamic concert, sponsored by the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation.

An interview with Certified Health Coach, Kim Salzman, who previews her July 14 program, A Guide to Prime Time Health, detailing “America’s Pediatrician,” Dr. Sears’ 5 Steps for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

A window into Read With a Community Hero, where some of Mount Prospect’s local heroes visit the Library for a storytime and show-and-tell of emergency vehicles.

Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: The Dumbest Idea Ever, by Jimmy Gownley. Other school stories in Graphic Novels include: Knights of the Lunch Table, by Frank Cammuso; Squish Super Amoeba, by Jennifer L. Holm; Astronaut Academy Zero Gravity, by Dave Roman; Drama, by Raina Telgemeier; and Cleopatra in Space, by Mike Maihack.

Adult Services Staff Recommendation includes lyrical novels: Everything Good Will Come, by Sefi Atta; What You See in the Dark, by Manuel Muñoz; The Translator, by Leila Aboulela; Blue Eyes, Black Hair, by Marguerite Duras; Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; and Best Book Pick: Becoming Abigail, by Chris Abani.

Scenes from Teen Paper Bead Creation, a hands-on program that demonstrates the simple process of creating beautiful paper beads, allowing teens to learn something new and meet other like-minded creative people.

Patron Interview: Who is your hero and why?

Library Life Episode 167

Library Life: July 2015

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from DIY Bicycle Repair & Maintenance, a Reduce Your Waste Line program where staff from Prospect Bikes and Trains educate patrons about bicycle upkeep and care to ensure a safe ride.An interview with Musical Biographer, Susan Benjamin, who previews her July 30 program, Harold Arlen: Beyond the Rainbow, detailing the personal story of the composer and musician who contributed greatly to the American Songbook.

    Creative designers building take-home pieces in Teen Open Creation: Music Making, where teens are given the supplies and instruction to create one-of-a-kind items.

    Adult Services Staff Recommendation includes book that intertwine fantasy indulges with personal revelations: A Vintage Affair, by Isabel Wolff; The Sugar Queen, by Sarah Addison Allen; Chocolat, by Joanne Harris; Lucia, Lucia, by Adriana Trigiani; Sweetshop of Dreams, by Jenny Colgan; and Best Book Pick: The Dress Shop of Dreams, by Menna van Praag.

    Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: Dory Fantasmagory, by Abby Hanlon. Other beginner chapter books include: I Don’t Believe it, Archie, by Andrew Norris; Archie Takes Flights, by Wendy Mass; Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny, by John Himmelman; Princess in Black, by Shannon & Dean Hale; and The Chicken Squad, by Doreen Cronin.

    Scenes from Super Saturday: Super Stolie, the show that rocked the house celebrating language and music, while encouraging the audience to get up and dance and be silly in front of others.

    Patron Interview: Who is your favorite composer of popular music and why?

Library Life Episode 166

Library Life: June 2015

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the Adult Spelling Bee, a National Library Week program of friendly competition where community notables spell their way to fun prizes and bragging rights.An interview with Executive Director and Chief Historian, Ted Wachholz, who describes the terrifying account of passengers who attended Western Electric Family Picnic that fateful day in July 1915 as we commemorate The Eastland Disaster Centennial.

    Budding scientists learning all about plants during Mad Scientist Club Junior: Here We Grow, where young visitors enjoy a little storytime, a guessing game, and 3 stations of experiments.

    Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: Lost in NYC, by Nadja Spiegelman. Other new graphic novels include: Phoebe and Her Unicorn, by Dana Simpson; hidden, by Loic Dauvillier; The Stratford Zoo Midnight Review Presents Macbeth, by Ian Lender; Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson; and Lowriders in Space, by Cathy Camper.

    Adult Services Staff Recommendation also includes the Graphic Novel genre: Asterios Polup, by David Mazzucchelli; Body World, by Dash Shaw; Ice Haven, Daniel Clowes; Building Stories, by Chris Ware; An Anthology of Graphic Fiction Cartoons and True Stories, by Ivan Brunetti; and Best Book Pick: Here, by Richard McGuire.

    Scenes from Super Saturday: Indian Dance Featuring Kalapriya, the exquisite performance combining colorful dances and stories from Indian mythology.

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

Library Life Episode 165

Library Life: May 2015

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • The launch of the Summer Reading Program: Read to the Rhythm, detailing how readers of all ages can get in tune and earn prizes for reading from the Adult, Teen, and Youth Services departments.

    An interview with author, Sue Baugh, who describes her journey to remote areas of the earth, rediscovering the conversations between us and nature, featured in the June 4 program, Echoes of Earth.

