Mount Prospect Public Library Videos

Growing Greens Indoors


Winter season got you down? Wish it was spring so you could start your vegetable garden? Bring the green indoors! Join Julia Zoltowsky, a horticulturalist from the Chicago Botanic Garden, and learn how to grow leafy greens indoors, plus discover the best tricks, tips, and tools to harvest all winter long.

Best Books: MPPL’s Favorite Children’s Books of 2021


For parents, teachers, and families.

As you gear up for your holiday shopping, look no further than the library for the year’s best books for the children in your life. This fast-paced book-talking virtual bonanza features Youth staff’s favorite titles sharing fabulous fiction and nonfiction titles for preschoolers through 6th graders.

Sponsored by Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation.

Mount Prospect Stories: Bits and Pieces of Mount Prospect History


Mount Prospect’s landscape is full of change. This is reflected in many of the village’s structures that have been dismantled, renovated, or moved over time. Emily Dattilo, executive director of the Mount Prospect Historical Society, will discuss how businesses, government buildings, and schools have changed, plus, she will show pieces of history from some of the structures.

The Path to Your Family Story: Beyond Ancestry


Genealogy subscription databases Heritage Quest, MyHeritage, Fold3, and Heritage Hub may not be as well-known as Ancestry Library Edition, but they offer information to help family historians add rich narratives to their family stories using Census records, vital records, obituaries, family trees, military records, and more. Librarians Steven Browne and Anne Shaughnessy will help you make the most of these resources available to Mount Prospect Public Library cardholders.

Author Visit: The Color of Law & Reversing Segregation with Richard Rothstein


Author and researcher Richard Rothstein presents on the policies that led to racial segregation in American communities, and what can be done to reverse these practices and work towards racial equity.

Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, which recovers a forgotten history of how federal, state, and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide, creating racially homogenous neighborhoods in patterns that violate the Constitution and require remediation.

Richard’s Web Info:

Richard’s bio on the Economic Policy Institute’s website

An Evening with Cathy Park Hong: Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (Author Visit)


Cathy Park Hong discusses her New York Times best-selling book Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, a collection of honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original essays that explore Asian American consciousness. Time Magazine featured Minor Feeling as one of the best books of 2020, referring to Hong as an “energetic and necessary voice in the dialogue surrounding racism in the U.S.”

Hong is the poetry editor of the New Republic and is a full professor at Rutgers-Newark University. Hong speaks with Chicago journalist Monica Eng, currently a reporter for Axios. Eng worked at Chicago’s WBEZ for eight years as the station’s Curious City reporter and spent 16 years as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

Presented in partnership with multiple Chicago-area libraries.

Cathy’s web and social media info:

Cathy’s website

Monica’s web and social media info:

Monica’s Podcast, “Chewing”

Author Visit: An Evening with Author Gary Ginsberg


Presented in partnership with multiple Illinois libraries.

Author Gary Ginsberg’s new book, First Friends: The Powerful, Unsung (And Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents, examines White House history as told through the stories of the best friends and closest confidants of American presidents such as Lincoln and Joshua Speed, FDR and Daisy Suckley, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and Bill Clinton and Vernon Jordan. “First Friends” is an engaging look into the lives of Commanders-in-Chief and how their presidencies were shaped by those they held most dear.

Ginsberg provides insights into the lives of the men who held the most powerful political office in the world by looking at the friends on whom they relied.

In conversation with award-winning interviewer Steve Edwards, formerly of WBEZ and the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.

Gary’s web and social media info:

Gary’s website

Steve’s social media info:



Two Lane Gems: Travelogue and Road Trip Inspiration with Theresa Goodrich (Author Visit)


Join award-winning author Theresa L. Goodrich for an epic journey through a great American road trip. Designed to inspire your own travels, this first-person travelogue takes an epic journey while sharing tips to plan adventures including how to choose destinations, save money on the road, and avoid conflict with traveling companions.

Theresa’s web and social media info:

Theresa’s website
The Local Tourist Website

Meet the Author: Talia Hibbert


Settle in for conversation and fun as Talia Hibbert, author of Get a Life, Chloe BrownTake a Hint, Dani Brown, and Act Your Age, Eve Brown, is interviewed by booktuber, blogger, and avid reader Ashley from Bookish Realm.

USA Today bestselling author Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate. She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalized identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.

Talia’s web and social media info:

Talia’s website

Ashley’s blog and social media info:

Bookish Realm Reviews blog
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For some Talia Hibbert readalikes, visit our Check It Out blog.
Also see Why MPPL Staff Love Talia Hibbert!

Mount Prospect Stories: Hidden Mount Prospect


The commercial and residential structures around Mount Prospect have unique histories. Come and join Mount Prospect Historical Society Executive Director Emily Dattilo as she discusses the hidden histories behind the stores along Prospect Avenue and the location of the former Central Plaza.

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