Kick Off the New Year with Back to School-a-Palooza

Get ready for the new school year! We have lots of great resources to help children have a successful school year. Come learn more and celebrate with us at one of our 20 back-to-school concerts. Back to School-a-Palooza is sponsored by the Chicago Public Library Foundation.

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Land Bank Program Matches Individuals with Vacant Homes

Cook County Land Bank recently announced a partnership with The PrivateBank as part of its efforts to help eligible buyers become homeowners. The partnership will invest in making vacant homes move-in ready. The PrivateBank will provide up to $10 million in financing to support the purchase and rehab of homes owned by the land bank.…

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Play Like an Animal!

Humans, like all other species in the animal kingdom, need a nice environment to play and be active. What kinds of things "enrich" the way you spend time while at home or at play? Focus Questions What kinds of things do you do at home just…

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Chicago Gardens Featured in Oil Painting Exhibit

Impressions of Chicago Gardens by Fred Moss is on display through September 5 on the 8th floor of the Harold Washington Library Center with two paintings in the Congress Corridor on the ground floor. In this luminescent painting exhibit the artist captures scenic…

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YOUmedia Teen Space Opens at Hall Branch

YOUmedia is now open at the Hall Branch.  YOUmedia is an innovative 21st century teen learning space designed to attract youth 14 to 18.  Teens will hang out with their peers, learning digital media skills.  Teens will have an opportunity to use musical production software, vinyl cutters, and laptops, play video games and create crafts.  A teen specialist is…

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Join CPL at Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire

The Maker Lab and YOUmedia are teaming up to demonstrate some vinyl cutter making activities including bookmarks, 3D ornaments and stickers at the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire. Saturday, August 2 Ford City Mall, 7601 S. Cicero Avenue 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free The Mini Maker Faire is a…

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Back of the Yards Branch Calling All Explorers!

There's still time to register for the Summer Learning Challenge at the Back of the Yards Branch.  Read, discover, and create this summer and earn your very own tote bag to color- it's the perfect library accessory.  

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Back of the Yards Branch ESL Classes on Summer Break

The ESL classes that meet at the Back of the Yards Branch will resume Monday July 28. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 1:00-4:00pm. For more information, call the branch at 312-747-9595 or Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council at 773-523-4416.

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Celebrate International Zine Month at YOUmedia

Zines are a great way to share your ideas, make a book and self-publish something to give to friends, family and strangers alike. One page zines have small pages, but can hold big ideas! YOUmedia is celebrating International Zine Month with a couple upcoming workshops. July 24: Teen Zine Workshop. Share…

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Scales and Tales at the Clearing Branch

The usually quiet Clearing Branch was invaded on Tuesday July 16th by Beth Wagner and her "Scales and Tales" travelling zoo show. Over 120 kids and adults were on hands to watch and listen as Beth Wagner brought out animal after animal; anteater, pig, owl, sloth, chinchilla, baby chicks and even a snake.  The kids laughed…

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