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05/06/2021
Dementia 101 with Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center

An introduction to Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias. Learn information about risk factors, common symptoms, and resources for help. This event is open to everyone.

You are invited to participate in a two informational programss, oriented around Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Caregiver Support, presented by Dementia experts at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. The second program, Resiliency and and Coping Strategies for Dementia Caregivers takes place May 13 at noon.

05/06/2021

Join us for a STEAM-powered edition of Second Saturday! This event kicks off STEAM Week. This month's program will feature a number of fun and interactive STEAM activities that you can try at home. Special musical guests Wendy & DB will join us live for a special performance! We will also stop by the Garfield Park ConservatoryConservatory for story time and tour. Then things will get messy as we test out some egg drop contraptions! Gather the whole family and tune in for a fun and interactive experience.

This program was made possible in part by generous donors to the Chicago Public Library Foundation.

The 2021 ChiTeen Lit Fest is right around the corner! Teens are invited to virtually participate in a week of celebratin...
05/06/2021

The 2021 ChiTeen Lit Fest is right around the corner! Teens are invited to virtually participate in a week of celebrating and honing authentic self-expression through the literary arts.

From exploring improv storytelling to gender identity through fashion, there's something for everyone to learn and experience during #CTLF21! A bonus: this year's headliners are multigenre rapper Ric Wilson and 2019-2020 National Youth Poet Laureate & singer/songwriter, Kara Jackson.

Find out more and register to join us from May 16-22 at chiteenlitfest.org!

The 2021 ChiTeen Lit Fest is right around the corner! Teens are invited to virtually participate in a week of celebrating and honing authentic self-expression through the literary arts.

From exploring improv storytelling to gender identity through fashion, there's something for everyone to learn and experience during #CTLF21! A bonus: this year's headliners are multigenre rapper Ric Wilson and 2019-2020 National Youth Poet Laureate & singer/songwriter, Kara Jackson.

Find out more and register to join us from May 16-22 at chiteenlitfest.org!

Farmer's market season is coming up! We've already started with ramps, asparagus, and other early vegetables. Freshen up...
05/04/2021

Farmer's market season is coming up! We've already started with ramps, asparagus, and other early vegetables. Freshen up your delicious farmer's market finds with our cookbook recommendations: http://bit.ly/1Lhos6m

Farmer's market season is coming up! We've already started with ramps, asparagus, and other early vegetables. Freshen up your delicious farmer's market finds with our cookbook recommendations: http://bit.ly/1Lhos6m

We are experiencing technical difficulties with our Facebook live stream. If you are looking for our panel discussion Ch...
05/03/2021
Chicagoski: Writers on Polish Chicago

We are experiencing technical difficulties with our Facebook live stream. If you are looking for our panel discussion Chicagoski: Writers on Polish Chicago, please view on YouTube at https://youtu.be/JiRR-EQ7zfg We apologize for the inconvenience and will also archive this video for later viewing.

What does it mean to be Polish-American? In honor of Polish Constitution Day, Chicago Public Library will be hosting a virtual program with some of the most ...

05/03/2021
Live From The Library: Nina Mata!

Nina Mata Illustrations is the artist behind the #1 bestseller I Promise by NBA superstar LeBron James. Nina's family immigrated from the Philippines when she was a child, and her love of art blossomed during her after-school library sessions! On Monday at 10 AM, we kick off #AAPIHeritageMonth with Nina's reading of I Promise, with an introduction by Lebron James himself! Then, Librarian James will read stories in English and Mandarin. See you there!

Tomorrow is #PolishConstitutionDay, annually celebrated on May 3 in honor of the 1791 ratification of the Polish Constit...
05/02/2021

Tomorrow is #PolishConstitutionDay, annually celebrated on May 3 in honor of the 1791 ratification of the Polish Constitution.

Explore what it means to be Polish-American with CPL, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, Alliance of Polish Clubs, the Polish Arts Club of Chicago, and Polish American Congress - Illinois Division.

Dan Pogorzelski of Forgotten Chicago will interview some of the most notable creatives of the written word connected to Chicago: Stuart Dybek, Thomas Dyja, John Guzlowski, and Dominic A. Pacyga. Join us live at 6 PM here on Facebook or on our YouTube page for an insightful discussion!

