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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? 

Library Life Episode 154

Library Life: June 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Enjoy the performance of Encore Sings Songs “Coast to Coast” as they feature the best of America in this Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation Concert.
  • An interview with Hy Speck, Educator and Tour Guide, about the June 26 program Destination: Millennium Park, detailing the fascinating history and contributors of Chicago’s showplace for cutting edge art, architecture, landscape design, music and more.
  • Duct Tape Crafts: a program where children in grades 3-5 can come to the library to use their imagination to make unique creations with duct tape.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: Gulp by Mary Roach. Other pieces featuring stories of the human body include: Stiff, by Mary Roach; Fantastic Voyage, by Isaac Asimov; Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan; Feed by M.T. Anderson and I Sing the Body Electric byRay Bradbury.
  • Youth Book Recommendations of overcoming obstacles: Middle School Get Me Out of Here, by James Patterson; Travel Team, by Mike Lupica; The Looser List, by H.N. Kowitt; Force Out, by Tim Green; Real Hoops, by Fred Bowen; and Best Book Pick, Double Dribble by W.C. Mack.
  • Highlights from the Super Saturdayevent: The Sama Sama Project, an energetic and interactive performance showcasing traditional Pilipino music, telling rich stories in honor of celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite summertime destination and why? 

Library Life Episode 153

Library Life: May 2014

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?

Library Life Episode 152

Library Life: April 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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 RecommendationThe 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? 

Library Life Episode 151

Library Life: March 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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?

Library Life Episode 150

Library Life: February 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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? 

Library Life Episode 149

Library Life: January 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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.
  • Highlights from Apps and Gadgets Fair.
  • Who is your favorite Author and Why? 

Library Life Episode 148

Library Life: December 2013

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A celebration of the Mount Prospect Public Library’s 70th anniversary
  • An interview with Dr. George Motto, Endocrinology and Metabolic Expert, about the program, Choosing Your Calories Wisely on Tuesday, January 14.
  • Highlights from two Cultural Series Events: The Lore and Lure of Spices From South Asia and Exploring Indian Cooking With Anupy Singla
  • Adult Book Recommendation: On Heaven and Earth by Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Abraham Skorka
  • Youth Book Recommendation: Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
  • What is Your Favorite Library Memory and Why?