Seventy-five years ago on April 14, 1939 Steinbeck’s classic about the plight of the dust bowl migrants, The Grapes of Wrath, was published.
Indian Prairie Public Library will be one of 2,300 libraries and book stores across the country giving away free books in support of the third annual World Book Night on April 23.
Look for IPPL volunteers at restaurants, stores and other businesses in Darien, Willowbrook and Burr Ridge during the evening hours. Businesses include: Buona Beef, Darien; Cooper’s Hawk, Burr Ridge; Culver’s, Darien; Darien Park District; Sportsplex, Darien; McDonald’s, Darien; Starbucks, Burr Ridge; Starbucks, Willowbrook; The Patio, Darien; and Whole Foods, Willowbrook.
Books titles to be given away include After the Funeral by Agatha Christie, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan, Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow, The Dog Stars by Peter Heller, The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown, Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple.
World Book Night was created to spread the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23 – William Shakespeare’s birthday – approximately 25,000 volunteers give away a half million free books in more than 6,000 communities across the country. For more information about World Book Night, visit www.worldbooknight.org.
Seventy-five years ago on Easter Sunday (April 9, 1939)Marian Anderson sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of thousands. Anderson, an African American opera singer, was denied the use of the Daughters of the American Revolution Hall. Through the efforts of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, the concert was moved to the Lincoln Memorial. Watch a clip of the historical moment here.
Remember when the ship the Exxon Valdez spilled oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska? Revisit the events and the controversies.
Over 160 years ago, Russia was at war with Western Europe in the Crimean War. Check out the history of that conflict with books from the library.
When did Muhammad Ali become “The Greatest”? Fifty years ago on February 26th, 1964 when the brash new comer defeated Sonny Liston for the world heavyweight boxing title.