Tomorrow is #PolishConstitutionDay, annually celebrated on May 3 in honor of the 1791 ratification of the Polish Constitution.

Explore what it means to be Polish-American with CPL, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, Alliance of Polish Clubs, the Polish Arts Club of Chicago, and Polish American Congress - Illinois Division.

Dan Pogorzelski of Forgotten Chicago will interview some of the most notable creatives of the written word connected to Chicago: Stuart Dybek, Thomas Dyja, John Guzlowski, and Dominic A. Pacyga. Join us live at 6 PM here on Facebook or on our YouTube page for an insightful discussion!

Be a better bystander and help fight against anti-Asian harassment. In this upcoming interactive bystander intervention ...
05/01/2021

Be a better bystander and help fight against anti-Asian harassment. In this upcoming interactive bystander intervention training from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, CAIR-Chicago, and Hollaback!, learn how you can identify hate incidents as they happen and take action safely and effectively.

Space is limited, and advance registration is required. For more information and to reserve a spot, please visit bit.ly/CPLbit.

Be a better bystander and help fight against anti-Asian harassment. In this upcoming interactive bystander intervention training from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, CAIR-Chicago, and Hollaback!, learn how you can identify hate incidents as they happen and take action safely and effectively.

Space is limited, and advance registration is required. For more information and to reserve a spot, please visit bit.ly/CPLbit.

Honor #AAPIHeritageMonth with CPL this May and beyond. Our theme this year is Healing, Mourning, and Remembering. Join u...
05/01/2021
Honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at CPL

Honor #AAPIHeritageMonth with CPL this May and beyond. Our theme this year is Healing, Mourning, and Remembering. Join us in exploring Asian American and Pacific Islander culture through book discussions, reading recommendations for all ages, or our featured artist Yuqing Zhu's exhibit, "The Personal Myth: Self-Portrait Collage."

Some highlights to look out for include:
✂️ A collage workshop led by Yuqing Zhu
🌸 Ikebana for Everybody, a Japanese floral arrangement demonstration, with Margot Wang, Ohara School of Ikebana Chicago Chapter Master Instructor
📖 Bilingual online story times
🕺 Virtual Bollywood and Hula dance classes

Visit chipublib.org/aapiheritage for more information and to register for upcoming events.

Honor diversity during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May with a variety of events that focus on the contributions…

05/01/2021
Little Parade Live!

Celebrate Día: El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) with this special family concert featuring Chicago musicians Little Parade

Another proud #FirstCardFriday recipient! Our readers may be small, but their curiosity is mighty. 🤓👍
04/30/2021

Another proud #FirstCardFriday recipient! Our readers may be small, but their curiosity is mighty. 🤓👍

Another proud #FirstCardFriday recipient! Our readers may be small, but their curiosity is mighty. 🤓👍

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Día: El día de los niños/El día de los libros (#ChildrensDayBookDay)! 📚🧡👨‍👧‍👦 This s...
04/30/2021
Celebrating Día’s 25th Anniversary

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Día: El día de los niños/El día de los libros (#ChildrensDayBookDay)! 📚🧡👨‍👧‍👦 This special holiday encourages children and families to #DiaTogether in celebration of the rich diversity, culture, and languages we find when we dive into stories. Learn more about the holiday's history and explore exciting stories the whole family will enjoy reading together!

Our Día celebrations wrap up tomorrow with a special bilingual concert by Little Parade here on Facebook Live and a storytelling event with author Carmen Agra Deedy at 2 PM on Zoom.

On April 30, we celebrate children, books and family for Día: El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day). This year marks…

04/30/2021
Live From The Library: Jordana Spiro!

Actress Jordana Spiro - star of Ozark and Chicago-based shows My Boys and The Mob Doctor - brings a creative story by another actor to life with her #LiveFromTheLibrary reading! Watch her read B.J. Novak's The Book With No Pictures Friday at 10 AM, followed by musical stories with Librarian Keeshana.

