May 8th, 2014

Chicago Public Library Awarded National Medal 

First Lady Michelle Obama presented Chicago Public Library the National Medal for Museum and Library Service this morning. This is the highest honor that a Library can receive! Commissioner Brian Bannon accepted it on behalf of CPL, and it is awarded for excellent service to the community. 

We are honored! 

January 29th, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor At The CPL 

DATE: Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

TIME: 6:00 PM

LOCATION: Harold Washington Library - Winter Garden 

ABOUT: The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench in My Beloved World. The journey recounted in this memoir offers testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.​

Justice Sotomayor appears in the Winter Garden, located on the 9th floor. Seating is available when the Winter Garden opens at 4:30 p.m. Guests arriving prior to 4:30 p.m. will line up in the first floor Congress Corridor, where free tickets will be available beginning at 4 p.m., first come, first served and one ticket per person. When the 500-seat Winter Garden fills, guests will be seated in the ninth floor South Hall, a 200-seat overflow space into which the event will be streamed live.

Justice Sotomayor’s book will be available for purchase and she will only autograph copies of My Beloved World at the conclusion of the program. No other memorabilia or items will be autographed. Photography and recording devices are not allowed.

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July 11th, 2012

David Maraniss: Book Signing And Discussion Of “Barack Obama: The Story”

DATE: Wednesday, July 11th

TIME:  6:00 PM

LOCATION: Harold Washington Library

ABOUT: David Maraniss joins us to discuss and autograph copies of his new book titled Barack Obama: The Story. Barack Obama:

The Story, David Maraniss has written a deeply reported generational biography teeming with fresh insights and revealing information, a masterly narrative drawn from hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama in the Oval Office, and a trove of letters, journals, diaries, and other documents.

The book unfolds in the small towns of Kansas and the remote villages of western Kenya, following the personal struggles of Obama’s white and black ancestors through the swirl of the twentieth century. It is a roots story on a global scale, a saga of constant movement, frustration and accomplishment, strong women and weak men, hopes lost and deferred, people leaving and being left. Disparate family threads converge in the climactic chapters as Obama reaches adulthood and travels from Honolulu to Los Angeles to New York to Chicago, trying to make sense of his past, establish his own identity, and prepare for his political future.

David Maraniss, an associate editor at The Washington Post, is the author of critically acclaimed best-selling books on Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi, Vietnam and the sixties, Roberto Clemente, and the 1960 Rome Olympics. He won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Clinton, was part of a Post team that won the 2007 Pulitzer for coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy. He lives in Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin.

Books by David Maraniss are available for purchase at this event. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Registration is not required.

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