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MPPL Closes Buildings; Continues Full Services

In response to community spread of the coronavirus and a stay-at-home advisory from the Governor and the Illinois Department of Public Healththe Mount Prospect Public Library will restrict self-service access to the public beginning Monday, November 16, until further notice.

All services for materials and current programming are available at both the Main Library and South Branch, including Parking Lot Pickup, Home Delivery, Virtual Programs, and Reference and Readers’ Services.

The following services are available to our patrons during this time: 
•  Parking Lot Pickup 
  Home Delivery 
  e-Resources
•  Virtual Programming
•  Reference Services via chat, phone, and email (reference@mppl.org)
•  Readers’ Services readers@mppl.org and KidsRead@mppl.org
•  Research Services research@mppl.org
•  24-Hour Book Drops
•  Crafts-to-Go YouthServ@mppl.org 

Library hours and phone service remain the same. Main Library hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 12-5 p.m., South Branch hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; second Saturday of the month 11 a.m-3 p.m. 

For a new library card, please visit www.mppl.org to sign up. There are books, movies, and resources available on our website to use while at home or pick up using Parking Lot Pickup. 

The library offers free Wi-Fi to anyone who parks near the Main Library. There is no password. 

We are actively monitoring conditions for the health and safety of our staff and patrons and our services may change at any time. For updates, visit the library’s website and social media channels.

The library’s actions are guided by available science and information from health and infectious disease experts, the Office of Governor Pritzker, and the American Library Association.

For up-to-date information about COVID-19, please refer to these important resources:
www.cdc.gov 
www.dph.illinois.gov 
www.cookcountypublichealth.org 

O’Sullivan Appointed to Board of Trustees

The Mount Prospect Public Library (MPPL) announces the appointment of Kristine O’Sullivan to its Board of Trustees. The Board appointed O’Sullivan to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of the late Trustee Jacqueline “Jackie” Hinaber. The term runs until April 2021. The Board reviewed five applications for the open position. 

O’Sullivan has 20 years of experience in communications and member engagement for professional associations. She is the manager of event communications for ISACA (Schaumburg, Ill.), a global association for information security and cybersecurity professionals. Previously, her professional work experience included positions at the American Health Information Management Association (Chicago) and the American Osteopathic Association (Chicago).

She volunteers with Association Forum, currently serving as vice chair of the SmartTech conference planning committee. O’Sullivan received a Forty Under Forty award from the association in 2016. 

“We are pleased to welcome Trustee O’Sullivan to the Board and that she was willing to lend her talents to the library,” said Board President Sylvia Haas. “We are impressed with the level of experience, persistence, and patience that she brings to work with our Board.” 

According to O’Sullivan, her motivation to join the board is to give back to an institution that gives so much to others. 

“A public library is one of the pillars of a community, and this is very much true in Mount Prospect,” said O’Sullivan, “The dedication of the staff and volunteers to foster the growth of others are why public libraries are foundational to democracy and community. 

O’Sullivan recalls how the library was an immediate destination and an important way to connect to the community when she moved to Mount Prospect. 

MPPL was the first place my family visited in Mount Prospect,” said O’Sullivan. “We dropped our earnest money off at a local realty office for the home we purchased and then drove right over to the library. We were so happy to find a huge, welcoming children’s section and a beautiful facility.” 

Since then, she has continued to enjoy library programming  the Teddy Bear Walk in particular  and Friends of the Library’s book sales. 

O’Sullivan graduated cum laude from Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.) and has lived in Mount Prospect for five years with her husband, Pat, and daughter. 

MPPL Reopens to Public July 6

July 6, 2020 Mount Prospect Public Library Opens to PublicThe Mount Prospect Public Library (MPPL) will reopen its doors on Monday, July 6, for patrons to find and check out materials at its Main Library and South Branch locations. Upon arrival, patrons can expect to be greeted by library staff to answer questions and ensure capacity limits. 

Patrons and staff members are required to wear face coverings while inside the library and practice safe distancing. The Main Library has allocated hours for vulnerable patrons each Tuesday and Thursday 10-11 a.m. 

Browsing time is a maximum of one hour and no eating or drinking is allowed; patrons are encouraged to pick up materials and keep moving so others may enter the library. Public computers are available for one-hour sessions. 

Patrons are reminded they can place holds on materials using the MPPL app to pick up in-person or schedule Parking Lot Pickup by selecting either the Main Library or South Branch locations. To pick up kids’ bundles and activities or to receive book recommendations, patrons may email KidsRead@mppl.org (youth) or readers@mppl.org (adults and teens). 

For contactless options, patrons are encouraged to use the library’s Parking Lot Pickup, digital services, or sign up for home delivery (limited service). Virtual programming continues, including author visits, reader recommendations and book talks, personal finance and career guidance, and storytimes.

Study rooms, meeting rooms, video games, Teen Space, Discovery Zone, children’s play areas and toys, and in-person programs will not be available. Public seating is also not available except to accommodate patrons with mobility impairments.

Updated public Main Library hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 12-5 p.m. South Branch hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; second Saturday of the month 11 am.-3 p.m. 

For additional details, visit the library’s website (www.mppl.org) and social media channels. 

The library’s services may change at any time. We are actively monitoring conditions for the health and safety of our patrons and staff, and we will adjust accordingly. The library’s actions are guided by available science and information from public health and infectious disease experts, Executive Orders from the Office of Governor Pritzker, and the American Library Association. The safety of our patrons and staff is our highest priority.  

Against Racism: A Statement from MPPL

We are very distressed by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Across our region and the United States, people are speaking out about hundreds of years of pain, systemic racism, and injustice.

Mount Prospect Public Library (MPPL) stands in solidarity with the black community in the fight against racial injustice and inequality.

We stand by the statement by the Urban Council of Libraries.

Libraries are community hubs for gathering, accessing reliable information, and education. MPPL desires to be a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone, from diverse materials to equal access. We know how to source information from experts. And yet we know that there is more work to be done. This work includes re-examining the policies we promote, the community-wide programs we deliver, the organizations we partner with, and the civic action we encourage.

We see that racial justice must happen and solutions are needed to heal our world. We also see people seeking answers to conflict and looking for hope. We are here to listen, to continue our work toward equity and inclusion, and to partner with organizations that enrich our understanding. We want to ensure we are doing our part to stand up and move forward with learning, reflection, and action.

We will not offer a salve with a quotation, though there are many to buoy our spirits. Instead, we offer reading suggestions and you can discover quotes and subjects to start or continue your work. Reading about experiences that are different than your own is a way to step forward. Library staff is also here via readers@mppl.org, kidsread@mppl.org, or research@mppl.org.

MPPL Face Mask Collection Project

homemade masksThe Mount Prospect Public Library seeks volunteers who can sew new, homemade face masks to share with library patrons and others who need face coverings. We are collecting them in our outside book returns at the Main Library.

If you are feeling healthy and have some time, the library will accept face coverings in adult and youth sizes made of washable fabric with either elastic ear loops or with ties. We particularly need adult face masks using neutral colors if possible. We are not accepting no-sew masks.

To Participate:
• Sew adult or youth size masks using washable fabric with either elastic ear loops or ties. There are many patterns and tips online.
• Place finished masks in a sealed plastic bag.
• Write your name on the bag so we can thank you!
• Drop off your donation at the Main Library and place in an outside book return.

Send us a photo of your mask-making fun; we may share or post it on our MPPL website or social media: Volunteer@mppl.org.