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Library Life Episode 160

Library Life: December 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the October 5 performance of the Chicago Korean Dance Company, a vibrant presentation of Korean Culture and costume.An interview with author Cyndee Schaeffer, detailing her mother’s remarkable story as a WWII WAC (Women’s Army Corps) member featuring excerpts from letters describing life during wartime from her book, Mollie’s War.

    A visit from author Beth Finke and her Seeing Eye dog as they introduce her book, Hanni and Beth Safe & Sound, a story of how Beth travels safely around the city with the help of Hanni, a specially-trained Golden/Labrador Retriever .

    Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: Josephine, by Hruby Powell. Other Superstars of the Harlem Renaissance include: Mister and Lady Day, by Amy Novesky: Baby Flo, by Alan Schroeder; Ellington Was Not a Street, by Ntozake Shange; Harlem’s Little Blackbird, by Renée Watson; and Sugar Hill, by Carole Boston Weatherford.

    Adult Services Staff Book Recommendation includes books that fluctuate between disaster stories and stories of survival: Isaac’s Storm, by Erik Larson; Frozen In Time, by Mitchell Zuckoff; Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand; The Perfect Storm, by Sebastian Junger: The Boys In The Boat, by Daniel James Brown; and best book pick: Trapped Under The Sea, by Neil Swidey.

    A window into the November 20 Kindergarten Club: Fantastic Foods program where participants listen to a short story, create crafts, enjoy snacks, and watch a short movie all relating to foods to help foster their love of reading and help develop lifelong learning habits.

    Patron Interview: What is your 2015 New Year’s resolution?

Library Life Episode 159

Library Life: November 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

Highlights from the Chicago Cuatro Orchestra performance from September 22, a dynamic presentation celebrating the national instrument of Puerto Rico.

An interview with Feng Shui Practitioner and Educator Juliette Looye, about the October 30 program, Creating a Healthy and Happy Home With Feng Shui.

A trip outside for Nature Storytime at Melas Park: an event held in conjunction with the Mount Prospect Park District bringing to life the story Who Hops by Katie Davis.

Youth Services Best Book Recommendation: The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut, by Laurie Keller. Other Early Chapter Book Series include: Ricky Vargas: The Funniest Kid in the World, by Alan Katz; Heroes in Training, by Jean Holub; The Notebook of Doom, by Troy Cummings; Lulu and the Duck in the Park, by Hilary McKay; and Down Girl and Sit, by Lucy Nolan.

Adult Services Staff Book Recommendation includes books that have a food connection: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows; The Persian Pickle Club, by Sandra Dallas; The Jane Austin Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler; The Love Goddess’ Cooking School, by Melissa Senate; and best book pick: The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister.

A sneak peak of the December 1 Prospect High School Madrigal Singers Holiday Concert program and interview with Choir Director, Jennifer Troiano.

Patron Interview: What is your favorite holiday song and why?

Library Life Episode 158

Library Life: October 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the Library Art Tour, a showcase of the public art collection inside and outside the Library.
  • An interview with Chiropractic Acupuncturist Dr. Lauren Keller, about the October 29 program, Discover the Chinese Healing Art of Acupuncture.
  • An Evening With Leslie Stella: a visit with Chicago Author Leslie Stella, who discussed her 2014 Suburban Mosaic Teen Selection Novel, Permanent Record.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison. Other thriller books include: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn; The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty; You Should Have Known, by Jean Hanff Korelitz; Until It’s Over, by Nicci French; and The Breaker by Minette Walters.
  • Youth Book Recommendations include Mysterious Circumstances: The Magician’s Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo; The Clockwork Three, by Matthew J. Kirby; Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee; The Thickety, by J.A. White; Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt; Drizzle, by Kathleen Van Cleve; and Best Book Pick, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
  • Selections from the family program Super Saturday: The Fabulous Fable Factory where children were delighted with a musical performance of 6 popular Aesop’s Fables by the Chicago Theater Company, American Eagle Productions.
  • Patron Interview: Who is your favorite author and why?

