Can you believe the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, was published 20 years ago? It feels like I've known Harry, Ron and Hermione forever! Since the whole world is celebrating this momentous occasion, we thought we'd get in on the fun with a little quiz to test how well you know the […]Read More from Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Harry Potter Books?
Harrison Ford has been in some of my favorite movies of all time. So I was excited to find out we have something in common: we were both born in Chicago! Of course, that's where the similarities end. I'm a mild-mannered librarian, and he's a movie star responsible for bringing some of the most beloved […]Read More from #TBT: Happy 75th Birthday, Harrison Ford!
Lena Horne was a pioneer of both music and screen. Beautiful, sophisticated and blessed with talent, her later success belied her difficult upbringing. This Throwback Thursday, we're observing Horne's 100th birth anniversary by looking at her extraordinary career. Lena Horne was born in Brooklyn to a numbers runner and an actress. She lived with her […]Read More from #TBT: Happy 100th Birth Anniversary, Lena Horne!
I jumped at the chance to write a post for Native American Heritage Month because I honestly didn't know that many Native American authors. Sherman Alexie, of course, is the first one that comes to mind, and I was happy to read one of his other books. While the books I recommend here are vastly different, they […]Read More from I Give You Back: Native American Heritage Month
Most Chicagoans have heard the trope that Chicago has the largest concentration of Polish people outside of Warsaw. (Although here's an article from WBEZ that states this might not be true any more.) But how did Chicago's Polonia come to be? This Polish American Heritage Month, learn the history of how Polish people came to […]Read More from History of Polish Americans in Chicago
Even if you don't think you like jazz, I bet you've heard of Miles Davis. As one of the most important musicians of all time, jazz or otherwise, his music and influence can be seen everywhere. For example, Davis' Kind of Blue can be heard in movies like Pleasantville and television shows like The Wire. […]Read More from #TBT: Miles Davis: 90th Birth Anniversary of the Cool
Shakespeare’s timeless stories are a frequent inspiration, even centuries after they were first written. (or borrowed or adapted, depending on who you ask!) For example, the slogan for Game of Thrones, “Winter is Coming”, is similar to the first line in Richard III, “Now is the winter of our discontent”. As we prepare for our discussion and […]Read More from An Honest Tale Speeds Best: Shakespeare’s Influence in Recent Media
How much do you know about Zora Neale Hurston? It seems like most people read Their Eyes Were Watching God in high school English class or saw Their Eyes Were Watching God with Halle Berry. But there's more to this fabulous writer than one novel. To celebrate the 125th anniversary of her birth on January 7, […]Read More from The Pleasure of My Company: Zora Neale Hurston at 125
It's almost here! After all the hype, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will arrive in theaters December 18! If you're anything like me, you've seen the classic movies so many times you could quote them. But did you know that there are a lot of books and comics and video games that carry on the […]Read More from Get Ready for The Force Awakens!
November 16-20 is Social Media Week in Chicago, when the Twitterati gather to learn about using social media to inspire action, perform search engine optimization (SEO) and try to predict the future of digital data. The theme this year, "Upwardly Mobile: The Rise of the Connected Class," focuses on what we can all achieve in a […]Read More from Be Heard: 5 Articles About Social Media
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