This summer’s reading program at the Chicago Public Library encourages young readers to discover something amazing about the planet Earth. Readers can receive new books of their own and have a chance to win a field trip for their entire class to the Shedd Aquarium.
From June 18 to September 1, kids 0-13 years old are invited to explore the planet and discover the role everyone plays in the environment. Local library locations around the city will offer hundreds of family programs, including live animal shows, story times, and activities in STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Many new books will be available to keep kids brains active and avoid the “summer slump” in reading.
Young readers can register at any library location or print out their own reading and activity log. To complete the challenge, students need to:
- Read 500 minutes or more over the summer. Read books, magazines, comics, e-books, audiobooks, or anything else for at least 20 minutes a day. All reading counts!
- Complete at least one hands-on activity. Attend a library program, try a Museum of Science and Industry Brain Game or other STEAM activity, visit a museum or zoo, or explore something new.
- Make at least one creation. Make art, write a story, or design something new.
- Share what you read and learn to earn your book bag. Young readers can keep coming back for a chance to win prizes.
All kids 0 to 5 who register for the Summer Learning Challenge will receive a free book from KPMG (while supplies last). School-age kids can enter the CPS Story in a Bottle contest to win a backpack full of books and more.
This summer, the Chicago Public School student who reads and reports the highest number of minutes in their neighborhood library will earn a field trip for their class, teacher, and chaperones to the Shedd Aquarium. All kids can enter weekly giveaways to win books or other prizes.
Parents and caregivers who read, discover, and create along with their children will receive a special package of seeds (while supplies last) and also will have a chance to win a technology package.
Learn more about the Chicago Public Library’s Summer Learning Challenge, including the groups that sponsor the program, at this link.
Teenagers have their own program planned and aimed just for them. “Imagine Doing More!” is the theme, and it runs through Sept. 1. The Chicago Public Library invites students to choose an area of interest, such as the environment, community neighborhoods, etc.; develop an action plan and take action; and then report back to a local library for an end-of-summer celebration. There are also events with local artists; activities with partner organizations, such as local museums; a list of books for good summer reading. Teens and families can find out more at this link.