A tour of fun and fandoms at MPPL’s FanFest 2020 event.
An interview with Tim Joyce of Wild Birds Unlimited on The Joys of Backyard Birdfeeding, including different types of birdseed, bird feeders, and of course, birds.
A trip though the world of Harry Potter with Harry Potter Trivia Night.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations are familiar stories with new perspectives: Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly; Beauty by Robin McKinley; The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana; The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman; The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg; and Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire.
Youth Services Staff Recommendations highlight stories told in multiple perspectives: Wonder by R.J. Palacio; Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson; Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead; The Unteachables by Gordon Korman; Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan; and Operation Frog Effect by Sarah Scheerger.
The Sound of Inspiration: A Gospel Music Performance.
Patron Interview: Who is your favorite literary character, and why?
A 30-year anniversary history of the Friends of the Library Book Discussion
An interview with orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Chadwick Prodromos, about stem cell treatments and other regenerative medicine, and his Library event, Stem Cell Treatment for Arthritis and Orthopedic Injuries.
A peek at the MAD Scientists Club youth program with the theme of Dream, Design, Create, where kids in 3rd through 5th grade are given the opportunity to brainstorm, invent things, and develop problem solving skills.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations are true crime and adventure gems: The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson; The Library Book by Susan Orlean; The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy by Paige Williams; I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara; The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston; and Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart by Tim Butcher.
Youth Services Staff Recommendations follow suit with unusual adventure stories: The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell; West of the Moon by Margi Preus; This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews; Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis; The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson; Maximillian Fly by Angie Sage.
Super Saturday: Super Snowy Puppet & Magic Show.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite type of book, and why?
An overview of Chill Out, the 2020 Winter Reading Program, with this year’s theme focusing on relaxation, reading what you love, and cozy and fun prizes. The Winter Reading Program runs February 1-29.
An interview with CEO of Daly Investment Management, John Daly regarding the 2020 Financial Forecast and other insights on the economy and financial planning.
A glimpse into monthly teen crafting program, Make In Monday, and this month’s lesson on knitting and crocheting, where teens learned to make yarn succulents.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations are nonfiction books highlighting historical figures on the wrong side of the law: The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder that Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott; The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired CHICAGO by Douglas Perry; Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts by Julian Rubinstein; Queen of Thieves: The True Story of “Marm” Mandelbaum and Her Gangs of New York by J. North Conway; Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a Small Town in Cahoots by Bryce T. Bauer; and Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation by Dean Jobb.
Youth Services Staff Recommendations think you should know all about these fearless women: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo; Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly with Winifred Conkling; I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Reader Edition) by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick; Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson; I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy; and Born to Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America by Steve Sheinkin.
Super Saturday: Ralph’s World Live!
Patron Interview: What is your favorite winter pastime, and why?
Recurring MPPL Beatles tribute band, Kaleidoscope Eyes, returns for a British Invasion Festival Night as part of our cultural series on England and Wales.
An interview with author and home organizing professional, Caralyn Kempner on the art of organizing the home, and her upcoming Library program, Top-to-Bottom Home Organizing on Tuesday, January 21st at 7:30 p.m.
The cultural series continues with a chronicle of the life of gothic horror and science fiction author Mary Shelley and her most famous work in the event Mary Shelley: Love & Frankenstein.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations are here to help with New Year’s Resolutions focusing on improving one’s outlook on life: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson; You Can Be Happy No Matter What: Five Principles for Keeping Life in Perspective by Richard Carlson, PhD; Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in your Work and in your Life by Dr. Spencer Johnson; Worried?: Science Investigates Some of Life’s Common Concerns by Lise Johnson and Eric Chudler; The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin; and Life’s Little Instruction Book: 511 Suggestions, Observations, and Reminders on How to Live a Happy and Rewarding Life by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Youth Services Staff Recommendations also have suggestions for new beginnings with beginner chapter books: Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro; Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence; Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce; Weekends with Max and his Dad by Linda Urban; Absolutely Alfie and the Furry Purry Secret by Sally Warner; and Sam the Man & the Chicken Plan by Frances O’Roark Dowell.
Super Saturday: The World of Pooh.
Patron Interview: Who is your favorite British author or musician, and why?
A presentation on annual Banned Books Week programs with this year’s theme “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark,” including annual dramatic reading from City Lit, Books on the Chopping Block.
An interview with “Harmonaires” program coordinator, Virginia Banas, about the music group and their upcoming holiday concert, Holiday Celebration with the Harmonaires, Tuesday, December 17th at 1:30 p.m. Featuring a special performance from the Harmonaires.
An inside look at MPPL’s Teen Speed Volunteering program, monthly programs that provide opportunities for teens to volunteer. This month’s series focuses on Crafts for Charities.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations revolve around eccentric characters, and unique language and humor: Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken; Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons; The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai; The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman; Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo; and Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.
Youth Services Staff Recommendations are novels in verse: Love that Dog by Sharon Creech; Ebb & Flow by Heather T. Smith; Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison; The Crossover by Kwame Alexander; Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes; and Missing Mike by Shari Green.
Annual Prospect High School Madrigals Holiday Concert and interview with choir director, Jennifer Troiano.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite holiday song, and why?