Fine Amnesty Welcomes You Home to CPL

Chicago Public Library is hosting a fine amnesty to welcome patrons and materials back to the library. From now through February 18, bring in your overdue materials and whether they're five days or five years late, we’ll waive your fines. If you’ve lost an item, just take care of the replacement costs and we’ll waive the overdue…

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Celebrate African American History Month with CPL

Join the celebration of African American History Month 2016! In February we’re bringing African American history, music and crafts to a CPL location near you. Featuring film screenings and book clubs for adults, interactive events for teens, story times and hands-on activities for kids, and music and craft classes for the whole family, African American History Month is a…

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Celebrate Shakespeare 400 with CPL

Friends, readers, countrymen, lend us your ears! 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and all of Chicago is coming together to honor the famous playwright who gave us the romance of Romeo and Juliet, the drama of Macbeth and…

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Borrow a WiFi Hotspot from Chicago Public Library

To increase Internet access throughout Chicago, we're offering Internet to Go, a pilot project to lend WiFi hotspots at 10 CPL locations: Austin Brighton Park Daley, Richard M.-W Humboldt Douglass Galewood-Mont Clare Greater Grand Crossing Legler North Pulaski Vodak-East Side Woodson Regional Library A WiFi hotspot is a device you can use to connect a mobile-enabled device, such as a laptop,…

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Join a Study Group and Take an Online Course

Join our study groups to gain new skills and connect with others in your community while learning something together in the library. We’re partnering with Peer 2 Peer University to host study groups to support learners who want to complete online courses together, in-person at the library. Each course lasts about…

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Mayor Emanuel Joins Community Members at the Opening of the New Chinatown Branch Library

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon, 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis and members of the Chinatown community to celebrate the opening of the new Chinatown Library Branch. The new 16,370-square-foot, two story branch is nearly 6,000 square feet larger than the previous rental facility.  Serving as a cultural and information center for…

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Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Public Library Join the National Summer Learning Association to Announce Chicago Public Library as the First-Ever Winner of the Founder’s Award in Recognition of the Summer Learning Challenge

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon and National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) CEO Sarah Pitcock today to announce that Chicago Public Library is the first-ever winner of NSLA’s Founder’s Award in recognition of its Summer Learning Challenge—aimed at eliminating the summer slide. In addition to being the inaugural winner of the…

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Chinatown Branch Opens Saturday, August 29

Our new Chinatown Branch opens at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 29 at 2100 S. Wentworth Avenue. Join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a day of family activities and cultural performances. The 16,000-square-foot, two-story branch incorporates unique architectural elements with traditional library features: a partially covered “living” roof, Feng shui-influenced interior design and expansive views of…

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Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon Announce Expansion of Early Learning Educational Investments

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined this morning by Chicago Public Library (CPL) Commissioner Brian Bannon at the Albany Park Library branch to announce a significant expansion of Chicago Public Library early learning spaces across the city. Thanks to a $2.5 million grant from Exelon Corporation to the Chicago Public Library Foundation, CPL will open an…

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Get Tickets to Selected Ravinia Concerts at CPL

We're once again joining with the Ravinia Festival to offer the Words and Music program for the upcoming Ravinia season. The program enables any adult with a valid Chicago Public Library card to obtain free tickets for lawn admission to 19 classical music concerts this summer at Ravinia. The first Words and Music…

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