We the People

Original document with preamble of the U.S. Constitution

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” This didn’t mean […]

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Challenge Accepted: Learn About ALS

bucket filled with ice

Niles Public Library challenged CPL to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. To meet the challenge, we pulled together some of the best resources about ALS from our collection. We now challenge all Chicagoans to read and learn more about this disease. Maybe you’ve been “called out” and you’re filling your bucket and preparing […]

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Happy Birthday, Ray Bradbury!

Ray Bradbury is easily one of the most celebrated authors of the 21st century. I’m willing to say with very good reason. He is the creator of more than 600 works spanning 7 decades. His writing is timeless and every generation can find meaning and relevance no matter the milieu. Bradbury often said he wrote […]

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It’s Alright to Be a Lefty!

Left palm with message

I used to come home from kindergarten crying because my teacher insisted I was holding my pencil wrong. Yep, I’m a lefty and no matter how much coaxing, cajoling or coercing involved, I was not going to be right-handed or even ambidextrous. Luckily, my right-handed mother championed my difference and I was allowed to proudly hold […]

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Find Your Inner Maker

Source: Creative Tools, flickr

I had heard about 3D printing but I was in no way prepared for how awesome it is. I am lucky enough to be a part of the Wrightwood-Ashburn Branch staff enjoying our time as host of the Mini Maker Lab. You don’t need to be a computer whiz to design a funky pair of earrings or […]

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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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Hot Diggity Dog

Chicago-style hot dog

We all know there is only one way to eat a hot dog in Chicago and it most certainly does not include ketchup, however, other parts of the country can and do dress their dogs a little differently! For me, a hot dog once a year at a summer BBQ is enough, but since July is […]

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