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The Great American Read

As part of PBS’s The Great American Read program, Nancy Carr moderated a panel discussion of four books from the top 100 list on October 20 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Panelists included Donna Seaman, adult books editor at Booklist; Liesl Olson, director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry Library; and Julia Fine,Continue reading

Great American Read

Cast your vote today for America’s favorite novel! Visit, where you can see the 100 books that made the initial cut for PBS’s The Great American Read and support your choice. You’ll also find plenty of other interactive literary content, including author interviews, quizzes, and book recommendations. And ifContinue reading

Patriotism and Community Action

A few photos from a great event at the Austin -Irving Branch of the Public Library hosted by Tony Powers, the branch manager for CPL Austin-Irving branch and Commander of his Sons of the American Legion Squadron. Michael Elsey had the honor of facilitating a discussion sparked by Mariah Karson’sContinue reading