Category: Chicago Public Library

101 Things to do with your Chicago Kid

  I am reposting this entry from March 1, 2010 because I came across it in my archives and it really is a pretty darn good list if I do say so myself. I’ve got to really focus if I want to get to all of these things before my kids head off to college.... Read more »

The Chicago Public School Strike rolls on: More free activities to keep your kids busy

The Chicago Public School Strike rolls on: More free activities to keep your kids busy
Kids home from school again tomorrow? Running out of things to do to keep the learning going (unexpected break in the school schedule be damned!)? I've got a wonderful (FREE!) option for you. The James Dyson Foundation in partnership with the Chicago Public Library is supporting students by offering hands-on engineering workshops every day the strike continues. All this week, the Foundation will host workshops to engage students through practical activities  at various Chicago Public Library locations. Participants will build rover racers, construct marble runs, and craft geodesic domes. Even though classes aren't in session, they'll be learning! Snacks will also be offered to students. These workshops will be fun and action packed. See below for all of the details on the remaining workshops (for this week anyway)...

Guest Post: Family Living in Lincoln Park (Part One)

One of Lincoln Park’s most famous residents. Hey, remember the Neighborhood Spotlight Series from last spring? It’s baaack! Just to review, so far we’ve covered: Albany Park, Avondale, Bucktown/Wicker Park, Logan Square and Oak Park/River Forest, Andersonville, and River North/River West. Today, I am thrilled to welcome Toni Hargis, an expat Brit, writer, wife and... Read more »

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 »

5 free things to do with your kids over spring break

Spring break is nearly upon us. Are you headed off to Aspen for an alpine adventure? Or maybe flying down to Fort Myers for some fun in the sun? Me neither. My kids are going to be out of school for 11 days. But I am not worried because I’ve been planning. I’ve scouted out... Read more »

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 »

Free museum passes come to the 'burbs

I have long been a fan of the Kraft Great Kids Museum Passes available through the Chicago Public Library (although these passes have become so popular at some branches that their availability is more theoretical than actual). These passes allow free admission for up to four people to some of the area’s most popular destinations... 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 »