Cut It Out: 3D Printing

Artists, designers and architects are constantly rethinking ways to use 3D printers.  For example, Dutch researcher Tim Zaman has developed a printing technique that reproduces painted masterpieces, capturing every detail, including brush strokes. Many art museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, are building massive libraries of 3D exhibits, which will allow anyone to print miniature masterpiece…
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Saved by Indians

Katie is a fairly typical North American young woman of the 18th century: one of many children (she's the 13th) of poor immigrants, witness to daily, alcohol-fueled violence, and deathly afraid of water.  When an Indian raiding party strikes her homestead, she is singled out. According to a shaman from far away, she is the Creature of…
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5-Star Books I Read in 2013

I read a lot of awesome books in 2013. Some were heartbreaking while others were inspirational and some were a little bit of both. The authors brought to life characters that I was sad to say goodbye to at the end of the story. Here are a few of my favorites. Benjamin Alire Sáenz uses…
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Snow Much Fun!

Out of the bosom of the Air, Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken, Over the woodlands brown and bare, Over the harvest-fields forsaken, Silent, and soft, and slow Descends the snow. —An excerpt from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem "Snow-flakes" Chicago has been transformed into a swirling snowglobe over the last few weeks, and…
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Valkyries

Racism, antisemitism, and cruelty are not strictly male traits. As Hitler's Furies makes abundantly clear, Nazi women could be as bad as the men.  The Nazi image of the hausfrau happily bearing as many Aryan children as she could for the glorious fuher is simply not correct. Many, many, young women went to the east for better paychecks…
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CPL Impact on the IMPAC

People love handing out recognition and awards. There is an award for most anything—acting, singing, peace and even best beard and moustache. The literary world is especially fond of awards, with the Pulitzer, National Book Award and of course, the awards we remember from our childhood—the Newbery and Caldecott. Last year, CPL participated in the nomination process for…
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Stop Telling Me What to Do!

Are you looking to improve yourself in the new year? I know I'm not! I can't get over the nagging suspicion that anyone offering me helpful advice is mostly after my money, my pride and my dignity. I love any book that will tell me that all those financial advisers, self-help gurus and pesky psychiatrists…
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