Archive for the ‘Libraries & Archives’ Category

Recommended: Scattering the Dark
An Anthology of Polish Women Poets

Celebrating Polish American Heritage month and the publication of Scattering the Dark: An Anthology of Polish Women Poets, some 50 members of the the Polish Women’s Alliance of America gathered at the Copernicus Center in Chicago October 9 for an afternoon of poetry and camaraderie. Two poets, Joanna Kurowska and Lidia Rozmus, read from their [...]

Shimon Peres and the Polish Connection

Right: Shimon Peres in his youth, from the Shimon Peres Archives at the Peres Peace House in Israel. The death of Shimon Peres on September 28 marks the end of an era, the era in which the nation of Israel was established. He was the last of its founders. Peres is revered, at least in [...]

Recommended Viewing: Defiance
Noble Effort Plays Fast and Loose with History

There is no limit to my interest in films about World War II, so I am not sure how an interesting movie like Defiance did not catch my attention until eight years after it was made. The film succeeds on many levels in its effort to dispel the notion that all the murdered Jews of [...]

From Hoops to Ink: A Profile of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

By Leonard Kniffel “Going to the library helped me understand how big the world was and the incredible amount of possibilities that you had for your life,” says basketball legend turned author Kareeem Abdul-Jabbar. During an interview at the American Library Association’s 2008 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar told me, “I’ve been an avid [...]

Reading for Life: A Profile of Oprah Winfrey

By Leonard Kniffel “I don’t believe in failure,” Oprah Winfrey has said, and when you talk about celebrities who influence reading, who among them has had more of an impact on American reading habits than this extraordinary television talk-show host? The ways Oprah Winfrey has supported the programs, the mission, and the success of libraries [...]