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Library Life Episode 211

Library Life March 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights, delights, and commentary from MPPL’s first ever FanFest event.
  • A discussion with physical therapist and founder of Stay Fit Physical Therapy & Core Wellness, Inc., Diana Sahakian, about fall prevention (regardless of age), balancing, core strengthening, and more. Her upcoming Library program, “Don’t Fall! Test Your Strength & Balance” is on April 25th.
  • An inside look at teen program Friday Funday: Decorative Magnets, run by teen services librarian, Abigail Weaver, in which teens learn how to make their own decorative magnets.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations revolve around themes of satirical horror: Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero; John Dies @ the End by David Wong; A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Graham Smith; Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez; and Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations are stories of mythological fiction: Loki’s Wolves by K.L Armstrong and M.A. Marr; Charlie Hernandez & the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo; Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi; Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway; Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis; and The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta.
  • Principals Read @ MPPL, featuring local elementary school principals.
  • Patron Interview: Who is your favorite book, movie, or comic strip character, and why?

Library Life Episode 210

Library Life February 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Behind the scenes of the Friends of the Library winter booksale, with commentary from patrons, and Friends board member, Tonia Romanelli.
  • An interview with human resources specialist Bob Schlacks about job hunting, resume building, and his upcoming Library program, “Ask the Expert” for Job Hunters on March 26th.
  • A glimpse into Library technology training program for families Intro to 3-D Printing, run by youth technology librarian, Laura Bos, and information about the Library’s 3-D printing service.
  • The theme for Adult Services Staff Recommendations this month is characters whose lives deviate from social norms: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata; The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro; Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman; Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon; and The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations emphasize the power and impact of kindness: A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead; Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson; The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig; I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoët; Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud; and Paul Writes (A Letter) by Chris Raschka.
  • Super Saturday: The Art of Inflation Balloon Show with balloon entertainer Dale Obrochta.
  • Patron Interview: If you could work in any field of employment, what would your favorite job be and why?

Library Life Episode 209

Library Life: January 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Information about the 2019 Winter Reading Program, “Find Your Story,” for all age groups; the program runs from February 1st through February 28th.
  • An interview with Peter Garino and Michelle Shupe, the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Directors of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago about their organization and their upcoming theatrical reading events at MPPL.
  • An inside look at the All-Ages Game Night.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations this month delve into the past: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje; Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano; Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald; In Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman; The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng; and The Polish Boxer by Eduardo Halfon.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations are all novels in verse: Rebound by Kwame Alexander; Missing Mike by Shari Green; Forest World by Margarita Engle; Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr; Falling into the Dragon’s Mouth by Holly Thompson; and Knock Out by K.A. Holt.
  • Chicago Team Logos: A Painting Workshop youth program with local art teacher, Christine Thornton.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite Chicago sports team and why?

Library Life Episode 208

Library Life: December 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Concert coverage of a performance by acoustic Beatles tribute band, Kaleidoscope Eyes, featuring interviews from band members.
  • An interview with nutrition expert Joan Davis on her upcoming program Fake News: Nutrition Edition.
  • Highlights from the latest Annual Cultural Series program on Egypt, Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh of Egypt with educational entertainer Martina Mathisen.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations focus on authors who live in Chicagoland: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown; The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School by Candace Fleming; Stick Dog by Tom Watson; Unschooled by Allan Woodrow; Hold Fast by Blue Balliett; and Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Liesl Shurtliff.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations this month feature both books and DVDs about the AIDS crisis: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai; How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France; Ryan White: My Own Story by Ryan White and Ann Marie Cunningham; My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid; Angels In America DVD; and The Hours DVD.
  • Super Saturday: Macaroni Soup! youth concert.
  • Patron Interview: Who is your favorite historical figure and why?

Library Life Episode 207

Library Life: November 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights and historical facts about folk music from The Folk Music and Influence of Peter, Paul, and Mary and the Kingston Trio program/performance by musician and entertainment historian Steve Justman.
  • An interview and crafting session with paper crafting instructor Tina Gary, who walks us through how to make a few handmade holiday packaging items.
  • A “Tales Behind Fairytales” author visit from bestselling children’s author Liesl Shurtliff.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations revolve around secret identities: Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt; Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge; Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez; Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung; Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted; and Newsprints by Ru Xu.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations are all short stories—with a twist: The Short Stories of Saki by H.H. Munro; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro; Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker; Suddenly, a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret; Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis; and The World’s Shortest Stories of Love and Death edited by Steve Moss and John. W. Daniel.
  • A sneak peek performance from the Prospect High School Madrigals holiday concert and an interview with PHS Choir Director Jennifer Troiano.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite holiday song, and why?