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Library Life Episode 207

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 Kingstone 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?

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Library Life Episode 206

Library Life: October 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from MPPL’s 75th Anniversary Open House, including the presentation of the Founders’ Award.
  • An interview with biochemist and forensic detective, Dr. Hal Tinberg, about his upcoming program, Forensic Detectives: Identifying America’s Fallen Heroes.
  • Birds of Prey event with Forest Preserves of Cook County Naturalist, Ryan DePauw.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations includes some awesome graphic novels: Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke; Oddly Normal by Otis Frampton; Dream Jumper: Nightmare Escape by Greg Grunberg and Lucas Turnbloom; Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola; Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter by Marcus Sedgwick and Thomas Taylor; and Cardboard by Doug TenNapel.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations explore genealogy: Kinship: It’s All Relative by Jackie Smith Arnold; Organizing Your Family History Search by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack; Crash Course in Genealogy by David R. Dowell; Finding Your Roots by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Ancestors & Relatives: Genealogy, Identity, & Community by Eviatar Zerubavel; and It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree by A.J. Jacobs.
  • 12th Annual Sister Cities Family French Festival.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite MPPL memory, and why?

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Library Life Episode 205

Library Life: September 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

    • Antiques and Collectibles Appraisals program with appraiser and educator Karl Gates.
    • An interview with professional photographer Jim Rowan on his virtual photo-tour program East Africa: Kenya and Tanzania as part of this year’s Annual Cultural Series.
    • An inside look at a Baby Yoga Class with instructor Susy Goelkel.
    • Youth Services Staff Recommendations are spooky for Halloween with some light-hearted ghost stories: Ruby & Olivia by Rachel Hawkins; My Haunted House by Angie Sage; The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie; Monster Itch: Ghost Attack by David Lubar; The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson; and Rules for Ghosting by A.J. Paquette.
    • Adult Services Staff Recommendations feature some dark wit and intrigue: Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd; Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero; Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor; Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia; Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye; and Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss.
    • Polish Children’s Day celebration.
    • Patron Interview: What is your favorite Autumn tradition, and why?

Library Life Episode 204

Library Life: August 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Selections from The Best of Broadway and the Fabulous Forties.
  • An interview with Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Dawn Fletcher-Collins, about the upcoming September 23 MPPL 75th Anniversary Open House.
  • Marbling Art Demonstration.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations include awesome audiobooks: Tumble & Blue, by Cassie Beasley; The Wizards of Once, by Cressida Cowell; Greetings From Witness Protection!, by Jake Burt; Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm; and Patina, by Jason Reynolds. Best book pick within this theme: The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier.
  • Adult Services Best Book Recommendations: The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, by Natalie Y. Moore. Other narratives set in Chicago’s south side: Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago, by LeAlan Jones; Inside Mrs. B’s Classroom: Courage, Hope, and Learning on Chicago’s South Side, by Leslie Baldacci; Family Properties: How the Struggle Over Race and Real Estate Transformed Chicago and Urban America, by Beryl Satter; Negroland: a Memoir, by Margo Jefferson; and Waiting for Gautreaux, by Alexander Polikoff.
  • 75th Anniversary Trivia Night.
  • Patron Interview: How has the Mount Prospect Public Library enriched your life?

Library Life Episode 203

Library Life: July 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation concert Encore Presents: Wish!
  • An interview with historian Anette Isaacs about her June 26 program, Levi Strauss, the Gold Rush and the World’s Most Famous Pair of Pants.
  • Throwback Thursday teen program.
  • Adult Services Best Book Recommendation: The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory. Other books featuring relationships: Act Like It, by Lucy Parker; Kiss an Angel, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips; The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn; Tempest, by Beverly Jenkins; and Yours to Keep, by Shannon Stacey.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations include books about parallel universes: Signal, by Cynthia DeFelice; Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce; The 13th Reality: The Journal of Curious Letters, by James Dashner; The Twinning Project, by Robert Lipsyte; and Jed and the Junkyard War, by Steven Bohls. Best book pick within this theme: The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, by Christopher Edge.
  • Super Saturday: Magic by Randy.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite type of blue jean and why?

Library Life Episode 202

Library Life: June 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Ready Player One Extravaganza.
  • An interview with historian Leslie Goddard, about her June 12 program, Ten People From Illinois Who Changed History (Other Than Abraham Lincoln).
  • Global Art Explorers.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations include books about women who inspire: Before She Was Harriet, by Lesa Cline-Ransome; Miss Mary Reporting, by Sue Macy; Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist, by Jess Keating; I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, by Debbie Levy; and Malala’s Magic Pencil, by Malala Yousafzai. Best book pick within this theme: Dangerous Jane, by Suzanne Slade.
  • Adult Services Best Book Recommendation: Wonderful Tonight, by Pattie Boyd. Other autobiographies of popular musicians: Chronicles, by Bob Dylan; Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen; Life, by Keith Richards; Boys in the Trees, by Carly Simon; and How Music Works, by David Byrne.
  • Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros.
  • Patron Interview: Who is your favorite celebrity or statesman from Illinois history and why?

