Maker Lab Book Club and Design Jam: The Peripheral

At our design jam and book club, Maker Lab visitors respond to a design problem raised by a science fiction novel or story, or a popular science article or book. We try to come up with a design that would solve a challenge faced by the story's characters, or a real-world problem. If time allows,…

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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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College Financial Aid Workshops Planned for HWLC

This fall Ladder Up offers a series of College Knowledge workshops at Harold Washington Library Center. Ladder Up, a nonprofit organization that provides financial resources to hard-working people, will present two workshops each month from September to November: FAFSA 101: For students of all ages looking for help…

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Happy Birthday, Back of the Yards Branch!

It's hard to believe that two years ago today we opened the doors to the new Back of the Yards Branch. We're as busy and bustling as ever and still so thrilled to be part of this wonderful community. No matter if it's your first time or your 500th, stop in soon to wish us a happy…

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September Afternoon Performances at Harold Washington Library Center

Sit back, relax and take an entertaining midday break at the library! This month the Harold Washington Library Center Visual and Performing Arts Section hosts a series of afternoon performances in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium featuring performances by award-winning artists! A Tribute to George Gershwin 12:15 p.m. Friday, September 4 Classic George Gershwin works, as…

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Uptown Branch Collecting School Supplies for Neighborhood Kids

Friends of the 46th Ward Schools, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, sponsors an annual school supply drive to benefit neighborhood public schools. The Uptown Branch is happy to join the effort as an additional drop-off site this year. To see what items are needed, please stop by the branch…

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Now You Can Check Out Apps!

We're excited to be one of the first libraries in the country to offer Launchpads, a brand-new device designed to help kids and families explore and learn together. Launchpads are tablets loaded with vetted curriculum- and thematic-based apps for kids 3 and up. As mobile digital media becomes an even larger part of the lives…

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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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