Activities for young readers through teens are available this winter from the Chicago Public Library.
Winter Learning Journey
Young readers are encouraged to start a Winter Learning Journey. The challenge is open to all children and students up to age 13. Those who complete four activities to go along with reading are eligible to win prizes of a “boredom buster kit.” There are six categories of activities:
- Read. Young readers are encouraged to try from a list of mysteries aimed at young and tween readers.
- Join. Participants can check out participating in an online event featuring games, crafts or other ways to play.
- Make. Kids are invited to stay warm inside with games or head outside for some chilly fun. Find ideas for both, and books to help you.
- Write. Try writing a short poem or a short story to share. This list offers some writing prompts and books with more ideas.
- Tune in. Hear the first chapter of a great book read by the author each week with First Chapter Fridays. This link has past readings as well as what’s coming up.
- Investigate. Learn about other countries without leaving your home. You’ll learn about the people, languages and food — with recipes!
You can find out more information and the submission form at this link. Submissions are due no later than Jan. 31, 2021.
Teen Winter Challenge
Teenagers can enter an art contest, which runs until Feb. 28, 2021. Chicago high school students between the ages of 13 and 19 are eligible. Applicants must submit a digital portfolio of one to three original artworks and an artist statement of around 250 words. Art can take the form of a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpture, film, photography, fashion, and craft. Winners can receive a gift card to Black Art Materials.
The artist statement should:
- Indicate the materials and mediums used to create the piece(s), as well as the meaning, intention, or inspiration behind each piece.
- Provide context for you the artist, indicating your prior experience, your artistic interests and your goals for the future.
Submissions will be judged by a panel of Chicago Public Library staff as well as guest judges from the Chicago arts community.
Winners will receive gift cards to Black Art Materials. High school seniors are eligible to win Senior Achievement Awards, with the grand prize of a $150 gift card. High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors can win Young Artist Awards, with the grand prize of a $100 gift card.
You can find out more information and the submission form at this link.