5 Articles: Rethinking Plastic

Plastic, an ingenious and versatile solution to the demands of mass production, has become an environmental challenge of mass proportions. While swelling landfills are relatively easy to ignore, we've become increasingly aware of the threat disposable plastic poses to rivers, lake and oceans—a major source of human food supply, as well as a vital part…
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Top Picks: Catherine Deneuve

Actress Catherine Deneuve will hit a milestone birthday this month, turning 75 on October 22, but she shows no signs of slowing down. According to the IMDb she has acting credits for every single year going back to 1991, and more sporadically going back to the beginning of her career around 1960. At the height…
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Read Like a Zombie

Need help recommending books to your zombie friends? I visited with one recently and have some tips to share.  Zombies like brains. They find them delicious. In a zombie's personal library, you'll often find an entire shelf devoted to the subject, including such mouth-watering recent examples as Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains…
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Bill Gates’ New Favorite Book of All Time and More of His Recent Picks

Few figures can make as much of a splash in endorsing books publicly as Bill Gates. Not only is he a respected businessman, technologist and philanthropist, but he's also got pretty reliable taste and a consistent eye for quality. So it's worth checking in on what Gates has been championing recently. (We also checked in…
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Contest: Andrew Carnegie Medals

Updated February 11, 2018: Thank you for sharing your recommendations with us! We’ve contacted the winners of this drawing. Adults, let us know in the comments which of these Andrew Carnegie titles you recommend for a chance to win an official Andrew Carnegie Medal tote bag plus a Chicago Public Library cup, pen and highlighter…
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Happy Birthday, Jane Fonda

With her 80th birthday coming up on December 21, and with her acting career as busy as ever, I'm paying my respects to Jane Fonda, wishing her a happy birthday, sharing an overview of some of her career highlights, and recommending some of my favorite Fonda films along the way. Let's start with Barefoot in the…
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