The Literacy Intensive Tutoring program is a structured reading curriculum. Students and tutors will focus on a variety of literacy components including letters and sounds, sight words, writing, and reading comprehension. This is not a homework program, students will be assessed and must qualify for this program. Qualifying students are considered to have difficulties reading at grade level and show an academic need for extra instruction in reading and writing. Students attend tutoring two sessions a week.
The Maker Lab offers both small group workshops and “open shop” through which patrons can design, prototype, and make their own projects using digital design software, 3D printers, laser cutter, and electronic cutters. Initially planned as a 2013 pilot project and funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Maker Lab is still going strong thanks to continued grant funding.
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, Southwest Side
Once a month, we host four book club groups that are geared towards children 6 months to 13 years old. At each book club meeting, there is a guest author that is a part of the action! The author shares their writings and participates in the book club activities. There is a focus group for each group that participants are encouraged to read before the next book club meeting. Free snacks and book library is available for all children!
Pre-Reading, Reading, Pre-Writing, Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Book Access & Distribution
PreK (Age 0-3), PreK (Age 3-5), Grades K-8, Grades 9-12
In the fall and spring of each year, the One Book program offers Chicagoans the opportunity to come together around a thought-provoking book and its related themes. Participants explore through free book groups and events such as author talks, film screenings, performances, tours, workshops, and more. Partners at local civic, cultural, and education organizations also offer related programs—because whether the topic is music or food, there’s always more to explore!
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side