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Long May She Reign: Vanessa Redgrave Turns 80


At 80, Vanessa Redgrave has had a long and successful career, both on stage and screen. Born into theater royalty, she has more than acquitted herself with numerous awards and a devoted fan base. Here's a partial list of her extensive filmography. In Blowup, Miss Redgrave plays a young woman trying to seduce a dissipated photographer's film […]

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Beyond Bond: Espionage In Other Countries


James Bond is not the only non-American spy out engaging in derring-do. Other countries have their intelligence agents. These are some of the more recent entries for those who like to engage in armchair espionage. The Gentleman From Japan is the latest in the Inspector O series by James Church. While these books tend to be more mysteries than spy […]

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Let CPL Help You Make History with History Fair

Chiago Metro History Fair

Are you participating in History Fair this year? Does your teacher expect you to conduct historical research? Are you wondering where and how to begin? Are you looking for primary resources or images for an exhibit board, website or documentary? At CPL, we can help you with all of these. Getting Started After you’ve selected your topic, start […]

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Get the Facts: 5 Articles About Fake News

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While I'm sure no one would mistake the headline “Red Riding Hood and the Wolf Elope in Vegas While Grandma Scuba Dives in Bermuda” as real news, recent studies show people are having difficulty judging real news from fake because of the rapid rise of internet-based fake news sites. This trend is especially true on social […]

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They Lived and Laughed and Sometimes Left: Cancer Stories


Cancer is no joke. Fighting it isn't, either, especially if you're young. However, there are some moments of humor, if you're with the right people and looking for them. These are books about people who developed cancer at a young age and lessons learned. It's Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool, Too) by Nora McInery Purmort is […]

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