A musical history lesson and concert on the Legends of Sun Records with guitarist and vocalist Randy Walker.
An interview with Lutheran Home Marketing Director Linda Smith on planning for and trends in long-term care, why it’s important, costs of independent living, and other subjects from her October program How to Pay for Long-Term Care.
A tour of the South Branch’s Mind and Body Connection program series with yoga instructor Carole Liss, covering health and wellness subjects that focus on deep connections between mind, body, and spirit.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations highlight the theme of mysterious disappearances: The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea; Since She Went Away by David Bell; Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter; Written in Bone by Simon Beckett; Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon; and The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane.
Youth Services Staff Recommendations show some team spirit with sports fiction: Beyond Lucky by Sarah Aronson; Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson; Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami; Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer; Ghost by Jason Reynolds; and Checked by Cynthia Kadohata.
Super Saturday: Cuenta y canta with Laura Crotte.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite aspect of autumn, and why?
A concert and deep dive into the history of Woodstock and the music of the 60s and 70s with musician and author, Dean Milano, for the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock event.
An interview with former Executive Director of the Washington D.C. Churchill Center, Daniel Myers, about his upcoming program as part of our Annual Culture Series, Winston Churchill: Life, Leadership, and Legacy. This program is Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m.
An inside peek at the annual Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal with former U.S. Treasury appraiser, Karl Gates.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations are sci-fi and fantasy graphic novels: Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe; Redlands by Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa Del Rey; Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples; Die by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans; The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood and Renée Nault; and Man-Eaters by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, and Rachelle Rosenberg.
Youth Services Staff Recommendations follow the theme “the end of the world as we know it”: Apocalypse Taco by Nathan Hale; Apocalypse Bow Wow by James Proimos III; We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey; Little Apocalypse by Katherine Sparrow; Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez; and Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught.
Super Saturday: Animal Quest.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite wild animal, and why?
A U.S. history lesson in the form of The History of Country Music with musician and entertainer, Steve Justman.
An interview with MPPL South Branch Manager, Maria Garstecki about the Library’s South Branch at the Community Connections Center and the 10th Anniversary of the South Branch.
A behind-the-scenes featurette on recent 2-session program for teens, Filmmaker Boot Camp, where teens at MPPL learned the art of script writing, filming, and more.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations include sea-themed and demonic horror stories: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant; MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten; A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias; The Deep by Nick Cutter; The Descent by Jeff Long; and A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay.
Youth Services Staff Recommendations feature middle school scary stories: Thornhill by Pam Smy; The Girl in the Locked Room by Mary Downing Hahn; A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano; The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand; The Nest by Kenneth Oppel; and Small Spaces by Katherine Arden.
Polish Children’s Day celebration.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite movie genre, and why?
A backstage pass to annual event, Jammin’ in the Stacks, with the Brother John Kattke Trio.
An interview with Vietnam veteran and author Dennis Depcik about writing letters with his wife during the Vietnam War, his book, and his upcoming Library program Letters from the Heart. This program will be held Tuesday, August 6th at 1:30 p.m.
A trip back in time with Chicago author and Vietnam vet Michael Duffy during his program A Chicago Man & the Vietnam War, and details from his book, From Chicago to Vietnam: A Memoir of War.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations are stories that take place in the 20th century: November Road by Lou Berney; The Kennedy Connection by R.G. Belsky; 11/22/63 by Stephen King; The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver; World Gone By by Dennis Lehane; and Thelma & Louis (DVD.)
Youth Services Staff Recommendations center on refugees: The Day War Came by Nicola Davies; Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Eleanor Shakespeare; A Refugee’s Journey from Syria by Helen Mason; Golden Game by David Starr; Strange Boarders by Jake Maddox; and Zenobia by Morten Dürr.
Super Saturday: Barefoot Hawaiian Family Show.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite type of summer vacation, and why?
A tribute to Marilyn Genther in honor of her retirement, after 33 years at MPPL, and 27 years of serving as MPPL’s Executive Director.
An interview with writer and performer Diane Kastiel on personal narrative storytelling and her upcoming Library program, Powerful Personal Storytelling Workshop, a two-part tutorial on July 9th and 16th at 6:30 p.m.
Highlights from Thriving with Autism, featuring a piano performance and interview with pianist and composer Dr. Charles J. Smith, and an interview with Lynn West, a founding member of autism-focused nonprofit, Celebration of Joy, Inc.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations spotlight historical fantasy: The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower, and The Winter of the Witch (The Winter Night trilogy) by Katherine Arden; Uprooted by Naomi Novik; Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho; The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty; The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee; and The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner.
Youth Services Staff Recommendations center on historical fiction: Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg; The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis; Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai; The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet; and Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood.
Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros (Day of Children, Day of Books)
Patron Interview: What do you feel is Marilyn Genter’s greatest legacy, and why?