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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.

Making the Most of Medicare


Understanding the many aspects of Medicare programs can be challenging. Enza Haas, Benefit and Advocacy Coordinator at the Kenneth Young Center, will walk you through the selection process and provide tips for making the most of your options.

Happy Inventions: The History of Picture Postcards


The first picture postcards were published for the 1889 Paris Exposition, celebrating the completion of the Eiffel Tower. In America, the first picture postcards were printed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago – making Illinois the birthplace of the American picture postcard. An early mention of postcards is in the 1870 diary of a Welsh curate, who called them a happy invention.

In 2016, the world’s largest public collection of postcards and related materials, the Curt Teich Postcard Archives, was given to the Newberry Library by the Lake County Forest Preserve District. Katherine Hamilton-Smith, the founding curator of the Teich Archives, presents a look at the documentary power and significance of picture postcards. She touches on the Curt Teich Company of Chicago, the role Illinois played in the history and development of postcards, and on the picture postcard as a cultural icon.

This program is presented by a grant from Illinois Humanities. Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly through the Illinois Arts Council Agency, as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.

Black Suffragettes: Then & Now


The 19th Amendment, ratified more than 100 years ago, giving white women the right to vote. Despite the vital contributions of Black women to the suffrage movement, it was not until 1965 that their voting rights were actualized. Today, Black women continue to serve as leaders in the fight for racial justice.

Audra Wilson, a public interest attorney with a depth of experience in poverty law and diversity; former executive director of the League of Women Voters of Illinois; and current CEO of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law; will highlight Black suffragettes and how their work resonates with current efforts toward racial justice in our country.

Brick by Brick: Tracing your Home’s History


Have you wondered about when your home was built and who else has lived there? Researching the history of one’s home or those of your ancestors is a challenging task but also a very fulfilling one. Join genealogist Tina Beaird as she explains the process of home history research and describes the different kinds of records which can offer clues to the history of your home.

The Path to Your Family Story with Ancestry Library Edition


Ancestry® Library Edition is one of the most popular and powerful genealogy databases, and it is available for free at the library. Learn from our genealogy and e-resources librarians about the benefits of this subscription database compared to its commercial version, including basic and advanced searching techniques, finding relevant results, and more.

30 Reads in 30 Minutes to Kick Off 2022


In just 30 minutes, book loving staff will share a variety of buzzworthy titles to help you jump start your year of reading for 2022. Whether you’re a voracious reader who loves hearing about books or you’re a more casual reader, we’ll have something for everyone!

Check out the entire list here!:

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