Please join me in conversation with Amy Carr of the Chicago Tribune and author Helene Tragos Stelian this Saturday at the Printers Row Lit Fest. We'll be talking getting into college -- from grades and testing and visits to what not to pack as you head off to the next four fabulous years of your life. No ticket necessary! Just come on down to the Dearborn Room at Hotel Blake at 2:30 p.m. Further details here. 

Betsy Bird has landed at the Evanston Public Library. Who, you might ask, is Betsy Bird? Well, if you're more into fantasy football than a dream librarian lineup, this is akin to Walter Payton being available for your roster. Bird arrives in Evanston from Manhattan and the New York Public Library, where she was the youth materials specialist, aka children's librarian, with a budget of $1.7 million to purchase everything from the classics to "Captain Underpants" for 89 branch libraries, and in charge of not only the 50,000 volumes in the children's section, but treasures like the...

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