Highlights and historical facts about folk music from The Folk Music and Influence of Peter, Paul, and Mary and the Kingston Trio program/performance by musician and entertainment historian Steve Justman.
An interview and crafting session with paper crafting instructor Tina Gary, who walks us through how to make a few handmade holiday packaging items.
A “Tales Behind Fairytales” author visit from bestselling children’s author Liesl Shurtliff.
Youth Services Staff Recommendations revolve around secret identities: Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt; Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge; Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez; Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung; Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted; and Newsprints by Ru Xu.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations are all short stories—with a twist: The Short Stories of Saki by H.H. Munro; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro; Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker; Suddenly, a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret; Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis; and The World’s Shortest Stories of Love and Death edited by Steve Moss and John. W. Daniel.
A sneak peek performance from the Prospect High School Madrigals holiday concert and an interview with PHS Choir Director Jennifer Troiano.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite holiday song, and why?
Highlights from MPPL’s 75th Anniversary Open House, including the presentation of the Founders’ Award.
An interview with biochemist and forensic detective, Dr. Hal Tinberg, about his upcoming program, Forensic Detectives: Identifying America’s Fallen Heroes.
Birds of Prey event with Forest Preserves of Cook County Naturalist, Ryan DePauw.
Youth Services Staff Recommendations includes some awesome graphic novels: Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke; Oddly Normal by Otis Frampton; Dream Jumper: Nightmare Escape by Greg Grunberg and Lucas Turnbloom; Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola; Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter by Marcus Sedgwick and Thomas Taylor; and Cardboard by Doug TenNapel.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations explore genealogy: Kinship: It’s All Relative by Jackie Smith Arnold; Organizing Your Family History Search by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack; Crash Course in Genealogy by David R. Dowell; Finding Your Roots by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Ancestors & Relatives: Genealogy, Identity, & Community by Eviatar Zerubavel; and It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree by A.J. Jacobs.
12th Annual Sister Cities Family French Festival.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite MPPL memory, and why?
Antiques and Collectibles Appraisals program with appraiser and educator Karl Gates.
An interview with professional photographer Jim Rowan on his virtual photo-tour program East Africa: Kenya and Tanzania as part of this year’s Annual Cultural Series.
An inside look at a Baby Yoga Class with instructor Susy Goelkel.
Youth Services Staff Recommendations are spooky for Halloween with some light-hearted ghost stories: Ruby & Olivia by Rachel Hawkins; My Haunted House by Angie Sage; The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie; Monster Itch: Ghost Attack by David Lubar; The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson; and Rules for Ghosting by A.J. Paquette.
Adult Services Staff Recommendations feature some dark wit and intrigue: Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd; Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero; Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor; Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia; Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye; and Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss.
Polish Children’s Day celebration.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite Autumn tradition, and why?
Selections from The Best of Broadway and the Fabulous Forties.
An interview with Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Dawn Fletcher-Collins, about the upcoming September 23 MPPL 75th Anniversary Open House.
Marbling Art Demonstration.
Youth Services Staff Recommendations include awesome audiobooks: Tumble & Blue, by Cassie Beasley; The Wizards of Once, by Cressida Cowell; Greetings From Witness Protection!, by Jake Burt; Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm; and Patina, by Jason Reynolds. Best book pick within this theme: The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier.
Adult Services Best Book Recommendations:The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, by Natalie Y. Moore. Other narratives set in Chicago’s south side: Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago, by LeAlan Jones; Inside Mrs. B’s Classroom: Courage, Hope, and Learning on Chicago’s South Side, by Leslie Baldacci; Family Properties: How the Struggle Over Race and Real Estate Transformed Chicago and Urban America, by Beryl Satter; Negroland: a Memoir, by Margo Jefferson; and Waiting for Gautreaux, by Alexander Polikoff.
75th Anniversary Trivia Night.
Patron Interview: How has the Mount Prospect Public Library enriched your life?
Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation concert Encore Presents: Wish!
An interview with historian Anette Isaacs about her June 26 program, Levi Strauss, the Gold Rush and the World’s Most Famous Pair of Pants.
Throwback Thursday teen program.
Adult Services Best Book Recommendation:The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory. Other books featuring relationships: Act Like It, by Lucy Parker; Kiss an Angel, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips; The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn; Tempest, by Beverly Jenkins; and Yours to Keep, by Shannon Stacey.
Youth Services Staff Recommendations include books about parallel universes: Signal, by Cynthia DeFelice; Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce; The 13th Reality: The Journal of Curious Letters, by James Dashner; The Twinning Project, by Robert Lipsyte; and Jed and the Junkyard War, by Steven Bohls. Best book pick within this theme: The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, by Christopher Edge.
Super Saturday: Magic by Randy.
Patron Interview: What is your favorite type of blue jean and why?