Reading by Design Summer Reading Program details from Adult, Teen, and Youth Services departments.
An interview with Madame President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson author, William Hazelgrove.
Tasty: The Fascinating Science of Flavor.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring Reality TV and Celebrity Gossip: All My Life, by Susan Lucci; The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating, by Carole Radziwill; Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index, by Kathy Griffin; Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence, by Ross Mathews; and Love, Loss, and What We Ate, by Padma Lakshmi. Best Book Pick within this theme: Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture, by Andy Cohen.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems, by Bob Raczka. Other books of poetry: Hi, Koo!, by Jon Muth; Bug Off! Creepy, Crawly Poems, by Jane Yolen; All the World, by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee; We Are Americans, by Walter Dean Meyer and Christopher Meyer; and Shrunken Treasures, by Scott Nash.
National Library Week: Trivia Contest.
Patron Interview: Which American first lady do you admire most and why?
Leslie Goddard program The Greatest Female Athlete: Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
An interview with Climate Reality Leader & Renewable Energy Specialist, Lisa Albrect.
TAB: Teen Advisory Board
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring Nature: How I Killed Pluto, by Mike Brown; What Stands in a Storm, by Kim Cross; Wicked Plants, by Amy Stewart; Water, by Markus Eisl, Gerald Mansberger, and Paul Schreilechner; and Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Invention of Nature, by Andrea Wulf.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The Great Pet Escape, by Victoria Jamieson. Other graphic novels with animals include: The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan, by Maxwell Eaton III; Bird & Squirrel On the Run, by James Burks; Hippopotamister, by John Green; Mr. Pants: Slacks, Camera, Action!, by Scott McCormick; and Apocalypse Bow Wow, by James Proimos III.
Super Saturday: Wendy & DB Music Show.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite aspect of spring and why?
Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation Mini Golf fundraiser.
An interview with GCC Financial Vice President of Wealth Management, Eric Rosenbloom.
Night Off? Game On!
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring Dysfunctional Families: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler; She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb; The Dinner, by Herman Koch; The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls; and Heartbroken, by Lisa Unger. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeny.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Other emotional reads include: The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin; The Honest Truth, by Dan Gemeinhart; Lost in the Sun, by Lisa Graff; The Secret Hum of a Daisy, by Tracy Holozer; and Ways to Live Forever, by Sally Nichols.
Super Saturday: The Story of Kweku: The Kid Who Brought Musiki to His People.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite table top or board game and why?
A step back in time for It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play, a radio theater performance of the 1946 film.
An interview with Mount Prospect Public Library Business Reference Librarian Joe Collier, discussing his Job Seekers Skills Series and Mount Prospect EntrepreneursInitiative partnership.
A peek inside Crafternoon: Design-a-Dish, the ongoing advanced craft series featuring creative DIY projects.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include Shakespeare inspired works: Caliban’s Hour, by Tad Williams; Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel; The Gap of Time, by Jeanette Winterson; The Dead Fathers Club, by Matt Haig; and the DVD Slings and Arrows. Best Book Pick within this theme: Hag-Seed, by Margaret Atwood.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George. Other books featuring castle capers include: Igraine the Brave, by Cornelia Funke; Pure Dead Magic, by Debi Gliori; The Beasts of Clawstone Castle, by Eva Ibbotson; 100% Wolf, by Jane Lyons; and The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless, by Ahmet Zappa.
An energetic performance during Super Saturday: Popeye and Sailor, presenting fascinating tricks and educational pointers about interacting with dogs.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite type of pet and why?
A step back in time for The Story of Smoky The War Dog, the little dog with a big heart who became the #1 mascot of the South Pacific and was regarded as the first therapy dog in the world.
An interview with North West Housing Partnership Executive Director Robyn Sandys and North West Housing Partnership Housing Specialist Brina August, previewing their upcoming November 30th programs: Need Help with Home Repairs and Flood Damage?
A peek inside Click & Create: Pico Boards, the ongoing technology program for students in second through fifth grades, where patrons learn how to work with sensor boards and coding software.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books dealing with Personal Growth: An Ocean Apart, by Robin Pilcher; Britt-Marie Was Here, by Fredrik Backman; Stiltsville, by Susanna Daniel; After You, by Jojo Moyes; and Iris and Ruby, by Rosie Thomas. Best Book Pick within this theme: One-in a-Million Boy, by Monica Wood.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clanton. Other illustrated beginner chapter books include: Owl Diaries, by Rebecca Elliott; Baby Mouse Queen of the World!, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm; The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan, by Maxwell Eaton III; Bird & Squirrel on the Edge, by James Burks; and Fish Fish Fish, by Lee Nordling Meritxell Bosch.
A hands-on demonstration during Sew Much Fun, a modern spin on an age-old skill where young patrons learn the basics of sewing and are able to make a take-home item.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite winter pastime and why?
An explanation of the newly revised Winter Reading Program for adult, teen, and youth patrons.
An interview with Certified Dream Builder Coach Tom Wendt, previewing his upcoming program; Conquering Procrastination on January 24.
A peek inside the Best Children’s Books of 2016, the annual Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation program where Youth Services staff share their favorite new releases with parents, families, and teachers.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books dealing with grief, healing, and unraveling secrets: The Untelling, by Tayari Jones; The Sweet Hereafter, by Russell Banks; In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware; My Sunshine Away, by M.O. Walsh; and In the Wake, by Per Petterson. Best Book Pick within this theme: Did You Ever Have a Family, by Bill Clegg.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The Land of Stories, by Chris Colfer. Other altered magical fairy tales include: Into the Wild, by Sarah Beth Durst; Ever After High: The Storybox of Legends, by Shannon Hale; Grounded, by Megan Morrison; Rump, by Liesl Shurtliff; and Half Upon a Time, by James Riley.
A front row seat to Super Saturday: Marilyn Price’s Wonder-filled Whirl of Puppets, an energetic performance with educational and entertaining stories where children in the audience become part of the show.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite novel of all time and why?
A front row seat to hear Las Guitarras de España and Flamenco Ensemble, as part of the 2016 Cultural Series Festival Night, which features Spain.
An interview with author, speaker and journalist John Wasik, previewing his upcoming program; Lightning Strikes: Tesla, Creativity, and the Soul of Innovation on November 22.
A peek inside the Kindergarten Clubhouse, the monthly program where students come to the Library after school for stories, songs, crafts, and snacks.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Milo Spek, Accidental Agent, by Linda Urban. Other fantasy books with a side of humor include: My Diary from the Edge of the World, by Jodi Lynn Anderson; The Menagerie, by Tui T. & Kari H. Sutherland; Small Persons with Wings, by Ellen Booraem; The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy; and Only You Can Save Mankind, by Terry Pratchett.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include social commentaries dealing with time travel: The Man Who Folded Himself, by David Gerrold; Kindered, by Octavia E. Butler; The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger; Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon; and The Alienist, by Caleb Carr. Best Book Pick within this theme: Time and Again, by Jack Finney.
A preview of the upcoming annual Library event, The Prospect Madrigal Holiday Concert, on December 5, along with an interview with Jennifer Troiano, Prospect High School Choir Director.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite holiday song and why?