The American Library Association will meet in Chicago on July 9-15, 2009. This year, as previously noted on the blog, will also mark the 100th anniversary of the location of ALA's headquarters in Chicago. I have put together a digital tribute to Chicago's Great Public Library on the Library History Buff website in honor of these occasions. Attendees of the ALA conference will have the opportunity to visit the current and former central libraries of the Chicago Public Library. The former central library is now the Chicago Cultural Center, an appropriate repurposing of a historic architectural treasure. Those who visit the Chicago Cultural Center will be able to view the recently restored dome of the building which features Tiffany glass. The current central library, the Harold Washington Library Center, is also well worth a visit. The postcard to the left was produced by the prolific Teich Postcard Company. The Curt Teich Postcard Archives are located at the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Illinois. A related webpage about the history of the American Library Association is located here.
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