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Summer Learning Challenge 

The Summer Learning Challenge is a program to encourage, inspire and motivate children and parents to learn and explore in the summer time.

Redesigned 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. 

A key feature of the Summer Learning 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); DISCOVERING through hands-on programs, field trips and using appropriate online sites; and CREATING by solving engineering and design challenges and making artistic connections.

The 2015 program,  Explore & Soar, in partnership with the Adler Planetarium and Museum of Science and Industry, will have kids, teens and their parents exploring all things in the skies above us. 

Highlights on this summer's program include field trips to the Adler Planetarium and Museum of Science and Industry, presentations by astronauts, and a live LinkUp with the International Space Station!

Visit the Chicago Public Library's website on June 8th to register and learn more about the Summer Learning Challenge.

You can sponsor a child in the Summer Learning Challenge with a gift of just $10.


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