I Tumbled, I Tweeted, I Taught: Critical Engagement Through Social Media

CTCBLook at the internet today. Things are happening online right now that would have been inconceivable even five years ago.  With that in mind I have to say I can think of few topics more timely than the ones that will be raised at the upcoming Social Media Institute in Skokie at National Louis University.

Oh?  What’s that?  You’ve never heard of a Social Media Institute before?  What is it, some kind of institution or something?  Not so much.  Think of a daylong conference where the entire focus is social media and how it applies to teaching, reviewing, and otherwise handling the topic of literature for youth.  Here’s how local children’s literature academic Junko Yokota described it on the institute’s Facebook page:

On February 6th, 2016, The Center for Teaching through Children’s Books, in partnership with SCBWI and Pajeau Foundation, will present a Social Media Institute. We will be featuring keynotes from renowned social media and literacy experts on stimulating topics as well as hosting open discussions and breakout sessions on related topics.

What kinds of “social media and literacy experts”?  Well, for starters you’ll have Jules Danielson from Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Colby Sharp of Nerdy Book Club fame, Mike Lewis the educator extraordinaire, and a panel on Managing Internet Culture featuring William Teale, Laura Beltchenko, Edi Campbell, and Darcy Proctor.  Then you have the breakout sessions which will be held in an unconference format.  Add in a couple fantastic lunchtime speakers who will be Skyping in and you’ve got yourself quite the Saturday.

Details on the event and registration can be found here.

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EPL Literary Salon: Bring Books to the Border

When I moved from New York Public Library to Evanston I brought with me two small children, a husband, more doggone books than I know how to read, and my Children’s Literary Salon.  Back in New York it was a monthly gathering of enthusiasts of children’s books who would come together for moderated talks.  I selected the speakers and topics and we covered everything from New York Times reviews to screenplay adaptations to ethics in nonfiction picture books.

On January 9th I hosted my first Literary Salon here in Evanston. And in spite of the fact that some of my attendees were at the American Library Association Conference while others stayed home to avoid the heavy snowfall, we had a showing of around 40-45 people. The topic? Refugee children held at America’s border. Or, as the description read:

“Bringing Books to the Border: Jeff Garrett and the Refugee Children of the Rio Grande Valley”

When 70,000 children crossed the southern border into the United States it sparked a humanitarian crisis. And until July of 2014 the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Department was unable accept donations of kids books to these children. When that changed, local bookstore owner Jeff Garrett of Bookends and Beginnings worked as part of REFORMA’s Children in Crisis Project, to help bring children’s books to the unaccompanied refugee children currently arriving in the Rio Grande Valley. Speaking about his experiences, Jeff touches on many of the issues surrounding the border today and what we can learn from those who are working with refugee children every day.

One real difference between doing this event in NYC vs EPL was that I was actually able to livestream the event. In fact, all Literary Salons will be livestreamed from here on in.

Today I bring you Jeff’s remarkable talk. He is able to adroitly clear up misconceptions, clarify points, and shine a spotlight on the amazing work that REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) is doing these days. For anyone who believes in the importance of getting books into the hands of children, this is essential watching. Enjoy.

Interested in the other upcoming Salons?  Here’s the full roster:

Saturday, February 13th at 2:30 p.m. – Publishing Children’s Books in the 21st Century

Lots of people want to write and/or illustrate books for kids, but how do you actually go about doing so? What are some of the pitfalls and perks of the job? What should you avoid? What are the common myths? Meet Gemma Cooper (agent), Sara Shacter (Assistant Regional Advisor and author), Ruth Spiro (author), Eileen Meyer  (Network Representative and author), and Terri Murphy (Illustrator Coordinator and illustrator) of the Illinois chapter of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) as they discuss the ins and outs of writing and illustrating for kids.

 

 

Saturday, March 26th at 2:00 p.m.– Ethics in Nonfiction for Kids

Do we hold our nonfiction for children to different standards than we do our informational texts for adults? When you’re trying to make something fun for kids to read, where do you draw the line between fact and fancy? Join two of the most experienced nonfiction authors for children, Candace Fleming and Judith Fradin, in a discussion of the increasingly complex and exciting world of nonfiction for children.

 

Saturday, April 30th at 1:00 p.m. – “On Beyond Narnia: Death and Theology in Children’s Literature”.  

Join children’s authors Jeanne Birdsall (THE PENDERWICKS IN SPRING, 2015) and N.D. Wilson (OUTLAWS OF TIME, 2016) for a discussion of writing children’s literature from both a Christian and a Post-Christian Humanism point of view.

