Since being named the 21st State in 1818, Illinois has provided the United States with its fair share of history and culture. Over the course of nearly two centuries it has seen everything from the majesties of the Columbian Exposition to the tragedies of the Pullman Strikes and “The Great Fire”. It witnessed the birth of a fast-food giant, housed a major insurance company, and raised four presidents. It has seen sports stars grow into legends, supported a thriving blues and jazz scene, and groomed literary powerhouses like Hemingway, Bradbury, and Sandburg. Now you can share in the rich history and culture of Illinois by stopping into the Library this month and checking some of the great books we’ll be having on display.