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December 20, 2014

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A true Dutch treat

A true Dutch treat

I hope you jumped on those Sutherland Lecture tickets yesterday because they are gone baby gone–I understand that even the waiting list is full. A big fan of John Green’s books, I am nevertheless nervous about being in an auditorium filled with John Green Girls, beautiful, complicated and ka-razy creatures that they are. Or do […]

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John Green Sutherland lecture

Tickets are now available for the 2014 Zena Sutherland Lecture by John Green. Friday, May 2, 7:30 PM at the Harold Washington Library Center in sweet home Chicago. Admission is free but tickets are required, and only two to a customer. Get em now if you want to go and I’ll see you there.

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Moving Moment No. 10

Moving Moment No. 10

  Stop me if you’ve heard this one from me before, but when I was a student in Zena’s children’s lit course (along with your friend and mine, Elizabeth), she devoted one class to discussing review journals, aka her Rivals. Booklist got some love because her star student, Betsy Hearne, was then the children’s book […]

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Moving moment No. 6

Moving moment No. 6

Ooh, who remembers this one? In 1982, the library systems of Chicago, Milwaukee, and San Francisco banned Margot Zemach’s Jake and Honeybunch Go to Heaven from their collections (Chicago, from where I followed the whole story avidly, did include it in its two regional research libraries). Unlike the headlines, still popular today, that too-loosely use […]

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Chicago Schools Seek Library Tech Coordinator

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Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has just posted an opening for a library technology coordinator, according to Lisa E. Perez, library manager for CPS’s Department of Literacy. It’s encouraging to see the opening given that Chicago, like many US cities, has recently faced budget cuts.

Chicago Public Library to Expand YOUmedia Program in 2014

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that he would expand the Chicago Public Library’s (CPL) YOUmedia digital skills program by $500,000 in order to serve 25 percent more teens in 2014. The program teaches web design, digital media production, and programming. The announcement comes just a week after the online expansion of CPL’s homework help program.

Chicago’s New Public/School Library Hybrid Opens Doors

Chicago's new Back of the Yards Library, a public/school library hybrid.

Can a public library serve both school children and its other patrons at the same time? That question is being put to the test in Chicago this week as the Back of the Yards Library—a public branch meant to serve as a school library for the 9–12 grade students attending the new Back of the Yards High School next door—opens its doors.

ALA Chicago, Booth #1416

Off tomorrow to my, what, 35th? ALA annual conference, and hope to see some of you there. Our booth is #1416, but I’ll be wandering the exhibit halls, mainly, drumming up business with Al Berman while Martha P. scouts the programming (she’s at the Caldecott pre-conference today, lucky girl). One non-work event I’m looking forward […]

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A Guide to Chicago’s Best Kept Secrets | ALA 2013

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Suggestions for places to eat in Chicago, along with recommended bookstores, bars, city landmarks, and concert venues.

Chicago To Add New School Libraries—Even As It Closes Schools

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As Chicago prepares to permanently shutter 49 K–12 schools and one 9–11 school program for the coming school year, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is planning to open four new stand-alone school libraries for the 2013–2014 school year—and spend more than $2 million for the facilities.

2013 Zena Sutherland Lecturer Linda Sue Park

 Linda Sue Park is delivering the 2013 Zena Sutherland Lecture on May 3rd at the Harold Washington Center, Chicago Public Library. Admission is free but reservations are required; go to zenasutherland.eventbrite.com to sign up. I’ll be there an…

Strike that

The Chicago teachers’ strike is reminding me of one of the more embarrassing moments of my professional career. I was working at Chicago Public Library  as the manager of a small branch on the North Side, and there was a teacher’s strike. According to the news, CPL was offering alternative programming for children at all […]

Chicago Building Its First Joint High School/Public Library from the Ground Up

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Chicago’s taking the partnership between public and school libraries to the next level—it’s building its first public library as part of a school.