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Best Books: MPPL’s Favorite Children’s Books of 2021


For parents, teachers, and families.

As you gear up for your holiday shopping, look no further than the library for the year’s best books for the children in your life. This fast-paced book-talking virtual bonanza features Youth staff’s favorite titles sharing fabulous fiction and nonfiction titles for preschoolers through 6th graders.

Sponsored by Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation.

Author Visit: The Color of Law & Reversing Segregation with Richard Rothstein


Author and researcher Richard Rothstein presents on the policies that led to racial segregation in American communities, and what can be done to reverse these practices and work towards racial equity.

Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, which recovers a forgotten history of how federal, state, and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide, creating racially homogenous neighborhoods in patterns that violate the Constitution and require remediation.

Richard’s Web Info:

Richard’s bio on the Economic Policy Institute’s website

An Evening with Cathy Park Hong: Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (Author Visit)


Cathy Park Hong discusses her New York Times best-selling book Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, a collection of honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original essays that explore Asian American consciousness. Time Magazine featured Minor Feeling as one of the best books of 2020, referring to Hong as an “energetic and necessary voice in the dialogue surrounding racism in the U.S.”

Hong is the poetry editor of the New Republic and is a full professor at Rutgers-Newark University. Hong speaks with Chicago journalist Monica Eng, currently a reporter for Axios. Eng worked at Chicago’s WBEZ for eight years as the station’s Curious City reporter and spent 16 years as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

Presented in partnership with multiple Chicago-area libraries.

Cathy’s web and social media info:

Cathy’s website

Monica’s web and social media info:

Monica’s Podcast, “Chewing”

Author Visit: An Evening with Author Gary Ginsberg


Presented in partnership with multiple Illinois libraries.

Author Gary Ginsberg’s new book, First Friends: The Powerful, Unsung (And Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents, examines White House history as told through the stories of the best friends and closest confidants of American presidents such as Lincoln and Joshua Speed, FDR and Daisy Suckley, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and Bill Clinton and Vernon Jordan. “First Friends” is an engaging look into the lives of Commanders-in-Chief and how their presidencies were shaped by those they held most dear.

Ginsberg provides insights into the lives of the men who held the most powerful political office in the world by looking at the friends on whom they relied.

In conversation with award-winning interviewer Steve Edwards, formerly of WBEZ and the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.

Gary’s web and social media info:

Gary’s website

Steve’s social media info:



Two Lane Gems: Travelogue and Road Trip Inspiration with Theresa Goodrich (Author Visit)


Join award-winning author Theresa L. Goodrich for an epic journey through a great American road trip. Designed to inspire your own travels, this first-person travelogue takes an epic journey while sharing tips to plan adventures including how to choose destinations, save money on the road, and avoid conflict with traveling companions.

Theresa’s web and social media info:

Theresa’s website
The Local Tourist Website

Meet the Author: Talia Hibbert


Settle in for conversation and fun as Talia Hibbert, author of Get a Life, Chloe BrownTake a Hint, Dani Brown, and Act Your Age, Eve Brown, is interviewed by booktuber, blogger, and avid reader Ashley from Bookish Realm.

USA Today bestselling author Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate. She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalized identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.

Talia’s web and social media info:

Talia’s website

Ashley’s blog and social media info:

Bookish Realm Reviews blog
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For some Talia Hibbert readalikes, visit our Check It Out blog.
Also see Why MPPL Staff Love Talia Hibbert!

Mount Prospect Stories: Hidden Mount Prospect


The commercial and residential structures around Mount Prospect have unique histories. Come and join Mount Prospect Historical Society Executive Director Emily Dattilo as she discusses the hidden histories behind the stores along Prospect Avenue and the location of the former Central Plaza.

Summer Reading Challenge 2021: Reading Colors Your World

Join this year’s summer reading program and discover how Reading Colors Your World! This year the challenge runs from June 1st through August 15th. For more information, you can visit our Summer Reading page.

To register for summer reading, log in or create an account on the MPPL Beanstack.

Spring is Here: Let Our Mental Health Bloom


Join us to learn about the essentials of mental health from a representative of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Cook County North Suburban chapter. They will address steps to take for yourself or a friend when thinking about mental health, coping strategies, when to seek help, and debunk myths in favor of the facts.

Path to Citizenship


Would you like to learn more about how to become a U.S. Citizen? Join representatives from HIAS Immigration & Citizenship to learn about the journey from permanent resident (green card holder) to U.S. citizen. Information about eligibility, N-400 applications, medical exceptions, and the interview and oath ceremony will be shared.

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