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CPL Best of the Best Books 2016


Best of the Best, our picks for the best books of 2016! Find your new favorites from our selections for adults, teens and kids.

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Making of "Working in America" with WBEZ
Dec 8th | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Tony Sarabia hosts Jane M. Saks and Joe Richman in conversation about this multimedia initiative exploring the triumphs and realities of workin…

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Adults: Best Books of 2016

We recommend these as the best books published in 2016.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Adults

Explore / Great Reads for Kids
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Best Picture Books of 2016

We recommend these as the very best picture books published for kids from birth to 3rd grade in 2016.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Kids

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Christmas Around the World
By Shilo

Have you ever wondered how people around the world celebrate Christmas? Find out with these great reads for kids.

What are some of your family's holiday traditions?

How Do You Celebrate?
If You Love / Teen Reads
Staff List
Best Teen Fiction of 2016

We recommend these titles as the very best fiction published in 2016 for teens in high school.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Teens

Connect With / Your Kids
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Event
A Village of Stories
Dec 10th | 11:00am - 3:00pm

Read, play make believe, dress up in costumes and learn at this fun-filled celebration of a child's imagination for the whole family!

Make / A Masterpiece
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Blogpost
5 Articles: To Tattoo, Or Not To Tattoo
By Molly

Does the latest Field Museum exhibit have you curious about tattoos? Molly recommends articles about their history and where they're going.

If You Love / The Holidays
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Blogpost
Top Picks: Retail Therapy at the Movies
By Kelly

Whether you’re gearing up to go shopping or are already exhausted by it, check out Kelly's top picks for holiday movies with retail settings…

Explore / Science
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RIP, John Glenn

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, has died at 95. Learn more about the astronaut and U.S. senator in his memoir.

If You Love / The Holidays
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Event
Holiday Concerts at HWLC
Harold Washington Library Center

Enjoy the sounds of the season at lunchtime concerts by local musical groups.

Explore / Technology
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Hour of Code Events, Resources for Teens

Anyone can learn how to code! Try your hand at computer programming with events during Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11.

If You Love / A Great Read
Staff List
December 2016 Staff Picks

Check out this month's recommendations from Chicago Public Library. Visit our Books page for a link to previous lists of recommendations.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Adults

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New: Jobs & Small Business Page

Make our new Jobs & Small Business page your starting point for finding a job, building job skills or growing a small business.

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