| Oct 18, 2014
| 9:51 PM
Here's one tic I wish I could tame in my writing: colons.
I love colons. A colon is more emphatic than a comma, tidier than a dash. It's a tiny drumroll that tells the reader: Get ready. Something important or shocking is on the way.
Because I love...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 3:25 PM
The Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner presented by the Chicago Public Library Foundation in partnership with the Chicago Public Library attracted more than 700 book-loving guests, including 69 authors, to its 15th annual event held at the Forum of...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 12:17 PM
Veterans Day will be observed Tuesday. The following public services will be affected:
•Schools: Many schools will be closed; check with local offices.
•Government offices: Most government buildings will be closed.
| 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 8, 2014
| 10:44 PM
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 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...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 12:37 PM
"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" (Picador 2000), the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Chabon, is this year's selection for One Book, One Chicago, the Chicago Public Library announced Friday.
The story is about Joe Kavalier and Sammy...
| Sep 8, 2014
In an old house in Paris
that was covered with vines
OK — now continue.
If you were one of the countless children who have been mesmerized by the classic picture book "Madeline," you can.
Word for word, page by page, through the story of the...
| Sep 6, 2014
| 7:07 PM
As one of the world's richest men, Chicago hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin has contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to causes around the globe since 1999, including tens of millions to Chicago institutions.
But one of the vehicles for his...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 2:18 PM
Back-to-school days can be a drag. Luckily, the Chicago Public Library has a good reason to celebrate — and dance. Now through Aug. 29, CPL is hosting its first-ever Back to School-A-Palooza concert series at 20 library branches.
| Mar 10, 2014
| 2:14 PM
Chicago author Veronica Roth will receive the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library, it was announced Monday. The library's top award, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, will go to authors Doris Kearns...