Mix It Up! Kids Winter Learning Challenge

We're challenging kids to mix it up this winter break by exploring the world of chemistry! From December 19 to January 9, be a chemist by cooking with an adult, making your own bubble solution or trying one of the experiments below. To complete the challenge: Read (book, magazine or website) for 20 minutes a day…

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Teen Winter Challenge: Share Your Talent with the World!

Share your talent with the world through this year's Teen Winter Challenge! Submit a portfolio with three original creations and an artist’s statement for the chance to win a scholarship or gift card—and see your work featured on our website. Need help with your portfolio? Check out these…

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CPL Best of the Best Books 2016

We recommend the Best of the Best, our selections of the very best books published in 2016. Each year, a team of our librarians evaluates the year’s new books and selects the best books for Chicagoans. Happy reading! Adults Top Ten Best Books Teens Teen Fiction Teen Nonfiction Teen Graphic Novels and Manga Kids Picture Books Fiction…

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Mayor Emanuel Announces New Partnership That Gives Transit Riders Access to Chicago-Based Content On-Demand and Free of Charge Through Chicago Public Library

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago Public Library (CPL) First Deputy Commissioner Andrea Saenz and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) President Dorval R. Carter, Jr., today in announcing a new partnership that gives transit riders access to Chicago-focused content through the CTA's 4G subway wireless network. The CTA and CPL will be launching a joint marketing campaign in early 2017, to…

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Your Future Woodson Regional Library: Construction Plans

We're looking forward to improving your library! Construction Taking Place in 2016-17 Woodson Regional Library is closed for construction. The building is expected to reopen in late 2017. Improvements underway: A complete building envelope replacement including new roof, exterior walls and windows Upgrades to flooring, lighting and paint in lobby and other public areas Build…

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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with CPL

Join CPL in November in exploring the Native American experience during our third annual observance of Native American Heritage Month. Our opening event is 1 p.m. Saturday, November 5 at Uptown Branch. It features exciting presentations by Native American Chicagoans, including the Red Line Drum and Dancers performing traditional music and dance and the Chi-Nations Youth Council…

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Mayor Emanuel Announces Innovative Partnership Between Chicago Housing Authority and Chicago Public Library That Will Deliver Co-Located Housing and New Libraries

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) CEO Eugene Jones, Jr. and Chicago Public Library (CPL) Commissioner Brian Bannon today to announce an interagency partnership that will provide three new mixed-income housing developments with co-located libraries - strengthening communities with affordable housing and community anchors that support life-long learning. In a break from the…

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Early Voting at Some CPL Locations

More than 20 CPL locations are designated early voting sites for the November 8 election. From October 24 to November 7, any Chicago voter may vote at any of these sites no matter where they live. Not registered to vote? Registration services are available at all early voting sites. Any voter who needs to register for the first time or…

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Children’s Library at HWLC Closing for Renovations November 5

To create a more dynamic, state-of-the-art active learning center for kids and families from all over the city, the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library at Harold Washington Library Center will close for renovations Saturday, November 5. Services Available During Renovations Library materials and play space:…

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October Is Polish American Heritage Month

Join CPL in October in celebrating the history, traditions, culture and contributions of Poles and Polish Americans. Our monthlong celebration kicks off with a keynote event featuring a quartet from the internationally acclaimed Lira Ensemble at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 2 at Sulzer Regional Library. This event will be a rousing, toe-tapping, sing-along for all ages! The…

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