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Library Life Episode 216

Library Life August 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A U.S. history lesson in the form of The History of Country Music with musician and entertainer, Steve Justman.
  • An interview with MPPL South Branch Manager, Maria Garstecki about the Library’s South Branch at the Community Connections Center and the 10th Anniversary of the South Branch.
  • A behind-the-scenes featurette on recent 2-session program for teens, Filmmaker Boot Camp, where teens at MPPL learned the art of script writing, filming, and more.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include sea-themed and demonic horror stories: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant; MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten; A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias; The Deep by Nick Cutter; The Descent by Jeff Long; and A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations feature middle school scary stories: Thornhill by Pam Smy; The Girl in the Locked Room by Mary Downing Hahn; A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano; The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand; The Nest by Kenneth Oppel; and Small Spaces by Katherine Arden.
  • Polish Children’s Day celebration.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite movie genre, and why?

Library Life Episode 215

Library Life July 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A backstage pass to annual event, Jammin’ in the Stacks, with the Brother John Kattke Trio.
  • An interview with Vietnam veteran and author Dennis Depcik about writing letters with his wife during the Vietnam War, his book, and his upcoming Library program Letters from the Heart. This program will be held Tuesday, August 6th at 1:30 p.m.
  • A trip back in time with Chicago author and Vietnam vet Michael Duffy during his program A Chicago Man & the Vietnam War, and details from his book, From Chicago to Vietnam: A Memoir of War.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations are stories that take place in the 20th century: November Road by Lou Berney; The Kennedy Connection by R.G. Belsky; 11/22/63 by Stephen King; The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver; World Gone By by Dennis Lehane; and Thelma & Louis (DVD.)
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations center on refugees: The Day War Came by Nicola Davies; Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Eleanor Shakespeare; A Refugee’s Journey from Syria by Helen Mason; Golden Game by David Starr; Strange Boarders by Jake Maddox; and Zenobia by Morten Dürr.
  • Super Saturday: Barefoot Hawaiian Family Show.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite type of summer vacation, and why?

Library Life Episode 214

Library Life June 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A tribute to Marilyn Genther in honor of her retirement, after 33 years at MPPL, and 27 years of serving as MPPL’s Executive Director.
  • An interview with writer and performer Diane Kastiel on personal narrative storytelling and her upcoming Library program, Powerful Personal Storytelling Workshop, a two-part tutorial on July 9th and 16th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Highlights from Thriving with Autism, featuring a piano performance and interview with pianist and composer Dr. Charles J. Smith, and an interview with Lynn West, a founding member of autism-focused nonprofit, Celebration of Joy, Inc.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations spotlight historical fantasy: The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower, and The Winter of the Witch (The Winter Night trilogy) by Katherine Arden; Uprooted by Naomi Novik; Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho; The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty; The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee; and The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations center on historical fiction: Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg; The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis; Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai; The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet; and Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood.
  • Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros (Day of Children, Day of Books)
  • Patron Interview: What do you feel is Marilyn Genter’s greatest legacy, and why?

Can’t Stop the Reading (featuring MPPL Staff and Patrons)

We can’t stop the reading! Join MPPL Staff and patrons at the Library as they read all summer song to this year’s theme: It’s Showtime At Your Library!

Thank you to our wonderful patrons and staff who participated in making this video.

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Library Life Episode 213

Library Life May 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • An inside look at this year’s upcoming Summer Reading Program, It’s Showtime at Your Library!, and information about Adult, Teen, and Youth program steps and prizes. The Summer Reading Program runs June 1 – July 31.
  • An interview with lawyer Trisha Chokshi from local business, Chokshi Filippone Law, LLC, on new monthly program series Lawyers at the Library: Your Legal Help Desk. This program offers free legal advice during private 30-minute appointments on the last Wednesday of each month.
  • Highlights from National Library Week’s annual Trivia Night.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations showcase superhero fiction: Texas Hold’Em: A Wild Cards Novel by George R.R. Martin; Wild Cards, Volume One by George R.R. Martin; Inside Straight: A Wild Cards Novel by George R.R. Martin; Invincible, Compendium One by Robert Kirkman; Runaways: The Complete Collection, Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan; and Heroes, Season 1 (DVD).
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations feature 2020 nominees for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award: Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty; The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani; All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson; The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore; As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds; and The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez.
  • Super Saturday: Hogan Irish Dancers
  • Patron Interview: What Library resources do you utilize most, and why?