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It's P.D. James' 100th birth anniversary. What's your favorite book?

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August 2020 Staff Picks

Check out this month's recommendations from Chicago Public Library. Visit our Books page for previous lists of recommendations.

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Soap Opera: Chicago's Meatpackers Created Bath Products

Chicago meatpacker Armour & Company created a range of soap products as evidenced by a sales catalog from around 1910.

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Sign Up for the Summer Learning Challenge: Building Stories

Kids 0 to 13, sign up online or at the library to explore stories, science and art in the architecture around us, July 6 to August 15.

Join the Teen Summer Challenge: Sound Off

Teens, sound off on what matters to you this summer. Complete a Pick 4 card and enter to win prizes.

Adult Summer Reading Challenge

Adults, Here’s Your 2020 Summer Reading Challenge

Adults, choose from a variety of reading categories with our Stories of Books summer reading challenge!

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Our online store features CPL merchandise, including for Building Stories: Summer Learning Challenge, with a portion of every sale going to the Chicago Public Library Foundation.

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