The beautiful music of pianist Charles Billington during Le Piano Enchanté: French Piano Masterworks.
An interview with certified professional organizer Lynn Gooding, outlining tips for Organizing Your Home, Papers, and Time.
A seat at the kitchen table of Julia Child: Her Life in France.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include captivating life stories: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, by Mindy Kaling; Unsinkable: A Memoir, by Debbie Reynolds; Paddle Your Own Canoe, by Nick Offerman; Symptoms of Withdrawal, Christopher Kennedy Lawford. Best Book Pick within this theme: This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, by Gabourey Sidibe.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Wolf Hollow, by Lauren Wolk. Other books featuring stories of overcoming life’s challenges: Booked, by Kwame Alexander; Knights of the Lunch Table, by Frank Cammuso; Matilda, by Roald Dahl; Blackbird Fly, by Erin Entrada Kelly; and Slob, by Ellen Potter.
Super Saturday: Stories, Songs and Dances of the Voyageur.
Patron Interview: What is your 2018 New Year’s Resolution and why?
A front row seat to the Parisian cabaret concert Festival Night: Your Passport to Paris.
An interview with President and Co-owner of Busse’s Flowers & Gifts Inc. Paul Siels, demonstrating steps to Create a Holiday Centerpiece.
Excerpts from Books on the Chopping Block in honor of Banned Books Week.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books highlighting the works of Nelson Algren: The Man With the Golden Arm; The Neon Wilderness; Chicago: City on the Make; A Walk on the Wild Side; and Nonconformity: Writing on Writing. Best Book Pick within this theme: Algren: A Life, by Mary Wisniewski.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Making it Right: Building Peace, Settling Conflict, by Marilee Peters. Other books featuring real life kid heroes: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba; Malala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan, by Jeanette Winter; The Snowshoeing Adventure of Milton Dhub, Blizzard Trecker, by Margaret K. Watterer; Gabe & Izzy: Standing up For America’s Bullied, by Gabrielle Ford; and Through My Eyes, by Ruby Bridges.
A preview of the annual seasonal performance by Prospect High School Madrigals.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite holiday tradition and why?
A front row seat to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper with Kaleidoscope Eyes.
An interview with art educator Lindy Rubin about her program, The French Influence on Chicago Architecture.
An introduction to 3-D virtual technology in Z-Space Days.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: Restart, by Gordon Korman. Other books featuring bullies: Save Me a Seat, by Sara Weeks and Gita Varadarajan; Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully, by Rachel Vail; Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories, by R. J. Palacio; Absolutely Almost, by Lisa Graff; and Booked, by Kwame Alexander.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring politics: Eighteen Acres, by Nicolle Wallace; Trudy Hopedale, by Jeffrey Frank; American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld; The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller; and Piece of Mind, by Michelle Adelman. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Hopefuls, by Jennifer Close.
A fascinating look at the writing process during Addictively Chilling Thrillers: Mary Kubica.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite Beatles song and why?
A front row seat to the eclectic event Jammin’ in the Stacks featuring the Alfonso Ponticelli trio.
An interview with seasoned traveler Ralph Danielson about his program, Incomparable Paris.
An interactive cultural learning experience during the 11th Annual Sister Cities Family French Festival.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The Jumbies, by Tracy Baptiste. Other books featuring monsters: The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier; Serafina and the Black Cloak, by Robert Beatty; The Dark Pond, by Joseph Bruchac; The Sasquatch Escape, by Suzanne Selfors; and Jellaby: The Lost Monster, by Kean Soo.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring transcendental meditation: Free Spirit, by Joshua Safran; Running with Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs; The Tale of Love and Darkness, by Amos Oz; A Girl Named Zippy, by Haven Kimmel; and Transcendence by Norman E. Rosenthal MD. Best Book Pick within this theme: Greetings from Utopia Park, by Claire Hoffman.
A play-by-play introduction to Fantasy Football: Playing to Win.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite football team and why?
Uncovering household treasures and their value during What’s it Worth?
An interview with musical biographer Susan Benjamin about her program, Mary Martin: She Had to Crow.
Marble Machine Mayhem creative fun with young adult patrons.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring supernatural crime agents: London Falling, by Paul Cornell; The Troupe, by Robert Jackson Bennett; Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson; Borderline, by Mishell Baker; and Angelmaker, by Nick Harkaway. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The Inquisitor’s Tale, by Adam Gidwitz. Other books set in Medieval Times: The Midwife’s Apprentice, by Karen Cushman; Crispin: The Cross of Lead, by Avi; Will in Scarlet, by Matthew Cody; The Seeing Stone, by Kevin Crossley-Holland; and Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village, by Laura Amy Schlitz.
Animal Coverings with River Trails Nature Center at South Branch.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite aspect of autumn and why?
Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation concert: Encore! Carry On.
An interview with radio historian Steve Darnall about his program, Radio Nation: A Beginner’s Guide to the Golden Age of Radio.
Public Art Tour with Art Committee member Paula Zoern-Loga.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books that promote the idea that Less is More: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo; It’s All Too Much, by Peter Walsh; Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul, by Ruth Soukup; Simplify Your Space, by Marcia Ramsland; and Keep This Toss That, by Jamie Novak. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Joy of Less, by Francine Jay.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: The Terrible Two, by Mac Barnett and Jory John. Other 2018 Bluestem Nominees: Stick Dog, by Tom Watson; The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown; Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth, by Judd Winick; Save Me a Seat, by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan; and A Blind Guide to Stinkville, by Beth Vrabel.
Bird Tales: Storytime at The Wildbird Shack
Patron Interview: What is your favorite wild bird and why?
Opera for Everyone performance by Main Street Opera.
An interview with Where the Water Meets the Sand author and educator, Tyra Manning PhD.
Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros/ Children’s Day, Book Day.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include Spiritual Memoirs: Traveling Mercies, by Anne Lamott; The Journey Home, by Radhanath Swami; The Sound of Gravel, by Ruth Wariner; Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat, by Nevada Barr; and Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Barn at the End of the World, by Mary Rose O’Reilley.
Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: I am Drums, by Mike Grosso. Other books featuring music and competition: Million Dollar Throw, by Mike Lupica; Just Juice, by Karen Hesse; Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebel, by Ginger Rue; A Crooked Kind of Perfect, by Linda Urban; and Mackenzie Blue, by Tina Wells.
Super Saturday: Urban Gateways Presents Chinese Folk & Classical Dance
Patron Interview: What is your favorite aspect of summer and why?
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?