Author of the Month Andrea Davis Pinkney

In 1959, in a bungalow in the heart of Detroit, with $800 and a dream, Berry Gordy, Jr. started the first recording label for African American musicians. It was here that the "Sound of Young America" was born and where the "Groove" got its beginning. Take a ride won't you—a Rhythm Ride—with February's Author of the Month, Andrea Davis […]

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Andrea Davis Pinkney Q&A

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Get to know February's Author of the Month, Andrea Davis Pinkney, as she talks about the inspiration behind her latest book, Rhythm Ride, how she got her start in writing and her favorite Motown sound. Where did you get your idea for this book? RHYTHM RIDE started with music. Do you remember the very first time […]

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Ali Benjamin Q & A

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Get to know January's Author of the Month, Ali Benjamin, as she talks about the inspiration behind her first novel, The Thing About Jellyfish, how she got her start in writing and how to craft a great story. Where did you get your idea for this book? The biggest inspiration for this book was my […]

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Author of the Month Ali Benjamin

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When Suzy's best friend dies, she can't accept that fact that "sometimes things just happen." To work through her grief, she uses the scientific method to prove that Franny, who was an excellent swimmer, could not have drowned but must have been stung by the world's deadliest jellyfish. Told through flashbacks and Suzy's scientific research, […]

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Video Game Design: Knowledge Ninja Challenge

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The Knowledge Ninja is looking for sixth- through eighth-graders to complete this challenge and become Knowledge Ninjas. Use your ninja skills to investigate, then answer the questions below by December 18 to be entered in a raffle to win a prize to help you continue your ninja training. Watch for more challenges coming soon! Ever wonder how games like Minecraft […]

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Mission Mars: Knowledge Ninja Challenge

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The Knowledge Ninja is looking for third- through fifth-graders to complete this challenge and become Knowledge Ninjas. Use your ninja skills to investigate, then answer the questions below by November 10 to be entered in a raffle to win a prize to help you continue your ninja training. Watch for more challenges coming soon! Find out how nations around […]

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Travel to Mars: Knowledge Ninja Challenge

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The Knowledge Ninja is looking for sixth- through eighth-graders to complete this challenge and become Knowledge Ninjas. Use your ninja skills to investigate, then answer the questions below by November 10 to be entered in a raffle to win a prize to help you continue your ninja training. Watch for more challenges coming soon! Human exploration of space […]

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Guest Blog: Kerry Ryan Lynch on Choose Kind

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As part of Choose Kind Chicago, we’re featuring a guest blog by Kerry Ryan Lynch, mother of 3-year-old Mary Cate Lynch. Mary Cate, of Beverly, was born with a rare condition called Apert syndrome; she and her mother make presentations at schools throughout the Chicago area emphasizing author R.J. Palacio’s message to Choose Kind. Chicago Public Library […]

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Top Picks: Saturday Night Live Turns 40

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When Saturday Night Live first aired Live From New York on October 11, 1975, no one could have imagined that the show would still be keeping us up 40 years later. With Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman and Gilda Radner among the original cast, the show succeeded quickly, making these relatively unknown […]

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Get Creative: Day of Play Is Saturday, October 24

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Bring your creativity and imagination to Day of Play on Saturday, October 24 at Harold Washington Library Center. This hands-on event for children ages 3-11 features the Global Cardboard Challenge, a LEGO brick room and many other activities to encourage kids and their families to play, build and learn together. But you can explore play anytime. Here are some […]

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