Video Category: Library Life

Library Life Episode 202

Library Life: June 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Ready Player One Extravaganza.
  • An interview with historian Leslie Goddard, about her June 12 program, Ten People From Illinois Who Changed History (Other Than Abraham Lincoln).
  • Global Art Explorers.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations include books about women who inspire: Before She Was Harriet, by Lesa Cline-Ransome; Miss Mary Reporting, by Sue Macy; Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist, by Jess Keating; I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, by Debbie Levy; and Malala’s Magic Pencil, by Malala Yousafzai. Best book pick within this theme: Dangerous Jane, by Suzanne Slade.
  • Adult Services Best Book Recommendation: Wonderful Tonight, by Pattie Boyd. Other autobiographies of popular musicians: Chronicles, by Bob Dylan; Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen; Life, by Keith Richards; Boys in the Trees, by Carly Simon; and How Music Works, by David Byrne.
  • Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros.
  • Patron Interview: Who is your favorite celebrity or statesman from Illinois history and why?

Library Life Episode 201

Library Life: May 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Reading Takes You Everywhere Summer Reading Program details from Adult, Teen, and Youth Services departments.
  • An interview with musical biographer Susan Benjamin, about her June 28, program Julie Andrews: Dauntless Diva.
  • Behind the scenes fun during the teen program Operation: CODEBREAK.
  • Adult Services Best Book Recommendation: Seven Days of Us, by Francesca Hornak. Other books featuring delightfully dysfunctional families: The Vacationers, by Emma Straub; The Red House, by Mark Haddon; The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney; This is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Trooper; and The Wangs vs. The World, by Jade Chang.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations include around the world in chapter books: Anna Hibiscus, by Atinuke; Rafi and Rosi, by Lulu Delacre; Haggis and Tank Unleashed: All Paws on Deck, by Jessica Young; Coyote Tales, by Thomas King; and Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badges, by John Dougherty. Best book pick within this theme: Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions by Lenore Look.
  • A world of sunshine and smiles during Super Saturday: Dr. Gesundheit Clown Therapy Show.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite summer destination and why?

Library Life Episode 200

Library Life: April 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • A walk down memory lane as we celebrate the 200th Episode of Library Life.
  • An interview with Botanist and Professor of Environmental Studies, Glen Adelson, PHD, about his May 22 program, The Astonishing Beauty and Wisdom of Wildflowers.
  • A hefty helping of crazy chemistry inside the Family Science Clubhouse.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations include art and architecture: Her Right Foot, by Dave Eggers; Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, by Kay Haring; Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece, by Marc Harshman; Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, by Jeanne Walker Harvey; and The World is not a Rectangle, by Jeannette Winter. Best book pick within this theme: Dazzle Ships by Chris Barton.
  • Adult Services Best Book Recommendation: Inside the O’Briens, by Lisa Genova. Other books featuring illness and loss include: A Partial History of Lost Causes, by Jennifer DuBois; The Sweetest Halleluiah, by Elaine Hussey; Mimi Malloy, at Last, by Julia MacDonnell; My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult; and Did you Ever Have a Family, by Bill Clegg.
  • A front row seat to Super Saturday: Blues Concert with Fruteland Jackson.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite type of flower and why?

Library Life Episode 199

Library Life: March 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Another round of Library Mini Golf with a fundraiser for the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation.
  • An interview with mindful vagabond Brian Micholski about his May 29 program, Vagabonding Around the World.
  • Highlights from the 75th Anniversary Art Exhibit Celebration.
  • Adult Services Best Book Recommendations: The Flintstones, by Mark Russell. Other graphic novels include: Demon, by Jason Shiga; Paper Girls, by Brian K. Vaughn; On The Camino, by Jason; Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky; and The Manhattan Projects, by Jonathan Hickman.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations include funny reads for home and school: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, by Betty MacDonald; Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and other Scary Things, by Lenore Looks; The Adventures of a South Pole Pig, by Chris Kirtz; Yours Sincerely, Giraffe, by Megumi Iwasa; and Fables You Shouldn’t Pay Any Attention to, by Florence Parry Heide and Sylvia Worth Van Clief. Best book pick within this theme, I’m Just No Good At Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-ups by Chris Harris.
  • A front row seat to Super Saturday: Puppet Place Presents The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite memory of Mount Prospect Public Library and why?

Library Life Episode 198

Library Life: February 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Recipes and techniques to help Enjoy a Smoothie and Enhance Your Health.
  • An interview with Tim Joyce from Wild Birds Unlimited about his program, Inviting Songbirds Into Your Yard.
  • A intersection of technology and creativity in 3-D Printing: Design a Potted Planter.
  • Adult Services Best Book Recommendations: Sourdough, by Robin Sloan. Other books with a mix of high-tech and old world: Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple;  Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan; The Lemon Jell-o Syndrome, by Man Martin; Startup, by Doree Shafrir; and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations include 2018 Rebecca Caudill Award Nominees: Book Scavenger, by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman; Listen, Slowly,  by Thanhha Lai; Fuzzy Mud, by Louis Sachar; Beneath, by Roland Smith; and Last in a Long Line of Rebels, by Lisa Lewis Tyre.
  • A front row seat to Super Saturday: Improve Playhouse Presents Stone Soup.
  • Patron Interview: What is your favorite practice for staying healthy and why?

Library Life Episode 197

Library Life: January 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Details of the Winter Reading Program: Connect with Your Library from the Library’s Youth, Teen, and Adult Services Departments.
  • An interview with financial planner John Daly about his program, Financial Forecast for 2018.
  • Travel back in time to Picasso and Paris: A Salon with Gertrude Stein.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations include books featuring the plight of immigrants: Girl in Translation, by Jean Kowk; A Manual for Cleaning Women, by Lucia Berlin; How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, by Julia Alvarez; The Leavers, by Lisa Ko; and We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Best Book Pick within this theme: The Book of Unknown Americans, by Christina Henríquez.
  • Youth Services Best Book Recommendations: I Will Always Write Back, by Caitlin Alifirenka. Other books featuring friendships bridging division: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, by Russell Freedman; A Friend Called Anne, by Carol Ann Lee; Understanding the Holy Lane, by Mitch Frank; Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak, by Deborah Ellis; and Ship of Dolls, by Shirley Parenteau.
  • An invitation to the Library’s Star Wars Party.
  • Patron Interview: What do you appreciate most about Mount Prospect Public Library and why?

Library Life Episode 196

Library Life: December 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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?

Library Life Episode 195

Library Life: November 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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?

Library Life Episode 194

Library Life: October 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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?

Library Life Episode 193

Library Life: September 2017

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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?