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Mount Prospect Public Library Announces New Hours

The Mount Prospect Public Library announces new operating hours effective today at the Main Library. The change reflects library usage and community feedback. The new hours are: 

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m.-6 p.m. 

Both the Main Library and South Branch are open during regular hours, and we invite patrons to browse materials, use computers, or ask questions of our expert staff. The library continues to offer Parking Lot Pickup and Home Delivery services, as well. 

 For more information about the library, visit www.mppl.org. 

Mount Prospect Public Library Is Fine Free

Today the Mount Prospect Public Library is officially a fine free library. In June 2020, the Board of Trustees declared a Fine Amnesty Day and cleared patrons’ accounts of fines. Since then, the library hasn’t assessed any fines, and as of April 1 it is now library policy. 

We want everyone in the community to have access to materials, not worry about overdue fines when ‘life happens,’” said Executive Director Su Reynders. We want people to use the library, not avoid it because of fines that added up over time.” 

Patrons should still return materials by the due date, and the library will offer reminders the first week when materials are overdue. When items are 14 days overdue, patrons won’t be able to check out any new materials or use electronic resources until they are returned.

For many years, the library moved toward helping patrons avoid late fines altogether, including automatic renewals. Reynders noted this is one reason why fines made up a very small part of the library budget. 

In 2019, late fines accounted for approximately .06% of our budget. By removing fines, we are more likely to have materials returned, which is better for the community and the library,” said Reynders. 

The fine free policy only applies to overdue items; the library still assesses fees to replace unreturned, lost, or damaged items. To learn more, visit https://mppl.org/about-us/fine-free. 

2020 Annual Report

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The Mount Prospect Public Library released its 2020 Annual Report today. The report includes details about library services provided to our community during the pandemic lockdown, new services added in 2020, photos, key statistics and achievements, connections in the community, and the library’s relationship with the Friends and Foundation. A digital copy of the Annual Report is available online (https://mppl.org/annualreport2020); limited print copies are available at the Main Library and South Branch. 

MPPL Reopens South Branch to Public

With a fresh coat of paint and a new layout to welcome visitors, the Mount Prospect Public Library reopened its South Branch today, operating with limited capacity and time limits.  

Services offered to the public at South Branch include:
• Browsing to check out materials
• Computers
• Scanning
• Printing
• Copying
Patrons may also use faxing services and pay with a credit card; no cash accepted.  

All visitors are required to wear face coverings and practice safe distancing while inside the library; children under the age of 2 are the only patrons exempt from wearing a face covering. 

 For contactless options, South Branch continues to offer Parking Lot Pickup and virtual programming. For more details, visit the library’s website (www.mppl.org/reopening) or call 847-590-4090. 

South Branch hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday before the second Saturday of the month 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; second Saturday of the month 11 a.m-3 p.m.  

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.  

Board of Trustees Statement: Trustee Gens Remains on Board

During a Committee of the Whole meeting on Thursday, March 4, the Mount Prospect Public Library Board of Trustees discussed Trustee Terri Gens’ use of inappropriate language during a recent candidate forum with the Daily Herald in late FebruarySince then, there have been requests for the Library Board to address the issue. Specifically, there have been calls to remove Trustee Gens from the Board of Trustees in addition to statements of support.

During the meeting, it was confirmed that Trustee Gens used a word that is hurtful during the candidate forum. Trustee Gens confirmed that she committed a lapse in judgement, and she has publicly apologized for it to the library as well as in Mount Prospect Journal and Topics.   

“I apologize for any hurt I have caused for using ‘the ‘N’ wordI was retelling a story about that word being used to bully other students. I learned that word is so hurtful and should not be spoken aloud, said Trustee Gens. 

“As a member of the Library Board of Trustees,” said Vice President Trustee Michael Duebner, I want to affirm that we categorically condemn the use of disparaging and offensive language. We stand in solidarity in the fight against racial injustice and inequality. We listen to all voices and continue to work toward equity and inclusion.”

After listening to Trustee Gens, and reviewing information and statements from the community, the Board of Trustees accepted Trustee Gens’ apology and affirmed she will remain on the Board. The Board will continue to monitor this issue and reaffirms its commitment to serve the Mount Prospect community.