    Imaginative crafts created with recycled and repurposed pieces during Create-a-Craft: Earth Day Fun, where young visitors work at their own pace to create something “green.”

    Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: Bud, not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis. Other music-themed books include: Molly Moon and the Monster Music, by Georgia Byng; The Last Holiday Concert, by Andrew Clements; The Music of Dolphins, by Karen Hesse; The Trumpet of the Swan, by E. B. White; and A Mouse Called Wolf, by Dick King-Smith.

    Adult Services Staff Recommendation also includes books with a music theme: Hip Hop Family Tree, by Ed Piskor; When They Were Boys, by Larry Kane; The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, Vivek J. Tiwary; The Beatles Anthology, by The Beatles; The Beatles: An Oral History, by David Pritchard and Alan Lysaght; and Best Book Pick: Baby’s in Black, by Arne Bellstorf.

    Scenes from Super Saturday: Andy Head’s Wonderfully Wacky Juggling Show, the exhilarating performance featuring dramatic tricks designed for sophisticated kids and silly adults, alike.

Library Life Episode 164

Library Life: April 2015

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights of the exciting Foundation Mini Golf fundraiser, where players of all ages putt through the Library while raising money for the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation.

    An interview with Chief Sustainability Officer for Cook County, Deborah Stone, who previews the May 12 program, Making the Choice for a Sustainable Future, and details Cook County’s efforts to educate residents and businesses about becoming more energy efficient.

    Helpful tips about improving resumes, preparing online applications, and networking during the Jobseekers Skills Series, where attendees learn to navigate the ever-changing job search landscape.

    Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander. Other books written in verse include: Caminar, by Skila Brown; Words with Wings, by Nikki Grimes; Salt, by Helen Frost; Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai; and Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jaqueline Woodson.

    Adult Services Staff Recommendation includes books with hidden secrets: The Half Life of Molly Pierce, by Katrina Leno; Before I go to Sleep, by S.J. Watson; Black Out, by Lisa Unger; Complicit, by Stephanie Kuehn; We Are the Goldens, by Dana Reinhardt; and Best Book Pick: We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart.

    Sew and Glow with LED, the hands-on program where by blending science with creativity, simple stitching projects glow and come to life.

    Patron Interview: How is your household reducing its Waste Line?

Library Life Episode 163

Library Life: March 2015

This episode of Library Life includes:

Highlights of the special Read With A Principal program, where elementary school principals from surrounding communities read their favorite picture books to students and their families.

An interview with local award-winning author, Mary Hutchings Reed, who discusses her journey from a lucrative law career to becoming a self-published author, summarizing a few of her novels, including the runner up to 2014 Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author contest, Warming Up.

A showcase of creative technical projects made during Teen Lab: Stop -Motion Animations, where students attend the open lab session to connect with other tech-minded teens and share ideas.

Adult Services Staff Recommendation includes Bette Davis movies available on DVD: Dark Victory, The Old Maid, The Letter, Deception, The Great Lie, and Now, Voyager.

Youth Services Best Book RecommendationRain Reign, by Ann M. Martin. Other books featuring characters with special needs include: Rules, by Cynthia Lord; Mockingbird, by Kathryn Erskine; The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee, by Barry Jonsberg; Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper; andAnything But Typical, by Nora Raleigh Baskin.

Scenes from the Super Saturday: Dave Rudolf program, where the Grammy-nominated musician and author gets the audience dancing during this interactive performance featuring the joy of just being silly.

Patron Interview: What is your favorite book of all time and why?

Library Life Episode 162

Library Life: February 2015

This episode of Library Life includes:

Highlights of a visit from Noodles the Wonder Dog, during this Super Saturday program where a rags-to-riches dogs shows off his talents with fun-loving tricks, all while teaching children about dog safety and how to feel comfortable interacting with dogs.

An interview with Pediatrician, Carissa Lee Holmes, who provides helpful advice for parents of children in the challenging and transitioning stage of being a toddler, featured in the February 24 program: Toddlers, Toilet Training, and Tantrums.

Delicious Far East recipes demonstrated during A Taste of Asia with Ying Stoller, showcasing authentic, but simple recipes that translate easily into the American kitchen.

Adult Services Staff Book Recommendation includes the theme of Charming International Cozies: Hector and the Search for Happiness, by Francois Lelord;The House at the End of Hope Street, by Menna van Praag; The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith; Hotel Pastis, by Peter Mayle; Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes, by Betsy Woodman; and best book pick: The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera.

Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: Hide & Seek, by Katy Grant. Other kidnapping adventures include: The Pirates of Crocodile Swamp, by Jim Arnosky; Outlaw, by Stephen Davies; Getting Air, by Dan Gutman; Abduction!, by Peg Kehret; and Escape Under the Forever Sky, by Eve Yohalem.

A window into the Adult Winter Craft: Arm-knit Scarf program, where participants knit beautiful infinity scarves using nothing but their own two arms, a ball of yarn, and their creativity.

Patron Interview: What is your favorite spot in the Library and why?

Library Life Episode 161

Library Life: January 2015

This episode of Library Life includes:

A Summary of Get Wrapped Up in Reading winter reading program. An interview with Home and Business Organizer, Amber Sanchez, detailing her recommendations for organizing your home, including her 4-step process featured in the February 3 program: Overcoming Organizing Obstacles.

Highlights from Instant Recess, the program designed to introduce activity breaks during the day to increase energy levels and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Adult Services Staff Book Recommendation includes books with eccentric characters in grand settings: The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, by Elizabeth Kelly; Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia; Rooms, by Lauren Oliver; A Sudden Light, by Garth Stein; An Evening of Long Goodbyes, by Paul Murray; and best book pick: The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai.

Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: Zane and the Hurricane, by Rodman Philbrick. Other tragedies of Hurricane Katrina books include: Ninth Ward, by Jewel Parker Rhodes: Saint Louis Armstrong Beach, by Brenda Woods; Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere, by Julie T. Lamana; I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005, by Lauren Tarshis; and Buddy, by M.H. Herlong.

Insights into music, games and stories by award winning songwriter, Jim Gill during his Super Saturday program where children and adults engage in play together and sing along during his lively performance.

Patron Interview: What is your 2015 New Year’s resolution?

Library Life Episode 160

Library Life: December 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the October 5 performance of the Chicago Korean Dance Company, a vibrant presentation of Korean Culture and costume.An interview with author Cyndee Schaeffer, detailing her mother’s remarkable story as a WWII WAC (Women’s Army Corps) member featuring excerpts from letters describing life during wartime from her book, Mollie’s War.

    A visit from author Beth Finke and her Seeing Eye dog as they introduce her book, Hanni and Beth Safe & Sound, a story of how Beth travels safely around the city with the help of Hanni, a specially-trained Golden/Labrador Retriever .

    Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: Josephine, by Hruby Powell. Other Superstars of the Harlem Renaissance include: Mister and Lady Day, by Amy Novesky: Baby Flo, by Alan Schroeder; Ellington Was Not a Street, by Ntozake Shange; Harlem’s Little Blackbird, by Renée Watson; and Sugar Hill, by Carole Boston Weatherford.

    Adult Services Staff Book Recommendation includes books that fluctuate between disaster stories and stories of survival: Isaac’s Storm, by Erik Larson; Frozen In Time, by Mitchell Zuckoff; Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand; The Perfect Storm, by Sebastian Junger: The Boys In The Boat, by Daniel James Brown; and best book pick: Trapped Under The Sea, by Neil Swidey.

    A window into the November 20 Kindergarten Club: Fantastic Foods program where participants listen to a short story, create crafts, enjoy snacks, and watch a short movie all relating to foods to help foster their love of reading and help develop lifelong learning habits.

    Patron Interview: What is your 2015 New Year’s resolution?

Library Life Episode 159

Library Life: November 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

Highlights from the Chicago Cuatro Orchestra performance from September 22, a dynamic presentation celebrating the national instrument of Puerto Rico.

An interview with Feng Shui Practitioner and Educator Juliette Looye, about the October 30 program, Creating a Healthy and Happy Home With Feng Shui.

A trip outside for Nature Storytime at Melas Park: an event held in conjunction with the Mount Prospect Park District bringing to life the story Who Hops by Katie Davis.

Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut, by Laurie Keller. Other Early Chapter Book Series include: Ricky Vargas: The Funniest Kid in the World, by Alan Katz; Heroes in Training, by Jean Holub; The Notebook of Doom, by Troy Cummings; Lulu and the Duck in the Park, by Hilary McKay; and Down Girl and Sit, by Lucy Nolan.

Adult Services Staff Book Recommendation includes books that have a food connection: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows; The Persian Pickle Club, by Sandra Dallas; The Jane Austin Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler; The Love Goddess’ Cooking School, by Melissa Senate; and best book pick: The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister.

A sneak peak of the December 1 Prospect High School Madrigal Singers Holiday Concert program and interview with Choir Director, Jennifer Troiano.

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