Top Picks: 5 Robert Redford Movies

All the President's Men DVD cover

Happy birthday to a true star, Robert Redford, who turns 80 on August 18 with a film career going stronger than ever. In fact, he's starred in more movies in the past few years than he had in the whole previous decade. It's a challenge to select just five key films for a star like Redford, so […]

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Shakespeare?

drawing of William Shakespeare

“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”—Hamlet While Hamlet had only one question, we have 13 for you: See how well you know William Shakespeare with our quiz created by bloggers B. Bruins, Jeff, Mara, Michelle, MsCaroline, Sarah and Stephen.  

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Oscar Trivia?

Oscar statue

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be presenting the 88th Oscars ceremony on February 28. The Big Short is widely predicted to take the top prize, although Spotlight and The Revenant are also considered big contenders. Although there were some disappointing omissions (I'm personally most disappointed about Michael B. Jordan not being nominated […]

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CPL’s Most Popular Books of 2015

The Girl on the Train, Dead Wake book covers

Before we completely shift our focus to the new books coming in 2016, let's take a look back at our most checked out and requested books of 2015. For comparison's sake, you may want to also look at Publishers Weekly's national statistics for 2015, as well as our most popular books of 2014. Are you surprised to learn […]

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Musicals Based on Books

While Broadway these days often seems to be stuck in a rut, the Off-Broadway scene has given birth to some new works that are injecting the scene with new energy. These brainy, youthful, exuberant musicals are all based on books that, at first glance, would seem to be very unlikely subjects for a hit show, yet that's ultimately […]

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A Guide to Oliver Sacks

Book cover, Awakenings by Oliver Sacks

Neurologist Oliver Sacks passed away last month at the age of 82, leaving behind a tremendous and inspirational body of work. Announcing the return of his cancer in the New York Times earlier this year, Sacks expressed his gratitude for the life he'd been able to live. We're grateful for the wonderful publications he gave us. Sacks was a superb […]

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The Creeping Influence of John Carpenter

The Thing DVD cover

Nostalgia is a major force in pop culture, and when it comes to movies and music these days, the 1980s loom large. The movies of directors like Steven Spielberg and John Hughes have received a lot of attention (JJ Abrams's use of lens flare as homage to Spielberg has practically worn out the Internet with commentary.), […]

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World Cup Victory for U.S. Women’s Team

Bend It Like Beckham DVD cover

As you probably know by now, the U.S. women's national soccer team won this year's World Cup, and there will be celebrations across the nation, including a ticker tape parade in New York. And the Chicago Red Stars will be welcoming back four teammates who played for the U.S. team. (The victory has been a welcome diversion […]

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5 Articles About Songs

Hands playing a guitar. No face visible.

Let's take a look at a range of recent articles on that humble but profoundly powerful art form, the song. While most songs only last a few minutes in performance, some of them have long and interesting histories. You can read these articles using CPL's Online Resources, but I've also noted if an article is available freely on the web. "'Blurred […]

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Anything but Standard

This season there are an unusual number of albums from major artists covering classics rather than new songs. These songs cover the gamut from 1930s show tunes to 1960s pop, but the overall vibe is nice and easy. Cheek to Cheek by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. They're one of the more unexpected pairings in recent memory, but […]

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