All CPL locations closed Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving.
According to Jonathan Eig, there are four people primarily responsible for the birth control pill: incendiary feminist Margaret Sanger, … More
In honor of the centenary of the start of World War I, we've gathered a list of classic and new World… More
Stephanie F. suggests books that examine life in the Americas before the Europeans--and what happened in the century after Columbus arrived.
The annual MacArthur fellowsÂ have been announced, and as usual, reading about the winners is inspiring and even intimidating (statistical a… More
September 18 marks the 125th anniversary of Hull House, the settlement that worked on immigration, labor reform, women's issues and more. More
Check out the book companion to the new Ken Burns documentary series, coming to PBS and DVD this month.
Has the referendum on Scottish independence made you curious about Scottish history? We've got you covered.
Jeff looks at lessons of past revolutions in his latest blog post.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by reading about the landmark legislation… More
50 years ago, Freedom Summer began in Mississippi.
London is my absolute favorite world city. Â No matter how many times I visit, I feel like I've not even scratched the surface of … More
Looking for your next great read? The 2014 Pulitzer winners were announced Monday.
March is a big month for women in Chicago, as the city celebrates its 177th birthday and the nation celebrates Womenâs History Month. … More
Civil Rights activists share their stories in these memoirs.
Books about the civil rights movement in Chicago.
Here are 20 of the top nonfiction titles of interest to history fans according to sources such as Amazon,… More
First hand accounts by those born in bondage.
The guides on the tour of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria will tell you all about how and why it was built and about Mad King Ludwig, who t… More
It's a relatively slow Election Day this November. Without a presidential race or a major threat to either party, anyone looking for nationa… More
There had to be a reason I kept seeing this book on âbest of" lists. After reading the first chapter, I figured out why. The Professor… More