Welcome Mayor Lightfoot with Books Highlighting ‘Firsts’

Today Lori Lightfoot is sworn in as Chicago's mayor, becoming the first African American woman to lead our city. In honor of the new mayor's historic achievement, pick up some books celebrating other "firsts." We've compiled lists of stories of groundbreaking individuals who accomplished "firsts" in history that are both informative and inspiring. Adults Highlights…
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Top Picks: Patti LaBelle

Singer, actress, author, entrepreneur, woman extraordinaire Patti LaBelle turns 75 on May 24. Yes, I agree, she doesn’t look a day over 50! LaBelle is a true virtuoso. Born Patricia Louise Holte, her journey as a recording artist has known few boundaries. Her acclaimed works feature a variety of genres, from gospel to soul, blues…
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Read Like Sherlock Holmes

Celebrate Sherlock Holmes Day on May 22 by reading like the beloved fictional detective. Here are some titles that Sherlock might have enjoyed. Sherlock Holmes was a bit ahead of his time in employing forensics on the pages of Arthur Conan Doyle's books before it became popular with professional detectives and police forces. It has…
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Create a Buzz: Pollinator Gardening

Excited to get your spring plants into the ground? This year try planting a pollinator garden using native plants. You’ve probably heard that pollinators (mostly insects) are responsible for roughly 35 percent of crop production in the U.S., and that they‘re facing unprecedented threats from climate change, habitat loss, and pesticide use. Even if you…
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