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10/27/2020

Doctor Chris Baek is this years 2020 Mrs. Illinois & Miss Illinois for America winner! Join her Wednesday as she reads one of our favorite classic tales of determination, The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. Then, re-watch Librarian Tina's jazz story times!

10/27/2020

Moving to a new home can be a little exciting and also a little scary. For this week’s #VoicesOfChicago story time during Chicago Public Library's #LiveFromTheLibrary, Librarian Liv will share stories about moving, and then Librarian Nicole will read a special story that’s also part of @Jumpstartkids #readfortherecord! Tune in Thursday, October 29 live at 10am for this special story time, and check back every week for a new Voices of Chicago story time!

10/27/2020
Live From The Library: Jon Seda!

Throw it back this Tuesday AM to one of your favorite past #LiveFromTheLibrary story times! You know him as Detective Antonio Dawson on Chicago Fire, Chicago Justice, and Chicago P.D., but now you can watch Jon Seda read Dr. Seuss's classic Green Eggs and Ham 🍳🍖! Plus, Librarian Kimberly will follow with another fun story time.

10/26/2020
Make It Mondays: Halloween Edition

Join us every Monday at 4pm on Facebook Live for a fun and interactive activity that you can do at home! For this week's Halloween inspired “Make It Monday” activity, librarian Ms. Alexa will show us how to make a circuit using a coin battery, some copper tape and LED lights. These materials will be available in our upcoming Grab & Go kits!

Share your creations on social media using the hashtag #CPLkids or by e-mailing [email protected].

Video produced and edited by Aldo Vasquez.

10/26/2020

Join us for a conversation with writer, designer, educator, and activist Hoda Katebi and School of the Art Institute of Chicago associate professor Abigail Glaum-Lathbury this Wednesday at 6 PM.#BeyondBordersar them discuss the intersections of fashion, politics and human rights, presented as part of Slow Fashion Month and our One Book, One Chicago season #BeyondBorders.

10/26/2020

Join us for another episode of our webtv series "Chicago Neighborhoods Beyond Borders", hosted by urbanologist Max Grinnell. This week's episode: Commercial Endeavors: The Loop Transformed by New Arrivals.

In this tour of the Loop, we'll learn about how immigrants and newcomers found work, started businesses, and sought to improve their lives in their new home of Chicago

10/26/2020
Live From The Library: Nick Gehlfuss!

From his roles on Chicago Med to Shameless on Showtime, Nick Gehlfuss has a passion for bringing storytelling to life! Join Nick for Monday's #LiveFromTheLibrary story time that shines a light on the power of kindness. 🤝🧡 Make sure to stay tuned for a triple story time from Librarian Jerry afterward! 📚

10/23/2020

From his roles on Chicago Med to Shameless on Showtime, Nick Gehlfuss has a passion for bringing storytelling to life! Join Nick for Monday's #LiveFromTheLibrary story time that shines a light on the power of kindness. 🤝🧡 Make sure to stay tuned for a triple story time from Librarian Jerry afterward! 📚

10/23/2020

Join us every Monday at 4pm on Facebook Live for a fun and interactive activity that you can do at home! For this week's Halloween inspired “Make It Monday” activity, librarian Ms. Alexa will show us how to make a circuit using a coin battery, some copper tape and LED lights. These materials will be available in our upcoming Grab & Go kits!

Share your creations on social media using the hashtag #CPLkids or by e-mailing [email protected].

Video produced and edited by Aldo Vasquez.

10/23/2020
First Chapter Friday: Blue Balliett!

Author Blue Balliett has written some incredible middle-grade children's books- including the Chicago-set, award-winning Chasing Vermeer! She also is a former Chicago teacher. This Friday at 4 PM, watch her read a ghostly #Halloweek selection from Out of the Wild Night and give advice to young writers. Perfect to get you in the Halloween mood this rainy week 🧙‍♀️
#LiveFromTheLibrary #FirstChapterFriday

10/23/2020
Snacks in the Stacks: Chicken Adobo with Garlic Fried Rice

Join librarian and amateur cook Ashley Rayner at noon on Friday in her home kitchen as she explores culture through food. Each dish is made from cookbooks that you can find in the Chicago Public Library collection.

This episode, we'll make Chicken Adobo with Garlic Fried Rice, as found in The Adobo Road Cookbook.

10/23/2020
Live From The Library: Mara Tapp!

Mara Tapp is an award-winning broadcast journalist, longtime host of The Mara Tapp Show on WBEZ and founder of Cool Classics!, an organization that promotes literacy and play for underserved students. She's also a former Chicago Public Schools substitute teacher! Friday on Live From The Library, she'll bring that literary knowledge with a reading of Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. Then, Librarian Jessica follows with some spider themed stories 🕷🕸 Arachnophobes, beware!

10/22/2020
Behind the Scenes with the Chicago Public Library: How Your Books Get From Here to There

Open House Chicago, presented by Chicago Architecture Center, is regularly one of our favorite events of the year. This year, of course, things look a little different- but you can still get a look inside our the library with videos from our Special Collections team!

