Mount Prospect Public Library Videos

Library Life 220

Library Life December 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Recurring MPPL Beatles tribute band, Kaleidoscope Eyes, returns for a British Invasion Festival Night as part of our cultural series on England and Wales.
  • An interview with author and home organizing professional, Caralyn Kempner on the art of organizing the home, and her upcoming Library program, Top-to-Bottom Home Organizing on Tuesday, January 21st at 7:30 p.m.
  • The cultural series continues with a chronicle of the life of gothic horror and science fiction author Mary Shelley and her most famous work in the event Mary Shelley: Love & Frankenstein.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations are here to help with New Year’s Resolutions focusing on improving one’s outlook on life: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson; You Can Be Happy No Matter What: Five Principles for Keeping Life in Perspective by Richard Carlson, PhD; Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in your Work and in your Life by Dr. Spencer Johnson; Worried?: Science Investigates Some of Life’s Common Concerns by Lise Johnson and Eric Chudler; The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin; and Life’s Little Instruction Book: 511 Suggestions, Observations, and Reminders on How to Live a Happy and Rewarding Life by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations also have suggestions for new beginnings with beginner chapter books: Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro; Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence; Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce; Weekends with Max and his Dad by Linda Urban; Absolutely Alfie and the Furry Purry Secret by Sally Warner; and Sam the Man & the Chicken Plan by Frances O’Roark Dowell.
  • Super Saturday: The World of Pooh.
  • Patron Interview: Who is your favorite British author or musician, and why?

Library Life Episode 219

Library Life November 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A presentation on annual Banned Books Week programs with this year’s theme “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark,” including annual dramatic reading from City Lit, Books on the Chopping Block.
  • An interview with “Harmonaires” program coordinator, Virginia Banas, about the music group and their upcoming holiday concert, Holiday Celebration with the Harmonaires, Tuesday, December 17th at 1:30 p.m. Featuring a special performance from the Harmonaires.
  • An inside look at MPPL’s Teen Speed Volunteering program, monthly programs that provide opportunities for teens to volunteer. This month’s series focuses on Crafts for Charities.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations revolve around eccentric characters, and unique language and humor: Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken; Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons; The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai; The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman; Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo; and Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations are novels in verse: Love that Dog by Sharon Creech; Ebb & Flow by Heather T. Smith; Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison; The Crossover by Kwame Alexander; Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes; and Missing Mike by Shari Green.
  • Annual Prospect High School Madrigals Holiday Concert and interview with choir director, Jennifer Troiano.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite holiday song, and why?

Library Life Episode 218

Library Life October 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A musical history lesson and concert on the Legends of Sun Records with guitarist and vocalist Randy Walker.
  • An interview with Lutheran Home Marketing Director Linda Smith on planning for and trends in long-term care, why it’s important, costs of independent living, and other subjects from her October program How to Pay for Long-Term Care.
  • A tour of the South Branch’s Mind and Body Connection program series with yoga instructor Carole Liss, covering health and wellness subjects that focus on deep connections between mind, body, and spirit.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations highlight the theme of mysterious disappearances: The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea; Since She Went Away by David Bell; Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter; Written in Bone by Simon Beckett; Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon; and The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations show some team spirit with sports fiction: Beyond Lucky by Sarah Aronson; Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson; Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami; Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer; Ghost by Jason Reynolds; and Checked by Cynthia Kadohata.
  • Super Saturday: Cuenta y canta with Laura Crotte.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite aspect of autumn, and why?

Library Life Episode 217

Library Life September 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A concert and deep dive into the history of Woodstock and the music of the 60s and 70s with musician and author, Dean Milano, for the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock event.
  • An interview with former Executive Director of the Washington D.C. Churchill Center, Daniel Myers, about his upcoming program as part of our Annual Culture Series, Winston Churchill: Life, Leadership, and Legacy. This program is Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m.
  • An inside peek at the annual Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal with former U.S. Treasury appraiser, Karl Gates.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations are sci-fi and fantasy graphic novels: Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe; Redlands by Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa Del Rey; Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples; Die by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans; The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood and Renée Nault; and Man-Eaters by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, and Rachelle Rosenberg.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations follow the theme “the end of the world as we know it”: Apocalypse Taco by Nathan Hale; Apocalypse Bow Wow by James Proimos III; We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey; Little Apocalypse by Katherine Sparrow; Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez; and Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught.
  • Super Saturday: Animal Quest.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite wild animal, and why?

Library Life Episode 216

Library Life August 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A U.S. history lesson in the form of The History of Country Music with musician and entertainer, Steve Justman.
  • An interview with MPPL South Branch Manager, Maria Garstecki about the Library’s South Branch at the Community Connections Center and the 10th Anniversary of the South Branch.
  • A behind-the-scenes featurette on recent 2-session program for teens, Filmmaker Boot Camp, where teens at MPPL learned the art of script writing, filming, and more.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include sea-themed and demonic horror stories: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant; MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten; A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias; The Deep by Nick Cutter; The Descent by Jeff Long; and A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations feature middle school scary stories: Thornhill by Pam Smy; The Girl in the Locked Room by Mary Downing Hahn; A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano; The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand; The Nest by Kenneth Oppel; and Small Spaces by Katherine Arden.
  • Polish Children’s Day celebration.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite movie genre, and why?

Library Life Episode 215

Library Life July 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A backstage pass to annual event, Jammin’ in the Stacks, with the Brother John Kattke Trio.
  • An interview with Vietnam veteran and author Dennis Depcik about writing letters with his wife during the Vietnam War, his book, and his upcoming Library program Letters from the Heart. This program will be held Tuesday, August 6th at 1:30 p.m.
  • A trip back in time with Chicago author and Vietnam vet Michael Duffy during his program A Chicago Man & the Vietnam War, and details from his book, From Chicago to Vietnam: A Memoir of War.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations are stories that take place in the 20th century: November Road by Lou Berney; The Kennedy Connection by R.G. Belsky; 11/22/63 by Stephen King; The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver; World Gone By by Dennis Lehane; and Thelma & Louis (DVD.)
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations center on refugees: The Day War Came by Nicola Davies; Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Eleanor Shakespeare; A Refugee’s Journey from Syria by Helen Mason; Golden Game by David Starr; Strange Boarders by Jake Maddox; and Zenobia by Morten Dürr.
  • Super Saturday: Barefoot Hawaiian Family Show.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite type of summer vacation, and why?

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?