This week, the Chicago Public Library Foundation awarded novelist Don DeLillo the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, and to mark the occasion, DeLillo appeared at the downtown Harold Washington Library last night to read and discuss his latest work, The Angel Esmeralda, a collection of short stories. It was an illuminating discussion. Donna Seaman, the moderator, asked DeLillo about his influences and themes, but there were also many insights into DeLillo’s process as a writer. (more…)
Last week I finally got my Chicago Public Library (CPL) card at the Sulzer Regional Library in Ravenswood. If you live in Chicago or if you are an Illinois resident and have a library card at a reciprocal library, you can easily get a library card by visiting any CPL location. After you get your card, you’ll be able to access free downloadable media from anywhere, including your couch! You can download e-books, audio books, and even music and video! The only downside–and it’s a big one, granted–is the fact that most of the audio and video are available for listening and viewing on PCs only. Despite this limitation, CPL’s downloadable media offerings are worth taking a further look.