‘Tis the Season: Holiday Concerts at Harold Washington Library Center

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Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy some festive tunes at our 10th annual concert series! This year's performances feature a diverse array of classic and contemporary melodies. All concerts take place in the Harold Washington Library Center Grand Lobby. Schedule of Performances Tuesday, December 2 Jones College Prep High School Concert Choir conducted by Whitney Covalle Wednesday, […]

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Spark Your Independence

Fireworks

With a pop, sizzle and boom the 4th of July announces itself every year. American’s love their independence and celebrate it every year with parades, picnics and, of course, fireworks. What is the science behind these colorful loud presentations that we all love so much? Susan Kuklin does a bang up job of explaining this […]

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Learn About Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is one of the most iconic Mexican holidays, recognized and celebrated both in Mexico and here in the United States. However, many confuse Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Independence Day (September 16). Mexican Independence Day represents the separation of Mexico from Spanish dominion, while Cinco de Mayo marks a battle that helped […]

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Celebrate Pi Day

Pie with the letter pi formed on the crust

March is here, and it's time to party! Is it Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day or March Madness, you say? While those events usually occur in March, I'm talking about a different holiday. Get out your calculators—it's time to celebrate Pi Day! What's that, you may ask? Think back to geometry class... Pi is a […]

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American Presidents on DVD

Lincoln Memorial
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In February, we celebrate President's Day as a national holiday. Much has been written and recorded about our chief executives, especially on film. Throughout American history, our presidents were in the forefront of issues facing our nation.  Founding Fathers (2000 TV-Mini-Series), with a cast including Brian Dennehy as George Washington, James Woods as John Adams, […]

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MLK Day For Pre-K

metal peace sign

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day can be a difficult subject to introduce to young readers since it encompasses such large themes. Yet we receive many parent, caregiver and teacher requests for this vital topic around this time of year. Here are some picture books I would recommend to address the themes of unity, peace and diversity that […]

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Bing-le Bells

After seeing White Christmas at the Music Box's Annual Christmas Show this weekend with my family, I remembered how much Bing Crosby's holiday songs warm my heart this time of year. Of course the title song is great, but my favorite Bing Crosby song is his version of "Jingle Bells" performed with the Andrews Sisters. I challenge anyone to stay […]

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Sugar + Spice = Delicious Cookies

snowflake-shaped gingerbread cookies

The season of ugly sweaters, holiday parties, gingerbread house building competitions and cookie exchanges is upon us. We can always use a little inspiration that goes beyond traditional oatmeal raisin cookies and thumbprint cookies—or perhaps you're looking for a classic recipe reinvented? Or maybe sorting through mom's box of cookie recipes on flour-covered index cards isn't exactly […]

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Holiday Crafts and Decorations for Admirers and Crafters Alike

house and yard decorated with Christmas lights

Now that we're already into mid-December, lights and decorations are a regular sight in the city. If you like to admire decorations rather than put up your own, The Best Christmas Decorations in Chicagoland is the book for you. Not only do you get to see the best lights, you don't even have to go out in […]

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Holiday Food Drive at the Roosevelt Branch: Now Through December 14!

Food Drive Barrel

Help the Roosevelt Branch fight hunger in Chicago! Through Saturday, December 14, please bring us non-perishable foods and canned goods to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. What should you donate? Here's a list of the most needed items: Beans Canned fruit and vegetables Cereal Canned chili, soup and stew Jelly Macaroni and cheese Pasta […]

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