Library Life Episode 157

Library Life: September 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation Concert, Mearra: Selkie From The Sea.
  • An interview with world traveler, photo journalist, and travel columnist Bill Helmuth, about the Library’s annual cultural series Journey to the Far East.
  • Experience Yoga: an interactive presentation given by Yoga Instructor, Stephan Nakon where attendees experienced mindful movements for all levels.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: The First Patient by Michael Palmer. Other political thriller books include: Critical, by Robin Cook; The Judos Gate, by Jack Higgins; The Inner Circle, by Brad Meltzer; The Water’s Lovely, by Ruth Rendell; and The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor.
  • Youth Book Recommendations include Illuminated Reads: Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo; The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children’s Poems, edited by Donald Hall; Castle How it Works, by David Macaulay; The Houdini Box, by Brian Selznick; and Best Book Pick, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley.
  • Selections from the family program Super Saturday: Animal Quest where children were delighted and educated about a variety of animals through an interactive and entertaining experience.
  • Patron Interview: Where in the Far East would you most like to travel and why?

Library Life Episode 156

Library Life: August 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the Sister Cities French Festival as young children and their families celebrate the ongoing relationship between Mount Prospect and Sèvres, France.
  • An interview with Suzanne Busse, President of the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation, about the volunteer-run, nonprofit organization that supports the library by providing special funding for programs and special projects.
  • Drawing 101 For Teens: a 6-session program where teens learn different sketching techniques from Teen Services Librarian, Coleen Seisser.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: The De-Textbook by Other books featuring loads of facts include: Contrary to Popular Belief, by Joey Green; 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True, by Guy P. Harrison; Take Me To Your Leader, by Ian Harrison; Because I Said So, by Ken Jennings; and 1,000 Common Delusions by Cynthia Poppelmann.
  • Youth Book Recommendations include Illustrated Memoirs From Asia: Dancing to Freedom, by Li Cunxin; Manjiro, by Emily McCully; Drawing From Memory, by Allen Say; The House Baba Built, by Ed Young; Red Land Yellow River, by Angie Zhang; and Best Book Pick, Little White Duck by Na Liu.
  • Selections from the interactive program of Puppet Making held at the South Branch where children learn to work with their hands and master the art of puppet making using Library-provided recycled materials.
  • Patron Interview: What types of creative projects do you enjoy and why?

Library Life Episode 155

Library Life: July 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Excerpts from Antique Appraisals with Karl Gates as he presents the history and trends of the antique world.
  • An interview with Estelle Glaser Laughlin; Holocaust survivor, author and educator, about the June 10 program Transcending Darkness: A Girl’s Journey Out of the Holocaust, where she tells the harrowing tale of her own liberation from the Nazis.
  • Mad Scientists Club: a STEM focused program where children in grades 3-5 created their own apparatus which would safely house an egg as it was dropped from a great height.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: The Martian by Andy Wier. Other pieces featuring stories survival include: Remnant Population, by Elizabeth Moon; Adrift, by Steven Callahan; and the films 127 Hours, Forbidden Planet, and The Quiet Earth.
  • Youth Book Recommendations include the list of Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award 2015 nominees: Almost Home, by Joan Bauer; Unstoppable, by Tim Green; The Clockwork Three, by Matthew J. Kirby; Ungifted, by Gordon Kerman; The Five Lives of our Cat Zook, by Joanne Rocklin; and Best Book Pick, Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald.
  • Highlights of a visit from the River Trails Nature Center to the South Branch:an interactive presentation about animals found in our neighborhood and backyard with hands-on activities and role playing fun.
  • Patron Interview: What local animals do you enjoy watching in the wild and why? 

Library Life Episode 154

Library Life: June 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Enjoy the performance of Encore Sings Songs “Coast to Coast” as they feature the best of America in this Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation Concert.
  • An interview with Hy Speck, Educator and Tour Guide, about the June 26 program Destination: Millennium Park, detailing the fascinating history and contributors of Chicago’s showplace for cutting edge art, architecture, landscape design, music and more.
  • Duct Tape Crafts: a program where children in grades 3-5 can come to the library to use their imagination to make unique creations with duct tape.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: Gulp by Mary Roach. Other pieces featuring stories of the human body include: Stiff, by Mary Roach; Fantastic Voyage, by Isaac Asimov; Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan; Feed by M.T. Anderson and I Sing the Body Electric byRay Bradbury.
  • Youth Book Recommendations of overcoming obstacles: Middle School Get Me Out of Here, by James Patterson; Travel Team, by Mike Lupica; The Looser List, by H.N. Kowitt; Force Out, by Tim Green; Real Hoops, by Fred Bowen; and Best Book Pick, Double Dribble by W.C. Mack.
  • Highlights from the Super Saturdayevent: The Sama Sama Project, an energetic and interactive performance showcasing traditional Pilipino music, telling rich stories in honor of celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite summertime destination and why? 

