Podcast Pairings

To close out Audiobook Month, let’s take a look at another listening experience that seems to have exploded in recent years—the podcast. These audio shows are so popular now that there are even podcast conferences. One of which is happening in Chicago next week: Podcast Movement 2016. I’m a big fan of these shows, which…
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Report of the Board of Health of the City of Chicago : and a Sanitary History of Chicago from 1833-1870.

Nerdy and perhaps a bit morbid, but health statistics fascinate me. The Reports of the Board of Health of the City of Chicago document Chicago's fight against disease during the 19th century. Often disease won, but over the course of the century, steady progress occurred. After the establishment of Fort Dearborn in 1804, many of…
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Exploring Art at the Library

If you’re stopping by YOUmedia to hang out or simply returning books at the downtown Chicago Public Library, why not take a moment longer to relax and reflect? Put on some jazzy tunes to set the mood and explore all the wonderful artwork that hangs on the walls of Harold Washington Library. Witness the Events…
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Shark Week: “Fin”-tastic Films

It's time to celebrate the most "fin"-tastic week of the year…Shark Week! The Discovery Channel's week of special programming celebrating these majestic creatures begins Sunday, June 26. Can't get enough sharks? Here are a few "jaw"-some DVD picks. In Shark Week: Jawsome Encounters and Shark Week: the 25th Anniversary, the Discovery Channel presents footage from around…
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National Park Service Centennial

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100!  The centennial celebration pays homage to the Organic Act of 1916, which established the Park Service and brought a number of parks already in existence together under its auspices.  However, the rich history of the parks movement predates this, beginning in earnest in the 1860s…
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Listen All the Way

June is winding down, but summer has just begun! As we continue to celebrate Audiobook Month, we've set our sights on great titles for those of you hitting the road. As fun as road trips can be, there are only so many rounds of I Spy or 20 Questions a person can take. Give everyone a break…
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Here Comes The BFG

This July The BFG will make his big screen debut along with Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and clever Sophie. I can't wait to see it! If you can't wait either, try spending some time with these other scrumdiddlyumptious Dahl classics made into movies: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Who doesn't love the story of Charlie Bucket—the boy with…
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Embracing LGBTQ Pride for Kids

There is such a great variety of diverse books embracing LGBTQ kids and families these days. Celebrate Pride Month by picking up one of these wonderful books for anyone! Experience going to a pride parade in This Day in June. The detailed and colorful illustrations, along with its simple text, are perfect for young readers. Older readers wanting to…
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A Big Year for Birds

Have you ever heard of Big Year birding competitions? The Cook County Forest Preserve is hosting one this year, so not only are Chicagoans outside counting birds this very minute, they'll be keeping an eye out for new species until the clock strikes midnight on December 31. Intrigued? Check out the following titles to find out more. Since I'm a big…
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