 

Saturday, May 7th at 2:00 p.m. – “The Art of Enthusiasm”

Online gurus and children’s book evangelists Travis Jonker, Colby Sharp, and John Schumacher discuss promoting your favorite literature for kids, making the most of online resources, and spreading the culture of book love and enthusiasm amongst readers of every age.

Star Wars: When You Need More Than an Awakened Force

So. Did you see the new Star Wars movie?  I bet.  How many times did you see it?  Just once?  Twice?  Three times?!  Bet you’re wishing the next one in the series would come out tomorrow, don’t you?  There a LOT of time to go before then.  Well I’m going to let you in on a little secret here.  If you’re looking to get a fix of a little more Star Wars fiction, EPL has got your answer.  Just last week I put up a display of Star Wars books of all kinds and, if I do say so myself, it’s beautiful.  We have graphic novels, histories of the films, fictional stories speculating on what the characters got into after Return of the Jedi, the works.  But if you’d like to whet your whistle from home, not a problem.  Anything I list here can easily be placed on hold by just selecting the title.

So here is a plethora of Star Wars fiction and nonfiction for you.  You may well find that there’s a whole world out there to discover.

Nonfiction

IllustratedSW

The Illustrated Star Wars Universe by Ralph McQuarrie – Illustrations by the acclaimed concept artist for the Star Wars films–including two dozen specially commissioned paintings–and text by the author of several Star Wars novels offer a spectacular trip through eight locations in the Star Wars universe.

StarWarsHistory

Star Wars and History – An analysis of the historical patterns that influenced the creation and storyline of the Star Wars saga. Star Wars took place long ago in a galaxy far, far away, but its epic stories are based on our own history. From Ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire to the French Revolution and the Vietnam War, this book explores the major historical turning points, heroes, and villains in human history and their impact on the creation of the Star Wars saga.

StarWarsScripts

Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays by Laurent Bouzereau – Provides the complete screenplays of the three Star Wars films, and provides background information about how the scripts were developed

StarWarsArt

Star Wars Art: Visions -Collects more than 100 images from 30 years of Star wars art.

StarWarsEncyclopedia

Star Wars Encyclopedia by Stephen Sansweet – It’s from 1998 so don’t expect anything too updated, but it should still have some interesting information in it.

StarWarsStoryboards

Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy – For the first time, Lucasfilm has opened its Archives to present the complete storyboards for the original Star Wars trilogy the world-changing A New Hope and its operatic sequels,The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as well as never-before-published art from early conceptual and deleted scenes. From the opening chase above Tatooine in A New Hope to the Battle of Endor in Jedi, this book presents the visual inspiration behind now-iconic moments. Readers can finally see a full set of storyboards by legendary artist Joe Johnston, as well as early boards for Episode IV by Alex Tavoularis and for Episode V by Ivor Beddoes, rarely seen Episode VI boards by Roy Carnon, and Ralph McQuarrie’s never-before-seen storyboards for Episode V.

Fiction

Scoundrels

Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn – Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian work together on a potentially lucrative heist in the hopes of paying of Jabba the Hutt’s bounty on Han’s head.

Riptide

Star Wars: Riptide by Paul S. Kepm – In the process of vanquishing a shipload of Sith from the distant past, Jedi Knight Jaden Korr uncovered the frozen results of a horrific cloning experiment: insane Jedi-Sith clones. Only some of those clones thawed… and now they’re loose in a galaxy that has enough to deal with under the tightening grip of the evil Darth Caedus.

DarthPlagueis

Star Wars : Darth Plagueis by James Luceno – Darth Plagueis: Like all Sith Lords before him, he craves absolute power. But like no Sith Lord ever, he possesses the ultimate power—over life and death. Darth Sidious: In secret he masters the power of the dark side, while publicly climbing to the highest government office. One desires to rule supreme; the other dreams of living forever. Together, they will destroy the Jedi and rule the galaxy. Unless merciless Sith tradition becomes their undoing. . . .

DeathStar

Star Wars: Death Star by Michael Reaves – Emperor Palpatine’s ruthless ambition to control the galaxy may be realized if he can wield the Death Star to destroy the Jedi Order.

LastJedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Michael Reaves – When Jax Pavan, one of the few remaining Jedi, takes on the vital mission of transporting a rebel leader away from Coruscant, he and his crew face the might of Darth Vader, who will stop at nothing to exterminate the Jedi.

