Happiness by Carl Sandburg
I asked professors who teach the meaning of life
to tell me what is happiness.
And I went to famous executives who boss
the work of thousands of men.
They all shook their heads and gave me a smile as though I was trying
to fool with them.
And then one Sunday afternoon I wandered out along
the Desplaines river
And I saw a crowd of Hungarians under the trees with their women and children and a keg of beer and an accordian.
This poem was selected by Russell J. (Adult Services Librarian)
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Chicago by Carl Sandburg
Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders:
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Isabel Allende and Michael Lewis have won this year’s prestigious Carl Sandburg Literary Awards, presented by the Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library. The annual award “honors an author whose significant body of work has enhanced the public’s awareness of the written word.” Evanston-based author Christine Sneed will be also be honored with the 21st Century Award which “honors a significant recent achievement in writing by a Chicago-area writer.” She will be at the Evanston Public Library this Saturday, April 13 reading from her first novel Little Known Facts. You can check here for more information on Saturday’s event. The awards will be held Oct. 23 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. You can also check the EPL catalog for books by Allende and Lewis.