Get Ready For Mockingjay: Part 1

The Hunger Games Series of Books

With Mockingjay Part 1 still two months away, the Hunger Games fans among you might be getting a little antsy. You're seeing more and more trailers, posters, celebrity interviews and posts all over the Internet. If you’re obsessed with books set in a messed-up future, like The Hunger Games or Divergent, you should probably get your hands on […]

Read More

Celebrating the Life of Truman Capote

Truman Capote sitting in chair

On September 30, we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the birth of Truman Streckfus Persons, better known to millions of readers as Truman Capote. Capote was the author of many unique short stories, novels, plays and movie scripts that are still read and loved today. He was without a doubt a superb writer and a charismatic personality, and these […]

Read More

October is American Archives Month

featured image

When people ask what I do, I usually say, "I'm a librarian." This is true, but my day to day work with archives is pretty different from that of many of my CPL colleagues. Telling people I'm an archivist usually elicits blank stares, though. So, in honor of American Archives Month, let me tell you a little about my job. […]

Read More

Chicago’s early metalsmiths

silver crosses

If you know Chicago trivia, you may already know that the oldest business in continuous operation is C.D. Peacock Jewelers. Founded in 1837, the same year Chicago was incorporated as a city, Peacock's was actually one of five jewelry stores in the infant city. These days when you think of jewelry stores what comes to mind […]

Read More

Surrender the sandals!

I am in total denial about the changing of the seasons. I know the leaves are falling, the temperatures are dropping and taffy apples and candy corn are in the aisles of the local grocery store - not to mention the Christmas lights and candy canes. These are all signs that summer is ending and fall has […]

Read More

Tough Broads

tough broads 1

It is with great pleasure that I welcome a new author to the mystery genre: Minerva Koenig. In Nine Days, she creates truly memorable characters and a quick-turn-that-page story. Julia Kalas is staring down forty and is not a completely socially acceptable dress size. An expert house renovator and remodeler, she is now in the federal witness protection […]

Read More

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Banned Books week logo

Thanks to the First Amendment, all people in the United States—even kids—have the right to read whatever they choose.  The First Amendment protects the freedom of all Americans by making sure that the government cannot stop the expression of an idea, even if that idea is unpopular. Sometimes people challenge the right of a library […]

Read More

A Sweet New Year!

apple with bowl of honey

My favorite fall holiday is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. It’s filled with reflection, sounds of the shofar, planning for the new year and best of all, sweet foods for a sweet year. In my house we begin with a celebratory dinner that includes symbolic foods, like round challah, to celebrate the cycle of the year, […]

Read More

Sounds of Sabor!

Photo of Latin percussion instruments

From samba to cumbia to norteñas to merengue, Latin music is filled with upbeat cadences and robust sounds that tantalize the senses, transporting listeners on an exquisite auditory journey. Here are a few biographies, recordings and movies about and from some of my favorite Latin musicians. Born in Havana, Cuba, Celia Cruz (affectionately known as […]

Read More