The Library’s new bookmobile is making its rounds with a new look and great updates users will appreciate. The new color and graphics on the outside are just the beginning. It is three feet longer so it has more room to carry the newest books, movies, music and magazines. It also has a higher ceiling, additional skylights and better lighting. And with lower steps into the bookmobile, it is even easier to come aboard. In addition to the added space, it has a new “green” feature – a battery pack that helps save fuel by using the generator less. Check here to see when it is coming to a stop near you.To visit the What's Up at the Library blog homepage, click here.
Join us at Biggby Coffee, 21 S. Dunton Avenue, for LoudMouth Open Mic Night. The event will kick off with a dynamic performance by Kristiana Colón, one of Chicago's Def Poets. Then it's your turn to read a short story or poem, try your hand at stand-up comedy, or strum a few songs for a highly-caffeinated audience. Open mic signup starts at 6:30 p.m.; preregistration not required. For ages 13 and older.
Kristiana Colón, one of Chicago's Def Poets, is a poet, playwright, actress, and educator who has been writing and performing for eight years. She has been featured on Power 92, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, WGN Radio, and WZRD. Kristiana has rocked the mic at some of the Midwest's top venues including the Park West, the Metro, the Star Plaza Theater, the Aragon, the HotHouse, Darkroom, Subterranean, the Funky Buddha Lounge and Sonotheque, as well as venues across the nation and abroad. Kristiana has shared stages with highly acclaimed writers Marc Smith, the creator of the worldwide 'poetry slam' phenomenon, Haki Madhubuti, Luis Rodriguez, Kevin Coval, Tara Betts, Sonia Sanchez, Malik Yusef, and has opened for De La Soul, Grammy-nominated band Ozomatli and internationally-acclaimed comedian Damon Williams.
Date and time: Saturday, April 2, 7 p.m.
Location: Biggby Coffee, 21 S. Dunton Ave.