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1981 Casablanca & Contemporary Morocco


In our One Book One Village title, The Other Americans, one family’s move to the U.S. during Casablanca’s 1981 unrest and protests changes the paths of several characters. Dr. Mahmood Ibrahim, Professor Emeritus of History at California State Polytechnic University, used the events in Casablanca to highlight aspects of Moroccan history, as a way of explaining the riots and putting them in present-day Moroccan context.

The World of Juliette Kinzie: Chicago Before the Fire


Juliette Kinzie is one of Chicago’s forgotten founders. Early Chicago is often presented as “a man’s city,” but women like Juliette worked to create an urban and urbane world, often within their own parlors. Author and North Central College history professor Ann Durkin Keating offers the opportunity to experience the rise of Chicago from the view of one of its most important founding mothers.

The Virtual Financial Aid Process for Students


Presented by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC): this session outlines the general financial aid process and provides insight on how financial aid works, the application process, student eligibility, and how it can be used to help pay for college. It introduces the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid, along with summarizing state and federal aid programs among other topics.

Basics and Benefits of Electric Vehicles


Cook County Department of Environment & Sustainability’s Community Outreach Coordinator Kate Carney presents the basics of electric vehicles (EV). In this recording, learn about the benefits of EVs and discover how some common myths about EVs don’t tell the full story.

One Book One Village


What is One Book One Village? The MPPL Assistant Department Head of Fiction/AV/Teen explains the two-month community reading event, discusses why MPPL chose the book “The Other Americans” by Laila Lalami, and talks about upcoming book discussions and events related to the book, including a 2-event virtual author visit on October 25th, and October 27th!

Sponsored with generous support of The Friends of the Library.


Song: “Positive Motivation” from Purple Planet Music
License: CC BY