Programs

Turning the Page
Community Night
Turning the Page
Turning the Page Community Nights, eight of which are held at each partner school per year, consist of educational parent workshops, literacy-based child mentoring activities, book giveaways for families’ home libraries, and a free, healthy family dinner.

Community Night workshops for parents are based on challenges in navigating education systems, parent-teacher relationships, at-home learning, and other topics TTP has seen a need for over the years. Community Night workshops for parents of early learners focus on the foundations of reading, including tips on how to build vocabulary, track reading progress, and the importance of reading aloud at home. TTP also helps parents instill an interest in STEM subjects in their children, with workshops introducing how math is taught in school, how technology is integrated into classroom learning, and how parents can extend learning in the home with easy to do math activities and science experiments. Community Night workshops for middle school families center on college and career readiness, and provide parents with information and resources to support students as they explore interests, make important academic decisions, and take concrete steps on their path towards college or career readiness.

Child mentoring at Community Nights features fun, literacy-based activities for those children who accompany their parents to Community Nights. Child mentoring is broken up into grade level groups and each activity carefully planned and led by TTP staff, volunteers, and local university students.
Reading, Book Access & Distribution
PreK (Age 0-3), Grades K-8
West Side
Yes
No
CyberNavigator
Chicago Public Library Foundation
The term “digital readiness” means that people have both access to digital tools and online resources, and the skills they need to effectively use those tools. To help ensure that all Chicagoans can fully participate in a world that has increasingly moved online, Chicago Public Library offers CyberNavigator computer tutors! Through free one-on-one help sessions, video modules, and small group classes, patrons create resumes and fill out online job applications. They set up personal email accounts, learn how to protect themselves online, and find resources such as educational programs and health information. Support from the Chicago Public Library Foundation and its donors ensures that the CyberNavigator program can continue to help Chicago’s adults and older adults develop crucial digital skills.
Workforce Development, Other
Adult
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side
No
Yes
Dads for Media Literacy
iSpeakMedia
Fathers and father figures are mobilized toward assisting teachers in acquiring media literacy resources for their classroom settings through workshops on effectively securing grant funding.
Expository Writing
Adult
No Physical Location
No
Yes
Mumkin Studio
Dialogo
Mumkin Studio
Dialogo is a game for turning topics around. Players practice dialogue skills, like active, reflective listening and open-ended questions as them explore topics and try out short, creative activities.
Pre-Writing, Teacher Training
Grades K-8, Grades 9-12, Adult
Regional
Yes
Early Learning
Chicago Public Library Foundation
Chicago Public Library children’s spaces are filled with colorful books and toys, moveable furniture, and programs that draw on the five practices of early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play. Together, these free resources encourage families to start preparing children for speaking and reading success from the very earliest, and most formative, moments of their lives. Next time you are in a CPL branch, keep an ear open for the “sounds of learning”—the talking, singing, clapping, and laughing that mean our littlest patrons and their parents are very hard at work building a brighter future.
Pre-Reading, Reading, Dramatic Play, Book Access & Distribution
PreK (Age 0-3), PreK (Age 3-5)
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side
No
No