Exploring Art at the Library

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If you’re stopping by YOUmedia to hang out or simply returning books at the downtown Chicago Public Library, why not take a moment longer to relax and reflect? Put on some jazzy tunes to set the mood and explore all the wonderful artwork that hangs on the walls of Harold Washington Library. Witness the Events […]

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New Teen Series to Read Before the Sequel

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Have more free time now that school's out for summer? Grab one of these action-packed novels and pull up your beach chair before the sequels hit the shelves. In The Wrath & the Dawn, Shahzrad marries the caliph with plans to avenge her cousin's death. The sequel to this thrilling retelling of Arabian Nights, The Rose and the […]

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A Big Year for Birds

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Have you ever heard of Big Year birding competitions? The Cook County Forest Preserve is hosting one this year, so not only are Chicagoans outside counting birds this very minute, they'll be keeping an eye out for new species until the clock strikes midnight on December 31. Intrigued? Check out the following titles to find out more. Since I'm a big […]

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Folded and Unfolded: The Art of Paper Engineering

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Paper folding isn't just for kids anymore: this summer, you can explore Unfolded: Made With Paper, an amazing exhibit in the Block 37 building at the Chicago Design Museum. Unfolded highlights awesome works of paper created by the Chicago design community and imaginative contributions from around the world. Visit the exhibit before July 30, snap a picture of […]

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Explore Japan Travelogues

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Have you always wanted to go to Japan? Love manga and anime, but curious to know more about the culture? In these three travelogues, cartoonists and writers show the country from an outsider's perspective—take a look inside to see what you might experience in the Land of the Rising Sun. Betty Reynolds lived in Japan for seven years, chronicling her everyday life in […]

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Teen Pride 2016

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Summer is my favorite time of year. The restaurant patios come back, the lake is slightly less frigid and there's Pride Month, the best of all months! To celebrate, here are some teen books that feature protagonists who identify as LGBTQ. Malinda Lo's duet Adaptation and Inheritance is pure science fiction with a wonderfully queer twist. Reese and her […]

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Celebrating the Art of Drag

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In 2016, drag queens are everywhere: reality TV, anti-smoking campaigns, mainstream modeling... and they've even come to a library near you! If you'd like to learn more about drag culture, check out the following titles. At the helm of RuPaul's Drag Race, RuPaul Charles is one of the most famous drag performers in the world. Learn how Ru rose from poverty to become Supermodel of […]

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Very Superstitious: Friday the 13th Reads

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Some people believe the number 13 is unlucky; this fear is called triskaidekaphobia.  When the 13th day of a month falls on a Friday, it's considered even more unlucky, especially if you break a mirror, walk under a ladder or a black cat crosses your path. If this makes you worried about something bad happening on Friday the […]

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Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé’s Lemonade: Beats

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This post is the third in the series Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé's Lemonade. If you still can't stop talking about Lemonade, you're not alone. Beyoncé's latest album is a pop music masterpiece, packed with star-studded cameos; eclectic samples of poetry, historic speeches and home videos; killer fashion and some of her most powerful tracks to date. […]

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Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé’s Lemonade: Magical YA Fiction

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This post is the second in the series Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé's Lemonade. If you still can't stop talking about Lemonade, you're not alone. Beyoncé's latest album is a pop music masterpiece, packed with star-studded cameos; eclectic samples of poetry, historic speeches and home videos; killer fashion and a distinct aesthetic. Love the way the style of Lemonade […]

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