OutboundFlight

Star Wars: Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn – The Clone Wars have yet to erupt when Jedi Master Jorus C’baoth petitions the Senate for support of a singularly ambitious undertaking. Six Jedi Masters, twelve Jedi Knights, and fifty thousand men, women, and children will embark–aboard a gargantuan vessel, equipped for years of travel–on a mission to contact intelligent life and colonize undiscovered worlds beyond the known galaxy. The government bureaucracy threatens to scuttle the expedition before it can even start–until Master C’baoth foils a murderous conspiracy plot, winning him the political capital he needs to set in motion the dream of Outbound Flight. Or so it would seem. For unknown to the famed Jedi Master, the successful launch of the mission is secretly being orchestrated by an unlikely ally: the evil Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, who has his own reasons for wanting Outbound Flight to move forward . . . and, ultimately, to fail.

 

 

Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Evanston Public Library #1: The Storyteller Who Started a Library

I don’t know if you noticed this past October but Evanston Public Library hosted its first annual Storytelling Festival.  There were tents, international storytellers, events for people of every age, the works.  It was also a massive success, selling out in almost every area.

It seems fitting that EPL should salute storytelling since you could say that it was a storyteller who started the library in the first place.

Meet Edward Eggleston (1837-1902).

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I guess you could call him one of our hometown celebrities.  A novelist, editor, historian, and storyteller, Eggleston called Evanston home from around 1866-1870.

I don’t think he started out thinking he was going to found a library, of course.  Initially he began a class for boys called the Little Club.  In the evenings boys ages six to sixteen would meet in Eggleston’s home.  He’d start them off with a religious talk and a Bible reading, followed by stories.  At the end of these meetings he’d let the boys dive into his personal library and borrow his books.  Good stuff too.  Not didactic texts but stuff like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Eggleston soon became a victim of his own success, though.  So many boys started attending his home that the meetings moved out of his house into the kindergarten building next door.  As for his library, he couldn’t meet their demands.  Desperate to appease these book-hungry boys he turned to the leading citizens and asked for a village library.  As a result of his actions, the Evanston Library Association was founded in 1871.  Not long thereafter it turned into the Free Library of the Village of Evanston.

Years later, one of those grown up boys (Henry B. Hemenway) called Eggleston the “father of the public library”.  And all it took was some good old-fashioned storytelling.

For more information on Eggleston and a host of other interesting Evanston-related facts, please be sure to check out The ABCs of Evanston by Janet G. Messenger.

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Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Evanston Public Library #2: Won’t Someone Please Think About the Children?

In a sense, it was because of the children of Evanston that there even was an Evanston Public Library (but more on that tomorrow).  As it happens, kids have always been integral to EPL’s success.  So much so that in 1899 that Library formed a school children’s league.  We don’t have enough leagues these days.  It just sounds neat.  League.

But I digress.  In the late 19th century this league had a single goal: “To create a deeper interest in books and good reading.”  If you wanted to be a part of it then all you had to do was sign the pledge.  Sign the pledge, get a pin, shown here:

Pledge

If you can’t read it, that’s the league’s motto down below.  It reads: “Clean hearts, clean hands, clean books.”  Now when I was first starting out as a children’s librarian I remember thinking that the librarians of the past were a little kooky when it came to keeping books physically out of the hands of children.  After all, 1899 is about when the idea of a “children’s librarian” came into being at all.  Prior to that it was not uncommon to ban kids from the library entirely.  Librarians were under the distinct impression that children would ruin their precious books.  As a young librarian I pooh-poohed that notion.  Then, one day, I got my hands on a book for kids that had circulated widely in 1911 or so.  The pages were covered, just COVERED, in coal dust fingerprints.  Back when a major source of heat was coal, kids just got swathed in the stuff.  Think back to Harry the Dirty Dog.  It was like that.  So it was not ridiculous at all to believe that their hands would leave impossible-to-remove black smudges everywhere.  The motto of EPL’s league makes a lot more sense in that context.

I was granted a chance to look through a grouping of old photographs of EPL from the past.  Today, I’ve plucked out the interesting ones starring children for your reading approval.  enjoy.

1922 Children's Room

Let’s start off with the Children’s Room in 1922.  It’s interesting to note that the fireplace is already boarded up.  A nod to new ways of heating the building (and it’s not as if having open flames around books is the best way to preserve them, after all).

Model Boat

This one came with the caption, “Raymond Sandburg standing beside a model boat he built with the help of Library books.”  Not that he was posing or anything.

