DIY Home Projects: Inside and Out

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I'm feeling rather ambitious this spring and am getting ready to tackle many projects both inside and outside the house. This is my second year as a homeowner and I want to really "dig in" and "hammer out" some style on our home (ha-ha), but I don't have the funds to do all that I want […]

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Vikings Spotted on Lake Michigan!

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The northmen of legend have landed at the Field Museum with a wealth of history and ancient treasures for you to discover! In the new Vikings exhibit, you'll explore the relics, legends and legacy of Viking civilization. Here at CPL, you can continue your journey with these epic tales: Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom is […]

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Can’t Get Enough Jane Austen?

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I first encountered Jane Austen through the BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice. After falling in love with Colin Firth as only a girl of 12 can, I quickly devoured as much Austen as I could get my hands on. Years later, I still grab Persuasion to read on vacation. I recommend the following titles for all Jane […]

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Can’t We Talk About Something More Graphic? Memoirs With Pictures

Wheelchair

Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is her memoir of caring for her ailing parents, who in general do not think death will occur if it isn't talked about. Chast, a cartoonist for the New Yorker, combines text with graphics to tell the story of her parents' decline and its effect on her, their anxious, […]

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The Winner of the Greatest Ever Chicago Book

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The Chicago Reader has finally decided the winner of the Greatest Ever Chicago Book NCAA-style tournament and it is The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. Wilkerson's history of the Great Migration beat out Studs Terkel's Working, a book about the lives of working people. It was a close race, however, with six judges selecting […]

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Trapped

Trapped

It's easy to feel trapped by circumstance. Something goes wrong in your personal life, and suddenly you have nowhere to go and there's nothing you can do about it. But books about people who were actually trapped can teach you how lucky you are. In 2010, reporters all over the world were enraptured by the story of 33 Chilean […]

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More Great Reads for Fans of Wolf Hall

Painting of Thomas Cromwell

Wolf Hall is everywhere lately, with adaptations of Hillary Mantel's prize-winning novels about Thomas Cromwell (Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies) on both PBS and Broadway. The third novel in the trilogy (reportedly to be titled The Mirror and the Light) has not yet been published, but fans of these addictive tales of court intrigue set during the reign […]

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HiSet and TASC: Alternatives to the GED

Joining many other states throughout America, Illinois will begin to offer adults alternative choices to the GED to earn their high school equivalency diploma in 2016. These alternative exams will be the HiSet (High School Equivalency Exam) and the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion). The announcement comes in response to the huge amount of adults […]

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Give Back During National Volunteer Week

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If you’ve wanted to reach out to your community and lend a helping hand in some way, but haven’t known how, you’re in luck—National Volunteer Week runs from April 12-18. It is the perfect time to engage with and within your community and work to make things brighter for yourself and your neighbors. Volunteering your […]

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