Crazy for You: Sweet Valentine’s Day Reads for Kids

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Love is in the air this month with Valentine's Day close at hand. From sweet treats to red hearts, it's a time when people share feelings of love, affection and friendship with one another. Valentine's Day offers some warmth and happiness in an otherwise dreary season. This love-filled day is the perfect time to enjoy these […]

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Top 5 Food and Cooking Magazines on Zinio

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We explore the theme “Eat, Think, Grow” this One Book, One Chicago season, with this year’s book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.  After reading the book, you may be inspired to try some new recipes at home.  To get ideas for great recipes, explore our collection of food and cooking magazines on Zinio. You can download the […]

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Whispering Sweet Nothings: Audio Love Stories

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with love stories that are classic, screwy, troubled, or just plain fascinating. Let these narrators transport you as they bring these rich characters and settings to life with the power of their voices. This recent cold snap makes it the perfect time to sink into Doctor Zhivago. AudioFile Magazine bestowed its coveted Earphones […]

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Snow Awesome! Winter Sports Reads for Teens

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It’s already February, and Chicago is still mostly mild and totally snow-free! If missing out on that "real" Chicago winter has left you wishing for snow, and you don’t already have plans to head to the mountains, you’ll be happy to hear the groundhog saw his shadow. That’s six extra weeks to find the winter […]

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Laugh Out Loud Political Satire

Even if you're a budding activist or future politician, it can be overwhelming to talk about politics all the time. Why not take a break from the dinner table debate and enjoy a good belly laugh with some political satire for dessert? In 2036, politics are dictated by reality television stardom and viral video clips. But it's still a […]

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Hygge: 5 Articles About Getting Cozy

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Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) has made its way from Danish culture to newly released books and it's no wonder. People are cozying up to the ideals of hygge as a way to get through the winter with candles, company and comfort. There are many reasons why hygge works for some, but not for others. The following articles […]

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Once Upon a Valentine

As February 14 approaches, men and women, young and old will wade through seas of red and pink in card aisles trying to find the perfect words to convey their feelings and sentiments to loved ones and sweethearts. Exchanging valentine cards has been popular since the late 1700s, and continues to be today. In 1908 […]

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February Reading Challenge: Genre Fiction

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Adults, read along with us this winter and be entered in a drawing for a Chicago Public Library T-shirt or a copy of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, this year's One Book, One Chicago selection. This month, read a book of genre fiction—perhaps even from a genre you haven’t read before or rarely read! Need ideas? Find recommendations and new […]

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#TBT: Happy 80th, Vanessa Redgrave!

Born to British theater royalty Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Vanessa Redgrave has had a long and successful career, both on stage and on screen. Her birth—80 years ago, on January 30, 1937—was even announced by Laurence Olivier during the curtain call of Hamlet; the actor added, "tonight a great actress is born." Redgrave has more than […]

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