Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Calling all opera geeks!

Here's a chance for college students to grow into the NExT generation of opera lovers and afficianados. Whether you love opera or merely want to become more familiar with the music, Chicago Lyric Opera's NExT discount ticket program allows registered fulltime, degree-seeking college students to purchase seats throughout the opera house for just $20 per performance. Students must register online to become members and purchase NExT tickets. See NExt website for details about the 2011-2012 season.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Evanston Public Library launches community-wide "Night of Ideas"!

Evanston Public Library invites all community members to join the planning process to shape the library's future. On Thursday evening, May 12, EPL will host Evanston 150, a community-wide initiative that engages city members in imagining their future. The free Night of Ideas is part of the celebration of Evanston’s 150th anniversary in 2013. From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the main branch, 1703 Orrington, participants may submit ideas in brainstorming groups while enjoying live music and prizes in the library's first floor Community Room, the first floor Children's Room, or the third floor Teen Loft. Contact (847) 347-2013for more information.

Friday, April 22, 2011

2011 Street Lit Book Award Medal & Honor Book Winners for 2010 Publications

The Street Lit Book Award Medal Committee is comprised of a group of librarians and library workers from across the U.S. who work with Street Lit and it's readers in public and school libraries. The Committee collected, discussed, and nominated titles based on library patron popularity, book club interest, and overall reception of the story as a valuable addition to the Street Literature genre. Three rounds of nominations resulted in the following winners for 2010 publications:

Winner: Decoded by Jay-Z (publisher: Spiegel & Grau)

Honor Books (in order of scoring):
Damaged by Kia DuPree (publisher: Grand Central)
Welfare Wifeys by K'wan (publisher: St. Martin's Griffin)
The Streets Keep Calling by Chunichi (publisher: Urban Books)
Diary of a Young Girl by Mark Anthony (publisher: Urban Books)

A full write up of the awards with committee comments and committee member bios can be accessed at the Street Literature blog

For more information about the Street Lit Book Award Medal contact, Vanessa Irvin Morris at:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

2011 Pulitzer Prize winners announced

The 2011 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, has been warded to "A Visit From the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan, descibed as an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Snapshot: One Day in the Life of Illinois Libraries"

The Oak Park Public Library is joining libraries across the state in participating in "Snapshot: One Day in the Life of Illinois Libraries" on Wednesday, April 13 to show how important academic, public, school, and special libraries and library systems are to the state of Illinois. (read more...)

Japanese Libraries after the Tsunami

Japanese libraries attempt to assess damage and begin recovery strategies, some three weeks after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Booklist Online Video Review March 2011

I thought this Video Review issue of the Booklist Newsletter was worth passing along!

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