New Services

warm up with winter reading

Youth Winter Reading: January 1 – February 28, 2021

For grades 5 and younger.

It may be cold outside, but you can enjoy books and activities from the warmth of your home. Read, attend virtual events, and get creative while earning digital badges and chances to win great prizes. Register to join in the fun with your library! Visit www.mppl.org/WinterReading2021 for more information and to get started!

Dial-a-Story: (847)-232-8600

Welcome to MPPL’s Dial-a-Story! We’re here to read to you, wherever and whenever with Dial-a-Story. Call 847-232-8600 to listen to stories, jokes, songs, and more. Some items are read by your librarians, and some by other great narrators, but all have been carefully selected by library staff. Play a free pre-recorded story right from your phone, 24/7. Just call 847-232-8600 and follow the prompts to select the number of what you’d like to listen to. Selections will change monthly. 

Staff Picks of 2020

For the past few years, the Youth Services Department has put on a Best Books program for the Mount Prospect community. While we couldn’t do the typical format this year, we have compiled a list of some our Staff Picks from 2020 covering nonfiction and fiction titles for birth to 6th grade.

Family Home Delivery

If you have circumstances in your life that make going to the library difficult for you, allow us to bring your items to your home. We need at least one way of contacting you (either phone or email). Deliveries are made as staffing allows. It could take up to a week for items to be delivered, depending on when the request is made. Items can be selected and delivered for all family members of any age.

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Parking Lot Pickup

Mount Prospect Public Library offers contactless pickup for material holds and printouts at the Main Library and South Branch. 

Parking Lot Printout Service

The Library is offering to make free copies/printouts for patrons (up to 20 pages).  To request a printout, please call us at 847-253-5675, email us at reference@mppl.org, or contact us via LiveChat.  We will make the copies and and then schedule a time for you to pick them up via parking lot pickup.

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Storytime Bundles

Missing Storytimes? Not sure what books to request for your preschooler? Call Youth Services to request a Storytime Bundle to be included in your Parking Lot Pickup. Each bundle includes 5 books and 1 paper activity. Choose from these themes: ABC, Construction, Counting, Dinosaurs, Diversity, Funny Stories, Holidays, Jungle, Once Upon a Time, Pets, Sports, Staff Picks, and STEAM. 

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Board Book Bundles

Youth Services staff will choose a few engaging board books for you to read with your child. You can come into the Library to pick yours or request a bundle via Parking Lot Pickup. Board Book Bundles are available in English, Spanish, and Polish.

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Leveled Reading Bundles

Looking for leveled reading? It can be time consuming to search for multiple titles at your desired level so the Library currently has a display featuring the Fountas & Pinnell levelling system. Grab a bundle containing 3 books at the same level. Want a more personalized pick for your child? Email us with specifics at KidsRead@mppl.org and we’ll assemble a bundle for you to pick up.

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Binge Bundles

Looking for movies for the weekend? Check out a Binge Bundle! They are DVDs and/or Blu-rays bundled together on a themed topic. There are bundles with movies, TV shows and nonfiction. Themes include animals, sports, throwback films, superheroes and more!

Crafts-To-Go Kits

Make a craft with instructions and supplies from the Library. MPPL cardholders can request 1 kit per child from the Youth Department or South Branch and schedule a pickup time with our new parking lot pickup service. Crafts may require some basic household items, such as scissors, glue, or crayons. Available while supplies last. 

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Tech Take Home Kits

Explore simple technology at home with instructions and supplies from the Library. MPPL cardholders can request 1 kit per child from the Youth Department as well as the South Branch and schedule a pickup time with our new parking lot pickup service. Kits may require some basic household items such as tape and crayons. Available while supplies last.  (Please be aware that the kits will come with small pieces which are a choking hazard to small children.)  Best for ages 6 and up.

Be Our Pen Pal  

We would love to hear from you! Email us at penpal@mppl.org to get some letter writing practice, share stories, and ask us questions. Ask Youth staff for a book recommendation, or about their favorite school subject, color, dessert, animal, or anything that you would like to know. Share a story you read or even one that you wrote! Tell us a joke or attach a picture that you drew. 

Send emails to Youth Services at penpal@mppl.org and we’ll respond within a day or two. We love to hear from everyone and see what you have been up to! 

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