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New York State of Mind: Cocktails

Chicago and Colorado may rule at craft beer and Kentucky at bourbon, but NYC is the unofficial cocktail capital of the United States.  The streets of Manhattan (not to mention Brooklyn) are littered with hundreds of the most influential cocktail bars in the country- if not the world. To see some of the most popular locales, check out this Eater NYC map with the top 25 bars in New York. 

Empty Nest: What's Next?

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From the moment our children are born, we know that someday they will leave us.  But we really don’t think that day will ever come.  Sending the first one off to college or out on their own is heart wrenching; but the last one, well, that changes everything.   

What are you going to do with all of your newly discovered spare time?  The Library is here to help! 

Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service

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The National Park Service will turn 100 on August 25.  Did you know that there are over 400 National Park areas encompassing over 84 million acres? Guess which five are in Illinois!   In honor of the Centennial, all National Park entry fees are waived from August 25 through August 28, 2016. There are centennial activities across the country throughout the month of August.

The Tallgrass Prairie of Illinois

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About this time of the year I get a severe itch, and no I’m not talking about the kind you get in your eyes from all the pollen, it’s the itch to get outside. It’s the itch to explore what our beautiful state has to offer. And while we don’t have dusty red mountain ranges or lakes made of salt, Illinois is home to one of the most remarkable ecosystems in the United States, the tallgrass prairie.

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There's an App for That....Book?

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Have you read a self-help book and found it difficult to follow through with your commitment to make a change in your life?  In this age of technology, a number of iOS and Android apps have been developed as a companion to popular books.  These apps can be particularly helpful if the book advocates a lifestyle change such as a diet or a new way to organize your life.  

Here are a few of my favorite book/app pairings:

"Parks and Recreation" Month

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“It is my dream to build a park… that I one day visit with my White House staff on my birthday.

And they say President Knope, this park is awesome. Now we understand why you’re the first female president of the United States.” – Leslie Knope


National Park

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