Chicago Public Library
Programs and Events
Event: Big Bang Family Fun Hour
Date and Time: Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 6:30 p.m.
About this event: This program will include weekly activities designed for family fun for all ages. Families will have an opportunity to play classic board games or complete make and take crafts to share with others.
Event: Intergalactic Toddler Story Time (Summer Learning Challenge)
Date and Time: Thursdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 10:30 a.m.
About this event: This program will be designed around a theme and will include picture books, action activities and songs. Open to children ages 0-3.
Event: Mad Science of Chicago presents: 3-2-1…Blast-Off! (Summer Learning Challenge)
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 7 at 1:30 p.m.
About this event: Put on your space suits and board the shuttle – we’re launching a mission to Mars! Take one giant leap for discovering the science of the solar system, space flight, and surveying the Martian surface. Mad Scientists, we are ready for blast-off! Recommended for children ages 6-13.
Event: Explore & Soar Thursdays-Experience our Wonderful Universe (SLC)
Dates and Time: Thursdays July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 3:30 p.m.
About this event:
Intergalactic Journeys (July 2) – exploring stars and galaxies
Humans in space (July 9) – from moonwalks to space colonies
On the Shoulders of Giants (July 16) – astronomy and the space program
Is there anybody out there? (July 23) – the search for extraterrestrial life
Robots and AI (July 30) – fact and fiction.
Programs include a multimedia presentation and craft. Open to children ages 6-11.
Event: Planetary Preschool Story Time (Summer Learning Challenge)
Date and Time: Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 10:30 a.m.
About this event: This program will be designed around a theme and will include picture books, songs, action activities and flannel board stories. Open to children ages 3-6. July 28 will have a special guest storyteller, Marilyn Price and will start at 11:00 a.m.
Event: Game Day Goes to Space
Date and Time: Saturday, July 11 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
About this event:Play board games with a space theme all day long. Learn new games and enjoy some of your old favorites including Star Trek Catan, Star Munchkin, Martians, the Captain is Dead & Merchants of Venus. Dungeons & Dragons RPG will also be played. For adults and kids 9 and up.
Event: Chicago Vintage Home Series–Reduce, Reuse, Rehab (Using Salvaged Materials)
Date and Time: Monday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.
About this event: Join preservation and sustainability consultant Carla Bruni to learn about the differences between demolition and deconstruction, why we should care about saving the materials used to build older homes, and the financial benefits of deconstruction and visiting your local salvage warehouse for your DIY projects instead of the local big box store.
Event: Blast off with Origami! (Summer Learning Challenge)
Date and Time: Tuesday July 14 at 1:30 p.m.
About this event: Participants will learn how to make simple origami models relating to space exploration and travel. No prior experience will be required for this journey. Registration is required! Recommended for children ages 8-12
Event: Lunar Lander Aerospace Engineering (Summer Learning Challenge)
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 21 at 3:30 p.m.
About this event: Take a trip across the sky to better understand potential and kinetic energy. Travel through space to explore weight distribution and how it affects the landing of aircraft. You’ll build a spacecraft that will protect 15 marshmallow space cadets from being ejected from the aircraft when dropped from the sky! Registration is required! Recommended for children ages 8-14.
Event: Adult Book Discussion
Date and Time: Saturday, July 18 from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
About this event: Join us for a lively discussion of The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. The author presents the story of nine working class young men from the University of Washington who were never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and winning the Olympic gold.
Event: Steve Belliveau presents Getting Excited about Science: Astronomy and Space (SLC)
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 22 at 1:30 p.m.
Get excited about science and learn more about space and astronomy with science aficionado Steve Belliveau. He’ll talk about the history of space exploration, how telescopes are used to explore the skies, space travel and even robots! Large scale demonstrations will make learning about space both informative and entertaining, and you’ll be inspired to keep exploring! Recommended for children ages 6-13.
Event: Staged Reading of Gangstas by Steven Long
Date and Time: Saturday July 25 at 2:00 p.m.
About this event: Local playwright Steven Long presents a staged reading of his play Gangstas. A timely story about an 11 year old boy who runs away from his drunken and abusive mother to join a gang. The horrific details of corporate gang life and their “family values” don’t mix with Randy when he sees the brutal cost of gang membership and their political and religious deceptions that cover-up their behavior. For adults and teens.
Event: Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club
Date and Time: Monday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m.
About this event: We will discuss The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris. This novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods—retold from the point of view of the world’s ultimate trickster, Loki. The story begins with Loki’s recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself.
4904 S. Lake Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615
Monday & Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.