5 Articles on Disaster Preparedness

If the devastating fires and hurricanes of 2017 and 2018 taught us anything, it's the importance of being prepared. While you can't predict when and where the next disaster will happen, you can do your best to be prepared for it. National Preparedness Month acknowledges our need to focus on planning, preparation and safety in case of an emergency…
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Choosing Privacy: 5 Articles

We seem to have largely accepted that in exchange for the convenience and connection of our digital lives, we give up private information that we once deemed too sensitive to not tightly control.  But it's still hard to keep up with the steady stream of news stories about breaches that expose data well above and…
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5 Articles: Time Magazine Turns 95

Time magazine marks its 95th anniversary this month, on March 3. Choosing five articles to highlight the occasion initially felt daunting, until I considered that March is Women's History Month. I immediately wondered how often Time's annual Person of the Year issue has featured a woman. It didn't take long to discover that individual women…
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Philip Sang Collection Documents African American Experience

Chicago Public Library recently digitized over 200 items documenting the African American experience. You can see these items in our Philip David Sang Digital Collection. The Sang collection, acquired by CPL in the late 1970s and housed in the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection at Woodson Regional Library, consists of a range of materials and…
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5 Articles: Take Better Photos

Have you vowed to take better photos this year? Whether you've just received a new gadget or you're a selfie superstar, there are many ways to improve your skills. Check out these five articles on taking better photos. You can read these articles using CPL's Online Resources. "47 Tips for Better Photos (on a Camera or…
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Absolutely Fireproof: The Iroquois Theater Fire of 1903

  Nearly 114 years ago, Chicago experienced the worst theater fire in U.S. history. The burning of the Iroquois Theater claimed the lives of over 600 patrons, a tragic number that even exceeds the estimated 250 lives lost in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Beautiful, lavishly designed and deemed “absolutely fireproof”, the ill-fated Iroquois Theater…
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5 Articles: Stay Safe Online

With the recent news of the Equifax data breach, are you thinking about how to be safer online and how to keep your information secure? October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, but it’s always a good time to learn more about internet and computer safety. The Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect.Toolkit has resources for…
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