The Private Lives of Pundits

What is it like to live your life convincing people that your petty opinions are worth something? Luckily for us, it’s easy to find out, because pundits love talking about themselves. There are a bunch of memoirs out there about what they do and how they think. One fun exercise is to read Bill O’Reilly’s […]

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Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s Favorite Business Book

Bill Gates gestures while speaking

Bill Gates recently shared on his blog that once, when he asked Warren Buffett what his favorite business book was, Buffett instantly replied that it was Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales From The World Of Wall Street by John Brooks. Gates had never heard of it, but it became his favorite business book, too. It’s being reissued […]

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Baseball Hall of Fame movies

A record-tying six honorees will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 27th. Three of the inductees, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, and Tony La Russa have ties to Chicago teams. Greg Maddux pitched for the Cubs from 1986 to 1992 before signing with the Atlanta Braves. He had great success […]

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Find Your Inner Maker

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I had heard about 3D printing but I was in no way prepared for how awesome it is. I am lucky enough to be a part of the Wrightwood-Ashburn Branch staff enjoying our time as host of the Mini Maker Lab. You don’t need to be a computer whiz to design a funky pair of earrings or […]

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Building a Mystery


How did Jesus, an itinerant preacher with a few followers in a Roman backwater, become God? As Bart Ehrman in How Jesus Became God posits, there are two answers to this question. One is the spiritual, and the other is the history of the spiritual. Ehrman, a former Christian fundamentalist, is very upfront about his agnosticism but makes […]

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Paint, Paste, Sticker

Chicago Public Library Exhibit Poster

This year the Chicago art world mourned the loss of Brooks Golden (1974-2014), a street artist featured with Nice One in a 2012 exhibit at the Chicago Public Library curated by Oscar Arriola. Brooks’ legacy lives on in the library’s Chicago Artists’ Archive, which has a rich file on him. Chicago has a long and complicated […]

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A Little Play Goes a Long Way!

A dog in a pool with a tennis ball in its mouth

To kids, play equals fun! For adults, play is an important part of a child’s development, including important skills that will help when it’s time for children to begin reading on their own. Books are a great way to encourage kids to play. Try some of these books with your kids and use them to participate […]

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Conservation and You

sprouting plant

Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge Brain Builder Conservation involves taking an active role in caring for our natural resources, such as soil, water, air and plants. Zoos are important leaders in conservation efforts that help make sure living things are healthy and protected. You can be a conservation leader right here in Chicago. Planting native […]

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In the News: Giant Octopus

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Rahm’s Readers Teen Summer Challenge – Newsworthy Animal Challenges More than a million people shared the image of what the Lightly Braised Turnip’s website claims to be the second giant octopus found in the Santa Monica coastline. The cause of such a bizarre creature: radioactive gigantism. READ: Second Giant Sea Creature Washes Ashore Along Santa […]

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“Cousins by Chance, Friends by Choice”


Cousins are special people. My son’s primo (cousin) is his partner in crime, best friend, and brother. Did you know there’s a special day to honor cousins? On July 24 reach out to your cousins and show your love for them on Cousin’s Day. Celebrate the ones that make family gatherings fun with these books that […]

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