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This Surprising Public Library Was Just Named The Nation's Best

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

A new study from a German university has ranked the world's top urban public library systems, rendering some surprising results. Coming out on top ...

Changes Ahead For Nation's Largest Library

Posted 10.28.2013 | Chicago

Here's a change worth checking out: Chicago's flagship library is about to get a multi-million dollar spruce-up. The Harold Washington Library bra...

The Carl Sandburg Literary Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.25.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In a time when reading seems to be less of a priority for people, it was heartening to see so many willing to give money to the Chicago Library Foundation and celebrate the Chicago Public Library and Chicago authors.

WATCH: 3-D Printers Debut At Library's Public 'Maker Space'

Posted 07.09.2013 | Chicago

Chicago's first free and publicly accessible "maker lab" is already off and 3-D printing following its Monday opening at the Harold Washington Library...

Chicago Public Library's New 'Maker Space' Will Blow Your Mind

Posted 06.19.2013 | Chicago

Libraries have long been the haven of readers, but now the Chicago Public Library is making their main branch a haven for makers. As part of the CP...

Library Head Resigns As Battle Over Layoffs, Hours Continues

Posted 01.25.2012 | Chicago

The woman at the helm of the Chicago Public Library system for the past 18 years has resigned from her post in the midst of ongoing disputes over staf...

Should Chicago Library Workers Skip Raises To Keep Branches Open On Mondays?

Posted 01.12.2012 | Chicago

The labor union representing city librarians balked at a suggestion made by two powerful Chicago aldermen this week that they should forego their cont...

Chicago Libraries And The Battle Between Rahm Emanuel, Unions

Posted 01.10.2012 | Chicago

When the Chicago Public Library announced via Facebook that nearly all branches would be closed Monday, it raised a few eyebrows. After all, there was...

City Library's Regional Branches Now Closed On Mondays

Posted 01.05.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Public Library announced via its Facebook page Wednesday that, apparently effective immediately, all of its branch locations, save two plu...

Time To End Silence In Public Libraries?

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 03.07.2012 | Books

As public libraries continue their quest to stay relevant in the wake of cuts to their funding and decreased popularity, some are greatly altering the...

Librarians To Mayor Emanuel: 'We Shall Not be Shushed!'

Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago

More than 100 city librarians, community members and other Chicago Public Library supporters gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office in City Hall...

CPL's Bar Lounge Aims To Make Libraries Cool Again

| Lauren Drell | Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

If the last time you saw your library card was senior year of high school, then there’s a good chance it’s still tucked away in your "East of Eden...

West Humboldt Park Library Named After Ex-Mayor Daley

Posted 09.28.2011 | Chicago

Former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley made a rare public appearance on Thursday, showing up at a West Humboldt Park library which was named in his hon...

Cool Ways To Beat The Heat In Chicago

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 09.24.2011 | Chicago

At this point, it's getting a little hard to remember why we're supposed to love the summer heat so much. We know that snow and sleet were here just a...

10 Great Places To Take Library Tours

usatoday.com | Posted 06.08.2011 | Books

Forget stereotypes about libraries. You're likely to find art exhibits, lounge chairs and free Wi-Fi. Monday marks the start of National Library Week,...

PHOTOS: Harold Washington Library, One Of The Most Beautiful In America

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

This week, the culture website Flavorpill came out with a collection of the ten most beautiful public libraries in America. To the surprise of no one...

When Youth Own the Public Education Agenda

Mimi Ito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mimi Ito

Imagine what it would mean to think of public education as a mission shouldered not only by schools, but also by a wide range of public institutions committed to knowledge and learning?

Producing Sparks of Learning

Marsha L. Semmel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Marsha L. Semmel

For many of us, sparks of learning happened not only in the classroom, but in a garden, a park, and especially in a library or museum.

Chicago Public Library Teams Up With Book Bike For A Happy Ending

Chicagoist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After all the drama last week over the fate of Gabriel Levinson's Book Bike, cooler heads have prevailed and we now have a happy ending. The Chicago P...

More Nostalgia!

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

Director Peter Sellars is a visionary, an enlightening educator, and a man of peace. And of course he can also be the court jester. He displayed all the above, and a good more besides, this evening.

Fox Chicago Report Suggests That Libraries Are A Waste Of Taxpayer Money

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a provocative six-minute segment, Fox Chicago News sparked a debate that is catching fire nationwide: with the city facing a serious budget shortfa...

Transportation, Schools, Culture At Risk In Budget Crisis

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Like a frog in a gradually warming pot of water, not everyone notices the trouble brewing. But budget problems have already hurt the Chicago area's wa...

Patti Smith In Chicago: Music Legend Discusses Her New Book, Robert Mapplethorpe

HuffPost Eyes&Ears Local | Marilyn Soltis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago native and "grandmother of punk rock" Patti Smith spoke at the Harold Washington Library Sunday about her new book "Just Kids," a memoir of he...

Police Stations To Open In Chicago Libraries

Chicago Sun Times | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A police station in a library? Yes. Residents of the Southwest Side's Clearing neighborhood will now be able to go to the library to fill out police ...

The Total Is More Than the Sum of the Parts ...

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

One of the great pleasures of working in a city with as many fine institutions as Chicago has is collaboration. One is Chicago Opera Theater's post-graduate performance diploma at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts.