A Coyote Among Men

If you are into urban fantasy and you haven't picked up the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, you're missing a treat.  Mercy is a werecoyote, or a "walker" as she would have it, one of the last of her kind. She grew up with werewolves, and doesn't have the fear of them that perhaps prudence […]

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Radical Robots

Small, three-wheeled plastic robot and tools used in its construction

Anyone who has children or works with kids knows the popularity of robots. Take Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot and Robot Riot!, add WALL-E, R2D2 and everything in between, and you've got a full-blown case of robot-mania on your hands; but what is the cure? Try the Radical Robots program, presented by Mad Science of Chicago, which […]

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Some Chilling Euro-Horror Movies

   After World War II, the horror film genre was nearly dead.  Hollywood was producing comedic satires of movie monsters like “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” and dozens of nuclear-fused, giant bug and outer space films. Beginning in the late 1950s, British, Italian and French movie makers delved into fresh re-workings and re-imaginings of the gothic […]

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Just Keep Running! – “The Maze Runner” Trilogy

There are some really amazing series written for teens today that set teen characters against corrupt governments, post-apocalyptic societies and the harsh realities of being torn from family and friends to live lives that they believe are good. If you enjoy books with an exciting dark side, no matter how old you are, read on... One […]

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Is It Art? Is It Fake?

Did you know that the root of the word artifice is art?  Does that mean that all art is artificial?  Perhaps the great 20th century surrealist Rene Magritte illustrated it best with his painting, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe,” which translates as “This is not a pipe.”  In one simple statement, he shows that both […]

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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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Chicago Honors Isabel Allende with Carl Sandburg Award

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The Chicago Public Library Foundation has recognized Isabel Allende for her artistic contribution to modern literature, for which she is being honored with the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. Allende's unique, poetic voice enlivens the literary canon and inspires readers to discover a new world of expression.

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A Tale of Two Mayors: Thomas Hoyne and Harvey Doolittle Colvin 1876

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Thousands of Chicagoans live on Hoyne Avenue, yet few know much about the man it was named after. Thomas Hoyne was a schoolteacher, a lawyer, Chicago’s third City Clerk, the first president of the Chicago Public Library’s Board of Directors, a U.S. Marshall and holder of numerous other public offices. He is perhaps most famous […]

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