Video Category: Library Life

Library Life Episode 208

Library Life: December 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • Concert coverage of a performance by acoustic Beatles tribute band, Kaleidoscope Eyes, featuring interviews from band members.
  • An interview with nutrition expert Joan Davis on her upcoming program Fake News: Nutrition Edition.
  • Highlights from the latest Annual Cultural Series program on Egypt, Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh of Egypt with educational entertainer Martina Mathisen.
  • Youth Services Staff Recommendations focus on authors who live in Chicagoland: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown; The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School by Candace Fleming; Stick Dog by Tom Watson; Unschooled by Allan Woodrow; Hold Fast by Blue Balliett; and Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Liesl Shurtliff.
  • Adult Services Staff Recommendations this month feature both books and DVDs about the AIDS crisis: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai; How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France; Ryan White: My Own Story by Ryan White and Ann Marie Cunningham; My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid; Angels In America DVD; and The Hours DVD.
  • Super Saturday: Macaroni Soup! youth concert.
  • Patron Interview: Who is your favorite historical figure and why?

Library Life Episode 207

Library Life: November 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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?

Library Life Episode 206

Library Life: October 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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?

Library Life Episode 205

Library Life: September 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

    • 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?

Library Life Episode 204

Library Life: August 2018

This episode of Library Life includes:

  • 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?