04/28/2021
Author Jill Wine-Banks and Christie Hefner discuss The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth & Justice

Jill Wine-Banks, author and MSNBC Legal Analyst is joined by Chicago business leader Christie Hefner to discuss The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President.

Obstruction of justice, the specter of impeachment, sexism at work, shocking revelations: Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside her trial by fire as a Watergate prosecutor.

It was a time, much like today, when Americans feared for the future of their democracy, and women stood up for equal treatment. At the crossroads of the Watergate scandal and the women’s movement was a young lawyer named Jill Wine Volner (as she was then known), barely thirty years old and the only woman on the team that prosecuted the highest-ranking White House officials. Called “the mini-skirted lawyer” by the press, she fought to receive the respect accorded her male counterparts—and prevailed. Please join us for this fascinating program!

#OTD in 1926, the late author Harper Lee was born. A young fan of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ named Jeremy wrote to Harper L...
04/28/2021

#OTD in 1926, the late author Harper Lee was born. A young fan of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ named Jeremy wrote to Harper Lee in 2006, and asked for a signed photo. He didn’t get one, but instead received this lovely piece of advice from the author that is far more precious. It reads:

"I don't have a picture of myself, so please accept these four lines. As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don't think you are the most important being on Earth. Rich or poor, you can look anyone in the eye and say "I'm probably no better than you, but I'm certainly your equal." 💚 Happy Birthday Harper!

#OTD in 1926, the late author Harper Lee was born. A young fan of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ named Jeremy wrote to Harper Lee in 2006, and asked for a signed photo. He didn’t get one, but instead received this lovely piece of advice from the author that is far more precious. It reads:

"I don't have a picture of myself, so please accept these four lines. As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don't think you are the most important being on Earth. Rich or poor, you can look anyone in the eye and say "I'm probably no better than you, but I'm certainly your equal." 💚 Happy Birthday Harper!

In her memoir #TheWatergateGirl, native Chicagoan, author, and legendary lawyer Jill Wine-Banks shares her personal acco...
04/27/2021

In her memoir #TheWatergateGirl, native Chicagoan, author, and legendary lawyer Jill Wine-Banks shares her personal account of surmounting obstruction of justice, the specter of impeachment, sexism at work, shocking revelations, and much more. Wine-Banks will be joined by Christine Hefner in conversation on her book live tomorrow evening. Join us here on Facebook Live or our YouTube channel at 6 PM for a fascinating discussion!

In her memoir #TheWatergateGirl, native Chicagoan, author, and legendary lawyer Jill Wine-Banks shares her personal account of surmounting obstruction of justice, the specter of impeachment, sexism at work, shocking revelations, and much more. Wine-Banks will be joined by Christine Hefner in conversation on her book live tomorrow evening. Join us here on Facebook Live or our YouTube channel at 6 PM for a fascinating discussion!

This week, we're gearing up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Día: El día de los niños/El día de los libros (#Childre...
04/26/2021
Celebrate Día with Stories and Music

This week, we're gearing up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Día: El día de los niños/El día de los libros (#ChildrensDayBookDay) on April 30! 📚🧒 Join CPL for a week of bilingual story times, events with special guests like Little Parade, reading lists, and more. Get started by heading to chipublib.org/dia for more complete information.

Join Chicago Public Library in celebrating children, books and family for Día: El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book…

04/26/2021
Library Sunday Hours

Check out chipublib.org/locations to see which branches near you have added Sunday hours!

From DIY kitchen science experiments to making inventions in an online event, our spring Learning Journey for kids and t...
04/25/2021
Learning Journey for Kids and Tweens

From DIY kitchen science experiments to making inventions in an online event, our spring Learning Journey for kids and tweens has been STEAM-themed! 💡🔎

Through writing, making, and investigating, share what you learned for a chance to win a science kit at chipublib.org/LearningJourney. 🏆️ Submit your participation form online by April 30 to qualify.

Spring Learning Journey Join Chicago Public Library and Chicago Public Schools on a learning adventure! Try at least four of these…

04/24/2021
22nd Annual Poetry Fest Featuring Nate Marshall

Join acclaimed poet and native Chicagoan Nate Marshall as he reads from his latest book, FINNA, featured on numerous Best Books of 2020 lists. Nate Marshall is a writer, rapper, and educator from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of FINNA and Wild Hundreds, winner of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Book of the Year and The Great Lakes College Association’s New Writer Award.

