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Teddy Bear Walk Events

Our annual Teddy Bear Walk is part of an entire month of Teddy Bear celebrations this year!

colorful teddy bears

Teddy Bear Scavenger Hunt

Are you ready for a bear hunt? Come visit the library to find all the colorful bears hidden in the Youth Services department. If you prefer to stay outside you can take a walk around the library and see how many bears you can spot in the windows. Make sure to look up!

Virtual Teddy Bear Walk

Don’t miss this “beary” good time as the library celebrates the annual Teddy Bear Walk! Bring along your teddy bear and join us on Zoom for juggling and comedy from Chris Fascione and songs from Parents’ Choice Gold Winner Mark Dvorak. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. This program will be presented using Zoom. Participants must register and provide a working email address to receive the login information.

Register here

Teddy Bear Walk: Santa Claus is Coming to Town

This event will take place in front of Village Hall.

For all ages.

What’s that sound? It’s a fire truck, no it’s Santa riding on a Mount Prospect Fire Department fire engine! Enjoy a safe, socially distanced visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will greet families in front of Village Hall. Get bundled up, snap a quick picture, then pick up a craft kit to take home, while supplies last. Stop by anytime between 1-1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Santa’s Mailbox

Send a message to Santa and get a message back! Santa’s helpers in Youth Services are accepting letters between November 23 and December 14.

Download a Letter to Santa template in English.

Download a Letter to Santa template in Spanish.

Send your child’s letter via email to, mail to the library at 10 S. Emerson Street in Mount Prospect, or stop by Youth Services or the South Branch to deliver it in person.

Be sure to include your email or mailing address so we can pass along Santa’s response!


Best Books 2021

Zoom Program: Best Books: MPPL's Favorite Children's Books of 2021, Thursday, November 18 from 7 to 8 p.m.

As you gear up for your holiday shopping, look no further than the library for the year’s best books for the children in your life. If you missed the presentation, don’t worry– we recorded it so you can watch it at your convenience and learn all about fabulous fiction and nonfiction titles for preschoolers through 6th graders. This event was sponsored by Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation. 

Booklists online:

Best Books for All Ages

Best Books for Prek

Best Books for K-2

Best Books for 2-3

Best Books for 4-6

Honorable Mentions PreK

Honorable Mentions K-2

Honorable Mentions 2-3

Honorable Mentions 4-6

Happy reading!

November Book Bundles

Missing Storytimes? Not sure what books to request for your preschooler? Choose one of our Storytime Bundles the next time you’re at the library. You can also call Youth Services to request a Storytime Bundle to be included in your Parking Lot Pickup. Each bundle includes 5 books and 1 paper activity. Choose from 10 different themes. 

November storytime bundles - ABC, animals, dinosaurs, food/cooking, health and wellness, manners/character counts, nature, nursery rhymes, staff picks, STEAM, travel

Happy Diwali!

happy diwali

Shubh Diwali! Happy Diwali!

Diwali is a holiday that is celebrated in Southeast Asia and all around the world at the end of the Hindu calendar. This year, that falls on November 1st-6th. At the Mount Prospect Public Library, we love learning, so we invited two members of the community, Trisha and Gina, to tell us more about Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights.

During Diwali, families celebrate their prosperity, the family, and the triumph of good over evil. To get ready for Diwali, many people clean their house to get rid of negative energy. A tradition called puja is how people give thanks for what they have and look forward to continuing prosperity, or well-being. There are celebrations with family and friends that include a lot of food, and sometimes fireworks. The last day of Diwali is dedicated to the relationship between brothers and sisters, and appreciating everyone you consider family.

People also decorate their homes with artwork called rangoli. Rangoli is used to welcome people to your home and is usually in front of the house using something like colored sand, colored rice, flower petals, spices or lentils. To learn more about creating rangoli, check out this craft video:

We hope you’ll have a chance to try making your own rangoli, maybe using materials that you already have at home.

In honor of Diwali, visit us at the library to pick up some rainbow scratch paper (while supplies last) and try making mess free rangoli!