Fun with Superman

Superman book cover

This year's One Book, One Chicago selection, The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, features two ambitious young men creating their own superhero in the late 1930s. Their creation owes a great debt to Superman, and in the same way that author Michael Chabon tips his hat to America's most iconic comic book creation, other writers […]

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Blue Note Records Turns 75

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of Blue Note Records, one of the most important labels in jazz music. Founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, the label is responsible for some of the most important jazz recordings in history, such as Coltrane's Blue train, the only record Coltrane made on […]

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Hooray for Bilingual Children! ¡Celebremos a los Niños Bilingües!

Source: Cristina, CPL

Are you raising a bilingual child? October is Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month and I'm excited to have a month especially for our children! I want to raise my boys bilingually like I was. Recent studies have shown that being bilingual is extremely beneficial for many reasons. Bilingual children have better cognitive and literacy skills, are better multi-taskers and find […]

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Don’t Forget About Them Apples!

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The crunch of leaves under my feet, the pumpkins and bales of hay that adorn front lawns and the cool temperatures are just a few of the things I love about Fall. For passionate home-cooks like myself, the change of seasons also signals different foods that become abundant during the Fall harvest. Soups and stews […]

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Celebrate Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week

Every year in October, libraries across the nation celebrate reading for the fun of it through Teen Read Week, but reading for fun isn't just for one week! There are so many books out there for you that there's even a list of nominees for the Teens Top Ten of the year. Lately, I have found some […]

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Poets Forche and May at CPL for Poetry Day

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Poets Carolyn Forché and Jamaal May will be at Harold Washington Library Center for Poetry Day on Thursday, October 16. Given their contrasting styles, it should make for a stimulating, even revelatory evening. Both poets were both born in Michigan, with May staying in the Detroit area and Forché trotting the globe before settling near Washington, D.C.  While Forché […]

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The Power of Pink

Breast cancer awareness month is upon us and pink is everywhere. Football players wear pink, buildings are aglow with pink lights at night, bakeries sell cookies with pink ribbons on them - you can't help but be reminded on a daily basis. This initiative started back in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer […]

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Sample American Cheese Month with These Great Titles

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This October, people across the nation are gathering to celebrate the myriad shades, shapes and savors of American-made cheese. Some relish a panoply of flavors ranging from mild to sharp, while others delve into the mysteries of cheesecraft and create their own delicious masterpieces. No matter your taste, we can feed your flavorful obsession with recipes that range from […]

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Guest Blog: Introducing the Ed Paschke Art Center

Nico, Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground

Today we're featuring a guest blog by Thea Nichols, director of community engagement at the new Ed Paschke Art Center. She joins us to talk about the center, its namesake and its collaborations with the Chicago Public Library. Ed Paschke is one of Chicago’s most renowned artists. Born and raised on the North Side, Paschke became […]

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Patrick Modiano Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature

Missing Person book cover

Patrick Modiano has won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature for his lifetime body of work. A French writer, he was relatively unknown outside of France until now. Many of his books are about the French experience during World War II, and he co-wrote a screenplay for Louis Malle's classic movie Lacombe Lucien about a troubled teenage boy during […]

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