Month: November 2021

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Best Books: MPPL’s Favorite Children’s Books of 2021


For parents, teachers, and families.

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. This fast-paced book-talking virtual bonanza features Youth staff’s favorite titles sharing fabulous fiction and nonfiction titles for preschoolers through 6th graders.

Sponsored by Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation.

Mount Prospect Stories: Bits and Pieces of Mount Prospect History


Mount Prospect’s landscape is full of change. This is reflected in many of the village’s structures that have been dismantled, renovated, or moved over time. Emily Dattilo, executive director of the Mount Prospect Historical Society, will discuss how businesses, government buildings, and schools have changed, plus, she will show pieces of history from some of the structures.

The Path to Your Family Story: Beyond Ancestry


Genealogy subscription databases Heritage Quest, MyHeritage, Fold3, and Heritage Hub may not be as well-known as Ancestry Library Edition, but they offer information to help family historians add rich narratives to their family stories using Census records, vital records, obituaries, family trees, military records, and more. Librarians Steven Browne and Anne Shaughnessy will help you make the most of these resources available to Mount Prospect Public Library cardholders.

Author Visit: The Color of Law & Reversing Segregation with Richard Rothstein


Author and researcher Richard Rothstein presents on the policies that led to racial segregation in American communities, and what can be done to reverse these practices and work towards racial equity.

Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, which recovers a forgotten history of how federal, state, and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide, creating racially homogenous neighborhoods in patterns that violate the Constitution and require remediation.

Richard’s Web Info:

Richard’s bio on the Economic Policy Institute’s website

An Evening with Cathy Park Hong: Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (Author Visit)


Cathy Park Hong discusses her New York Times best-selling book Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, a collection of honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original essays that explore Asian American consciousness. Time Magazine featured Minor Feeling as one of the best books of 2020, referring to Hong as an “energetic and necessary voice in the dialogue surrounding racism in the U.S.”

Hong is the poetry editor of the New Republic and is a full professor at Rutgers-Newark University. Hong speaks with Chicago journalist Monica Eng, currently a reporter for Axios. Eng worked at Chicago’s WBEZ for eight years as the station’s Curious City reporter and spent 16 years as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

Presented in partnership with multiple Chicago-area libraries.

Cathy’s web and social media info:

Cathy’s website

Monica’s web and social media info:

Monica’s Podcast, “Chewing”