HeritageQuest Online: New and Improved


Have you used our HeritageQuest Online resource to do family research? You might be excited to know that through a partnership with Ancestry.com, it's getting an upgrade! If you have no idea what I am talking about—now is the perfect time to check out this wonderful genealogy resource at the library or from home using your […]

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Malcolm X on the Anniversary of His Death

Malcolm X

Like his father and three uncles—and countless others who have spoken up for justice—Malcolm X was assassinated. He was killed 50 years ago at age 39 on February 21, 1965, while giving a talk at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City—just one week after his house was bombed. Malcolm is known to most as […]

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Black Roots: Tracing Your Family Tree

T. Burroughs

Are you trying to learn more about yourself by tracing your family heritage? Do you have an old picture of great-great grandparents but want to know more about who they were and how they lived? Distinguished genealogist and historian Tony Burroughs will be available Tuesday, February 10 at Harold Washington Library Center and Tuesday, February 24 […]

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Funny in Translation: From Farsi to French


It’s really neat when you discover words and phrases you thought unique to your language end up in other cultures.  Like the phrase "to walk on eggshells" (to be careful not to offend someone) has a close cousin in French—"marcher sur des œufs.” But not everything we say in one language translates perfectly into another […]

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Coffee: the dark liquid

coffee cup

Coffee sometimes means more to me than life itself.  I can have an awful day, be sick as a dog, or need sleep after a long day- but I will always be ready for that first sip. I search out the best coffee experience the way some hunt for a life-long mate... But it doesn't […]

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World Cup: Learn More About Soccer

soccer foot

Do you love soccer? Do you even understand soccer? I don't much. And that's OK, I guess. It’s only the most popular game on the planet. I've been watching World Cup soccer since I was 16, and I am no spring chicken, but what seems to hook me in more than the technical aspects of […]

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