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Summer Learning Challenge 

More than 83,000 Chicago kids and teens read a collective total of 56 million minutes (2.7 million books) during the 2014 Summer Learning Challenge!  

The Summer Learning Challenge is an eight-week program to encourage, inspire and motivate children and parents to learn and explore in the summer time. Redesigned in 2013 to incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) disciplines and attract children from multiple intelligences, the Summer Learning Challenge is a model being replicated in libraries across the U.S. 

The 2014 program, in partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry, Lincoln Park Zoo, Brookfield Zoo and the Anti-Cruelty Society, was titled Explore & Roar with a focus on animals and the environment.

A key feature of the Summer Learnin Challenge is to encourage kids and families to participated in a variety of activities that encourage 21st Century skills by READING books & magazines (at least 20 minutes per day) both fiction and informational; DISCOVERING through hands-on programs, field trips or using appropriate online sites; and CREATING by solving engineering and design challenges and making artistic connections.

Visit the Chicago Public Library's website to learn more about the Summer Learning Challenge.


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