News Category: Press Releases

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. 

MPPL Reopens Main Library to Public 

The Mount Prospect Public Library (MPPLreopened its Main Library today, February 1. The Main Library operates with limited capacity and time limits, allowing patrons to find and check out materials efficiently in less than an hour. The library’s South Branch (1711 W. Algonquin) will reopen to the public at a later date. Both locations continue to provide Parking Lot Pickup and virtual services for patrons. 

When visiting MPPL, all patrons and staff 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.  

Upon arrival, patrons can expect to be greeted by library staff to answer questions and ensure capacity limits. Vulnerable patrons are invited to the Main Library during allocated hours each Tuesday and Thursday 10-11 a.m.  

The library continues to offer contactless options for the community, including Parking Lot Pickuplive chat services, and home delivery. Virtual programming offers many options for patrons, including authors visits, book talks and recommendations, and storytimes as well as discussions about personal finance, entertainment, and health. 

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

Mai Library hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 12-5 p.m. Chat/Text/Phone services are available Monday-Friday starting at 9 a.m. South Branch service 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. 

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.; 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. 

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

The library offers limited computer-by-appointment access at this time; patrons can reserve a computer up to one day in advance. Please call for information and availability: 847-253-5675.

The library offers hotspots and Chromebooks/hotspot bundles for two weeks to use at home. Use the app or call the library to place a hold, and pick up the computer using Parking Lot Pickup at the Main Library or South Branch. Basic setup instructions included.

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.