Join acclaimed poet and native Chicagoan Nate Marshall as he reads from his latest book, FINNA, featured on numerous Bes...
04/23/2021

Join acclaimed poet and native Chicagoan Nate Marshall as he reads from his latest book, FINNA, featured on numerous Best Books of 2020 lists (including ours!). Nate was also the 2020 recipient of the Chicago Public Library Foundation 21st Century Award. Celebrate #NationalPoetryMonth and Nate with CPL on our Youtube page this Saturday at 2 PM: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE8pQ7ZYzs_Aq_fa0mweJGw

Join acclaimed poet and native Chicagoan Nate Marshall as he reads from his latest book, FINNA, featured on numerous Best Books of 2020 lists (including ours!). Nate was also the 2020 recipient of the Chicago Public Library Foundation 21st Century Award. Celebrate #NationalPoetryMonth and Nate with CPL on our Youtube page this Saturday at 2 PM: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE8pQ7ZYzs_Aq_fa0mweJGw

04/23/2021
Live From The Library: Isiah Thomas!

Chicago native Isiah Thomas is one of the NBA's all-time greats. 🏀🏅The two-time NBA Champion with the Detroit Pistons and Finals MVP dominated in college basketball, the NBA, and as a coach. Now, he reads One Love by Cedella Marley (daughter of Bob Marley!) for #LiveFromTheLibrary! Join Isiah Friday at 10 AM for this message of unity and teamwork.

Happy #EarthDay2021! Our 2019 One Book, One Chicago pick, The Sixth Extinction, took a deep dive into the impacts of cli...
04/22/2021

Happy #EarthDay2021! Our 2019 One Book, One Chicago pick, The Sixth Extinction, took a deep dive into the impacts of climate change on our planet. Take a look back at some recommended reading from that year, and help keep our world healthy and clean for generations to come 🌎💚🌍💙🌏: https://www.chipublib.org/explore/?post-type=blogs&tag=oboc-2019-20

Happy #EarthDay2021! Our 2019 One Book, One Chicago pick, The Sixth Extinction, took a deep dive into the impacts of climate change on our planet. Take a look back at some recommended reading from that year, and help keep our world healthy and clean for generations to come 🌎💚🌍💙🌏: https://www.chipublib.org/explore/?post-type=blogs&tag=oboc-2019-20

04/21/2021
Poetry East 40th Anniversary celebration with Richard Jones and Miles Harvey

Join us for a special celebration of Poetry East's 40th Anniversary, with editor Richard Jones and author Miles Harvey.

Founded in 1980, the internationally acclaimed literary magazine Poetry East is celebrating National Poetry Month in April with two milestones--its 40th anniversary and its 100th issue. In the notoriously fleeting world of poetry publications, where life-expectancy is typically less than 10 years, the publication's record of sustained excellence is truly remarkable. More impressive still, Poetry East has been edited from the start by the noted poet Richard Jones, an English professor at DePaul University, where the magazine is based.

For this special Poetry Month event, Jones will be in conversation with Miles Harvey, director of the DePaul Publishing Institute and author of The King of Confidence.

This program is co-sponsored by CPL's Poetry Committee and presented as part of our National Poetry Month programming.

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The History of Chicago Public Library

From humble beginnings in a water tower to citywide locations with state-of-the-art technology, Chicago Public Library has a rich, nearly 150-year history to explore.

On January 1, Chicago Public Library opened its doors in a circular water tank that survived the fire. The library moved several times during its first 24 years, including an 11-year stay on the fourth floor of City Hall.

On October 11, the new Central Library on Michigan Avenue opened. The Washington Street entrance, grand staircase, and dome area—designed by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company of New York—contain inscriptions of 16th-century printers’ marks, authors’ names, and quotations that praise learning and literature.

Isabella N. Blackstone presented Chicago Public Library with funding to construct its first branch library, in memory of her late husband, Timothy Beach Blackstone. Today, Blackstone Branch serves the Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods and remains a vital part of Chicago Public Library.

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