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Downloadable Books, Music and Videos

Q: I’ve never downloaded a book before. Where do I start? There are four types of electronic media you can download: eBooks, in Adobe ePub, Adobe PDF and Kindle formats. An eBook is text you read on a computer or mobile device. Audiobooks, in WMA and MP3 formats. Audiobooks are sound files you play on […]

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Why do I need multiple accounts for books and eBooks?

In addition to books, DVDs and CDs, we offer eBooks, audiobooks, and online music and video titles. We subscribe to eBooks, audiobooks, and music and video through partnerships with various companies that host these titles. Each partner requires a separate account to use its service.

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CPL Librarians Pick Best Books of 2014

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s Best of the Best, our list of the very best books published in 2014. We're recommending titles for kids, teens and—this year for the first time—adults. Each year, a team of our librarians evaluates the year’s new books and selects the best books for Chicagoans. Happy reading! Kids Picture Books…

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Celebrate Banned Books Week

We're celebrating the freedom to read with events across the city during Banned Books Week, September 21-27. This year's focus is on banned and challenged comic books and graphic novels. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) has released a free Banned Books Week Handbook to help fight censorship and…

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Roden Branch Makes Kids Informational Books Easier to Find

At the Roden Branch, we recently rearranged our informational books for kids to make it easier for our younger readers to find something good to check out. We've separated these books into three different areas based on reading level: Early, Beginning Reader and Elementary. Now it's easy to find nonfiction picture books. Our new arrangement…

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Fall Into Books…and TV

I love books...just as much as I love television. Sure, there is nothing better than curling up with a good book, but its also just as comforting to flop on my couch and watch a rerun of The Cosby Show. Just my luck fall TV programming is in full swing, and many of today's actors […]

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Find Parenting Books at Jefferson Park Branch

The Jefferson Park Branch has books for parents on child development, sleep habits, healthy eating, crafts for preschoolers, nursery rhymes and many other topics. We also have picture books on becoming an older sibling, going to the doctor, coping with death and other firsts. The books are in the Mother Goose Corner, near the Children's…

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More Than 60,000 Children Read 1.5 Million Books As Part of Rahm’s Readers

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Library Commissioner Brian Bannon announced today that 60,232 children and young teens read more than 1,505,807 books as part of Rahm’s Readers, the Chicago Public Library’s summer reading program. “Reading provides children with a window to the world and a door to their imagination, and Rahm’s Readers encourages children and their…

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Books Meet March Madness

Rooster standing on a fence

March is almost upon us, and that means spring is just around the corner. For many that means the NCAA is gearing up for its big annual single-elimination basketball tournament. Not into basketball, you say? Not to worry. The online news magazine The Morning News has cleverly put together a friendly competition that has, for […]

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