Experiment with Technology on Digital Learning Day

Do you love technology? Do you love learning? Then Digital Learning Day was made just for you! CPL has many great digital resources available for kids and teens to experiment with technology and learn coding. Check out a Launchpad tablet that is pre-loaded with vetted curriculum- and thematic-based apps for kids 3 and up. 30 different titles are available,…

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Go on a Blind Date with a Book at Back of the Yards Branch

Many of us have been on a blind date with a person, but have you been on a blind date with a book? Come check out our new book display this February and give it a try. The idea is to pick a book by its description and not by its cover, so we've wrapped a few…

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Tell Us Your Fine Amnesty Stories

Have you returned materials to CPL during our fine amnesty? Have you been able to rediscover our services? We'd love to hear your story—and you'll be entered in a prize drawing!

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Free Days at Chicago Museums in February

Enjoy free admission to Chicago museums on Illinois resident discount days in February. (Dates are subject to change, so please confirm dates with each museum.) Adler Planetarium February 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29 Art Institute of Chicago Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Weekdays through February 11 Chicago Botanic Garden Always free; parking is $20/car,…

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AARP Tax Help at Jeffery Manor Branch

Once again volunteers from AARP will be at Jeffery Manor Branch to help patrons prepare their taxes. Through April 13, volunteers will be here from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday as well as 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2. See the complete list of dates in our events calendar. Tax help is first come, first served. Questions?…

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Get Help with These Tax Resources

Yes, tax season is here. Or, perhaps, you prefer to think of it as refund season. In either case, here are some basic resources to help you file your income taxes this year. Federal Tax forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ remain the staples of individual income tax filing. These forms are still available at many CPL locations, but the IRS no…

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Ladder Up Offers Tax Assistance at Harold Washington Library Center

Chicago Public Library is partnering with Ladder Up to offer free tax assistance to qualified Chicago families and individuals at Harold Washington Library Center. Ladder Up’s Tax Assistance Program is open to individuals earning up to $25,000 and households earning up to $50,000. Hours Through April 18, TAP will provide free electronic preparation and e-filing…

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One Book, One Chicago Partners with Lyric Opera of Chicago for Community Created Performances

Chicago Public Library's One Book One Chicago partners with Lyric Opera of Chicago for an extraordinary new initiative celebrating the stories of Chicago's communities and exploring Chicago's vocal traditions. Chicagoans are invited to participate in the Chicago Voices Community Created Performances program and win the opportunity to tell the story of their community through song.…

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Celebrate 2016 Chinese New Year: Year of the Monkey at CPL

Happy New Year!!! February 8 marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year. The Chinese Zodiac animal for 2016 is the monkey, which is the ninth animal in the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. People born under the sign of the monkey are said to be witty and intelligent…

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