Mount Prospect Public Library Videos

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 Directors 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 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?

Library Life Episode 205

Library Life: September 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

    • Antiques and Collectibles Appraisals program with appraiser and educator Karl Gates.
    • An interview with professional photographer Jim Rowan on his virtual photo-tour program East Africa: Kenya and Tanzania as part of this year’s Annual Cultural Series.
    • An inside look at a Baby Yoga Class with instructor Susy Goelkel.
    • Youth Services Staff Recommendations are spooky for Halloween with some light-hearted ghost stories: Ruby & Olivia by Rachel Hawkins; My Haunted House by Angie Sage; The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie; Monster Itch: Ghost Attack by David Lubar; The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson; and Rules for Ghosting by A.J. Paquette.
    • Adult Services Staff Recommendations feature some dark wit and intrigue: Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd; Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero; Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor; Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia; Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye; and Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss.
    • Polish Children’s Day celebration.
    • Patron Interview: What is your favorite Autumn tradition, and why?

Library Life Episode 204

Library Life: August 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Selections from The Best of Broadway and the Fabulous Forties.
  • An interview with Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Dawn Fletcher-Collins, about the upcoming September 23 MPPL 75th Anniversary Open House.
  • Marbling Art Demonstration.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations include awesome audiobooks: Tumble & Blue, by Cassie Beasley; The Wizards of Once, by Cressida Cowell; Greetings From Witness Protection!, by Jake Burt; Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm; and Patina, by Jason Reynolds. Best book pick within this theme: The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier.
  • Adult Services Best Book Recommendations: The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, by Natalie Y. Moore. Other narratives set in Chicago’s south side: Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago, by LeAlan Jones; Inside Mrs. B’s Classroom: Courage, Hope, and Learning on Chicago’s South Side, by Leslie Baldacci; Family Properties: How the Struggle Over Race and Real Estate Transformed Chicago and Urban America, by Beryl Satter; Negroland: a Memoir, by Margo Jefferson; and Waiting for Gautreaux, by Alexander Polikoff.
  • 75th Anniversary Trivia Night.
  • Patron Interview: How has the Mount Prospect Public Library enriched your life?

Library Life Episode 203

Library Life: July 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation concert Encore Presents: Wish!
  • An interview with historian Anette Isaacs about her June 26 program, Levi Strauss, the Gold Rush and the World’s Most Famous Pair of Pants.
  • Throwback Thursday teen program.
  • Adult Services Best Book Recommendation: The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory. Other books featuring relationships: Act Like It, by Lucy Parker; Kiss an Angel, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips; The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn; Tempest, by Beverly Jenkins; and Yours to Keep, by Shannon Stacey.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations include books about parallel universes: Signal, by Cynthia DeFelice; Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce; The 13th Reality: The Journal of Curious Letters, by James Dashner; The Twinning Project, by Robert Lipsyte; and Jed and the Junkyard War, by Steven Bohls. Best book pick within this theme: The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, by Christopher Edge.
  • Super Saturday: Magic by Randy.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite type of blue jean and why?