Borrow a WiFi Hotspot from Chicago Public Library

To increase Internet access throughout Chicago, we're launching Internet to Go, a pilot project to lend WiFi hotspots at three CPL locations, Brighton Park, Douglass and Greater Grand Crossing. A WiFi hotspot is a device you can use to connect a mobile-enabled device, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet, to the Internet. The hotspot is portable, so you can connect your…

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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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Take the Pledge with #IPledge20

Earlier this year, we launched our Take 20, Read Plenty campaign encouraging parents and caregivers to read at least 20 minutes a day with a child. Why Take 20, Read Plenty? Research shows that just 20 minutes improves a child’s vocabulary, nurtures learning and helps with school readiness. Not to mention—it’s really fun! With help from our…

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Book Meeting Rooms, Study Rooms Online

Planning a meeting with a community group? Getting together with classmates or colleagues? Booking space at the Chicago Public Library is easier than ever: We now offer online reservations for the meeting rooms and study rooms at CPL locations. Follow the links to see which locations have meeting or study rooms and to make a reservation at a specific location. Room capacity varies…

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Chicago Public Library, First Lady Amy Rule, Chance the Rapper Celebrate New Digital Media Lab for Teens on Chicago’s South Side

Chicago First Lady Amy Rule joined Chicago Public Library (CPL) Commissioner Brian Bannon, Chance the Rapper and Alderman Howard Brookins at the Woodson Regional Library to celebrate the opening of a new digital media lab to support CPL’s nationally-recognized YOUmedia program, which provides teens across the city with digital learning experiences.  This project,…

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One Book, One Chicago Hosts Reading Sprints on Twitter

This year, we’re doing something we’ve never done before—we’re hosting reading sprints for this season’s One Book, One Chicago selection on our Twitter account (@1book1chicago). Reading sprints are dedicated sessions where you and other Chicagoans can set aside a free hour to read together. You can participate from…

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Early Voting Available at Some CPL Locations

More than 20 CPL locations are designated early voting sites for the municipal election held on February 24. From February 9 to February 21, voters registered in the City of Chicago may vote at any of these sites no matter where they live. Early voting runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at these CPL locations: Archer…

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Mayor Emanuel Heralds CPL

Chicago Public Library provides a rich collection of books, cutting-edge technology and award-winning programming for kids, teens and adults. Right here in our city, in your community, is the No. 1 library in the nation. The Library serves as an economic and social anchor for Chicagoans, which is why it is so important to invest in…

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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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