Mount Prospect Public Library Videos

Library Life Episode 214

Library Life June 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A tribute to Marilyn Genther in honor of her retirement, after 33 years at MPPL, and 27 years of serving as MPPL’s Executive Director.
  • An interview with writer and performer Diane Kastiel on personal narrative storytelling and her upcoming Library program, Powerful Personal Storytelling Workshop, a two-part tutorial on July 9th and 16th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Highlights from Thriving with Autism, featuring a piano performance and interview with pianist and composer Dr. Charles J. Smith, and an interview with Lynn West, a founding member of autism-focused nonprofit, Celebration of Joy, Inc.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations spotlight historical fantasy: The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower, and The Winter of the Witch (The Winter Night trilogy) by Katherine Arden; Uprooted by Naomi Novik; Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho; The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty; The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee; and The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations center on historical fiction: Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg; The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis; Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai; The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet; and Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood.
  • Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros (Day of Children, Day of Books)
  • Patron Interview: What do you feel is Marilyn Genter’s greatest legacy, and why?

Can’t Stop the Reading (featuring MPPL Staff and Patrons)

We can’t stop the reading! Join MPPL Staff and patrons at the Library as they read all summer song to this year’s theme: It’s Showtime At Your Library!

Thank you to our wonderful patrons and staff who participated in making this video.

Library Life Episode 213

Library Life May 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • An inside look at this year’s upcoming Summer Reading Program, It’s Showtime at Your Library!, and information about Adult, Teen, and Youth program steps and prizes. The Summer Reading Program runs June 1 – July 31.
  • An interview with lawyer Trisha Chokshi from local business, Chokshi Filippone Law, LLC, on new monthly program series Lawyers at the Library: Your Legal Help Desk. This program offers free legal advice during private 30-minute appointments on the last Wednesday of each month.
  • Highlights from National Library Week’s annual Trivia Night.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations showcase superhero fiction: Texas Hold’Em: A Wild Cards Novel by George R.R. Martin; Wild Cards, Volume One by George R.R. Martin; Inside Straight: A Wild Cards Novel by George R.R. Martin; Invincible, Compendium One by Robert Kirkman; Runaways: The Complete Collection, Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan; and Heroes, Season 1 (DVD).
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations feature 2020 nominees for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award: Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty; The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani; All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson; The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore; As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds; and The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez.
  • Super Saturday: Hogan Irish Dancers
  • Patron Interview: What Library resources do you utilize most, and why?

Library Life Episode 212

Library Life April 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights and comments from the annual Mini Golf @ MPPL event hosted by the Library Foundation.
  • An emotional interview with German historian, Anette Isaacs, on German history and memorials in her program Never Forget: Remembering the Holocaust in Berlin and Germany.
  • A colorful look into regular floral arrangement program Creative Spring Floral Design with Busse’s Flowers.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations are psychological thrillers featuring children: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage; The Bad Seed (DVD); We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver; The Dinner by Herman Koch; The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong; and Who Can Kill a Child? (DVD).
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations delve into the lives of artists with nonfiction picture books: Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, an Artist in Harlem by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitt; Me, Frida by Amy Novesky; American Gothic: The Life of Grant Wood by Susan Wood; Through Georgia’s Eyes by Rachel Rodríguez; Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall’s Life and Art by Barb Rosenstock; and Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville.
  • Super Saturday: African Music and Dance with Idy Ciss.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite aspect of spring, and why?

Library Life Episode 211

Library Life March 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights, delights, and commentary from MPPL’s first ever FanFest event.
  • A discussion with physical therapist and founder of Stay Fit Physical Therapy & Core Wellness, Inc., Diana Sahakian, about fall prevention (regardless of age), balancing, core strengthening, and more. Her upcoming Library program, “Don’t Fall! Test Your Strength & Balance” is on April 25th.
  • An inside look at teen program Friday Funday: Decorative Magnets, run by teen services librarian, Abigail Weaver, in which teens learn how to make their own decorative magnets.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations revolve around themes of satirical horror: Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero; John Dies @ the End by David Wong; A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Graham Smith; Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez; and Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations are stories of mythological fiction: Loki’s Wolves by K.L Armstrong and M.A. Marr; Charlie Hernandez & the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo; Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi; Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway; Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis; and The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta.
  • Principals Read @ MPPL, featuring local elementary school principals.
  • Patron Interview: Who is your favorite book, movie, or comic strip character, and why?

