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Close the Academic Opportunity Gap


grab and go kits that children and families can enjoy from the comforts of their homes


children ages 0-8 and their families enjoyed early learning activities like story time, learn and play activities, Library sing alongs, and more


free homework help sessions with a Teacher in the Library

Our Programs

Early Learning

Children’s earliest learning experiences form a crucial foundation for school readiness and long-term success. The Library’s accessible resources give parents and caregivers the tools they need to engage their children’s minds and prepare them for school.

Live from the Library

Our newest program, Live from the Library, features regular live-streamed storybook readings with Chicago champions such as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton, and, of course, our beloved children’s librarians.


STEAM skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and technology literacy are crucial to navigating the 21st century. The Library’s series of Grab and Go kits and hands-on programming is an engaging and fun way to keep children learning about science, technology, engineering, art, and math!

Summer Learning Challenge

Every summer, the Library empowers kids across Chicago to make the most of their break with themed activities for the whole family.

Teacher in the Library

High-quality, accessible homework help is more critical than ever before. Our Teachers work closely with branch librarians to help students’ complete assignments, build strong study skills, and find Library resources.

81 Club

For the first time ever, Chicago Public School students have direct and instant access to the resources of Chicago Public Library. The 81 Club puts the power of the 81 Chicago Public Library branches into the hands of students directly.

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