Rapture Ready (But First, Prom)

Being a teenager can really stink sometimes. Religion can make it easier, or it can make it even more of a chore. You're at that age where you question everything, like the characters in these books, who come from conservative backgrounds and aren't given much freedom to explore spirituality (or anything else) on their own…
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Judy Blume, Neil deGrasse Tyson to Receive 2018 Sandburg Award

Authors Judy Blume and Neil deGrasse Tyson will receive the 2018 Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation and Chicago Public Library. Erika L. Sánchez will receive the 21st Century Award. The Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner will honor the authors Tuesday, October 9 at The Forum on the campus of the University of Illinois at…
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Hot New Paperbacks to Celebrate Paperback Book Day

Consider the humble paperback: While often derided as low budget or an airport read, these workhorses are beloved by millions of readers for their compact size and inexpensive cost. First introduced in Britain in the mid-1800s, the paperback enabled many literary debuts and extended the reach of classic and scientific authors through reprinting and wider…
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Pilsen: Explore ‘Coolest’ Neighborhood Through Photos, Fiction, Film

Pilsen is on Forbes' 12 Coolest Neighborhoods Around The World list, alongside other “up-and-coming" communities.  Praised for attractions including its popular murals and “cutting-edge culture and art,” Pilsen is also the subject or setting of three books, as well as an inspiring documentary—so you can explore the neighborhood vicariously before you visit. Brimming with photos…
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Tick, Tick, Tick, Birth

Leni Zumas' Red Clocks has proven incredibly popular here at the library. If you want more like it, I have a few suggestions.  First of all, let me spread the gospel of The Red Clocks. Told in the alternating voices of four interconnected women, it takes place in a near future where abortion is illegal and so is…
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