The Chicago area supports a number of literary wonderlands. If you feel yourself drawn to literature for entertainment, life-long learning, or comfort, use libraries in our area to support your interests. Often these organizations offer free or low-cost literary events and workshops. Following organizations on Facebook and other social media platforms will help keep you in the loop. Click on the links below to get started.
The last day to register to vote for the November 8, 2016 General Election is October 11, 2016. After this date, grace period registration is only available in person at sites authorized by each election authority. To be eligible to vote a voter must: be at least 18 years of age by election day; be a United States Citizen; live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to election day; not be convicted and in jail; not claim the right to vote anywhere else. When you receive your voter ID card by mail, you are considered registered. If you do not receive an ID card by 3 weeks after you have registered, contact your election authority. If you are not voting for the first time in Illinois, you do not need to provide ID to vote in person.
In Melting Away: a Ten Year Journey through Our Endangered Polar Regions, Camille Seamon tells of her experiences traveling and photographing the Arctic and Antarctic, an area she found herself strangely drawn to revisit for 10 years. The extraordinary photographs and colors, primarily blues, predominate in an incredible variety of shades. “Seaman reveals her struggle to be a good mother while dealing with the burden of being the voice of distressed remote locations. Seaman has not been back to the Poles since August 2011 because the disappearance of ice and snow broke her heart. She watched firsthand the devastation on the polar bears and local birds caused by melting ice and warming seas. Her unique perspective of the landscape is entwined with her Shinnecock Native American upbringing: she sees no two icebergs alike.”–Aline Smithson
If you are not registered to vote in the Illinois General Primary Election taking place on March 15, 2016 you have until February 16, 2016 to register.
Illinois’ residents may register online, in person at the office of the election authority, at Driver’s license facilities, with deputy registrarswho are appointed in each jurisdiction, or via mail using the Illinois Voter Registration Application available in English and Spanish.
Recently the library purchased the book titled, Religions of Iran: from pre-history to the present by Richard Foltz. Inside is a chapter titled, “In search of Zoroaster.” Zoroaster is a mystery to many as the basics of his life–where he was born, lived and when he died (possibly born c. 628 BCE—died c. 551 BCE)–are uncertain. The religion, Zoroastrianism, relies on an ancient sacred text called the Avesta, which contains sections called “Gathas,” or hymns, which many consider Zoroaster to be author. According to Encyclopædia Britannica Online, “In more recent times the study of Zoroastrianism has played a decisive part in reconstructing the religion and social structure of the Indo-European peoples. Though Zoroastrianism was never, even in the thinking of its founder, as aggressively monotheistic as, for instance, Judaism or Islam, it does represent an original attempt at unifying under the worship of one supreme god a polytheistic religion comparable to those of the ancient Greeks, Latins, Indians, and other early peoples. Its other salient feature, namely dualism, was never understood in an absolute, rigorous fashion. Good and Evil fight an unequal battle in which the former is assured of triumph.” Read more about Zoroaster from the books and databases available via the library or from the link listed below:
Religions of Iran: from prehistory to the present by Richard Foltz (2013).
Heirs to forgotten kingdoms: journeys into the disappearing religions of the Middle East by Gerard Russell (2014).
According to current neuroscience research from John Kounios and Mark Beeman, we are capable of stimulating more creative insight or more “aha moments” when we place ourselves under certain conditions. Read the book to find out how to develop more of your “creative potential” by relaxing your focus, living with humor and a “positive emotional state,” and by understanding your own “awareness.” When humans become more aware of their thought patterns, focus and relax, the brain’s medial frontal lobe “lights up” and within seconds your brain is then able to gain creative insight. Read more below:
Though Baltimore schools have since reopened, they did close due to rioting over Freddy Gray’s death while in police custody, but the public libraries stayed open as places of “comfort and community” to residents.
Roswell Encina, Director of Communications of Enoch Pratt Free Library says, “That’s what the library has always been there for, from crises like this to a recession to the aftermath of severe weather. The library has been there. It happened in Ferguson; it’s happening here.”
Michael Miner of the Chicago Reader opines on The Pew Research Center’s survey results concerning how American adults protect themselves after Edward Snowden revealed government surveillance programs in 2013. Results show that “slightly over half the Americans polled said they were “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about this monitoring.” A paltry number according to Miner.
Senior Pew researcher Mary Madden says of the results, that “half of Americans think it would be difficult for them to find tools and strategies to help them be more private as they use technology. The vast majority have not yet adopted some of the more advanced tools that would encrypt their communications or make them less visible when they are using the internet.” These strategies may include “special search engines, e-mail encryption programs, browser plug-ins, proxy servers, and anonymity software. The adults polled were asked about each tool, and in every case most of them—at least two persons in three and more often about four in five—had either not considered using the tool or had never heard of it.”
Goldstein and Maloof, the latter who recently sold a large portion of his Vivian Maier collection to a gallery in Canada and whose documentary is nominated for an Academy Award, blame government, “which they say is attacking them, trying to get control of the work that they rescued from the dustbin and made famous. The issue is copyright, something Maloof and Goldstein thought they’d taken care of.” Check out the movie, Finding Vivian Maier, from the MVCC library.