Happy Birthday, Pluto!

Pluto the dog

Pluto the big, goofy dog, of Disney fame, is how old? You guessed right if you said 85 years old. Walt Disney Productions created Pluto the Pup as Mickey Mouse’s pet dog in 1930. If you have a pet at home you know that animals communicate most often through their expressions, just like Pluto! ”Pluto's Dinosaur […]

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Local Heroines: Pioneering Chicago Women

Florence Kelley

Women today enjoy universal suffrage, the right to hold public office, and equal opportunities in education and employment. From our 21st century perspective it's easy to forget that this wasn't always the case. You may not know the names of the local women at the forefront of these struggles, but they had a prominent role in fighting for […]

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Girls Can Do Anything! Female STEM Pioneers

girl climbing on lava bed

March is Women's History Month, a perfect time to celebrate women's contributions to the sciences. You never know where keeping your eyes open, and a nature journal handy, will lead. Here are some female heroes beyond Marie Curie who demonstrate the power of observation and imagination. Women were not historically encouraged to pursue the sciences. The pioneering naturalists […]

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The Chicago Artists’ Archive: Documenting Local Artists

Windy City by Rudolph Weisenborn

The Chicago Artists’ Archive is a great way to research well-known Chicago artists as well as those who may not be in books or well-represented on the Internet. Since the early 20th century CPL has kept artist files. These fascinating files include a variety of materials, including but not limited to articles, photographs, slides, gallery invitations, […]

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Fallen Idols

Fallen Idols

Athletes make for the best tragedies. There's something about an overpowered beast wrecking himself for your petty entertainment that brings out the epic glory of success and failure. The sheer potential of it has produced a host of biographies about big, strong people and their weaknesses. Mickey Mantle may have had more natural talent than anyone […]

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Ilene Cooper Q & A

U.S. Capital Building

Celebrate Women's History Month and get to know March's Author of the Month, Ilene Cooper, as she talks about the inspiration behind her latest book, A Woman in the House (and Senate), how she got her start in writing and her love of books. Where did you get your idea for this book? I have always been […]

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Author of the Month Ilene Cooper

Photo of author Ilene Cooper

Can you guess how many women were members of Congress for the first 128 years the United States was a country? Not one! It was not until 1917 that a woman was elected to the House of Representatives. Do you know how many serve today? A Woman in the House (and Senate), the latest from […]

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Spring Cleaning

Source: Maria, Chicago Public Library

The weather is finally warming, but with plenty of rainy days ahead to put a damper on outdoor plans, it’s the perfect time to tackle those dust bunnies and overflowing closets. Daunting, you say? Why not consult the experts? Who better to start with than the queen of all things domestic, Martha Stewart? She's bound […]

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Luck o’ the Irish for Young Readers

Fuzzy green leprechaun novelty hat

"Wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you." - Irish blessing As the winter snows melt and the sun shines for more hours each day, we look forward to spring and festivities like St. Patrick's Day. On March 17 each year, we celebrate the people and culture of Ireland. […]

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