Celebrate National Poetry Month with CPL

Spring is here, and poetry is in the air! April is National Poetry Month. To get your poetic juices flowing, CPL's hosting workshops, readings and other poetry events in neighborhoods around the city. Event highlights include a workshop to help you master short form poetry, a screening…

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Services Limited During CPL System Upgrade, April 13-21

Chicago Public Library will migrate to a new library management system starting at 5 a.m. Thursday, April 13 and ending Friday, April 21. This system is the tool we use to manage services such as issuing library cards, checking out materials and placing holds. During this time, you must bring your library card with you…

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Chicago Public Library’s Digital Skills Assistance Program Helped At Least 1,000 Chicagoans Secure Jobs in 2016

Chicago Public Library is pleased to announce that in 2016 at least 1,000 patrons secured jobs with assistance from the CPL’s CyberNavigators. The CyberNavigator (CN) program, available citywide at CPL locations, offers patrons one-on-one computer help from a CyberNavigator, including job support and online application services. In April of last year, Mayor Emanuel announced an expansion…

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CPL, CHA Announce Winning Design Firms for Innovative Co-Located Housing/Library Developments

Architecture Firms with Strong Ties to Chicago Will Bring World-Class Design to Community Anchors for Neighborhoods Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) CEO Eugene Jones, Jr., Chicago Public Library (CPL) Commissioner Brian Bannon and Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) Commissioner David Reifman today announced the selection of the architecture firms that will work…

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with CPL

Celebrate Women's History Month this March with Chicago Public Library! We're exploring the theme "Women's Activism: Then and Now" through workshops, lectures, craft times, author readings, film screenings and more. Women's History Month activities begin with Celebrating Textile Art for Teens on Wednesday, March 1 at Sulzer Regional Library. Throughout history, crafts such as knitting, crochet,…

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City of Chicago and Chicago Public Library Celebrate African American History Month and Announce Free Access to Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Archive

Deputy Mayor Andrea Zopp joined Chicago Public Library (CPL) Commissioner Brian Bannon and The HistoryMakers Founder & Executive Director Julieanna Richardson today to kick off the start of African American History Month and announce CPL’s offering of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive free of charge. Since 1999, The HistoryMakers has been recording African American…

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Celebrate African American History Month with CPL

Join the celebration of African American History Month 2017! In February we’re bringing African American history, music and crafts to a CPL location near you. African American History Month opens with Seed Saving with Naomi Davis on Thursday, February 2 at Harold Washington Library Center. The proud granddaughter of Mississippi sharecroppers, Davis builds on the "Suitcase Monologue" that shares how…

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Mix It Up! Kids Winter Learning Challenge

We're challenging kids to mix it up this winter break by exploring the world of chemistry! From December 19 to January 9, be a chemist by cooking with an adult, making your own bubble solution or trying one of the experiments below. To complete the challenge: Read (book, magazine or website) for 20 minutes a day…

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Teen Winter Challenge: Share Your Talent with the World!

Share your talent with the world through this year's Teen Winter Challenge! Submit a portfolio with three original creations and an artist’s statement for the chance to win a scholarship or gift card—and see your work featured on our website. Need help with your portfolio? Check out these…

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CPL Best of the Best Books 2016

We recommend the Best of the Best, our selections of the very best books published in 2016. Each year, a team of our librarians evaluates the year’s new books and selects the best books for Chicagoans. Happy reading! Adults Top Ten Best Books Teens Teen Fiction Teen Nonfiction Teen Graphic Novels and Manga Kids Picture Books Fiction…

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