April 3rd, 2014

CPL Throwback Thursday - Trailer Service From The Legler Regional Library, Circa. 1940

The Legler Library at 115 South Pulaski Road began an experimental trailer service to area industries on April 19, 1940. The first three industrial plants to receive the service were Binks Manufacturing Company, Brach’s Candy Company and Dowst’s Tootsie Toy Manufacturing Company.

Many area factories held defense contracts and the men and women were working 10 to 12 hours a day. Since they did not have the time to visit their local libraries, the Library’s “service to your door” was very popular among the West Side workers. In 1943, circulation to Brach’s employees alone was 12,338 volumes.

Click here to learn more about the Legler Library trailer service!

March 28th, 2014

CNN Profiles Chance The Rapper On Chicagoland

From Complex:

Chicago has birthed a new generation of rappers that have been growing in the industry for the past two years in the midst of the turmoil within the city. The stressful environment in Chicago has been at the forefront of national news, and is now the topic of CNN’s new documentary series Chicagoland. 

Last night’s episode contained a profile on Chance The Rapper. CNN gets a candid interview about Chance’s experiences growing up on the southside of Chicago, and his music which puts a spotlight on the area. 

The piece also highlights Chance’s history with the Chicago Public Library, and shows an early gig he performed at the YOUmedia Center in our Harold Washington branch. 

Chance, you continue to be an amazing ambassador for the city of Chicago. Everybody at the CPL is so proud of your work, and honored that we were a part of your journey. 

March 25th, 2014

His First Library Card!

It’s first library card Tuesday! Today we feature Kaylan proudly showing us his library card he received at our Bucktown Wicker Park Branch. Welcome to the Library Kaylan, we are thrilled to have you as a member!

November 29th, 2011

The good news: More jobs are being created in Chicagoland. The bad: It’s not getting any easier to land one.

According to last week’s IDES report, 15,700 jobs have been added since October 2010. But you wouldn’t know it based on the area’s unemployment rate; the figure jumped to 9.7% last month from 8.8% a year earlier.

It’s not all doom and gloom for job seekers, however. Our unemployment rate was down a tick from 9.8 percent in September. And the DES also reported that Illinois has added 108,100 jobs since the start of last year.

More silver lining: CPL’s Job Searchers program is a useful ally in your hunt. If your search feels exhausted or you just can’t seem to find the right resources, join the Greater Grand Crossing Branch on Thursday from 11:30 AM - 1 PM as we explore the Chicago Public Library’s Especially for Job Searchers links.

Please call 312.745.1608 to register or visit the branch to sign-up.

If you can’t make this Thursday’s session, we’ve got six other workshops scheduled through January. Visit our Job Searchers events page for complete details.

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