Library Life Episode 201

Library Life: May 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Reading Takes You Everywhere Summer Reading Program details from Adult, Teen, and Youth Services departments.
  • An interview with musical biographer Susan Benjamin, about her June 28, program Julie Andrews: Dauntless Diva.
  • Behind the scenes fun during the teen program Operation: CODEBREAK.
  • Adult Services Best Book Recommendation: Seven Days of Us, by Francesca Hornak. Other books featuring delightfully dysfunctional families: The Vacationers, by Emma Straub; The Red House, by Mark Haddon; The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney; This is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Trooper; and The Wangs vs. The World, by Jade Chang.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations include around the world in chapter books: Anna Hibiscus, by Atinuke; Rafi and Rosi, by Lulu Delacre; Haggis and Tank Unleashed: All Paws on Deck, by Jessica Young; Coyote Tales, by Thomas King; and Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badges, by John Dougherty. Best book pick within this theme: Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions by Lenore Look.
  • A world of sunshine and smiles during Super Saturday: Dr. Gesundheit Clown Therapy Show.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite summer destination and why?

Library Life Episode 200

Library Life: April 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A walk down memory lane as we celebrate the 200th Episode of Library Life.
  • An interview with Botanist and Professor of Environmental Studies, Glen Adelson, PHD, about his May 22 program, The Astonishing Beauty and Wisdom of Wildflowers.
  • A hefty helping of crazy chemistry inside the Family Science Clubhouse.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations include art and architecture: Her Right Foot, by Dave Eggers; Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, by Kay Haring; Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece, by Marc Harshman; Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, by Jeanne Walker Harvey; and The World is not a Rectangle, by Jeannette Winter. Best book pick within this theme: Dazzle Ships by Chris Barton.
  • Adult Services Best Book Recommendation: Inside the O’Briens, by Lisa Genova. Other books featuring illness and loss include: A Partial History of Lost Causes, by Jennifer DuBois; The Sweetest Halleluiah, by Elaine Hussey; Mimi Malloy, at Last, by Julia MacDonnell; My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult; and Did you Ever Have a Family, by Bill Clegg.
  • A front row seat to Super Saturday: Blues Concert with Fruteland Jackson.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite type of flower and why?

Library Life Episode 199

Library Life: March 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Another round of Library Mini Golf with a fundraiser for the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation.
  • An interview with mindful vagabond Brian Micholski about his May 29 program, Vagabonding Around the World.
  • Highlights from the 75th Anniversary Art Exhibit Celebration.
  • Adult Services Best Book Recommendations: The Flintstones, by Mark Russell. Other graphic novels include: Demon, by Jason Shiga; Paper Girls, by Brian K. Vaughn; On The Camino, by Jason; Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky; and The Manhattan Projects, by Jonathan Hickman.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations include funny reads for home and school: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, by Betty MacDonald; Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and other Scary Things, by Lenore Looks; The Adventures of a South Pole Pig, by Chris Kirtz; Yours Sincerely, Giraffe, by Megumi Iwasa; and Fables You Shouldn’t Pay Any Attention to, by Florence Parry Heide and Sylvia Worth Van Clief. Best book pick within this theme, I’m Just No Good At Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-ups by Chris Harris.
  • A front row seat to Super Saturday: Puppet Place Presents The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite memory of Mount Prospect Public Library and why?

Library Life Episode 198

Library Life: February 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Recipes and techniques to help Enjoy a Smoothie and Enhance Your Health.
  • An interview with Tim Joyce from Wild Birds Unlimited about his program, Inviting Songbirds Into Your Yard.
  • An intersection of technology and creativity in 3-D Printing: Design a Potted Planter.
  • Adult Services Best Book Recommendations: Sourdough, by Robin Sloan. Other books with a mix of high-tech and old world: Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple;  Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan; The Lemon Jell-o Syndrome, by Man Martin; Startup, by Doree Shafrir; and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations include 2018 Rebecca Caudill Award Nominees: Book Scavenger, by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman; Listen, Slowly,  by Thanhha Lai; Fuzzy Mud, by Louis Sachar; Beneath, by Roland Smith; and Last in a Long Line of Rebels, by Lisa Lewis Tyre.
  • A front row seat to Super Saturday: Improve Playhouse Presents Stone Soup.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite practice for staying healthy and why?