Posts tagged "Chicago Public Library"

Fight the Summer Slide: Sign Your Kids up for a Summer Reading Program

Fight the Summer Slide: Sign Your Kids up for a Summer Reading Program
The school year is ending in just a few days. This means we’ve got about 90 days of splashing in pools, building sandcastles and sipping lemonade ahead of us. Yeah for summer fun! The bad news is that your kids will also likely forget many of the things they learned during the school year. This epidemic is called the "summer slide" (I wrote an article about this topic for the July issue of Chicago Parent magazine, but until it is online, trust me when I tell you that this is an unfortunate problem for our kiddos). Educators and experienced parents agree that the best way to combat summer learning loss is to keep your kids reading during the summer months...

Guest Post: Beth Prystowsky's Top Ten Family Activities in Chicago

Guest Post: Beth Prystowsky's Top Ten Family Activities in Chicago
There are a lot of things for families to do in Chicago -- more than you could ever realistically get to. I know what our family loves to do, but I wanted to reach out to some other Chicago-area parents and hear about their favorites. I decided to begin this guest posting series with my friend Beth Prystowsky, the blogger behind Ups and Downs of  a Yoga Mom. Beth is a mom of two, housewife, yoga teacher and writer living in Chicago.  Find her on  at twitter at @upsdownsyogamom. Here are Beth's top ten picks for family activities in and around town...

Not-too-scary Halloween stories

Are you gearing up for Halloween at your house? Got the pumpkins? And the costumes? What about your Halloween reading? My kiddos love a good holiday-themed read (and I love the change of pace from our usual favorites). Here is a list of some of our favorite (but not-too-scary) Halloween reads. Pssst . . .... Read more »
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Calling all readers: Bookamania at the Chicago Public Library

Got a little bookworm at home? Your family won’t want to miss the 16th annual Bookamania at the Harold Washington Public Library on Saturday, November 21, 2009. This event runs from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and it is FREE! Bookamania is an opportunity for kids (ages 3-10) to meet famous children’s book authors, illustrators... Read more »

Lots to love about the Chicago Public Library

The Bucktown-Wicker Park Library. Photo used via Creative Commons license. The Chicago Public Library is a great resource for families. You probably already know that, right? But I am not just talking about checking out books for the kids. Did you know that you can check out fishing poles from some branches and meet famous... Read more »