Mount Prospect Public Library Videos

One Book One Village


What is One Book One Village? The MPPL Assistant Department Head of Fiction/AV/Teen explains the two-month community reading event, discusses why MPPL chose the book “The Other Americans” by Laila Lalami, and talks about upcoming book discussions and events related to the book, including a 2-event virtual author visit on October 25th, and October 27th!

You can find information about the book and author, book discussions, events, and author visits on our One Book One Village page. Sponsored with generous support of The Friends of the Library.


Song: “Positive Motivation” from Purple Planet Music
License: CC BY


Be Prepared: Active Shooter Response Training with MPPD


The Mount Prospect Police Department offers guidance to our community on how to respond in the event of an active threat situation.

Tour of Bahá’í House of Worship


The Bahá’í Temple in Wilmette, Illinois is one of only eight continental Bahá’í Houses of Worship in the world; the only one in North America. It was voted one of the seven wonders of Illinois in 2009. Why was it built in Wilmette? How was it made? How long did it take to build? Can anyone go inside? What are the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith? Temple Coordinator Ellen Price will answer these questions and more during this virtual presentation that will include video footage, photos, and live Q&A.

Mount Prospect Stories: Rolling Out the Red Carpet at Randhurst


From Chicago-based stars like Oprah Winfrey to national icons like RFK, Randhurst Shopping Center has hosted plenty of celebrities over its 60-year history. Join Mount Prospect Historical Society Director Emily Dattilo as she looks back on some of these famous visitors.

Name Change 101


The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP) shares the criteria and procedures for making a legal name change in Illinois. Topics covered include: how to prepare for a legal name change, what to expect with the process, and an overview of updating identity documents, including gender markers. The goal of this presentation is gender self-determination.

The TJLP provides free guidance to transgender and gender-nonconforming people through the complicated and expensive process of making a legal name change. You can find more information about TJLP and the Name Change Mobilization at

The Magic of Thrifting


Patricia Smolin is a lifelong thrifter, encouraging others to explore treasures at local thrift stores, consignment shops, estate and garage sales, and reputable online forums. Learn tips of the trade to save money, and how to plan a thrift adventure or a clothes swap with friends. Score unique and vintage finds or add spice to your wardrobe and furnishings. Thrifting also reduces our demands on the environment by reusing and repurposing quality items.

Summer Reading 2022: Read Beyond the Beaten Path!


The Mount Prospect Public Library summer reading program takes place from June 1 through August 15!

This summer, explore your world as you read beyond the beaten path! Join the summer reading program at the Mount Prospect Public Library and get prizes just for reading!

Starting June 1st, you can register online, through the Beanstack app, or in person at the library; the youth program is for children in grades 5 and younger, including babies and toddlers.

Once you register, all you need to do is count the number of days you read, or someone reads to you. Check in at the library after every 10 days of reading and get a prize, such as a magnifying glass, or binoculars. Once you’ve completed 30 days of reading, come back in to get a book to keep, and a chance to win a grand prize!

Grand prize baskets include Maker Madness, Family Games, World Explorer, Outdoor Fun, and a basket for babies and toddlers. Grand prize winners will be announced on July 31st. Reading doesn’t stop after you reach 30 days—keep reading and checking in for additional prizes. Y

ou can also participate in activities at the Main Library or South Branch, such as attending a program, completing a scavenger hunt, taking a walk outdoors, and more! You can also try your luck with our guess how many contest.

Hike on over to the library to sign up for summer reading, starting June 1st!

How to Reduce Waste: Composting and Green Cleaning


The Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability’s Community Outreach Coordinator Kate Carney will join us to discuss ways to reduce food waste at home. Learn the basics to compost at home, the proper paths to dispose household hazardous waste, and how to make your own green cleaning products. This program is followed by a Q&A session.

MPPL Celebrates One Year Being Fine Free


It’s been one year since we went fine free, and we think that’s worth celebrating! Head of Circulation Janine Wisniewski discusses why we decided to eliminate late fees, some misconceptions about being a fine free library, and why she thinks it is one of the best decisions the library has ever made!

Find about about Fine Free at our Fine Free FAQ

Cannabis Access in Illinois


Tightly regulated cannabis is now available to all adults over 21 and provided to over 150,000 registered medical cannabis patients in Illinois. Join Kirsten Velasco and learn about the specifics of the laws, economic and employment opportunities, tax revenue allocations, and wellness strategies.

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