Create, Don’t Procrastinate!

With the wintry weather lately, it's no wonder that National Procrastination Week is March 8-14. Why don't you fight the urge to put it off by dipping into your productive and creative side? Bird by Bird contains  some of the most practical advice for creativity and life in general I've ever read. Taking its namesake from advice her […]

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Women Writers to Admire: Anne Lamott

As a wannabe fiction writer, I've read endless pretentious writing manuals. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott shocked me by making me laugh. In fact, I LOLed. She's not only hilarious, but she strips the writing process of its mysticism. Like anyone else, she trudges through the forest of fiction writing without a magic formula. She graciously gives us permission to write […]

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Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

Mardi Gras King Cake

I've always enjoyed visiting my sister in Louisiana in February. Not only is it much warmer there than in Chicago, but I really love Mardi Gras season. The season officially begins in January, but most of the festivals and parades happen in February, with one last big party on “Fat Tuesday.” People throughout Louisiana, and […]

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Women in Photos: The Lean In Collection

Woman working on factory machinery

Have you all seen the buzz surrounding the new collaboration between Getty Images and Sheryl Sandberg’s organization Sandberg is the author of last year’s bestseller Lean In as well as Facebook’s COO. The goal of this new Lean In Collection is to provide, “a library of images devoted to the powerful depiction of women, girls […]

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Extraordinary Biographies for Extraordinary Girls

J. Howard Miller

March is Women's History Month, but these compelling picture book biographies will make you want to celebrate women year round! Brave Girl: Clara Lemlich may have been tiny, but she was one brave girl! Discover how this brave five-foot tall factory worker from the Ukraine organized one of the most influential labor strikes in American history. Illustrated by […]

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2010 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions

For much of the first decade of the 21st century, the Blackhawks were known as one of the worst franchises in all of sports.  It had been nearly five decades since the Stanley Cup was hoisted above the heads of the Hawks, the longest drought in the NHL. Everything would change in the fall of […]

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Women Who Solo…Travel.

"On my 10th birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as gifts, and a few days later I decided to cycle to India...However, I was a cunning child so I kept my ambition to myself, thus avoiding the tolerant amusement it would have provoked among my elders." —Dervla Murphy Long before Elizabeth Gilbert ate, prayed […]

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Horror and Music at the Oscars

hand holding a sharp knife

When I sat down to enjoy Sweeney Todd again the weekend before the Oscars, I was under the impression that it had won in 2007 for Best Picture. I was wrong: that honor went to No Country for Old Men, another film with a high creep score. Of course, for pure spine tingling, it's hard to […]

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Female Hysteria

women in old-fashioned bathing suits splash in the surf

Call us whatever you like: females, women, girls, ladies, babes. I'm sorry if any of these terms offend you. I'm not trying to make you girls angry. All I really want to do is share the names of some really funny chicks and the books they've written. By funny, I don’t mean that they are […]

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Read Magazines Online or on Your Device

You can read the latest issues of more than a hundred popular magazines, including Billboard, Mental Floss and Seventeen, as well as cooking, crafting and computer magazines anytime you want. It is super simple to get started and all you need is your library card. From Online Resources, click on Zinio, and from there, you can choose what […]

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