Start With Art for a Fun Summer Challenge

Calling all kids up to age 13! Join our drop-in summer program, Make Summer Yours: Start With Art. Our program can help you find great books, fun new things to do and track them all summer long. Plus, there are prizes!

Throughout the summer, use your voice to make art inspired by your identity, your community and your imagination. Explore art everywhere, from your home to your neighborhood to the library! CPL is offering events to inspire you to express yourself, collaborate with friends and explore your world through art.

Complete the Challenge

Start by registering online or at any CPL location. Then complete the challenge:

  • Read Something: 500 minutes or more over the summer. Read books, magazines, comics, eBooks, audiobooks or anything else you want, for at least 20 minutes a day—all reading counts!
  • Do Something: Do at least five activities. Take part in a library event, visit a museum, create a piece of art or try something new.

Prizes and Giveaways

Share what you read and learn. Earn your book bag when you complete 500 minutes and five activities. You can share by reporting what you did online or stopping into your nearby CPL location. All kids can enter weekly giveaways to win books or other prizes.

About the Summer Learning Challenge

The Summer Learning Challenge is presented in partnership with the City of Chicago, My CHI. My Future., Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Transit Authority, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Science and Industry, National Museum of Mexican Art, Once Upon a Time Capsule and YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

This program was made possible in great part by Amazon; the James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation; Exelon; the Family Learning Partnerships Fund; the Helen M. Harrison Foundation; KPMG; Wintrust; Peoples Gas; Cubs Charities Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund; the Dr. Scholl Foundation; the Walter E. Heller Foundation; Norfolk Southern; the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation; and other generous donors to the Chicago Public Library Foundation.