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Chicago Public Library Exhibit Poster

This year the Chicago art world mourned the loss of Brooks Golden (1974-2014), a street artist featured in a 2012 exhibit with Nice One at the Chicago Public Library. Brooks’ legacy lives on in the library’s Chicago Artists’ Archive, which has a rich file on him. Chicago has a long and complicated history with graffiti […]

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A Little Play Goes a Long Way!

A dog in a pool with a tennis ball in its mouth

To kids, play equals fun! To adults, play is an important part of a child’s development, including important skills that will help when it’s time for children to begin reading on their own. Books are a great way to encourage kids to play. Try some of these books with your kids and use them to participate in […]

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Conservation and You

sprouting plant

Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge Brain Builder Conservation involves taking an active role in caring for our natural resources, such as soil, water, air and plants. Zoos are important leaders in conservation efforts that help make sure living things are healthy and protected. You can be a conservation leader right here in Chicago. Planting native […]

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In the News: Giant Octopus

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Rahm’s Readers Teen Summer Challenge – Newsworthy Animal Challenges More than a million people shared the image of what the Lightly Braised Turnip’s website claims to be the second giant octopus found in the Santa Monica coastline. The cause of such a bizarre creature: radioactive gigantism. READ: Second Giant Sea Creature Washes Ashore Along Santa […]

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“Cousins by Chance, Friends by Choice”


Cousins are special people. My son’s primo (cousin) is his partner in crime, best friend, and brother. Did you know there’s a special day to honor cousins? On July 24 reach out to your cousins and show your love for them on Cousin’s Day. Celebrate the ones that make family gatherings fun with these books that […]

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My Precious: Lord of the Rings Readalikes

gold ring on page from Fellowship of the Ring

“One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them.”  This July marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring, and I remember the first time I read the trilogy. I did it in semi-secret because I was a grown woman and these were books written for pre-adolescent […]

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Coffee: the dark liquid

coffee cup

Coffee sometimes means more to me than life itself.  I can have an awful day, be sick as a dog, or need sleep after a long day- but I will always be ready for that first sip. I search out the best coffee experience the way some hunt for a life-long mate… But it doesn’t […]

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Read Together, Learn Together

stuffed mice reading

Reading with your child is a way to spend quality time together and a way to learn subjects your child is interested in. It’s also great fun to read together! Reading aloud is something that can be done with children of any age—from infants up to teens—if they’ll let you! Try these picture books celebrating both reading […]

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Musician biographies

If you’re like me, you know that summertime presents great opportunities to go to outdoor music concerts in this beautiful city. Since I’m a little long in the tooth now, I prefer sitting in the pavilion area as opposed to kicking back with a blanket on the grass, but the overall experience of an outdoor concert still […]

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Elvis Releases First Single

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On the evening of July 5, 1954, Elvis was in Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, recording some tracks. During a recording break, he began playing around with the tune “That’s All Right (Mama)” on his guitar, a song written by blues artist Arthur Crudup. Elvis’ fast version of the song caught the attention of Sun […]

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