April 17th, 2014

Haappy National Haiku Day From The Chicago Public Library!

In honor of National Haiku Day, we thought we’d get in on the fun with some 5-7-5 action about Chicago:

Spring around the bend.

What did Tom Skilling just say?!

Malort down the hatch.

Re-blog with your best Chicago Haikus! 

April 16th, 2014

Captain Underpants Crowned The American Library Association’s “Most Challenged Book” of 2013

From A.V. Club:

The American Library Association has released its annual list of the “most challenged” books in schools and public libraries.

For the second time since 2012, the list was topped by Dav Pilkey’s children’s book series The Adventures Of Captain Underpants, the story of two fourth-graders who use their imaginations to create a comic-book about a superhero, whose disregard for pants is as flagrant as the book’s use of language like “pee-pee, poopy, and wedgie.”

Some parents have reportedly deemed the book as unsuitable for its intended age group of ages 7 to 10, fearing they are far too young for a frank, mature discussion of pee-pee and poopy. 

Click here for the “Top 10 Challenged Books of 2013.”

April 15th, 2014

Chicago Stands With Boston

On behalf of everyone at the Chicago Public Library, on this, the one-year anniversary of the Marathon bombings, we still stand with the city of Boston. We are continually inspired by your strength, courage, and recovery. 



Your friends at the CPL

April 14th, 2014

“You’re bound to get idears if you go thinkin’ about stuff.”

On April 14th, 1939 Viking Press published The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. 

Happy 75th birthday to a classic! 

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