stuffed bear peeking around a corner

Teddy Bear Walk Celebration 

December 1-31, 2020 

Celebrate the 40th annual Mount Prospect Teddy Bear Walk with a variety of activities you can enjoy at home and around town. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this tradition.  

Crafts-to-Go Kits: Teddy Bear Crafts—starting December 7 

Make your own Teddy Bear with a craft kit supplied by the library. Kits available for pickup starting December 7. Each kit contains supplies for three crafts, plus a copy of the book, “Paddington and the Magic Trick” by Michael Bond. While supplies last. 

 Available from Main Library  or South Branch 

Downloadable Coloring Sheet 

Letters to Santa—November 23 – December 14 

Send a message to Santa and get a message back! Santa’s helpers at the library are accepting letters between November 23 and December 14.  Be sure to include your email or mailing address so we can pass along Santa’s response! Send your child’s letter to: 

Merry Christmas letterin in email envelope on laptop

Email to

Mail or drop at off at one of these Mount Prospect locations:

Letters may be dropped off outside the lower lobby during Parking Lot Pickup hours. Santa’s mailbox will be available Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and on weekends between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The mailbox is on a table across from the lower-level library doors in Main Library parking garage.

¡Envíe un mensaje a Santa y él contestará su mensaje! Los ayudantes de Santa en la biblioteca están aceptando cartas entre el 23 de noviembre y el 14 de diciembre. Puede enviar la carta de su hijo/a por correo electrónico a, o por correo, o dejarla en la biblioteca de Mount Prospect: La Biblioteca Principal en 10 S. Emerson Street o La South Branch en 1711 W. Algonquin Road. ¡No olvide su correo electrónico o su dirección para que podamos enviarle la respuesta de Santa! 

Introducing MPPL’s Dial-a-Story: 847-232-8600

We’re here to read to you, whenever and wherever! Call 847-232-8600 to listen to a story right from your phone, 24/7. Some stories are read by your librarians, and some by other great narrators. This month’s selections are all about bears!

Teddy Bear Scavenger Hunt—December 1 – 31 

Put a bear in your window to be part of a Village-wide teddy bear scavenger hunt! How many bears can you find in windows around Mount Prospect? Here’s a list of participating businesses.

  • Al’s Shoe Service
  • The Wildbird Shack
  • The Knee Law Firm
  • Central Continental Bakery
  • Mount Prospect Fire Department Station 12
  • Busse Automotive
  • Comix Revolution
  • Dave’s Specialty Foods
  • Mount Prospect Historical Society
  • Emerson’s Ale House
  • Greco’s Grooming Salon
  • Mount Prospect Police Department
  • Hubby’s in the Dog House
  • Canta Napoli
  • Honey Biscuit
  • Mount Prospect Fire Department Station 13 Headquarters
  • Mathnasium
  • Lemons of Love
  • Games Plus
  • Le Peep
  • Athletico
  • Breton Chiropractic
  • Starbucks
  • Oberweis
  • Mount Prospect Park District
  • Village Hall
  • Los Arcos
  • Langostino’s Nayarit