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Summer Reading Starts Monday, June 1!

The Spectacular Reading Race, Adult summer reading challenge, June 1, 2020 through August 31,2020

Ready for a taste of the familiar along with the excitement of new twists? Welcome to Summer Reading 2020 and the introduction of an online tracking tool: Beanstack. This summer you’ll be able to enter your books wherever you are, earning digital badges and chances for virtual drawings all with a few taps of your screen or clicks of your mouse. Also, since Summer Reading starts June 1 and continues through August 31, you have an added month to set your own pace or to explore even more reading activities.

Begin by visiting our official MPPL Summer Reading webpage to discover how to Get Started and to learn what opportunities are available for Adults, Teens, and Young Readers. Each age group is presented with a variety of options of what to read or activities to complete, and you choose what fits your mood best. Challenge yourself to find suggestions of what to read through featured lists, or ask for a personalized suggestion. However you choose to participate, be sure to join us for The Spectacular Reading Race starting June 1!


What Mount Prospect Is Reading

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Mount Prospect, you’ve been reading, and we’ve been talking! Every week we have been extending an open invitation for readers to gather and share the books keeping them company in these odd times. We’ve chatted romance, dark fantasy, nonfiction, mysteries, feel-good, horror, and elegant prose. Check out the titles brought by our attendees, and please consider joining us for this week’s conversation: Let’s Talk Books!

Stay Sweet book coverStay Sweet
Siobhan Vivian
Age of Witches book coverThe Age of Witches
Louisa Morgan


Mockingbirds book coverThe Mockingbirds
Daisy Whitney
Dutch House book coverThe Dutch House
Ann Patchett


Tenant book coverThe Tenant
Katrine Engberg
Headliners book coverHeadliners
Lucy Parker
Wow, No Thank You book coverWow, No Thank You
Samantha Irby


Beautiful Ones book coverThe Beautiful Ones
Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Monster of Elendhaven book coverThe Monster of Elendhaven
Jennifer Giesbrecht
Foul Is Fair book coverFoul Is Fair
Hannah Capin


Honey-Don't List book coverThe Honey-Don’t List
Christina Lauren
Year of the Witching book coverThe Year of the Witching
Alexis Henderson


Mornings with Rosemary book coverMornings with Rosemary
(also published as The Lido)
Libby Page
Vanishing Half book coverThe Vanishing Half
Brit Bennett
All Adults Here book coverAll Adults Here
Emma Straub


Mount Prospect, Let’s Talk Books!

We readers love to share our book feelings, and YOU are invited to connect with others to hear about the successes, the disappointments, and the ones that are getting you through the week. Each Tuesday from 7-8 PM, we are hosting an Open Book Share through Zoom. Come hear what your neighbors and Library staff have been reading, collect new ideas for your TBR list, and add to our lists by telling us about your own favorite discoveries! All who come are welcome to share and/or listen as they like — no pressure, no obligation, just lovely book fellowship.

To attend, register through our public calendar. This week’s event can be found here. We will then send you the Zoom link and information.

If you prefer to connect to fellow readers on Goodreads, don’t miss our No Commitment Virtual Book Group, where we will also be posting all titles shared in the weekly conversations. Hope to see you soon!

Announcing the No Commitment Virtual Book Club

No Commitment Book Club categoriesMissing the chance to talk books with friends both old and new? You are invited to visit a new MPPL Goodreads group to share with your neighbors what you are reading in any or all of our featured themes.

Separate discussion threads are open for five categories — all designed to be fully your choice. Whether your recent reads have been wild successes or frustrating disappointments, we’re here to celebrate the journey.

Not one to share with a group? For personal cheers or for reading recommendations of titles specifically available to you online, email your book comments to

Happy reading while sheltering-in-place!


How to Keep Your Book Club “Meeting”

Did you actually do the reading for book club only to have your meeting cancelled due to global pandemic? The good people of Refinery29 feel your pain!

group table and chairsWe recommend their feature How to Take Your Book Club Online While Practicing Social Distancing. Even if your group has no experience with online discussion, you will find a suggestion or two to ease the transition. Give it a try, and perhaps you won’t have to wait to show off your witty insights or to find out if everyone disliked the main character as much as you did!

funny you dont look autistic book cover

Is your group ready for a new book but does not have a way to gather enough copies? Consider participating in the current Big Library Read, a program through OverDrive that “connects readers around the world with the same book at the same time without any waitlists or holds.”

From March 23 – April 13, you have free access with your library card to Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary as an ebook or eaudiobook. Bonus materials include an author audio interview and an online discussion forum.  Also available through the OverDrive or Libby apps.