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90th Anniversary of 1st Foreign Language Radio Show in Chicago/USA

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 7/9/17 (1:45pm)

Just a reminder: July 24 marks the 90th anniversary of the Germania Broadcast, one of the first foreign language radio shows in the U.S. Starting in 1927, it was produced in Chicago by my father William L. Klein. The program ran for more than 40 years and was an integral part of Chicago cultural life (particularly German-American, naturally). More info here: http://www.germaniabroadcast.net/ 

Cover of the 1952 Anniversary BrochureLeading up to the event, I'll be posting on a number of topics including what kind of music and entertainment they actually played plus a look at all the amazing events they sponsored including concerts, festivals and even trips abroad: [link]

Finally, I'll be publishing the complete brochure which they put out in 1952 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary: [link]

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Registration at ALA 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/24/17 (3:39pm)

Of course, I registered in advance! First day at the American Library Association's 2017 Conference.

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Staats-Zeitung, My Uncles and Abraham Lincoln

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 6/15/17 (9:08pm)

I saw Sidney Blumenthal discuss his book "The Political Life of Lincoln, 1849-1856" at Printers Row Lit Fest over the weekend. He talked about the critical role local newspapers played in the anti-slavery movement -- some of which Lincoln wrote articles for. One newspaper in particular was the Chicago-based "Staats-Zeitung". This rang a bell for me as I recalled my uncles Julius and Ernest being involved with the same paper in the late 20s early 30s. Below is a copy of the newspaper's listing from the "Illinois Newspaper Directory & History" (1934).
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Hippy Talk Circa 1970

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 3/4/17 (3:57pm)

Early 1970s article from the Chicago alternative magazine 'The Seed'. Love the hippy talk: "head shop", "trick", "bust" and "rap".

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Looks Like Uncle Julius

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 1/10/17 (8:48pm)

Found this picture in a book titled, "German Chicago: The Danube Swabians and the American Aid Societies". That older fellow with the bowtie sure looks like my Uncle Julius.

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At the Reference Desk with an Eye on a Couple of Things

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/3/16 (10:29am)

Wednesday evening. Seventh game of the 2016 World Series. Audio was off but we could take a peek at the video every once and a while if only to check the score.

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Lost in Space

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 10/13/16 (10:13am)

Yesterday's stroll through the southwest side of Chicago. Finally found Ogden and Western (though when I got there, I had to ask what way was north).

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First Saturday of the New School Year 2016

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 9/12/16 (10:40pm)

Annual photo with Jim from Access Services.

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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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