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Chicago Public Library Mon Dec 16 2013

Fight the Winter Break Sloth Monster with The Chicago Public Library

I Love Winter Break hatWinter break is no excuse for mushy brains! To prevent the decaying of young cerebral tissues over the two weeks of no-school bliss that is winter break, the Chicago Public Library has enacted the Winter Learning Challenge: Neighborhood Nature.

Beginning today through January 5, your kids and teens ages 3-18 may choose to accept the following mission: Read a book, magazine or website for 20 minutes a day for five days of winter break; discover new information about nature in the city by doing one activity; create a story, piece of art or design challenge inspired by the theme "Neighborhood Nature."

The library website offers book, activity and art and design challenges under the following themes: humans, pets, pigeons, squirrels, trees. (Example: Under "trees," participants can estimate the height of a tree by using their bodies, and/or write a poem in the shape of a tree. Fun!)

Of course creativity and learning are the greatest rewards of a project like this, but participants who turn in their completed log by January 10 will be entered in a raffle to receive an eReader, with which he or she may continue to enrich their curious, blossoming minds.

To participate, download a log from the Chicago Public Library website, or pick one up at a physical branch, and help your kid fight the winter break sloth monster!

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