Soundtrack for the Puerto Rican Day Parade

Chicago PR Flag

For me, June means beautiful weather, weddings and the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Since 1981, this ethnic parade celebrates the culture of the Puerto Rican diaspora that chose Chicago as their home, my family included. Nowadays the parade marches down Paseo Boricua, which is located on Division Street between the huge steel flags on Western Avenue and […]

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Real life Indiana Joneses with a side of Harrison Ford

Panoramic of Machu Picchu

We are coming to the 25th anniversary of the release of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, my absolute favorite in the Indiana Jones franchise. For those who are unfamiliar the library has all four films, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of […]

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Don Quixote. Still Worth the Challenge 400 Years Later.

Don Quixote reading

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quijote of La Mancha by Miguel De Cervantes is a story that clocks in at about 1000 pages, in very small print, on very thin paper. Deciding to start this epic really is a commitment, but worth the effort. The story is about an old retired man who spends his elder years reading from […]

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Save Money on Your Wedding with Your Library Card

Custom cake topper

I walked into a convenience store a day after my engagement looking for the latest bridal magazines. My eyes popped out of my head when I saw the prices for these! Why are they four times as expensive as regular magazines? Clearly being so early on, I was blinded by positive thoughts and spent a small […]

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The Real Ireland

Book of Kells

The St. Patrick's Day parade coming up serves as a reminder of the lovely trip I took to the Emerald Isle two years ago. I'd rather spend the day learning about the history of the event than going on a pub crawl in a sea of green, but that's just me. One of my favorite […]

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Pulling Back the Curtains on Illusionists

Illustration of a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat

I love magic. The accurate term would be illusion, but in my heart it is all real. When it comes to modern illusionists, my favorite is Criss Angel. I saw his show in Las Vegas and was blown away by the appearance of birds from nowhere and him walking down walls. I know it’s heavily […]

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Detroit to Birmingham by Way of 1963

Cornerstone of Sixteenth St. Baptist Church, erected 1909

When I came across the book The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis, the title struck me as odd. It was like something you would scribble on the back of a photograph or at the very least a rather complex title for a children’s book. However, this story of an African American family has stayed […]

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Latinas in the City

I am a Latina, but by no means does that limit my reading choices. But I have to admit ever so often it is fun to read a book that accurately reflects my unique experience. The classic book of choice in my Puerto Rican family is Esmeralda Santiago’s When I Was Puerto Rican. (Also available in […]

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Pretty Pretty Wedding Pictures

Wedding aisle and alter

Rule No. 1 for planning a wedding: Elope. Rule No. 2 for planning a wedding: You already failed the first rule so you’re on your own. I wish someone told me beforehand how incredibly difficult planning a wedding would be. Guests, flowers, lighting (lighting?), cake, colors, shoes, photos, arches and floating candles are now a […]

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A Spooky Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Ambrose Bierce

It was fifth-period English III and I opened up the class textbook. The type of book that can double as a 20-pound weight and ruins all the great stories in it by finishing each one with questions that served as homework. I was desperate for something to read, as the substitute seemingly had fallen asleep. […]

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