Boy Scouts

“Boy Scouts Fanning Miles, Gene Preetorious, Steele Martin, and Amos Matthews, earning badges in 1941 by using the Library’s collection.” Consider it an early predecessor to Boy Scout Troop 3 here in Evanston.

1947 Storytime

This is a storytime from 1947.  Please note that unlike a lot of photos from the past, the kids here are fully integrated.  It is actually a bit difficult to find integrated storytime pictures from this long ago.  I also love the number of striped shirts on the boys.  Classic.

Stereoscope

Who needs DVDs when you’ve got stereoscopes?  It was a simpler time.

Remember too that if you’d like to see images of child patrons of EPL today, just head on over to the Readers of Evanston tumblr.  It’s like Humans of New York, but better!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Evanston Public Library #3: Offer Withdrawn

I think most of us can agree that $100,000 is a lot of money.  A chunk of change.  A veritable pot o’ moolah.  In 1900 it was worth even more.  That’s what so peculiar about today’s story.  Imagine failing to earn $100,000 for something you really need.  That’s pretty much what happened to Evanston Public Library in 1902.

A little background first.  Meet Charles F. Grey, seen here:

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When last mentioned on this blog, Mr. Grey was the man responsible for donating the painting that is no longer a painting on the third floor.  A businessman and philanthropist, he lived from  1830-1925.  He was also an Evanston resident and quite generous to the Evanston Library in various ways.

In the book History of Northwestern University and Evanston, edited by Robert Dickenson Sheppard and Harvey Bostwick Hurd (published in 1906), we learn that in 1884 the library was in a bad way.  It was small.  It was cramped.  It wasn’t really a proper library.  Somebody needed to step in and provide the town with the kind of library building Evanston deserved.  That somebody was Mr. Grey.  In 1897 he attempted to offer Evanston $10,000 towards a $100,00 building.  There was some interest and so the Library Board tried to secure a good site for the new library location.  Unfortunately they thought it would be neat to abut the City Park.  The property owners of said park, however, did not care for the idea.  No matter.  In January of 1900, Grey upped his game.  He offered to give $100,000 for a library building, “provided a site should be furnished, cleared of buildings, free of cost or incumbrance, and the premises after purchase removed from the tax list.”  Seems reasonable.  So the Library Board looked for a property that would fit the bill.  And just as they thought they’d secured the right spot, the property was instead sold to the Christian Science Church.

Still game, in June of 1900, “the Site Committee issued a circular letter to citizens of Evanston calling a meeting of citizens to consider ways and means of raising the needed funds to obtain a site.”  Did they raise money?  They did!  $2,709.85 in cash from 120 people and pledges of $2,116.80 for another forty-one.  The cost of the site?  $40,000. Doggone it.

There was still hope.  In April of 1901 a State law had passed that gave cities the power to levy a tax for the purpose of purchasing sites for public library buildings.  So, the Board found a site, figured it would cost $45,000, and were determined to spread the cost over a period of fifteen years.  And it would have worked too, had it not been for the fact that the City of Evanston was already indebted “to its full legal limit” already.

Old Evanston LibrarySo did Mr. Grey give his $100,000?  Nope.  By 1902 the library board and city gave up all attempts to secure a site for the library. They essentially lost the Grey gift.  Instead it was Andrew Carnegie who provided $50,000 toward the cost of the original building, supplemented by a bond issue of $31,600 for the cost of the site and $25,000 towards the cost of the building.  In June of 1904, the City found a place to put the library.  The corner of Orrington Avenue and Church Street was purchased for the low low price of $31,600.00.

There is one nice thing to come out of this story.  Go to the corner of Orrington and Church today and what do you see?  A lovely library, precisely where it was over a hundred years ago.  Not the same building by any means, but still a place for people to come, read, or get information of every possible sort.

Mind you, if any of you would like to lend us $100,000 today, I doubt we’d turn you down.

Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Evanston Public Library #4: The Corpse on the Circulation Desk

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Today’s story is a sad one that also hints at the bizarre.  Many bizarre stories do have a bit of sadness to them, of course.  Would that all the weirdness in the world was wacky.

Our tale today concerns one of the very first librarians to work at Evanston Public Library.  When the library was founded, ten librarians led it until about 1894 when Miss Mary B. Lindsay came on board.  She was a graduate of the library training school that had been run by Melvil Dewey (he of the Dewey Decimal System) himself and had trained in Albany, NY.  During her time at Evanston the library adopted the aforementioned Dewey system to classify the books (1896), some newfangled card catalogs replaced “finding lists” or book catalogs (1896), the open shelf system was adopted (1898), and they started Sunday hours for the Library (1901).