Library Life Episode 210

Library Life February 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Behind the scenes of the Friends of the Library winter booksale, with commentary from patrons, and Friends board member, Tonia Romanelli.
  • An interview with human resources specialist Bob Schlacks about job hunting, resume building, and his upcoming Library program, “Ask the Expert” for Job Hunters on March 26th.
  • A glimpse into Library technology training program for families Intro to 3-D Printing, run by youth technology librarian, Laura Bos, and information about the Library’s 3-D printing service.
  • The theme for Adult Services Staff Recommendations this month is characters whose lives deviate from social norms: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata; The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro; Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman; Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon; and The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations emphasize the power and impact of kindness: A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead; Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson; The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig; I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoët; Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud; and Paul Writes (A Letter) by Chris Raschka.
  • Super Saturday: The Art of Inflation Balloon Show with balloon entertainer Dale Obrochta.
  • Patron Interview: If you could work in any field of employment, what would your favorite job be and why?

Library Life Episode 209

Library Life: January 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Information about the 2019 Winter Reading Program, “Find Your Story,” for all age groups; the program runs from February 1st through February 28th.
  • An interview with Peter Garino and Michelle Shupe, the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago about their organization and their upcoming theatrical reading events at MPPL.
  • An inside look at the All-Ages Game Night.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations this month delve into the past: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje; Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano; Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald; In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman; The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng; and The Polish Boxer by Eduardo Halfon.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations are all novels in verse: Rebound by Kwame Alexander; Missing Mike by Shari Green; Forest World by Margarita Engle; Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr; Falling into the Dragon’s Mouth by Holly Thompson; and Knock Out by K.A. Holt.
  • Chicago Team Logos: A Painting Workshop youth program with local art teacher, Christine Thornton.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite Chicago sports team and why?

Library Life Episode 208

Library Life: December 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Concert coverage of a performance by acoustic Beatles tribute band, Kaleidoscope Eyes, featuring interviews from band members.
  • An interview with nutrition expert Joan Davis on her upcoming program Fake News: Nutrition Edition.
  • Highlights from the latest Annual Cultural Series program on Egypt, Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh of Egypt with educational entertainer Martina Mathisen.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations focus on authors who live in Chicagoland: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown; The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School by Candace Fleming; Stick Dog by Tom Watson; Unschooled by Allan Woodrow; Hold Fast by Blue Balliett; and Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Liesl Shurtliff.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations this month feature both books and DVDs about the AIDS crisis: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai; How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France; Ryan White: My Own Story by Ryan White and Ann Marie Cunningham; My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid; Angels In America DVD; and The Hours DVD.
  • Super Saturday: Macaroni Soup! youth concert.
  • Patron Interview: Who is your favorite historical figure and why?

Library Life Episode 207

Library Life: November 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights and historical facts about folk music from The Folk Music and Influence of Peter, Paul, and Mary and the Kingston Trio program/performance by musician and entertainment historian Steve Justman.
  • An interview and crafting session with paper crafting instructor Tina Gary, who walks us through how to make a few handmade holiday packaging items.
  • A “Tales Behind Fairytales” author visit from bestselling children’s author Liesl Shurtliff.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations revolve around secret identities: Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt; Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge; Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez; Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung; Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted; and Newsprints by Ru Xu.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations are all short stories—with a twist: The Short Stories of Saki by H.H. Munro; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro; Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker; Suddenly, a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret; Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis; and The World’s Shortest Stories of Love and Death edited by Steve Moss and John. W. Daniel.
  • A sneak peek performance from the Prospect High School Madrigals holiday concert and an interview with PHS Choir Director Jennifer Troiano.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite holiday song, and why?

Library Life Episode 206

Library Life: October 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from MPPL’s 75th Anniversary Open House, including the presentation of the Founders’ Award.
  • An interview with biochemist and forensic detective, Dr. Hal Tinberg, about his upcoming program, Forensic Detectives: Identifying America’s Fallen Heroes.
  • Birds of Prey event with Forest Preserves of Cook County Naturalist, Ryan DePauw.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations includes some awesome graphic novels: Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke; Oddly Normal by Otis Frampton; Dream Jumper: Nightmare Escape by Greg Grunberg and Lucas Turnbloom; Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola; Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter by Marcus Sedgwick and Thomas Taylor; and Cardboard by Doug TenNapel.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations explore genealogy: Kinship: It’s All Relative by Jackie Smith Arnold; Organizing Your Family History Search by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack; Crash Course in Genealogy by David R. Dowell; Finding Your Roots by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Ancestors & Relatives: Genealogy, Identity, & Community by Eviatar Zerubavel; and It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree by A.J. Jacobs.
  • 12th Annual Sister Cities Family French Festival.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite MPPL memory, and why?