Caught Reading at the Beach, July 2016

Chicago beach filled with people, high-rises in the background

What could be better than catching up with a good book while sitting on the beach? Maybe the people watching? On a couple recent weekends, I combined these two beach favorites: I caught you reading along our beautiful lakefront. Your interesting and wide-ranging book choices were perfect for inspiring other readers. I caught you matching your reading […]

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#TBT: Happy Birthday, Tom Hanks

Big movie cover

On July 9, the wonderful, versatile actor, filmmaker and producer Tom Hanks will turn a fabulous 60! For this Throwback Thursday, let's look back at this amazing talent and touch on some of his extensive filmography that began in the 1980s. Over the years, I've enjoyed several of his movies and characters, and am truly thankful for […]

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Surrealists and Selfies

Source: Chagall - Flickr, Andrea & Stefan

If you're in downtown Chicago, you should visit Cloud Gate, nicknamed "The Bean." It's a sculpture in Millennium Park by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. Its shiny surface reflects and distorts the city's skyline, making it a popular attraction. Walk around and under it, and see how your body becomes warped and distorted against the background of the sky. Get creative, […]

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Podcast Pairings

Source: Maria, Chicago Public Library

To close out Audiobook Month, let’s take a look at another listening experience that seems to have exploded in recent years—the podcast. These audio shows are so popular now that there are even podcast conferences. One of which is happening in Chicago next week: Podcast Movement 2016. I’m a big fan of these shows, which […]

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Exploring Art at the Library

Source: Nalleli Sierra, Chicago Public Library

If you’re stopping by YOUmedia to hang out or simply returning books at the downtown Chicago Public Library, why not take a moment longer to relax and reflect? Put on some jazzy tunes to set the mood and explore all the wonderful artwork that hangs on the walls of Harold Washington Library. Witness the Events […]

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Shark Week: “Fin”-tastic Films

Source: the-lees, Flickr

It's time to celebrate the most "fin"-tastic week of the year…Shark Week! The Discovery Channel's week of special programming celebrating these majestic creatures begins Sunday, June 26. Can't get enough sharks? Here are a few "jaw"-some DVD picks. In Shark Week: Jawsome Encounters and Shark Week: the 25th Anniversary, the Discovery Channel presents footage from around […]

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New Teen Series to Read Before the Sequel

Source: muvuca, morgueFile

Have more free time now that school's out for summer? Grab one of these action-packed novels and pull up your beach chair before the sequels hit the shelves. In The Wrath & the Dawn, Shahzrad marries the caliph with plans to avenge her cousin's death. The sequel to this thrilling retelling of Arabian Nights, The Rose and the […]

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National Park Service Centennial

Tunnel View, Yosemite Valley

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100!  The centennial celebration pays homage to the Organic Act of 1916, which established the Park Service and brought a number of parks already in existence together under its auspices.  However, the rich history of the parks movement predates this, beginning in earnest in the 1860s. […]

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