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Staff Picks: What's for Dinner?

Open “Breakfast for dinner : recipes for frittata floren…” in catalog Breakfast for dinner : recipes for frittata floren… Open “The dinner doctor” in catalog The dinner doctor Open “Dinner survival : cooking for the rushed” in catalog Dinner survival : cooking for the rushed Open “Lickety-split meals : for health conscious people …” in catalog Lickety-split meals : for health conscious people … Open “The mac + cheese cookbook : 50 simple recipes from…” in catalog The mac + cheese cookbook : 50 simple recipes from… Open “Tuesday night is pasta night : the eat-well cookbo…” in catalog Tuesday night is pasta night : the eat-well cookbo…
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Murdered Dreams in Ghost Month

Jing-nan’s morning was shattered when he learned about the murder of his high school sweetheart, Julia. They had always planned to get married after he graduated from college, except he dropped out of college when his father and mother died and now runs a food stand in Taipei. Last he heard of Julia, she was at …


Music Nerd: 5 Early Goth Albums for Halloween

A macabre journey to the darkest, most blood-curdling and downright spooky era in human history–the early 1980s–to witness the birth of a beast whose reverberating moans can still be heard today. Behold, a beginner’s guide to the origins of gothic rock!

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Happy Birthday, Shel Silverstein!

Although he died 15 years ago of a heart attack, Shel Silverstein‘s books are still enjoyed by children and adults today. Known for his willingness to try unusual ideas without concern for social conventions, Silverstein authored 20 books, which are now available in more than 30 different languages. With a quirky sense of humor some […]

A Nice Little Place on the North Side

Wrigley Field’s Story in A Nice Little Place on the North Side

The perils of being a Chicago Cub fan are well known with the losing records and streaks that has plagued the team, but the Chicago Cubs also have Wrigley Field with its famous ivy covered backfield brick wall. Columnist George Will…

Bean There October

Bean There, Read That: Julie & Julia

Pick up a copy of Julie & Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny kitchen apartment by Julie Powell for the Tuesday October 28, 2014 7-8:30PM Bean There, Read That book discussion at The Classic Bean (21st and Fairlawn) for folks in their 20s and 30s! Powell needs something to break the monotony of her life. So, she invents a deranged assignment: […]


We Read Banned Books

Our Teen Advisory Board (TAB) made a short video for Banned Books Week that discusses why it’s important to read books not everyone agrees with. Check it out!

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