With over 80 locations, millions of books, movies and CDs, and serving the entire city of Chicago, it's a big job to move library materials every day! Have you ever wondered how your books get to you? Watch this behind the scenes tour of one of the hidden secrets of CPL - the sorting machine!

#OHC2020

10/22/2020

Join us for some very fun and slightly spooky hands-on activities you can do at home. We'll do a little kitchen science to make a melting ghost, use some tasty treats and engineering skills to build a little structure and make some creepy creatures with our home made puffy paint!

For kids 6 and up and their families.

10/22/2020

Mara Tapp is an award-winning broadcast journalist, longtime host of The Mara Tapp Show on WBEZ and founder of Cool Classics!, an organization that promotes literacy and play for underserved students. She's also a former Chicago Public Schools substitute teacher! Friday on Live From The Library, she'll bring that literary knowledge with a reading of Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. Then, Librarian Jessica follows with some spider themed stories 🕷🕸 Arachnophobes, beware!

10/22/2020

Join librarian and amateur cook Ashley Rayner at noon on Friday in her home kitchen as she explores culture through food. Each dish is made from cookbooks that you can find in the Chicago Public Library collection.

This episode, we'll make Chicken Adobo with Garlic Fried Rice, as found in The Adobo Road Cookbook.

10/22/2020
Live from the Library Presents Voices of Chicago

Get ready to rock with this week’s #VoicesOfChicago story time during Chicago Public Library's #LiveFromTheLibrary! Librarian Christian will share his love of live music with a rock & roll story, and he’ll be joined by Librarian Becca from the Bezazian branch which is in the heart of Uptown’s live music scene! Tune in Thursday, October 22 live at 10am for this special story time, and check back every week for a new Voices of Chicago story time!

10/22/2020

Author Blue Balliett has written some incredible middle-grade children's books- including the Chicago-set, award-winning Chasing Vermeer! She also is a former Chicago teacher. This Friday at 4 PM, watch her read a ghostly selection from Out of the Wild Night and give advice to young writers. Perfect to get you in the Halloween mood this rainy week 🧙‍♀️

10/21/2020
Overlooked Landmarks of Polish Chicago with Forgotten Chicago

Many Chicagoan's knowledge of Polish culture begins and ends with paczki (😋). However, Chicago is full of important Polish landmarks! While plenty are familiar with Polonia Triangle, Jackowo, and the many “Polish Cathedrals” which dot Chicago’s built environment, there are a host of other Polish-American sites in the region which are largely unknown. Join Daniel Pogorzelski of Forgotten Chicago for a presentation of overlooked landmarks of Polish Chicagoland.
#PolishHeritageMonth

10/21/2020
Chicago Neighborhoods Beyond Borders: Episode 3

Join us at noon on Wednesday for the 3rd episode of our webtv series "Chicago Neighborhoods Beyond Borders". Explore Chicago's rich heritage of immigration and migration with urbanologist Max Grinnell.

Episode 3: Along State Street That Great Street: Telling the Story of Well Known and Lesser Known Arrivals
We'll walk along Chicago's legendary State Street and learn about how migrants and immigrants have taken their place along this historic corridor, and how it continues to reflect a legacy of newcomers to the city.

10/21/2020
Live From The Library: Lauren Jiggetts!

Life-long Chicagoan and WGN TV anchor Lauren Jiggetts is the latest Chicago news personality to join #LiveFromTheLibrary! Lauren will be reading Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Children's Book Author Derrick Barnes and Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. After her reading, stay tuned for CPL Librarians Liv and Andrea, who have a whole bunch of spooky stories to get you in the Halloween mood!👻🧙🧟🧛‍♂️🎃 Hit "Get Reminder" so you can come back at 10 AM to see the premiere.

10/20/2020
Korean American Stories on Film

HJ Lee, the executive director of KoreanAmericanStory.org leads a discussion on Korean American immigrant stories by showing a short film: Call Taxi, and introducing KAS's Legacy Project. Join this virtual film-showing and discussion at 6 PM Tuesday to learn why KAS has collected the stories of the immigrants, how they reproduce these stories, and what can we learn from the stories.

10/20/2020

Life-long Chicagoan and WGN TV anchor Lauren Jiggetts is the latest Chicago news personality to join #LiveFromTheLibrary! Lauren will be reading Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Children's Book Author Derrick Barnes and Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. After her reading, stay tuned for CPL Librarians Liv and Andrea, who have a whole bunch of spooky stories to get you in the Halloween mood!👻🧙🧟🧛‍♂️🎃 Hit "Get Reminder" so you can come back at 10 AM to see the premiere.

10/20/2020
DIY Pennant Craft

Take me out to the ball game! Baseball season is wrapping up with the World Series this week. Celebrate the end of this year's season with Ms. Evelyn as she teaches us some baseball trivia and shows us how to make your very own pennant to cheer on your favorite team! Join us for this fun craft for the whole family!

Share your creations on social media using the hashtag #CPLkids or by e-mailing [email protected].

Video produced and edited by Aldo Vasquez, Alejandra Santana and Megan McFarlane.

