The 2013 Annual Report highlights new and expanded services and programs:
- Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge shattered previous reading records with 71,000 children reading more than 2.1 million books.
- YOUmedia, the incredibly successful digital-learning program for teens, located in the Harold Washington Library Center and five CPL branches, has been expanded to six more branches and temporary “pop-up” programs in 12 branches.
- As the city’s first free maker space, CPL’s Maker Lab, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, offers Chicagoans an introduction to technology and equipment to create new forms of art, manufacturing and business opportunities.
- CPL celebrated two new branch openings in Back of the Yards and Edgewater, expanded the Humboldt Park Branch, broke ground on the new Albany Park Branch and unveiled design concepts for a new Chinatown Branch.