Miss Lindsay served until 1917.  It was at that time that The Evanston News Index reported that her “resignation as librarian of the Evanston free public library was accepted”.  Not soon long thereafter she fell from the third story window of her brother’s house in Chicago.  Here’s how the report went:

“Miss Lindsay had spent the early part of the morning in the front room of her brother’s home.  At 11 o’clock her sister-in-law went to her room to visit with her.  miss Lindsay was not in the room.  An open window attracted Mrs. Lindsay’s attention, and, looking down, she saw her sister-in-law’s body on the ground below . . . . Her brother stated at noon that his sister’s death was accidental.  Miss Lindsay suffered a nervous breakdown shortly before the holidays and went for a rest to the Hinsdale sanitarium.  She improved rapidly and two weeks ago went to live with her brother.  The news of her untimely death came as a severe shock to her many friends in Evanston.”

Later it mentions that she had resigned after informing the library board “that her physical condition was such as made it necessary that she take an indefinite vacation from her long and arduous duties as head of the institution.”

All well and good.  But then we get to a January 26, 1917 article in The Evanston News Index that announces where Ms. Lindsay’s funeral will be.  And in a rather original move, the services were held not in the First Presbyterian church where Ms. Lindsay was a member but rather in the library itself.  More specifically, her casket was placed directly on the circ desk.  As you might imagine, the funeral was also very well attended, with policemen in full uniforms keeping “the crowd in orderly lines”.  Afterwards she was taken to Peoria for burial.

Mary LindsayBefore you begin asking the librarians of EPL today where you can find the desk where Ms. Lindsay’s remains lay for a while, bear in mind that there have been two different public library buildings constructed since that time.  However, since the library has always occupied the same footprint in town, it is believed that the original reference desk was housed around the westernmost corner of where the children’s room is today.

By all accounts, Ms. Lindsay lived, loved, and died by this library.  To this day you can find a photograph of her opposite the elevators on the fourth floor of our building.  Her funeral was a popular affair because she was so popular, and was attended by the city itself.

As they said of her at her service, “Miss Lindsay is not dead.  She has simply gone on to another sphere of usefulness.”

We Interrupt This Countdown for Info on the Library Poetry Contest

You.  You there.  The cute one.  The one who writes all that poetry in your spare time.  You are aware that Evanston has a poetry contest coming up, yes?  You are aware as well that anyone who is a resident can enter, right?  Child, teen, adult, there are categories for everyone and the judge is the fantastic poet John Rybicki.  Here’s the information you need.  Enter!


 

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Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Evanston Public Library #5: A Catch-22 Situation

catch-22-spineWhen you are a venerable public institution you have a tendency to forget things.  Staff members come and go.  Buildings are raised and razed.  A library is a house of information but that doesn’t mean we necessarily know the story behind everything that’s here (particularly when there is more than one location).  Case in point, the mysterious story behind Catch-22.

In 2011 the Chicago Avenue – Main Street branch of Evanston Public Library was slated to close. Financial times were tough and it looked as though the city wouldn’t be able to support CAMS (as it is occasionally called) any longer.  That meant a lot of much needed cleaning had to be done.  Staff librarian Barbara Levie was on hand, digging through outdated, dusty, and occasionally useful titles.

It was sharp-eyed volunteer Jessica who spotted the diamond in the rough.  Looking at it, it isn’t much.  Just a copy of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, rebound (which is to say, given a new cover) sometime in January of 1995.  What distinguishes it from other rebound books is that in the front, someone had taken the time to cut out a strange little message.

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It reads:

 The Evanston Library,

Let’s hope nobody steals this copy and forces you to replace it with another.

Joseph Heller

2/18/80

Chicago

Baffled, Barb had a lot of questions, which she wrote at the time on the Off the Shelf blog: “Why did Joseph Heller sign this book? Did he visit Chicago (or Evanston) in 1980? Did he donate the book, or just sign a copy we already had on our shelf? How did it end up at South Branch?”

Five years later and we know just as little now as we did then.  It’s a funny little message, suggesting that there may have been a staff member who sought out the great writer and told him some tale of library-theft woe.  Also, if he was signing it to Evanston, why did he write “Chicago” at the bottom?

Whatever the case, it’s a lovely little piece to add to the Evanston library collection.  Quirky signature and all.

 

Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Evanston Public Library #6: Live Raptors

Not every library hosts bloodthirsty killers every spring.

