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Library Art: Martyl Langsdorf

The Central Library's Second Floor is home to six art pieces from a local artist tied to a lot of local history. Martyl Langsdorf was an acclaimed landscape artist whose work appeared in many exhibits, galleries and museums – although her most famous design was the Doomsday Clock illustration for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Locally, she was also known as the owner and caretaker of the Schweikher House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

MLK Jr. Reads

This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement, and whose life and legacy are now celebrated in a national holiday each January.

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If you liked How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This grandfather of all people-skills books was first published in 1937. It became an overnight success and has sold over 15 million copies. It’s just as useful today as when it was first published: it’s all about building relationships. With good relationships, personal and business success are easy. You learn how to make people like you, win people over to your way of thinking, and change people without causing offense or arousing resentment.

Chicago Disaster Reads

December marks the anniversaries of two disasters in Chicago history: the fire at Our Lady of Angels School and the Iroquois Theatre fire.

Just as the sinking of Titanic in 1914 resulted in dramatic changes in maritime regulations, these tragedies became the catalyst for eventual improvements in building codes that, despite the heart-breaking loss of human life, make our world safer.

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If you liked Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom

Every once in a while we meet people who have a huge impact on our lives – people who open us up to new ideas, attitudes and perspectives by sharing their wisdom. For Mitch Albom, that person was his college professor Morrie Schwartz. Twenty years later, Albom contacts Schwartz in the final months of the professor’s life, rekindles their relationship and  turns their visits into final “lessons” on how to live.