CPL Librarians Pick Best Books of 2014

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s Best of the Best, our list of the very best books published in 2014. We're recommending titles for kids, teens and—this year for the first time—adults. Each year, a team of our librarians evaluates the year’s new books and selects the best books for Chicagoans. Happy reading! Kids Picture Books…

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Introducing Our One Book, One Chicago Selection

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon is the 25th selection for One Book, One Chicago. This year's program explores the book's central theme: Heroes: Real & Imagined. In The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay reimagine and redefine the comic book hero and in the process…

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New Albany Park Branch Opens Saturday

We're proud to announce the new Albany Park Branch, 3401 W. Foster Avenue, will open at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 13. Please join us for an opening day celebration and special family programs beginning at 10 a.m. The new, 16,000-square-foot state-of-the-art branch library features a YOUmedia for teens, an expanded early learning area for children, a large community meeting…

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One Book, One Chicago Selection: Coming Soon!

The next selection for our award-winning citywide reading initiative, One Book, One Chicago, will be announced soon! This year’s #OBOC will feature programs, performances and discussions taking place in Chicago and at your local CPL location through spring 2015. For more than a decade, Chicagoans from every neighborhood and of all ages have read and responded to some…

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Food Depository Provides Meals for Kids at CPL

We're partnering with the Greater Chicago Food Depository on a pilot program to distribute free meals to children 18 and under at two CPL locations. The program, which started August 11, runs for three weeks, through August 29, at Humboldt Park Branch and Chicago Lawn Branch. Lunches are…

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YOUmedia Expands to 6 More CPL Locations

We're excited to expand YOUmedia high school events to six CPL locations with generous funds from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation through the Chicago Public Library Foundation and the City of Chicago's 2014 budget investment. Located in diverse communities around the city, the new sites will offer either weekly or biweekly events with CPL teen library staff. The six branches are: Back…

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Chicago Public Library Releases 2015-2017 Strategy

Chicago Public Library is proud to announce a new strategic vision for the 80-branch system.  This plan is intended to be an evolving roadmap for CPL’s next three years. Coming on the heels of major announcements such as the Internet-to-Go program, the launch of a new website and smartphone apps, and the expansion of digital…

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Get Tickets to Selected Ravinia Concerts at CPL

We're partnering with Ravinia Festival for Words and Music again this summer. The Words and Music program provides lawn tickets to selected Ravinia Festival concerts to adult CPL cardholders. For tickets, visit any CPL location starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 7. If you're an adult CPL cardholder, you can pick up a maximum of two…

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Rahm’s Readers: Summer Learning Challenge

Keep learning all summer at your neighborhood library. Join us for Rahm's Readers from June 9 to August 2. Register online or at any CPL location so you can complete our challenge—and win prizes while you're at it. Kids 13 and Under Kids 13 and under, get ready to Explore and Roar with Rahm's Readers…

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Kids Museum Passports Unavailable May 24-June 1

Kids Museum Passports will not be available to check out between May 24 and June 1 as we transition to new passes. May 23 is the last day the orange Kids Museum Passports can be checked out. The orange cards will not be accepted at museums after June 1. The new Kids Museum Passports, which…

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