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Not every library is Evanston Public Library.

When I started my job as Evanston’s new Collection Development Manager I was given a lovely little desk with a window that looked west down Church Street. My desk came with a computer, a phone, and a pair of binoculars.  Few Collection Managers are given binoculars when they start their jobs but as it happens my new job came with a particular perk.  I have a near unobstructed view of nesting Peregrine Falcons.

As you may or may not know, each spring EPL becomes a home for a pair of birds known affectionately by the names of “Nona” and “Squawker”.  For the past 11 years this same pair (insofar as anyone can tell) has nested together, making 2016 the 13th year that the Library will host the falcons and their nest.

The first pair of falcons, Sarah John and Joel, nested at the library in 2004. There were four eggs but sadly Sarah John broke a wrist while in the nest.  That meant Joel was the one in charge of raising the chicks solo.  The result was that for a while it was the library staff that actually took charge of her offspring’s feeding.

“We had a case of frozen quail in the freezer that we’d thaw out and then feed to their babies,” said Assistant Library Director Paul Gottschalk to the Chicago Tribune.  Lucky babies.

nonahops2015In 2005, Joel partnered with another bird, Nona, whose original home was Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Unfortunately, he broke his wing that year and the wing did not heal.  It was around that time that the library introduced a  live Falcon Cam.  It’s a non-invasive way of showing how the chicks are doing and what the parents are up to.

In 2006 The Field Museum got involved.  Their staff and volunteer took it upon themselves to take blood samples from the chicks and to band them.  This banding will help scientists keep track of the species.  Why do that?  Well, Peregrine Falcons were on the endangered species list as recently as 1999.

That year the chicks were all officially named.  They were:

  • May — for May Theilgaard Watts the late famed naturalist for Morton Arboretum, an ecology pioneer in the Chicago area
  • Dashiell — for Dashiell Hammett the author of the Maltese Falcon
  • Robinson — for Robinson Jeffers an American poet who wrote a number of memorable poems about birds of prey”

The falcons return every year and officials estimate that something around 40 young peregrines have been born on our library. Be sure you check out the falcon loving photographers that like to stake out the roof of the Carlson Building across the street for the best possible images of our winged visitors.

The pair has even inspired its own Evanston Peregrin Falcon Watch Yahoo Group, where interested parties can record their sightings (as of this post it has 165 members).

Finally, for those of you interested in celebrating our falcons through art, we recently acquired this piece from local artist Beth Adler.

Falcon Painting

It is now viewable on the third floor.

Want to know more?  Here are some resources listed on the FalconCam’s site:

More on Peregrine Falcons

For the latest in breaking peregrine research:
The Peregrine Fund World Center for Birds of Prey
Has photos, an online research library and newsletter about peregrines and other raptors.
Peregrine Falcons- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Brief facts about the peregrine.
The Canadian Peregrine Foundation
Has a raptor photo identification gallery, live webcams, and a reference page on peregrine biology.
The Raptor Center
Sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine,this site has information about what to do with an injured raptor, a section on the birds the center has treated, reports on peregrine falcons, and migration tracking maps. Users can view pictures and movies, and listen to individual bird sounds.
For further information about Peregrine Falcons see:
Web Sites:
Peregrine Falcons” from the Encyclopedia of Life
The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology; Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus.
The Field Museum’s web site about the reintroduction of Peregrines to the Chicago area.
The Chicago Wilderness article “How Peregrines Learned to Hack the Big City
Adult Books in the Library’s Collection:
Tennant, Alan. On the Wing : To the Edge of the Earth with the Peregrine Falcon. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.
Tennant relates wild adventures while radio tracking Arctic Peregrines on their migratory journeys.
Baker, John Alec. The Peregrine. New York, Harper & Row, 1967.
One of the most remarkable pieces of nature writing. Baker, untrained in ornithology, devoted ten years of his life to studying Peregrine Falcons near his home in England.
Children’s Books in the Library’s Collection:
Unwin, Mike. Peregrine Falcon. Chicago, Ill., Heinemann Library, 2004.
Wechsler, Doug. Peregrine Falcons. New York, Rosen Pub. PowerKids Press, c2000.
Jenkins, Priscilla Belz. Falcons Nest on Skyscrapers. New York, HarperCollins, 1996.
Green, Carl R. The Peregrine Palcon. Mankato, Minn., Crestwood House, 1986.
Arnold, Caroline. Saving the Peregrine Falcon. Minneapolis, Carolrhoda Books, 1985.