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Summer Learning Challenge

The Summer Learning Challenge, titled “Full STEAM Ahead”, focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math skills through programs offered at all 79 CPL locations. Program partners the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Goodman Theatre offered fun and interesting programs at the Library and in their locations. In addition, children were able to earn electronic badges in recognition of engaging in a myriad of activities related to those topics.

A record-breaking 71,260 children and young teens read 2.1 million books as part of Chicago Public Library’s Summer Learning Challenge. As comparison, last summer 60,232 children read more than 1.5 million books.

New this year, the Library also asked children to record how many minutes they spent reading, as this encourages kids to take the time to try books that might be a bit more difficult, while still giving them credit for the time spent doing so. 56,700,000 minutes were spent reading in the eight-week program—equal to 100 years spent reading.

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