Bike Rides and Guides

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Is your favorite mode of transportation your bike? Or are you interested in buying a new bike, but not sure where to start? Well, with spring finally in our midst, now is the perfect time to purchase a new bike or get yours out of storage! May is also National Bike Month. You can share with […]

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Coming of Age in America

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In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May, here are some stories about teens' experiences immigrating to America. Teenage years are tough while navigating life and figuring out who you truly are, but that process is made even more difficult when you must leave your home behind for an unfamiliar place with different customs. Immigrating from […]

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Non-Mom Books for Mother’s Day

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Mother's Day tends to bring pink greeting cards and flowery Instagram posts, but sometimes the important women in our lives are not the ones that we call Mom. So here are some books to check out if you're looking for a family that doesn't fit the standard mold. L. M. Montgomery's classic Anne of Green Gables features one […]

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Record Store Day Reads

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The 8th annual Record Store Day will take place this Saturday, April 18 right here in Chicago. Show support for your local record store by adding to your music collection. Some stores in Chicago to check out include: Reckless Records, Record Breakers, Logan Hardware, and Laurie’s Planet of Sound. If you love flipping through records and scouring […]

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Celebrate Teen Literature Day

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I read and talk about teen literature every day, but Celebrate Teen Literature Day is April 16, during National Library Week. Teen lit covers such a large variety of topics and genres that the list of books I want to read grows daily. I'll never be able to read everything, even if I kid myself that I will, but […]

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Lyrics are Poems Put to Music: Part Two

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I hope you find this well worth the wait after reading part one. Although Janis Joplin's professional career did not last nearly long enough, her gravelly voice and folky sound will not be forgotten. Her songs are about love, freedom and living. Carole King started as a song writer by writing hits for other singers. She eventually became […]

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The Healing Power of Poetry

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Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  Some people celebrate by carrying a poem in their pocket to share with others. My favorite experience with poetry was when my English teacher gave each student a bag of words that we arranged to make poems. Little did we know that those words were actually taken from different poems. […]

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Lyrics Are Poems Put to Music: Part One

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As Women's History Month winds down and National Poetry Month starts, I thought this would be a good time to look at some important women in music, or more like women in music whose lyrics influence and inspire me. These women paved roads, ruined hearts and broke down walls. Their lyrics and music speak of passion, anger, rage and love. They sang the […]

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Art and Artifacts of the American Civil War

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As we acknowledge the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, it's possible you've had to do some research. There are some fantastic books out there where you can read all about it, but the images and art from that time period really help bring the conflict to life. There are many online resources you can access […]

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The Power of Friends

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Friends see you through everything, the crushes, the family problems, the school drama, but finding one to trust doesn't just happen. It takes time. In The Scar Boys, Harry Jones is disfigured from a childhood accident, so making friends is often a challenge for him. But what eventually helps him out is music and starting a band. Each chapter […]

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