Winter Eating to Keep Warm

Wow. The first snow of the year hit tonight. Tomorrow’s going to be a great day to make a pot of piping hot chili. I usually just mix up whatever’s in the fridge, but if you’re a recipe-kind-of-person, a great …


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Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American heritage month; check out some of the offerings in the Chicago area to learn more about Native American history.

National Archives, Chicago: Several hundred cubic feet of records are housed in the Chicago facility that documents …


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Do You Love A Capella Music?

Have you noticed the surge in popularity of a capella music? Since The Sing-Off debuted on NBC in 2009, a capella has really hit the mainstream. The breakout stars of the singing comeptition show, Pentatonix, have won a grammy …


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Music to Start Your Day

According to music psychologist David M. Greenberg of the University of Cambridge and City University of New York, the best way to wake up in the morning is by listening to music that plays at a tempo of 100 to …


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The Artwork of Bruno Sowa

When next visiting Eisenhower, please take a minute to view the exhibit in our display case. It features artwork, including paintings and wood carvings by Bruno Sowa, the father of one of our patrons. It’s beautiful work and we think …


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From Hell

While certainly better known for the superhero masterpiece Watchmen, for my money, Alan Moore’s best and most satisfying work might be From Hell, the obsessively-researched recounting of the Jack the Ripper murders. Of course, no one knows who …


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Halloween Reads

Here are some spooky reads to get you in the Halloween spirit.

 

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty William Peter Blatty’s thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable …


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October Movie Recommendations

In the mood to watch something dark? Check out a scary movie that you might have missed.

 

The Descent A group of women friends go on a caving expedition and encounter some unexpected inhabitants. Be prepared for some genuinely …


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Books For Fashion Week

It’s September, and to some that signifies the height of fashion season. This fashion week, check out some titles Eisenhower has recently added to the collection and get motivated to try a new look! If you sew your own clothes …


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Image Comics Added to Hoopla Digital

We’re super excited that titles from Image Comics are now available for our patrons to access instantly on their smartphones, tablets, and computers using our digital media service, Hoopla Digital!

The addition of Image titles broadens Hoopla’s catalog of more …


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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari probably isn’t the first person you’d go to for dating advice, unless you’ve read this book. Unlike the usual books written by comedians, Modern Romance tells the statistical tale of mostly heterosexual relationships, specifically those of middle-class, university-educated …


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Send Your Kids to Sleep

The author of the self-published picture book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep promises that it will put your children to sleep, and many tired parents are willing to try anything. Swedish psychologist Carol-Johan Frossen Ehrlin wrote The Rabbit


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Refused: The Shape of Punk to Come

Like last week’s recommended band, Veruca Salt, this week’s band released a new record after nearly 20 years apart. The members of the Swedish hard-core quartet Refused put aside their differences for a reunion tour, ultimately leading to the …


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Arms and the Dudes by Guy Lawson

Check out Arms and the Dudes and learn about a stoner trio’s unlikely success with foreign arms dealing before it comes to the big screen next spring. Arms and the Dudes is based on Rolling Stone reporter Guy Lawson’s research …


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Veruca Salt – Ghost Notes

After about 17 years of changing line-ups, the original members of mid-90’s, Chicago rockers, Veruca Salt have come together with “hatchets buried, axes exhumed” to release a new album. Called “unabashedly decade-specific” by NPR’s Katie Presley, Ghost Notes sound like …


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Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

Recording the life and career of perhaps our finest documentary photographer, the latest entry in PBS’ American Masters series is a fascinating documentary. In it, we see Lange develop from a portrait artist to someone on the road photographing the


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Juan Felipe Herrera Named Poet Laureate

The Library of Congress has appointed Juan Felipe Herrera as the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States. Herrera is the son of migrant farm workers from Mexico, and has a wide range of poetry from his reflections on his …


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