Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s Favorite Business Book

Bill Gates gestures while speaking

Bill Gates recently shared on his blog that once, when he asked Warren Buffett what his favorite business book was, Buffett instantly replied that it was Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales From The World Of Wall Street by John Brooks. Gates had never heard of it, but it became his favorite business book, too. It’s being reissued […]

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Find Your Inner Maker

Source: Creative Tools, flickr

I had heard about 3D printing but I was in no way prepared for how awesome it is. I am lucky enough to be a part of the Wrightwood-Ashburn Branch staff enjoying our time as host of the Mini Maker Lab. You don’t need to be a computer whiz to design a funky pair of earrings or […]

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Paint, Paste, Sticker

Chicago Public Library Exhibit Poster

This year the Chicago art world mourned the loss of Brooks Golden (1974-2014), a street artist featured with Nice One in a 2012 exhibit at the Chicago Public Library curated by Oscar Arriola. Brooks’ legacy lives on in the library’s Chicago Artists’ Archive, which has a rich file on him. Chicago has a long and complicated […]

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My Precious: Lord of the Rings Readalikes

gold ring on page from Fellowship of the Ring

“One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them.”  This July marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring, and I remember the first time I read the trilogy. I did it in semi-secret because I was a grown woman and these were books written for pre-adolescent […]

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Play Is for Big Kids, Too

Tile letter spelling out word "play"

One of the many great things about having kids is the opportunity to experience “play” again.  Admittedly, I am not, nor ever have been, a great athlete. I mean, I was the last to be picked on anyone’s team and unknowingly showed up to a volleyball practice with makeup on in high school. Play was never for me, as […]

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Remembering Adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary

Celebrate Sir Edmund Hillary’s 95th birthday by visiting your local library and checking out some mountaineering books. Why risk altitude sickness and frostbite when you can enjoy a mountaineering adventure from the comfort of your favorite chair?  These reads will have you feeling lighted-headed and exhilarated, just as Sir Edmund Hillary must have felt when […]

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Embrace Your Inner Geek

Being raised by Star Trek and sci-fi/fantasy geeks meant knowing the title of a TNG (Star Trek: The Next Generation) episode 10 seconds in and keeping mostly quiet about many of the TV shows I watched and most of the books I read. It was not until adulthood that I found other like-minded people. The […]

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Hot Diggity Dog

Chicago-style hot dog

We all know there is only one way to eat a hot dog in Chicago and it most certainly does not include ketchup, however, other parts of the country can and do dress their dogs a little differently! For me, a hot dog once a year at a summer BBQ is enough, but since July is […]

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Staying Positive…You Can Do It!

It’s hard not to get sucked into the mental drama we self-create or that we get dragged into from friends, family, or even coworkers. Being negative is sometimes, unfortunately, easier then to find ways or methods to work through the bad to find some good. And, the good is there, trust me. I used to […]

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It’s Electric

If you’re bothering to read this, you’re reading it on a computer, and if you’re using a computer, you probably take electricity for granted. Unless you’ve come across some faulty wiring or jammed a fork into a live toaster, you probably need to be reminded how terrifying electricity can be. For centuries, it has been […]

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