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Chicago FestWeekend

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/11/16 (8:32pm)

Three days of incredible events:

  • RibFest on Friday, 6/10
  • LitFest on Saturday, 6/11
  • Blues Fest on Sunday, 6/12
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On the Importance of High School Libraries

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/12/15 (4:38pm)

So the big news yesterday was the student protest at DeSable High School against the firing of their librarian. The students were right to do this. In fact it would seem more of a survival tactic than simply a protest.

It's amazing to think of an institution that claims to be about education that has no library function. What are the students going to do when they hit college? They'll each have to learn how to do research -- that's what going to college involves -- and this is infinitely harder to do if they have no prior familiarity with what a library is and how it functions. What's next? Take away the textbooks?

UPDATE: Good news...

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Happy New School Year! (UIC)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/24/15 (9:30pm)

First day of classes at UIC.

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First Day at the Reference Desk for 2015!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/3/15 (3:22pm)

Not asked once -- not once: "Would you have my textbook up in the stacks?" Devastating.

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Frosty Takes a Dive

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/13/14 (5:58pm)
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1st Saturday of the (School) Year

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/13/14 (8:01pm)

Nice day; lot of traffic.

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Stormy First Day for Academic Year 2014-2015

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/25/14 (7:04pm)

Stormy first day for academic year 2014-2015.

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My, What Creativity with the English Language!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 6/25/14 (3:12pm)

Suggested alternatives to 'UICNursing' courtesy of YouTube (i.e. Google).

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Daddy Fronting for the Home Team

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 4/13/14 (9:19pm)

Suburbanite Economist (4/30/1958):

"United Film and Recording Studio has been awarded the production of a full length motion picture on the subject of rehabilitation of the men- tally ill, by the State of Illinois. William L. Klein, owner of the Chicago studio expects the awarding of this contract to pave the way to promote Chicago as an able film capital. He says, "Chicago has the manpower and facilities to do a supreme job and does not have to take a back seat as far as New York or Hollywood is concerned." Hear! Hear! Hear! (Suburbanite Economist, 4/30/1958, p20.)

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'Selfie' - At the Reference Desk

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 3/15/14 (10:44am)

Everyone's doing it...

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