Emmett Till’s Legacy: 60 Years After His Murder

Grave marker of Emmett Till

The murder of Emmett Louis Till 60 years ago, on August 28, 1955, was the spark that ignited the civil rights movement. Emmett Till was only 14 years old when he left Chicago to spend the summer at his uncle’s home in Money, Mississippi. One afternoon at a store there, Till spoke with a white woman, Carolyn Bryant; […]

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Read Like an Egyptian

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Missing tombs, hidden doorways and a powerful queen....it may sound like I'm describing a great fictional story, but in fact these are all pieces of a real-life mystery! For hundreds of years, the resting place of the beautiful and powerful Nefertiti, queen of Egypt in the 14th century B.C., has been a mystery. That was […]

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Author of the Month Jeff Anderson

Author Jeff Anderson

School fundraising has never been more hilarious in Jeff Anderson's first novel for kids, Zack Delacruz: Me And My Big Mouth. When he decides to stand up for another student who is being bullied, 12-year-old Zack Delacruz sets himself up to lead the sixth grade in their fundraiser for the school dance along side the […]

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Jeff Anderson Q & A

Zack Delacruz book cover

Get to know August's Author of the Month, Jeff Anderson, as he talks about the inspiration behind his first book for kids, Zack Delacruz: Me And My Big Mouth, how he got his start in writing and the power of keeping a journal. Where did you get your idea for this book? I was a teacher […]

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New Look for ProQuest Databases

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ProQuest databases will get a face-lift this Thursday, August 20. Most users will notice little difference other than a new color scheme, although people who use mobile devices will discover that the databases now adapt to the device's screen size, making them easier to use.

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We Sing the Body Electric: Ray Bradbury’s Birth Anniversary

Stack of Ray Bradbury's books

This year marks the 95th anniversary of Ray Bradbury's birth. While Bradbury grew up in Waukegan, his stories and novels took us far beyond his normal, Midwestern upbringing. As Ray Bradbury's biographer, Sam Weller was able to learn much about the author's life, as well as the inspiration for his books. This unprecedented access to Bradbury's life makes […]

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Caught Reading: Brown Line, August 2015

Harold Washington Library Brown Line stop

Watch out Brown Line riders, I caught you reading this month! Your tastes run the gamut from fiction to memoirs to self-help, and they all look fascinating. So just what are you reading? In the follow-up to The Time Traveler's Wife, Chicagoan Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry spins a ghostly tale about the mysteries of life, death and love. Just before shipping off […]

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I Have Money. Take My Money.

I Have Money Take My Money

People are stupid. Yes, you are. So am I. When you get a bunch of stupid people rushing together in crowds to make major financial decisions, the results are hilarious and awful and everything in between. The classic example is Tulipomania. In the backrooms of Dutch taverns in the 1630s, amateur speculators knocked back a few […]

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H.P. Lovecraft at 125: Cthulhu Lives

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A sickly child, a reclusive adult and a writer of weird, dime-store fiction. All of these are descriptions of H.P. Lovecraft, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century whose work shapes horror, science fiction and dark, literary fiction to this day. August 20 marks the 125th anniversary of his birth. Let's take a […]

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Travel to Novel Places: Colonial Kenya

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Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife, has a new novel: Circling the Sun.  It focuses on the early life of Beryl Markham, a horse trainer and one of the first female commercial pilots. Coming to what would become Kenya at a young age and abandoned by her mother, Beryl grows up wild on her father's […]

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