Happy Bloomsday: Novels Set in Just One Day

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Observed annually on June 16, Bloomsday is celebrated in Dublin and elsewhere to commemorate the writer James Joyce and the characters and events of his famous novel Ulysses, which takes place over only one day, June 16, 1904. Here are other novels set during just one day. On Chesil Beach: The main sequence in this novel takes […]

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The Books of Our Fathers

Celebrate dads of all types with these preteen reads to get you thinking about that all-important father figure in your life. Bud, Not Buddy: 10-year-old Bud has had a rough go of it as a black kid growing up in foster homes in Depression-era Flint, Michigan. He expects his luck to change when he meets his father, […]

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For Your Health: Mental Health Awareness Month Reads

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Whether or not mental health issues have personally affected you, it is important to understand them and gain empathy through other perspectives. Here are some teen books that shed some light on a complex issue. Get Well Soon Depressed, overweight Anna Bloom’s parents commit her to a teen psychiatric […]

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Mother, May I Read A Good Book?

Mother’s come in all shapes and sizes. Here are a few recommended reads for preteens that feature an influential maternal figure. Coraline: Fans of the macabre may appreciate Coraline’s creepy journey through a door in her house that leads to a mysterious world. Like many stories about fantastic quests, her experiences with the “Other Mother” (complete […]

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Ebert Fest Part Two: The Man, The Movies

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Ebert Fest has traditionally been curated by one of history’s most loved film critics, and features a lineup of classics and new movies that may have been overlooked by other critics. Here are a few festival titles available in the library if you’d like to check them out or program your own fest. Young Adult […]

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Ebert Fest Part One: The Man, The Literature

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Last week the sixteenth annual Ebert Fest was presented in Roger Ebert’s hometown of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Ebert passed away shortly before his own curated festival last year. To understand the genius of one of the most popular film critics of all time, it is essential to read his literature to realize just how easily he […]

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Siblings On Screen

April 10, 2014 is National Siblings Day, and there have been a number of these sticky relationships depicted with finesse on the silver screen. Check out these titles for a peek into the secret world of siblings. Your Sister’s Sister: Indie directress Lynn Shelton employs her minimalist mumblecore techniques to maximum effect in this contemporary look at Iris […]

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The Zine Scene

Chicago Zine Fest takes place this weekend, from March 14-15, with readings from zines at Hairpin Arts Center and exhibitions at Columbia College. What’s a zine, you may ask? Whatcha Mean This book explains exactly what a zine is in the style and format of a small, self-published work, or zine. It provides a great […]

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Strong And Spunky Pint-Size Heroines

Women’s history month is about honoring strong and independent women, whether they are famous or everyday heroines. You can also celebrate strong and independent girls! Here are a few fictional pint-size tough and spunky females you might want to get to know. Ella Sarah Gets Dressed: Ella Sarah really, really wants to wear “my pink polka-dot pants, my […]

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Create, Don’t Procrastinate!

With the wintry weather lately, it’s no wonder that National Procrastination Week is March 8-14. Why don’t you fight the urge to put it off by dipping into your productive and creative side? Bird by Bird contains  some of the most practical advice for creativity and life in general I’ve ever read. Taking its namesake from advice her […]

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