10/20/2020
Live From the Library: Jason Beghe

One of our favorite #OneChicago appearances on #LiveFromTheLibrary was a familiar face to watchers of Chicago PD- Sergeant Hank Voight AKA Jason Beghe! He read the classic book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, and Librarian Shiloh followed with another awesome duck-themed story time 🦆. Give it a rewatch!

10/20/2020

Get ready to rock with this week’s #VoicesOfChicago story time during Chicago Public Library's #LiveFromTheLibrary! Librarian Christian will share his love of live music with a rock & roll story, and he’ll be joined by Librarian Becca from the Bezazian branch which is in the heart of Uptown’s live music scene! Tune in Thursday, October 22 live at 10am for this special story time, and check back every week for a new Voices of Chicago story time!

10/19/2020
Make It Mondays: Wind Powered Car

Join us every Monday at 4pm on Facebook Live for a fun and interactive activity that you can do at home! For this week's “Make It Monday” activity, librarian Ms. Julia will show us how to make a wind powered car. With just a few household materials, you can create your speed racer! Vroom!

Share your creations on social media using the hashtag #CPLkids or by e-mailing [email protected].

Video produced and edited by Aldo Vasquez, Alejandra Santana and Megan McFarlane.

10/19/2020

Many Chicagoan's knowledge of Polish culture begins and ends with paczki (😋). However, Chicago is full of important Polish landmarks! While plenty are familiar with Polonia Triangle, Jackowo, and the many “Polish Cathedrals” which dot Chicago’s built environment, there are a host of other Polish-American sites in the region which are largely unknown. Join Daniel Pogorzelski of Forgotten Chicago for a presentation of overlooked landmarks of Polish Chicagoland.
#PolishHeritageMonth

10/19/2020

Join us at noon on Wednesday for the 3rd episode of our webtv series "Chicago Neighborhoods Beyond Borders". Explore Chicago's rich heritage of immigration and migration with urbanologist Max Grinnell.

Episode 3: Along State Street That Great Street: Telling the Story of Well Known and Lesser Known Arrivals
We'll walk along Chicago's legendary State Street and learn about how migrants and immigrants have taken their place along this historic corridor, and how it continues to reflect a legacy of newcomers to the city.

10/19/2020

HJ Lee, the executive director of KoreanAmericanStory.org leads a discussion on Korean American immigrant stories by showing a short film: Call Taxi, and introducing KAS's Legacy Project. Join this virtual film-showing and discussion at 6 PM Tuesday to learn why KAS has collected the stories of the immigrants, how they reproduce these stories, and what can we learn from the stories.

10/19/2020
Live From The Library: Mysti-Kelly!

We're continuing #lgbthistorymonth with another drag queen #LiveFromTheLibrary! Monday at 10 AM, local queen Mysti-Kelly treats us to two stories with her signature ~mystical~ flair 🔮 Check out her reading of Worm Loves Worm by JJ Austrian and Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson. Then, #PrideMonth Heritage committee member Librarian Mary Gen reads some fall themed stories. 🍁🍂

10/16/2020

Take me out to the ball game! Baseball season is wrapping up with the World Series this week. Celebrate the end of this year's season with Ms. Evelyn as she teaches us some baseball trivia and shows us how to make your very own pennant to cheer on your favorite team! Join us for this fun craft for the whole family!

Share your creations on social media using the hashtag #CPLkids or by e-mailing [email protected].

Video produced and edited by Aldo Vasquez, Alejandra Santana and Megan McFarlane.

10/16/2020

Join us every Monday at 4pm on Facebook Live for a fun and interactive activity that you can do at home! For this week's “Make It Monday” activity, librarian Ms. Julia will show us how to make a wind powered car. With just a few household materials, you can create your speed racer! Vroom!

Share your creations on social media using the hashtag #CPLkids or by e-mailing [email protected].

Video produced and edited by Aldo Vasquez, Alejandra Santana and Megan McFarlane.

10/16/2020

We're continuing #lgbthistorymonth with another drag queen #LiveFromTheLibrary! Monday at 10 AM, local queen Mysti-Kelly treats us to two stories with her signature ~mystical~ flair 🔮 Check out her reading of Worm Loves Worm by JJ Austrian and Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson. Then, #PrideMonth Heritage committee member Librarian Mary Gen reads some fall themed stories. 🍁🍂

10/16/2020
Under a Crown of Glass: Architectural Highlights of the Harold Washington Library Center

Open House Chicago, presented by Chicago Architecture Center, is regularly one of our favorite events of the year. This year, of course, things look a little different- but you can still get a look inside our beautiful Harold Washington Library Center with videos from our Special Collections team!

The new Central Library for the Chicago Public Library, opened its doors to the public on Monday, October 7, 1991. More than an example of late 20th century American architecture, the ornamentation, iconography, and allegorical figures that embellish the Harold Washington Library Center are an homage to Chicago’s history and culture. Under a Crown of Glass highlights the conception and construction of some of the building’s most popular features. The Library extends its thanks to sculptors, Kent Bloomer and Raymond Kaskey; design architects, Hammond Beeby and Babka; and photographer, Peter Fish. The Library’s Special Collections & Preservation Division holds the documentation of their work seen in this video.

#cplspecialcollections #OHC2020

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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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