Girls Can Do Anything! Female STEM Pioneers

March is Women's History Month, a perfect time to celebrate women's contributions to the sciences. You never know where keeping your eyes open, and a nature journal handy, will lead. Here are some female heroes beyond Marie Curie who demonstrate the power of observation and imagination. Women were not historically encouraged to pursue the sciences. The pioneering naturalists…
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The Chicago Artists’ Archive: Documenting Local Artists

The Chicago Artists’ Archive is a great way to research well-known Chicago artists as well as those who may not be in books or well-represented on the Internet. Since the early 20th century CPL has kept artist files. These fascinating files include a variety of materials, including but not limited to articles, photographs, slides, gallery invitations…
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Fallen Idols

Athletes make for the best tragedies. There's something about an overpowered beast wrecking himself for your petty entertainment that brings out the epic glory of success and failure. The sheer potential of it has produced a host of biographies about big, strong people and their weaknesses. Mickey Mantle may have had more natural talent than anyone…
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Ilene Cooper Q & A

Celebrate Women's History Month and get to know March's Author of the Month, Ilene Cooper, as she talks about the inspiration behind her latest book, A Woman in the House (and Senate), how she got her start in writing and her love of books. Where did you get your idea for this book? I have always been…
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Spring Cleaning

The weather can't seem to decide if it's spring or winter. So with plenty of cold and rainy days ahead to put a damper on outdoor plans, it’s the perfect time to tackle those dust bunnies and overflowing closets. Daunting, you say? Why not consult the experts? Who better to start with than the queen of…
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Novels of Hollywood’s Golden Age: What to Read While Waiting for “West of Sunset”

Stewart O'Nan has a new book out, as many of you are well aware. West of Sunset is a novel of the last three years of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life, lived in Hollywood. His years of literary genius are behind him, his wife is in an insane asylum, and he's broke. Still, like most of O'Nan's characters, he…
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