Throwback Thursday - Lake View Branch Library, Circa June 9th, 1942
The Lake View Branch Library was designated a bomb shelter at its opening on September 12, 1942. Large barrels of crackers and emergency supplies were found in the basement of the building nearly 40 years later, as the Library was preparing the building for renovation. The box-like 1940s architecture of the Lake View Branch Library’s facade changed with a 1988 renovation: a glassed greenhouse-style loggia with an entrance ramp to the building’s brick front was constructed, along with a new elevator, a first floor children’s library, and a new auditorium. The library’s name was changed at the opening of the newly renovated building to the John Merlo Branch Library, after a past Alderman and State Senator.
Throwback Thursday: The Chicago Public Library Information Service, Circa 1993
How would you settle a bet over how many career triples Pete Rose had? Or what’s the primary export of Peru? Where would you go to find the answer? These days, we’d just turn to the internet, where almost all of recorded human knowledge is collected and readily available at our fingertips. The Internet has drastically changed our ability to find and research even the most trivial of topics, so it’s almost astonishing to think that just twenty years ago, you would have had to call the library.
In 1993, Doug Sawyer and Wendy Miller went to the Harold Washington Library to document the Chicago Public Library Information Service for a segment for Chicago Slices. The footage never made it to air, and this unique service soon faded into relative obscurity as internet search engines outpaced its usefulness. Thankfully, it hasn’t been forgotten.
The raw tape survived and has now been digitized through the support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and supporters like you. So take a moment and look back into a past nearly forgotten, and reflect on just how much change can happen in 20 short years.
R.L. Stine Reddit AMA Highlights
Yesterday, author R.L. Stine did an AMA (Here is what an AMA is if you aren’t familiar) on Reddit. Below are some of the highlights:
What made you decide to write an adult horror novel after so many years of scaring kids?
So many of my original readers are now in their 20s and 30s. I wanted to write a book for them.
Did it make you happy knowing you deprived me and countless others sleep for weeks?
Yes, it did.
Which book would you say was your favorite to write?
The Slappy books are most fun to write because I get to be rude and insulting.
Did you ever meet or hang out with Christopher Pike in real life?
I spent one very weird day with Christopher Pike back in the 90’s.
If there is one book that you wish you wrote yourself instead of the original author, what would it be?
Have you had any person supernatural experiences, either before or after Goosebumps?
Once when I was an editor at Scholastic, I was sitting at my desk when I felt myself rising up from my body. I floated up to the ceiling and looked down on myself sitting at my desk below. It lasted only a few seconds and never happened again. No drugs were involved.
Which book, to you, was your “best” work (from the goosebumps collection)?
Wanted: The Haunted Mask. I’m very proud of that one, even though it’s a sequel.
What is your favorite horror novel?
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
What was the scariest moment in your life?
When I lost my 3-yr-old son at the NY Auto Show.
What’s your very best life advice?
Don’t eat the yellow snow.
Ernest Hemingway’s Macho Letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald
We are going in to Pamplona tomorrow. Been trout fishing here. How are you? And how is Zelda?
I am feeling better than I’ve ever felt—havent drunk any thing but wine since I left Paris. God it has been wonderful country. But you hate country. All right omit description of country. I wonder what your idea of heaven would be—A beautiful vacuum filled with wealthy monogamists, all powerful and members of the best families all drinking themselves to death. And hell would probably [be] an ugly vacuum full of poor polygamists unable to obtain booze or with chronic stomach disorders that they called secret sorrows.
To me heaven would be a big bull ring with me holding two barrera seats and a trout stream outside that no one else was allowed to fish in and two lovely houses in the town; one where I would have my wife and children and be monogamous and love them truly and well and the other where I would have my nine beautiful mistresses on 9 different floors and one house would be fitted up with special copies of the Dial printed on soft tissue and kept in the toilets on every floor and in the other house we would use the American Mercury and the New Republic.* Then there would be a fine church like in Pamplona where I could go and be confessed on the way from one house to the other and I would get on my horse and ride out with my son to my bull ranch named Hacienda Hadley and toss coins to all my illegitimate children that lined the road. I would write out at the Hacienda and send my son in to lock the chastity belts onto my mistresses because someone had just galloped up with the news that a notorious monogamist named Fitzgerald had been seen riding toward the town at the head of a company of strolling drinkers.
Well anyway were going into town tomorrow early in the morning. Write me at the
Or dont you like to write letters. I do because it’s such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you’ve done something.
So Long and love to Zelda from us both—