Library Life Episode 153

Library Life: May 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:
• Details of the Discover the Magic Summer Reading Program which encourages readers of all ages to pick up a good book this summer.
• An interview with Rhody Hausauer, Interior Decorator, about the June 24 program Trash to Treasure, simplifying the creative design solutions used to repurpose household items.
• Teen Open Creation Session: a program where teens come to the library to use their imagination creating unique and useable works of art, with Library-provided supplies.
• Staff Best Book Recommendation: Warming Up by Mary Hutchings Reed. Other pieces featuring coming of age stories include: The Shipping News, by Annie Proulx; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie; Caramelo, by Sandra Cisneros; and the two films: Breaking Away and Big.
• Youth Book Recommendations of Magic: Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander; The Secret of Platform 13, by Eva Ibbotson; The Magic Thief, by Sarah Prineas; Dragon Rider, by Cornelia Funke; Doll Bones, by Holly Black; and Best Book Pick, Jinx by Sage Blackwood.
• Highlights from the Super Saturday event: The Rope Warrior where professional jump rope athlete and author, David Fisher returns to the Library to show how fitness can be fun with this enjoyable and creative sport.
• Patron Interview: What is your favorite recycled treasure and Why?

Library Life Episode 152

Library Life: April 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Details of the Library Homebound Delivery program which brings the services of the Library to all patrons.
  • An interview with Susan Benjamin, Musical Biographer, about the May 29 program, Barbra Streisand: The Soul of Stardom, detailing the compelling life story of Producer, Director, Screenplay Writer, Academy Award Winning Songwriter and Philanthropist, Barbara Streisand.
  • Coin Collecting and Appraisal, where Coin Collector, Dave Ekstrom, educates consumers about what makes certain coins valuable, how to treat them, and the details of coin composition, condition, and mintage.
  • Staff Best Book RecommendationThe Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa. Other pieces featuring places and times in history include: Maus, by Art Spiegelman; Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi; Nicholas and Alexandra, by Robert Massie; Seven Years in Tibet, by Heinrich Harres; and the film, The Last Emperor.
  • Youth Book Recommendations of Incredible Escapes: Can You Survive the Titanic, by Allison Lassieur; Desperate Escapes, by Simon Lewis; The Escape from Alcatraz, by Stephanie Watson; Great Escapes, by Charlotte Guillain; The Underground Railroad, by Dennis Brindell Fradin; and Best Book Pick, The Journey That Saved Curious George, by Louise Borden.
  • Highlights from the Afternoon Encore Program: Classical Piano Magic where Pianist, Charles Billingon performs pieces from the Golden Age of Piano music.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite female singer and Why? 

Library Life Episode 151

Library Life: March 2014

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Highlights from the February 19 Preschool Childcare Information Night program, where over 15 local childcare providers offered information on their programs to parents.
  • An interview with Sarah Okner, Historian and Librarian, about the April 30 program, Afternoon Encore: Life in Japanese American Internment Camps with stories and historical facts about segregation and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.
  • A Love Affair With Dessert, where Culinary Arts Instructor, Chef Michael Maddox, demonstrates the preparation of mouthwatering desserts.
  • Staff Best Book Recommendation: Building Stories by Chris Ware.
  • Youth Book Recommendations of Space Exploration: Space Tourism, by Steve Kortnecamp, Exploring Space, by Robert Snedden, Future Transport In Space, by Steve Parker, Space Explorers, by Eva Moore, Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce and How Do You Burp In Space, by Susan E. Goodman.
  • Excerpts from the Mad Scientists Club where children in grades 3 through 5 were able to learn about natural disasters and perform science experiments using different methods and equipment.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite dessert and Why?