| Jul 23, 2014
| 9:16 AM
Less than a week after the publication of Marja Mills' memoir, “The Mockingbird Next Door,” her story of befriending the famously reclusive 88-year-old author Harper Lee, the book remains embroiled in controversy.
On July 14, the day...
| Jul 18, 2014
"Do you want to take a trip? You can say no." Tim Bannon, my editor at the Chicago Tribune, stood at my cubicle on an August day in 2001. Back then, he ran the daily features section. Tim knew I liked to travel for stories, and that if the story took me...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 9:36 AM
Solve a debate between me and my boyfriend: If your partner cheats on you while under a heavy influence of alcohol or drugs, is that an acceptable excuse? Like, what if they were blacked out? —DUI
Acceptable in what sense?...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 6:53 AM
Our club: We are the Austin-Irving Book Club.
Our meetings: We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor community room of the Austin-Irving branch of the Chicago Public Library. The participants reside primarily in...
| Jul 9, 2014
Chicago will be the second city for the federal government's Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative, Mel Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, announced Tuesday.
The pilot program, announced for Detroit in May, is designed to help...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 6:12 PM
Faced with almost unlimited options, Liz Kelsey and her 5-year-old daughter, Alice, decided to make a single red rose.
Using the 3-D printer at their suburban public library, they could have just as easily made a pair of ear buds, a citrus reamer, a...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 8:18 AM
Try to check out a hot new book or movie at your local library, and you're likely to get put on a long waiting list.
Libraries in the Chicago area are trying to change that by offering a new online checkout service. Instead of having a limited number...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 6:40 PM
U.S. District Judge James Holderman was in his chambers in early 2011 when he opened a piece of mail from a group calling itself the Sovereign American Consulate.
Inside was a document accusing the veteran jurist of failing to answer a summons issued...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 2:37 PM
Teens can keep their creative juices flowing this summer at one of the Chicago Public Library’s new Mini Maker Labs, popping up at several neighborhood branches from July through late November.
Inspired by the CPL’s award-winning Maker Lab...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 1:32 PM
Growing up in Back of the Yards, there was one thing Quori Senyon could always count on: Disney movies. Senyon was raised by his grandmother, who couldn't afford trips to the movie theater but always found a way to buy the VHS copies for her grandson....
| Jun 8, 2014
| 7:59 PM
Monday marks the first day of registration for the city's summer reading program, which made late-night TV last week when Mayor Emanuel bet "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon that if Chicago's children read 2.4 million books this summer, Fallon will...