Vivian G. Harsh: Librarian of the Chicago Black Renaissance

In January 1932, the George Cleveland Hall Branch of Chicago Public Library opened at 48th Street and Michigan Avenue in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, during an era that would later come to be known as the Chicago Black Renaissance. The previous summer, the Chicago Defender newspaper announced that a Miss Vivian G. Harsh, with 20 years of service “and considered…
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Sisters in STEAM

Nathalia Holt's newest book is out, and it's a real treat. Rise of the Rocket Girls chronicles the women "computers" of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from the Cal Tech students who set it up to the launch of the space probe Juno, which is scheduled to start orbiting Jupiter in July. Under various managers, the computing department…
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Teen Novels in Verse

April’s here and it’s time to celebrate National Poetry Month! One of my favorite ways to explore poetry is through novels in verse (which are also a super quick read). Here are some of the latest and greatest to help you celebrate National Poetry Month. Wrestler Brendan struggles with his desire to be feminine and…
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Best Friends Forever

Here’s a list I made: Peanut butter and jelly Milk and cookies Chicken and waffles Cheese and crackers Peas and carrots What kind of a list is this? No, it’s not my grocery list! All of these foods are tasty on their own but when you put them together, their differences make them extra special…
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Celebrate Our National Parks

Kids, pack your bags, grab your hiking shoes and tell the family it’s time for a real vacation! Where are some of the best places to vacation? Our National Parks! There is no better year to visit these treasures than this year as the National Parks’ celebrate their centennial. Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service! Glaciers, mountains…
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If It Weren’t for Shakespeare…Ten Book Titles That Quote Shakespeare

William Shakespeare had that certain type of genius. He could basically steal from disparate sources and make something brand new. He is said to have lifted from Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, The Danish History of Saxo Gramaticus' Gesta Danorum, Seneca, Plutarch, Giovanni Boccacio, Arthur Brooke (or Broke,) Thomas Kyd, and local folktales. But, it's as if he invented the…
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History of Chicago Public Works and the History of the Development of Building Construction in Chicago

A great city is both a social entity and physical artifact. These two Chicago classics tell the history of Chicago's physical development. History of Chicago Public Works is known to library catalogs as Chicago, meaning that it takes quite a bit of effort to find. This nicely illustrated book has short chapters discussing such critical…
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