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?

Library Life Episode 158

Library Life: October 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the Library Art Tour, a showcase of the public art collection inside and outside the Library.
  • An interview with Chiropractic Acupuncturist Dr. Lauren Keller, about the October 29 program, Discover the Chinese Healing Art of Acupuncture.
  • An Evening With Leslie Stella: a visit with Chicago Author Leslie Stella, who discussed her 2014 Suburban Mosaic Teen Selection Novel, Permanent Record.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison. Other thriller books include: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn; The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty; You Should Have Known, by Jean Hanff Korelitz; Until It’s Over, by Nicci French; and The Breaker by Minette Walters.
  • Youth Book Recommendations include Mysterious Circumstances: The Magician’s Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo; The Clockwork Three, by Matthew J. Kirby; Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee; The Thickety, by J.A. White; Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt; Drizzle, by Kathleen Van Cleve; and Best Book Pick, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
  • Selections from the family program Super Saturday: The Fabulous Fable Factory where children were delighted with a musical performance of 6 popular Aesop’s Fables by the Chicago Theater Company, American Eagle Productions.
  • Patron Interview: Who is your favorite author and why?

Library Life Episode 157

Library Life: September 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation Concert, Mearra: Selkie From The Sea.
  • An interview with world traveler, photo journalist, and travel columnist Bill Helmuth, about the Library’s annual cultural series Journey to the Far East.
  • Experience Yoga: an interactive presentation given by Yoga Instructor, Stephan Nakon where attendees experienced mindful movements for all levels.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: The First Patient by Michael Palmer. Other political thriller books include: Critical, by Robin Cook; The Judos Gate, by Jack Higgins; The Inner Circle, by Brad Meltzer; The Water’s Lovely, by Ruth Rendell; and The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor.
  • Youth Book Recommendations include Illuminated Reads: Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo; The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children’s Poems, edited by Donald Hall; Castle How it Works, by David Macaulay; The Houdini Box, by Brian Selznick; and Best Book Pick, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley.
  • Selections from the family program Super Saturday: Animal Quest where children were delighted and educated about a variety of animals through an interactive and entertaining experience.
  • Patron Interview: Where in the Far East would you most like to travel and why?

Library Life Episode 156

Library Life: August 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the Sister Cities French Festival as young children and their families celebrate the ongoing relationship between Mount Prospect and Sèvres, France.
  • An interview with Suzanne Busse, President of the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation, about the volunteer-run, nonprofit organization that supports the library by providing special funding for programs and special projects.
  • Drawing 101 For Teens: a 6-session program where teens learn different sketching techniques from Teen Services Librarian, Coleen Seisser.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: The De-Textbook by Other books featuring loads of facts include: Contrary to Popular Belief, by Joey Green; 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True, by Guy P. Harrison; Take Me To Your Leader, by Ian Harrison; Because I Said So, by Ken Jennings; and 1,000 Common Delusions by Cynthia Poppelmann.
  • Youth Book Recommendations include Illustrated Memoirs From Asia: Dancing to Freedom, by Li Cunxin; Manjiro, by Emily McCully; Drawing From Memory, by Allen Say; The House Baba Built, by Ed Young; Red Land Yellow River, by Angie Zhang; and Best Book Pick, Little White Duck by Na Liu.
  • Selections from the interactive program of Puppet Making held at the South Branch where children learn to work with their hands and master the art of puppet making using Library-provided recycled materials.
  • Patron Interview: What types of creative projects do you enjoy and why?

Library Life Episode 155

Library Life: July 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Excerpts from Antique Appraisals with Karl Gates as he presents the history and trends of the antique world.
  • An interview with Estelle Glaser Laughlin; Holocaust survivor, author and educator, about the June 10 program Transcending Darkness: A Girl’s Journey Out of the Holocaust, where she tells the harrowing tale of her own liberation from the Nazis.
  • Mad Scientists Club: a STEM focused program where children in grades 3-5 created their own apparatus which would safely house an egg as it was dropped from a great height.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: The Martian by Andy Wier. Other pieces featuring stories survival include: Remnant Population, by Elizabeth Moon; Adrift, by Steven Callahan; and the films 127 Hours, Forbidden Planet, and The Quiet Earth.
  • Youth Book Recommendations include the list of Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award 2015 nominees: Almost Home, by Joan Bauer; Unstoppable, by Tim Green; The Clockwork Three, by Matthew J. Kirby; Ungifted, by Gordon Kerman; The Five Lives of our Cat Zook, by Joanne Rocklin; and Best Book Pick, Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald.
  • Highlights of a visit from the River Trails Nature Center to the South Branch:an interactive presentation about animals found in our neighborhood and backyard with hands-on activities and role playing fun.
  • Patron Interview: What local animals do you enjoy watching in the wild and why?