Finding Me

Imagine that you are lured, captured, abducted, thrown into a cold basement and left in an unknown environment for 10 years. You hope your family and friends are looking for you but quickly understand that they are not. That was the existence of Michelle Knight, one of three young women kidnapped in Cleveland, Ohio by Ariel Castro. […]

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James Baldwin, August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987

August 2 is the 90th anniversary of the birth of novelist, playwright and essayist James Baldwin. He was a friend and mentor to many icons in the creative and literary world, such as Maya Angelou, Marlon Brando and Ossie Davis. He wrote with passion and depth, taking on social issues such as Christianity, homosexuality and […]

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Do You Have a Passion for Fashion?

Let’s face it, fashion is everywhere. Chicago Public Library subscribes to all the major fashion and style magazines but more than that, there are countless books on the subject. Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible chronicles Western fashion and gives a history lesson on garments from the caveman to the present, but insists that it’s not all […]

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Notes on “Angel of Harlem”

Angel of Harlem by Kuwana Hausley is the biography of Dr. May Edward Chinn. She  was the first African American woman to graduate from Columbia University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College and to intern at Harlem Hospital. This is a significant accomplishment in and of itself, however, the story told by Kuwana Hausley and characterized as a […]

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The Horse of Course

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  My interest in horses recently led me to do a little research on them. Chicago Public Library has a plethora of books and movies about the horse. It is the subject of great movies as well as many fine paintings by well known artists. There are a lot of fun and interesting facts about […]

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The Warmth of Other Suns

This is by no means a book review. Also,  I am not a fan of people telling others that they should read a certain book or see a particular movie, however, as I began reading this book I wanted to do just that. The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson, is very profound and […]

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