Kids, Write Your Story

Experts on writing always say "write what you know." What do you know the most about? Your own life! Try writing about your life or your family or your pets. You can also write about a day in the life of being you! There are so many things you know about yourself. Try one of…
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Rhyme Time for Early Learners

Can you remember any rhymes you learned growing up? You probably can! Rhymes are easy to remember for a lot of reasons. They break language down into smaller pieces, helping children discover all the sounds that make up language. Children learn through play and playing with language in rhymes helps practice patterns and sequences. Action…
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Illinois Writers Project, Hall Branch Digital Collections Document Early Black History in Chicago

Chicago Public Library has digitized materials from two significant archival collections documenting the migration and growth of Chicago's African American community. These collections also shed light on the Chicago Black Renaissance (1930s-1950). Available online for the first time are: George Cleveland Hall Branch Digital Collection contains over 150 items documenting the opening and operations of…
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Author Jonathan Foiles: This City is Killing Me: Community Trauma and Toxic Stress in Urban America

Chicago author and psychotherapist Jonathan Foiles, author of This City Is Killing Mehis City is Killing Me: Community Trauma and Toxic Stress in Urban America, talked about his book and shared a call to action to help heal our communities. This event was presented in honor of the United Nations' International Day of Persons with…
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Golem Girl: Riva Lehrer in Conversation with Lawrence Weschler

Hear a very special interview with Riva Lehrer, a Chicago artist and author of Golem Girl. Golem Girl lyrically details Lehrer's life with spina bifida while asking, "what do we sacrifice in the pursuit of normalcy and what becomes possible when embrace monstrosity". Lehrer was interviewed by Lawrence Weschler, Artistic Director Emeritus of the Chicago Humanities…
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