STEAM-Powered Saturday Is Coming May 30

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Explore the power of science at STEAM-Powered Saturday, Saturday, May 30 at the Harold Washington Library Center. This hands-on event for children ages 3-11 and their families encourages you to experiment with science, technology, engineering, art and math. There are many ways you can explore STEAM all year round. Here are some books that inspire […]

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What To Read After Missoula

Take Back The Night

Jon Krakauer is a master of writing about people in extreme situations, whether they go out into the wilderness in Into the Wild or follow Mormon fundamentalism in Under the Banner of Heaven, so it makes sense that he writes about sexual assault in a college town crazy for football. Missoula is home to the University of Montana Grizzlies, a […]

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Celebrating B.B. King

Photo of B.B. King playing guitar

Today the world mourns the passing of B.B. King, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, a legend who brought an entirely new sound to the blues and showed the way for a generation of guitar artists. Known for his signature quavering guitar and short, flowing lyrics, King was regarded as a cross-genre […]

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Bike Rides and Guides

black and white photo of bicycle tires and gears

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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Happy 75th Birthday, Stan Mikita!

Statue of Stan Mikita

Stan Mikita, who played his entire 22-year career with the Chicago Blackhawks, is turning 75 on May 20. Nicknamed Stosh, he was one of the most dynamic centers to ever play the game of hockey, scoring 541 goals and 926 assists before being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. As a kid, […]

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Keep Up with What’s New in Science

man reading magazine

Can't make it in to read our science magazines? No worries. We've got many of them online. For Kids Scholastic SuperScience (EBSCO Magazines & Journals - PDF) This magazine for grades three to six is published monthly during the school year. Science World (EBSCO Magazines & Journals - PDF) This magazine for grades six through […]

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Coming of Age in America

Artwork of a combined American and Philippine flag with family member's shoes

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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DIY Spring Fashion

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Spring is finally here! Ready to brighten up your wardrobe? Try these easy ideas to update and refresh your spring wardrobe on any budget. They're perfect for the novice sewer to the most advanced. Add an appliqué to a cardigan. Add some bead embroidery to: a neckline of a blouse the hem of a skirt the lapels of your […]

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26th Street: Not just a Street, but a Neighborhood

Picture of arch

Although 26th Street runs from Lake Michigan to Twenty-Sixth Street Woods in west suburban Broadview, a mention of 26th Street usually means the neighborhood around 26th Street between California Avenue and Chicago’s western city limit. This neighborhood is known as Little Village, or La Villita (the Spanish equivalent) by people who live there. Officially this […]

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5 Reasons Moms Are the Best

source:  Keckert, CPL

Mother's Day is the perfect day to share a book with your mom or with any of the mother figures in your life.  Why are moms so special? Let these five pictures books explain: 1.  Moms love us unconditionally, like the mother in the classic The Runaway Bunny.  When a young rabbit wants to run away, he tells his mother how […]

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