Bryan Nichols and Brandon Wozniak cookin’ last week at the Saint Anthony Park Library.  More free music with Tres Mundos tonight at 6:30pm at the Arlington Hills Library! Bryan Nichols and Brandon Wozniak cookin’ last week at the Saint Anthony Park Library.  More free music with Tres Mundos tonight at 6:30pm at the Arlington Hills Library!

Bryan Nichols and Brandon Wozniak cookin’ last week at the Saint Anthony Park Library.  More free music with Tres Mundos tonight at 6:30pm at the Arlington Hills Library!

Tour the Highland Park Library and Community Center renovations.

chicagopubliclibrary:

Happiness Study Says Library Trips Are As Good As A Pay Raise

From NPR: 

Going to the library gives people the same kick as getting a raise does — a £1,359 ($ 2,282) raise, to be exact — according to a study commissioned by the U.K.’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport. The study, which looks at the ways “cultural engagement” affects overall wellbeing, concluded that a significant association was found between frequent library use and reported wellbeing. The same was true of dancing, swimming and going to plays. The study notes that “causal direction needs to be considered further” — that is, it’s hard to tell whether happy people go to the library, or going to the library makes people happy. But either way, the immortal words of Arthur the Aardvark ring true: “Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card!”

Click here to read more about the happiness study!

Check out the wild sounds that the band Beatrix*Jar made with teens at Rondo and Rice Street libraries!

If you are a teen who likes music and/or making stuff, come hang out at Createch at Rondo, Rice Street, Hayden Heights or (after 5/22) at Arlington Library.

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Sun Ray Library Construction - 2014, a set on Flickr.

Renovations are underway at the Sun Ray Library.
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Highland Park Library renovation - 2014, a set on Flickr.

Renovations are underway at the Highland Park Library.

Check out this sampler of new CDs ordered by the library.

(Source: Spotify)

April 28, 1915 — Fire consumes the Market Hall, destroying the Saint Paul Public Library. Luckily, the Central Library was already under construction at this time. #ThrowbackThursday #libraries

We found these (undated!) paintings in the library archives. Check out the views of the Central Library from the Rice Park and Kellogg Boulevard sides of the building! We found these (undated!) paintings in the library archives. Check out the views of the Central Library from the Rice Park and Kellogg Boulevard sides of the building!

We found these (undated!) paintings in the library archives. Check out the views of the Central Library from the Rice Park and Kellogg Boulevard sides of the building!

Valentine’s Day always reminds us of that old(-ish) tradition, the exchange of mix tapes. In Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, two 80s teens fall in love over shared music. Nowadays, of course, we have more modern options to unleash the DJ within, such as Spotify.


Inspired by Rowell’s visit to the library this February, we’d like you to share the mix you’d make for someone special. Reply below, or on our Facebook, Twitter, or readbravesppl@gmail.com. We’ll share them on our website and social media. We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!