General Information

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Have you ever found an interesting article in your social media, but you couldn’t read it without unblocking ads or subscribing to the publication?  I had this happen to me recently when I found an interesting article entitled Can Books Compete With Netflix? Yes, and Here’s Why. It was published in the Wall Street Journal so when I tried to open it, I hit a paywall. Instead of paying for a subscription, I remembered that I can check to see if it’s in our Wall Street Journal database.  Did you know that we have access to 100’s of magazine and and academic journals through our databases?  You just need to go to our Research Tools page and either go to “All Databases” or choose a subject category underneath.

Partial view of the of the Research Databases List with a red arrow pointing toward All Databases

The Wall Street Journal database is under “News”.  I did a search in the database for the article title, and I found it!  Some publications don’t allow access to ALL of their articles so sometimes you may not be able to find what you are looking for.  If that ever happens, the library can order the article from other libraries through our Interlibrary loan form, but sometimes, we may be able to find it in one of our other databases. The librarians are always happy to help, so please Ask a Librarian for help. If the article I was looking for interests you, here is a link to it in the WSJ database. Can Books Compete with Netflix? To read it, you will need to log in with your MV user name and password.

FACT-CHECKING THE NEWS

Do you know when the news is altered, or old clips are used for current news and misinformation is given as fact? While it may be a challenge for us to research every thing we see or hear on the news, one news service provides some help. Go to Reuters.com and scroll down the page to Reuters Fact Check.

Art House Saturday: Frida Kahlo

Directed by Roberto Guerra, Eila Hershon, Narrated by Sada Thompson, Produced by Roberto Guerra, Eila Hershon (Germany: ArtHaus Musik, 1983), 1 hour 1 minute

The Chicago Film Festival is going on now through October 25th. For those that cannot make it, the library has its own selection of films online. One that we recommend is the the documentary “Frida Kahlo.” This film gives the viewer an overview of the life and times of Mexico’s most famous female painter, Frida Kahlo. Learn about the devastating bus accident of her youth, how she expressed her anguish in art, her tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera, and visit her famous “Blue House” in Coyoacán, Mexico. Hear selections from her diary, see old photos, and archived video that give a personal view into this legendary feminist icon.

Click here to view, Frida Kahlo

Voting Information for the November 3, 2020 Election

Key Dates for the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election

  Date  Event
  10/6/2020  Voter registration closes for deputy registrars and local election officials
  10/7/2020  First day of grace period registration and voting
  10/18/2020  Last day to register to vote by online application
  10/19/2020  First day of early voting
  10/29/2020  Last day to request a mail ballot, including military and overseas voters
  11/2/2020  Last day of early voting
  11/2/2020  Last day of grace period registration and voting
  11/3/2020  Last day mail in ballots can be postmarked or dropped off in a secure Mail Ballot Drop Box
  11/3/2020  Election Day

Vote by mail

Any registered suburban Cook County voter may request a mail ballot using the online application. Once your registration is verified and the application is processed, a paper ballot will be sent to the mailing address you designate in your application. The deadline to apply is five days before the election.

The Clerk’s Office will offer secure mail ballot drop boxes. Additionally, the Clerk’s office will offer an Election Day Drop Box in Daley Plaza in Chicago. Ballots may also be returned via USPS.

For the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election, traditional Early Voting will take place October 19-November 2

Early Voting locations and hours in suburban Cook County

If you live in the City of Chicago please visit chicagoelections.com for their Early Voting locations and other important information.

Election Day Voting

Registered suburban Cook County voters can only vote in their home precinct on Election Day.

Registered and unregistered Cook County residents can find their assigned polling place with the Your Voter Information tool.

Residents who are not registered to vote may register and cast a ballot on Election Day with same-day registration and voting. Those who wish to register on Election Day must present two qualifying forms of ID.

A voter who needs ID, but who cannot present ID, may cast a Provisional Ballot on Election Day. In order for that Provisional Ballot to be counted, the voter must present ID within 7 days of the election to the Cook County Clerk’s office, 69 W. Washington St., Suite 500, Chicago IL 60602.

Source COOK COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE

Celebrate Indigenous Authors

In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Monday, October 12th, 2020, explore this selection of works by Native American authors available at the library, in print and online.

If you are curious about the history of Indigenous People’s Day, which was first celebrated in Berkeley, California in 1992 and is observed in an increasing number of cities and states, check out the American Indian Center of Chicago’s page.

Click on the virtual display below to view selected works:

Celebrate Indigenous Authors

Explore Nobel Prize Winner Louise Glück’s Poetry

Louise Glück – Photo gallery. NobelPrize.org. Nobel Media AB 2020. Thu. 8 Oct 2020.

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to the celebrated American poet Louise Glück on Thursday. The Nobel Committee cited “her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal” in the award announcement.

To learn more about Glück and her career as a poet, check out her Poetry Foundation biography or read the New York Times article about the Nobel Prize announcement in the Library databases.

Poetry

Find Glück’s collected poetry in POEMS 1962-2012, which includes poems from her Pulitzer Prize winning book The Wild Iris, and other works in our print collection.

Glück has also published extensively in literary magazines. Find her works online through the Library in The New Yorker and American Poetry Review.

Find an audio recording of “The Golden Lily,” one of Glück’s most studied poems and audio recordings and text of many other poems available from the Academy of American Poets.

The Chinese Moon Festival

October 1 marks the mid-autumn festival of the Chinese Moon Festival or Moon Cake Day in China. It traditionally falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. This holiday is the second most important festival in China after the Chinese New Year. Similar to the American Thanksgiving holiday, the Moon Festival celebrates family gatherings. Turkeys symbolize our traditional day of family reunions. The Chinese use the first full moon of October as a symbol of family homecomings. They celebrate this holiday with special moon cakes (cookies), incense, and various symbolic gestures to welcome the full moon.

This Autumn festival is celebrated in other parts of Asia as well. They focus on family gatherings, special foods, and various ceremonies.

Happy Moon Day Festival!

RIP Gale Sayers- Record Holder for Most Touchdowns in a Single Game

Gale Sayers -Chicagobears.com

This past week Chicago Bears fans mourned the death of Gale Sayers at age 77. With the passing of Gale Sayers closes the greatest running back chapter in Chicago Bears history.

How good was Gale Sayers? His coach and legendary founder George Halas called his 6 TD game the best single-game performance that he ever witnessed. That day Sayers rushed for 4 TDs, had 1 receiving TD, and capped it off with 1 punt return TD. Halas also said of Sayers, “If you want to see perfection as a running back, you best get a hold of a film of Gale Sayers. He was poetry in motion. His like will never be seen again.”

To many he was an amazing football player, but to those who knew him, he was an even better person. His friendship with fellow Bears player Brian Piccolo was memorialized in the film Brian’s Song. His social movement efforts and humanity garnered the respect of people outside of the sports world.

Here are items in our collection for you to enjoy to remember this all-time Chicago Bear legend.

Brian’s Song- DVD This pop culture is a drama about the deep friendship between Gale Sayers, halfback for the Chicago Bears, and his teammate, Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer in 1970.

Game of My Life- Stories about and the memories of 28 former and current players on the Chicago Bears football team including Gale Sayers.

I am Third– I Am Third is the memoir of Gale Sayers, one of the best running backs in the history of the NCAA and pro football. It is also the story of his friendship with Brian Piccolo.

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