News Category: Library News

Reaching Across the Ocean With Book Crossing 2012

The librarians of Mount Prospect and its Sister City, Sèvres, France, work cooperatively each year to create Book Crossing, an international, intergenerational reading program. The books selected for discussion seek to spark a dialogue among different age groups, and to offer many ways to participate—with no need to speak French! Click here to view photos from and read a summary of this year’s Book Crossing events.

Try the Science Online Web Resource

Science Online is an information-packed, easy-to-use web resource that can help you find a great experiment for a school project or give you more insight into that topic you’ve always wondered about. The database offers science news and features and even suggests searches when you choose a subject. Science Online contains more than one-thousand science experiments and activities categorized by subject, grade range, and time required. Diagrams, illustrations, images, videos, and animations help you visualize concepts and one simple click allows you to save your research. There’s even a conversion calculator to help you solve those area, pressure, or velocity and speed equations.

Suburban Mosaic Fosters Understanding Through Literature

Now in its ninth year, the 2012-2013 Suburban Mosaic theme focuses on making a difference.  Discussion groups are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2012 and continue through the winter. This years’ books are The Submission by Amy Waldman for adults, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green for grades 9 and up; Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose for grades 5 – 8; How Tia Lola Learned to Teach by Julia Alvarez for grades 1 – 4; and Spork by Kyo Maclear for pre-K readers.

The vision of Suburban Mosaic is to “reach a deeper understanding of the various cultures that make up the suburbs of Cook and Lake County, Illinois, in order to reduce prejudice, racism, and the systemic marginalization of populations.”

View the books on display in the Youth Services and the Fiction/AV/Teen Services departments.