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CPL Best of the Best Books 2016

Best of the Best, our picks for the best books of 2016! Find your new favorites from our selections for adults, teens and kids.

Connect With / Your Kids
Puppet stage with puppets
A Village of Stories
Dec 10th | 11:00am - 3:00pm

Read, play make believe, dress up in costumes and learn at this fun-filled celebration of a child's imagination for the whole family!

If You Love / A Great Read
Staff List
Adults: Best Books of 2016

We recommend these as the best books published in 2016.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Adults

If You Love / Teen Reads
Staff List
Best Teen Fiction of 2016

We recommend these titles as the very best fiction published in 2016 for teens in high school.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Teens

Explore / Great Reads for Kids
Staff List
Best Picture Books of 2016

We recommend these as the very best picture books published for kids from birth to 3rd grade in 2016.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Kids

If You Love / The Holidays
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Christmas Around the World
By Shilo

Have you ever wondered how people around the world celebrate Christmas? Find out with these great reads for kids.

What are some of your family's holiday traditions?

How Do You Celebrate?
If You Love / The Holidays
Illustration of woman with shopping bags next to Christmas tree
Top Picks: Retail Therapy at the Movies
By Kelly

Whether you’re gearing up to go shopping or are already exhausted by it, check out Kelly's top picks for holiday movies with retail settings…

Make / A Masterpiece
sleeve tattoo
5 Articles: To Tattoo, Or Not To Tattoo
By Molly

Does the latest Field Museum exhibit have you curious about tattoos? Molly recommends articles about their history and where they're going.

Explore / Science
John Glenn: A Memoir book cover
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RIP, John Glenn

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, has died at 95. Learn more about the astronaut and U.S. senator in his memoir.

Make / A Masterpiece
Artwork by Naji Sierra
Teen Winter Challenge: Share Your Talent…

Share your talent with the world through this year's Teen Winter Challenge!

If You Love / Music
Adults learning partner dances
Latin Dance Lessons
Dec 10th | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Learn some new steps on the dance floor with professional instructors from Latin Street Music and Dancing.

If You Love / The Holidays
Kwanzaa altar with red, black and green candles, fruit, corn, goblet, books, and colorful cloth
Celebrate 50 Years of Kwanzaa
By MsCaroline

Share in the 50th annual celebration of Kwanzaa with these great reads for kids.

If You Love / A Great Read
Staff List
December 2016 Staff Picks

Check out this month's recommendations from Chicago Public Library. Visit our Books page for a link to previous lists of recommendations.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Adults

Connect With / Your Library
adults work with Finch robot and laptop in the CPL Maker Lab
Give the Gift of Knowledge at CPL

This holiday season, your gift is matched dollar-for-dollar when you donate to the Chicago Public Library Foundation.

Explore / Technology
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Hour of Code Events, Resources for Teens

Anyone can learn how to code! Try your hand at computer programming with events during Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11.

Make / A Masterpiece
Harold Washington Library Center
Art Tour of HWLC
Dec 13th | 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Our art tour focuses on the impressive collection of original artwork on display throughout the building.

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