Bruce Guernsey to Judge Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards

January 20, 2013

We are thrilled to introduce poet Bruce Guernsey as the judge for our 35th Annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards.  A professor of English at Eastern Illinois University for 25 years, Guernsey was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Poetry in Portugal and Greece, spent four years as poet-in-residence at Virginia Wesleyan College and also […]

Meet Steven Erikson!

September 22, 2012

EPL is bringing fantasy to life.  Fantasy fiction, that is.  In case you haven’t heard, NY Times Bestselling novelist Steven Erikson is coming to the library, and we couldn’t be more excited.  Author of the critically acclaimed “Malazan Book of the Fallen” fantasy series, Erikson will visit the Community Meeting Room of EPL’s Main Branch […]

"Once in a Blue Moon" Amnesty Event at Chicago Public Library

August 8, 2012

Good news for all patrons of the Chicago Public Library who are living with the guilt and shame of overdue books. From August 20th through September 7th, items may be returned fine free, no questions asked. In this Bloomberg Business Week article, reporter Keenan Mayo interviews CPL Commissioner Brian Bannon on the concept and practice of amnesty […]

Think small with the Little Free Library movement.

July 6, 2012

In this feature article in today’s Chicago Trib (reprinted from the LA Times), reporter Martha Groves relates the growning interest in private, tiny libraries. A neighbor with books to spare, looking for a way to share them with the community will build a small hutch (think dollhouse size) and simply set out a few volumes on […]

The smell of books dying

June 12, 2012

On NPR’s Morning Edition program today, Margot Adler reported on the loud and passionate debate over the proposed renovation of the iconic main building of the New York Public Library on 42nd Street in Manhattan. The beautiful Beaux Arts-style building with those glorious lions guarding the entrance was opened in 1911 after nearly nine years of […]

Meet Alan Furst!

June 10, 2012

That’s right, folks.  NY Times Bestselling author Alan Furst is coming to EPL, and we couldn’t be more excited.  Described by Vince Flynn as “the most talented espionage novelist of our generation,” Furst will visit the Community Meeting Room of EPL’s Main Branch on Saturday, June 16th at 4 p.m. to read from Mission to Paris – the […]

Get a Clue! Mystery and Suspense Author Panel

October 14, 2011

You’re invited to join us Saturday, October 22, 2:00 – 3:30pm, for a panel of four local mystery and suspense authors. David Heinzmann, Michael Dymmoch, Luisa Buehler, and Diane Piron-Gelman (pen name: D. M. Pirrone) will discuss their writing process, inspiration, and recent projects. A paperback exchange and book sale will follow.  Refreshments will be […]

Overdrive Downloadable Ebooks Books Now Available for Kindle

September 21, 2011

With a blink of an eye, the world has changed.  Kindle, well known for its ease of use, has pushed public library’s downloadable books to a new level. With one click, a library book can now be sent via WiFi  to be read on the device itself, or on a Kindle App.  As an avid Kindle […]

To Goodread or Not

September 15, 2011

I’ve flirted with Library Thing, and the I’m Reading app on Facebook, but when it all comes down to it; no one wants to have to deal with another online resource. Why would I want to remember one more user name, or have to deal with another password? For a long time, I felt this way about Goodreads.  I […]

Using Overdrive/MyMediaMall with a smartphone or tablet

August 24, 2011

I’ve used My Media Mall on just about every device out there, and to be honest, in its current design, it’s MUCH easier to use it on a smartphone or tablet that connects directly to the internet.  Instead of plugging in my reader into the computer, all one has to do is download the Overdrive […]

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