Exonerated Prisoners Share Their Stories

Living Justice book cover

It seems like everyone is talking about the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer. In addition to debates about the specifics of Steven Avery's and Brendan Dassey's cases, the series also inspires conversations about exoneration, as Avery was exonerated in 2003 after spending 18 years in prison for a 1985 sexual assault he didn't commit. […]

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Top Picks: Advice Columnists

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When I think about why I love reading so much, the quote “We read to know we're not alone” (from William Nicholson's Shadowlands) always comes to mind first. Rarely does that line ring more true than when I relate to a story shared in an advice column. With the fresh start the new year offers, I'm drawn to a variety of advice columnists who […]

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Caught Reading at the Airport, January 2016

Underground passage connecting concourses at O'Hare's Airport Terminal One

Holiday travelers, we know you're sometimes excited and sometimes weary, but always ready to be done with the airport. Holiday travel does have one thing going for it: uninterrupted reading time. Yep, we caught you reading at the airport. Most of you were using the time to get lost in engrossing novels, while some of you chose Hollywood memoirs. […]

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Quiz: A Christmas Carol

Scrooge and Bob Cratchit
woodcut by John Leech. Source: Wikimedia Commons, public domain

The debate over the best film adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is sure to rage at many a holiday table again this year. To put you in the spirit, our bloggers Jennifer, Joanna and Laura compiled this quiz to see how well you know the classic holiday tale and its many adaptations. For more of the miser we all […]

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Quiz: Test Your Holiday IQ

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For many of us, books, movies and music put us in the holiday spirit and shape our traditions with family and friends. So what better way to celebrate the titles we love than a holiday quiz? Our bloggers Beth, Katie, Laura, Mary, Michelle, Municipal_Reference_Guy and Shilo created this quiz to give you something fun to share this holiday season.

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Heart or Hate? 5 Articles About Emojis

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Whether you're applauding or heartbroken, there's an emoji to sum up your feelings over the news that Oxford English Dictionary named the "Face with Tears of Joy" emoji the 2015 word of the year. Let's take a look at the range of emotions about emojis with these five articles. You can read these articles using CPL's Online Resources, but I've also noted […]

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Chicago Authors Build Legacy of Suspense

Sara Paretsky and Scott Turow

Love reading on the edge of your seat? Let's take a look at two authors sure to keep you there: Sara Paretsky and Scott Turow. These bestselling and prolific authors both call the Chicago area home. We’re grateful for their participation in this year’s Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner, held by the Chicago Public Library Foundation on October […]

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Double Take: 5 Articles About Twins

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Identical, fraternal, lifelong companions who share their own language, raised apart and reunited—stories about twins fascinate many of us. Scientists and laypeople alike wonder what makes twins different from singletons, and what makes them similar to (or different from) each other. Let's take a look with five articles about twins. You can read these articles using CPL's Online […]

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Knitted Toys: Stretch Your Imagination

knitted octopus

Toys are fun for everyone, no matter their age. Knitted toys are like that, too—they're interesting for every knitter, no matter their skill level. Check out these books for patterns that inspire your imagination, amuse (and amaze) your friends and help you learn new techniques. Chicagoan Anna Hrachovec combines her whimsical knitted characters with fantastical tales in her new book, Adventures in Mochi-Mochi Land. The sweet stories of […]

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#TBT: American Top 40 Debuts in 1970

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For a lot of kids growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, nothing said Saturday better than Casey Kasem's voice on the radio counting down the week's hits from the Billboard Top 100. This Independence Day weekend, American Top 40 celebrates 45 years of playing the hits. So for Throwback Thursday, let's take a look at some of […]

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