News Category: Library News

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, bookbag@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.

Mount Prospect Public Library Responds to Death of Former Trustee Hinaber

Jackie HinaberMount Prospect Public Library (MPPL) is saddened to announce the death of former Board Trustee Jackie Hinaber on Thursday, May 28. She was 78 years old. 

MPPL extends its deepest condolences to Hinaber’s family and friends. 

Hinaber was a beloved, long-time steward of the library and Mount Prospect community, and she served as a board trustee for 25 years. Hinaber was first elected to the Board in 1987 and served until 2011. She held all officer roles during her tenure, and was awarded Trustee of the Year in 2011 by the Illinois Library Association. She also served on the Board of North Suburban Library System (since renamed Reaching Across Illinois Library System) for six years, holding the office of president for two years. 

“Jackie was a devoted member of our library community and stood as the example of public service,” said Executive Director Su Reynders. “She was a dear friend to many at the library and our hearts extend to her family during this time.” 

A fierce advocate for the library, Hinaber was instrumental in the campaign to expand the building, connecting with residents, as well as elected officials to educate and give reason for the importance of a strong library within the community. Although the library went through a number of unsuccessful referenda, Hinaber would not be discouraged from going back to the drawing board to try again. After one such referenda fail, Hinaber, who served as Board President at the time, famously arrived at the library dressed in coveralls and painter’s cap with rolled plans in her arms stating, “If the Village won’t vote for it, we’ll just have to build it ourselves.” 

Hinaber’s strong sense of civic duty and her involvement with numerous community groups gave her the ability to see the library from different angles. Her leadership and ability to provide a “steady hand on the rudder” gave stability to the Board.

“Jackie’s dedication to the library has left a permanent mark on many of us and her life’s work can be seen throughout the library,” added Library Board President Sylvia Haas. 

Shortly after Hinaber was elected to the Board in 1987, she guided a search committee to recruit a successor for Executive Director Patricia Kelly who retired. In January 2019, the board of trustees appointed Hinaber to the Board again to fill a vacancy and to help lead in the search for a new executive director when Marilyn Genther retired after 27 years in the position. 

After 24 years as a Trustee, Hinaber continued on her volunteer path, serving on the Library Foundation Board for eight years, collaborating on new fundraising ideas, including their annual Mini Golf event. For a period of time, she dressed as Mrs. Claus during the annual Teddy Bear Walk to the delight of many children and families. A passionate reader, she could often be seen walking through the library carrying a stack of books on her way to checkout before heading into a book discussion group program. 

The family is arranging a private virtual memorial service. The library is providing support and counseling to staff. 

Hinaber recently resigned from the Board in January 2020. The vacancy was posted with applications received prior to the state’s stay-at-home order. A successor will be appointed by members of the board at a future board meeting. 

Mount Prospect Public Library Declares June 1 Fine Amnesty Day

The Mount Prospect Public Library declares June 1, 2020,Fine Amnesty Day,” eliminating all library late fines for library patrons.  

With this announcement today, the library removed all overdue fines on Mount Prospect Public Library cardholder accounts.

The Mount Prospect Public Library Board of Trustees authorized this action at its May 21 board meeting. Charges for damaged and missing materials or fees are not part of the amnesty program. 

The library also opened its outdoor book drops for several hours today at the Main Library and welcomed returns as part of its phase-in reopening plan. The library will continue to accept materials at its drive-up and walk-up book drops during the day until at capacity; patrons are encouraged to monitor social media for book drop hours. Outdoor book drops are not available at South Branch. If an item is too big for the book drop, patrons may keep it until the library buildings reopen; library staff may not accept returns.

Since library buildings closed to the public in March, the library has not assessed overdue fines for any materials; this will continue while the library buildings are closed.

On-site Services Planned for June at MPPL

The Mount Prospect Public Library announces its plan to phase-in on-site services for the public in June. Since closing to the public March 14, the library currently offers a variety of virtual programs and online resources for its patrons.

The plan includes a new service called “Parking Lot Pickup,” as well as home delivery services, tentatively scheduled to begin the first two weeks of June at the Main Library (10 S. Emerson Street).

Specifics to participate in these programs will be detailed on the library’s website, social media, and mailed to residents’ homes later in May. Patrons may place books or other materials, such as DVDs, on hold now. The library encourages all residents to have a library card. To register for a card online, please visit https://bit.ly/MPPLcard. The library has registered hundreds of new users since April using this new online application system.

The library will also announce later in May when patrons can return materials to book drops. All due dates have been extended and no fines have accrued during the closure.

Both the Main Library and South Branch buildings will remain closed to the public, and library employees will begin to work on-site with staggered shifts in late May to prepare for the Parking Lot Pickup, home delivery, as well as other phase-in plans. Staff and administration are working to ensure safety protocols are in place to serve the community with new methods and controls for social-distancing.

The library’s actions are guided by available science and information from 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.

While the stay-at-home order is in place, the library encourages everyone in the community to stay home and continue to follow the recommendations of public health officials.

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