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November 21, 2014

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Chicago Public Library to Expand YOUmedia Labs with Additional $2.5 Million

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The Chicago Public Library will open and staff six more YOUmedia teen spaces this summer, along with temporary “pop-ups” in 12 branches, thanks to an additional $2 million from the MacArthur Foundation and $500,000 approved by the Chicago City Council.

Video Sunday: “The chopper was a softie, though…”

Video Sunday: “The chopper was a softie, though…”

No, as you can probably tell I am not in Philly this weekend for the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference.  I am okay with this.  Yes, it would remarkably easy for me to attend.  Heck, I could probably go and sleep at home every night, but all told I wasn’t quite up for a conference [...]

Pictures of the Week: White House Honors Librarian; CPL Bookamania

Carolyn Foote and President Obama

The White House honored 10 connected educators, including SLJ columnist and school librarian, Carolyn Foote. The Chicago Public Library celebrated families and early literacy with its 20th annual “Bookamania 2013: All Families, All Year”, a free, daylong children’s book festival.

Chicago Public Library to Expand YOUmedia Program in 2014

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that he would expand the Chicago Public Library’s (CPL) YOUmedia digital skills program by $500,000 in order to serve 25 percent more teens in 2014. The program teaches web design, digital media production, and programming. The announcement comes just a week after the online expansion of CPL’s homework help program.

Chicago Public Library Steps In During Teacher Strike

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The Chicago Public Library is on hand this week to help absorb the influx of students who’ve been displaced as teachers continue their first strike in 25 years.

Chicago Kids Read a Record 1.5 Million Books as Part of Rahm’s Readers Summer Reading Program

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Some 60,232 Chicago kids read more than 1.5 million books this summer, thanks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Rahm’s Readers, the Chicago Public Library’s summer reading program. Studies show that children who participate in summer reading programs maintain or improve their reading skills and start school ready to learn.