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Library Life Episode 209

Library Life: January 2019

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Information about the 2019 Winter Reading Program, “Find Your Story,” for all age groups; the program runs from February 1st through February 28th.
  • An interview with Peter Garino and Michelle Shupe, the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago about their organization and their upcoming theatrical reading events at MPPL.
  • An inside look at the All-Ages Game Night.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations this month delve into the past: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje; Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano; Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald; In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman; The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng; and The Polish Boxer by Eduardo Halfon.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations are all novels in verse: Rebound by Kwame Alexander; Missing Mike by Shari Green; Forest World by Margarita Engle; Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr; Falling into the Dragon’s Mouth by Holly Thompson; and Knock Out by K.A. Holt.
  • Chicago Team Logos: A Painting Workshop youth program with local art teacher, Christine Thornton.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite Chicago sports team and why?

Library Life Episode 208

Library Life: December 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Concert coverage of a performance by acoustic Beatles tribute band, Kaleidoscope Eyes, featuring interviews from band members.
  • An interview with nutrition expert Joan Davis on her upcoming program Fake News: Nutrition Edition.
  • Highlights from the latest Annual Cultural Series program on Egypt, Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh of Egypt with educational entertainer Martina Mathisen.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations focus on authors who live in Chicagoland: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown; The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School by Candace Fleming; Stick Dog by Tom Watson; Unschooled by Allan Woodrow; Hold Fast by Blue Balliett; and Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Liesl Shurtliff.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations this month feature both books and DVDs about the AIDS crisis: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai; How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France; Ryan White: My Own Story by Ryan White and Ann Marie Cunningham; My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid; Angels In America DVD; and The Hours DVD.
  • Super Saturday: Macaroni Soup! youth concert.
  • Patron Interview: Who is your favorite historical figure and why?

Library Life Episode 207

Library Life: November 2018

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 Kingston 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?

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?

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?